• Ottawa 2017? There’s an app for that!

    Download the free Ottawa 2017 App
    to elevate your experience at events throughout the year
     

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce the launch of the Ottawa 2017 App, powered by Ottawa 2017 Premier Partner Bell.

    The free experiential App offers the latest information and updates on Ottawa 2017 programming as well as unique multimedia features to enhance the experience of residents and visitors at events taking place in the nation’s capital throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

    Available for iOS and Android, the Ottawa 2017 App enables users to access exclusive content. They can also take control of the action at specific events with interactive functions, share their experience with other Canadians and take part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations from every corner of the country.

    On December 31, for the Ottawa 2017 New Year’s Eve kick-off event, App users will be able to download their very own virtual torch, which looks like the ones that more than 400 youth will be carrying in the Fire of Friendship Torch Relay. A countdown to the lighting of the Ottawa 2017 Cauldron will cue users to light up their virtual torch, which will also turn on the camera flashlight.

    Year-round, a virtual photobooth will enable App users to take photos using a variety of special filters. The first filters will be very festive with a New Year’s Eve theme. New filters, themed around other Ottawa 2017 events, as well as more interactive features will be added on an ongoing basis throughout the year-long celebration.

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

    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.

    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

    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.

  • Tim Hortons the Official Coffee of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are proud to welcome Tim Hortons as the Official Coffee of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    The iconic Canadian restaurant chain will serve complimentary coffee and hot chocolate at several Ottawa 2017 events including the December 31st New Year’s Eve Celebration, the Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Weekend and Picnic on the Bridge. In addition to warming the hearts of event-goers, Tim Hortons’ popular brew will also be served to Ottawa 2017 volunteers. As well, Tim Hortons will provide financial and marketing support to Ottawa 2017, with digital menu boards in restaurants across the country promoting the celebrations.

    “We are tremendously proud that Tim Hortons, a truly Canadian brand that resonates so deeply with residents from coast to coast, has partnered with Ottawa 2017 for our city’s celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Their involvement in the festivities will enhance the experience for residents and visitors alike.”

    “We are very proud to partner with Ottawa 2017 as the Official Coffee of Canada’s 150th birthday festivities in its capital,” said Sami Siddiqui, President, Tim Hortons Canada. “Tim Hortons has been part of communities across Canada for over 50 years and we are very excited to join in the celebrations.”

    To kick-off the partnership, the Tim Hortons community cruiser made a stop on Albert Street this morning to treat commuters to a warm cup of coffee to start the day.

    “Tim Hortons is a strong Canadian brand, deeply entrenched in our communities, reaching every nook of this great country,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “One could say that a shared celebration of Canada and CIBC’s 150th wouldn’t be complete without Tims on board and, as their proud long standing partner, we are thrilled to welcome Tim Hortons to the Ottawa 2017 family.”

    “Tim Hortons is an emblematic Canadian corporation that touches the everyday lives of Canadians,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This partnership will assist us in reaching Canadians across the country during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.”

    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.

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

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/user39239007/videos

    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.
    About TIM HORTONS®
    TIM HORTONS®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. As of June 30, 2016, TIM HORTONS® had more than 4,400 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

    About Restaurant Brands International
    Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with approximately $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants in approximately 100 countries and U.S. territories. Restaurant Brands International owns two of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS® and BURGER KING®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees, and communities for over 50 years. To learn more about Restaurant Brands International, please visit the Company’s website at www.rbi.com.

    For further information, please contact: mediainquiries@timhortons.com

  • Submissions now open for JUNOfest 2017

    JUNO Week’s two-night music festival invites Canadian artists from all genres to apply.

    TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that artist submissions for JUNOfest, presented by CBCMusic.ca are now open. The annual musical festival will showcase performances by top Canadian acts in venues across Ottawa on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1 as part of JUNO Week 2017.

