• Ottawa 2017 wins 8 prestigious international awards

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, is thrilled to have received 8 awards from the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA). The awards recognize excellence and creativity in promotional materials produced by festivals and events around the world.

    The prizes were awarded last night during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony, held at the IFEA’s 62nd Annual Convention, Expo & Retreat, in Tucson, Arizona.

    “The Ottawa 2017 Bureau has done tremendous work this year to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and we’re delighted to have our city’s celebrations endorsed by the international festival and events industry,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We are grateful for these accolades and look forward to keeping the momentum going in the months ahead with even more events for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

    “We’re proud and honoured that so much of the output from Ottawa 2017’s first six months of festivities is being recognized on the international stage for its high quality and creativity,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer of Ottawa 2017 and past Chair (2016) of the IFEA World Board of Directors. “These awards demonstrate the caliber of events that we were able to deliver with the support of our partners and further boost the visibility of Ottawa and our local innovators globally.”

    The professional competition, judged by an independent international jury, draws entries from among the world’s top festivals and events, such as the Kentucky Derby Festival (USA), VIVID Sydney (Australia) and the Rotterdam Festival (Netherlands).

    Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.) won awards in the following categories:

     

    CATEGORY– TELEVISION & RADIO

    GOLD! Best TV Promotion – Ad spot or PSA (A high-energy video showcasing what’s to come in Ottawa in 2017:https://vimeo.com/224223590)

     

    CATEGORY– MULTIMEDIA

    GOLD! Best Miscellaneous Multimedia (A captivating re-cap video of Red Bull Global Rallycross:https://vimeo.com/222415794)

     

    BRONZE! Best Promotional Brochure (Ottawa 2017’s year-long program showcased in an attractive calendar of events format)

     

    SILVER! Best Single Newspaper Display Ad (An eye-catching Ottawa 2017 ad displayed in newspaper La Presse+ “Vivez de grandes premières”)

     

    CATEGORY– EVENT DÉCOR & AMBIANCE

    SILVER! Best Street Banner (A colourful 50 x 11-foot banner highlighting the Ottawa 2017 brand and partners)

     

    CATEGORY– SPONSORSHIP 

    BRONZE! Best Sponsor Partner – A specific sponsor that stands out above all others for their quantity and quality of support (Ottawa 2017’s lead partner CIBC)

     

    SILVER! Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor (Ottawa 2017’s premier partner Bell for significantly contributing to the overall success of the program Kontinuum, creating a digital, user-friendly experience, App and website)

     

    CATEGORY– FESTIVAL & EVENT CRITICAL COMPONENT

    BRONZE! Best New Event – Festival or event created from scratch within the past year (Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time)

    NOTE: All entries must have been produced and / or used for the first time between July 19, 2016 and July 17, 2017.

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150#ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App StoreGoogle Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Mayor Watson to lead economic mission to Los Angeles and Seattle

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today that on September 18, 2017, he will head to Los Angeles, California, with the heads of Ottawa’s local tourism and film industries, as well as representation from Invest Ottawa.

    On September 21, Mayor Watson will head to Seattle, Washington, to tour the Amazon Headquarters.

    The economic mission’s participants are:

    • Mr. Michael Crockatt, President and CEO, Ottawa Tourism
    • Mr. Bruce Harvey, Film Commissioner, Ottawa Film Office
    • Ms. Kelly Daize, Market Director, Americas, Invest Ottawa

    The purpose of this mission is to promote Ottawa as a filming destination and a technology hub, explore tourism development opportunities with worldwide partners during the World Tourism Cities Federation Summit, and create jobs and economic opportunities for residents in the tourism and hospitality sector.

    Film & Television Opportunities

    The mission will include a series of targeted meetings with decision-makers from American film and television production studios to promote Ottawa as a prime filming location, due to its affordability, beautiful and unique landscapes, and access to a talented and bilingual cast and film crew.

