Ottawa 2017 – Agri 150 tickets on Sale

Just Food and Ottawa 2017 have just announced two new Agri 150 experiences, both of which demonstrate innovative ways of showcasing Ottawa’s rural food and farming assets. Tickets for the Bootleg Boat Cruise and Walk on the Wild Side are now available. To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Bootleg Boat Cruise 

  • Quai des Artistes dock: across from 799 Jacques-Cartier, Gatineau
    • Friday, May 26, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (English only)
    • Friday, June 9, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (French only)

 

Presented in collaboration with Ottawa Boat Cruise, this farm to table experience, prepared by renowned local chef Michael Blackie and his team, will feature a unique 12-course tasting menu that tells the story of taboo and illegal food and drink over 150 years in Canada.

 

All food on the boat will in fact be legal and will highlight regional products from Savour Ottawa and Croquez l’Outaouais. Chef Blackie and Emcee/Comedian Denis Grignon will take guests on a culinary excursion that invites questions on our food culture, with stories that shed light on why certain foods were banned or taboo over the years, and our present-day food landscape.

This exceptional gastronomical experience will take place aboard the Ottawa River Queen and includes live jazz music by the Petr Cancura band, who will perform Canadian favourites from over the decades.

 

Tickets for the Bootleg Boat Cruise are $200 (plus tax and service charges), which includes two drinks (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic).

 

Walk on the Wild Side

  • Saturday, May 13
    • First Tour: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (English only)
    • Second Tour: 12:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (Bilingual)
  • Transportation will depart from west Ottawa. Exact details will be communicated 2 weeks prior.

 

This 4-stop food tour will take participants through rural Ottawa to reconnect with the wild ways we source some of our favourite foods: herbs, medicinal plants, maple syrup and honey.

 

Stop #1 – The Herb Garden

Discover seasonal edible plants and foraging practices during a short forest walk with host Amber Westfall, Herbalist and owner of Wild Garden. Savour the first tour tastes while listening to a local folk band inside the 200-year-old picturesque barn.

 

Stop #2 – Gees Bees Honey Company

Learn from Matt and Marianne Gee, who will explain the history of beekeeping and the many medicinal and culinary uses for honey, while you get up close to a beehive to see how the honey is made, all while enjoying honey and wax samples.

 

Stop #3 – Lip Balm Workshop with Radical Homestead

Convert your recent learning on bees and their products into a tangible product of your own.  Enjoy a multi-media presentation while snacking on a unique flavour of ice cream made especially for this tour.

 

Stop #4 – Maple Syrup and Seeds with Aster Lane Edibles

Learn the details of maple tree production and unique properties of maple sap, all while sampling it through the different stages of production.  Owner Telsing Andrews will conduct a tour of her plant nursery and seed production facility, offering inspiration for your own gardens.

Tickets for Walk on the Wild Side are $80 (plus tax and service charges), which includes round-trip transportation from Ottawa’s west end.

 

Tickets and additional information are available at www.ottawa2017.ca.

Upcoming 2017 Events

Fly Our Flag 2017

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I would like to remind all residents to participate in my special year-long event for 2017!

 

I am beginning to see more and more flags around the community and I would like to thank those of you who are already participating. Now, I am inviting all other residents to participate as a community project for 2017!

 

Make Stittsville proud by representing our home and native land!

 

For the remainder of the year, residents are welcome to stop by my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Road) to pick up small Canadian flags (maximum of 5) while quantities last. Then, I invite you to email, Facebook, or tweet me photos of your flag proudly on display so that I can add it to our commemorative “Fly Our Flag” album available on my website and on Facebook here.

 

The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.

I encourage you to get creative to make this an event to remember within Stittsville. For instance, you could build a snowman dressed with the Canadian flag in hand or wearing a Canadian hockey jersey; you could use food colouring to paint the flag into your front lawn; you could place flags in your windows, affix them to your pets, photograph them around the community, or even incorporate them decoratively into your clothing. I want to see your imagination, Stittsville, to set the trend for the rest of Canada to catch on.

I would like to thank our MPs, Karen McCrimmon and Pierre Poilievre, for lending their support to this project by offering to donate flags to my office. If you have flags from previous years around the house, I also encourage you to bring them out for what is certain to be a phenomenal year to showcase your national pride.

Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival – Volunteers needed

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Are you looking to volunteer for a community event, are you interested in the arts, do you have volunteer hours you need to complete? Then consider volunteering for the Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival!

