Free dynamic lighting experience at the Chaudière Falls
Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to launch Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls. The experience officially opens to the public tomorrow at 7 p.m., offering the first public access in decades to one of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks.
Based on an original concept by Ottawa 2017, Mìwàte was created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities. This dynamic illumination of Chaudière Falls celebrates the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their cultures.
A rich soundscape accompanies the experience. Vincent Letellier led the team of composers for Moment Factory, with additional creative contributions from David Maracle, and regional music artists as well as Pikwakanagan community members who spoke some of the words and phrases that are heard as part of the production in Anishnaabe.
In addition to the illumination, participants are invited to explore the Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, which shares information on the presence of Indigenous Peoples in the region. This special exhibit is presented on site by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan.
Dates and times for Mìwàte:
- October 6 to 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- October 23 to November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The lighting display runs in a continuous 10-minute loop. It takes about 30 minutes to enjoy the entire experience.
Spectators can view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project. Information about the experience and nearby parking can be found at: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/magnificence-of-chaudiere-falls/.
As a complement to Mìwàte, visitors are encouraged to visit the Kabeshinân Minitig Pavilion located on Victoria Island.
“We’re delighted to welcome residents and visitors to appreciate the Chaudière Falls up close and to see Mìwàte, a new experience to discover, celebrate and share Indigenous culture. I’d like to thank Hydro Ottawa for making these historically significant falls accessible for all to enjoy, as an important legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary.”
–– Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
“On behalf of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, I am very pleased to be a part of Mìwàte – the illumination of Chaudière Falls. The illumination is in honour of the falls and to show the beauty and strength of the Ottawa (Kitchissippi) River at this renowned site.”
–– Chief Kirby Whiteduck, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation
“The Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls project provides residents and visitors in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with the opportunity to experience the Chaudière Falls in an inspiring and magnificent way. This dynamic show provides onlookers with a window into the rich traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples, and helps bring us together as we work toward lasting reconciliation.”
–– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“The beautiful Chaudière Falls are a stunning backdrop to a sound and light experience that honours the traditions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of this land. This is a moment for celebration – and for reflection. I encourage everyone to visit this magnificent site of environmental and cultural significance.”
–– The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport
“Mìwàte is a celebration that brings everyone together to share in this re-introduction of Chaudière Falls into the public imagination. After marking Canada’s 150th anniversary deep underground in a train tunnel with Kontinuum, Moment Factory is honoured to have the opportunity to apply our creativity and innovation to highlight this natural treasure here in the national capital.”
–– Éric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer, Moment Factory
“CIBC is honored to support this collaborative project that celebrates Indigenous Peoples and showcases the beauty and magnificence of this treasured natural landmark. To witness this light show against the beautiful Chaudière Falls will create a memorable experience for all those who attend.”
–– Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships, Communications and Public Affairs, CIBC
“Mìwàte was a key component of the list of events I created as part of the Ottawa 2017 plan, as it was essential to pay tribute to and celebrate Indigenous culture, and there’s no better site to do that than at Chaudière Falls. As one of the last big Signature Events that Ottawa 2017 is producing for our country’s sesquicentennial, we’re proud to welcome residents and visitors back to this impressive natural site, one of the late Jean Pigott’s dreams.”
–– Guy Laflamme, Executive Director and Producer, Ottawa 2017
Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present this project as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, our premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario (www.ontario.ca/150 #ontario150) and the Government of Canada (www.canada.ca/150 #canada150) for their contributions.
To make this moving event happen in its picturesque location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Moment Factory, Hydro Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities and the National Capital Commission.
Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations 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.
About Moment Factory
Moment Factory is a multimedia studio with a full range of production expertise under one roof. The team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. With its headquarters based in Montreal, the studio also has offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo, London, New York City and Paris. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 400 unique shows and destinations. Productions span the globe and include such clients as Los Angeles Airport, Nine Inch Nails, Microsoft, NFL, Sony, Toyota, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Madonna and Royal Caribbean.
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Denise LeBlanc – Manager, Media Relations