• Fire & Ice tickets go on sale today

    Ottawa 2017’s first Agri 150 event of the year to take place inside a rural greenhouse

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that tickets to Fire & Ice will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 19. This first Agri 150 experience will demonstrate an innovative way of showcasing Ottawa’s rural assets.

    The culinary adventure will take place on Saturday, February 11 – just prior to Valentine’s Day – at the SunTech GreenHouses near Manotick Village.

    Renowned chef Marc Lepine is creating the menu for this four-course gourmet experience, which highlights molecular cuisine. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a winter cocktail and outdoor fire and ice entertainment, followed by a small-plate fine dining meal inside the cozy ambiance of the tomato greenhouse.

    Tickets for Fire & Ice are $100*, or $125* with a wine pairings. A round-trip shuttle service, from one of three points of departure, can be added at cost of $12* per person. (* plus tax and service charges)

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    Announced in June, 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 outdoor 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.

    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.

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    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.

  • Pull up a chair to Canada’s Table

    Ottawa 2017 Signature Event will showcase Canadian culinary excellence at a 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street

     Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, as partners for an unprecedented culinary experience: Canada’s Table.

    On August 27, to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, Canada’s world-class food, wine and hospitality will be showcased 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 in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings.

    This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a 305-metre long table (1000 feet) with the popular Sound and Light Show as a backdrop.

    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.

    Tickets for Canada’s Table will go on sale in the coming weeks. The list of Canadian chefs and ticket prices will be revealed at that time.

    QUOTES

    “As we welcome an influx of visitors to Ottawa for our country’s 150th birthday celebrations, we’re very pleased that two local success stories who have become part of Ottawa’s culinary identity, Beckta and Thyme & Again, have partnered with Ottawa 2017 to showcase the many flavours of our capital region in such a vibrant, dynamic and memorable way,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “I am thrilled that Canada’s world-class food, wine and hospitality will be showcased at the epicentre of our country’s 150th anniversary celebrations. It is such an honour to work alongside these talented chefs and partners at this very special venue, to curate Canada’s Table with Thyme & Again and Ottawa 2017. We are proud to play a part in the long list of unbelievable experiences that Guy and his team are creating in our nation’s capital during this milestone year,” said Stephen Beckta, Owner, Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants.

    “We’re excited to share our passion for exceptional food and service with guests at Canada’s Table. We look forward to partnering with Steven Beckta and Executive Chef Michael Moffatt and the talented chefs from across Canada and here in our city. This is a great opportunity for Thyme & Again to collaborate with our community and reinforce the strong support we all have for our local producers,” said Sheila Whyte, Owner, Thyme & Again.

    “2017 will be an exciting and festive year where Ontarians have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Canada’s Table is a great example of that, putting a spotlight on Ontario’s culinary talent and local cuisine. Sharing meals and food experiences is part of who we are as Canadians – it brings people together – and that’s worth celebrating,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “The concept of Canada’s Table is something that I had been attempting to do for over 5 years and was an important element of the original Ottawa 2017 plan. When I read through local media that Stephen had the same dream, I knew it was an alliance that was meant to be. Together with Beckta and Thyme & Again, we will create cherished, unforgettable moments and breathtaking visuals that will be shared around the globe,” 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.

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

  • Ottawa 2017 ignites a year of sesquicentennial celebrations in the nation’s capital

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are delighted to kick-off a full year of celebrations in the nation’s capital to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

    Tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at Ottawa City Hall launched 12 months of festivities with the lighting of the spectacular Ottawa 2017 Cauldron.

    Built in partnership with Enbridge Gas Distribution and natural gas companies from across Canada, the three-sided installation an artistic adaption of the Ottawa 2017 logo measuring approximately 5 metres high (16 feet) and 4 metres wide (13 feet) – is powered by natural gas. Enbridge has purchased an equivalent amount of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral fuel made from waste, in support of Canada’s sustainable energy future.

    The cauldron will remain lit for this long weekend and will be a landmark throughout the year that will be re-lit for special occasions.

    Earlier today, a First Nations sacred fire ceremony was held to kindle the flame that was shared from Ottawa City Hall to Parliament Hill. More than 400 youth, each carrying a torch, formed a human chain from the Ottawa 2017 Cauldron to Parliament Hill, lighting their torches one after the other until the entire line was aglow.

    In a nod to Ottawa’s and Canada’s past, as well as to our future generations, the flame from this Fire of Friendship Torch Relay was used to re-light the Centennial Flame, initiating celebrations on Parliament Hill and in cities across the country.

