• Special Assistant Position

    The Office of Mayor Jim Watson is currently accepting applications for future opportunities.

    The ideal candidate for Special Assistant:

    • Is highly organized, motivated, punctual, and able to work well under pressure;
    • Has strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy and the ability to interact well with people;
    • Must have an interest in municipal affairs and the ability to engage with residents on their issues and concerns;
    • Is required to work evenings from Wednesdays to Fridays and weekends;
    • Will drive and staff the Mayor at community events throughout the city;
    • Must Possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License (Class “G” unrestricted);
    • Undertakes other duties as assigned including but not limited to providing general clerical support, and preparing correspondence and outreach regarding resident inquiries.

    Please send your résumé in complete confidence no later than April 7th, 2017 to:

    Serge Arpin, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jim Watson
    Office of Mayor Jim Watson / Bureau du maire Jim Watson
    City of Ottawa / Ville d’Ottawa
    110 Laurier Ave. West / 110 ave. Laurier Ouest
    Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
    E-mail : Justine.Ibrahim@Ottawa.ca

    We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected to continue in the selection process will be contacted.

  • More than 1,300 young musicians pay tribute to Canada at Music Ignites

    Ottawa – Today, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Ottawa’s four local school boards, held Music Ignites, a mass band concert at the Aberdeen Pavilion to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    O Canada and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah rang out as over 1,300 high school students from 26 local school bands performed the two arrangements under the direction of NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley.

    In addition to the orchestral performances, young voices from Sing House Studios interpreted the province of Ontario’s unofficial anthem, A Place to Stand.

    Under Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 umbrella program, this event engaged students from Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board in our sesquicentennial celebrations.

    A re-cap video will be shared on Ottawa 2017 social media with highlights from Music Ignites.



    “Canada’s big year happens here in the nation’s capital and we’re delighted to present events like Music Ignites, that ensure our celebrations have a positive, lasting impact on our young people, their families and our community. We thank Ottawa’s school boards and the NAC for their support and enthusiasm in creating opportunities for students to get involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “It was an honour for me to conduct this very special concert today. I salute the students who took part, as well as all those dedicated music teachers who helped make it happen,” said Alexander Shelley, Music Director, National Arts Centre.

    “Music has the power to transport our senses, to bring joy, to transcend language barriers and unite us all. The province is proud to support the Ignite 150 program that will showcase the incredible talent we have here in Ontario, including the Sing House Studios choir, the pianist and the 1,300 music students who performed today. And, a special thanks to the music teachers that guided them along the way,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “CIBC applauds the hundreds of student musicians that have brought their energy and youthful perspective to the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. What better way to unite the country than by bringing talented young Canadians together through music to mark this historic milestone,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “One of the main goals of Ottawa 2017 is to inspire and open up new horizons for Canadian youth. Music Ignites is a perfect example of our commitment to engage young people in the celebrations of Canada’s sesquicentennial and to showcase their talent and contributions to our country,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    About Ottawa 2017
    Canada’s 150th anniversary 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, 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.

  • Red Bull Global Rallycross Makes Debut at Canada Aviation and Space Museum in partnership with Ottawa 2017

    Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2017) – For the first time in its seven-year history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will head to Canada for a championship event in 2017. On Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, Red Bull GRC will visit Ottawa, the country’s capital, for two rounds of action at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The event is part of the Ottawa 2017 calendar, a year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

    “Ottawa represents a perfect fit for Red Bull GRC as we return to international competition in 2017,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’ve been fortunate to see many Canadian fans at our events in the United States over the years, and we’re looking forward to bringing our racing formula north for the very first time, and to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. As Ottawa 2017 celebrates the150th anniversary of Canada, we can’t think of a better way to join the celebration than by staging an event in the nation’s capital.”

    The museum is easily accessible off of the Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway, with the double header event utilizing portions of the Rockcliffe Airport. The course will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump. With grandstands set throughout the dirt section and up to the finish, fans will be up close to some of the most exciting moments of the 2017 season.

    This year, as Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, a record number of Canadians and visitors will gather in the nation’s capital to join in the festivities planned throughout 2017. Ottawa 2017 is presenting 12 full months of big, bold and immersive experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals. Residents and visitors from Canada and abroad are invited to explore Canada’s history and culture through vibrant events that will spark the imagination and inspire for the future.

