• The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: A Year of Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss!

    The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $5 million to Ottawa 2017 (Celebrations Ottawa Inc.). Minister Joly was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada’s Capital Region. Residents and visitors are invited to show their pride in being Canadian and participate in 12 full months of bold, immersive and inspirational experiences.

    Ottawa 2017 events will include the celebration of foreign national days, performing arts presentations highlighting Canada’s provinces and territories, an underground multimedia experience projected in one of Ottawa’s future light rail transit stations, a Canadian videogame competition projected in monumental proportions onto buildings across the city, and a host of activities related to the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup®, a national treasure.

    The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to get involved in their communities and to celebrate together our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our country’s place in the world.

    To make 2017 a memorable year of celebrations for all Canadians, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in Canada-wide, regional and local projects to increase Canadians’ awareness and invite them to participate in the many events taking place throughout the year.

  • Ottawa 2017 welcomes Bell as Premier Partner, announces La Machine – a North American first coming to Ottawa

    I am proud to announce that Bell is joining Ottawa 2017 at a Premier Partner and as the Official Media Partner for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. Together, we announced an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event. A North American first, La Machine will captivate audiences with its ambulatory urban theatre on the streets of downtown Ottawa next summer. Watch this video, courtesy of La Machine, for a glimpse of their larger than life production: https://vimeo.com/168814587

    Read the complete Ottawa 2017 News Release.

  • Moment Factory and Ottawa 2017 to produce momentum-building Signature Event in future Light Rail Transit tunnel

    March 30th, 2016 – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced today a world first: an impressive underground multimedia production in the city’s highly anticipated light rail train system.

    The Confederation Line of Ottawa’s new Light Rail Transit (LRT) service is scheduled to launch in May 2018. To showcase this modern mode of travel and to build anticipation for this new era of transportation in the nation’s capital, the Lyon Station will be open to the public for a free, innovative multimedia experience in the summer of 2017.

    “LRT is the most transformative project in Ottawa since the construction of the Rideau Canal. Trains will start running in 2018 and you can already sense the anticipation building,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “People are excited for the future and we want them to have a first glimpse of what that future looks like next year, when we host landmark celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday.”

    “In 2017, as Canadians mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada’s capital will itself be on the cusp of a new age of public transportation,” said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre. “The Light Rail Transit project will support the single largest one-time reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Ottawa’s history. Our government is extremely proud to support this turning point in Ottawa’s sustainable future.”

    The production, which will run for a period of approximately ten weeks, will highlight this once-in-a-generation infrastructure project, its role in transforming Ottawa, and will galvanize the support and anticipation of Ottawa’s residents for the LRT network one year before it officially opens.

    “As a funding partner for LRT in Ottawa, we’re delighted to be showcasing this important infrastructure investment in our future,” said Minister Yasir Naqvi (MPP, Ottawa Centre). “This exciting Ottawa 2017 Signature Event is an opportunity to highlight the opening of Confederation Line and Canadian innovation, creativity and excellence as part of what we’re celebrating as a country in 2017.”

    “CIBC came on board as lead partner of Ottawa 2017 to help create memorable experiences for Canadians as we celebrate our 150th,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “This sensory multimedia journey highlighting Ottawa’s thriving infrastructure is a great example of how we’re bringing our nation’s birthday celebrations to life for Canadians and visitors alike.”

    Today’s announcement took place in the former Place de Ville theatre, which will be updated and included as part of the experience, alongside the newly built Lyon Station.

    “Knowing the importance of the Confederation Line to Ottawa’s future, this was the very first concept that I proposed when I took the role of leading the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, and this is the program element that I’m most proud of,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event will be more than just entertainment. We want to elevate people’s souls and inspire them to do great things, in 2017 and beyond.”

    Following an open, competitive process, Moment Factory, a world-renowned Canadian production company, has been commissioned to bring Guy Laflamme’s original concept of an underground experience to life. Moment Factory is no stranger to creating large-scale productions in Ottawa, having produced the original version of Mosaika in 2010, the popular sound and light show on Parliament Hill.

