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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


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

Savour Ottawa: Capital soon to become centre for black garlic in Canada

11:18 am in Industry News

By Ron Eade, Ottawa Citizen

Gastronomes in the nation’s capital are in for a treat as Major Craig’s Inc., makers of popular, award-winning chutneys, plans to get into the exotic black garlic business that may include a new lineup of black garlic ketchup, butter and chutney later this year.

Details were unveiled Monday at the seventh annual Savour Ottawa Meet & Greet event, an industry networking and trade show to connect local growers and artisan food producers with chefs and retailers who might feature their products. To that end, some 25 producers set up booths at the Fairmont Château Laurier. Over the three-hour show, an estimated 70 chefs, restaurants, retailers and caterers dropped by to check out the good eats and take in food demonstrations.

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Winterlude 2012: More partners, more to discover

2:19 pm in Festival News, News Release

Skating, sliding, musical fireworks, culinary experiences and much more

[Source: NCC press release]

Canada’s Capital Region — The National Capital Commission (NCC) today unveiled the line-up of events for the 34th edition of Winterlude and the 42nd season of the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink.

The Capital’s winter celebration, will be held from February 3 to 20, 2012, and feature an array of memorable activities where the outdoors, winter sports, Canada’s diverse cultures, winter traditions and culinary arts will be at the forefront.

“For the 34th edition of Winterlude, more partners than ever have come together to offer residents and visitors the opportunity to rekindle their appreciation of Canadian winter traditions, our diversity and our artistic and scientific achievements,” explains Marie Lemay, NCC Chief Executive Officer. “The iconic Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink, will be at the heart of the Capital Region’s winter celebration”.

Ms. Lemay was accompanied by Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa; Marc Bureau, Mayor of Ville de Gatineau; and Wendy Hall, Vice-President of Account Development, Global Corporate Payments with American Express, at a news conference held today at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa.

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TIAC Announces Recipients of 2011 Canadian Tourism Awards

10:19 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

OTTAWA, November 24, 2011 – Fourteen organizations and individuals were honoured tonight by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) as recipients of the 2011 Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by The Toronto Star.

The awards were presented earlier this evening at a gala ceremony at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

\”TIAC wishes to congratulate the fourteen recipients of the 2011 Canadian Tourism Awards,\” said TIAC President and CEO David Goldstein. \”This outstanding group of individuals and organizations have demonstrated ingenuity, perseverence and determination on the path to success and are a testament to the strength of Canada\’s tourism industry.  We are very pleased to recognize them as organizations and individuals who help make Canada a world-class destination.\”

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“CANADA’S CAPITALS” PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS – Winning photos to be featured in exhibit in Canada’s Capital

2:52 pm in Festival News, News Release

The National Capital Commission (NCC) and Canadian Geographic are proud to announce the winners of the “Canada’s Capitals” Photo contest. The winning photos will be part of the exhibit Perspectives: Scenes of Canada’s Capitals which will be featured from May to September 2011 on the lower terrace of the Fairmont Château Laurier.

Over 2,000 Canadians from across the country submitted photographs depicting features and landmarks that reflect the unique character of each of Canada’s 14 capital cities. Young photographers were also invited to share their perspectives of our vibrant nation. Here are the winners in each of the Capital cities:

Jordan Camponi, Edmonton (Alberta) (Grand prize winner)
James C. Patterson, Victoria (British Columbia)
Julia Coombs, Edmonton (Alberta)
Wes Tollefson, Regina (Saskatchewan)
Ken Gillespie, Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Sean Ivans, Yellowknife (Northwest Territories)
Ewa Kaczor-Santos, Whitehorse (Yukon)
Lan Hu, Iqualuit (Nunavut)
Thomas Lee, Ottawa (Ontario)
Doug Bisson, Toronto (Ontario)
Philippe Reno, Québec (Québec)
Emily Jackson, Fredericton (New Brunswick)
Derrick Hefford, St. John’s (Newfoundland)
Gilles Chamberland, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
Chris Gidney, Halifax (Nova Scotia)
Katrina Strickland, Victoria (British Columbia) (winner: children category)

“The long-awaited thaw of the North Saskatchewan River means that summer is on its way and we will soon get to enjoy the art, music and theatre festivals that are the best parts of living in Edmonton,” said the grand prize winner, Jordan Camponi, when describing his photo.

The winners and the winning photos will be published on the Canadian Geographic website and in the summer 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel (on newsstands now), and will also be exhibited in Ottawa in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region during the summer. The grand prize winner, Jordan Camponi of Edmonton, earned a trip for two to Canada’s Capital Region for Canada Day 2011.

The NCC and Canadian Geographic wish to thank the following sponsors: Lowepro, Joby and the Fairmont Château Laurier for their generous contribution and participation.

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Royal followers book up Ottawa hotels

9:55 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News

CBC News

Source: Xiaozhuli on Flickr

Ottawa hotels are filling up quickly in anticipation of the Canada Day visit of Prince William and Katherine Middleton.

The royal couple, who will marry at the end of April, are coming to Canada on their first official visit.

Tourism Ottawa is marketing the event. President Noel Buckley said campaigns are being launched south of the border.

\”We\’re going to be working with the Canadian Tourism Commission to create a real digital media buzz to include Boston, from our perspective, and it will include New York City and the New England states,\” Buckley said. \”The royals still have a pretty significant following throughout North America.\”

Full story on the CBC News website: Royal followers book up Ottawa hotels