• First Annual Somali Cultural Festival to take place in Ottawa

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, joined by members of Ottawa’s Somali Community, will proclaim July 29 Somali Culture Festival Day in Ottawa, in conjunction with the first Annual Somali Cultural Festival. The festival, which is organized by the Somali Centre for Family Services and supported by the City of Ottawa, will take place on Saturday, July 29, from 12 to 6 p.m. in Jean Pigott Place at City Hall. Mayor Watson will proclaim Somali Culture Festival Day in Ottawa at 1 p.m.

    The annual Somali Cultural Festival celebrates Somali culture and will be a place of gathering for members of the Somali community as well as Ottawa’s community at large.

    With significant community interest and in partnership with the Somali Centre for Family Services, the City of Ottawa offered its support for the festival that will showcase the richness of Somali culture to residents of Ottawa.

    “Ottawa is a diverse, inclusive and vibrant city with a large Somali Community,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Somali Cultural Festival is a great way to recognize and highlight the community’s important contributions in our city, and to celebrate Somali culture and heritage.”

    This fun, family-friendly event is free to attend and will feature traditional Somali cuisine, dance, music, and entertainment throughout the day. Members of Carleton University’s Somali Student Association (SSA) will be performing a cultural dance as well as a fashion show. The event will also be hosting a Somali Toronto based podcast group called “Sheeko Sheeko” who was this year’s Toronto Webfest best podcast winners. Sheeko Sheeko will be holding a live panel discussion to close off the event. Littles ones will be able to enjoy face painting, a kid’s zone and other family-centric activities. A paid BBQ will be available in Lisgar field, rain or shine.

    “As a part of Canada’s 150th celebration, the Somali Centre for Family Services is proud to bring forth a new annual tradition to the nation’s capital”, said Bille Abdalla, Somali Centre for Family Services’ Youth Department Manager. “We are happy to see our cultures celebrated and showcased for the first time at City hall. With the support of the city and our community, we hope that this celebration will be a long lasting ritual in Ottawa.

  • Experience Kontinuum!

    Free underground journey through time premieres tonight
     
    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to premiere Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time. The experience officially opens to the public tomorrow at 10 a.m., but hundreds of lucky Ottawa 2017 Insiders and frontline tourism staff are getting an exclusive sneak peek tonight.
     
    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 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 are exposed to the hidden frequencies of the material world.
     
    Using technology in creative ways to highlight the architecture in the Confederation Line’s Lyon Station, the project gives residents and visitors a first glimpse inside the LRT system, while offering them an uplifting experience like no other.
     
    AN ENHANCED EXPERIENCE
    Thanks to Bell’s world-class network technology, residents and visitors can experience Kontinuum in another dimension this summer. Spectators are able to capture and share their personal frequency by downloading a holographic photo of themselves on the Ottawa 2017 App or the Kontinuum webpage, developed and powered by Bell. Canada’s largest communications company is also providing free WiFi hotspots at Kontinuum, so visitors can immediately share their experience with friends and family across the country and around the world.
     
    MORE THAN 75,000 TICKETS RESERVED SO FAR!
    Tickets to this subterranean world first are FREE. People can reserve their tickets in advance online. In addition to online reservations, limited tickets will be available on site daily. People can also sign up online to become Ottawa 2017 Insiders for the chance to receive exclusive offers for upcoming events.
     
    Kontinuum will run daily from July 16 to September 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Journeys depart continuously throughout the day.
     
    QUOTES
     
    “Kontinuum highlights the most transformative project in Ottawa since the construction of the Rideau Canal. We’re excited to offer residents and visitors a first glimpse of this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project and to build anticipation for this new era of transportation in the nation’s capital.”
    –– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
     
    “Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time, created and produced by Ottawa 2017 and Moment Factory, will offer Canadians and visitors a unique opportunity to celebrate Canada 150. I encourage everyone to attend this impressive multimedia event taking place right under our feet.”
    –– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
     
    “Our sesquicentennial year didn’t end on Canada Day – there’s so much more to experience throughout the year and Kontinuum is a perfect example of that.  This project engages audiences through futuristic technology that sparks the imagination and encourages creative exploration, which is completely in line with building an exciting future for Ontario.”
    –– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport
     
    Moment Factory is proud to be part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations with Kontinuum, an ambitious project that provides an opportunity to gather at one of Ottawa’s most unusual venues. Enabling visitors to participate, interact and share their experience within a large urban project such as that of the future Lyon Station has been a great source of inspiration and motivation for the entire Moment Factory team.”
    –– Eric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer, Moment Factory
     
