Pitch us! Ottawa (de)tours invites proposals
Ottawa (de)tours (www.ottawadetours.ca) is an Ottawa-based walking tour social good company. Building on the success of our third season (see critical response and media coverage here), we are currently gearing up for our fourth season.
Our guides lead small groups on leisurely walks around central Ottawa streets with significance for a particular theme, and facilitate discussion on current and future issues relating to the topic in question.
Tours run once per week (or as warranted by demand and guide availability), during the nice weather season (April-October). Each tour typically lasts about an hour to 90 minutes. Groups then continue their discussions at local cafes, restaurants, outdoors, etc. We encourage our participants to explore ideas through a variety of lenses, as well as to consider potential models for change.
Founded in 2014, Ottawa (de)tours uses walking tours to spark conversations on contemporary issues. Our 2014 roster consisted of 4 themes: Money, Food, Feminism and Play), along with some special edition seminars led by partner organizations (e.g. Hidden Harvest). Our 2015 season added 5 more walks: Branding, Brutalism, Urban Planning, Science, and the Mall, some of them experimenting with the walking tour medium itself (e.g. the Mall tour ran as an audio ‘podplay’, while the Urban Planning tour was designed as a running tour), and in 2016, we introduced our Citizen (de)tour to our roster.
Sound like fun? Join us!
We would like to see a diverse set of proposals, about one or more of the following: arts, culture, democracy, economics, finance, health, human rights, international affairs, journalism, media, militarism, peace-building, public institutions, the press, religion, security, or anything that fits with Ottawa’s downtown and which may be relevant for a great discussion. We are very open to various themes. In particular, we’re hoping to put together walks on the following topics: “Canada’s democracy: the vanishing Canadian citizen”; “How to be invisible: surveillance in the age of the CCTV era”.
Please select the proposal application below, if you wish to design a (de)tour with us, or select the guide application, if you would like to be considered as a (de)tours guide. Select both if you wish to design and guide a (de)tour (our preferred choice, by far!).
Note: While the preferred ‘window’ for designing and testing (de)tours is early in the year each year (February-April/May), we do not want that to stop you from applying, either as a tour guide or a potential (de)tour conceptual tour designer. We are very happy to begin beta-testing and piloting new tours at all times of the year, fully knowing that a good tour, just like a good course or a good book, might take months (or years) to perfect.