• Angela Hewitt to perform at the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson is proud to announce that internationally acclaimed pianist Angela Hewitt is the feature performer at the inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, which will take place on on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.

    Angela Hewitt is one of the world’s leading pianists and recipient of numerous awards and honorary distinctions. As an Ottawa native, Angela spent her formative years in the Nation’s Capital before launching her international career and settling in Europe. Angela has been described as one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day and her performance will undoubtedly dazzle guests.

    Mayor Watson will also welcome the Ottawa Symphony and performances by local dance, musical and theatrical artists, along with art exhibits and displays by local Arts Court artists.

    The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the achievements of Ottawa’s local artists, while supporting the upcoming talent of tomorrow.

    Mayor Watson is pleased to welcome CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA as Platinum level sponsors of the inaugural Mayor’s Gala for the Arts and Groupe Germain and the Rideau Transit Group as Gold level sponsors.

    The culinary arts will also be proudly showcased as guests will savour creations prepared by the chefs of The WhalesboneAtelierBeckta and Thyme and Again.

    The beneficiaries of the 2016 inaugural event are Ottawa Arts Council and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Proceeds from the Gala will be directed towards the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project.

    The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will outline the vibrancy, diversity and charisma of Ottawa’s local arts community. Together, let’s Fall for the Arts.

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage groups create inspirational experiences for 2017

    Ottawa – Today the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced fourteen projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences that will highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

    The call for projects for the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program was launched in February. In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program is stewarded by the
    AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

    More than 130 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities. Fourteen dynamic and varied experiences will be offered to residents and visitors next year as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. They are:

     

    Capital History Kiosks Ottawa’s rich and diverse history will be highlighted through site-specific lamppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community.

    Presented by: Workers’ History Museum

    Cut the Cake – Celebrate! Visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration themed around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.

    Presented by: Enriched Bread Artist Collective

    DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister Dramatic and dynamic, this immersive theatre piece by multi award-winning playwright and performer Pierre Brault explores the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker.

    Presented by: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

    Illunaata Canadian colours and imagery come to life through a series of vibrant murals, one of which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.

    Presented by: Ottawa School of Art

    MIFO Francophone Showcase Special concert celebrating French music and showcasing some of the top Canadian francophone artists.

    Presented by: Mouvement d’implication francophone d‘Orléans (MIFO)

    Muslim / Canada Awareness Project A reflective look at the experience of being Muslim in Canada through theatre arts, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

    Presented by: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

    Odawa -150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives This touring exhibit will highlight the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.

    Presented by: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture

    Ottawa: A Cinema Capital A public screening series from accomplished Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.

    Presented by: Canadian Film Institute

    Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries A series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.

    Presented by: One World Arts

    Populace Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation will be recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.

    Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters

     

    Power of Possibility Directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance and invited guests, this full-length performance creation celebrates artists with disabilities and our shared diversity.

    Presented by: Propeller Dance

    Sing Ottawa en chœur! Ottawa’s rich choral scene celebrates the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.

    Presented by: Cantata Singers of Ottawa

    Trophy Interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.

    Presented by: STO Union Theatre Company

    Visual17e Ottawa A powerful fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, this showcase series will transform a visually underused space into a vibrant art installation.

    Presented by: Northern Griots Network

    For complete project details, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will 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, and the Government of Canada 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.

  • Fall for the Arts: Mayor Watson announces the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

    Today, Mayor Jim Watson announced the first Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, an event to celebrate, support and grow Ottawa’s artistic and cultural scene. He was joined by Ottawa Arts Council Executive Director Peter Honeywell and Ottawa Art Gallery Director and CEO Alexandra Badzak.

    This unique dinner reception and artistic experience will showcase the vibrancy of Ottawa’s local arts community. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the achievements of Ottawa’s local artists, while supporting the upcoming talent of tomorrow.

    “Ottawa is a city of artists and innovators; of spectators and celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Gala will create a stage on which Ottawa’s artists and innovators can occupy the forefront, and elevate our City’s artistic scene. Together, let’s Fall for the Arts”.