    “As the nation’s capital, we’re happy to welcome this exciting event to Canada for the first time. Red Bull Global Rallycross will thrill participants and viewers across the country and around the world, while showcasing our city in a new and dynamic way, said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “In support of Ecology Ottawa’s One Million Trees project and to further support this important legacy of the sesquicentennial year, the series’ organizers have committed to planting 10,000 trees in Ottawa.”

    “Red Bull Global Rallycross will be yet another legacy of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, with the opportunity for the event to return in subsequent years.  It’s one of the bold new events we are helping to bring to Canada’s capital with the support of partners like CIBC and Ottawa Tourism. We’re equally happy to engage our federal partners at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to showcase this important institution on an international scale,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Featuring the sport’s biggest stars and factory-supported race teams, Red Bull Global Rallycross has a long and storied history of international events and competitors. In 2013, it became the first rallycross series to visit three continents in a single season; last year, Supercar drivers represented 10 different countries, including Canada. Fort Frances, Ontario native Steve Arpin was among last year’s five race winners and is expected to join international stars like Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Chris Atkinson, and many others.

    Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa are on sale now at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. General Admission and Club tickets are available. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more than regularly priced admission. All tickets include full access to the paddock, where fans can get up close to the cars and stars of Red Bull GRC. Kids 12 and under are free to attend with a ticketed adult. For more information visit www.redbullglobalrallycross.com, or follow Red Bull GRC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GRCseries.

    About Red Bull Global Rallycross

    Created to produce the most exciting action in all of motorsport, Red Bull Global Rallycross combines the best elements of stage rally, off-road and circuit racing in a fan-friendly environment. International superstars battle wheel-to-wheel over dirt, gravel, and the series’ signature 70-foot jump behind the wheel of 600 horsepower Supercars. Events also include the developmental GRC Lites class and a new electric division due to begin competition in 2018. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

  • Michel Picard receives the Key to the City of Ottawa

    Ottawa  – This evening, Mayor Jim Watson presented the Key to the City to Mr. Michel Picard at a ceremony at City Hall.

    Mr. Picard has served the Ottawa-Gatineau community throughout 41 years of his distinguished 45-year career in communications, television and radio broadcasting, as a celebrated voice of the Francophone news scene and a committed supporter of many local charities and organizations.

    In 1976, Mr. Picard joined Radio-Canada’s Ottawa bureau and hosted a wide variety of programs, which included “Place 1250,” “les Matineux,” “Tournée d’Amerique,” and “le Midi trente.” In 1997, he took over the anchor desk for the popular local newscast, “Le Téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau,” where he remained until 2013.

    In addition to his anchoring role, he took part in covering many federal, provincial and municipal elections, as well as many Canada Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies. He also lent his broadcasting talents to Radio-Canada’s coverage of the Montreal, Los Angeles, and Seoul Olympic Games. Mr. Picard has also taught communications and journalism at Saint Paul University and La Cité in Ottawa. Mr. Picard continues his radio broadcasting career as a host with 94.5 Unique FM.

    Mr. Picard is a devoted volunteer who has helped to support many community initiatives and charities – including the Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d’Ottawa , Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario, the Franco-ontarien Festival, Winterlude, Bruyère Continuing Care, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), telethons in support of people with cerebral palsy, the Ottawa Heart Institute, the United Way, the University of Ottawa, the Patro d’Ottawa, and the Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans (MIFO).