    On September 18, the day after the Emmys, Mayor Watson and the delegates will have the opportunity to build ties and attract interest in the film industry at a reception celebrating Canadian Emmy nominees, hosted by the Consul General of Canada, James Villeneuve.

    On September 19, the delegation will have further opportunities to develop relationships at an industry dinner where the Consul General has convened local film and television industry leaders, as well as other business development contacts.

    Tourism Opportunities

    Mayor Watson and Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, will also attend the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Summit as a guest of the organizers, where on September 20, the Mayor will speak at a forum on solutions to challenges faced by tourism cities. Mayor Watson will discuss Ottawa’s lessons learned from hosting a wide variety of major events in the context of Ottawa 2017, namely the need for early community outreach and identifying the right partners and logistical teams to deliver major events. He will showcase the recent La Machine performances that swept the entire city with excitement as an example of Ottawa’s strength and wealth of experience in planning and ensuring safe and orderly conduct for large crowds.

    The WTCF Summit will also present opportunities to strengthen our international networks. Mayor Watson will meet with the Mayor of Beijing, Chen Jining, and the Chairman of Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development, Mr. Song Yu, to explore further partnership opportunities.

    Mayor Watson will be meeting with a number of Chinese media to promote Ottawa as a tourism destination of choice, particularly in 2018, which marks the Canada-China Year of Tourism. The governments of Canada and China have signed an agreement to increase cooperation between the two countries and boost the two-way flow of visitors.

    Ottawa has maintained an active relationship with Beijing since 1999, when Mayor Watson first signed the Ottawa-Beijing Sister City Agreement. Mayor Watson has led a number of trade missions to China since the signing of that Agreement.

    While at the Summit, Mayor Watson will also have an opportunity to meet with the Mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Eric Garcetti.

    Foreign Investment and Trade

    Invest Ottawa and the Consulate General in Los Angeles are jointly coordinating site visits and business development meetings with other leads, particularly small to medium-sized enterprises who are interested in establishing a presence in Canada or growing their Canadian footprint in Ottawa.

    Visit of Amazon Headquarters in Seattle

    Mayor Watson will tour the 33-building complex that Amazon has built in Seattle, accompanied by Michael Wooff, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada. The goal of the visit and briefing is to gain a better understanding of the scope and infrastructure requirements of the campus, in order to put forward the strongest bid to attract Amazon HQ2 to Ottawa.

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    “Ottawa is well-positioned to attract interest from partners located around the world, including keen investors and producers in the United States. We need to strengthen our current relationships and build new ties abroad to keep building Ottawa’s international reputation and ensure we stay competitive in the global marketplace.

    My tour of the Amazon campus in Seattle will hopefully let me see what Amazon needs and what they will be looking to achieve with their second headquarters. I look forward to this opportunity to tour the campus and gain insight from the Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in Seattle.’’
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick facts:

    • Ottawa is Canada’s technology hub, with the most educated workforce in Canada, counting 1,750 companies and 77,000 employees in the information and telecommunications industry.
    • Tourism is Ottawa’s third-largest industry and creator of jobs. As a former President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission, Mayor Watson has brought a renewed focus to leveraging tourism for economic growth since he was elected in 2010.
    • The number of Chinese visitors to Canada grew by 170 per cent between 2011 and 2014.
    • The yearly average for film and television production in the Ottawa area translates into over $100 million spent directly in the local economy, including more than $50 million in Ottawa’s established animation sector.
    • Mayor Watson’s travel and accommodations expenses in Los Angeles will be paid for by the World Tourism Cities Federation. The portion of expenses related to Seattle will be covered by the City’s Economic Development Branch.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

  • Experience rural Ottawa by bike with the Enviro-Cycle Tour

    Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon for Ottawa 2017’s newest Agri 150 event

    Ottawa –Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce the newest Agri 150 experience. Tickets for the Enviro-Cycle Tour go on sale tomorrow at noon.

