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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, are pleased to announce that tickets to Canada’s Table will go on sale at noon on Friday, February 17.

    This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street.

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

    Local chefs who will be participating:

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

    Some of the visiting chefs who will be participating:

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

    Additional visiting chefs will be announced shortly.

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

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

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

    This is part of a four-day series of culinary events where celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants. In addition, they will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products.

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

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

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

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

    Tickets go on sale Thursday at noon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

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    jghafour@nhl.com

    Live Nation – Canada
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    erinsmyth@livenation.com

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  • VIA Rail becomes Official Partner of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

    Gateway to the city decked out in festive pageantry

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

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

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

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Get ready Ottawa – company’s coming!

    Help roll out the red carpet with Ottawa Host 150

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

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

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

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

    This is our time to shine, Ottawa!

    QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

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

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

  • State of the City 2017

    Mayor Watson: 2017 will be a year for Celebration

    OTTAWA – Mayor Jim Watson previewed a year of celebration in his annual State of the City address today, as Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations unfold in our nation’s capital. 2017 will be a year of continued growth and sustainability, and the face of Ottawa will change with the opening of new landmarks and facilities.

    “This year is an opportunity to celebrate Canada, while we welcome visitors to our truly inclusive and progressive city, and demonstrate to a global audience how much we have to offer,” said Mayor Watson. “Ottawa 2017 celebrations are one of the largest efforts in the city, as our communities join forces to welcome the world.”

    Ottawa will roll out the welcome mat to more than 10 million visitors over the next twelve months, as we host a year of celebrations and special events, and witness unprecedented economic development as we mark many important milestones:

    • Hosting major sporting events including the Davis Cup, the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, curling qualifying event for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships, and the Grey Cup.
    • Bringing the Capital to life with thrilling events and cultural experiences such as La Machine, Sky Lounge, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Ignite 150, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge and the 2017 JUNO Awards.
    • Hosting more conventions than ever before – doubling the number of business travelers to Ottawa this year.
    • Partnering with Ottawa Tourism on our Bid More, Win More, Host More strategy to attract more major sporting and cultural events to Ottawa, in our bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.
    • Supporting small businesses and great ideas through the Innovation Centre, our city’s hub for creators and entrepreneurs.

    This will also be a year of enhancing the legacy of the nation’s capital, with many new facilities and completed redevelopment projects set to open to the public and become landmarks in Ottawa:

    • The National Arts Centre redevelopment
    • The George Street Plaza
    • The Stanley Cup monument.
    • The new Ottawa Art Gallery
    • The Arts Court Redevelopment
    • The renovated Canadian Science and Technology Museum
    • The Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards
    • The new Bank of Canada Museum

    Ottawa is also planning for the future with strategic initiatives that foster prosperity, equity and sustainability:

    • Building a world class transit system by continuing construction of the Confederation line, and investing in planning for Stage 2 of the LRT;
    • Introducing the EquiPass, Ottawa’s new affordable transit pass;
    • Committing to Transit Oriented Development, including major residential developments, business hubs, and civic buildings with light rail access;
    • Opening new affordable and supportive housing developments;
    • Continuing the dialogue on the proposed site for the new Central Library;
    • Moving forward on the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative;
    • Creating a team to proactively ensure vacant heritage buildings meet property and building standards;
    • Planting 150 maple trees to celebrate the anniversary of Confederation; and
    • Moving forward on creating a complete mixed-use community at the former Rockcliffe Air Base, resulting in the construction of homes for approximately 10,000 residents and providing 2,600 jobs.

    During the speech, Mayor Watson shared two significant civic recognition initiatives that will happen in 2017:

    • Holding an Aboriginal Awareness Day in June, to honour all First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, Elders, ancestors and their valuable contributions to this land; and
    • Awarding of the Key to the City to journalist and broadcaster Michel Picard, former First Nations judge and lawyer Senator Murray Sinclair, former Auditor General Sheila Fraser, retired CFL football quarterback Henry Burris, retired NHL hockey player Steve Yzerman, and to two fine local institutions: Algonquin College will be receiving this tribute in celebration of its 50th anniversary and Carleton University will be receiving this honour to mark 75 years of education excellence.

    In celebration of the next phase of LRT, Mayor Watson announced a competition in local schools to name Ottawa’s LRT engines for the Confederation line. The competition will take place in fall of 2017, with the winners announced in the spring of 2018.

    The Mayor also announced that in the coming weeks he will lead a mission to Queen’s Park to showcase our growing share of strategic technology investments, accompanied by Sir Terry Matthews, high-tech entrepreneur and champion of technology in our city. The goal is to explore how we can leverage our revitalized local high-tech sector to develop 5G network technology in support of a sophisticated autonomous vehicle industry in Ontario.

    The Mayor further proposed creating a 50-year “2017 time capsule,” to be opened by Ottawa residents in 50 years’ time, when Canada will be celebrating its 200th anniversary.

    Read Mayor Watson’s entire State of the City address on his website: www.JimWatsonOttawa.ca.

  • 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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

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

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

  • 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.

    Photos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138710500@N02/

    Videos for media use, courtesy Ottawa 2017: https://vimeo.com/ottawa2017/albums

    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.

  • Visit Ottawa’s rural attractions this year!

    One of my favourite things about Ottawa is its particularly large geographical scale. But despite having a total land surface of 2758 km², it is easy to travel from our vibrant urban neighbourhoods to family-centric suburbs to rural and farming areas in 20 minutes. family-centric suburbs and.This year, visit Ottawa’s rural attractions!

  • 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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    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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