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Canadians wish to celebrate our accomplishments during the 150th anniversary of Confederation

12:10 pm in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

ACS and NCC Release National Survey

In five years, Canadians will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Today, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) released survey data to demonstrate how Canadians wish to mark the occasion. Conducted by the firm Leger Marketing for ACS in collaboration with the National Capital Commission (NCC), the survey reveals that 78% of Canadians wish to focus on what Canadians have accomplished in the 150 years since Confederation. Asked about their possible participation, 67% of Canadians agreed they will take part in celebrations that will be “held in my region” to mark the occasion, 44% of Canadians say they are willing to volunteer their time to celebrate the 150th anniversary and 31% of Canadians say they are willing to help organize an event for the 150th anniversary.  Among the preferred ways to celebrate July 1st, 2017, one in ten Canadians suggest participating in Canada Day festivities in Canada\’s Capital.   Read the rest of this entry →

Turning Canada Day into ‘Canada Week’

9:10 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Industry ideas on how to keep the party going

By Elizabeth Howell, The Ottawa Business Journal

In January, repeating a campaign promise, Mayor Jim Watson called on Ottawa’s tourism industry to figure out the best way to present Canada Day in the context of week-long celebrations. The framework is supposed to be in place by 2017, for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“Why put so much time and money and effort into the massive infrastructure just to celebrate one day?” he asked in a January speech.

As organizers finish cleaning up from this year’s celebrations, which attracted thousands of people to downtown Ottawa, OBJ asked members of Ottawa’s tourism industry what the week could look like. Here are some of their edited responses:

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Canada Day vignettes

12:22 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Karne Cheng, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photo by Julie Chen, The Ottawa Citizen

Under a blazing sun, people celebrated Canada Day across the capital. Citizen reporter Karen Chen is bringing some of their stories to our Canada Day vignettes page. What did you do? Let us know in the comments area or send Karen your tweets: @ckaren15.

Family celebrates 17 years of citizenship

Silvie Cheng, 21, and her parents had two reasons to wear red and white on Canada Day. Not only were they celebrating the national holiday, but they were also celebrating 17 years as Canadian citizens.

In 1994, after living in Canada for three years, Cheng, who was 3 at the time, climbed on stage at the Parliament Hill where the Governor General presented the family with their citizenship.

“I guess that doesn’t happen anymore, there are too many immigrants for them to do that now,” she said, beaming in a Canada emblazoned tank top. About 1,500 immigrants became Canadian citizens this Canada Day, and although Simple Plan and Feist occupy the stage in front of the Peace Tower, the country still organizes special ceremonies to celebrate its new citizen

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Related stories:
Canada Day packs Hill, Photo collection, Ottawa Sun, July 1, 2012
From red-and-white fashions to fireworks, thousands celebrate Canada Day in Ottawa, Ottawa Citizen, July 2, 2012

Downtown venues off-limits to public as Canada Day preparations begin

12:04 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Peter Henderson, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen

Canada Day is just over a week away and the closures have begun.

As usual, hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals will descend on Ottawa’s downtown for July 1, and the National Capital Commission needs time to prepare.

That means public spaces at and around Parliament Hill will have limited access as workers set up stages, information kiosks, and first-aid tents for the national holiday.

Downtown venues off-limits to public as Canada Day preparations begin

Feist, Simple Plan and many more rock Parliament Hill 2012 Canada Day Celebrations

4:08 pm in Festival News, News Release

Today, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the National Capital Commission (NCC), invited all Canadians to participate in the 2012 Canada Day celebrations and announced the programming for the Noon and Evening shows.

\”This year, the Canada Day noon show will offer diverse performances that will capture the heart of all Canadians as we celebrate the heritage of the War of 1812 and our Canadian heroes. Their efforts tell part of the story of the Canada we know today – an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own parliamentary system,\” said Minister Moore. \”This is an opportunity to join with your family and friends and celebrate your pride in being Canadian.\” Read the rest of this entry →

Feist, Simple Plan to headline Canada Day concert

3:37 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by: Olivier Morin

This year’s Canada Day entertainment lineup includes some familiar faces performing on Parliament Hill as well as activities honouring the anniversaries of the Calgary Stampede, the Grey Cup game, Canadian Coast Guard and the War of 1812.