    “Michel Picard has been the voice of a generation in Ottawa’s Francophone news. Over the past 41 years, he has garnered the admiration and respect of Ottawa residents, not only for his work as a trusted broadcaster, but for his dedication to supporting local charities. The City is proud to honour him as an esteemed member of our community.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “I am deeply moved to receive this Key to the City. I am very honoured and thankful that Mayor Jim Watson and the City Council have chosen me. All I have done is my job as an engaged citizen. I shall always be a proud ambassador of our national capital.”
    Mr. Michel Picard

    Quick Facts:

    Michel Picard

    • Mr. Michel Picard grew up in Montreal, where he graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in dramatic arts and broadcasting.
    • Mr. Picard began his broadcasting career in 1972, with various reporting assignments with Radio-Canada in both Vancouver and Saskatoon.  In 1976, he was assigned to the Radio-Canada’s Ottawa bureau, where he would remain until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Picard continues his radio broadcasting career as a host with 94.5 Unique FM.
    • Mr. Picard has shared his knowledge and experience with up-and-coming journalists as a part-time professor at St. Paul’s University, La Cité collégiale and the Desjardins Cooperative Institute.
    • Mr. Picard co-chaired the 2001-2002 Cité collégiale fundraising campaign.
    • Mr. Picard served as board member of a local credit union, the Caisse populaire Rideau-Vision d’Ottawa for more than 25 years, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa. He also led the Ottawa chapter of the Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario for 10 years.
    • Mr. Picard has been the recipient of many community awards, such as the Ottawa United Way Community Builder Award, a recognition award from Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la capital (RGA), and the Prescott and Russell ACFO Ordre de la Francophonie.
    • Mr. Picard has also received the Prix Communications et Société, Prix René-Lecavalier-Molson, the Reel Awards prize, the Médaille Gérard-Lesage from the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), and the National Order of Merit from the French Republic. 

    The Key to the City

    • The Key to the City is Ottawa’s most prestigious award.
    • An ornamental key is presented to esteemed residents, visitors and others whom the City of Ottawa wishes to honour. This practice has a symbolic meaning evoking medieval walled cities, the gates of which would be guarded during the day and locked at night. The key symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.
    • Since 1935, 82 individuals and organizations have received the Key to the City of Ottawa. Some former  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
    • Ottawa Senators former Captain Daniel Alfredsson
    • The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
    • Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek


  • Mayor Watson seeks input on important City of Ottawa issues from Ottawa-Vanier federal candidates

    OTTAWA – Today, Mayor Jim Watson issued a short questionnaire to Ottawa-Vanier federal candidates, seeking their input on important City of Ottawa related issues.

    All received responses will be posted on Mayor Watson’s website, www.Jimwatsonottawa.ca, simultaneously, without editorial comment, on Wednesday, March 29. The intention of this respectful initiative is to ensure local issues specific to Ottawa-Vanier receive federal attention in the lead-up to the April 3 by-election.

    The questionnaire’s responses will outline each party’s position on issues of great interest to the City of Ottawa, its residents and businesses.

    Click here to view the questionnaire.



  • Pull up to Canada’s Drive-In to see THE ROCKET

    Free tickets to outdoor cinematic event are available Thursday

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) as a Programming Partner and announce a unique retro-showing of the film THE ROCKET in an outdoor setting.

    On April 19, to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, residents and visitors can experience a Canadian cinematic treat at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Canada’s Drive-In.

    From the comfort of their cars, movie-goers will witness an outdoor projection of THE ROCKET, an award-winning Canadian film about hockey legend Maurice Richard. The aviation hangar wall will be transformed into a giant screen for this inventive outdoor installation.

    This event, under Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 program, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment and will feature a chat with the director of THE ROCKET, Charles Binamé (movie starts at 8 p.m.).

    Hockey fans won’t want to miss the meet and greet autograph session with Montreal Canadiens hockey greats Serge Savard and Jean-Guy Talbot. The Habs veterans, one of whom was a teammate of Maurice Richard and the other who was president of the Maurice Richard Foundation, won a combined 15 Stanley Cup® Championships.

    A special exhibit will be on display inside the museum specifically for Canada’s Drive-In. It will showcase the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded annually to the top goal-scorer in the NHL, Richard’s game-worn jersey, stick, milestone pucks and other artifacts from The Hockey Hall of Fame’s NHL Centennial Exhibit.

    Library and Archives Canada is proudly contributing to the success of the outdoor showing of the film THE ROCKET by offering participants a pack of hockey cards, created from its extensive photo archive collection on the national sport of Canadians.

    Canada’s Drive-In is a flagship event on National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) — a Canada 150 Signature Project. People across the country will be coming together in theatres, libraries, military bases, and film festivals to celebrate Canada through great Canadian film. With over 1,500 events on NCFD 150, the drive-in is a highlight of the world’s largest one-day film festival, EVER.

