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MediaStyle’s IdeaSpace: a soon-to-be creativity hotspot

By Alejandro Bustos on December 4, 2012


Downtown Ottawa will soon have a 3,000-square-feet location exclusively dedicated to creative projects. Called IdeaSpace, the site at 131 Bank Street is scheduled to open on February 1.

The brainchild of the inventive folks at MediaStyle, a local digital public affairs agency, the site is meant to allow local residents to implement imaginative ideas. Possibilities could include, but are not limited to, month-long art shows, computer hacker nights, weeklong seminars, private parties, pop up restaurants, interesting weddings or a location for movie shoots.

“What we have in store for the space is what the Ottawa community has in store for it,” says Ian Capstick, president of MediaStyle.

The empty space is located above the MediaStyle offices in what used to be a tanning salon. Capstick tells Apartment 613 that the plan is to renovate the location by installing new floors, painting and doing electrical work.

To help raise part of the money required for the renovations, a fundraising effort with a target of $12,000 was launched last week and will run until December 23. Those who contribute to the fundraiser will get various perks. For instance, for $100 you will be invited to the exclusive opening night on February 1, with an open bar, catered food and entertainment. You will also have access to special invite-only parties in the future.

Larger contributions will allow you to use the space at a discount. For example, $300 will reserve the room for a weekend, which is $100 off the regular price, while a donation of $700 is good for a weeklong reservation, saving you $190. If you want to use the space for a month, a donation of $2,200 will guarantee you a month-long reservation, which is $800 off the regular price. All of the reservation perks are valid for the first year of operations.

There are also barter possibilities. If you are a painter, electrician, demolition expert or have other skills that can assist in the renovation, and you would like to exchange your skills to reserve some time in IdeaSpace, then MediaStyle is all ears.

“I am open to talking to people to see if they can come and put in some sweat time in the space,” says Capstick.

In addition to the renovations, there are other exciting plans for the future. Among the different capabilities that are envisioned is live-to-web capacity, as well as professional media gear, which will allow for collaborations and broadcast online.

“This is a space … with all the best that new Ottawa has to offer,” says Capstick. “A space in downtown Ottawa with creative thinkers and creative endeavours.”

To find out more and to donate, check out the Indiegogo page.