Award winning playwright performs at the Diefenbunker to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday


In partnership with Ottawa 2017, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker.


“Dief the Chief: October 62” is the story of a world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. Travel with “Dief” through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies.

Tickets are $35/person and performances will take place:

  • September 15, 7 pm and 9 pm
  • September 16, 2 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm
  • September 21, 7 pm and 9 pm
  • September 22, 7 pm and 9 pm; and
  • September 23, 2 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm


I highly encourage all residents with a taste for theatre and history to stop by this incredible theatrical experience in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary! It is certain to be an excellent time.