Ottawa 2017 Celebrations, Jan Harder, Ottawa City Councillor
Hi Folks, as I was thinking of topics to share with you, I realized it has been almost a year and a half since I spoke with you about what is planned for next year with Ottawa 2017/Canada 150.
The Ottawa 2017 initiative will celebrate 150 years of the Confederation of Canada with a full year of excitement in Canada’s Capital. This celebration is expected to attract an additional 1.75 million tourists to Ottawa, with the potential to create more than 3,000 new jobs and as much as $230 million in GDP impact.
We are less than five months away from Canada’s 150th anniversary and the Ottawa 2017 programming is really taking shape, with Signature Events that will give goosebumps to millions of people. This week I want to let you know about some of the things the City has planned. To kick off the year, there is of course, New Year’s Eve 2016.
Early in the Evening, at the Marion Dewar plaza, a special cauldron within a three dimensional sculpture of the Ottawa 2017 logo. Sparking of this special landmark will cue hundreds of Ottawa-area students to form a human chain, connecting young people from diverse backgrounds and weaving a line of youthful optimism through downtown Ottawa streets. There will also be a number of other events going on late into the night, so keep an eye out for announcements!
On March 3rd and 4th, the Red Bull Crashed Ice will storm into Ottawa. This crazy event is something to see, professional athletes from all over the world skate down a plunging ice track with jumps. This will be on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier!
The rest of March will be full of events, with the Stanley cup celebrations the week of the 15th, and Juno awards March 27th– April 2nd, hosted at the Canadian Tire Center!
From June 24th through mid-September, the newly opened Lyon station line will host TUME – The Underground Multimedia Experience. TUME is a light and sound show by the Moment Factory that explores the LRT project and how it will impact and change the City we live in. I know I will not miss this.
For the first time in North America, from the 26th through the 30th of July, La Machine will bring its monumental motion theatre to the streets of downtown Ottawa. Prepare to be mesmerized as dragons and monstrous spiders take over the City.
For more info on the exciting Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit www.ottawa2017.ca. Check the online calendar often as we keep adding new events!
Putting together one of the largest celebrations this country has ever seen is no small venture. In order to make things happen, we need volunteers. I believe, volunteers will serve as the major contributor to the success of Ottawa 2017.
The Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will recruit, engage, train, deploy, and support 2017 volunteers who will assist in various areas such as logistics, public relations, guest services, hospitality, marketing and security. Four experienced Volunteer Captains have been recruited to lead and/or co-lead volunteers at each specific Ottawa 2017 events.
If you are interested in volunteering, there are some base requirements for applying:
- Must be 16 years and older by December 31st, 2016
- Must progress through a screening process
- Must undergo a criminal records check.
There are only a limited number of spaces available, so if you are interested in being a part of making the celebration happen, please apply soon by following the registration link on the Ottawa 2017 website: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved/volunteer/
I cannot wait for the celebrations to begin. What are you most