Impromptu V-E Day celebration on Sparks Street, May 1945. Original photo from: LAC.
The caption at LAC is: Military personnel and civilians celebrating V-E Day on Sparks Street. May 8, 1945
MLU: This is actually an impromptu celebration on May 7th. The vehicle heads west on Sparks Street past the Corinthian columns of what is 119 Sparks Street — Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, built in 1922. The architects Darling & Pearson were from Toronto and the construction company was the Ottawa family of George C. Graves. The piper on the car is Don Sutherland according to the Ottawa Citizen newspaper issued on May 8th. The Citizen building was actually across the street on the south side at 136-140 Sparks.