    ENVIRO-CYCLE TOUR ($)                                                                                                       

    Sunday, September 24
    First tour group (72 km): 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Second tour group (21 km): 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Tour shuttle for Group 2 will depart from OC Transpo’s Leitrim Park & Ride, at 4600 Gilligan Rd.

    Come experience the countryside by bicycle, and visit some of the eco-friendly businesses and public spaces in Ottawa’s rural area.

    There are two options: tackle the entire 72 km route with your own bike, or bus part way and cycle the 21 km route with a bike provided by RentABike. Whichever route you choose, all attendees will get the pleasure of visiting Castor River Farm, a sustainable off-grid farm, SunTech Greenhouses, where vegetables are grown year-round, and W.A. Taylor Conservation area for a rest between, as you sample Savour Ottawa treats. So, hop on and let your RentABike guides and local farmers bring you on a day full of fun, learning, and exercise!

    Tickets prices:

    $20 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 1 (72 km / bring-your-own-bike)
    $40 (plus tax and service charges) for Group 2 (21 km / bus and RentABike provided)

    A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Leitrim Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with RentABike.ca, Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Statement by Mayor Watson, co-chair of Invest Ottawa, regarding the Amazon HQ2 announcement

    ‘’Following Amazon’s announcement yesterday that it was looking to establish an important campus in a North American city, I have asked Invest Ottawa and the City’s Economic Development branch to explore this great opportunity for our community. As an innovation and research-intensive city, counting a bilingual and culturally diverse high-tech and telecommunications workforce of more than 77,000 leading professionals, Ottawa is well-positioned to host this Amazon campus, and we will work hard over the next few months to put our best foot forward in this process.

    Working with our economic development partners, we will showcase all that our city has to offer. We are holding discussions with the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, Ville de Gatineau, our postsecondary institutions, Hydro Ottawa and other key utilities, as well as industry and community leaders, to seek their input and collaboration in bringing this bid forward. Representatives from these groups will be asked to join the Task Force on Amazon HQ2, which will meet shortly to determine our critical path between now and the bidding deadline of October 19.

    My hope is that we will be placing a strong and convincing bid to host Amazon HQ2 in our nation’s capital, which would greatly benefit our community, attracting tens of thousands of jobs and helping diversify our economy.’’

    – Mayor Jim Watson, co-chair, Invest Ottawa

  • Back by popular demand! Ottawa 2017 is making a splash this Saturday with a repeat performance of Waterdance

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, invites media to capture captivating and colourful images of Waterdance, a free Ignite 150 event taking place throughout the city this Saturday. In an encore performance, splash pads around town will come alive as dancers perform unique choreographies and invite the public to join in.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017                     

    Performance #1 – Contemporary
    10:00 am
    Cumberland Millennium Sports Park | 100 Millennium Boulevard, Cumberland

    Performance #2 – Hip Hop
    11:00 am
    Blue Willow Park | 6011 Longleaf Drive, Gloucester

    Performance #3 – African Dance
    12:00 pm
    Fisher Park | 250 Holland Avenue, Ottawa

    Performance #4 – Hip Hop
    1:30 pm
    Brewer Park | 100 Brewer Way, Ottawa

    Performance #5 – Jazz
    2:20 pm
    Diamond Jubilee Park | 2810 Findlay Creek Drive, Gloucester

    Performance #6 – Jazz
    3:15 pm
    Ken Ross Park | 600 Longfields Drive, Nepean

    Performance #7 – Contemporary
    4:15 pm
    Deer Run Park | 272 West Ridge Drive, Stittsville

    Presented in collaboration with The School of Dance.

    Photos of Waterdance for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/albums/72157684864297161

    Video of Waterdance for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/229861836

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Final week to experience Kontinuum

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, wishes to remind residents and visitors that there is only one week left to see Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time. To date, close to 300,000 people have experienced this Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, which ends on Thursday, September 14.

