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

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

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

    Savour Ottawa Summer Table ($)                                                                                           

    Saturday, August 12

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

    The Log Farm, 670 Cedarview Road

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

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

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    From Grain to Glass ($)                                                                                                          

    Sunday, August 27

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

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

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

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

    Tickets for the From Grain to Glass Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Baseline Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

     

    Secret Eats Tour – Osgoode ($)                                                                                              

    Sunday, September 10

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

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

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

    Guests are invited to snack their way through Osgoode Ward!

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

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

    Tickets for the Secret Eats Osgoode Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Greenboro Park and Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

    Presented in collaboration with Savour Ottawa and Just Food.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

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

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

  • Sky Lounge takes flight!

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

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

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

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

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

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

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

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

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    To download the free Ottawa 2017 App, visit: The App Store, Google Play or Ottawa2017.ca.

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

  • Kontinuum to open on July 16

    Tickets to the free underground journey through time
    available tomorrow at noon

    Sneak peek and media premiere July 15

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are excited to announce that Kontinuum: An Underground Journey Through Time will premiere the evening of Saturday, July 15 and officially open to the public on Sunday, July 16 at 10 am.

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, this impressive world-first underground multimedia production, powered by Bell, will take 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 will be 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 will give residents and visitors a first glimpse inside the LRT system, while offering them an uplifting experience like no other.

    Thanks to Bell’s world-class network technology, residents and visitors will be able to experience Kontinuum in another dimension this summer. Spectators will have the ability 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. They are also providing free WiFi hotspots at Kontinuum.

    Tickets to this subterranean world first are FREE. People will be able to reserve their tickets online beginning this Thursday, June 15, at noon. In addition to online reservations, limited tickets will be available on site daily.

    Exclusive sneak peek opportunity! People can sign up online to become Ottawa 2017 Insiders for the chance to be part of the premiere event on July 15.

    Kontinuum will run daily from July 16 to September 14, from 10 am to 10 pm. Journeys depart continuously throughout the day.

    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 and Ottawa Tourism 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, Stantec, 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. In addition, Ottawa 2017 is proud to welcome Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Limited as our newest program partner for Kontinuum.

    We recognize and appreciate the high degree of collaboration from all partners in enabling Kontinuum to come to life, notwithstanding the complexity of the location for the experience and the intricate technical nature of the production itself. This event will highlight this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project, its role in transforming Ottawa into a 21st century city, and will galvanize the support and anticipation of Ottawa’s residents for the LRT network in the year before it officially opens.

    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 based in Montreal with a full range of production expertise under one roof. The 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 Céline Dion, Madonna, The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, NFL, Sony, Universal Studios, the City of Barcelona, Los Angeles Airport and Royal Caribbean.

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    Media information:

    Ottawa 2017
    Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations
    613-858-1506
    denise.leblanc@ottawa2017.ca

  • Discover Secret Eats, experience Early Nations food and entertainment, and take a Wine & Words Tour, all in rural Ottawa

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce four new Agri 150 experiences. Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience, the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour, the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour, and the Wine & Words Tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017.

     

    Early Nations Culinary Experience

    Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    966 Cameron St. (along the Ottawa River in Cumberland)

    This farm-to-table culinary event along the Ottawa River in the Village of Cumberland will invite guests, through food and entertainment, to reflect on the early nations who influenced Canada’s development.

    A four-course meal will be prepared by:

     

    • Chef Noah John Para, a Northern Cree from Saskatchewan and one of the leaders of modern aboriginal cuisine in Canada, working in partnership with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health;

     

    • Executive Chef Ramsay Sillini of Ze Kitchen, Cumberland’s newest restaurant, which brings fusion design while embracing French flavours;

     

    • Chef Stephane Frelon of Signatures Restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.

     

    Christine Friday, a professional dancer of 25 years of Temagami First Nation, will choreograph performances that incorporate both traditional and contemporary movement, representing Indigenous, English and French dance.

     

    Tickets for the Early Nations culinary experience are $170*, or $200* with wine pairings (*plus tax and service charges).

     

    Presented in collaboration with Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health and Savour Ottawa.

     

    Secret Eats Tour – Rideau-Goulbourn

    Sunday, June 25

    First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Bilingual)

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (English only)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level.

    Guests are invited to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward!

    Hosted by Scott Moffatt, the Councillor for the area, this Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

    Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa.

    Tickets for the Secret Eats Rideau-Goulbourn Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

     

    Wine & Words Tour

    Saturday, July 15

    First Tour: 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Bilingual)

    Second Tour: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (English only)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Trim Road Park & Ride.

    Calling lovers of wine, literature, and local foods! This tour will take participants to three different vineyards located within Ottawa: Vignoble Clos du Vully, Domaine Perrault and Jabulani.

    At each winery visitors will learn about the different ways the harvest is grown, selected and blended. Participants will also learn about the fermentation process that turns your everyday grape into something truly divine.

    Chosen authors will read from their works against the backdrop of these charming wineries as guests savour the local terroir. Wine tasting will be accompanied by local food products.

    Santé! Cheers!

    Tickets for the Wine & Words Tour are $80 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Trim Road Park & Ride. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

     

    Secret Eats Tour – Cumberland

    Sunday, August 6

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

    Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (English only)

    Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Place d’Orleans Transitway Station, located across from Place D’Orleans on the north side of Hwy 174.

