• Table for one…thousand!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Canada’s Table serves up compassion and learning with social contributions

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce how Canada’s Table will strengthen the social fabric of Ottawa and Northern communities, and benefit up and coming students in the culinary field.

    Canada’s Table is an Ottawa 2017 non-profit event to celebrate Canada’s unique culinary culture during our 150th anniversary and to raise funds for food security projects in our communities.

    This Sunday, August 27, twenty top chefs from across Canada will stage a legendary dinner in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings. Tickets for the 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street are sold out. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit the following projects:

     

    The Growing Futures Program by the Parkdale Food Centre                                                 

    Starting out as a social enterprise, the Growing Futures initiative gives youth the opportunity to grow fresh herbs and greens in “growing towers”, enabling them to learn about entrepreneurship as well as helping to grow a more resilient next generation by creating products for local food banks. The second phase will send growing towers to remote schools in Canada’s North to provide fresh greens to communities unable to grow them traditionally. Ottawa students will collaborate and partner with their Northern peers, to grow and market this healthy produce and to further foster connections between students. This promotes the importance of communities supporting communities in the realm of food security, and looks toward Canada’s next 150 years.

     

    The Kitchen Renovation at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                               

    The renovation at the Police Youth Centre Clubhouse will allow the club to better offer healthy snacks to at-risk kids and expand their cooking classes to give members the ability to cook low-cost, healthy meals at home. The healthy snack program is also used as incentive for members to participate in homework club, the most popular and effective program offered through the BGCO.

    In addition, many of the chefs participating in Canada’s Table will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations. Culinary demonstrations and production for some of our community’s most at-risk members will take place in the following venues:

     

    The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa                                                                                         

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Don McGahan Clubhouse

    430 McArthur Ave.

    Fostering the development of confidence and skills for life, between 8 to 10 youth will participate in cooking lessons beginning at 3 p.m. with Canada’s first “Top Chef”, Dale MacKay. Following that, at 6 p.m., between 40-50 kids will enjoy a healthy snack prepared by the celebrity chef and his newest students.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of celebrity chef Dale MacKay working with youth.

     

    Shepherds of Good Hope                                                                                                       

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    233 Murray St.

    Typical meals are served buffet-style at the Shepherds of Good Hope, one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the city dedicated to the needs of the homeless. This special meal, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs, will be made even more enjoyable when it is served bistro-style to approximately 100 clients of the social services provider.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs preparing dinner; photo opportunity at 5 p.m. of dinner being served to clients.

     

    The Ottawa Mission                                                                                                                

    Saturday, August 26, from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    35 Waller St.

     

    Canada’s Table chefs will prepare a healthy meal for clients of The Ottawa Mission, a homeless shelter that has been helping the hungry and poor in the region since 1906. Two buffet-style meals will be served to approximately 200 people.

    Media opportunity of guests being served at 4 p.m.

     

    Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills                                                                                                      

    Saturday, August 26, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    1 Brewer Hunt Way, Unit 9 (behind Lone Star on March Rd.)

    Helping to improve the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills staff offer the support they require to lead independent and enriched lives. Chefs from Canada’s Table will further this goal by offering cooking lessons to approximately 10 clients, demonstrating healthy meal ideas that they can prepare themselves.

    Media opportunity between 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. of chefs working with adults with developmental disabilities.

     

    The Parkdale Food Centre                                                                                                      

    Saturday, August 26, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    30 Rosemount Ave., Unit 2

    Approximately 40 clients of the Parkdale Food Centre will enjoy an outdoor meal (weather permitting), including fresh local produce, prepared by Canada’s Table chefs. The dinner is aligned with the Centre’s vision of building healthier, more connected communities through good food and friendship.

    Media photo opportunity of guests being served at 5:30 p.m.

    Preparations for Canada’s Table will also engage local culinary students, as the out-of-town chefs will be creating their dishes in the kitchen labs of Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality and Tourism on Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

    Limited media access to Saturday food preparation at the College is possible by advance RSVP only. Media can contact Algonquin College Communications Officer Chris Lackner at lacknerc@algonquincollege.com before noon on Friday, August 25, if interested in scheduling Saturday access, or for advance interviews with the College’s faculty chefs who will be hosting the out-of-town chefs on campus.

    Of note during this 50th anniversary year for the College, two producers of Canada’s Table are graduates of Algonquin College: restaurateur Stephen Beckta (Sommelier alumnus) and Chef Michael Moffatt (Culinary Management alumnus). Moffatt and co-organizer, Chef Sheila Whyte, are also part of the College’s Culinary Management Advisory Board.

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

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

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

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

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

     

  • Michael Deyell receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Michael Deyell at City Council today in recognition of his commitment to showcasing Canadian artists and for his many contributions to the LGBTQ community in Ottawa. The honour comes as the city celebrates the annual Ottawa Capital Pride Festival.

    Mr. Deyell returned to Ottawa in 2012 to purchase After Stonewall, Ottawa’s only LGBTQ bookstore, founded in 1990, in order to keep it open. He added further life to the store by, turning the business into Stonewall Gallery to showcase Canadian artists and their creations. In the last year, Mr. Deyell merged the gallery with his partner’s business, Wilde’s, creating Stonewall Wilde’s, a community shopping destination featuring the works of over 70 Canadian artists on two levels.

    Mr. Deyell is an active community leader and supporter of LGBTQ initiatives and causes. He is an advocate and fundraiser for Bruce House, which cares for and supports people living with HIV and AIDS. He has also been extremely active and supportive of the Village, Ottawa’s Gay Village, helping nurture it into a thriving, inviting and inclusive neighbourhood with businesses and restaurants. In 2015 Mr. Deyell sat on the board of Swirl and Twirl, an annual Ottawa fundraiser for charities. With his expertise in social marketing and public relations, he currently sits on the board of TotoToo Theatre.

