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Beer served hot will warm up Winterbrewed in first year, says founder

11:18 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Graham Lanktree, Metro Ottawa | In it’s first year, Winterbrewed has joined Winterlude as an official event, pulling from the success of last summer’s first Craft Beer Week, which brought local craft brewers downtown to show off their creations.

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.

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 →

Memo to Winterlude organizers: Next time, ‘no muskets!’ in displays marking wars

2:42 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Mark Brownlee, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by: Pat McGrath , Ottawa Citizen

Winterlude organizers are rethinking the role the military plays in the annual February festival after prominently displaying items such as muskets as part of a commemoration of the War of 1812 this year, newly released documents show.

Briefing notes prepared by the festival’s organizer, the National Capital Commission, said employees dealt with a number of “controversies” stemming from public concern about how the war was portrayed.

The NCC partnered with the federal government department responsible for remembering the war, Parks Canada, to commemorate the conflict by turning a part of Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau into a barracks from the era.

Read more: Memo to Winterlude organizers: Next time, ‘no muskets!’ in displays marking wars

Winterlude opening to move to Ottawa from Gatineau next year

8:17 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Neco Cockburn and Chloé Fedio, The Ottawa Citizen

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Photograph by: Ashley Fraser, The Ottawa Citizen

Opening festivities at Winterlude will be moved to Ottawa from Gatineau next year as the National Capital Commission tries to cut its costs and “renew” the annual event.

Areas between the Ottawa Convention Centre, the Rideau Canal Skateway, the National Arts Centre, Confederation Park and Festival Plaza outside City Hall are to play host to the opening, which was held for the past three years at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau and featured fireworks and lighting effects over the Ottawa River.

The move comes as the NCC looks to use less of its own money for the annual festival and rely more on public and private partners to provide new activities and services that it can then promote.

Read more: Winterlude opening to move to Ottawa from Gatineau next year

McGuinty budget to tackle public pensions, sources say

11:17 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News

By Lee Greenberg, The Ottawa Citizen

TORONTO — Tuesday’s provincial budget will include a plan to reduce the government’s contributions to public sector pension plans, government sources say.

Skyrocketing pension costs were among the major issues raised in a key report that warned Ontario to embark on an austerity plan or face financial demise. Tuesday’s budget will include the Dalton McGuinty-led government’s response to that report. . . .

Read more: McGuinty budget to tackle public pensions, sources say

. . . Local festivals that receive provincial funding, like Winterlude and Bluesfest, are also expected to maintain their funding.

Barb Stacey, Executive Director of Ottawa Festivals, says word in her community is the province will maintain a fund that sent $2.1 million to Ottawa last year.

“I haven’t seen anything officially published, but I’ve heard from our members and have spoken with some people at the ministry of tourism and culture about how Ottawa did,” she said. “And from what I heard there are quite a number of successful groups in Ottawa.”

Ottawa Festivals Amongst FEO Top 100

9:30 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News, Ottawa Festivals in the News

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

4:16 pm in The Press Room

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March 12, 2012

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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]

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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