New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (NECTAR)

The New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (NECTAR) has been at the centre of the community for many years. In early 2020, the sale of 255 MacKay Street was completed, resulting in NECTAR’s retaining the use of the building under agreement of the new owners until plans to develop the building are put in motion (according to the Heritage Permit Application, available here). Since that time, the current owners have put the house back up for sale and NECTAR continues to operate out of the building.

NECTAR has had to navigate the public health regulations regarding COVID-19 and rapidly adjust its model to the new realities of extended shutdowns and restrictions. It was out of this experience that its partnership with Lineage Arts ( took shape. The former Community Room (previously available to for community events, programs, and general rentals) is the current home of Lineage Arts, showcasing an incredible collection of traditional and contemporary artwork from Canadian and International Indigenous artists. There has been considerable interest in the community about the artwork and it has been a welcome addition to the NECTAR family.

We continue to offer artist studios for rental and Paul Tonkin, our part-time office manager, continues to be the main point of contact for programming and rentals (when NECTAR is able to operate per public health guidelines). Working onsite on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can reach Paul at or 613-745-2742. If you have an interest in becoming more involved at NECTAR, please contact Paul and he will direct you to a member of the board.

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