 

This unique full-day, free festival will be packed with a lineup of performances, displays and activities provided by the area’s local talent, all with Canadian-themed music and art!

 

May 27

Outdoor Venue: Sandwell Green Park

  • 10:00 am – 5 pm

Indoor Venue: Earl of March Secondary School

  • School Foyer: 12 pm- 9:30 pm
  • Auditorium Daytime Performances: 12:00 pm – 5 pm (Free – First Come Basis)
  • Auditorium Evening Concert: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Free – First Come Basis)

 

Join in the excitement and be a part of making history at our Canada 150th celebration. To register as a volunteer, you can access the application on-line at https://kanatacarletonculturalfestival.ca

 

Applications are due April 30th, 2017. If you have any questions about the event, please email kanatacarletonculturalfestival@gmail.com

 

JUNO Awards Week

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The 46th Annual JUNO Awards are taking place Sunday, April 2nd, and this year, they are coming to the Canadian Tire Centre located in Stittsville!

 

Hosted by Bryan Adams and Russell Peters and featuring performances by Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Talent, The Arkells, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red, Ruth B, Dallas Smith, and July Talk, this is an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

The ceremony begins at 6:30 PM and, for those who prefer to watch at home, will also be broadcasted live on CTV.

 

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Ottawa 2017 has a whole slew of great events planned for Juno Week

 

On Thursday, March 30th, at 8:30 PM, Ottawa’s Bourbon Room will be hosting the second annual JUNO Cup Jam, a benefit concert with ticket proceeds going to support MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

 

The concert will feature Kathleen Edwards (of Quitter’s Coffee fame in Stittsville), Jim Cuddy, Amanda Rheaume, Darryl James of the Strumbellas, Devin Cuddy Band, Gord Bamford, Jonathan Roy, and more. Tickets run at $25 and are available for purchase here.

 

Building on the excitement, the 14th annual Juno Cup will take place on Friday, March 31st 7:30 at the TD Place Arena. This interesting matchup pits NHL Greats: Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Coffey, Chris Phillips, Gary Roberts, and more against Juno music champions such as: Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Sam Roberts, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Kathleen Edwards, and Darryl James (The Strumbellas).

 

This hockey/music alliance will join forces to support MusiCounts in a celebrity hockey game you need to see to believe. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.tdplace.ca.

 

Beyond these great events, there is also JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, and the JUNO Songwriting Circle all slated to be excellent celebrations of Canadian music.

 

I am thrilled about all of the spectacular entertainment scheduled for JUNO week and am happy to see so many Canadian artistic talents gathered in the nation’s capital. I hope to see many of you at the festivities. For more information, please visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/juno-awards-and-juno-week.

 

India’s influence on Modern Day Rock n’ Roll

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During JUNO Week, I would like to share an event being hosted by local Stittsville group, Aroha Fine Arts.

 

On Thursday, March 30th, at 7:30 pm in the Ale Lounge at the Amberwood Golf Course in Stittsville, “India’s influence on Modern Day Rock n’ Roll” is an arts showcase of the culture of India through dance and music.

 

I am happy to be able to support this local venture in celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary and I highly encourage residents to take this opportunity for what is certain to be a fun evening. But arrive early as space is limited to approximately 150 spots.
For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 613-831-2442 or visit www.arohafinearts.com.

Fly Our Flag – Stittsville 2017

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I would like to remind all residents to participate in a very special year-long Ottawa 2017 event!

 

I am beginning to see more and more flags around the community and I would like to thank those of you who are already participating. Now, I am inviting all other residents to participate as a community project for 2017!

 

For the remainder of the year, residents are welcome to stop by my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Road) to pick up small Canadian flags (maximum of 5) while quantities last. Then, I invite you to email, Facebook, or tweet me photos of your flag proudly on display so that I can add it to our commemorative “Fly Our Flag” album available on my website and on Facebook here.

 

The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.

I encourage you to get creative to make this an event to remember within Stittsville. For instance, you could build a snowman dressed with the Canadian flag in hand or wearing a Canadian hockey jersey; you could use food colouring to paint the flag into your front lawn; you could place flags in your windows, affix them to your pets, photograph them around the community, or even incorporate them decoratively into your clothing. I want to see your imagination, Stittsville, to set the trend for the rest of Canada to catch on.

 

I would like to thank our MPs, Karen McCrimmon and Pierre Poilievre, for lending their support to this project by offering to donate flags to my office. If you have flags from previous years around the house, I also encourage you to bring them out for what is certain to be a phenomenal year to showcase your national pride.

