Momentum613: A summit to take stock of the many benefits Canada’s Capital Region offers as a strong, vibrant festival and cultural event host

The Ottawa Festival Network hosted Momentum613 on December 1st, 2016 at Allsaints in Ottawa. The event was presented to explore the benefits of festivals and cultural events across industries in Canada’s Capital Region, and how they can be leveraged for the benefit of our community.

The summit featured presentations by Nik Nanos of Nanos Research and Alok Sharma from the City of Toronto, and an interactive panel discussion featuring representatives from Shopify, Beau’s All Natural, Music Canada Live and the two presenters.

To hear what these experts had to share, we invite you to view the videos below:

Multimedia: Presentations

youtube-nikNik Nanos
Chair, Nanos Research

Culture for Competitiveness: How Vibrant Culture Attracts Top Talent
Nik discussed research commissioned by Business for the Arts (BftA) that reveals to what extent the skilled workforce considers arts and culture a priority in community and corporate culture, and areas businesses could further benefit by aligning with these desires.

View Nik’s presenation on Youtube


youtube-alokAlok Sharma
Manager, Tourism Services, Film & Entertainment Industries City of Toronto

Toronto 2015: People came for the Pan Am Games and stayed for the cutlure
During his presentation, Alok shared the history of the development of PANAMANIA, and how the city decided to strongly integrate local arts and culture by presenting the City’s largest music and art festival that animated the 2015 Pan Am Games.

View Alok’s presenation on Youtube


Multimedia: Panel Dicsussion

youtube-panelModerated by Sean Wilson
President of Ottawa Festival Network and
Artistic Director of Ottawa International Writers Festival

The Impact of Festivals and Cultural Events
The panel shared their insights and experiences on how festivals and cultural events impact the community and businesses — and how they can be leveraged for positive community outcomes.

Panelists included:

  • Josh Gottlieb, Beaus All Natural Brewing;
  • Shavonne Hasfal-McIntosh, Shopify Inc.;
  • Erin Benjamin, Music Canada Live;
  • Nik Nanos, Nanos Research; and
  • Alok Sharma, City of Toronto.
Listen to the panel discussion on Youtube
Original event poster —