Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms.
About: Tyrin is 18 years old. He works at Tim Horton’s and plays music. In September, he’ll study Journalism in university.
Hood: I met up with Tyrin in Centretown, by the Herb & Spice. He was grabbing a bite to eat after his band practice. Check out his band, Weed Mom, here.
Complaint: Everyone’s friendly but everyone is too afraid to talk to each other. You’ll be like “hi,” and they’ll look at you weirdly. But I feel like that’s not just specific to Ottawa.
Recommendation: I recommend Herb & Spice, where I’m eating right now. There’s Troubadour Books & Records, Black Squirrel Books (but they moved to Sunnyside and Bank). Just walking around Centretown, you find new things, there’s always something to do.