    Hosted by Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, this Secret Eats tour will tantalize the taste buds and introduce a new world of agri-tourism destinations, just a short drive from downtown.

    This culinary adventure will consist of four stops, where participants will tour a Secret Eats location, and sample a local delight from among the diverse and delicious offerings of Ottawa’s bountiful countryside.

    Guests will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to making Cumberland what it is today.

    Tickets for the Secret Eats Cumberland Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from the Place D’Orleans Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

     

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

    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.

    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.

  • Design and programming partners revealed for Ottawa 2017’s Inspiration Village

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to reveal details about the design and program partners for Inspiration Village.

    A core site for Ottawa 2017 programming from May 20 to September 4, this ephemeral entertainment locale on York Street will be the site of a succession of FREE special exhibits and performing arts events showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

    The edgy-looking hub is being built out of 41 sea containers transformed into an aesthetic artistic installation. See the video: https://vimeo.com/215008391.

    As this summer destination takes shape, a first glimpse was offered today at the artistic renderings and the following programming partners were announced:

    Algonquin College Mini TFO
    Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene
    Bell Media Ontario 150
    ByWard Market Ottawa Festivals
    Canada Science and Technology Museum Ottawa Mission
    Canadian Museum of History Ottawa School of Art
    Canadian War Museum Parks Canada
    Carleton University RCMP
    CIBC Rent Frock Repeat
    Destination Cape Breton Tale of a Town
    Destination Nunavut Tourism Prince Edward Island
    La Cité Travel Manitoba
    Manitoba Mukluks World Wildlife Fund

    Inspiration Village will be open daily from noon to 8 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Canada Day) with exhibits, demonstrations and performances. Among the many activities, visitors will be able to:

    • step inside a sound studio and share stories about Canada and their vision for the future of our country;
    • enjoy culinary demonstrations showcasing Canadian food culture from across the nation;
    • dress-up in Canadian-themed costumes and props at the Inspiration Village Photo Booth;
    • take a guided virtual tour of Parks Canada’s natural and cultural treasures from coast-to-coast-to coast;
    • express their creativity and imagine the next great Canadian invention at the Build A Nation Station;
    • take their photo in cut-outs of polar bears and beluga whales;
    • take-in live dance, musical and artistic performances representing all provinces and territories as well as local up and coming artists and previews of Ottawa area festivals;
    • discover and connect with the incredible diversity of land, history and awe-inspiring places to explore and experience in Canada;
    • and much, much more!

    The full list of activities and daily performances on the main stage will be available in mid-May.

    The public spaces of Inspiration Village will remain open and accessible 24-hours. The site will serve as a gathering place to meet up with friends, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area, to sit back and enjoy programmed entertainment, to pick up lunch/dinner or coffee/tea in the ByWard Market and to enjoy the outdoor seating areas.

    Inspiration Village by the numbers

    5071     Weight (lbs) of an empty 20’ sea container
    880       Hours the event is open over 15-weeks, from May 20 to September 4
    440       Hours of stage and common area programming
    110       Consecutive days the event is open
    41         Sea containers on York Street
    28         Days it will take to load-in and construct
    28         Staff required to operate the exhibits
    24/7      Days each week the common areas are open to the public
    15         Weeks the event is open to the public
    8          Hours the event is open each day
    1          VERY BIG EVENT!

    QUOTES

    “Inspiration Village will animate the ByWard Market like never before, and will be a gathering point for the millions of visitors who will come to Ottawa this summer. It will showcase the beauty of Canada’s regions and the diversity of Ottawa 2017 partners while entertaining and educating passersby about the people and places that make this country so great,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “The Ottawa 2017 Inspiration Village will offer Ottawans and visitors alike a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Canada 150. I encourage everyone to attend the diverse artistic events being held in the ByWard Market, one of the city’s historic neighbourhoods,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “What sets Canada and Ontario apart is our rich cultural diversity and inclusive spirit.   Inspiration Village is an eco-friendly and innovative way to share with our families and the rest of the world what makes this country such a great place to live, work and visit. We are proud to be part of Inspiration Village with our Ontario150 sea container to help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.  This is a great opportunity to remind ourselves how much we, as Ontarians, have to be proud of living in Canada’s largest province and the incredible things we can accomplish when we come together,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “Canada’s rich and diverse culture and heritage are the building blocks of our great nation. We are incredibly proud to help bring this showcase of creative talent and expression of shared pride to Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “One of Ottawa 2017’s goals is to foster a better appreciation and understanding of the cultural diversity we find across our country by creating new meeting places for interaction. Through transforming our city with creative urban design, we will emerge from Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations with a greater sense of pride for reimaging our public spaces. Our appreciation to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for suggesting that York Street would make an ideal new public space,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    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.

    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.

  • 105th Grey Cup Festival open call for artist submissions

    APPLICATION DEADLINE | APRIL 21 AT MIDNIGHT

    It’s your turn to take the stage.

    The 105th Grey Cup Festival presented by Shaw is putting a call out to Canadian artists to perform at Lansdowne throughout the week leading up to the big game on November 26. The festival will:

    • Showcase Canadian culture
    • Attract over 250,000 visitors throughout the week
    • Put an exclamation point on Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations!

    Want to submit your act?

    Click here and fill out the form by Friday, April 21 at midnight.

    Know a good band/artist?

    Click here to forward this message to your talented friends!

  • 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.

    QUOTES

     

    “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.

  • 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.

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    “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.

    About REEL CANADA
    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.

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