    Presented by Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA, in partnership with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the event will welcome 125 car-loads of participants and takes place rain or shine. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, while quantities last. The movie can be viewed in French or English.

    Canada’s Drive-In is a free event. People can reserve their tickets as of 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, through Ottawa2017.ca.



    “Canada’s Drive-In is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate Canadian cinema and our passion for hockey during our nation’s 150th birthday festivities. We’re very pleased to partner with REEL CANADA for this event that will bring even more visitors to the east part of our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “To show THE ROCKET in the nation’s capital brings together the pillars of our culture — language, cinema, hockey and civic engagement — that make it particularly expressive of the spirit of National Canadian Film Day 150. And on top of all of that, it’s a great movie,” says Jack Blum, Executive Director, REEL CANADA.

    “On April 19, we put Canadian cinema in the spotlight as part of Canada 150. All across the country, hundreds of movies will fill our screens. This pop-up drive-in will let Canadians enjoy a unique movie-going experience with an outdoor screening of THE ROCKET. What a wonderful way to highlight hockey’s place in Canada’s history!” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “Culture, sport and pride of place are important themes for Ontario during this historic year. We’re thrilled to support Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA as part of our Ontario150 program. We encourage all Ontarians to make a point of getting out and enjoying unique events like this one to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a province and a nation,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “We’re happy that our Ignite 150 drive-in will become the national highlight of the REEL CANADA series to celebrate Canadian cinema and that we can highlight one of our national partners, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the perfect venue for this event,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    REEL CANADA is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canada through film. Canadian films are the stories we tell about ourselves — they open the door to so many conversations about place, nation, identity, and what it means to be Canadian. REEL CANADA promotes the power and diversity of Canadian film and encourages this ongoing conversation through three core programmes: Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, and National Canadian Film Day 150. Through these programs, REEL CANADA increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and, most crucially, provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell. By celebrating Canadian cinematic story-telling we can build a stronger and prouder Canada.

    About National Canadian Film Day 150
    National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), an initiative of REEL CANADA, was created as a new way to celebrate this great nation, embrace Canadian cinema, and have some FUN! As part of its educational programs, REEL CANADA has presented over 1,100 festivals of Canadian films for more than 400,000 high school students and new Canadians across the country since 2005. For 2017, NCFD 150 will become the world’s largest one-day film festival in the world. Canadian film will be everywhere — on foot, online and on-screen — thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. NCFD 150 would not exist without our sensational major sponsors: Cineplex and Telefilm Canada, Quebec Cinema, Entertainment One, Google Canada, TIFF, Landmark Cinemas, VIA Rail, REDspace, Air Canada, Tim Hortons, William F. White International Inc. and Mercury Filmworks. Major broadcast partners include CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Sportsnet, Corus, APTN, CHCH, OUTtv, Vision TV, Super Channel and Quebecor Media. Major distributor partners include Elevation Pictures, Mongrel Media, dFilms, KinoSmith, WFG, TVA, CFMDC, IndieCan Entertainment and Pacific Northwest Pictures.

    About Ottawa 2017
    Canada’s 150th anniversary 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, 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.

  • Ottawa Welcomes the World kicks off on March 21 with Greece

    Embark on a journey of the senses, witnessing Greek culture, art, food, wine and above all the beauty of the country.  And a Greek day could not be without some dancing!

    All residents are encouraged to join the festivities and thus, dive into a unique multicultural atmosphere on Tuesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Horticulture Building.

  • Ottawa Senators to host Montreal Canadiens in 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 classic™ outdoor game at Lansdowne Park

    Historic Rivals to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of First-Ever NHL Games Played

    OTTAWA (March 17, 2017) – The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The outdoor game will pay tribute to a century of NHL® contests, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917. The announcement of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ was made in Ottawa, continuing the year-long NHL® Centennial festivities while Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, and the Stanley Cup® – the most revered trophy in all sports – celebrates its 125th anniversary.

