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Capital to welcome famous Jinju City lanterns: Outdoor Garden of Lanterns to shine during Winterlude 2013

1:08 pm in Festival News, News Release

The National Capital Commission (NCC) is pleased to announce that an exciting cultural programming element and symbol of Canada-Korea friendship will be showcased during the 35th edition of Winterlude, from February 1 to 18, 2013.

Details of an outdoor Garden of Lanterns exhibit planned forConfederationPark, an official Winterlude site in the heart ofCanada’s Capital Region, were presented before the Canada Korea National Forum & Celebration inOttawa, and announced today at the official launch of Winterlude 2013 programming.

“This magnificent exhibit will enable residents and visitors to experience the cultural diversity of the Capital through the presentation of international works of public art,” said Guy Laflamme, Senior Vice-President, Capital Experience and Official Residences at the NCC. “The NCC is pleased to collaborate with the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, the Jinju Art and Culture Foundation andJinjuCityto bring this unique and highly colourful experience to Canadians. This collaboration also serves to highlight the cultural relationship that has unitedCanadaandKoreafor many years.”

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations withSouth Korea. Demonstrating the true spirit of this international friendship, the NCC is working closely with the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival in Jinju inSouth Korea, to create a spectacular 35 m (115 ft) long tunnel, comprised of over 1,300 lanterns inConfederationPark this winter. In addition to strolling through the tunnel, Winterlude-goers can also admire other free-standing large lanterns shaped in whimsical forms.

What’s more, the public will have the unique opportunity to skate past 6 giant lanterns, hung under the Laurier Street Bridge along the Rideau Canal Skateway, all donated by the Festival. Visit our Flickr gallery for an impression of what the tunnel and lanterns will look like.

Also planned forConfederationPark, an impressive ice sculpture presented by Veterans Affairs Canada that will recognize the Canadian contribution to ending the Korean War six decades ago.

Follow Winterlude on Twitter @Winterlude (#Winterlude) and FACEBOOK.

For more information about Winterlude, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.winterlude.gc.ca .

Winterlude’s Ice Hogs arrive in Canada’s Capital Region: NCC calls on volunteers to enjoy a unique Capital winter experience

12:25 pm in Festival News, News Release

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The National Capital Commission (NCC) welcomed today the Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s official mascots, to Canada’s Capital Region. Papa and Mama Ice Hog and their twins Nouma and Noumi arrived at Jacques-Cartier Park, in Gatineau portaging a rabaska canoe to highlight Samuel de Champlain passage in Canada’s Capital Region.

The 400th anniversary of the passage of Champlain in the Capital Region will be featured at Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom, North America’s largest snow playground, presented by the Ville de Gatineau and the NCC.

The 35th edition of Winterlude will take place from February 1 to 18, 2013.

“The arrival of the Ice Hog family sends the signal that the Capital Region is preparing to host hundreds of thousands of visitors during Winterlude,” said Guy Laflamme, Senior Vice-President, Capital Experience and Official Residences at the NCC. “The NCC is calling on local residents to join Winterlude’s team of volunteers, which annually provides their time, talents and energy to the success of the event.”

Join the fun and discover why hundreds of people volunteer for Winterlude each year. As a volunteer, you could:

  • assist with various activities
  • escort the Ice Hog family, Winterlude’s furry mascots
  • act as an information officer

The NCC especially need volunteers who speak French and are available daytime during the week (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) to help welcome students and visitors to Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau. With its giant snow slides and a multitude of activities, the Snowflake Kingdom is an exciting place to rediscover the joys of the Canadian winter.

To register as a volunteer, interested persons may contact the NCC Volunteer Centre by phone at 613-239-5373 or by email at [email protected] .

The Ice Hog family will make several public appearances leading up to Winterlude. The young and young-at-heart can receive one of their famous hugs at the following locations:

November 30 at 7 pm: Gatineau Santa Claus Parade

December 15 at 3 pm at Baribeau Arena : Intrépides Gatineau midget AAA hockey game

In a few weeks, the NCC will unveil the official Winterlude program. Until then, follow Winterlude on Twitter @Winterlude (#Winterlude) and FACEBOOK.

For more information about Winterlude, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the NCC’s website at www.winterlude.gc.ca.

Call to Artists: Be part of IllumiNation

12:45 pm in Festival News, News Release

Outdoor exhibit will feature Canadian “light art” during Winterlude 2013

Canada’s Capital Region ─ The National Capital Commission (NCC) is seeking works by Canadian professional artists for IllumiNation, an outdoor group exhibit to be held in Confederation Park and at Marion Dewar Plaza, in the heart of Canada’s Capital Region, during Winterlude 2013.

The 35th edition Winterlude will take place from February 1 to 18, 2013. Every year, the Capital’s winter celebration welcomes an average of 600,000 people, making it an exceptional place for public presentation of works by Canadian artists.

Through IllumiNation, the NCC wants to enrich the quality and character of the visitor experience with public art that:

  • Demonstrates creativity in the use of light as a medium;
  • Demonstrates innovation and artistic excellence;
  • Can be enjoyed both night and day;
  • Can be enjoyed by a family audience;
  • Can be installed outdoors and is able to withstand winter weather;
  •  Is created by a Canadian professional artist.

Only exterior light artworks will be considered. Both existing works and new creations will be considered. Individual and group proposals are welcome. Artists will be provided with a $6,000 exhibit fee.

