• Ottawa Senators to host Montreal Canadiens in 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 classic™ outdoor game at Lansdowne Park

    Historic Rivals to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of First-Ever NHL Games Played

    OTTAWA (March 17, 2017) – The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™, featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The outdoor game will pay tribute to a century of NHL® contests, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League’s first games played on Dec. 19, 1917. The announcement of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™ was made in Ottawa, continuing the year-long NHL® Centennial festivities while Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, and the Stanley Cup® – the most revered trophy in all sports – celebrates its 125th anniversary.

    Since Dec. 19, 1917, there have been 54,004 regular-season NHL® games played (through March 16, 2017). The first night in League history included a contest between the original Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens at Dey’s Arena in Ottawa. The game resulted in a 7-4 win for the Canadiens, with Joe Malone scoring five of Montreal’s seven goals.

    “By bringing the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens together, outdoors at Lansdowne Park, we recreate – and reimagine – a match-up of founding NHL franchises who launched 100 years of remarkable history for our League and our fans,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic will serve as another signature event in our Centennial celebration, will set the stage for the next 100 years of NHL excitement and will contribute a unique sports moment to Canada’s sesquicentennial.”

    This matchup marks the first outdoor game the Senators have hosted. Ottawa made its first appearance in a regular-season outdoor NHL game at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ at BC Place in Vancouver, a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

    “Ottawa is the home of the Stanley Cup and 100 years ago our Senators played their first NHL game to help give rise to the greatest professional hockey league in the world,” said Ottawa Senators Owner and Chairman Eugene Melnyk. “Hockey has deep and revered roots here in the nation’s capital. Our team and our fans are exceptionally honored to play host to an NHL outdoor game this December that will cap off the League’s year-long Centennial celebrations.”

    The Canadiens will be making their fourth appearance in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. Montreal is 2-1-0 in three prior outdoor contests, most recently defeating the Boston Bruins, 5-1, at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

    “We are proud and honored to have been selected to take an active part in the NHL’s Centennial festivities and the celebration surrounding the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. This outdoor game in the nation’s capital between two of the League’s longest established franchises will be an event for fans in both cities to enjoy as the 100-year-old rivalry between the two clubs reaches a new level.  For our players and our fans, this match-up will be yet another chapter in NHL history,” said Canadiens president and CEO Geoff Molson.  

    Additional details about the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic™, including broadcast and ticketing information, will be announced in the coming months.

    “Scotiabank is thrilled to celebrate both the NHL’s Centennial and Canada’s 150th birthday as the title sponsor of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic in Ottawa this December. It is an honor for Scotiabank to deepen our partnership with the NHL with another iconic hockey match-up in celebration of these milestones,” said Carole Chapdelaine, Senior Vice-President for the Quebec/Eastern Ontario Region at Scotiabank. “Hockey matters to Scotiabank because it matters to Canadians. We are proud to support hockey at all levels in Canada, as the official bank of the NHL since 2007 and as the proud sponsor of over 8,000 kids’ community hockey teams across the country.”

    “I’m extremely proud to welcome the NHL100 Classic to Ottawa in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the very first NHL game, which took place in the nation’s capital in 1917. Holding this outdoor game has been a dream since we started planning our Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “I know I speak for the millions of hockey fans across Canada and in our city when I say there is no better way to honor our national sport during such a historic year.”

    Today’s Senators and Canadiens feature some of the top talent in the NHL. Ottawa is led by four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson as well as forwards Mark Stone and Kyle Turris. Karlsson leads NHL defensemen in assists (50) and is second among blue liners in points (63) this season. Montreal counters with Carey Price, Max Pacioretty and Shea Weber. Weber ranks second among NHL defensemen in goals (16), while Price ranks seventh in wins (31) for goaltenders this season.

    “The players on the Canadiens and Senators are excited to take their game outside for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa,” said Chris Campoli, NHLPA Divisional Player Representative. “It will be a great opportunity in December for the fans and the players alike to celebrate the NHL’s 100th anniversary and Canada’s 150th with a spectacle of the Canadian national winter sport.”

    Since 1992, the Senators and Canadiens have faced off 131 times during the regular season and have each earned 63 wins, with Montreal holding a four-point edge in the head-to-head series (MTL: 63-52-16, 142 points, OTT: 63-56-12, 138 points). Ottawa has won both contests between the teams thus far this season, posting a 4-3 shootout victory on Oct. 15 and 4-3 regulation win on Nov. 22. The Senators and Canadiens meet three more times in 2016-17: March 18, 19 and 25 before the Stanley Cup® Playoffs begin. The two clubs have also played each other twice in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs – in 2013 and in 2015 – splitting their two series.

  • Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup® Where the Tradition Began

    Ottawa – the only city on the continent to host festivities

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League and the Ottawa Senators, in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument, are delighted to invite hockey fans everywhere to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup® in Canada’s capital region from March 15 to 19.

    As Canada marks its 150th birthday, this memorable five-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup®. It is the signature event in all of North America to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup®.

    Schedule of events:

    Wednesday, March 15
    Stanley Cup® 125th Evening Celebration ($)
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Canadian Museum of History

    Members of the 100 Greatest NHL® Players, including Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier will join special guests and the Stanley Cup® for a soirée with guest speakers, entertainment and an exclusive viewing of the newly opened hockey exhibit. In support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and their commitment to the Lord Stanley’s Gift Monument.

    Thursday, March 16
    The Stanley Cup® Returns Home During March Break (Free)
    2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    Rideau Hall

    The Governor General David Johnston will welcome the iconic trophy back to Rideau Hall, along with 100 Greatest NHL® Players Mike Bossy, Paul Coffey, Dave Keon, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier. The public will be able to have their picture taken inside the residence, beneath the official portrait of Lord Stanley, Canada’s 6th governor general and donator of the Stanley Cup®. Visitors are also invited to lace up their skates and hit the ice on Rideau Hall’s refrigerated outdoor skating rink.

    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    Canadian Tire Centre

    An interactive traveling fan experience, the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is a main pillar of the League’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments. Fans can experience the innovative Museum Truck; clean a sheet of ice in a one-of-a-kind virtual reality Zamboni game; or watch some of the NHL’s greatest highlights and stories on a giant video screen.

    Friday, March 17
    Pre-Show Hockey Zone (Free)
    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Outside Plaza of the Canadian Tire Centre

    Everyone’s invited to take part in the Stanley Cup® Pre-Show Party, where they’ll have the opportunity to take their photo with the holy grail of hockey (from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.) and enjoy hockey themed activities, giveaways and more.

    Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert ($)
    7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Canadian Tire Centre

    This original concept show features musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet. The concert includes tales of Stanley Cup® glory from hockey legends Mike Bossy, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur, Frank Mahovlich, Bernie Parent and Bryan Trottier, six of the 100 Greatest NHL® Players in history, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup® will be the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality, will host the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée.

    Saturday, March 18
    Stanley Cup® Monument Ground-Breaking Ceremony (Free)
    9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    Sparks Street at Elgin Street

    In December 2017, a monument to mark the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® will be unveiled in Canada’s capital, steps from the very birthplace of hockey’s most treasured trophy. Residents and visitors will witness the ground-breaking ceremony at the site of this future national landmark on Sparks Street, 125 years to the day that the Stanley Cup® was born.

    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    Noon – 6 p.m. (Stanley Cup®: noon – 5 p.m.)
    Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne

    (See above). In addition to the fan activations mentioned above, the Stanley Cup® will be available for fans to get their photo taken.

    Sunday, March 19
    NHL Centennial Fan Arena (Free)
    Noon – Post-Game (Stanley Cup®: noon – 7 p.m.)
    Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne

    (See above). In addition to the fan activations mentioned above, the Stanley Cup® will be available for fans to get their photo taken. Fans are also invited to a viewing party to watch the Montreal Canadiens host rival Ottawa Senators. The viewing party begins at 7:30 p.m.

    Ongoing
    Hockey (
    $)
    Daily
    Canadian Museum of History

    Until October 9, 2017, sports enthusiasts can explore a new hockey exhibition developed by the Canadian Museum of History that celebrates the sport’s evolution and its widespread appeal.

    Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument. For more information visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/stanley-cup-tribute/.

    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 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 the Stanley Cup® Tribute 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.

  • Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France to soar over Gatineau April 30, 2017 at Aero 150

    GATINEAU, Que. – March 10, 2017 – Vintage Wings of Canada and the City of Gatineau are proud to announce Aero150, a once-in-a-lifetime aviation spectacle to be held at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in honour of Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

    The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France of the French Air Force (l ‘Armée de l’Air) will soar over the skies of Gatineau in a display of friendship, freedom and the historic ties between Canada France. Aero 150 is the only Canadian stop on the Patrouille de France United States 2017 tour.