    Artists interested in participating in JUNOfest can apply between November 29, 2016 and January 27, 2017 at www.junofestsubmissions.ca.

    About JUNOfest:

    WHAT:

    • One of the signature events of JUNO Week, JUNOfest is a two-night music festival featuring 100+ artists playing on stages throughout Ottawa. The festival will feature live performances by regional and national artists representing the many genres that make up Canadian music, including local artists representing Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant music scene and 2017 JUNO Award nominees.
    • JUNOfest is open to Canadian artists only. A $20 application fee will apply.
    • JUNOfest will be produced by Shawn Scallen/spectrasonic.

    WHEN:

    JUNOfest will offer shows at more than 15 venues across Ottawa/Gatineau on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1

    HISTORY:

    JUNOfest has showcased more than 1,000 artists and bands of all backgrounds and genres including: African Guitar Summit, Alexisonfire, Alex Cuba, Anvil, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, Cancer Bats, Classified, Danny Fernandes, Deep Dark Woods, Divine Brown, D-Sisive, Doc Walker, Down with Webster, Elliott Brood, Elizabeth Shepherd, Feist, Fucked Up, The Gryphon Trio, Handsome Furs, Hey Rosetta!, Hollerado, Hot Panda, Jane Bunnett, Jim Cuddy, Jully Black, Julie Doiron, Kardinal Offishall, Karl Wolf, k-os, Kellylee Evans, KENmode, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Little Miss Higgins, Marianas Trench, Matt Mays, Metric, Milk & Bone, MSTRKRFT, NQ Arbuckle, Plants and Animals, The Sadies, Said the Whale, Saint Alvia, Sam Roberts, Shad, The Sheepdogs, Shout Out Out Out Out, Silverstein, Sloan, Tanya Tagaq, Ten Second Epic, Thornley, Two Hours Traffic, The Wailin’ Jennys, Wintersleep, and hundreds more.
    Rich Aucoin at JUNOfest 2015 in Hamilton, Ontario. Photo credit: CARAS/Cameron MacDonald 2015

    The 46th annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.

    Website: www.junofestsubmissions.ca, www.junoawards.ca
    Twitter: @TheJUNOAwards
    Instagram: @TheJUNOAwards

    Click here to read the full release.

  • Tennis Canada selects Ottawa for Davis Cup by BNP Paribas First Round Play

    November 16, 2016 – Tennis Canada announced Wednesday that The Arena at TD Place at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Ontario will be the host site for the upcoming Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie between Canada and Great Britain. The event will take place from February 3-5, 2017.

    “It’s been more than two decades since Davis Cup has been held in Ottawa and the timing is right now to bring it back,” said Gavin Ziv, vice-president, professional events, Tennis Canada. “Playing Great Britain in the nation’s capital during the Canada 150 celebration year presented a perfect opportunity and we could not be more excited about it. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Ottawa, Province of Ontario, Government of Canada and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) to make this event a huge success for the team and the many tennis fans in Ottawa who have been eager to see this event live.”

    Matches will be played on an indoor hard court and will be the first ever tennis event held at the venue. The last Davis Cup tie contested in Ottawa was more than 20 years ago when Canada defeated Jamaica 5-0 in a Group II zonal tie at the Ottawa Athletic Club in February 1994. The last time the Canadian Davis Cup team played in Ontario was a 5-0 victory over Dominican Republic at the Aviva Centre in Toronto in 2010.

    “We are thrilled to host this important Davis Cup tie at TD Place,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), which manages TD Place and the surrounding Lansdowne entertainment district.  “The matchup between Great Britain and Canada is the marquee first-round tie for the competition. It’s a privilege to be able to present it to our Ottawa/Gatineau fans during Ottawa 2017 celebrations. Thanks to Tennis Canada for making it possible.”

