Ottawa Festivals d'Ottawa: Ottawa's Festival Headquarters | Les Informations de Festival d'Ottawa Ottawa's Festival Headquarters | Les Informations de Festival d'Ottawa Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chamberfest review: Brentano Quartet kicks off the festival in fine fashion Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:13 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

Chamberfest Day 1
Brentano String Quartet
Dominion-Chalmers United Church
Thursday at 7 p.m.

So we’re off and running. The 2oth anniversary Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival began Thursday evening with a concert by the Brentano String Quartet. This ensemble is not as well known in these parts as the Leipzig or Borodin Quartets, for example, but if you saw the film A Late Quartet you will have heard the Brentanos. They provided the sound track over which the actors mimed playing their instruments.

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Jim Watson’s new Puppet Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:32:01 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: CTV News]

Jim Watson finally has a new puppet.
Award winning puppeteer Noreen Young presented the Mayor with a brand new caricature at Ottawa City Hall today.
Young is the artistic director of the International Puppets Up! Festival in Almonte which starts on August 8, 2014.
Mayor Watson is the Festival’s Parade Marshall.
The parade is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
The festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

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The new Capital Fair announces move to 10 day event in August 2014 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:47:52 +0000 Read more»]]> [News Release: Capital Fair]

The Capital (formerly Gloucester) Fair is excited to announce expanded new dates, a new name and a very special treat for everyone in Ottawa.

This year the newly renamed Fair is at the Rideau-Carleton Entertainment Center and will run from August 15th to 24th.  Featuring Ottawa’s biggest midway, the Fair is well known for its outdoor Monster Truck shows, D&S Southern Comfort “Smoked to the Bone” Pro BBQ competition and all around great family entertainment.  This year, courtesy of VLN Technologies, admission to the Fair will be FREE!  The Fair expects up to 100,000 visitors.

Also featured will be;

  • Ed Fernandez – Hypnotist Show
  • Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show
  • Smoked to the Bone BBQ Competition
  • Western Horse Show
  • Western Horse Barrel Races
  • Heart & Stroke Big Bike Night
  • Birds of Prey Show
  • Zombies have taken over the Fair!
  • Ottawa Freakfest 2014
  • The Capital Fair Pet Show
  • The Canadian Canine Adventure
  • Long & McQuade Musical Petting Zoo
  • Papanack Zoo
  • Armwrestling Championships
  • Princess or Pirate for a day
  • Try a sulky ride!
  • Reptile Rainforest Show
  • Cruise Nights
  • The Gloucester Horticultural Society presents…
  • Lots of free Grandstand Shows!
  • Ottawa Fire Dept Safety Trailer
  • DooDoo Dance Party
  • Monalea Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

There is so much to see and do at the 2014 Capital Fair!

The Fair is actively seeking volunteers to help with the summer celebration and invites everyone to check out the website at

The Fair has been at Rideau-Carleton since 1998.

Media contact:
Harley Bloom
613-741-3247 (Fair office) | 613-851-3567 (Cell)

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For the love of music: Volunteers help make the Chamberfest go Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:08 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

When Dr. Eileen Overend (PhD literature) moved to Canada from Britain in September 1972 with her husband Dr. Ralph Overend (PhD in science), she was looking for opportunity. Canada beckoned and eventually Ottawa seemed a fit.

She certainly found opportunity and fulfilment as a teacher and, later, as a senior policy adviser on aboriginal issues in the federal government. But she also found food for the soul in the form of The Ottawa Choral Society, where she was a sensible alto, and in the Ottawa Chamberfest, where she has been a volunteer for all 20 years of the world’s largest celebration of chamber music.

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Buy a unique bar stool, support House of PainT Festival Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:03:11 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Citizen]

The House of PainT festival has an intriguing fundraiser on Thursday, July 24 at Club Saw (67 Nicholas St., in the Arts Court building).

At the event, named Recognize, six local artists will create something new on 14 bar stools (donated by Union 613 restaurant), and the bar stools will be auctioned live to the audience.

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Ottawa Fest Announces Shorts Selections Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: Animation Magazine]

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is pleased to announce the official selection of short films that will compete for the Grand Prize at this year’s festival running Sept. 17-21.

From a total of 2,033 entries received, 110 films representing 24 countries have been chosen for the competition.

Eleven Canadian short films will compete alongside with the best animation works from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Estonia and Germany.

An additional 71 films were selected for the out-of-competition Showcase screenings; 37 of which films will be shown in Student Showcase.

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Mosaika Reaches One Million Spectators Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:34 +0000 Read more»]]> [News Release: Department of Canadian Heritage]

Final season of the popular sound and light show gains momentum

Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with exclusive sponsor Manulife, is proud to announce that as of tonight, over one million spectators have experienced the sights and sounds of the current edition of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill, Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of its People. This major milestone comes asMosaika’s very successful run moves through its final season.

Mosaika, which launched in July 2010, is a free 30-minute bilingual experience that uses spectacular lighting effects, stunning animated projections, and a rich tapestry of words, music and sounds to tell the story of Canada using the historic backdrop of the Peace Tower and Centre Block.