    Admission is free. Parking is $10.

    To reinforce the historic bond between Canada and France, which was strengthened during the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and subsequently on the ground, in the air and at sea during the Second World War and beyond, Vintage Wings of Canada will host this historic air show and provide air and static displays of its own wartime aircraft, warbirds that played a vital role in securing victory in Europe and helped secure the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

    Scheduled performers (subject to change without notice)

    Plans are being made to livestream Aero150 on Facebook starting at 11:00 a.m. EST in order to give veterans (and other Canadians who cannot attend the show) the opportunity to enjoy this thrilling tribute to the service and sacrifice made by veterans on our behalf.

    Aero150 includes a flypast over Parliament Hill on Monday, May 1, 2017 by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France.

    Aero150 would not be possible without the kind and generous support of our sponsors and partners, including the Michael Potter Collection, the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, the Patrouille de France, l’Armée de l’air, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force, the French Embassy in Canada, CAE, Boeing, the City of Gatineau, Tourism Outaouais, Gatineau 2017, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa 2017, Airbus, Tescal, Thales, Space Flight Insider and Vision Media Plus.

    More details of Aero150 will be released as they become available at www.aero150.com, @aero150, #aero150 and through future news releases, social media and local advertisements in Gatineau and Ottawa.

    Quotes:

    “Vintage Wings of Canada is proud to be hosting Aero150, along with our friends and neighbours at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, the RCAF, La Patrouille de France, l’Armée de l’air as well as our partners, sponsors, performers and volunteers who are working tirelessly to make this event a success. Through their generous support, particularly that of our sponsors, we will be able to mount a once-in-a-lifetime aviation spectacle that celebrates a key milestone in the history of our great country and generations of cooperation, friendship and freedom between Canada and France. The people of Ottawa and Gatineau are in for a great show.” – John Bennett, Director General, Aero150

    “The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is pleased and honoured to be the site of this unique airshow that will see the performances of two great aerobatic teams. We have the resources and the capability to meet all operational requirements of both teams safely and effectively and look forward to mounting the safest, most successful airshow yet in Gatineau.” – Nicole Loreto, Board of Directors, Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport

    “The RCAF is proud and excited to be a part of the Patrouille de France’s visit in April, and we are delighted that they have asked our Canadian Forces Snowbirds to join them in performing at Aero 150.  Canada’s RCAF and France’s Armée de l’Air have long been friends and Allies, and this coming together of our national air demonstration teams will be a symbol of that friendship and alliance.” – Brigadier-General Michel Lalumière, Director General Air Force Development, Royal Canadian Air Force

    “The Embassy of France is proud to bring together the military aerobatic teams of Canada and France, with support from other allies, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The RCAF and France’s Armée de l’air have a long-standing relationship (‘shoulder to shoulder’) and, together with their allies, are ready to meet changing international challenges and contribute to international peace, stability and security.” – Colonel Bertrand Cadour (Air) Attaché/Defence Attaché, representing Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador or France in Canada

    ”Gatineau is proud to be the host of this historic airshow, which highlights the friendship between France and Canada.  This is a unique opportunity for the citizens of the National Capital Region and visitors to participate in this event, which is part of the 150th anniversary celebrations in Gatineau.  We are proud to contribute to the success of AERO 150 by providing a $30 000 contribution in cash and services” – Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau

    About Aero150

    Aero150 is an airshow and once-in-a-lifetime air spectacle being staged by Vintage Wings of Canada at The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport on April 30, 2017. Aero150 replaces Wings Over Gatineau/Gatineau EnVol, which was to have taken place June 30. A decision was made to hold Aero150 after La Patrouille de France offered to visit Gatineau as part of its 2017 North American tour.

    About Vintage Wings of Canada

    Vintage Wings of Canada is a charitable, non-profit, volunteer-led organization located in Gatineau, Que. The mission of Vintage Wings of Canada, founded in 2003 by Ottawa philanthropist Michael Potter, is to celebrate Canada’s rich military and civilian aviation history, particularly wartime, and educate and inspire Canadians through powerful stories and events that bring to life the heroes, aircraft and events making up this great heritage.

    About the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport

    The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport is a non-profit corporation that belongs to the City of Gatineau and is operated by a Board of Directors, a Director General and operational staff. The Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport has the capability to meet all operational requirements of all air and ground performers during Aero150.