    Canada will be competing in the elite 16-team World Group for a sixth straight year after defeating Chile 5-0 in the World Group play-offs in September. They were relegated to the play-off round after a 5-0 loss to France on the road in the first round in March. Canada has experienced tremendous Davis Cup success over the past few years, reaching the semifinals for the first time in the country’s history in 2013 and returning to the quarter-finals for a second time in 2015.

    Great Britain recently returned to Davis Cup glory, capturing the title for the first time in 79 years in 2015. Led by the world’s newest No. 1 player and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray in singles, and doubles world No. 4 Jamie Murray, the team also reached the semifinals this year, losing in September to Argentina 3-2 in a fifth and deciding rubber.

    Canada and Great Britain have only played once in the history of Davis Cup, with the Brits posting a 4-1 win in Bournemouth, England back in May 1967. As current defending champions, Great Britain is the No. 1 ranked Davis Cup country in the world and will be the seeded nation for this tie. Canada is currently ranked No. 12.

    “We are really excited to be making a long overdue return to Ottawa for Davis Cup,” said Canadian team captain Martin Laurendeau. “We are always at our best when we play at home in front of loud, patriotic crowds and that is exactly what we will need here to defeat a strong team from Great Britain. This will be the first time many of our guys will play in this city and we are really looking forward to introducing a new generation of tennis fans to the passion and excitement that is Davis Cup.”

    Laurendeau will select the four-man team to represent Canada at a later date. In 2016, Canada was represented in Davis Cup by five players – Vasek Pospisil, Frank Dancevic, Philip Bester, Adil Shamasdin and Denis Shapovalov. Due to various injury-related and personal reasons, Canada was without top singles player Milos Raonic and Davis Cup doubles stalwart Daniel Nestor for both ties in 2016. Both Nestor and Raonic have been committed team members in the past, with Raonic playing every year from 2010-2015 and Nestor only missing three ties in the last 15 seasons.

    The winner of this tie in February will move on to the World Group quarter-finals and will also be assured to keep their spot in the World Group for the following year. The losing nation will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie to keep their spot in the elite level for 2018.

    Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport with more than 135 nations competing on annual basis. Only 16 countries entered in Davis Cup competition qualify for the World Group each year.

    Tickets will go on sale to the public on November 25 and will be available online at TDPlace.ca, by phone at 1-877-489-2849 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.

  • The party’s here and all of Canada’s invited!

    Ottawa students send postcards to friends and family across the country inviting them to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital

    Ottawa – Ottawa area students have a message for their family and friends from coast to coast to coast: “Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary with us in 2017!”

    As part of a city-wide student postcard writing initiative, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Canada Post and the Canada Post Community Foundation as programming partners for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    In collaboration with Ottawa 2017, Canada Post has printed and delivered more than 45,000 postcards to Ottawa’s four local school boards: the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. A grant from the Canada Post Community Foundation will support mailing costs.

    Students from Grade 3 to 6, inclusively, will be receiving the postcards this month and, as an in-class project, they will be writing personalized messages inviting relatives and friends living elsewhere in Canada to take part in the celebrations in Ottawa next year.

    The postcards were designed by area students for the Ottawa 2017 Postcard Design Contest.

    QUOTES:

    “We’re proud to welcome Canada Post, a national corporation that’s been connecting Canadians for generations, as an Ottawa 2017 partner. This postcard initiative is a great way to engage young Canadians and build excitement for our country’s sesquicentennial celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “We are pleased to be part of this great initiative. We’re hoping to deliver these beautiful hand-written invitations from Ottawa students to Canadians right across the country,” said Susan Margles, Vice-President, Government Relations and Policy at Canada Post and a Trustee with the Canada Post Community Foundation.