    “At Moment Factory, we tell stories with light, video and sound. But more than this, we bridge the divide between the digital and physical realms to allow a sense of magic to flourish,” said Sakchin Bessette, Co-Founder, Moment Factory. “We are honoured to collaborate with Ottawa 2017 on this futuristic, momentum-building project to tell the story of a city in motion toward an innovative and connected future.”

    The full concept and title of the underground multimedia experience will be revealed soon.

    Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present this project as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, the Government of Ontario, Ottawa Tourism and the Government of Canada for their contributions. To make this exciting event happen in its remarkable subterranean location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with the City of Ottawa’s Rail Implementation Office, Brookfield Office Properties and Rideau Transit Group, the consortium delivering the Confederation Line, the first stage of Ottawa’s LRT project.

    For more information on the Lyon Station cavern and Confederation Line, visit http://www.ligneconfederationline.ca/.

    Canada’s 150th 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.

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  • Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program

    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, today announced an investment of $250,000 in a new funding program that will enable the capital’s arts, culture and heritage communities to add vibrancy to the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    The Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program is a one-time dedicated funding opportunity available to eligible groups in Ottawa’s diverse arts, cultural and heritage sectors for projects in Ottawa during 2017 celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

    “This investment will enhance the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday throughout our city with projects that ignite pride, creativity and passion,” said Mayor Watson. “By launching this new funding program, we’re providing increased opportunities for arts, culture and heritage groups to create inspirational experiences that will contribute to a vibrant and positive image of Ottawa.”

    In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program will be stewarded by the AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

    “We have a dynamic cultural capital full of creativity and ideas just waiting for this type of opportunity,” said Victoria Steele, Executive Director, AOE Arts Council. “The funding is timely as it will enable planning to get underway so that local artists and arts groups will be ready to offer programming that contributes to the celebration in a meaningful way.”

    “Ottawa’s cultural community is brimming with original ideas to be explored in 2017. Our creative sector is by nature entrepreneurial, and can take modest investments and turn them into something extraordinary. I’m confident we will see some exciting results through this program’s encouragement and contribution,” said Peter Honeywell, Executive Director of the Ottawa Arts Council.

    “We’re very pleased to help steward this special sesquicentennial cultural funding initiative,” said Catherine Lindquist, Executive Director, Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa. “We’ll be especially excited to see proposals come forward that showcase Ottawa’s rich heritage in marking this important historic milestone of Canada’s 150th anniversary in the capital,” she said.

    Several arts, culture and heritage organizations were gathered at Orange Art Gallery for the announcement, which included a performance by local singer-songwriter Gabrielle Giguere (Her Harbour). At the event, a challenge was issued to the local community to begin planning an unprecedented year of artistic and cultural programming in the capital.

    “As co-host for the Ottawa 2017 festivities, CIBC is pleased to invite arts, culture and heritage groups to share their talents with celebration-goers,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy, CIBC. “Their participation will broaden the array of activities that Canadians can enjoy in the capital throughout next year.”

    Speaking on behalf of the Province, Minister Yasir Naqvi (MPP, Ottawa Centre) noted that “Projects funded through this initiative will have a wide reach across the region and will serve to deepen our understanding of each other and strengthen our connections as Canadians.”

    “This investment program is a win-win all around. The funding will engage Ottawa’s arts, culture and heritage communities to showcase excellence and creativity in cultural fields while providing residents and visitors with an increased quantity, quality and diversity of ways to celebrate Canadian culture and history in 2017 across the city,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    At a glance:

    • Application deadline: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. EST;
    • A total of $250,000 in project funding is available;
    • Projects will be funded at a minimum of $5,000 and up to a maximum of $25,000 each;
    • Projects should be a new or enhanced activity for 2017;
    • All project activities must take place within the geographic boundaries of the City of Ottawa and must occur between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017;
    • Projects should be open and accessible to the general public.

    An independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities and one representative from the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, will assess the applications.

    For full details on the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program, please visit: www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved.

    Today’s announcement is the second in a series of three announcements concerning community investment for Ottawa 2017 celebrations. In November, Ottawa 2017 announced $150,000 towards the Ottawa Civic Events Funding Program to help local organizations plan unique celebrations for Canada’s Sesquicentennial all across the city. An announcement regarding festival funding will take place in the coming months.

    Canada’s 150th 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.

    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.

