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Innovation Pod lands at Lansdowne

August 15, 2018
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The City of Ottawa, in partnership with Bayview Yards, and prototypeD TEAM Inc, are making beautiful music together at Lansdowne Park with the MadeMill Innovation Pod – available for Ottawa musicians and other artists.

The MadeMill innovation pod at Lansdowne

The Innovation Pod is a multi-use mobile technology studio designed for entrepreneurs, with support from FedDev Ontario. It was developed at Bayview Yards by protoypeD TEAM and provides a creative space that can be used in a multitude of ways.


"As Ottawa’s one-stop business shop, Bayview Yards is the ultimate one-stop business acceleration shop and mash-up of technical, business and market services, resources and expertise that helps companies launch, grow and thrive,” said Michael Tremblay, President and CEO of Bayview Yards.


“Leveraging generous funding from FedDev Ontario, our City and the province, we have enabled hundreds of entrepreneurs and firms to benefit from these capabilities. This includes the digital media, advanced manufacturing and prototyping services available through MadeMill and our innovation pods. Musicians will now have the opportunity to access this mobile studio, and put these technologies to work to further enhance their craft.  It provides an excellent platform to demonstrate some of the novel technologies developed by startups across our region. For example, this pod features Virtual Reality tools developed by MasterpieceVR, one of Invest Ottawa’s high-growth accelerator companies at Bayview Yards.  This will open-up many new possibilities for collaboration among musicians, artists and firms in our city.”


So what happens in the pod? Lots of creativity. The space can be used for workshops, podcasts, media space, virtual reality demos, music performance, recording studio time and other events. The pod is fully wired and self sufficient, with solar panels providing energy to run all technology. The pod features a 3-D printer and a special recording studio, complete with acoustic tiling, for podcasts or intimate performances.

The back room of the pod serves as a recording studio, complete with acoustic tiling.

The Innovation Pod’s residency at Lansdowne advances the new Ottawa Music Strategy goal of opening up more City-owned space to musicians and the music industry.


The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) and Apt613 are providing programming for the space from September to November, making these capabilities available to local musicians and artists in support of Ottawa’s Music Strategy and broader economic development. Programming for August has been supplied by prototypeD.

The inside of the pod is adaptable for all kinds of activities including art installations, 3-D imaging and Virtual Reality

"We can't wait to get the keys to this thing,” said Greggory Clark, Manager, Apt613. “Our contributors haven't stopped pitching podcast ideas, live music sessions, and other novel uses of the space since learning about the Innovation Pod opportunity. It's going to be a blast."


For August, the following events are planned at the pod:

  • August 17 - DJ Tommy Rad from 7 to 11 pm
  • August 20-22 - Two Sight Studio, motion capture and VR animation testing from noon to 6 pm
  • August 23 - Two Sight Studio, collaborative VR and motion capture animation and storytelling workshops from noon to 6 pm
  • August 24-26 - Two Sight Studio, motion capture and VR animation in-house creative process from noon to 6 pm
  • August 31 - Claudia Salguero Virtual 3D design from 4 to 8 pm

More information on programming in September and October will be available on both Apt613 and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition websites. Check back for details.


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