    SCHEDULE

    Open daily until September 14, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

    Free tickets or walk-ups welcome anytime

    300 Sparks St.

    ***Changes to opening hours on Saturday, September 9: Due to a planned power outage by Brookfield Property Partners in the area where the event takes place, opening hours for Kontinuum will be from 8 p.m. until midnight, exceptionally on Saturday, September 9.

    ABOUT KONTINUUM

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, and based on an original concept by Ottawa 2017, this impressive world-first underground multimedia production, powered by Bell, takes place in the Lyon Station of the yet to be opened Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

    The story premise for Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time is that a crevice in the fabric of reality was discovered during excavation of the LRT tunnel. Since this discovery, inexplicable electromagnetic waves have been appearing in and around the tunnel, captivating the imagination of passersby. It is an immersive, dynamic and moving experience, using the full 500-metre length of the station, where participants will be exposed to the hidden frequencies of the material world.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos of Kontinuum for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/albums/72157682794063531

    Kontinuum videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/album/3924564

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Final day to enjoy Inspiration Village

    Ottawa – As the final day for Inspiration Village gets underway today, Ottawa 2017 and Mayor Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, would like to thank residents, visitors, volunteers, artists and partners for their enthusiastic participation in making this free ephemeral entertainment locale a success.

    To date, more than 340,000 people have visited the celebration hub in the ByWard Market since it opened on May 20. Of the participants surveyed, 49% were visitors to Ottawa. Inspiration Village has an 87% satisfaction rate.

    From noon until 8 pm, the final day will be action-packed with activities and performances in a highly festive atmosphere. View details online.

    INSPIRATION VILLAGE BY THE NUMBERS

    0                      The price of admission to Inspiration Village
    5                      Gentlemen from the Ottawa Mission who prepared the site every morning before opening to the public
    12                     Live radio remotes conducted from Inspiration Village
    16                     Full time exhibitors at Inspiration Village
    20                     Performances on the tops of the sea containers
    23                     The average daily temperature from May 20 to September 4 in Ottawa
    24                     Local exhibitors who showcased their projects, programs and goods at Inspiration Village
    24                     Porter Airline tickets awarded to contestants in the CANADA 3, 2, 1 Fly Away promotion
    34+                   National Capital Region companies and organizations that supplied goods and services to the staging of Inspiration Village
    41                     Sea containers that housed exhibits and activities
    44                     Planters and flower pots that beautified Inspiration Village
    49                     Percentage of visitors at the Village from outside the region
    87                     Percent satisfaction rate of participants surveyed
    93                     Hours it rained while Inspiration Village was open to the public
    94                     Exhibitor and event management staff who worked at Inspiration Village over 16 weeks
    108                   Consecutive days that residents/tourists enjoyed FREE programming
    210                   Hours it will take to tear-down Inspiration Village
    275                   Busker performances at Inspiration Village
    406                   Hours it took to set-up Inspiration Village
    486                   Hours generously donated by volunteers at Inspiration Village
    874                   Hours that the public could enjoy FREE programming at Inspiration Village
    912                   Performances, activities and special events that took place at Inspiration Village
    5,000                The weight in pounds of a 20’ sea container at Inspiration Village
    8,400                Lego pieces that children could play with at the “Build a Nation Station”
    12,000              The weight in pounds of each 2nd level 40’ sea container
    12,231              The distance in kilometers (one way) that one artist traveled to perform at Inspiration Village
    18,000              Square feet that housed Inspiration Village on York Street
    30,000              The weight in pounds of the concrete blocks used to secure the 2 shade sails over the Village
    60,000              Mega Bloks that children could play with in the centre of Inspiration Village
    340,000+           People who visited Inspiration Village from May 20 to September 4

    TOO MANY TO COUNT: The number of people who took pictures of the OTTAWA letters or had their picture taken in front of the OTTAWA letters.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    ***Look for the Ottawa 2017 recap video of Inspiration Village in the coming days.

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Still time to enjoy the summer of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – On the heels of this past weekend’s successful event, Canada’s Table, Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, wishes to remind residents and visitors that there is still time to enjoy two other hit Signature Events of the summer: Inspiration Village and Kontinuum. 

    MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED INSPIRATION VILLAGE

    Daily, noon – 8 pm, until September 4 (Free)

    ByWard Market

    This artistic installation of 41 sea containers is an ephemeral entertainment locale featuring free special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

    The final weekend will be action-packed with activities and performances in a highly festive atmosphere. View details online.

    MORE THAN 250,000 PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED KONTINUUM

    Daily, 10 am – 10 pm, until September 14 (Free tickets or walk-ups welcome anytime)

    300 Sparks St.

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, this impressive world-first subterranean multimedia production, powered by Bell, takes place in the Lyon Station of the yet to be opened Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

    The story premise for Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time is that a crevice in the fabric of reality was discovered during excavation of the LRT tunnel. Since this discovery, inexplicable electromagnetic waves have been appearing in and around the tunnel, captivating the imagination of passersby. It is an immersive, dynamic and moving experience, using the full 500-metre length of the station, where participants will be exposed to the hidden frequencies of the material world.

    SURVEY SAYS: LA MACHINE WAS A SMASH HIT!

    Positive reviews are still coming in about La Machine and survey results show why. The North-American debut captivated the hearts and imaginations of audiences with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. More than 750,000 participants saw Long Ma and Kumo as they roamed the capital over four days. Of the spectators surveyed, 33% were visitors to Ottawa. The show entitled “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings” had an approval rating of 96%.

    OTHER OTTAWA 2017 SUMMER EVENTS BY THE NUMBERS:

    Canada’s Table                                           A sold-out dinner for 1000 people with a 99% satisfaction rate.
    Ottawa Welcomes the World                   Over 170,000 visitors so far with more than a dozen events to come; far exceeding the original objective by more than double
    Red Bull Global Rallycross                        More than 12,000 enthusiastic spectators, 31% of which were visitors, with a 93% satisfaction rate for the event
    Picnic on the Bridge                                   Of the 2500 picnic-goers, 34% were from out of town, with an 82% satisfaction rate for the picnic/
    Sky Lounge                                                 More than 3000 participants with a 98% satisfaction rate
    Agri 150                                                       11 rural events enjoyed so far with 10 still to come
    Ignite 150                                                    19 events so far with more than a dozen to go
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Program        5 projects so far with another 9 ongoing or to come
    Civic Events                                                 43 community celebrations so far with another 6 to go

    The results of Ottawa 2017 events are activations across the city, in every single ward, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

  • Statement from Mayor Watson regarding the appointment of Mr. Patrick Lin as Special Advisor on Canada-China relations

    ‘’Since 1999, the City of Ottawa has maintained a special relationship with the City of Beijing, China, which is to this day Ottawa’s only Sister City. I signed this original agreement in 1999 as Mayor of the former City of Ottawa.

    I value this relationship and have led a number of economic delegations to China over my years as Mayor. I have deliberately chosen to prioritize and invest in only one Sister City agreement in order to ensure that this relationship receives the attention it deserves and truly serves the interests of both cities, as well as those of our economic development partners who contribute greatly to its success.

    That said, I believe this relationship could be strengthened. Just this year, we have seen an increase in activity resulting from this partnership, which has positively impacted our city. We were proud to host a visit of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to the NAC in February; Long Ma, the dragon-horse from La Machine, was commissioned by a Chinese philanthropist and lent to us for the performance; and in October, Ottawa will host a large Chinese delegation for Beijing Week, which will take place October 4 to 8 at Lansdowne Park as part of Ottawa 2017’s Ottawa Welcomes the World series.

    In preparation for this great event in October, and in order to strengthen our relationship with Beijing going forward, I have decided to appoint Mr. Patrick Lin as my Special Advisor on Canada-China relations, a role he will be filling on a volunteer basis.

