• 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Canada 150 Maple Groves Project ready to take root across Ottawa

    Ottawa – The Canada 150 Maple Groves project took root today with a ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Jim Watson was joined by community members and David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa-South; Jenny Gerbasi, First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Léo Duguay, Vice-Chair of Tree Canada; and Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President of CN.

    The Government of Canada, Tree Canada and CN have generously contributed to this sesquicentennial legacy project that will plant a grove of 150 native maple trees in each ward in Ottawa. The groves consist of three species of native maple trees: sugar, red and silver. Many of the groves have been planted this spring, while others will be planted in the fall, between mid-September to mid-October.

    Today’s tree-planting to mark Canada’s 150th had an added national flavour, as a large contingency of mayors and municipal officials from across the country were present. They were attending the national convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which was held in Ottawa this year to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. A tree is planted at each FCM meeting as part of a Legacy Program with Tree Canada.

    A full listing of the Canada 150 Maple Grove locations in each of the 23 wards can be viewed at ottawa.ca.

    Quotes

    “The Canada 150 Maple Groves Project is truly a living legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary. There is no better symbol than the maple leaf to mark this milestone in our country’s history. Whether it is on the flag, your passport or stitched to your backpack, the maple leaf is the iconic symbol of our nation, and makes us uniquely proud to be Canadian, wherever we find ourselves in the world.”
    Mayor Jim Watson

    “All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace. Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”
    – Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada

    “We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play. In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations.”
    – Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. “

    “The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada. The Canada 150 project “Tree to Our Nature” will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”
     David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa-South

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Inspiration Village by the numbers

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

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 105th Grey Cup Festival open call for artist submissions

    APPLICATION DEADLINE | APRIL 21 AT MIDNIGHT

    It’s your turn to take the stage.

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

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

    Want to submit your act?

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

    Know a good band/artist?

    Click here to forward this message to your talented friends!

  • More than 1,300 young musicians pay tribute to Canada at Music Ignites

    Ottawa – Today, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, the National Arts Centre (NAC) and Ottawa’s four local school boards, held Music Ignites, a mass band concert at the Aberdeen Pavilion to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

    O Canada and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah rang out as over 1,300 high school students from 26 local school bands performed the two arrangements under the direction of NAC Orchestra Music Director Alexander Shelley.

    In addition to the orchestral performances, young voices from Sing House Studios interpreted the province of Ontario’s unofficial anthem, A Place to Stand.

    Under Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 umbrella program, this event engaged students from Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board in our sesquicentennial celebrations.

    A re-cap video will be shared on Ottawa 2017 social media with highlights from Music Ignites.

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    “Canada’s big year happens here in the nation’s capital and we’re delighted to present events like Music Ignites, that ensure our celebrations have a positive, lasting impact on our young people, their families and our community. We thank Ottawa’s school boards and the NAC for their support and enthusiasm in creating opportunities for students to get involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “It was an honour for me to conduct this very special concert today. I salute the students who took part, as well as all those dedicated music teachers who helped make it happen,” said Alexander Shelley, Music Director, National Arts Centre.

    “Music has the power to transport our senses, to bring joy, to transcend language barriers and unite us all. The province is proud to support the Ignite 150 program that will showcase the incredible talent we have here in Ontario, including the Sing House Studios choir, the pianist and the 1,300 music students who performed today. And, a special thanks to the music teachers that guided them along the way,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “CIBC applauds the hundreds of student musicians that have brought their energy and youthful perspective to the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. What better way to unite the country than by bringing talented young Canadians together through music to mark this historic milestone,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “One of the main goals of Ottawa 2017 is to inspire and open up new horizons for Canadian youth. Music Ignites is a perfect example of our commitment to engage young people in the celebrations of Canada’s sesquicentennial and to showcase their talent and contributions to our country,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

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

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

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

  • Red Bull Global Rallycross Makes Debut at Canada Aviation and Space Museum in partnership with Ottawa 2017

    Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2017) – For the first time in its seven-year history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will head to Canada for a championship event in 2017. On Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, Red Bull GRC will visit Ottawa, the country’s capital, for two rounds of action at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. The event is part of the Ottawa 2017 calendar, a year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

    “Ottawa represents a perfect fit for Red Bull GRC as we return to international competition in 2017,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We’ve been fortunate to see many Canadian fans at our events in the United States over the years, and we’re looking forward to bringing our racing formula north for the very first time, and to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. As Ottawa 2017 celebrates the150th anniversary of Canada, we can’t think of a better way to join the celebration than by staging an event in the nation’s capital.”

    The museum is easily accessible off of the Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway, with the double header event utilizing portions of the Rockcliffe Airport. The course will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump. With grandstands set throughout the dirt section and up to the finish, fans will be up close to some of the most exciting moments of the 2017 season.

    This year, as Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial, a record number of Canadians and visitors will gather in the nation’s capital to join in the festivities planned throughout 2017. Ottawa 2017 is presenting 12 full months of big, bold and immersive experiences that will complement national celebrations and annual events and festivals. Residents and visitors from Canada and abroad are invited to explore Canada’s history and culture through vibrant events that will spark the imagination and inspire for the future.

    “As the nation’s capital, we’re happy to welcome this exciting event to Canada for the first time. Red Bull Global Rallycross will thrill participants and viewers across the country and around the world, while showcasing our city in a new and dynamic way, said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “In support of Ecology Ottawa’s One Million Trees project and to further support this important legacy of the sesquicentennial year, the series’ organizers have committed to planting 10,000 trees in Ottawa.”

    “Red Bull Global Rallycross will be yet another legacy of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, with the opportunity for the event to return in subsequent years.  It’s one of the bold new events we are helping to bring to Canada’s capital with the support of partners like CIBC and Ottawa Tourism. We’re equally happy to engage our federal partners at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum to showcase this important institution on an international scale,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    Featuring the sport’s biggest stars and factory-supported race teams, Red Bull Global Rallycross has a long and storied history of international events and competitors. In 2013, it became the first rallycross series to visit three continents in a single season; last year, Supercar drivers represented 10 different countries, including Canada. Fort Frances, Ontario native Steve Arpin was among last year’s five race winners and is expected to join international stars like Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Chris Atkinson, and many others.

    Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa are on sale now at www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. General Admission and Club tickets are available. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5 more than regularly priced admission. All tickets include full access to the paddock, where fans can get up close to the cars and stars of Red Bull GRC. Kids 12 and under are free to attend with a ticketed adult. For more information visit www.redbullglobalrallycross.com, or follow Red Bull GRC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GRCseries.

    About Red Bull Global Rallycross

    Created to produce the most exciting action in all of motorsport, Red Bull Global Rallycross combines the best elements of stage rally, off-road and circuit racing in a fan-friendly environment. International superstars battle wheel-to-wheel over dirt, gravel, and the series’ signature 70-foot jump behind the wheel of 600 horsepower Supercars. Events also include the developmental GRC Lites class and a new electric division due to begin competition in 2018. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

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