The Leading Note Guide to the Elgin Street Renewal Project

Artist's rendering of the block just north of Waverley St. looking back towards The Leading Note - which you can just see if you squint hard enough!2019 is going to be an interesting year for The Leading Note and the whole Elgin Street area. Beginning on January 7 and continuing throughout 2019, the street will be closed to car traffic as the sewers and other infrastructure are replaced. The end result of this renewal project is going to be a vast improvement in the overall streetscape. But, in the meantime, the street closure will mean some challenges for us and our local customers. Your support will be crucial to the future of The Leading Note.

I Dig Elgin is a community campaign featuring the people, places, and events on and around Ottawa’s Elgin Street. It is a great resource to follow for updates during the renewal project – on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

However, for now, we have a few tips of our own to help you get through this year:

The store will always be accessible

Throughout the project great care will be taken to ensure that all businesses remain easily accessible. Watch for signs and friendly guides around the construction zone, in case the locations of sidewalks shift over the year.

Gladstone Avenue remains open ***UPDATE*** Frank St. is now the cross-over street

As of early June, the street to be used to cross Elgin changed from Gladstone to Frank. The good news is that our store is located on the corner of Elgin and Frank. The bad news is that all parking has been eliminated on Frank St. between Metcalfe and Cartier!

Although it may look like it’s closed, Gladstone between Metcalfe and Elgin can still be used for parking (2 hours) – this is probably the best option. Alternatively, you may follow Metcalfe to access street parking in the neighbourhood east of Elgin.

Please see this updated map for the routes to follow to reach our store and the nearby street parking. If you’re coming from the Queensway, simply stay on Metcalfe around the Canadian Museum of Nature to access Frank St.

***UPDATE*** Parking options in the area

If you are arriving from the Queensway, either Metcalfe or Gladstone are good options. As mentioned above, there is no longer any parking on Frank St. between Metcalfe and Cartier (i.e. the blocks on either side of Elgin). Please refer to this updated map for the directionality and accessibility of the area streets.

If you don’t mind walking a block or two, you’ll find plenty of free 1- or 2-hour parking on the neighbourhood streets just east of Elgin, accessible via Frank St. To exit the neighbourhood, take Cartier to Frank or Somerset (most of the other side streets will be blocked at Elgin).

The City of Ottawa also offers free parking at City Hall on Saturdays. It’s about a 15 minute walk to The Leading Note from there but, with over 70 restaurants and shops along the way, you’ll have lots to see and do as you make your way down to visit us! Most of these are small, independent businesses who will also need support during this challenging time. Small businesses contribute so much to our communities and local economies – let’s do what we can to support them!

***UPDATE*** Bus service continues

During the project, OC Transpo buses #5 and #14 (which used to go down Elgin Street) will be re-routed to Cartier Street (please see this updated map for the modified routes). The closest bus stop for the #14 will now be around the corner on Frank St. (just west of Elgin). The nearest stops on the #5 route will be on Cartier, one near Lewis and another near McLeod.

Can’t come to us? We’ll deliver to you!

We understand that some of our customers will want to avoid Elgin Street during the construction period. But, that doesn’t mean you have to go without The Leading Note’s expert and caring service for all of your music requests! Orders can be placed on our online store, by email or phone. We offer free shipping directly to your door on orders over $100. Products that are “in stock” arrive to Ottawa addresses within 1-2 business days – wow!

We are now pleased to introduce another option – free delivery service to two different organizations in the city:

  • Ottawa Pianos at 1412 Bank St. (click here for more details), and
  • uOttawa Music Department – for uOttawa students and faculty (click here for more details).

Order from us (either online, by phone or by email) and enjoy the convenience of picking up your order from one of the above locations.

Another option is to find other musicians or music students in your area and submit a combined order for free shipping. We’re here to help make the process as easy and convenient as possible for you so feel free to reach out anytime to discuss your personal delivery options.

Help spread the word!

The best way to support The Leading Note, in addition to shopping with us for your own music purchases, is to spread the word about our expert and caring service. Our online store is world-class and offers a rich database of music unmatched in Canada. Please let all of the musicians in your life know about our website and store, whether they are here in Ottawa or elsewhere in Canada or the U.S. Many communities in Canada do not have access to a local store offering the same depth of knowledge and inventory that The Leading Note offers. Ottawa is a lucky city, so please share your good fortune with others!

We hope these tips will help navigate the next year of construction on Elgin Street. We are looking forward to the end result and to serving Ottawa and musicians from across Canada for many years to come!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

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