    “The Ottawa 2017 program was developed to inspire Canadian youth and encourage them to get involved in the celebrations. With Canada Post’s valuable support, this is an additional way of engaging young citizens and inspiring them for the future,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

  • A national celebration in the making: Canadian history, culture and treasures on exhibit to the world in 2017

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome the family of national cultural institutions in the capital region as programming partners for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

    From cultural and social programming, to providing venue space, the following federal partners are supporting one or more Ottawa 2017 initiatives. Some examples are:

    Canada Agricultural Museum
    • Assisting in the development of Agri 150 events
    Canada Aviation and Space Museum
    • Hosting an outdoor Ignite 150 event
    • Providing set-up and rehearsal space for La Machine
    Canadian Museum of History
    • Hosting the Mayor’s reception for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference
    • Hosting the Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Gala
    Canadian Museum of Nature
    • Hosting a December 31, 2017, Nature New Year celebration
    • Hosting “Populace”, an Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Fund project
    Canada Science and Technology Museum
    • Presenting special exhibits related to Ottawa 2017 programming, such as the National Videogame Championships and Awards
    Canadian War Museum
    • Hosting an Ignite 150 event
    Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
    • Organizing and hosting the one-day conference “Ottawa: A Smart City in the 21st Century”
    • Curating archival images for a large-scale outdoor projection project on the LAC building, to coincide with the major exhibit “Canada: Who Do We Think We Are?”
    • Providing archival material for Ottawa 2017 programs
    National Arts Centre (NAC)
    • Under the Ignite 150 umbrella, NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley will conduct 1,300 high school students from local schools in a massed bands concert at the Aberdeen Pavilion on March 24, 2017
    • Cross-programming Canadian artists at the Canada Scene Festival and at Inspiration Village
    National Gallery of Canada
    • Signature destination for La Machine and other events
    • Hosting tours for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference

    In addition to working together on the above mentioned projects and events (plus other exciting yet-to-be-announced activities!), Ottawa 2017 will assist in the promotion of federal events and exhibits taking place throughout the year. Highlights include:

    • May/June: the opening of the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries at the National Gallery of Canada;
    • June: the opening of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new permanent Arctic Gallery;
    • July: the unveiling of the National Arts Centre’s dramatic new façade;
    •  July: the opening of the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History;
    •  November: the re-opening of the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

    QUOTES

    “Ottawa, as our nation’s capital, has a concentration of institutions where we keep and preserve our national treasures. As we prepare to welcome millions of visitors for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’re pleased to work with those who are the custodians of Canadian culture and history, to further enhance our collective public programming offer for 2017 and create lasting benefits for our tourism industry and local economy,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation will make 2017 an exceptional year for residents and visitors in Canada’s Capital Region. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to the success of Ottawa 2017 initiatives—including Ignite 150, which will offer participants a variety of unforgettable experiences. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “From our inspiring Ontario150 sesquicentennial programs to Ottawa 2017’s exciting lineup of activities, the province is going to be alive with incredible cultural, community and celebratory events that all Ontarians and visitors can enjoy next year. What a tremendous way to honour our past, build for our future, and encourage pride and engagement with our capital city and across our beautiful province,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “As the proud co-host of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, CIBC is pleased to invite Canadians across the country to explore the wealth of cultural and historical jewels that have helped shape our national identity,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “After chairing the Federal Cultural Partners Committee for several years, I’m very proud to reconnect with all of them to have federal institutions benefit from the Ottawa 2017 celebrations as they showcase the best of Canadian culture to residents and visitors from around the world,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

  • The magnificence of the Chaudière Falls and its Indigenous heritage to be showcased in 2017

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce a Signature Event that will elevate the natural beauty of the Chaudière Falls and immerse spectators in Indigenous culture during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    From late September to early November, an ambient lighting display will illuminate the falls. Accompanied by a rich soundscape, the experience will evoke the culture of Indigenous people and in particular highlight the Algonquin heritage of the region.

    This powerful tribute to Indigenous people will be co-produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and world-renowned Canadian production company Moment Factory, in collaboration with the local First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.

    In addition to the light experience, interpretation panels will share the story of the Indigenous people.

    The full concept and title of the free event will be revealed soon.