NHL 100 Classic Outdoor Game is Coming to Ottawa

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I am happy to announce that with the coordination of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, an NHL centennial outdoor game will be held in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

 

Ottawa 2017 has been working hard at measuring the feasibility of this winter tradition and now, thanks to their support by offsetting a portion of the municipal services required to host the game, this fan-favourite is going to be taking place in the nation’s capital. Ottawa 2017 will also help create a festive spirit across the city by assisting with pageantry and special outdoor projections.

 

I would like to thank the National Hockey League for bringing this prestigious event to our great city for the first time as well as Ottawa 2017 for all of their hard work in making this a reality.

 

Canada’s 150th anniversary 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.

 

More details surrounding the event will be released as the year progresses. Please visit www.ottawa2017.ca for more information and to keep up to date on all of the great sesquicentennial events taking place in 2017.

JUNO Awards Week

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The 46th Annual JUNO Awards are taking place Sunday, April 2nd, and this year, they are coming to the Canadian Tire Centre located in Stittsville!

 

Hosted by Bryan Adams and Russell Peters and featuring performances by Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Talent, The Arkells, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red, Ruth B, Dallas Smith, and July Talk, this is an event you certainly won’t want to miss.

 

The ceremony begins at 6:30 PM and, for those who prefer to watch at home, will also be broadcasted live on CTV.

 

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Ottawa 2017 has a whole slew of great events planned for Juno Week

 

On Thursday, March 30th, at 8:30 PM, Ottawa’s Bourbon Room will be hosting the second annual JUNO Cup Jam, a benefit concert with ticket proceeds going to support MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

 

The concert will feature Kathleen Edwards (of Quitter’s Coffee fame in Stittsville), Jim Cuddy, Amanda Rheaume, Darryl James of the Strumbellas, Devin Cuddy Band, Gord Bamford, Jonathan Roy, and more. Tickets run at $25 and are available for purchase here.

 

Building on the excitement, the 14th annual Juno Cup will take place on Friday, March 31st 7:30 at the TD Place Arena. This interesting matchup pits NHL Greats: Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Coffey, Chris Phillips, Gary Roberts, and more against Juno music champions such as: Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Sam Roberts, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Kathleen Edwards, and Darryl James (The Strumbellas).

 

This hockey/music alliance will join forces to support MusiCounts in a celebrity hockey game you need to see to believe. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.tdplace.ca.

 

Beyond these great events, there is also JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, and the JUNO Songwriting Circle all slated to be excellent celebrations of Canadian music.

 

I am thrilled about all of the spectacular entertainment scheduled for JUNO week and am happy to see so many Canadian artistic talents gathered in the nation’s capital. I hope to see many of you at the festivities. For more information, please visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/juno-awards-and-juno-week.

NHL 100 Classic Outdoor Game is Coming to Ottawa

Hockey

I am happy to announce that with the coordination of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau, an NHL centennial outdoor game will be held in Ottawa on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

 

Ottawa 2017 has been working hard at measuring the feasibility of this winter tradition and now, thanks to their support by offsetting a portion of the municipal services required to host the game, this fan-favourite is going to be taking place in the nation’s capital. Ottawa 2017 will also help create a festive spirit across the city by assisting with pageantry and special outdoor projections.

 

I would like to thank the National Hockey League for bringing this prestigious event to our great city for the first time as well as Ottawa 2017 for all of their hard work in making this a reality.

 

Canada’s 150th anniversary 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.

 

More details surrounding the event will be released as the year progresses. Please visit www.ottawa2017.ca for more information and to keep up to date on all of the great sesquicentennial events taking place in 2017.

Red Bull Crashed Ice and Road Closures: March 3-4

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Ottawa 2017 is crashing off to a big start as the sesquicentennial anniversary’s first signature sporting event come to Ottawa this weekend!

 

Red Bull Crashed Ice is a high-intensity action sport where athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops hairpin turns, and gaps at speed over 50 km/h. It’s the fastest sport on skates.

 

The event will be taking place over the locks of the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel.

 

The events begin Friday, March 3rd with the Shootouts from 10:00-12:30. The gates open at 5:30 PM and the World Junior Championship skates off from 8:00-9:30 PM. Then, the fun continues on March 4th where the gates open at 6:00 PM where the exciting conclusion of the Ice Cross Downhill World Finals run from 8:30-10:00 PM.

 

As a result of the event, there will be road closures and transit service impacts in and around the downtown core from March 3 to 5, 2017.