    “The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts will help to elevate our project partners by bringing broader engagement and increased resources,” said Peter Honeywell, Executive Director, Ottawa Arts Council.

    “The Mayor’s support of the OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is fundamental. Not only has the City assembled an exceptional team to lead design and construction on the project, the Mayor’s Gala will further our shared goals of building excitement and community support for the most important facility development project for the arts in Ottawa’s history- a true 2017 legacy!”, said Alexandra Badzak, Director and CEO, Ottawa Art Gallery.

    Mayor Watson also announced that CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA will partner as the title sponsor of the Mayor’s inaugural gala for the arts.

    Mayor Watson added that “This investment by CF Rideau Centre and the Downtown Rideau BIA in the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts is a major vote of confidence in the future of Downtown Rideau as the heart of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion & Theatre District”.

    The inaugural Gala will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. The proceeds will be directed to the Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project, which is currently under construction. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    Together, let’s Fall for the Arts.

  • Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin receives Ottawa’s Highest Honour

    March 23rd, 2016 – We all carry keys with us:  keys to doors, cars, lockers, you name it — anything we feel is valuable enough to put a lock on. But very few people own a Key to the City of Ottawa.

    An ornamental key – the Key to the City – is presented to esteemed residents, visitors and others whom the City of Ottawa wishes to honour. The key is symbolic of medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night. Being given such a key means the recipient is free to enter and leave the city whenever they want, as a trusted friend of city residents.

    On Tuesday, March 22, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada. She was the most recent of 85 individuals and organizations to receive Ottawa’s highest honour.

    Chief Justice McLachlin is the 17th and current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the first woman to hold this position, and the longest serving Chief Justice in Canadian history.

    The first Key to the City of Ottawa was presented by Mayor Stanley Lewis at Union Train Station on

    November 4, 1935, to Lord and Lady Tweedsmuir as they arrived in Ottawa to begin Lord Tweedsmuir’s term as Canada’s Governor  General.

    Past Key-to-the-City recipients include Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II), Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, author Margaret Atwood, photographers Yousuf and Malak Karsh, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, actress Sandra Oh and Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

  • Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program

    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, today announced an investment of $250,000 in a new funding program that will enable the capital’s arts, culture and heritage communities to add vibrancy to the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    The Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program is a one-time dedicated funding opportunity available to eligible groups in Ottawa’s diverse arts, cultural and heritage sectors for projects in Ottawa during 2017 celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

    “This investment will enhance the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday throughout our city with projects that ignite pride, creativity and passion,” said Mayor Watson. “By launching this new funding program, we’re providing increased opportunities for arts, culture and heritage groups to create inspirational experiences that will contribute to a vibrant and positive image of Ottawa.”

    In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program will be stewarded by the AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

    “We have a dynamic cultural capital full of creativity and ideas just waiting for this type of opportunity,” said Victoria Steele, Executive Director, AOE Arts Council. “The funding is timely as it will enable planning to get underway so that local artists and arts groups will be ready to offer programming that contributes to the celebration in a meaningful way.”

    “Ottawa’s cultural community is brimming with original ideas to be explored in 2017. Our creative sector is by nature entrepreneurial, and can take modest investments and turn them into something extraordinary. I’m confident we will see some exciting results through this program’s encouragement and contribution,” said Peter Honeywell, Executive Director of the Ottawa Arts Council.

    “We’re very pleased to help steward this special sesquicentennial cultural funding initiative,” said Catherine Lindquist, Executive Director, Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa. “We’ll be especially excited to see proposals come forward that showcase Ottawa’s rich heritage in marking this important historic milestone of Canada’s 150th anniversary in the capital,” she said.

    Several arts, culture and heritage organizations were gathered at Orange Art Gallery for the announcement, which included a performance by local singer-songwriter Gabrielle Giguere (Her Harbour). At the event, a challenge was issued to the local community to begin planning an unprecedented year of artistic and cultural programming in the capital.