     

    QUOTES

    “In a year when Ottawa will welcome millions of visitors from across Canada and around the world, we are thrilled that one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks will be featured with a new experience to celebrate and share Indigenous culture,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “The Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation are pleased to be a part of this event in the heart of Algonquin Territory. We look forward to this opportunity to tell residents and visitors of Algonquin history in our territory and of our future aspirations,” said Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation.

    “In 2017, residents and visitors to the National Capital Region will have the chance to attend a dazzling performance. The Chaudière Falls will light up in time to a musical score created for the occasion. The show will pay tribute to the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Let’s take advantage of the 150th anniversary of Confederation to strengthen the ties that unite us and reflect on the future of our country,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “Ontario is proud to support the Chaudière Falls project with a $125,000 investment.  Commemorating our past and celebrating our future is at the heart of our Ontario 150 programming.   Making these beautiful and historically significant falls accessible for all to enjoy, and engaging and honouring our indigenous communities will leave an important legacy to be celebrated and remembered,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “As lead partner for the Ottawa 2017, we invite Canadians to experience one of the most breathtaking sites of the region, Chaudière Falls, so that together we can celebrate our country’s rich Indigenous history and culture through vivid storytelling,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “After working for many years under the leadership of the late Jean Pigott, I am very proud to be contributing to making one of her dreams a reality and to work with the Indigenous community in the development of this program” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

  • Call to musicians, promoters and music entrepreneurs for 2017JUNO Host Committee projects

    New funding program announced

    Ottawa – The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and the Ottawa 2017 Bureau are pleased to announce an investment of $30,000 in a new one-time funding program that will enable the capital’s musicians, promoters and other music entrepreneurs to develop and present unique musical experiences throughout the city in early 2017.

    From January to March, this micro-grant initiative will help build and engage audiences across all 23 city wards in the weeks leading up to the JUNO Awards.

    “Hosting the 2017 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week is an opportunity for us to support Ottawa’s growth as a music city and to foster new ways for residents and visitors to experience music with performances in non-traditional music spaces,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This new micro-grant program will help build excitement for the Awards and contribute to their legacy by boosting visibility for local music, and by creating connections between local musicians, promoters, and other businesses.”

    “We are delighted to bring the JUNO Awards, Canadian musicians and Canada’s music industry to the nation’s capital during our country’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO,of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS),The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts. “We are equally thrilled that Ottawa has developed a new strategy to further promote and develop its local music scene.”

    Today’s announcement at Zaphod Beeblebrox, a longstanding music club in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, included special performances by local artist Mélissa Ouimet as well as

    Kalle Mattson, whose video “Avalanche” was nominated for a 2016 JUNO Award.

    In addition to the micro-grant program, the host for the 46th annual JUNO Awards was revealed. JUNO Award winner Michael Bublé will take to the stage to host the broadcast at the Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

    “I’m so proud to chair, for a third time, Ottawa’s JUNO Host Committee. Music is a reflection of who we are as a people, where we’ve come from and where we aspire to go,” said Guy Laflamme, Chair, 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee and Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “If ever there was a year to celebrate Canadian music and showcase what draws us together as a country, it’s next year during Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.”

    Micro-grant program at a glance:

    • Applications open Wednesday, November 2, 2016;
    • Application deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016;
    • A total of $30,000 in project funding is available;
    • Events will be funded at a minimum of $500 and up to a maximum of $2000 each;
    • All events must take place within one of Ottawa’s 23 wards;
    • Events must be held between January 1, 2017 to March 26, 2017;

    Application information will be online tomorrow at www.ottawa2017.ca/JUNO.

    The program will be administered on behalf of the JUNO Host Committee by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). An independent five-member jury, with representation from Ottawa’s music community and one representative from the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, will assess the applications.

    JUNO Week in Ottawa will take place March 27 to April 2, 2017 at venues across the National Capital Region. JUNO Week and the 2017 JUNO Awards are an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event.