    Follow us:
    @aero150 #aero150
    Twitter: @VintageWingsCan
    Facebook: @VintageWingsOfCanada
    YouTube: VintageWings

    B-roll and interviews with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the Patrouille de France are available for download at www.aero150.com

    For more information contact:

    Holly Bridges, Media Relations Coordinator
    @Aero150 #aero150
    hbridges@vintagewings.ca;hollybridges@bell.net
    613-863-0545
    Nathalie Brunette, Project manager
    Comité du 150e, Gatineau 2017
    nbrunette@gatineau2017.ca
    819-329-4489
  • NHL Legends announced for Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert

    Hockey greats Mike Bossy, Dave Keon, Guy Lafleur and Bernie Parent to share the stage with Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce some of the NHL legends that will take part in the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert:

    The four players (Bossy, Keon, Lafleur and Parent) won a combined 15 Stanley Cup® Championships, and each are an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Last month, Bossy, Keon, Lafleur and Parent were named to the 100 Greatest NHL® Players list, as part of the NHL’s Centennial festivities honoring a century’s worth of extraordinary players, teams, remarkable plays and unforgettable moments.

    This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality, will host the event along with renowned hockey sports anchor Chantal Machabée.

    The show will include tales of Stanley Cup® glory from the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup® itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable experience for all ages.

    Canada’s capital is the only place in North America this historical celebration will take place. It will be the event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® this year in Ottawa, where the tradition started.

    The original concept show will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, March 17, as part of the celebrations in the nation’s capital surrounding the anniversary of hockey’s most treasured trophy: the Stanley Cup®.

    Tickets for the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert are on sale now. Prices range from $39.50 to $69.50. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca.

    Stanley Cup® 125th Tribute
    As announced last summer, the Stanley Cup® 125th Tribute will take place from March 15 to 18, 2017. This extraordinary four-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup®.

    Events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument.

    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 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.

    About Live Nation Entertainment:
    Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.

  • What’s a party without pizza? – Ottawa 2017 partners with Gabriel Pizza

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Gabriel Pizza as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    As the Official Pizza for Ottawa 2017, Gabriel Pizza – a locally owned and operated business – is marking its 40th anniversary today. Gabriel Pizza will be feeding the thousands of volunteers at events throughout the year. Gabriel Pizza will also lend both financial and marketing support to Ottawa 2017 with the official logo of the celebration garnishing the tops of pizza boxes circulated to all locations.

    QUOTES

    “Gabriel Pizza has been a mainstay of Ottawa’s food culture and a great community partner to many organizations for four decades, and we’re delighted that they’re joining us to deliver a year of celebrations for residents and visitors alike,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “For 40 years, Gabriel Pizza has been committed to the Ottawa community. Celebrating our anniversaries together is a natural fit.  It just isn’t a proper party without pizza and we will be announcing several exciting plans this year,” said George Hanna, Gabriel Pizza President.

    “We’re very happy to work with Gabriel Pizza to spread the word about the exciting celebrations taking place in Ottawa throughout the year. In addition to delivering visibility for the festivities right to the doors of their customers, Gabriel Pizza will support the Ottawa 2017 volunteer program, a crucial pillar in the success of the celebrations,” 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.

    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 Gabriel Pizza
    Established in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1977, Gabriel Pizza specializes in pizza and Italian food dining and delivery with its award-winning products, service and quality brand. With 38 franchised locations in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Gabriel Pizza is passionate about delivering the ultimate guest experience. The family operated business prides itself in its strong connection to the communities in which they serve, from fundraising to sponsorship of countless community events. Visit www.GabrielPizza.com for more information.

  • Ottawa 2017 partners with Sustainable Forestry Initiative for Red Bull Crashed Ice

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) as a partner for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    A sustainability leader dedicated to the future of our forests, SFI promotes the responsible procurement of forest products. The organization has arranged for the donation of responsibly sourced forest products to build the Red Bull Crashed Ice track, and other portions of the venue.

    SFI Program Participants include West Fraser, LP Building Products and JD Irving who have donated plywood, oriented strand board and lumber respectively. These products are valued at over $100,000 and originate from forests third-party certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Forest Management Standards.

    Over 85% of the wood used for the track will be recovered and repurposed for other Ottawa 2017 events such as Kontinuum and La Machine. In addition, materials will be repurposed for Habitat for Humanity builds and ReStores in the Greater Ottawa region including the building of a home for an Indigenous family.