    “As co-host for the Ottawa 2017 festivities, CIBC is pleased to invite arts, culture and heritage groups to share their talents with celebration-goers,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy, CIBC. “Their participation will broaden the array of activities that Canadians can enjoy in the capital throughout next year.”

    Speaking on behalf of the Province, Minister Yasir Naqvi (MPP, Ottawa Centre) noted that “Projects funded through this initiative will have a wide reach across the region and will serve to deepen our understanding of each other and strengthen our connections as Canadians.”

    “This investment program is a win-win all around. The funding will engage Ottawa’s arts, culture and heritage communities to showcase excellence and creativity in cultural fields while providing residents and visitors with an increased quantity, quality and diversity of ways to celebrate Canadian culture and history in 2017 across the city,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    At a glance:

    • Application deadline: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST;
    • A total of $250,000 in project funding is available;
    • Projects will be funded at a minimum of $5,000 and up to a maximum of $25,000 each;
    • Projects should be a new or enhanced activity for 2017;
    • All project activities must take place within the geographic boundaries of the City of Ottawa and must occur between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017;
    • Projects should be open and accessible to the general public.

    An independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities and one representative from the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, will assess the applications.

    For full details on the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program, please visit: www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved.

    Today’s announcement is the second in a series of three announcements concerning community investment for Ottawa 2017 celebrations. In November, Ottawa 2017 announced $150,000 towards the Ottawa Civic Events Funding Program to help local organizations plan unique celebrations for Canada’s Sesquicentennial all across the city. An announcement regarding festival funding will take place in the coming months.

    Canada’s 150th celebrations will 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.

  • Celebrating its heritage and a new, green future, Lansdowne Park officially opens

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    Ottawa – After an intensive construction period, Lansdowne has its park. Mayor Jim Watson and Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko today officially opened the new Lansdowne Park, and were joined for the opening event by City Councillors, partners from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), and many of the professionals, stakeholders and organizations who helped design and build the newest attraction in Ottawa’s parks system.

    “Exactly 13 months ago today we were breaking up the last of the pavement at the old Lansdowne,” said Mayor Watson. “What has emerged is extraordinary. This new park is rooted in the heritage of Lansdowne and our community. At the same time it has been transformed into a modern, urban destination that will resonate in the hearts and minds of visitors as much as the former fair grounds did for past generations.”

    The 18-acre, intricately designed urban park includes expanses of lawn, courtyards, a heritage orchard, a farmers’ market square, an outdoor skating rink, a water feature and a children’s play area. Overall, the new Lansdowne will feature about three times more green space and four times more trees than the old site, as well as 20 event spaces available for community use.

    “Our community is happy to see this additional green space at Lansdowne,” said Councillor Chernushenko. “It will be a great space for both recreation and relaxation. And with connections between Bank Street, the Rideau Canal and many cycling and walking pathways, the park will help unite residents of nearby neighbourhoods.”

    City Council gave initial approval to the Lansdowne Partnership Plan in 2009. The overarching vision was to develop the 40-acre site into an urban destination that increases recreation and green space in the urban core, is accessible by many modes of transportation, preserves and enhances visitors’ understanding of local heritage and culture and exemplifies the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The final partnership agreements with OSEG were approved in 2012 initiating two years of construction activities across the site.

    “The development and planning for the new Lansdowne showed us that good design matters,” said Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning Committee. “The beautiful park that we have today is the result of a commitment by City Council to seek the assistance of Canada’s best urban designers and architects and to entice the world’s best designers with an open competition that produced a first-class design worthy of this historic site.”

    In recognition of the importance of heritage to the new Lansdowne, a representative of Ontario Heritage Trust presented Mayor Watson with a special heritage plaque during the event. Another plaque, commemorating the official opening of Lansdowne Park, was also unveiled during the event. Both will be prominently displayed in the park.

    “Lansdowne Park completes the vision of transforming this historic site into a destination for all,” said City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick. “Lansdowne Park is an example of how Ottawa is applying smart growth by incorporating active recreation, new green space and innovative design to create places that  benefit residents from across the City.”