    Since Dec. 19, 1917, there have been 54,004 regular-season NHL® games played (through March 16, 2017). The first night in League history included a contest between the original Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Dey’s Arena in Ottawa. The game resulted in a 7-4 win for the Canadiens, with Joe Malone scoring five of Montreal’s seven goals.

    “By bringing the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens together, outdoors at Lansdowne Park, we recreate – and reimagine – a match-up of founding NHL franchises who launched 100 years of remarkable history for our League and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic will serve as another signature event in our Centennial celebration, will set the stage for the next 100 years of NHL excitement and will contribute a unique sports moment to Canada’s sesquicentennial.”

    This matchup marks the first outdoor game the Senators have hosted. Ottawa made its first appearance in a regular-season outdoor NHL game at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at BC Place in Vancouver, a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

    “Ottawa is the home of the Stanley Cup and 100 years ago our Senators played their first NHL game to help give rise to the greatest professional hockey league in the world,” said Ottawa Senators Owner and Chairman Eugene Melnyk. “Hockey has deep and revered roots here in the nation’s capital. Our team and our fans are exceptionally honored to play host to an NHL outdoor game this December that will cap off the League’s year-long Centennial celebrations.”

    The Canadiens will be making their fourth appearance in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. Montreal is 2-1-0 in three prior outdoor contests, most recently defeating the Boston Bruins, 5-1, at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

    “We are proud and honored to have been selected to take an active part in the NHL’s Centennial festivities and the celebration surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. This outdoor game in the nation’s capital between two of the League’s longest established franchises will be an event for fans in both cities to enjoy as the 100-year-old rivalry between the two clubs reaches a new level.  For our players and our fans, this match-up will be yet another chapter in NHL history,” said Canadiens president and CEO Geoff Molson.  

    Additional details about the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™, including broadcast and ticketing information, will be announced in the coming months.

    “Scotiabank is thrilled to celebrate both the NHL’s Centennial and Canada’s 150th birthday as the title sponsor of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic in Ottawa this December. It is an honor for Scotiabank to deepen our partnership with the NHL with another iconic hockey match-up in celebration of these milestones,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice-President for the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank. “Hockey matters to Scotiabank because it matters to Canadians. We are proud to support hockey at all levels in Canada, as the official bank of the NHL since 2007 and as the proud sponsor of over 8,000 kids’ community hockey teams across the country.”

    “I’m extremely proud to welcome the NHL100 Classic to Ottawa in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the very first NHL game, which took place in the nation’s capital in 1917. Holding this outdoor game has been a dream since we started planning our Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “I know I speak for the millions of hockey fans across Canada and in our city when I say there is no better way to honor our national sport during such a historic year.”

    Today’s Senators and Canadiens feature some of the top talent in the NHL. Ottawa is led by four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson as well as forwards Mark Stone and Kyle Turris. Karlsson leads NHL defensemen in assists (50) and is second among blue liners in points (63) this season. Montreal counters with Carey Price, Max Pacioretty and Shea Weber. Weber ranks second among NHL defensemen in goals (16), while Price ranks seventh in wins (31) for goaltenders this season.

    “The players on the Canadiens and Senators are excited to take their game outside for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa,” said Chris Campoli, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative. “It will be a great opportunity in December for the fans and the players alike to celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary and Canada’s 150th with a spectacle of the Canadian national winter sport.”

    Since 1992, the Senators and Canadiens have faced off 131 times during the regular season and have each earned 63 wins, with Montreal holding a four-point edge in the head-to-head series (MTL: 63-52-16, 142 points, OTT: 63-56-12, 138 points). Ottawa has won both contests between the teams thus far this season, posting a 4-3 shootout victory on Oct. 15 and 4-3 regulation win on Nov. 22. The Senators and Canadiens meet three more times in 2016-17: March 18, 19 and 25 before the Stanley Cup® Playoffs begin. The two clubs have also played each other twice in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs – in 2013 and in 2015 – splitting their two series.

  • Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup® Where the Tradition Began

    Ottawa – the only city on the continent to host festivities

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senators, in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument, are delighted to invite hockey fans everywhere to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup® in Canada’s capital region from March 15 to 19.

    As Canada marks its 150th birthday, this memorable five-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup®. It is the signature event in all of North America to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup®.

