Ottawa 2017

The Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program has been developed to create vibrant experiences that will highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. In partnership with Ottawa 2017 and its lead partner, CIBC, the program will be stewarded by the cultural alliance of the AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.


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 mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community. (Presented by: Workers’ History Museum – May 1 to December 31)

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 – Mid-August to Mid-September)

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 – September 14 to 16, 21 to 23)

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 – May to July)

MIFO Francophone Showcase – On March 31 and April 1, JUNOfest lands in Ottawa. This festival features over 100 artists performing at 15 different venues in the city.

Scheduled performers include 35 artists nominated for JUNO awards.  It’s also your chance to discover Francophone artists like Mélissa Ouimet, Damien Robitaille, Joëlle St-Pierre, Mehdi Cayenne, DJ UnPier, Menoncle Jason, Berhnari, Jason Bajada, MoonFruits, Joey Robin Haché, Céleste Lévis, Yao and La Bronze—among others.

The Francophone Showcases at JUNOfest in Ottawa are presented in collaboration with the MIFO, Musicaction, l’ADISQ, AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council. – March 31 & April 1)

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 – October 2-8)

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 – June 16 to 18, 21 to 25)

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 – September to December)

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 – April 23, May 6 & 27)

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 – June 17 to September 4)

Power of Possibility  Award winning Propeller Dance Company celebrates dance and humanity in bold new ways that contributes to changing society’s perceptions of performance, dance and diverse expressions. (Presented by: Propeller Dance – July 16, August 31, September 9)

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 – June 23 to 25)

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 – June 17)

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 – July 22)

Check back for more details!