• Experience Mìwàte!

    Free dynamic lighting experience at the Chaudière Falls

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to launch Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls. The experience officially opens to the public tomorrow at 7 p.m., offering the first public access in decades to one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks.

    ABOUT MÌWÀTE

    Based on an original concept by Ottawa 2017, Mìwàte was created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities. This dynamic illumination of Chaudière Falls celebrates the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their cultures.

    A rich soundscape accompanies the experience. Vincent Letellier led the team of composers for Moment Factory, with additional creative contributions from David Maracle, and regional music artists as well as Pikwakanagan community members who spoke some of the words and phrases that are heard as part of the production in Anishnaabe.

    In addition to the illumination, participants are invited to explore the Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, which shares information on the presence of Indigenous Peoples in the region. This special exhibit is presented on site by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan.

    Dates and times for Mìwàte:

    • October 6 to 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • October 23 to November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    The lighting display runs in a continuous 10-minute loop. It takes about 30 minutes to enjoy the entire experience.

    Spectators can view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project. Information about eh experience and nearby parking can be found at: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/magnificence-of-chaudiere-falls/.

    As a complement to Mìwàte, visitors are encouraged to visit the Kabeshinân Minitig Pavilion located on Victoria Island.

    QUOTES

    “We’re delighted to welcome residents and visitors to appreciate the Chaudière Falls up close and to see Mìwàte, a new experience to discover, celebrate and share Indigenous culture. I’d like to thank Hydro Ottawa for making these historically significant falls accessible for all to enjoy, as an important legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary.”
    –– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa

    “On behalf of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, I am very pleased to be a part of Mìwàte – the illumination of Chaudière Falls. The illumination is in honour of the falls and to show the beauty and strength of the Ottawa (Kitchissippi) River at this renowned site.”
    –– Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation

    “The Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls project provides residents and visitors in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with the opportunity to experience the Chaudière Falls in an inspiring and magnificent way. This dynamic show provides onlookers with a window into the rich traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples, and helps bring us together as we work toward lasting reconciliation.”
    –– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

    “The beautiful Chaudière Falls are a stunning backdrop to a sound and light experience that honours the traditions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of this land. This is a moment for celebration – and for reflection.  I encourage everyone to visit this magnificent site of environmental and cultural significance.”
    –– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport

    “Mìwàte is a celebration that brings everyone together to share in this re-introduction of Chaudière Falls into the public imagination. After marking Canada’s 150th anniversary deep underground in a train tunnel with Kontinuum, Moment Factory is honoured to have the opportunity to apply our creativity and innovation to highlight this natural treasure here in the national capital.”
    –– Éric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer, Moment Factory

    “CIBC is honored to support this collaborative project that celebrates Indigenous Peoples and showcases the beauty and magnificence of this treasured natural landmark. To witness this light show against the beautiful Chaudière Falls will create a memorable experience for all those who attend.”
    –– Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC

    “Mìwàte was a key component of the list of events I created as part of the Ottawa 2017 plan, as it was essential to pay tribute to and celebrate Indigenous culture, and there’s no better site to do that than at Chaudière Falls. As one of the last big Signature Events that Ottawa 2017 is producing for our country’s sesquicentennial, we’re proud to welcome residents and visitors back to this impressive natural site, one of the late Jean Pigott’s dreams.”
    –– 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) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions.

    To make this moving event happen in its picturesque location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Moment Factory, Hydro Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities and the National Capital Commission.

    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. The team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. With its headquarters based in Montreal, the studio also has offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, New York City and Paris. 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 Los Angeles Airport, Nine Inch Nails, Microsoft, NFL, Sony, Toyota, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Madonna and Royal Caribbean.

  • Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls to open on October 6

    Media premiere October 5

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are excited to announce that Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls, will premiere the evening of Thursday, October 5 and officially open to the public on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

    Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities, this dynamic illumination of the falls will celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their cultures.

    A rich soundscape will enhance the experience. Vincent Letellier led the team of composers for Moment Factory, with additional creative contributions from: A Tribe Called Red, David Maracle (Indigenous Mohawk composer and multi-instrumentalist), the Pikwàkanagàn Wildflowers (youth hand drummers and singers), and Pikwàkanagàn community members who spoke the words and phrases.

    In addition to the illumination, participants will be invited to explore the Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, which will share information on the presence of Indigenous Peoples in the region. This special exhibit is presented by the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn.

    Dates and times for Mìwàte:

    • October 6 to 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • October 23 to November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    The lighting display runs in a continuous 10-minute loop. It takes about 30 minutes to enjoy the entire experience.

    Spectators will be able to view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project.

    As a complement to Mìwàte, visitors are encouraged to visit the Kabeshinân Minitig Pavilion located on Victoria Island.

    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) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions.

    To make this moving event happen in its picturesque location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Moment Factory, Hydro Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn, representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities and the National Capital Commission.

    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 based in Montreal with a full range of production expertise under one roof. The 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 Céline Dion, Madonna, The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, NFL, Sony, Universal Studios, the City of Barcelona, Los Angeles Airport and Royal Caribbean.

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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