    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.

    About Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
    Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI®) is an independent, non-profit sustainability leader dedicated to future forests by supporting the links between sustainable forests, thriving communities and the responsible procurement of forest products.  SFI achieves this through setting standards, delivering a conservation and community grants program, conducting research, and supporting partnerships that contribute to conservation objectives.  Forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard cover more than 115 million hectares across Canada and the United States. SFI’s Forest Management, Fiber Sourcing and Chain of Custody Standards work to ensure the health and future of forests. Through application of these certification standards, SFI’s on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions.

  • Canada’s Table tickets go on sale Friday at noon

    Top chefs from across the country to stage legendary dinner in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau 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 pleased to announce that tickets to Canada’s Table will go on sale at noon on Friday, February 17.

    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.

    For this once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, ten top local chefs will partner with ten top chefs from across Canada to stage a legendary four-course dinner with wine pairings.

    Local chefs who will be participating:

    Chris Deraiche (Wellington Gastropub) Marc Lepine (Atelier)
    Joe Thottungal (Coconut Lagoon) Michael Blackie (NeXT)
    Jordan Holley (Riviera) Ross Fraser (Fraser Cafe & The Rowan)
    Jon Svazas (Fauna & Bar Laurel) Tim Stock (Play food & wine)
    Marc Doiron (Town & Citizen) Yannick Anton (Le Cordon Bleu)

    Some of the visiting chefs who will be participating:

    Dale Mackay (Ayden Kitchen and Bar & Little Grouse on the Prairie, Saskatoon, SK)
    David Hawksworth (Hawksworth & Nightingale, Vancouver, BC)
    Melissa Craig (Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler BC)
    Matthew Krizan (Mateus Bistro, Mahone Bay, NS)
    Normand Laprise (Toqué & Brasserie T, Montreal, QC)
    Paul Rogalski (Rouge, Calgary, AB)
    Scott Vivian (Beast Restaurant, Toronto, ON)

    Additional visiting chefs will be announced shortly.

    Canada’s Table will take place on August 27 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $175.00 which includes wine pairings (tax and ticket surcharges extra).

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca/Canadas-table.

    As announced last month, Canada’s Table is a non-profit event, with many partners donating their time or resources. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes.

    This is part of a four-day series of culinary events where celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants. In addition, they will make a social contribution 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.

    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.

  • Metric, The Sheepdogs, Bobby Bazini & Kevin Bazinet to perform at Stanley Cup 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert

    Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, Live Nation Canada and the Ottawa Senators are pleased to announce that the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will feature musical performances by Metric, The Sheepdogs and bilingual artists Bobby Bazini and Kevin Bazinet, who will showcase their talent in both French and English. Liam Maguire, NHL historian, author and radio personality will host the event.

    This original concept show, an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday, March 17, as part of the celebrations in the nation’s capital surrounding the anniversary of hockey’s most treasured trophy: the Stanley Cup.

    The show will include tales of Stanley Cup glory by living hockey legends, in addition to rare archival footage of some of hockey’s most historic moments. The Stanley Cup itself will be the guest of honour at this memorable multimedia experience for all ages.

    Tickets for the Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary Tribute Concert will go on sale this Thursday at noon. Prices range from $39.50 to $69.50. For ticket information or to purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca or www.ticketmaster.ca.

    Ottawa 2017 partners with Live Nation Canada
    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is pleased to welcome Live Nation Canada as an Official Partner of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. The global leader for live entertainment will play a key role in planning musical events in the year ahead.

    Stanley Cup 125th Tribute
    As announced last summer, the Stanley Cup® 125th Tribute will take place from March 15 to 18, 2017. This extraordinary four-day event will celebrate the integral role hockey has played in shaping our country’s identity and the longstanding love and admiration Canadians have for our national treasure, the Stanley Cup. It will be the signature event to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® this year in Ottawa, where the tradition started.

    Events are being organized by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators, the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the Canadian Museum of History and Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument.

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

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

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  • VIA Rail becomes Official Partner of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

    Gateway to the city decked out in festive pageantry

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome VIA Rail Canada as an Official Partner of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital.

    VIA Rail will provide train tickets for artists, contests and promotions, as well as collaborate with Ottawa 2017 on pageantry items at the Ottawa and Fallowfield stations. Other marketing initiatives include distributing Ottawa 2017 brochures in stations and lounges in the Quebec-Windsor corridor and on trains across the country.