    History behind the Fire of Friendship:

    For the 1967 celebrations, the Centennial Flame was lit on Parliament Hill by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. As part of that ceremony, the mayors and reeves of each of the local municipalities lit torches from the flame on the Hill, which were then couriered back to all parts of the region where “Fires of Friendship” were lit.

    QUOTES

    “As Canadians across the country ring in 2017, the nation’s capital is on the threshold of a dynamic, inspiring twelve months of celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday. We look forward to seeing the year unfold and to welcoming residents and visitors for all the great experiences ahead,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “For our government, the 150th anniversary of Confederation is a time to look back on the road we have travelled so far, while looking optimistically to the future. It’s an opportunity to work together to strengthen our ties as Canadians, and to enjoy unforgettable experiences in our communities,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “2017 is Ontario’s 150th anniversary, and we have a lot to be proud of. In 2017, there will be events and programs across the province to celebrate our achievements, and to inspire us to build a better tomorrow. Ontario is Canada’s largest, most diverse and dynamic province.  We’re inclusive, innovative, and full of opportunities. Ontario 150 will be a celebration of all the things that make Ontario the most amazing place in the world to live,” said the Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Government and Consumer Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.

    “CIBC was founded the same year as Canada, in 1867, and we are very proud of our shared history that has helped shape the bank we are today, and the one we are building for the future. Through our partnership with Ottawa 2017, we are very excited to celebrate this great country and to offer exceptional and memorable experiences for all Canadians and visitors to enjoy,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC.

    “The cauldron’s flame kicks off a celebration of our rich history and our bright future. It also represents the importance of energy in our day-to-day lives, something that we at Enbridge have been proud to be part of for more than 165 years. This partnership with Ottawa 2017 is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and to contribute to the success of our country’s sesquicentennial,” said Al Monaco, President and CEO, Enbridge Gas Distribution.

    “Canada’s big year happens right here in the nation’s capital. Tonight’s New Year’s Eve kick-off event is the first of over 150 events that will be produced or co-produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau in the coming year and we invite all Canadians to join us in 2017 to celebrate our past, explore and discover our present, and together, ignite our future,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

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

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

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    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.

  • Tim Hortons the Official Coffee of Ottawa 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit ottawa2017.ca, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.
    About TIM HORTONS®
    TIM HORTONS®, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. As of June 30, 2016, TIM HORTONS® had more than 4,400 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and the Middle East. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    QUOTES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Canada was named the number 1 country to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet

    I’m very proud to see that Canada was named the number 1 country to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet. With Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations just around the corner, our Nation’s Capital is ready to host the biggest party ever thrown for our great country. Be here for Canada’s Big Year!

    Read Ottawa Tourism’s News Release below:


    Ottawa Tourism elated Lonely Planet recognizes Canada as #1 place to visit in 2017
    Capitalizing on Ottawa’s year-long celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday

    OTTAWA, October 25, 2016—Ottawa Tourism lauds the decision by Lonely Planet, announced today, to name Canada as the #1 country to visit in 2017. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday next year, Ottawa is the only city to plan a full year’s worth of celebrations. Under the direction of Mayor Jim Watson and with the leadership of Guy Laflamme and his team at the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, Ottawa will be THE place to be in Canada in 2017.

    “Ottawa Tourism has been working closely with Mayor Watson and the Ottawa 2017 bureau throughout the planning process for next year’s celebration,” says Michael Crockatt, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “Our team has been promoting Ottawa 2017 for quite some time now, in our leisure marketing, convention sales, travel trade, travel media relations and social media efforts. The Lonely Planet announcement provides yet another boost to the worldwide awareness of what is planned.”

    “As mayor of our nation’s capital, I’m very proud that Canada has been recognized as THE place to visit in 2017,” says Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “We have put a lot of time and resources in creating and promoting our exciting year-long program of events for Canada’s 150th birthday, and this recognition confirms that our efforts have indeed captured the attention of the media worldwide.”

    “The travel experts at Lonely Planet recognize that Canada will be a destination beyond compare in 2017, with festivities to mark our country’s 150th anniversary from coast to coast to coast,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “Ottawa in particular, will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences to celebrate this important milestone for our country.”