    CIBC is excited to be part of Kontinuum, an immersive experience that will awaken the imagination of Canadians and visitors alike. This innovative project will showcase a unique use of creative technology brought to life in collaboration with Moment Factory and Bell as we continue the year-long celebrations to mark our country’s 150th year of Confederation as well as CIBC’s 150th anniversary.”
    –– Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC
     
    “Bell technology has been powering Canadian innovation for 137 years, so we’re very excited that our world-class networks are now enabling a multi-media journey to the next dimension. Kontinuum is certain to be one of Ottawa 2017’s most memorable attractions, and Bell is proud of the role our team is playing to bring it to life.”
    –– Loring Phinney, Bell Canada’s Vice President, Corporate Marketing
    “The concept for a futuristic experience in the LRT system is the very first idea that I wrote in the Ottawa 2017 business plan, so it’s incredible to see the idea become a reality. Kontinuum is by far the most complex and intricate production of my career and we are truly grateful for the high degree of collaboration from all our partners and, in particular, the amazing chemistry with Moment Factory. We look forward to our continued work with them on the Magnificent Chaudière Falls experience, which launches this fall.”
    –– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017
     
    Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present this project as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, our premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150), the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150), the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism, Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Limited and Stantec for their contributions.
     
    To make this exciting event happen in its remarkable subterranean location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Moment Factory, the City of Ottawa, Brookfield Office Properties, Bell, Rideau Transit Group and its contractor partner companies, SNC-Lavalin, Dragados and EllisDon, the consortium delivering the Confederation Line, the first stage of Ottawa’s LRT project.
     
    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.
     
    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.
     
    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, powered by Bell, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.
     
    ABOUT MOMENT FACTORY
    Moment Factory is a multimedia studio with a full range of production expertise under one roof. Our team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 400 unique shows and destinations. Productions span the globe and include such clients as Nine Inch Nails, Madonna, Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft, Sony, the NFL, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
  • Gatineau and Ottawa mayors announce the mandate and membership of the Joint Transportation Working Group

    GATINEAU and OTTAWA — On May 26, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in conjunction with Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and OC Transpo, announced the signing of a historic transit agreement between the two cities. In addition to integrating Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) bus routes with the new O-Train Confederation Line, the agreement also provided for the creation of a bilateral working group on long-term interprovincial transportation planning.

    Following up on the May 26 announcement, the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa today announced the mandate and composition of the Working Group, as well as its meeting schedule.

    From now on, this new forum will be referred to as the “Joint Transportation Working Group”.

    The Working Group’s mandate will be to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including transit and active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

    To ensure that this committee carries on the existing spirit of collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau, the mayors have named ex officio members who are currently driving key transportation files in both cities. These members are:

    City of Gatineau:

    1. Mayor of Gatineau (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais
    3. Chair of the Commission des transports
    4. General Manager of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais

    City of Ottawa:

    1. Mayor of Ottawa (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Transit Commission
    3. Chair of the Transportation Committee
    4. General Manager of OC Transpo

    Additional staff from both cities and transit agencies will join the Working Group depending on the topics under consideration.

    The Joint Transportation Working Group will meet at least twice a year; additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting locations will alternate between Gatineau and Ottawa, beginning in early 2018.

  • Savour a summer table, follow grains to the glass, or discover secret eats, all in rural Ottawa

    Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for Ottawa 2017’s three newest Agri 150 experiences

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce three new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Savour Ottawa Summer Table culinary experience, the From Grain to Glass Tour and the Secret Eats Osgoode Tour will go on sale tomorrow at noon.

    Savour Ottawa Summer Table ($)                                                                                           

    Saturday, August 12

    3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road

    Savour Ottawa Summer Table is a multi-course, gourmet dinner, featuring the local food and culinary talents of Savour Ottawa chefs and producers.  Prepared by talented local chefs with local ingredients to celebrate Ottawa’s harvest, this celebration of farm-to-fork foods will serve 150 guests dinner and wine-pairings, while guests are surrounded by an original farmstead, depicting both how pioneer farm life would have been in the 1860s, as well as learning how three generations of the Orr family is revitalizing the farm into a working family farm today. Guests will be treated to a live performance by contemporary First Nations dance artist and choreographer, Christine Friday.

    Tickets for the Savour Ottawa Summer Table are $125 + $25 for wine pairing option (plus tax and service charges).

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    From Grain to Glass ($)                                                                                                          

    Sunday, August 27

    First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (English only)

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Bilingual – French whisperer)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Baseline Park and Ride, at 1408 Woodroffe Ave.

    Calling lovers of craft beer! Come along to learn the origins of some of your favourite ingredients, and understand how “local beer” and bread products don’t simply start at the brewery or bakery. Then indulge in a tasting of the finished products. Get the chance to attend a grain milling demonstration at historic Watson’s Mill and navigate a labyrinth of premium-quality hops at Ottawa Valley Hops. We will then go to Ashton Brewing Company and Big Rig Brewery to sample their beers and learn about the brewing process – the way these ingredients get turned into the world’s most beloved drink.