    Additionally, the rail company will add the Ottawa 2017 logo and colourful look of the celebration to the exterior of the Glenfraser lounge car during special events like Red Bull Crashed Ice, the JUNO Awards, La Machine, and others. Visitors arriving by train during those events will be greeted by enhanced pageantry specific to the special event.

    QUOTES

    “As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is at the centre of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday. The partnership between VIA Rail and Ottawa 2017 will enable us to share the festive spirit of the celebrations with travellers from across Canada, and to roll out a warm welcome the moment they pull into in our city,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “Canada’s 150th birthday is an opportunity to pay tribute to and celebrate our immense country, its heritage, the diversity of its inhabitants, and its quality of life. Connecting more than 400 communities together from coast to coast for almost 40 years, VIA Rail has become a part of Canadian traditions. And as a safe, environmentally friendly mode of transportation, the train is also the smart way to travel. It is in this spirit that VIA Rail invites all aboard for the celebrations! The train is Canada’s best window,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer at VIA Rail.

    “We’re proud to welcome VIA Rail to the stellar group of Ottawa 2017 partners. Transportation companies like VIA connect Canadians and visitors to our great country, and offer the opportunity to explore Canada’s rich natural and cultural beauty. As we celebrate our country’s 150th, we encourage all Canadians to participate in the year’s festivities,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “We’re very happy to work with VIA Rail to spread the word about the exciting celebrations taking place in Ottawa throughout the year. In addition to the ubiquitous Ottawa 2017 pageantry, there will be the opportunity to feature some of the major Signature Events at the Ottawa Station as, giving travellers a flavour of the events taking place when they arrive,” 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.

    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 VIA Rail Canada
    As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit: www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.

  • Get ready Ottawa – company’s coming!

    Help roll out the red carpet with Ottawa Host 150

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to launch Ottawa Host 150. The free online training tool, developed in collaboration with the hospitality programs from La Cité and Algonquin College, will help ready tourism industry staff, volunteers and residents to welcome the millions of visitors expected in the capital for Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

    The new program is a light and fun way to learn more about the capital, Ottawa 2017 events and acquiring key customer service skills. It offers three different training modules: one for general residents, one specific to volunteers and one for frontline hospitality staff on how to exceed customer expectations.

    Each module takes about 20 minutes to complete. All those who go through the training will receive a certificate (and bragging rights!) that they are Ottawa Host 150 certified.

    To encourage as many residents as possible to follow this online training, Ottawa 2017 is partnering with Le Droit and the Ottawa Citizen on a promotional campaign with incentives and prizes. Details to come shortly on how everyone who has completed the training will be able to win great prizes.

    This is our time to shine, Ottawa!

    QUOTES

    “We encourage all residents and all the tourism industry staff to take the free Ottawa Host 150 training and become ambassadors for Ottawa 2017. Together, let’s offer visitors to our city a true destination experience during Canada’s sesquicentennial year,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “La Cité is proud to have contributed its expertise and creativity for Canada’s 150th anniversary of Canada. In partnership with Algonquin College, Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Tourism, La Cité has developed a unique bilingual online training tool. I am happy to see that, thanks to this initiative, the College’s know-how will benefit visitors partaking in this year’s festivities,” said Lise Bourgeois, President of La Cité.

    “Algonquin College will also be celebrating a milestone in 2017, our own 50th anniversary. There’s no better way to jointly celebrate our past than with such a forward-looking partnership. We have provided our students with the opportunity to gain experience and skills on real-life projects that will strengthen their college experience,” said Cheryl Jensen, President and CEO of Algonquin College.

    “Through my work as Chair of the International Festival and Events Association, I was inspired by a hosting program that Indianapolis had put in place before hosting the Super Bowl. Ottawa Host 150 will have a direct impact on the quality of experience people have when they visit Ottawa and on the memories they take home and share with others. We’re proud to work with the hospitality experts from La Cité and Algonquin College to offer this one-stop shop for information on hosting visitors in Ottawa,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    “Today’s launch of the Ottawa Host 150 training tool will have an impact on the tourism industry—Ottawa’s third largest economic generator—for years to come. 2017 is a special anniversary year and brings with it lots of attention, but Ottawa Tourism wants to leverage this opportunity so that every year is filled with great interactions between local residents and visitors; we know how much this affects our reputation as a destination and visitors’ desire to return,” said Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism.

    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/

    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.

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