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Ashley Newall. Photo: Awesome Ottawa.

Awesome Ottawa: October award to support colourized historical photos

By Awesome Ottawa on November 1, 2022

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October’s Awesome Ottawa award goes to Ashley Newall to support his sharing of colourized historical photos of Ottawa.

“I’ve been colourizing photos and posting them to Twitter for the past two years,” explains Ashley. “A year and a half ago, this turned into a regular column for Apartment613.”

Ashley Newall. Photo: Awesome Ottawa.

Ashley is a local musician, historian, graphic artist, and writer. He’s hosted open mics for many years all over town, as well as battles of the bands at several local venues.

“This summer, I purchased high-resolution scans from Library and Archives Canada, colourized them, and printed and framed them to sell at a ByWard Market stand—identifying in the process the most popular to feature at a show. While I’m not a good capitalist, and my start-up costs somewhat exceeded my profits, I’m happy to report that the colourized prints were a hit!”

Ashley’s photos will be on display at Irene’s Pub in the Glebe from December 5-31. At a launch party on December 5, he’ll be getting on the mic and going in-depth on each of the pieces at 6pm and 8pm.


Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement of self-organizing chapters forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. At each chapter, ten or so “trustees” each contribute $100 every month and review short applications received online to decide on the recipient of the pooled funds — usually a local project, but occasionally a particularly awesome one far away from home. Globally, close to $6 million has already been awarded – $157,000 of that by Awesome Ottawa. For more information, visit awesomeottawa.ca.

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