*** The deadline for proposals to be received is October 15, 2012. ***

Email [email protected] or call 613-239-5553 for more information on the Illumination exhibit and to receive artwork guidelines.

Media Information:

Denise LeBlanc

NCC Media Relations

613-239-5750 (office)

613-851-9465 (cellular)

denise.leblanc@ncc-ccn.ca

Charles Cardinal

NCC Media Relations

613-239-5227 (office)

613-851-6924 (cellular)

charles.cardinal@ncc-ccn.ca

 

Final weekend to see Mosaika: Over 684,000 thousand people have experienced NCC’s sound and light show on Parliament Hill

1:13 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with exclusive sponsor Manulife Financial, is pleased to announce that, with the final weekend left in its third summer season, Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people will have been seen by more than 684,000 people.

Visitors who have experienced the show are extremely positive according to a recent Harris Decima survey.

  • 95% were very or extremely satisfied with the show
  • 91% would watch the show again
  • 99% would recommend it to others
  • 92% said that it helped them to appreciate the beauty of Parliament Hill, the Capital andCanada

Mosaika uses spectacular lighting effects, stunning image projections and a rich tapestry of words, music and sounds to tell the story ofCanada with a powerful narrative set against the backdrop of thePeaceTower and the Centre Block. This 30-minute bilingual experience will be presented free of charge evenings until September 3, 2012, and for the next two summers.

The survey reflects the reaction of some Mosaika Facebook fans who rave about the NCC’s award-winning sound and light show:

“I was overwhelmed with pride for my country after seeing Mosaika. It took my breath away,”said Misty Lee Nowlan.

“It\’s a must see if you are inOttawaover the summer. My brother from Autralia liked it so much he took it home on video (home video),” said Tom Kelly.

“Caught Mosaika and loved it and have recommended it to all out family and friends,” said Lynda Larsen-Baldry.

The NCC has captivated audiences for more than 25 years with its sound and light shows. Launched in July 2010, Mosaika has already garnered twelve prestigious awards, and earlier this year was named one of the top 100 festivals and events in the province by Festival & Events Ontario.

Manulife Financial is the exclusive sponsor of Mosaika.

For more information about Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, please contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), follow us on Facebook, or visit the website at www.mosaika-sl.ca.

Finish summer on a high note with Labour Day weekend activities at the Mackenzie King Estate

9:31 am in Festival News, News Release

(NCC) Join in the Labour Day weekend celebrations at the Mackenzie King Estate in Gatineau Park from September 1 to 3, 2012, 1 pm to 4:30 pm.  It’s a perfect occasion to discover some of the activities that historically took place at the Estate, including beekeeping, sheep farming and blacksmithing. Read the rest of this entry →

NCC’s Annual Environment Report shows progress

9:10 am in Festival News, News Release

Meeting more environmental objectives

The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) 2011-2012 Annual Environment Report  is now available on the NCC’s website. The annual environment report provides an account of the NCC’s environmental management approach and shows the progress made toward meeting its objectives.

“The NCC made progress across the areas that were set as priorities for action,” said Michelle Comeau, Senior Vice-President, Environment, Capital Lands and Parks Branch at the NCC. “NCC staff and stakeholders continue to demonstrate a high level of engagement toward environmental stewardship in the Capital Region.”   Read the rest of this entry →

City looks to connect its biking routes

2:50 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

Ottawa\’s new cycling \’links\’ are making it a leader in connection cycling facilities

Story and photo by Laura Meuller, YourOttawaRegion.com

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By the end of this month, there should be a ramp allowing people to wheel their bike up beside the stairs to get up the hill to cross Hartwell Locks.

It’s a small, simple addition, and although it has taken eight years to make it happen, it will allow thousands of cyclists to use the locks to cross the Rideau Canal, particularly during the National Capital Commission’s Sunday Bike Days.

It’s just one of thousands of small projects completed each year to tweak conditions to make life easier for cyclists in Ottawa, says Robin Bennett, the city’s project manager of cycling programs.

Read more:  City looks to connect its biking routes

Sir John A. gets a new road as Tories paint Ottawa blue

3:10 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

By Omair Quadri, The Globe and Mail

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced on Wednesday that the Ottawa River Parkway will be renamed in honour of Canada’s first prime minister.

The scenic four-lane parkway will be renamed Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, said Mr. Baird, who is also the minister responsible for the National Capital Commission. The renaming is part of the government’s efforts to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Macdonald.

Read more:  Sir John A. gets a new road as Tories paint Ottawa blue

Reminder: An earlier start for Mosaika in August

3:02 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

More than half a million people have seen the NCC’s sound and light show 

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with exclusive sponsor Manulife Financial, wishes to inform the public that, as of Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, will be presented half an hour earlier, at 9:30 pm.

Until September 3, this free sound and light show on Parliament Hill is offered nightly, 7 days a week (weather permitting). The September showings will begin at 9 pm. Read the rest of this entry →

New NCC visitor services and apps engage visitors before, during and after their stay in the Capital

12:35 pm in Industry News, Ottawa News

This summer, visitors to the Capital Region are experiencing new ways of connecting and discovering the many Capital sites and landmarks. The National Capital Commission (NCC) is changing the way it offers information to visitors, reaching them where they are before, during and after their stay. The new approach uses technology to its full potential and offers a number of new services.

New visitor services delivery approach   Read the rest of this entry →