    Schedule of events:

    Wednesday, March 15
    Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Celebration ($)
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Canadian Museum of History

    Members of the 100 Greatest NHL® Players, including Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier will join special guests and the Stanley Cup® for a soirée with guest speakers, entertainment and an exclusive viewing of the newly opened hockey exhibit. In support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and their commitment to the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument.

    Thursday, March 16
    The Stanley Cup® Returns Home During March Break (Free)
    2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Rideau Hall

    The Governor General David Johnston will welcome the iconic trophy back to Rideau Hall, along with 100 Greatest NHL® Players Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier. The public will be able to have their picture taken inside the residence, beneath the official portrait of Lord Stanley, Canada’s 6th governor general and donator of the Stanley Cup®. Visitors are also invited to lace up their skates and hit the ice on Rideau Hall’s refrigerated outdoor skating rink.

    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Canadian Tire Centre

    An interactive traveling fan experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the League’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Fans can experience the innovative Museum Truck; clean a sheet of ice in a one-of-a-kind virtual reality Zamboni game; or watch some of the NHL’s greatest highlights and stories on a giant video screen.

    Friday, March 17
    Pre-Show Hockey Zone (Free)
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Outside Plaza of the Canadian Tire Centre

    Everyone’s invited to take part in the Stanley Cup® Pre-Show Party, where they’ll have the opportunity to take their photo with the holy grail of hockey (from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and enjoy hockey themed activities, giveaways and more.

    Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert ($)
    7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Canadian Tire Centre

    This original concept show features musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet. The concert includes tales of Stanley Cup® glory from hockey legends Mike Bossy, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier, six of the 100 Greatest NHL® Players in history, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup® will be the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality, will host the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée.

    Saturday, March 18
    Stanley Cup® Monument Ground-Breaking Ceremony (Free)
    9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    Sparks Street at Elgin Street

    In December 2017, a monument to mark the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® will be unveiled in Canada’s capital, steps from the very birthplace of hockey’s most treasured trophy. Residents and visitors will witness the ground-breaking ceremony at the site of this future national landmark on Sparks Street, 125 years to the day that the Stanley Cup® was born.

    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    Noon – 6 p.m. (Stanley Cup®: noon – 5 p.m.)
    Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne

    (See above). In addition to the fan activations mentioned above, the Stanley Cup® will be available for fans to get their photo taken.

    Sunday, March 19
    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    Noon – Post-Game (Stanley Cup®: noon – 7 p.m.)
    Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne

    (See above). In addition to the fan activations mentioned above, the Stanley Cup® will be available for fans to get their photo taken. Fans are also invited to a viewing party to watch the Montreal Canadiens host rival Ottawa Senators. The viewing party begins at 7:30 p.m.

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    Canadian Museum of History

    Until October 9, 2017, sports enthusiasts can explore a new hockey exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History that celebrates the sport’s evolution and its widespread appeal.

    Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument. For more information visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/stanley-cup-tribute/.

    About Ottawa 2017
    Canada’s 150th anniversary 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 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 the Stanley Cup® Tribute 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.

  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France to soar over Gatineau April 30, 2017 at Aero 150

    GATINEAU, Que. – March 10, 2017 – Vintage Wings of Canada and the City of Gatineau are proud to announce Aero150, a once-in-a-lifetime aviation spectacle to be held at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in honour of Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

    The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France of the French Air Force (l ‘Armée de l’Air) will soar over the skies of Gatineau in a display of friendship, freedom and the historic ties between Canada France. Aero 150 is the only Canadian stop on the Patrouille de France United States 2017 tour.

    Admission is free. Parking is $10.

    To reinforce the historic bond between Canada and France, which was strengthened during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and subsequently on the ground, in the air and at sea during the Second World War and beyond, Vintage Wings of Canada will host this historic air show and provide air and static displays of its own wartime aircraft, warbirds that played a vital role in securing victory in Europe and helped secure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

    Scheduled performers (subject to change without notice)

    Plans are being made to livestream Aero150 on Facebook starting at 11:00 a.m. EST in order to give veterans (and other Canadians who cannot attend the show) the opportunity to enjoy this thrilling tribute to the service and sacrifice made by veterans on our behalf.