    The City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department will be responsible for the ongoing programming and management of the urban park area. A range of programs with local community partners will be offered at Lansdowne Park beginning this fall and will include a Christmas farmers’ market, 2015 Winterlude events and programming at the outdoor refrigerated skating rink. Lansdowne Park and TD Place will also be among the six venues across Canada hosting the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

    Ottawa residents are invited to help celebrate the opening of Lansdowne Park with an old-fashioned carnival and picnic in the park on Saturday, August 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit ottawa.ca for details, or follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for updates.

    The Family DayPass from OC Transpo is the perfect way for families to travel to Lansdowne on Saturday. DayPasses can be purchased from the driver for $8.10 and can be used for up to six people, with a maximum of two aged 13 or older. Event-goers should also consider riding bikes to the celebration and locking up at the free bike corral. More information on how to get to Lansdowne Park is available at ottawa.ca.

  • Ottawa musicians invited to submit tunes for #ottmusik

    Soon, anyone who is put on hold after dialing the City of Ottawa will hear local music while they wait. This is the goal of #ottmusik, a new City initiative launched by Mayor Jim Watson today with a call to local musicians.

    “#ottmusik offers a new platform for local musicians to introduce and share their music with a wider audience,” said Mayor Watson. “I hope all Ottawa residents and music fans share my enthusiasm for this project and my excitement about hearing the music samples that will be submitted to #ottmusik.”

    Musicians who meet the submission guidelines have until January 12 to submit music samples through the City’s website, ottawa.ca. After, residents will be encouraged to support their favourites through Facebook and on Twitter. Public feedback will help decide which songs are selected.

    “With #ottmusik the City of Ottawa is furthering its commitment to provide new opportunities to Ottawa’s cultural community, while offering citizens an enhanced and unique experience when they call,” said Bay Ward Councillor Mark Taylor, who was master of ceremonies during today’s launch. “The City wants to show its appreciation for local musicians by helping them to reach a broader audience.”

    An overview of the submission/selection process:

    • Interested artists can submit music, instrumental or with lyrics, in the language and style of their choice.
    • All submissions will be reviewed by a committee of select professional musicians from the Ottawa area who will recommend up to 20 songs for use on the phone systems.
    • Once the selected songs have been compiled, five to seven new songs will be showcased every three months through the phone systems.

    For more information visit ottawa.ca/ottmusiken.

  • Ottawa to host 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today in an online video that Ottawa will host the Canadian Videogame Awards in 2017.

    “As Canada’s most-wired city, Ottawa is an ideal place to host the Canadian Videogame Awards,” said Mayor Watson. “In conjunction with the awards the City will also host a videogame championship. We will even project semi-final and final matches onto the exterior walls of several buildings in the city, making this an exciting addition to the growing list of programming for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. For the computer industry, and gamers everywhere, Ottawa will be the place to be in 2017.”

    Ottawa is currently home to 23 videogame companies and Canada is the third-largest producer of videogames in the world. The worldwide videogame market was worth an estimated $93 billion in 2013.

    “This event is solid evidence of an excellent partnership that exists between the City of Ottawa and the local tourism players,” said Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We are proud supporter of the Awards and look forward to many more high profile events as we ramp our efforts for the big year in 2017”.

    The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards gala will generate up to one million dollars in local economic benefits. The associated videogame championship ‎is expected to bring many more visitors and consequently additional economic benefit. These events will also increase Ottawa’s international profile as a destination for innovative talent.

    The 2017 Canadian Videogame Awards have been brought to the City through the Bid More, Win More, Host More program, which is attracting world-class events to Ottawa as a means of promoting economic prosperity and growth. As a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $42 million for Ottawa’s economy. Future events that have been confirmed, including the Brier and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, will result in up to an additional $37 million in local economic benefits.

