Ottawa 2017 Projects Announced

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Arts, Culture and Heritage groups create inspirational experiences for 2017

Today the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, announced fourteen projects that will receive a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences that will highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. 

The call for projects for the Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program was launched in February. In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the program is stewarded by the 
AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

More than 130 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury, with representation from the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities. Fourteen dynamic and varied experiences will be offered to residents and visitors next year as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in the nation’s capital. They are:

  • Capital History Kiosks
    Ottawa's rich and diverse history will be highlighted through site-specific lamppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community.
    Presented by: Workers’ History Museum
  • Cut the Cake – Celebrate!
    Visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration themed around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.
    Presented by: Enriched Bread Artist Collective
  • DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister
    Dramatic and dynamic, this immersive theatre piece by multi award-winning playwright and performer Pierre Brault explores the life and times of one of Canada's most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.
    Presented by: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
  • Illunaata
    Canadian colours and imagery come to life through a series of vibrant murals, one of which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.
    Presented by: Ottawa School of Art 
  • MIFO Francophone Showcase
    Special concert celebrating French music and showcasing some of the top Canadian francophone artists.
    Presented by: Mouvement d’implication francophone d‘Orléans (MIFO)  
  • Muslim / Canada Awareness Project
    A reflective look at the experience of being Muslim in Canada through theatre arts, workshops, panel discussions and lectures.
    Presented by: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre
  • Odawa -150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives
    This touring exhibit will highlight the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.
    Presented by: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture
  • Ottawa: A Cinema Capital
    A public screening series from accomplished Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.
    Presented by: Canadian Film Institute
  • Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries
    A series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.
    Presented by: One World Arts
  • Populace
    Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation will be recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.
    Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters
  • Power of Possibility
    Directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance and invited guests, this full-length performance creation celebrates artists with disabilities and our shared diversity.
    Presented by: Propeller Dance
  • Sing Ottawa en chœur!
    Ottawa’s rich choral scene celebrates the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.
    Presented by: Cantata Singers of Ottawa 
  • Trophy
    Interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.
    Presented by: STO Union Theatre Company
  • Visual17e Ottawa
    A powerful fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, this showcase series will transform a visually underused space into a vibrant art installation.
    Presented by: Northern Griots Network


For complete project details, please visit

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, and the Government of Canada for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

Stay informed on plans for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the capital. Visit, follow us on Twitter @2017ottawa (#Ottawa2017) and on Facebook.

Media information: 

Ottawa 2017
Denise LeBlanc - Manager, Media Relations 

AOE, CHOO/COPO and Ottawa Arts Council