    Aero150 includes a flypast over Parliament Hill on Monday, May 1, 2017 by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France.

    Aero150 would not be possible without the kind and generous support of our sponsors and partners, including the Michael Potter Collection, the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, the Patrouille de France, l’Armée de l’air, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the French Embassy in Canada, CAE, Boeing, the City of Gatineau, Tourism Outaouais, Gatineau 2017, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa 2017, Airbus, Tescal, Thales, Space Flight Insider and Vision Media Plus.

    More details of Aero150 will be released as they become available at www.aero150.com, @aero150, #aero150 and through future news releases, social media and local advertisements in Gatineau and Ottawa.


    “Vintage Wings of Canada is proud to be hosting Aero150, along with our friends and neighbours at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the RCAF, La Patrouille de France, l’Armée de l’air as well as our partners, sponsors, performers and volunteers who are working tirelessly to make this event a success. Through their generous support, particularly that of our sponsors, we will be able to mount a once-in-a-lifetime aviation spectacle that celebrates a key milestone in the history of our great country and generations of cooperation, friendship and freedom between Canada and France. The people of Ottawa and Gatineau are in for a great show.” – John Bennett, Director General, Aero150

    “The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is pleased and honoured to be the site of this unique airshow that will see the performances of two great aerobatic teams. We have the resources and the capability to meet all operational requirements of both teams safely and effectively and look forward to mounting the safest, most successful airshow yet in Gatineau.” – Nicole Loreto, Board of Directors, Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport

    “The RCAF is proud and excited to be a part of the Patrouille de France’s visit in April, and we are delighted that they have asked our Canadian Forces Snowbirds to join them in performing at Aero 150.  Canada’s RCAF and France’s Armée de l’Air have long been friends and Allies, and this coming together of our national air demonstration teams will be a symbol of that friendship and alliance.” – Brigadier-General Michel Lalumière, Director General Air Force Development, Royal Canadian Air Force

    “The Embassy of France is proud to bring together the military aerobatic teams of Canada and France, with support from other allies, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The RCAF and France’s Armée de l’air have a long-standing relationship (‘shoulder to shoulder’) and, together with their allies, are ready to meet changing international challenges and contribute to international peace, stability and security.” – Colonel Bertrand Cadour (Air) Attaché/Defence Attaché, representing Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador or France in Canada

    ”Gatineau is proud to be the host of this historic airshow, which highlights the friendship between France and Canada.  This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of the National Capital Region and visitors to participate in this event, which is part of the 150th anniversary celebrations in Gatineau.  We are proud to contribute to the success of AERO 150 by providing a $30 000 contribution in cash and services” – Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau

    About Aero150

    Aero150 is an airshow and once-in-a-lifetime air spectacle being staged by Vintage Wings of Canada at The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on April 30, 2017. Aero150 replaces Wings Over Gatineau/Gatineau EnVol, which was to have taken place June 30. A decision was made to hold Aero150 after La Patrouille de France offered to visit Gatineau as part of its 2017 North American tour.

    About Vintage Wings of Canada

    Vintage Wings of Canada is a charitable, non-profit, volunteer-led organization located in Gatineau, Que. The mission of Vintage Wings of Canada, founded in 2003 by Ottawa philanthropist Michael Potter, is to celebrate Canada’s rich military and civilian aviation history, particularly wartime, and educate and inspire Canadians through powerful stories and events that bring to life the heroes, aircraft and events making up this great heritage.

    About the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport

    The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is a non-profit corporation that belongs to the City of Gatineau and is operated by a Board of Directors, a Director General and operational staff. The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport has the capability to meet all operational requirements of all air and ground performers during Aero150.

    Follow us:
    @aero150 #aero150
    Twitter: @VintageWingsCan
    Facebook: @VintageWingsOfCanada
    YouTube: VintageWings

    B-roll and interviews with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France are available for download at www.aero150.com

    For more information contact:

    Holly Bridges, Media Relations Coordinator
    @Aero150 #aero150
    Nathalie Brunette, Project manager
    Comité du 150e, Gatineau 2017
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