  • TD Place to Host Skate Canada’s 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships

    TD Place is excited to announce that it will host the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships from January 16-22. The championships will be one of the first sporting event in Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada 150th anniversary.

    “We are thrilled to be hosting this marquee event,” said Mike Cerha, VP Entertainment and Venues at TD Place. “2017 is going to be an exciting year at TD Place and the National Skating Championships are just the first in a long list of events that will help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Ottawa’s downtown sports and entertainment destination.”

    The pre-eminent all-Canadian sporting event will feature approximately 250 skaters in the men’s, women’s, pair, and ice dance disciplines, competing in three levels: senior, junior, and novice. Athletes will vie for spots on the Skate Canada National Team and the Canadian teams that will compete at the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2017 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships, and 2017 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

    “We are excited to be back in Ottawa for the 2017 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships. From our first championships in 1914 to our 100th anniversary of the event in 2014, Ottawa is a very special place for Canadian skating,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “We are proud to be able to kick-off the National Capital’s celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Like past years, we know the support from the community, fans and volunteers will allow for another amazing event that will inspire Canadians to embrace the joy of skating.”

    Ottawa hosted the very first National Skating Championships in 1914 as well as in 1922, 1925, 1929, 1935, 1940, 1949, 1953, 1958, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2014. The 2017 event will be 15th time that Ottawa will have hosted the largest gathering of Canadian skating talent. Canada’s capital has also played host to several other Skate Canada produced events, including Skate Canada International in 1976, 1981, 1993 and 2008, as well as the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 1978 and 1984.

    All-event ticket packages for the championships will go on sale later this year. Register at www.SkateCanada.ca for ticket sale notifications.

  • Ottawa set to thrill in 2017 with Red Bull Crashed Ice


    Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced today that Red Bull Crashed Ice will make its Ottawa debut when the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship crashes and glides its way into the capital in 2017.

    Red Bull Crashed Ice events take place at unusual locations with stunning backdrops. The final showdown event in March 2017 will take place next to the Château Laurier and Major’s Hill Park at Parks Canada’s historic and picturesque Ottawa Locks, which form part of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parks Canada is working in collaboration with Ottawa 2017 and Red Bull to ensure all measures are taken to preserve and protect the historical features of this heritage treasure.

    The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister responsible for Parks Canada and MP for Ottawa Centre, was in Davos, Switzerland at the time of the announcement, but reiterated her support for the event. “Parks Canada is working with partners to help the Rideau Canal be a premier tourism destination. Events like Red Bull Crashed Ice in Ottawa can help promote our country’s rich history and enable Canadians to learn more about our heritage. As we near Canada’s 150th anniversary, I invite Canadians from coast-to-coast to coast to discover and draw inspiration from our country’s breathtaking places and to find innovative ways of sharing them with one another and the world.”

    The March dates for the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship will be announced later this fall when Red Bull releases the 2016-17 race schedules.

    This extreme winter sport is a unique blend of power skating, ski cross and boarder cross. The Ottawa event will welcome some of the world’s best athletes for the culmination of the winter tour season.

    “As we host a year of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, Red Bull Crashed Ice will be a not-to-be-missed blockbuster event in our City,” said Mayor Watson. “It’s one of a number of exciting new experiences that we’ll be presenting in 2017 which we aim to make a recurring event for future years.”

    Ice cross downhill is the fastest sport on skates where athletes hurtle down a massive ice track filled with high vertical drops and hairpin turns at speeds of more than 50km/h.

    A former racer himself, Red Bull Crashed Ice Sports Director Christian Papillon knows very well the heart-pumping exhilaration of the competition. “Ice cross downhill is fast, physical and intense. Red Bull is proud to contribute to the development of the sport worldwide and we can’t wait to showcase the action to people in Ottawa,” he said.

    Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC noted that “much like sports, partnerships are about team work and reaching new heights together. We’re delighted to work with partners like Ottawa 2017 and Red Bull to create extraordinary experiences that all Canadians can enjoy.”

    “Canadians are passionate about winter sports and Red Bull Crashed Ice is a show-stopping celebration of our shared winter culture,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This prestigious international sporting event will showcase the capital to tens of millions of people in Canada and around the world and is a prime example of the turbo-charged events that people can expect from January to December in 2017.”

