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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Inspiration Village by the numbers

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

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 105th Grey Cup Festival open call for artist submissions

    APPLICATION DEADLINE | APRIL 21 AT MIDNIGHT

    It’s your turn to take the stage.

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

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

    Want to submit your act?

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

    Know a good band/artist?

    Click here to forward this message to your talented friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Red Bull Global Rallycross

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

  • Pull up to Canada’s Drive-In to see THE ROCKET

    Free tickets to outdoor cinematic event are available Thursday

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) as a Programming Partner and announce a unique retro-showing of the film THE ROCKET in an outdoor setting.

    On April 19, to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, residents and visitors can experience a Canadian cinematic treat at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Canada’s Drive-In.

    From the comfort of their cars, movie-goers will witness an outdoor projection of THE ROCKET, an award-winning Canadian film about hockey legend Maurice Richard. The aviation hangar wall will be transformed into a giant screen for this inventive outdoor installation.

    This event, under Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 program, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment and will feature a chat with the director of THE ROCKET, Charles Binamé (movie starts at 8 p.m.).

    Hockey fans won’t want to miss the meet and greet autograph session with Montreal Canadiens hockey greats Serge Savard and Jean-Guy Talbot. The Habs veterans, one of whom was a teammate of Maurice Richard and the other who was president of the Maurice Richard Foundation, won a combined 15 Stanley Cup® Championships.

    A special exhibit will be on display inside the museum specifically for Canada’s Drive-In. It will showcase the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded annually to the top goal-scorer in the NHL, Richard’s game-worn jersey, stick, milestone pucks and other artifacts from The Hockey Hall of Fame’s NHL Centennial Exhibit.

    Library and Archives Canada is proudly contributing to the success of the outdoor showing of the film THE ROCKET by offering participants a pack of hockey cards, created from its extensive photo archive collection on the national sport of Canadians.

    Canada’s Drive-In is a flagship event on National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) — a Canada 150 Signature Project. People across the country will be coming together in theatres, libraries, military bases, and film festivals to celebrate Canada through great Canadian film. With over 1,500 events on NCFD 150, the drive-in is a highlight of the world’s largest one-day film festival, EVER.

    Presented by Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA, in partnership with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the event will welcome 125 car-loads of participants and takes place rain or shine. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, while quantities last. The movie can be viewed in French or English.

    Canada’s Drive-In is a free event. People can reserve their tickets as of 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, through Ottawa2017.ca.

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    “Canada’s Drive-In is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate Canadian cinema and our passion for hockey during our nation’s 150th birthday festivities. We’re very pleased to partner with REEL CANADA for this event that will bring even more visitors to the east part of our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

    “To show THE ROCKET in the nation’s capital brings together the pillars of our culture — language, cinema, hockey and civic engagement — that make it particularly expressive of the spirit of National Canadian Film Day 150. And on top of all of that, it’s a great movie,” says Jack Blum, Executive Director, REEL CANADA.

    “On April 19, we put Canadian cinema in the spotlight as part of Canada 150. All across the country, hundreds of movies will fill our screens. This pop-up drive-in will let Canadians enjoy a unique movie-going experience with an outdoor screening of THE ROCKET. What a wonderful way to highlight hockey’s place in Canada’s history!” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

    “Culture, sport and pride of place are important themes for Ontario during this historic year. We’re thrilled to support Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA as part of our Ontario150 program. We encourage all Ontarians to make a point of getting out and enjoying unique events like this one to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a province and a nation,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

    “We’re happy that our Ignite 150 drive-in will become the national highlight of the REEL CANADA series to celebrate Canadian cinema and that we can highlight one of our national partners, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the perfect venue for this event,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

    About REEL CANADA
    REEL CANADA is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canada through film. Canadian films are the stories we tell about ourselves — they open the door to so many conversations about place, nation, identity, and what it means to be Canadian. REEL CANADA promotes the power and diversity of Canadian film and encourages this ongoing conversation through three core programmes: Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, and National Canadian Film Day 150. Through these programs, REEL CANADA increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and, most crucially, provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell. By celebrating Canadian cinematic story-telling we can build a stronger and prouder Canada.

    About National Canadian Film Day 150
    National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), an initiative of REEL CANADA, was created as a new way to celebrate this great nation, embrace Canadian cinema, and have some FUN! As part of its educational programs, REEL CANADA has presented over 1,100 festivals of Canadian films for more than 400,000 high school students and new Canadians across the country since 2005. For 2017, NCFD 150 will become the world’s largest one-day film festival in the world. Canadian film will be everywhere — on foot, online and on-screen — thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. NCFD 150 would not exist without our sensational major sponsors: Cineplex and Telefilm Canada, Quebec Cinema, Entertainment One, Google Canada, TIFF, Landmark Cinemas, VIA Rail, REDspace, Air Canada, Tim Hortons, William F. White International Inc. and Mercury Filmworks. Major broadcast partners include CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Sportsnet, Corus, APTN, CHCH, OUTtv, Vision TV, Super Channel and Quebecor Media. Major distributor partners include Elevation Pictures, Mongrel Media, dFilms, KinoSmith, WFG, TVA, CFMDC, IndieCan Entertainment and Pacific Northwest Pictures.

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

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

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

  • Ottawa Welcomes the World kicks off on March 21 with Greece

    Embark on a journey of the senses, witnessing Greek culture, art, food, wine and above all the beauty of the country.  And a Greek day could not be without some dancing!

    All residents are encouraged to join the festivities and thus, dive into a unique multicultural atmosphere on Tuesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Horticulture Building.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    “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.

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