 

Some roads around the Red Bull Crashed Ice venue will be impacted:

 

  • York Street in the ByWard Market will be closed from Sussex Drive to ByWard Market Square:
    • March 3 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    • March 4 from 4 p.m. to midnight; and
    • March 5 from midnight to 8 a.m.
  • Wellington Street westbound lane reductions between Mackenzie Avenue and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Wellington Street will be closed between Sussex Drive and Elgin Street southbound:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m.
  • Elgin Street northbound lane reductions between Albert Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 3 from 9 p.m. to March 4 at 3 p.m.
  • Elgin Street northbound will be closed between Queen Street and Wellington Street:
    • March 4 from 3 p.m. to March 5 at 6 a.m.

 

On-street Pay and Display parking will not be permitted on York Street between Sussex Drive and Byward Market Square beginning Thursday March 2 at 12:01 a.m. until Sunday March 5 at 8 a.m.

 

When planning your trip, be advised that due to the road closures in effect around the venue, both OC Transpo and STO will see some service changes.

  • OC Transpo detours will be in place from March 4 at 3 p.m. until March 5 at 6 a.m.
  • Buses will run along Mackenzie King Bridge and Albert and Slater streets during the closures. Rideau and Wellington streets will not be serviced.
  • Only two Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) stops will be in service during that time: Rideau/Cumberland and the Supreme Court on Wellington Street.
  • OC Transpo customers are encouraged to check com for up-to-date information on detours or delays, and STO customers are encouraged to visit sto.ca.

 

Admission is free but be sure to arrive early for this incredible spectacle event. I hope to see you there!

Red Bull Crashed Ice: March 3-4

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Ottawa 2017 is crashing off to a big start as the sesquicentennial anniversary’s first signature sporting event.

 

Red Bull Crashed Ice is a high-intensity action sport where athletes skate down a massive ice track filled with drops hairpin turns, and gaps at speed over 50 km/h. It’s the fastest sport on skates.

 

The event will be taking place over the locks of the Rideau Canal between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier Hotel.

 

The events begin Friday, March 3rd with the Shootouts from 10:00-12:30. The gates open at 5:30 PM and the World Junior Championship skates off from 8:00-9:30 PM. Then, the fun continues on March 4th where the gates open at 6:00 PM where the exciting conclusion of the Ice Cross Downhill World Finals run from 8:30-10:00 PM.

 

Admission is free but be sure to arrive early for this incredible spectacle event. I hope to see you there!

Stittsville Event 2017: Fly Our Flag

I would like to invite all residents to participate in a very special year-long Ottawa 2017 event which kicked off this past Sunday, January 1st 2017!

 

From now moving into 2017, residents are welcome to stop by my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Road) to pick up small Canadian flags (maximum of 5) while quantities last. Then, I invite you to email, Facebook, or tweet me photos of your flag proudly on display so that I can add it to our commemorative “Fly Our Flag” Facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/ShadQadri/media_set?set=a.10154445639543992.1073741826.617728991&type=3

 

The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.

 

I encourage you to get creative to make this an event to remember within Stittsville. For instance, you could build a snowman dressed with the Canadian flag in hand or wearing a Canadian hockey jersey; you could use food colouring to paint the flag into your front lawn; you could place flags in your windows, affix them to your pets, photograph them around the community, or even incorporate them decoratively into your clothing. I want to see your imagination, Stittsville, to set the trend for the rest of Canada to catch on.

 

I would like to thank our MPs, Karen McCrimmon and Pierre Poilievre, for lending their support to this project by offering to donate flags to my office. If you have flags from previous years around the house, I also encourage you to bring them out for what is certain to be a phenomenal year to showcase your national pride.

Ottawa 2017 App

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Ottawa 2017 celebrations have officially begun with the new year!

 

It was a very successful launch to 2017 with the New Years event being held downtown and I would like to take a moment to thank the Stittsville youth who helped to contribute to that success by participating in the Human Chain.

 

With the celebrations launched, now is the perfect time to download the brand new Ottawa 2017 app to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

 

The free experiential App offers the latest information and updates on Ottawa 2017 programming as well as unique multimedia features to enhance the experience of residents and visitors at events taking place in the nation’s capital throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

 

The app is available for iOS and Android and allows users to utilize interactive features at specific events. A virtual photobooth also enables users to add 2017 themed festive filers to their favourite photos.

 

For more information and directions on how to download the app and to review all of the upcoming events for the year, please visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/