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Rideau Canal festival suspended indefinitely

3:10 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

CBC News

Funding cuts from the federal and municipal governments and no major sponsor have caused a suspension of the Rideau Canal Festival.

The festival, an annual summer celebration, has run for the past five years during the August long weekend.

Festival officials estimate more than 500,000 people have attended the festival since 2008.

The board of directors said generating corporate sponsors has been a challenge, especially in the midst of tight economic times and mounting job cuts.

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Related article: Rideau Canal festival cancelled for lack of funds – Ottawa Citizen

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 →

Capital Vélo Fest Launches A Bicycle Rally

10:37 am in Festival News, News Release

Capital Vélo Fest is proud to announce the launch of Capital Vélo Rally on Saturday, September 15, 2012, in partnership with 8 Locks’ Flat restaurant.

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Capital Vélo Rally is a fun way to explore the capital region on a bike.

The route will guide participants along low-traffic streets and bike paths. Riders must search for the answers to quirky clues and quizzes and test their cycling skills in zany cycling competitions along the way. The rally starts at 9:00am at 8 Locks’ Flat restaurant on the Rideau Canal near the Corkstown footbridge, and will be completed by 3:00pm.  The route is about 20km in length and returns to the restaurant for food, beverages and the awarding of prizes to winning teams. The format is similar to a traditional car rally, but people travel by bike! Read the rest of this entry →

Big crowds flood canal festival

12:26 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Chris Hofley , Capital City News

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(Capital City News file photo)

Despite some uncooperative weather, the fifth annual Rideau Canal Festival was a huge success, according to the festival\’s executive director.

While a fireworks show had to be cancelled because of the hot, dry weather and a flotilla along the canal had to be scrapped when that dry weather turned to heavy rain, Nhanci Wright said huge crowds descended on festival locations for some unique and engaging programming.

\”We had a very good weekend,\” she said

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Colonel By Day celebrations offer trip back in time (with video)

9:19 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Alicja Siekierska, The Ottawa Citizen

For the thousands of people who ventured onto the grounds of the Bytown Museum and the Ottawa Locks on Monday, it felt as if they had taken a step back in time.

Everywhere visitors turned was a scene from the 1800s.

Dozens of men and women were dressed in traditional 19th century clothing, participating in an old-fashioned English country dance.

Read more: Colonel By Day celebrations offer trip back in time (with video)

Related story: Festival commemorates Rideau Canal’s 180th birthday, Ottawa Citizen, Aug. 2, 2012

Drought scrubs weekend fireworks show at Rideau Canal Festival

3:20 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen

The fireworks show at the Rideau Canal Festival on Saturday night has been cancelled due to drought conditions in the region, say organizers. The fireworks will be replaced by alternate, less flammable programming.

Festival organizers have been working with Ottawa Fire Services who were concerned about the tinder-dry conditions in the city in the last month.

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Related story: Rideau Canal Festival fireworks display cancelled due to drought, Joe Lofaro, Metro News Ottawa,

Handel’s Water Music live, on a pirate boat, on the canal, with video

11:56 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Peter Simpson, The Big Beat, The Ottawa Citizen

On July 17, 1717, King George I sat on a barge on the Thames and listened to the new entertainment he’d ordered up for the occasion – Handel’s Water Music, which musicians performed on an adjacent barge. The king liked his royal-command treat so much, he ordered it to be played three times. The musicians who performed Water Music while floating down the Rideau Canal on Sunday morning likely know the feeling.

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Related stories:
– The Royal Ottawa audience graced by performance of Handel’s Water Music, Ottawa Citizen, July 8, 2012
– Music and Beyond: Warm welcome for Bach’s glorious Six Motets, Ottawa Citizen, July 9, 2012
Music and Beyond: Concert an awe-inspiring treat, Ottawa Citizen, July 9, 2012
Underground music, A Cold War evening at the Diefenbunker, Ottawa Citizen, July 9, 2012

Projects add zest to downtown stretch of canal

2:50 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Tony Lofaro, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photo courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen

Get ready for a more animated Rideau Canal shoreline.

The National Capital Commission rolled out five projects Thursday that it hopes will add some vibrancy and colour to the world’s largest skating rink and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The projects include a reading garden area, a mobile food truck offering gourmet foods, an urban beach and patio area, ice cream push carts and a one-day decorated bike ride that is vying for a Guinness world record.

The winning projects are among 42 submitted bids the NCC received last year after it asked for proposals on ways to liven up the Rideau Canal between the Government Conference Centre and Bronson Avenue. The projects will be rolled out over the summer months, and are part of a pilot project that will last for three years.

“It was very important for us to turn these projects around and have something this summer. We were very pleased with the response we got,” said Marie Lemay, CEO of the NCC, at a press conference Thursday near the Corktown Footbridge, where the projects were unveiled.

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Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation Launches 2102 Fundraising Season

10:16 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Epoch Times Staff

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The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival launched its 2012 fundraising season on March 6.

Among the speakers at the launch event was Kanata South Councillor Allan Hubley, Honorary Chair of the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation.

“This is the largest dragon boat festival in North America and to date it has raised over $2.4 million which is invested right back here within our community,” said Councillor Hubley

Noting the festival’s support of seven local charities, Councillor Hubley highlighted the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and its mental health walk-in clinic as he spoke of the tragic loss of his 15-year-old son, Jamie, who suffered from depression and committed suicide last October.

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Winterlude 2012 one of best attended ever

1:00 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by: Pat McGrath , Ottawa Citizen

Despite the mild weather that closed the Rideau Canal, the National Capital Commission says that Winterlude 2012 was one of the best attended to date.

Preliminary attendance numbers from a Winterlude research study indicate that 695,000 individuals attended the 2012 event. Of this, 62 per cent were area residents and 38 per cent were visitors from out-of-town. Final survey results will be available later this month.

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