    Ottawa Tourism will leverage this recognition of Canada as it promotes such blockbuster events as

    • the lighting of an Ottawa 2017 cauldron at Ottawa City Hall to kick off a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that will extend to Parliament Hill on December 31, 2016;
    • the world championship Red Bull Crashed Ice event in March;
    • a series of 17 epic stunts and gatherings throughout the capital called Ignite 150 that will take place throughout the year and include a yoga session on a barge floating down a local waterway accompanied by a live orchestra, a movie on a downtown terrace rooftop, Sky Lounge, a gourmet experience 150 feet in the air, and more;
    • the Juno Awards (celebrating the best in the Canadian music industry) March 27-April 2, 2017;
    • a summer-long free underground multimedia experience in a future light rail transit tunnel downtown;
    • a series of 20 unique one-day outdoor events called Agri 150 taking place over the course of the year in rural Ottawa;
    • Inspiration Village, a free display using shipping containers in the ByWard Market neighbourhood from May 20 to September 4 to highlight each of Canada’s provinces and territories;
    • the first-ever Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge offering picnic spots overlooking Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River on July 2;
    • the North American premiere of La Machine’s roving, larger-than-life mechanical spider and dragon roaming Ottawa streets July 26-30, 2017;
    • the Grey Cup championship football game in November; among other reasons to visit Ottawa in 2017.

    For a full list of next year’s events, visit www.ottawa2017.ca.

    Ottawa Tourism provides destination marketing, strategic direction and leadership in cooperation with members and partners to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. Its vision is to build recognition of Ottawa as an outstanding four-season tourism destination.
    www.ottawatourism.ca

     

  • Ottawa students to add youthful momentum to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce partnerships with Ottawa’s four local school boards, the Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board, to engage students across the city in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.

    “Ottawa’s school boards have been very supportive and enthusiastic about creating opportunities for students to get involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Next year will be like no other in Ottawa and, through these invaluable partnerships, we’re ensuring that Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations will have a positive, lasting impact on our young people, their families and our community.”

    The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Ottawa’s four school boards will work together to:

    • recruit local schools to pair with some of the 150 exchange groups that Experiences Canada will be recruiting across the country;
    • gather and share stories of immigration and how “home” is defined, in collaboration with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership;
    • launch a poetry contest in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library, during National Poetry Month in April;
    • have students write postcards to family and friends across Canada, inviting them to come to Ottawa for the celebrations;
    • enable students to volunteer at Ottawa 2017 activities, accumulating valuable volunteer hours, which are mandatory for graduating;
    • have classes adopt a country, study its culture and traditions, then visit that country’s Ottawa Welcomes the World showcase at Lansdowne Park.

    “The Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est is proud to be part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations and offer an unforgettable experience to our 22,600 students and their families,” said Johanne Lacombe, President, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE). “By participating in the festivities for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, CECCE students will leave their mark in history.”

    “The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario is extremely proud of its many students and staff who are involved in the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” expressed Linda Savard, President, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario (CEPEO). “It is for us an opportunity to showcase the talents of our youth, our school communities and to demonstrate our French and Canadian pride. Let’s celebrate together both the past and the future of Canada.”

    Pino Bufone, Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) Superintendent of Instruction said, “at the OCDSB we support and encourage a culture which develops creative, confident and engaged learners. We believe this is in keeping with Ottawa 2017’s vision to contribute to the identity and positive reputation of our Capital City.”

    Denise Andre, Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB), noted that “the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday will be a wonderful learning opportunity for #OCSB students as well as a chance to engage with their community and celebrate our heritage and history.”

    “CIBC welcomes our new partners and the energy and perspective they bring to the celebration of our country’s 150th birthday,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for youth in Canada’s capital to become involved and discover more about Canadian culture, values and identity.”

    The Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, Guy Laflamme added: “Next year will be about celebrating our past and igniting our future. It will be about sharing. Sharing our stories and values. Sharing our culture and experiences. Sharing our hopes and dreams for the future and sparking the imagination of a generation with memories that will last a lifetime.”

    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.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

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

  • Ottawa International Airport becomes Official Supporter of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

    Major gateway to the city will be decked out in festive pageantry

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are proud to welcome the Ottawa International Airport as an Official Supporter of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. The world class facility announced today a contribution of $1 million in support of Ottawa 2017.

    As part of the partnership, the Ottawa International Airport will install Ottawa 2017 pageantry items throughout the building as well as roadway banners outside, a small sampling of which were on display at today’s announcement.

    “As Canada’s capital, our airport acts as a prime gateway for visitors from the rest of the country and around the world, making it an essential location to give a good first impression and set the tone for the celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is where we first unveiled our logo a little over three years ago, so it’s fitting that we return to the Ottawa International Airport to announce this major step forward with our city-wide Ottawa 2017 pageantry program.”

