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Category: Art and Culture

Underpass murals celebrate the Rideau Canal

October 6th, 2016 – New murals were officially showcased today on Queen Elizabeth Drive and Colonel By Drive under the Laurier Avenue Bridge. This is the third year of the Murals on Underpasses program intended to feature local artists and beautify the City.  “These underpasses are key gateways to Ottawa’s downtown, and it’s only fitting that the artists have celebrated the historical and social significance of the Rideau Canal,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “These murals are…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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