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Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Special Report: Ottawa 2017 - Jen traplin

One of the most highly an­tic­i­pated Sig­na­ture Events on Ot­tawa 2017’s year­long cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties in and around the Cap­i­tal is Kon­tin­uum, a state of the art, un­der­ground mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence in the home of the fu­ture LRT Lyon Sta­tion.

“This is the most com­plex project ever in my ca­reer,” ad­mits Guy Laflamme, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Ot­tawa 2017 Bureau. “It’s also the very first idea that I pro­posed when I took on this role.”

In or­der to turn Laflamme’s vi­sion into re­al­ity, the bureau part­nered with Mon­treal’s Mo­ment Fac­tory, who he says has de­liv­ered in a big way.

“It was as if they had gone into my brain and could un­der­stand per­fectly the vi­sion I had and what I was look­ing for as a show,” he says, adding it was the thrill of his ca­reer to be a part of the cre­ative process.

“Sit­ting down with some of the most cre­ative mul­ti­me­dia artists in the world at Mo­ment Fac­tory, three of whom are from Ot­tawa — Ian Macdon­ald, the light­ing de­signer who cre­ated a big por­tion of the show, Vin­cent Letel­lier who com­posed all of the au­dio for the ex­pe­ri­ence and Sakchin Bes­sette, one of the co-founders of Mo­ment Fac­tory and is a bril­liant cre­ator. The artis­tic and emo­tional con­nec­tion I had with that team was un­be­liev­able. It’s such a thrill to have had the chance to work with those cre­ative, bril­liant minds and just go wild to­gether.”

Laflamme says Kon­tin­uum is a world first that will serve as a unique way of gal­va­niz­ing peo­ple’s sup­port for the fu­ture light rail Con­fed­er­a­tion Line.

“No­body else in the world has ever de­vel­oped some­thing that comes close to Kon­tin­uum. It’s a world first in terms of hav­ing such an ex­ten­sive, un­der­ground, multi-me­dia pro­duc­tion,” he ex­plains.

“Es­pe­cially lever­ag­ing

it’s a world first in terms of hav­ing such an ex­ten­sive, un­der­ground, multi-me­dia pro­duc­tion.

Guy Laflamme, ot­tawa 2017 bureau


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