    Tickets for the From Grain to Glass Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Baseline 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 Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    Secret Eats Tour – Osgoode ($)                                                                                              

    Sunday, September 10

    First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (English only)

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. (Bilingual – French whisperer)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Park and Ride, at 2100 Bank St.

    Guests are invited to snack their way through Osgoode Ward!

    Hosted by George Darouze, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of the Osgoode Ward.

    Visitors will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local treats that await in rural Ottawa.

    Tickets for the Secret Eats Osgoode Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Greenboro Park and 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 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.

  • John Blatherwick receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson and Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Blatherwick at City Council today in recognition of his many years of service as President and Chair of the Zoning and Development Committee for the Woodpark Community Association (WCA), and for his extensive volunteer work and expertise on boards for numerous community, zoning and land-use organizations.

    Mr. Blatherwick’s knowledge, skills and experience in zoning and his willingness to advise associations and constituents has been an invaluable asset to Woodpark and to other community associations in west Ottawa.

    He is a member of the City of Ottawa Committee of Adjustment, and a former member of the City of Ottawa Business Advisory Committee. His extensive experience includes being the Past Chair of the Transportation Working Group for the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa, and Past President, and Past Director of the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa-Carleton.

    Mr. Blatherwick is also recognized as a City Builder for his contributions as a presenter at many Planning, Economic Development, Budget, Community Service, Operations and Committee of Adjustment meetings. He also contributed to the Mayor’s Task Force on Public/Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing in 2001, and has Ontario Municipal Board experience as an expert witness, appellant, presenter and community consultant (1989 to present).

  • Sky Lounge takes flight!

    Ottawa 2017 Signature Event raises the bar – and the entire dinner table – for fine dining above Ottawa

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that the Sky Lounge has lifted off for two weeks of culinary adventure in the nation’s capital.

    An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, the Sky Lounge will take flight between July 7 to 22, 2017 at Ottawa City Hall. Each evening, participants will be hoisted 46 meters (150 feet) in the air over the city, to enjoy breathtaking views and fine dining.

    Ottawa 2017 is also pleased to partner with Feast + Revel, the signature restaurant of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, as the Official Sky Lounge Culinary Partner. Executive Chef Stephen La Salle will create the menu for this unforgettable culinary experience.

    Two different culinary journeys are offered several times each evening. Tickets for the Sky Lounge Cocktail experience are $150 (plus tax and service charges) and tickets for the Sky Lounge Gourmet Dinner experience are $250 (plus tax and service charges). Capacity for each seating is 22 people.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    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 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.

  • City proposes improvements to Trillium Line extension south

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today a new alignment for the O-Train Trillium Line extension as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit project.

    The new alignment would move Bowesville Station to the edge of the urban boundary just southeast of the Bowesville and Earl Armstrong intersection, bringing rail almost a full kilometre closer to the Riverside South community. The new alignment also takes advantage of an existing City-owned rail corridor, ultimately reducing the environmental impact on sensitive green spaces, in addition to reducing potential land costs and simplifying construction.

    This new Earl Armstrong/Bowesville station and alignment also facilitates a potential future extension to Limebank Road to better integrate with the community of Riverside South as it grows. This potential future extension to Limebank requires an amendment to the existing Environmental Assessment for the Trillium Line, as well as a targeted update to the Community Design Plan for Riverside South. City staff will be completing these updates over the summer.

    The Trillium Line extension is one of the three extensions in Ottawa’s Stage 2 project package. In the South, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Bowesville Station with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport by 2021. In the East, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the West, rail will reach Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

    Once complete, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span 60 kilometres and include 41 stations.

    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 the City through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    City of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT

    Province of Ontario invests $1.16 billion into Phase 2. That’s billion with a “B”

    Quotes

    “The new proposed alignment will bring thousands of residents closer to rail and have a reduced impact on environmentally sensitive Greenbelt lands. In Riverside South alone, the City is forecasting a residential growth of nearly 15,000 households or approximately 40,000 people over the course of the next ten years.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts:

    • Confederation Line (Stage 1)
      • Length – 12.5 km
      • Downtown tunnel – 2.5 km
      • Number of stations – 13
    • Stage 2 (Confederation Line and Trillium Line)
      • 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity
      • 39 km of new rail
      • 23 new stations
      • South extension
        • 12 km including a spur to the Airport
        • 7 new stations
        • Completion 2021
      • East extension
        • 5 km
        • 5 new stations
        • Completion 2022
      • West extension
        • 15 km
        • 11 new stations
        • Completion 2023

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