    Mr. Lin was instrumental in bringing the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to Ottawa this winter, and is one of the main organizers of the upcoming Beijing Week at Lansdowne. He is a long-time resident of Ottawa with deep Chinese roots, and his knowledge of the culture, business and political circles will benefit the City of Ottawa and our local businesses wishing to leverage this Sister City partnership. My hope is that Mr. Lin will provide us with the advice required to engage Ottawa in cultural, tourism and business reciprocity with Beijing to the benefit our community and its residents.’’

    – Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

  • Table for one…thousand!

    Guests welcomed to Canada’s Table for unprecedented dinner in front of Parliament Hill

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017 and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are delighted to welcome participants to Canada’s Table.

    A thousand guests will enjoy a legendary four-course meal, created by twenty top chefs from across Canada, at one long open-air table on Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill.

    Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program. Participating chefs:

    Local Chefs Visiting Chefs
    Chris Deraiche | Wellington Gastropub Normand Laprise | Toqué! & Brasserie T!, Montreal, QC
    Joe Thottungal | Coconut Lagoon Dale Mackay | Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK
    Jordan Holley | Riviera Vikram Vij | Vij’s Group, Vancouver, BC
    Jon Svazas | Fauna & Bar Laurel Melissa Craig | Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC
    Marc Doiron | Town & Citizen Matthew Krizan | Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS
    Marc Lepine | Atelier Daniel Vézina | Laurie Raphaël, Québec & Montréal, QC
    Michael Blackie | NeXT Paul Rogalski | Rouge, Calgary, AB
    Ross Fraser | Fraser Cafe & The Rowan Scott Vivian |Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON
    Tim Stock | Play food & wine Carolyn Reid |Scaramouche, Toronto, ON
    Yannick Anton | Le Cordon Bleu Todd Perrin |Mallard Cottage, Quidi Vidi, NL

    The dinner is a non-profit event to celebrate Canada’s unique culinary culture during our 150th anniversary and to raise funds for food security projects in our communities. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Growing Futures Program serving both Ottawa and a Northern Community, organized by the Parkdale Food Centre, and the kitchen renovation at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

    As part of the program, many of the chefs made a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations yesterday. The following groups benefited from culinary demonstrations and food production for some of our community’s most at-risk members:

    • The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa
    • The Shepherds of Good Hope
    • The Ottawa Mission
    • Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills
    • The Parkdale Food Centre

    QUOTES

    “As the nation’s capital, we’re proud to bring Canadians together in honour of our country’s 150th anniversary with unique experiences like Canada’s Table. Tonight’s event will create lasting, cherished memories for residents and visitors of this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration.”
    –– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

    “Food has always brought friends, families and communities together of all ages and backgrounds – it is at the heart of cultural celebrations and the foundation of many fond memories. Canada’s Table will not only put a spotlight on the incredibly talented chefs we have here in Ontario and in Canada, it will also help raise funds for food security projects – a vital service for the well-being of our communities.”
    –– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport

    “Canada’s Table is a very special opportunity to celebrate our unique and world-class culinary identity, as we mark our 150th anniversary.  Cooking with us this weekend are some of the top chefs from near and far across Canada, partnered with many of our country’s top artisanal wineries.  We celebrate at a single, 1000-foot table – in a stunning setting – with friends and strangers alike, to embrace community and forge relationships as one can only do over a dining table with great food and caring hospitality.”
    –– Stephen Beckta, Owner, Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants

    “We want to add a very special thanks for the many caring hearts and helping hands that have come together to produce this evening’s remarkable event.  From this weekend, we hope to help grow a more resilient next generation, through these many food security efforts, and the greater awareness that grows from them.”
    –– Sheila Whyte, Owner, Thyme & Again

    “One of our goals at Ottawa 2017 is to produce events that are big, bold and that showcase the best of our capital city with magnificent visuals that will be shared around the globe. We’re delighted that Canada’s Table will serve to reinforce on the world stage the positive image of Ottawa and celebrate Canadian culinary excellence, an important aspect of our culture.”
    –– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offers Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

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