     

  • Response to my letter to Canada Post on City of Ottawa parking regulations

  • Canada’s Table culinary series

    Top chefs from across the country pair-up with top local chefs to offer unique dining experiences

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce a series of culinary events as part of Canada’s Table.

    As announced earlier this year, celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants on the days surrounding the sold-out 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street. Here’s what’s on the menu to round out the four-day food adventure:

    NeXT Restaurant                                                                                                                     

    Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.

    6400 Hazledean Road

    NeXT Owner and Executive Chef Michael Blackie will host Chef Paul Rogalski, Culinary Director and Owner of Rouge Restaurant (Calgary, AB) to offer an eight-dish sharing menu presented in four separate waves. The capacity for this intimate dining experience in NeXT’s Four Seasons Room is 32 guests.

    Price: $115.00 per person with the option to include four wine flights with dinner for $38.00 (tax and gratuity extra). Unfortunately, no allergies can be accommodated for this event.

    For reservations call 613-716-4562 and ask for Jillian Blackie or email canadastable@nextfood.ca. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

    The Wellington Gastropub                                                                                                      

    Friday, August 25, 7 p.m.

    1325 Wellington Street West

    Chris Deraiche Co-owner and Chef of The Wellington Gastropub, will welcome the Owner and Head Chef from Beast Restaurant (Toronto, ON), Chef Scott Vivian. Together, they will present a five-course menu, served in a communal format to 60 guests.

    Price: $95.00 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Add an optional wine pairing for $35.00, or a premium wine pairing for $59.00 (plus tax and gratuity).

    For reservations call 613-729-1315. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

     

    Beckta dining & wine bar                                                                                                        

    Monday, August 28, 6 p.m.

    150 Elgin Street

    At Beckta dining & wine bar, Executive Chef Mike Moffatt and Chef du Cuisine Shane Brown will be joined in the kitchen by Matthew Krizan, Executive Chef and Owner Of Mateus Bistro (Mahone Bay, NS). A four-course menu will be created and served in a communal format to 36 guests.

    Price: $90.00 per person with an optional wine pairing for $45.00 (plus tax and gratuity).

    For reservations call 613-238-7063. A credit card is required at the time of booking to secure the reservation.

    In addition to the culinary series, host chefs and guest chefs participating in Canada’s Table will make a social contribution on Saturday, August 26 by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products. Details will be shared in the coming week.

    Twenty top chefs from across the country will take part in Canada’s Table on August 27, beginning at 6 p.m. This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes. Tickets are sold out.

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

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

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

  • Ottawa 2017 rockin’ the capital with Guns N’ Roses, Our Lady Peace and free pre-concert party

    Ottawa – Ottawa 2017 and lead partner CIBC, in collaboration with Live Nation, are pleased to announce a free outdoor music experience as part of YOWttawa.

    As announced in December, international rock super-stars Guns N’ Roses will perform in Ottawa as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. The enduring rock legends will thrill fans at Lansdowne Park on August 21, along with opening act, Canadian rock royalty, Our Lady Peace.

    (Paid admission – ticket information: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/yowttawa/)

    In advance of the concert, everyone is welcome to enjoy live Canadian music on the north plaza of the Aberdeen Pavilion. Featured artists are Eagle River Drum Group, Kina Nimiwag Dance Group, Rise Ashen, Rémi Chassé and Nanette Workman. This free pre-concert party runs from
    4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to concert ticket holders as well as the general public.

    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.

     

     

  • My letter to Canada Post on City of Ottawa parking regulations

    Deepak Chopra,

    The purpose of this letter is to seek clarification from Canada Post following its public declaration of July 25th, 2017, that, due to “concerns regarding safety and bike lanes in Toronto” you have directed your employees “to not park in bike lanes in the City of Toronto.”

    It is the expectation of the City of Ottawa that Canada Post issue instructions to all of its employees to operate continuously in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and all applicable federal and provincial laws as well as municipal by-laws while performing their duties.

    Vehicles stopping in, or otherwise obstructing, dedicated cycling lanes represents a serious public safety hazard for cyclists and motorists alike, and is contrary to the City’s Traffic and Parking By-law.  We would like to remind you that the City’s by-laws are enforceable on a crown corporation.  Additionally, when a Canada Post vehicle obstructs a cycling lane it further exacerbates traffic congestion, particularly in the downtown core, and is contrary to the City’s public policy goal of providing a safe city-wide cycling ecosystem, as detailed in the Ottawa Cycling Plan.

    We were encouraged to read in the Metro that Canada Post spokesperson Jon Hamilton recently said that, “our employees are expected to follow the traffic laws when serving customers, which includes no-stopping zones like bike lanes.”  The City of Ottawa is formally requesting that an official statement be made similar to the one issued to your Toronto-based employees here in Ottawa to Canada Post employees.  The City further requests official assurance that your employees are aware that obstructing cycling lanes is always dangerous and not an acceptable practice.  Should Canada Post employees experience problematic areas for making deliveries, the City would be pleased to work with you to develop possible mitigation solutions to keep our city and economy moving. As good neighbours, the City of Ottawa is committed to working with Canada Post to find operational solutions to your specific delivery challenges.

    We look forward to your response. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Mayor’s Office directly.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Watson                                                        Keith Egli
    Mayor                                                                 Chair, Transportation Committee
    City of Ottawa                                                   City of Ottawa

     

  • 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.

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