    Canada’s 150th 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.

    Speaking on behalf of the Province, Marie-France Lalonde (MPP, Ottawa-Orléans) cited sport tourism events like Red Bull Crashed Ice as important to growing Ontario’s economy. “The Government of Ontario is committed to supporting events that attract visitors to the province from across the nation around and the world, boost local economies and create jobs,” she said.

    For almost a decade, Red Bull Crashed Ice has been a pinnacle event in Quebec City. It is the largest outdoor event in that city each year and attracts a global TV audience. Other cities that have previously hosted the event include Lausanne, Helsinki, Prague, Moscow, Edmonton and Niagara Falls.

    Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present Red Bull Crashed Ice as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, the Province of Ontario, Ottawa Tourism and the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association for their contributions. To make this exciting event happen in such a spectacular location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with the City of Ottawa, Parks Canada, Public Services and Procurement Canada, the National Capital Commission, the Fairmont Château Laurier and Stantec for engineering services.


  • Ottawa 2017 and CIBC Announce Partnership in Celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday

    Today Ottawa 2017 along with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced that CIBC (CM:TSX) (CM:NYSE) will be the lead partner as the city hosts a year of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

    The partnership will see a number of high caliber events and activities presented in the Capital throughout 2017, a year that marks both Canada and CIBC’s 150th.  CIBC’s commitment to Ottawa 2017 extends beyond a monetary contribution and includes a comprehensive marketing strategy, cultural program management and a proven track record of grassroots engagement and community activation.

    “The partnership between Ottawa 2017 and CIBC is the single largest partnership for an event in Ottawa’s history and a strong show of confidence in our city by CIBC,” said Mayor Watson, accompanied by Councillors Cloutier and Fleury, co-chairs of the City’s efforts in Ottawa 2017. “Together, we will amplify Canada’s 150thcelebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences.”

    “As we celebrate 150 years together, CIBC and Ottawa 2017 will co-host landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our connections as Canadians,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, CIBC. “This partnership with Ottawa 2017 will create memorable experiences that ignite pride, creativity and passion.”

    Details of the partnership were announced this morning at the popular Mayor’s Breakfast Series. A full year of celebrations will be offered from January to December.

    One of many incredible experiences to come, on July 1, 2017, Ottawa 2017 and CIBC will present an evening celebration at the Shaw Centre, with entertainment never seen before in Ottawa along with a breathtaking view of the fireworks. Also planned is an exciting new program in the capital called Inspiration Village. It will feature each of Canada’s provinces and territories for a full week of tributes over the course of the summer in 2017. Full details will be revealed soon.

    “It’s an honor for Ottawa 2017 to be the first organization Canada-wide to benefit from a significant private sector contribution in respect to Canada 150th celebrations and to partner with CIBC, a distinguished Canadian institution,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “Together, we will showcase the nation’s capital from an avant-garde perspective and create energizing moments for the millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast that will take part in these historic celebrations.”

    Ottawa will be centre stage in 2017, as a record number of Canadians are expected to visit the capital to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Ottawa 2017 will be announcing many more initiatives in the weeks and months ahead, as it gears up for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, right here in the capital.

    To stay informed on the latest plans, visit ottawa2017.ca.

  • Ottawa 2017 Poster Contest


    With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, we would like to invite students in Grades 1-12 from across the city to participate in a contest to create the official postcards for the Ottawa 2017 celebrations. These postcards will be sent to major cities across the country, to invite everyone to come to the Nation’s Capital to celebrate this very special anniversary. Your students can help make Ottawa THE place to celebrate in 2017!

    WHAT: We would like to see students get creative and put their artistic talents to work, with the help of their teachers, and come up with a postcard drawing or graphic design that illustrates the best that Ottawa has to offer, and why everyone NEEDS to be here to be a part of this historic celebration.

    WHEN: A selection panel of Ottawa artists will be assembled at City Hall to choose one winner from each grade.

    HOW: Schools have until May 21 at noon to submit their winning designs to their board office.

    PRIZE: The winning students, along with their classmates, will be invited to a pizza party at City Hall with the Mayor and City Councillors. The 12 winning designs will appear on thousands of print and digital postcards to be sent out across the nation!

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