  • Honouring My Father unveiled at City Hall

    Ottawa – In the days that followed the October 22 fatal shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial, Ottawa artist Katerina Mertikas searched for a way to express the grief shared by all Canadians and to somehow help Corporal Cirillo’s five-year-old son Marcus. She soon decided to do what she does best, and create art from the heart.

    This morning at Ottawa City Hall’s Heritage Building, Mayor Jim Watson and Mrs. Mertikas unveiled her original painting, Honouring My Father, and announced that gallery-quality prints of the painting are being sold to benefit the Marcus Cirillo national trust fund.

    Honouring My Father is a fitting tribute to Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s service to our country and the mutual love between Corporal Cirillo and his son Marcus,” said Mayor Watson. “Selling prints of the painting to help aid Marcus Cirillo’s future is a tremendous gesture by Mrs. Mertikas and Koyman Galleries. I am honoured that Mrs. Mertikas has entrusted the original painting to hang in the Mayor’s boardroom at Ottawa City Hall, where I will proudly show it to all who visit.”

    One of the prints will also hang in Jean Pigott Place on the main floor of City Hall.

    “I created this painting on the day of the shooting as a way to express my tremendous sadness for the life that was lost and the son who would now be without a father,” said artist Katerina Mertikas. “I wanted the painting to benefit Marcus in some way and I was thrilled that Koyman Galleries was able to help achieve that. The Mayor’s boardroom at City Hall is the perfect place for the original painting to hang as a reminder to everyone not to forget that awful day, that young boy and his father.”

    Prints of this painting are being offered through for $124. The gallery-wrapped limited edition prints are hand-signed and numbered by the artist. All profits will be contributed to the trust fund for Marcus Cirillo.

  • City completes another milestone for Ottawa Art Gallery expansion and Arts Court redevelopment

    Ottawa – A new milestone has been reached in the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion and Arts Court redevelopment project, a project that was approved by City Council in November 2013.
    A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, initiated on November 29, 2013 and which closed on February 7, 2014, has resulted in the selection of three shortlisted Respondent Teams from a collection of submissions received.
    “This is an exciting next step forward, working with our community and industry partners, in realizing a longstanding vision for a municipal centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This cultural destination project will create jobs, attract tourists and assist in the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. I am also very pleased that it will be financed with no new borrowing or incurring any new debt.”

    The purpose of the RFQ was to establish a shortlist of capable and experienced developers and/or consortia with the proven ability to manage and execute the project. This shortlist of three qualified Respondent Teams will be invited to participate in the subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

    “The OAG expansion and Arts Court redevelopment will provide a renewed urban arts hub in Ottawa,” said Rideau-Vanier Ward Councillor Mathieu Fleury. “The City’s investment in the arts, in addition to the renewal of Rideau Street, the future Rideau LRT Station and the expansion of the Rideau Centre will contribute to both the revitalization and enjoyment of our community by all residents of Ottawa.”

    The proposed $34-million capital project at Daly Avenue and Waller Street will include:

     – a new and larger Ottawa Art Gallery

     – a new 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room within the new OAG space

     – a new 120-seat black box theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa

     – repurposing of space vacated by the OAG and reallocation to the major media arts partners

     – development of a connection between new construction and existing buildings on four floors to establish a truly integrated and functional facility.

    RFQ submissions were evaluated on a range of criteria, including the experience and qualifications of Respondent Team members ‑ the developer/investor, the design-builder/constructor and their team of sub-consultants and specialty consultants, in addition to a demonstrated understanding of the City’s project objectives and the ability to deliver them.

    The shortlisted Respondent Teams (in alphabetical order) are:

     – EBC Inc. / DevMcGill / Groupe Germain

     – Mizrahi Developments / Bondfield Construction Company Ltd.

     – The District Development Group (Broccolini / Moriyama & Teshima Architects)

    With a targeted release of the RFP scheduled for the end of March, the three shortlisted Respondent Teams will have until June 2014 to prepare and submit their final proposals to the City for evaluation. City staff anticipates an announcement of the outcome of the RFP and the successful team in July 2014.