Headliners include Simple Plan, Jully Black, Feist and Roch Voisine, as well as teen pop group Neverest, pop rock singer Marie Mai, electronica performer Misstress Barbara and country singer Donny Parenteau from Saskatchewan.

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Ottawa Festivals Amongst FEO Top 100

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Posted at OttawaStart.com

The end of winter is eagerly anticipated, both for the beauty and vibrancy of spring and the annual announcement of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario, compiled by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) and presented at their Awards Gala.

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OTTAWA’S FESTIVAL INDUSTRY MEMBERS HONOURED BY FESTIVALS & EVENTS ONTARIO

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MEDIA RELEASE
March 12, 2012

For Immediate Distribution

OTTAWA’S FESTIVAL INDUSTRY MEMBERS HONOURED BY FESTIVALS & EVENTS ONTARIO

OTTAWA — The end of winter is eagerly anticipated, both for the beauty and vibrancy of spring and the annual announcement of the Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario list, compiled by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) and presented at their Awards Gala.

The Top 100 Festivals and Events in Ontario designation acknowledges excellence amongst the more than 3,000 events that occur annually within the province.

This year no less than seven Ottawa area festivals were honoured in FEO’s Top 100 — Canada Day Celebrations, Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of Its People, Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Winterlude, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival and RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest.

FEO further honours 20 celebrations each year with a Festivals & Events of Distinction honour. These represent an elite group of the most well-known and respected in the province.  Ottawa Festivals is extremely proud to announce five in this prestigious level of distinction — Canada Day Celebrations, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Winterlude, TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest.

“We are very proud that these events have been recognized,” says Barbara Stacey, Executive Director of Ottawa Festivals, a not-for-profit organization representing festivals, special events and fairs that take place in the Ottawa area, “And they really are just the tip of the iceberg. Ottawa is host to hundreds of events that range from community celebrations to the internationally recognized events honoured by FEO this weekend.”

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Media inquiries please contact:
Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Ottawa Festivals
613.233.1085 x115 | [email protected]

Best Things to Do in Canada: Month by Month – July: Ottawa\’s Canada Day Celebrations

8:16 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

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Photo Caption: Canada Day celebrations in the capital city Ottawa.

Photo by Denise LeBlanc

It\’s a day to celebrate all that is Canada: that means music, fireworks, fine food and drink, dancing in the streets, parades, marching bands and Mounties. Sometimes, even royalty drops in for a cuppa: the big news for 2011 is that newlyweds William and Kate, just two months after their Westminster Abbey nuptial spectacle, are expected to join the party.

Music rings out all over town: The Ottawa Jazz Festival stages a series of free concerts at Confederation Park 11am-7pm. The National Arts Centre\’s musical program is one of the city\’s most ambitious on Canada Day — and it\’s all free. A typical July 1 begins at 10 am with the 400-voice Unisong Massed Choir, then moves onto a series of hourly kids concerts, a series of stand-out performances by the NAC Orchestra, the NAC Young Artist Programme and African Drummers. July 1 is also a good time to check out the city\’s top museums — so long as you don\’t mind line-ups — since most offer free admission for the day.

Read more at Frommer\’s: Best Things to Do in Canada: Month by Month

A New Yorker and a photographer from Québec search for the soul of Canada Day in Ottawa

1:21 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Bruce Stutz with photography by Renaud Philippe, Canadian Geographic

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MY FIRST CANADA DAY! Bonjour! Bonne fête du Canada! Please pardon my French, for I’m from New York City, where we pretend to all speak the same language. Forgive me, too, for passing up, at eight in the morning, a street vendor’s proffer of a paper plateful of poutine. The celebration is not yet underway. The cobblestone courtyards of the Byward Market are quiet. But the barricades are being set up along the motorcade route and the tide of red shirts and red caps has started coming in: families with folding chairs and coolers vetting vantage points, bright young bénévoles (I’m learning already) bearing fistfuls of little Canadian flags, and vendors at their stations, griddles already smoking.

“Canada Day, eh?” one says to me, as if to mock my New Yorker’s expectations of Canadian brogue. I smile, wave my little flag and explain that I had planned a bicycle ride along the Rideau Canal and am worried that fries and curds might not be the right fuel for the journey.

Full Story on the National Geographic Travel Club website: Canada Day in Ottawa-Gatineau