About Us

Shenkman Arts Centre is a creative hub where artists and audiences meet to explore a diversity of arts through live performance, instruction, exhibits and special events. The Centre is located in the east Ottawa community of Orléans and offers programs and services in both English and French.

We like to say this is “where art comes to life” because behind the doors of our two theatres, seven galleries and 17 studios – in the halls, lobbies and even on the walls – there is plenty of creativity stirring. The Centre houses these activities within specialized spaces for hands-on instruction, creation and presentation of the visual, performing, literary and media arts and unique spaces for receptions and special events.

Operated by the City of Ottawa, this diversity of programs and activities is attributed to a unique collaboration with the Centre’s Resident Arts Partners: AOE Arts Council, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans), Ottawa School of Art–Orléans Campus, and OYP Theatre School. The Centre is also home to Resident Company Tara Luz Danse and ARTicipate, a one-of-a-kind endowment fund that supports innovative programming at the Centre.

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About Orléans

Orléans is located minutes east of Parliament Hill, just a 15 km drive from downtown Ottawa. This suburban community of almost 200,000 people is known for its distinctly bilingual mix that brings the best of both French and English cultures to the area. To the south and west is a rapidly growing business and residential community and on its eastern doorstep is rural farmland and small towns and villages.

Known for its sweeping, tree-lined boulevards and friendly hospitality, it soon becomes apparent that Orléans is special—urban amenities with a rural attitude. With thriving sports and arts communities, shopping for every taste and budget—including one of the area’s largest shopping malls—Orléans is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Add in the most beautiful beach in Eastern Ontario, Petrie Island, and there is never a shortage of things to do.
Shenkman Arts Centre is the centrepiece of the Orléans Town Centre, an area being developed as downtown Orléans, a mixed-use sector that will feature high-density residential development, office buildings, parks and a hotel. The project is designed to satisfy demand for arts in the east end of the city, and to build new business opportunities to strengthen the east-end economy.


From Thai to Indian to Vietnamese, Orléans has a vast choice of restaurants featuring the culinary specialties of the world. Several are conveniently located directly adjacent to Shenkman Arts Centre.

Darcy McGee’s

D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub offers the ultimate Irish experience. Whether you're looking for some great food, live music, or a couple of pints after work, come in to D'Arcy McGee's for an excellent time!
Services: Patio, Kids Menu, Vegetarian Options, HDTVs, Live Sports Coverage (NBA, NHL, UFC, NFL, etc.), Free Wireless Internet Access, Fully-Stocked Bar, Live Music, Live Sens Game Coverage, Free Parking, Take-out Menu

Location: Directly across from the Shenkman Art Centre
260 Centrum Blvd, Orleans, ON, K1E 3P4.
Phone: (613) 841-4784
Web: primepubs.com

St Martha’s Brasserie

The goal of St Martha’s Brasserie is to provide you with a dining experience that not only nourishes the body but feeds the soul – conjuring up emotions of home cooking, comfort food and a sense of belonging to family, friends and community.
'Rustic refinement' best describes the food we serve and how we serve it. By evoking the regional French approach to cooking, our menu is rooted in the past but uses state of the art equipment and cooking techniques. We have re-invented classic French brasserie fare within an Ontarian context, with a little latitude for our land-locked position!
Our open kitchen concept allows you to experience this with your own eyes and heart. In fact, our Chef’s Table seating is designed expressly to provide you with an up close and personal educational dining experience. Open seven days a week, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian and gluten free dishes available.

Location: Steps south of Shenkman Arts Centre
503-3095 St Joseph Blvd, Orleans, On K1E 3W6.
Phone: 613-424-9199.
Web : stmarthasbrasserie.com

A number of fast and convenient alternatives are also available. Farm Boy provides wholesome readymade meals, while Subway offers quick sandwiches made to order and nearby Place d’Orléans shopping centre has a variety of restaurants and coffee shops.


If you’re travelling to see a show or special event at Shenkman Arts Centre, or just want to make a night out of it, there are two new hotels within walking distance of the arts centre.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Ottawa East Orléans

Holiday Inn Express is located just steps from Shenkman Arts Centre on the north side of the building.

Quality Inn Orléans

The Quality Inn Orléans is conveniently located a 15 minute walk from Shenkman Arts Centre and brings a new level of hospitality to Orléans with friendly accommodating staff to meet your every request. The Quality Inn Orléans is perfect for business, leisure or group travel.


The public expressed a need for an east-end arts facility more than 20 years ago. After several needs assessments and feasibility studies, City of Ottawa staff fine-tuned the community requirements and sought out the right opportunity. The strategy included the development of a P3 (Public-Private Partnership) in 2004 with the Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP) led by Forum Leasehold Partners Inc., Aecon Buildings, Lalande + Doyle Architects, and Johnson Controls/BLJC. The OTCP addressed the design, construction, maintenance, and ownership responsibilities of the Shenkman Arts Centre facility (8,000 square meters). The partnership agreement includes the City operating the facility during a 30-year lease term, until such time the ownership will revert back to the City. The Shenkman Arts Centre opened on June 18, 2009.

Read more about The Shenkman Art Centre and Orleans Town Centre public-private project.