    The 2017 JUNO Awards Host Committee would like thank its sponsors: Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Bell, Gowling WLG and many more valuable partners and volunteers.

    For more information about the JUNO Awards visit www.junoawards.ca.

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

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

  • Youth Ambassadors from across Canada to share their Ottawa 2017 experiences

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce a partnership with Encounters with Canada to enrich the experience of young Canadians during Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

    Encounters with Canada participants visiting Ottawa in 2017 will have the opportunity to represent Ottawa as Youth Ambassadors. The students, aged 14 to 17 years, will participate in Ottawa 2017 events, help with marketing and media activities, including social media outreach, and join the Ottawa 2017 volunteer program for certain events. Upon their return home, they will then serve as special representatives of Ottawa, making presentations in their communities about their Ottawa 2017 experience.

    “Thanks to Encounters with Canada, every year thousands of young Canadians have the opportunity to discover our country and immerse themselves in our culture and heritage,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “In 2017, as we host the world for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we want those students from coast to coast to coast to experience their nation’s capital and share what they experience with their family, friends and local community.”

    Added Linda Brunet, Director General of Encounters with Canada: “Each year, more than 3,200 young people from across Canada cross our doorstep to live a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our partnership with Ottawa 2017 will provide Encounters’ participants with the unique opportunity to be part of history, becoming ambassadors for Canadian youth and representing their provinces, territories and their communities during Canada’s 150th celebrations.”

    “As we celebrate both Canada’s and CIBC’s 150th anniversaries, we are proud to work with an organization such as Encounters with Canada, to engage and involve youth in marking this milestone,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “These celebrations present a wonderful opportunity to foster and develop stronger connections to our country and each other.”

    “Our partnership with Encounters with Canada will engage teens to connect their communities to the festivities here in Ottawa,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “As Youth Ambassadors, they will help us build a truly national celebration and allow Canadians across the country to share in their experiences.”

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-calibre 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 and the Government of Canada 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: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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.

    About Encounters with Canada

    Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest and foremost youth forum. Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada, aged 14 to 17 years, come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.

  • Sky Lounge tickets go on sale Friday

    Ottawa 2017 partners with Andaz’s feast + revel to bring fine dining to new heights

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that tickets to the Sky Lounge will go on sale at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 28. Ottawa 2017 is also pleased to welcome feast + revel, the signature restaurant of Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market, as the Official Sky Lounge Culinary Partner and to announce that Executive Chef Stephen La Salle will create the menu for this unforgettable culinary experience.

    An Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, the Sky Lounge will take flight between July 14 to 20, 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.

    Two different culinary journeys will be offered. 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).

    Cocktail seatings will take place at 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., while seatings for the three-course Gourmet Dinner will take place at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Capacity for each seating is 22 people.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    “Our nation’s capital is set to offer an array of unique activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, including the Sky Lounge, something that’s never been done before in Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “We’re happy that Ottawa 2017 is partnering with Andaz, a new and refreshingly modern hotel in the ByWard Market, to enhance this exciting experience for residents and visitors.”

    “As Ottawa’s newest hotel experience, Andaz is proud to be selected to design a food adventure for the taste buds of Sky Lounge guests,” said Matt Graham, General Manager, Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market. “Anticipate a menu that embraces new Canadian cuisine, inspired by fresh, local, organic and sustainable products with feast + revel’s high standards paired with an elevated experience.”

    In addition to creating the menu and providing the food and beverages for the Sky Lounge, feast + revel staff will extend their attentive hospitality to serve guests both in the air and on the ground for the pre and post flight experience.

    “The Sky Lounge is a great example of the bold Signature Events that we conceived and secured from the very start of planning for the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “Thanks to our partners at feast + revel, participants will be able to taste the new flavour of Ottawa, while discovering our downtown architecture, the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill at a whole new level.”

    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 and the Government of Canada 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: http://ow.ly/WntCV

    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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