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Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights to brighten Canada’s Capital Region

10:35 am in Festival News, News Release

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The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with Manulife Financial, is pleased to invite members of the public and the media to the launch of the 28th edition of the Christmas Lights Across Canada program. The official illumination ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6 pm on Parliament Hill.

Russell Mills, Chair of the NCC, Jean-François Trépanier, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC, and Jason Daly, Vice President, Branding, Manulife Financial, will be joined by special guests as they officially switch on more than 300,000 light bulbs in the heart ofCanada’s Capital Region.

An important national component of the Christmas Lights Across Canada program: many provincial and territorial capitals are also holding their own lighting ceremonies.

“The NCC is proud to work in collaboration with all the provinces and territories to bring their holiday messages to Canadians,” said Jean-François Trépanier, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC. “This link of lights is a symbol of peace, respect, and hope.”

“Manulife is proud to be the exclusive sponsor of Christmas Lights Across Canada,\” said Jason Daly, Vice President, Branding, Manulife Financial. \”We have been helping Canadians financially prepare for their future for 125 years and we are pleased to join with them in celebrating the holiday season.”

For more information on the Christmas Lights Across Canada program, members of the public may contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867 or visit the NCC\’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca. TTY (text telephone for the hearing impaired) is available at: 613-239-5090 or toll-free 1-866-661-3530.

 

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 →

A Capital Tour at Your Fingertips!

9:03 am in Industry News, Ottawa News

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Capital Tours is the first app with walking tours of Ottawa. This multi-media enriched app currently offers tours around the grounds of Parliament Hill. There are also more Capital tours to come!

Parliament Hill Tours
Discover the people, traditions and secrets of Parliament Hill. Select one of four tours or visit sites related to various themes.

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Mosaika hat trick: 3rd summer season launches with new hockey content and enhanced finale

9:50 am in Festival News, News Release

NCC’s award-winning sound and light show begins tomorrow night on Parliament Hill at 10 pm

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the exclusive sponsor Manulife Financial, is pleased to present the summer season of  Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, beginning tomorrow night at 10 pm on Parliament Hill.

NEW! For its third season, this award-winning sound and light show will feature new content about hockey and an enhanced finale.

During the summer, Mosaika will be presented each evening, free of charge, from July 6 until September 3, 2012 (weather permitting). Spectators can experience this amazing production in July at 10 pm, in August at 9:30 pm, and in September at 9 pm. Read the rest of this entry →

Canada Day celebrations attract thousands to Parliament Hill but War of 1812 focus gets muted response

11:11 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

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Photo by Julie Oliver, The Ottawa Citizen

Thousands of people covered Parliament Hill in red and white on Sunday for Canada’s 145th birthday.

But the passionate patriotism of Canada Days’ past was replaced by a smaller crowd seemingly subdued by the history lesson on the War of 1812, which formed the main theme of the celebrations.

Necks craned skyward for the traditional flypast of the Snowbirds and then all eyes turned to the performances of Roch Voisine, Feist and Simple Plan.

Their show drew the crowd out of its midday stupor, with teenage girls shrieking and singing as Montreal-based Simple Plan rocked on.

Read more: Canada Day celebrations attract thousands to Parliament Hill but War of 1812 focus gets muted response

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

Discover Parliament Hill This Summer

3:00 pm in Festival News, News Release

Every visit to Canada’s Capital Region must include a stop on Parliament Hill, where the National Capital Commission (NCC) offers the popular Discover the Hill outdoor interpretation program. The program allows residents and visitors to the Capital to explore the grounds of Parliament Hill during the summer.

INFO-TENT
Until September 3 (daily) – 9 am to 5 pm
Located on Parliament Hill to the right of the Centre Block and behind the East Block.
The Info-Tent should be the first stop for visitors to Parliament Hill. NCC staff of this seasonal visitor service facility will inform visitors of the full menu of summer activities that are available. At this location, visitors can obtain same-day tickets for the free Centre Block, East Block (starting July 2) and outdoor guided tours (starting June 30). Read the rest of this entry →

Mosaika June presentations cancelled, begin again July 6

1:05 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Hello,

The National Capital Commission wishes to inform the public that, due to unscheduled evening sessions of the House of Commons, the June 11, 12 and 13 presentations of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill are cancelled. The summer presentation schedule for Mosaika will begin July 6.

Bonjour,

La Commission de la capitale nationale tient à informer le public qu’en raison des séances non-prévues en soirée à la Chambre des communes, les présentations du spectacle son et lumière sur la colline du Parlement du 11, 12 et 13 juin sont annulées. Le calendrier estival des présentations de Mosaika débutera le 6 juillet.

Thank you / Merci,

Denise LeBlanc
Communications Officer / Agente de communications
National Capital Commission / Commission de la capitale nationale
613-239-5750 (office/bureau)
[email protected]

Tonight and tomorrow night’s presentations of Mosaika cancelled

1:50 pm in Festival News, News Release

Canada’s Capital Region ─ The National Capital Commission (NCC) wishes to inform the public that, due to unscheduled evening sessions of the House of Commons, the June 5 and June 6 presentations of the sound and light show on Parliament Hill are cancelled. The spring presentation schedule for Mosaika is expected to resume Thursday night.

The Info-Tent, located on Parliament Hill to the right of the Centre Block and behind the East Block, remains open for visitors.

Public Information
For more information on Mosaika or other NCC programs, the public can contact the NCC at 613-239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867, TTY: 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530, or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.

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

The puck drops on Mosaika with new hockey content and enhanced finale

1:28 pm in Festival News, News Release

Spring showings of NCC’s award-winning sound and light show begin tomorrow night on Parliament Hill at 10 pm

The National Capital Commission (NCC), in collaboration with the exclusive sponsor Manulife Financial, is pleased to present spring showings of  Mosaika: Canada through the eyes of its people, beginning tomorrow night at 10 pm on Parliament Hill.

NEW! For its third season, this award-winning sound and light show will feature new content about hockey and an enhanced finale. Read the rest of this entry →