• Final day to enjoy Inspiration Village

    Ottawa – As the final day for Inspiration Village gets underway today, Ottawa 2017 and Mayor Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, would like to thank residents, visitors, volunteers, artists and partners for their enthusiastic participation in making this free ephemeral entertainment locale a success.

    To date, more than 340,000 people have visited the celebration hub in the ByWard Market since it opened on May 20. Of the participants surveyed, 49% were visitors to Ottawa. Inspiration Village has an 87% satisfaction rate.

    From noon until 8 pm, the final day will be action-packed with activities and performances in a highly festive atmosphere. View details online.

    INSPIRATION VILLAGE BY THE NUMBERS

    0                      The price of admission to Inspiration Village
    5                      Gentlemen from the Ottawa Mission who prepared the site every morning before opening to the public
    12                     Live radio remotes conducted from Inspiration Village
    16                     Full time exhibitors at Inspiration Village
    20                     Performances on the tops of the sea containers
    23                     The average daily temperature from May 20 to September 4 in Ottawa
    24                     Local exhibitors who showcased their projects, programs and goods at Inspiration Village
    24                     Porter Airline tickets awarded to contestants in the CANADA 3, 2, 1 Fly Away promotion
    34+                   National Capital Region companies and organizations that supplied goods and services to the staging of Inspiration Village
    41                     Sea containers that housed exhibits and activities
    44                     Planters and flower pots that beautified Inspiration Village
    49                     Percentage of visitors at the Village from outside the region
    87                     Percent satisfaction rate of participants surveyed
    93                     Hours it rained while Inspiration Village was open to the public
    94                     Exhibitor and event management staff who worked at Inspiration Village over 16 weeks
    108                   Consecutive days that residents/tourists enjoyed FREE programming
    210                   Hours it will take to tear-down Inspiration Village
    275                   Busker performances at Inspiration Village
    406                   Hours it took to set-up Inspiration Village
    486                   Hours generously donated by volunteers at Inspiration Village
    874                   Hours that the public could enjoy FREE programming at Inspiration Village
    912                   Performances, activities and special events that took place at Inspiration Village
    5,000                The weight in pounds of a 20’ sea container at Inspiration Village
    8,400                Lego pieces that children could play with at the “Build a Nation Station”
    12,000              The weight in pounds of each 2nd level 40’ sea container
    12,231              The distance in kilometers (one way) that one artist traveled to perform at Inspiration Village
    18,000              Square feet that housed Inspiration Village on York Street
    30,000              The weight in pounds of the concrete blocks used to secure the 2 shade sails over the Village
    60,000              Mega Bloks that children could play with in the centre of Inspiration Village
    340,000+           People who visited Inspiration Village from May 20 to September 4

    TOO MANY TO COUNT: The number of people who took pictures of the OTTAWA letters or had their picture taken in front of the OTTAWA letters.

    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

    ***Look for the Ottawa 2017 recap video of Inspiration Village in the coming days.

    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.

  • Still time to enjoy the summer of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – On the heels of this past weekend’s successful event, Canada’s Table, Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, wishes to remind residents and visitors that there is still time to enjoy two other hit Signature Events of the summer: Inspiration Village and Kontinuum. 

    MORE THAN 300,000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED INSPIRATION VILLAGE

    Daily, noon – 8 pm, until September 4 (Free)

    ByWard Market

    This artistic installation of 41 sea containers is an ephemeral entertainment locale featuring free special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories.

    The final weekend will be action-packed with activities and performances in a highly festive atmosphere. View details online.

    MORE THAN 250,000 PEOPLE HAVE EXPERIENCED KONTINUUM

    Daily, 10 am – 10 pm, until September 14 (Free tickets or walk-ups welcome anytime)

    300 Sparks St.

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, this impressive world-first subterranean 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: An Underground Journey Through Time 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.

    SURVEY SAYS: LA MACHINE WAS A SMASH HIT!

    Positive reviews are still coming in about La Machine and survey results show why. The North-American debut captivated the hearts and imaginations of audiences with its travelling urban theatre in the streets of downtown Ottawa. More than 750,000 participants saw Long Ma and Kumo as they roamed the capital over four days. Of the spectators surveyed, 33% were visitors to Ottawa. The show entitled “The Spirit of the Dragon-Horse, With Stolen Wings” had an approval rating of 96%.

    OTHER OTTAWA 2017 SUMMER EVENTS BY THE NUMBERS:

    Canada’s Table                                           A sold-out dinner for 1000 people with a 99% satisfaction rate.
    Ottawa Welcomes the World                   Over 170,000 visitors so far with more than a dozen events to come; far exceeding the original objective by more than double
    Red Bull Global Rallycross                        More than 12,000 enthusiastic spectators, 31% of which were visitors, with a 93% satisfaction rate for the event
    Picnic on the Bridge                                   Of the 2500 picnic-goers, 34% were from out of town, with an 82% satisfaction rate for the picnic/
    Sky Lounge                                                 More than 3000 participants with a 98% satisfaction rate
    Agri 150                                                       11 rural events enjoyed so far with 10 still to come
    Ignite 150                                                    19 events so far with more than a dozen to go
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Program        5 projects so far with another 9 ongoing or to come
    Civic Events                                                 43 community celebrations so far with another 6 to go

    The results of Ottawa 2017 events are activations across the city, in every single ward, to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    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.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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

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