521 Sussex Drive
Written by Bytown Museum
Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Sneezy Waters, Gordon Lightfoot, BB King. These are just a few of the incredible musicians who have played at Ottawa's legendary Le Hibou Coffee House.
Le Hibou's roots go back to a small apartment on Rideau Street in 1960. Students paid a $2 membership fee to enjoy music, poetry and theatre. It was also a venue to discuss current political events. By 1965, Le Hibou had moved to 521 Sussex Drive and owners David Faulkner and Harvey Glatt began booking bigger acts.
For the next few years, Le Hibou was the place to be. It featured poetry readings by Leonard Cohen and Irving Layton, Monday night jams with Bruce Cockburn and even a children's theatre series.
After struggling for a few years, Le Hibou closed its doors in 1975, but the famous coffee house lives on in the hearts of many.
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