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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ottawa 2017 applauds the Government of Ontario for its support of sesquicentennial celebrations in Canada’s capital

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

    The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport, announced today a contribution of $9 million to Ottawa 2017. Through this investment, Ottawa 2017 will offer a diverse range of activities to highlight the 150th anniversary of Confederation, as well as mark the 150th anniversary of Ontario.

    “The 150th anniversary of Confederation is an opportunity for people across our province to come together to celebrate our achievements and build a shared vision for the future,” said Premier Wynne. “Through Ontario150, our government will invest in people and infrastructure to help build a stronger and more inclusive province in the years ahead.”

    “Our Ontario150 program will leave a lasting legacy for our communities, engage youth, encourage cultural expression and promote participation in sport and recreation, while creating jobs and economic opportunities in every corner of the province,” said Minister McMahon.

    “This investment is a strong vote of confidence in our city, and it will have a significant impact on the caliber of celebrations being planned for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Together with our provincial partners, we will ensure that Ottawa, our nation’s capital, shines brightly as we welcome Canadians and visitors from all over the world.”

    Ottawa 2017 events supported by this announcement will include, among others, the Underground Multimedia Experience, Ottawa Welcomes the World, the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, YOWttawa, Inspiration Village, La Machine, Agri 150, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Stanley Cup® 125th Anniversary celebrations, Canadian Videogame Awards happenings and other yet-to-be-announced events.

    “In 2017, when CIBC marks its 150th anniversary along with Canada and the Province of Ontario, we are honoured to co-host landmark celebrations designed to inspire and strengthen our connections as Canadians,” said Stephen Forbes, Executive Vice President, CIBC. “Together with Ottawa 2017 and the Government of Ontario, we will help amplify these celebrations and offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences.”

    Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau welcomed the announcement made today by Premier Wynne and Minister McMahon and noted that, “with the Government of Ontario’s support, we will showcase Ottawa like never before and create energizing moments for the millions of Canadians that will take part in these historic celebrations.”

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

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

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

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

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage groups create inspirational experiences for 2017

    Ottawa – Today the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced fourteen projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences that will highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

    The call for projects for the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program was launched in February. In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program is stewarded by the
    AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

    More than 130 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities. Fourteen dynamic and varied experiences will be offered to residents and visitors next year as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. They are:

     

    Capital History Kiosks Ottawa’s rich and diverse history will be highlighted through site-specific lamppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community.

    Presented by: Workers’ History Museum

    Cut the Cake – Celebrate! Visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration themed around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.

    Presented by: Enriched Bread Artist Collective

    DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister Dramatic and dynamic, this immersive theatre piece by multi award-winning playwright and performer Pierre Brault explores the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker.

    Presented by: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

    Illunaata Canadian colours and imagery come to life through a series of vibrant murals, one of which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.

    Presented by: Ottawa School of Art

    MIFO Francophone Showcase Special concert celebrating French music and showcasing some of the top Canadian francophone artists.

    Presented by: Mouvement d’implication francophone d‘Orléans (MIFO)

    Muslim / Canada Awareness Project A reflective look at the experience of being Muslim in Canada through theatre arts, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.

    Presented by: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre

    Odawa -150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives This touring exhibit will highlight the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.

    Presented by: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture

    Ottawa: A Cinema Capital A public screening series from accomplished Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.

    Presented by: Canadian Film Institute

    Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries A series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.

    Presented by: One World Arts

    Populace Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation will be recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.

    Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters

     

    Power of Possibility Directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance and invited guests, this full-length performance creation celebrates artists with disabilities and our shared diversity.

    Presented by: Propeller Dance

    Sing Ottawa en chœur! Ottawa’s rich choral scene celebrates the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.

    Presented by: Cantata Singers of Ottawa

    Trophy Interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.

    Presented by: STO Union Theatre Company

    Visual17e Ottawa A powerful fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, this showcase series will transform a visually underused space into a vibrant art installation.

    Presented by: Northern Griots Network

    For complete project details, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.

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

    Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada 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 International Airport becomes Official Supporter of Ottawa 2017 celebrations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    ACE Bakery the Official Bread of Ottawa 2017

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

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

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

    To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ottawa 2017 applauds Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group for Grey Cup touchdown

    CFL championship to take place in the nation’s capital for Canada’s 150th anniversary

    Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson are thrilled that the 2017 Grey Cup game and Festival will be hosted in Ottawa and congratulate the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) for their leadership role in securing this prestigious sporting event and national celebration.

    “I’m very happy and proud that we’ve collectively succeeded in having Ottawa selected to host the Grey Cup and Festival during Canada’s sesquicentennial and anticipate that this will be one of the highlights of our year-long celebrations,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Having this Canadian tradition return to Ottawa has been part of our vision for 2017 from the start and supports the City’s tourism development strategy of attracting major sporting events that will create jobs in the tourism industry throughout the year.”

    “We are honoured and excited to have the opportunity to host a week of festivities to help cap-off a spectacular, year-long celebration produced by Ottawa 2017,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO of OSEG. “The Grey Cup is the highest rated uniquely Canadian sporting event, by far. It will entertain Canadians from coast to coast to coast and generate $100 million in local economic activity. It would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Watson, City Council and the group of fans that have gained a reputation as the best in the CFL: RNation.”

    Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Tourism will support OSEG by offsetting a portion of the municipal services required to host the game and week of activities leading up to it. In addition, Ottawa 2017 will help create a festive spirit across the city by assisting with pageantry and finding innovative ways to ensure that residents from across the city are engaged in the event coming to Ottawa.

    “We commend the team at OSEG for their hard work in clinching the Grey Cup for next year, which will greatly add to the excitement of the celebrations planned in Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau. “This presents another excellent opportunity to showcase our nation’s capital, Canadian culture and Canadian sporting excellence through broadcast and social media platforms to millions of people across the country and around the world.”

    Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors 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, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

  • Ottawa 2017 welcomes Bell as Premier Partner, announces La Machine – a North American first coming to Ottawa

    I am proud to announce that Bell is joining Ottawa 2017 at a Premier Partner and as the Official Media Partner for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. Together, we announced an Ottawa 2017 Signature Event. A North American first, La Machine will captivate audiences with its ambulatory urban theatre on the streets of downtown Ottawa next summer. Watch this video, courtesy of La Machine, for a glimpse of their larger than life production: https://vimeo.com/168814587

    Read the complete Ottawa 2017 News Release.

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