    “More than 4.6 million passengers pass through the Ottawa International Airport on yearly basis, and we expect that number to grow with Canada’s 150th birthday just around the corner,” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Ottawa 2017 celebrations are sure to draw more tourists to our city. As a proud member of the community, we’re rolling out a warm welcome at our airport to ensure that from the moment visitors touch down, they’ll sense the excitement and feel part of something special.”

    “We’re proud of the high calibre of businesses that have joined the Ottawa 2017 group of partners and we welcome the Ottawa International Airport to the family,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “Transportation hubs like this bring Canadians together, which will be even more pronounced next year when we’re celebrating our country’s sesquicentennial.”

    Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau noted that, “in addition to the ubiquitous Ottawa 2017 pageantry, there will be the opportunity to feature some of the major Signature Events at the airport as well, giving travellers a flavour of the events taking place when they arrive,” he said. “We thank Mark Laroche and the team at the Ottawa International Airport – a success story in its own right – for their role in contributing to the festive spirit of the celebrations.”

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

    Ottawa 2017 thanks our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

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

  • Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge

    ACE Bakery the Official Bread of Ottawa 2017

    Ottawa – Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin of Gatineau, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC and Gatineau 2017, are happy to announce that tickets to the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge will go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Ottawa 2017 is also pleased to welcome ACE Bakery® as an Official Supplier and the Official Bread for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary in the nation’s capital.

    A Canadian first, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge will take place on the Alexandra Bridge on July 2, 2017. The iconic steel truss structure that spans the Ottawa River between Ontario and Quebec will be transformed into a lush grassy haven for the event which will feature entertainment, samplings – including fresh baked breads from ACE Bakery – surprise giveaways and one of the most breathtaking views in the country.

    Tickets for a picnic area on the bridge are $40 (plus tax and service charges) and can accommodate a maximum of four people. Seatings will take place at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6:30 pm and will run for 1.5 hours each. Specific spots on the bridge can be selected online. Capacity for each seating is 650 people. Participants are invited to pack their favourite picnic items to dine on, or purchase pre-made baskets from a number of local food vendors who will be on-site July 2, 2017.

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

    “Canada’s Capital Region is set to offer an array of activities to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The Government of Canada has provided a total of $5 million to support many of these activities in Ottawa, including the picnic on the Alexandra Bridge—which promises to be a memorable celebration,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The year 2017 is going to be an extraordinary one, and I encourage you to join the party!”

    “We’re delighted to offer Canadians the opportunity to gather together in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial at the ideal location to honour our country’s founding nations: a bridge that connects our French and English roots, over a waterway that is so significant to Aboriginal culture,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The savoury partnership between ACE Bakery, a Canadian success story, and Ottawa 2017 will enable us to showcase fresh Canadian products to residents and visitors, enhancing their experience and boosting the positive impact that the celebrations have on our local economy.”

    “The Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, a joint initiative between the Ville de Gatineau and City of Ottawa, will showcase our two cities and celebrate both our unity and our diversity,” said Mayor Pedneaud-Jobin. “What will make it even more special is that the MosaïCanada 150 exhibition will be newly opened and picnickers can plan to make this free Gatineau 2017 event part of their outing.”

    “As a proud Canadian company and one of North America’s leading artisan bakeries, we are honoured that ACE Bakery will be the Official Bread for the Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Sophia Rouleau, Marketing and Communications Manager, ACE Bakery. “We truly believe bread is a joy to make and a joy to share with others, so this is a great opportunity to invite everyone to discover great bread while celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!”

    In addition to supplying bread for Picnic on the Bridge participants to share with their family and friends, ACE Bakery products will also be served at other yet-to-be-announced Ottawa 2017 culinary events.

    “Canada’s 150th anniversary is the perfect chance to work with and highlight Canadian businesses who contribute so much to our community,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “From one home-grown company to another, we welcome ACE Bakery to the Ottawa 2017 partnership group and look forward to creating memorable – and tasty – experiences with them for all Canadians to enjoy.”

    “We are excited to open ticket sales for the Picnic on the Bridge, and it will be an even more delicious experience thanks to our partners at ACE Bakery,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “The sight of thousands of picnic-goers breaking bread together on the Alexandra Bridge as we celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary will create magnificent visuals that will be shared around the globe on social media and generate international media coverage.”

    “We are proud to participate in this joint activity with the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and, in collaboration with Outaouais Tourism, we will develop a program of family activities for July 2 to welcome residents and visitors,” added Nathalie Brunette, Project Manager of the Gatineau 2017 Committee.

    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.

    Ottawa 2017 thanks our lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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

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

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