Quick Facts

  • Mosaika runs until September 6, 2014.
  • The show has garnered 13 national and international awards, and has twice been named one of the top 100 festivals and events in Ontario.
  • Mosaika has an overwhelming visitor approval rating: 95 percent were very or extremely satisfied with the show; 90 percent would watch the show again; and 99 percent would recommend it to others (Harris-Decima, 2012 survey).
  • Sound and light shows have been presented free of charge on Parliament Hill since 1984.
  • A renewed show is in development and scheduled for release next summer.
  • Manulife is the exclusive sponsor of Mosaika.


“Mosaika has attracted Canadians and international visitors from all walks of life because it tells a compelling story about our collective history and achievements. We hope those who experience the show on Parliament Hill leave with a sense of pride and a better understanding of who we are as Canadians.”

- The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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GCTC announces appointment of Hugh Neilson as Managing Director, effective October 2014 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:06 +0000 Read more»]]> The Great Canadian Theatre Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Hugh Neilson as the company’s new Managing Director, effective October 2014.

Mr. Neilson is currently General Manager of Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, he also attended Lisgar Collegiate before breaking into Ottawa’s arts scene as a performer – notably on the improv comedy circuit. A founder of the Canadian Improv Games, Mr. Neilson continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the association.

He takes over the reins at GCTC from Nancy Oakley who served as General Manager for nine years.  Along with managing financials, human resources, core operations and governance, Ms. Oakley led GCTC’s move from its Gladstone facility to the new Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre on Wellington Street.

Mr. Neilson is a senior arts administrator who has worked with Theatre Passe Muraille, Young People’s Theatre, and as Deputy Director for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). He continues to serve on PACT’s Board of Directors as Chair of its Labour Relations Committee.

The Chair of GCTC’s Board of Directors, Nhanci Wright, is looking forward to working with him as GCTC celebrates its 40th anniversary: “Nancy Oakley led GCTC through a period of incredible transformation and we are looking forward to working with Mr. Neilson as he leads us into our fifth decade”.

No stranger to Ottawa’s theatre community, Mr. Neilson’s relationship with GCTC dates back to 1992. Reflecting on his upcoming return to Ottawa, he says, “I am very happy to be joining the passionate board and staff of GCTC as this company embarks on its next 40 years. I am also excited to be returning to the city and people who were so very influential in the early years of my career in the arts.

The Great Canadian Theatre Company opens its 40th Anniversary Season on September 18, 2014 with the world premiere of The Boy in the Moon by Emil Sher, based on the book by Ian Brown.

About the Great Canadian Theatre Company: “To foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world.” 

GCTC is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season in 2014 – 2015.  GCTC has developed from a small group of five people who joined together at Carleton University with little more than an idea, to become a vibrant independent professional theatre company.   GCTC is committed to the production of new Canadian work and artist development. We continue to commission and workshop new plays by emerging and established playwrights. We mentor emerging companies and artists through our undercurrents festival, masterclasses, and internships.

Sheilagh D’Arcy McGee
Media Relations, GCTC

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Ottawa to host One Young World Summit in 2016 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:45:01 +0000 Read more»]]> [Link: Ottawa Sun]

Ottawa has been selected to host an international conference of “young leaders” in 2016.

The announcement came on Monday morning. Ottawa was one of four cities vying for the conference, along with Kobe in Japan, Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong.

The conference brings together youth from ages 18 to 30 from almost 200 countries each year. The United Kingdom-based not-for-profit organization says it gathers “the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.”

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VA1 – Marketing, Media and Resource Coordinator Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:14:59 +0000 Read more»]]> CONTRACT LENGTH:  12 Weeks     START DATE:  ASAP           END DATE:   For Set Weeks

JOB SUMMARY: Develop innovative promotional materials for existing and new audiences. Generate publicity with television, radio, print and internet marketing programs. Manage website and social media communications. This position works primarily in the office, however occasional out of office, evenings, and weekend work is part of this position.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to and works directly under the supervision of the Executive Director.


  • Make recommendations and assist in the implementation of all communication strategies
  • Coordinate all public relations activities with the media
  • Implement and maintain social media communications
  • Assist the Director to prepare a final report on the project and make recommendations for the next festival
  • Assist with planning, organizing, coordinating and facilitating publicity and events
  • As part of a team-based work environment, other duties may be required. 


  • Training or previous communications, public relations or special events experience
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written, French communication skills an asset
  • Creative and innovative thinker
  • Strong computer skills –Word, Excel, Powerpoint, WordPress programs. Internet literate.
  • The ability to assess situations and provide solutions/recommendations to issues as they arise
  • Successfully set and meet deadlines, perform under pressure and delegate tasks
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Maintain a positive outlook and have fun while contributing to the goals of the organization
  • College or University education
  • Knowledge and interest in cycling culture an asset 

Community partners and other event organizations, journalists, bloggers, representatives from tourism, government organizations, cycling industry and advocacy groups, print and other media sales and marketing managers, news features writers, editors and photographers, Board and festival staff

Forward CV to or fax to 613.233.3134

Only those candidates who meet the JCP criteria will be contacted for an interview. To learn more about the JCP criteria, please visit

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