What’s new in Ottawa in 2009?
PROJECT RUNWAY CANADA
The hit TV show Project Runway Canada filmed its second season in Ottawa in summer 2008 – and the results are airing on Global Television. Supermodel Iman performed hosting duties and fashion designer contestants were treated to a series of innovative challenges. Stay tuned to see who came out on top!
THE GENIE AWARDS 2009
Ottawa hosted the 29th annual Genie Awards on Saturday, April 4 at the Canada Aviation Museum, one of the country’s most visually stunning landmarks. The Awards celebrated productions from Canada’s best and brightest in the film industry and were broadcast on Global Television.
YOUSUF KARSH’S 100TH BIRTHDAY
Portrait Gallery of Canada & Canada Science and Technology Museum celebrates famed celebrity photographer Yousuf Karsh – known as “Karsh of Ottawa,” as he photographed everyone who was anyone in the mid-20th century – as he would have turned 100 on December 23, 2008. To commemorate the milestone, the Portrait Gallery of Canada is partnering with the
Canada Science and Technology Museum to present a retrospective of his works and the equipment used to make the portraits, running from June 12 to October 12, 2009. There will also be a Karsh Trail that will point out areas of town that were significant to Karsh’s development, including the Ottawa Little Theatre and Sparks Street. www.festivalkarsh.ca www.portraits.gc.ca www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca
CHANGING THE GUARD
One of the most spectacular sights each summer in Ottawa is the Changing the Guard ceremony that takes place each morning at 10:00 on the lawn on Parliament Hill. In 2009, there will be added significance in that the ceremony marks its 50th anniversary. Soldiers from the Canadian Grenadier Guards and the Governor General’s Foot Guards perform the maneuvres each day from June 27 to August 29, 2009.
CENTURY OF FLIGHT IN CANADA
The Canada Aviation Museum has plans for a $7-million expansion to include a new foyer, auditorium, classrooms, cafeteria, lookout tower, retail space and landscaped entrance. These projects will add 2,600 square metres, or 18 per cent, more space to the museum. Work is to begin in May 2009 and will be completed in fall 2010.
CAMOUFLAGE – FROM THE BATTLEFIELD TO THE CATWALK
This innovative exhibition at the Canadian War Museum traces the colourful history of military camouflage over the last century, from the simple concealment of soldiers and objects to the use of camouflageinspired designs in a wide range of commercial and artistic products. It runs from June 4, 2009 to January 3, 2010. For more details, contact Pierre Leduc, communications and development officer, at 819-776-8608 or pierre. firstname.lastname@example.org
From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of
This exhibit runs at the National Gallery of Canada from May 29 to September 6, 2009 and will survey and illuminate one of the most significant periods in the entire history of art – 16th century Rome. Also in 2009: Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture (November 28, 2008-March 8, 2009) explores the remarkable development of the sculptural portrait in early 17th century Rome.
MYTHIC CREATURES: DRAGONS, UNICORNS AND MERMAIDS
the Canadian Museum of Civilization from May 14 to September 20, 2009, this is the summer blockbuster for the CMC. Fantastic creatures of land, sea, and air have long lived in our imaginations. Legends and fairy tales, ancient and modern art, theatre, dance and movies all feed our fascination for these legendary beasts. www.civilization.ca
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF NATURE RENOVATIONS
May 22, 2010 is the opening date for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s new Water
Gallery, exploring Canada’s greatest natural resource. The Museum’s extensive renewal project will also include a new Mineral Gallery and future Nature of Humans Gallery.
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
The National Arts Centre will present B.C. Scene from April 21 to May 3, 2009. This massive cultural festival showcases the very best of British Columbia’s theatre, music, dance, comedy, culinary arts, literature and film.
The Great Canadian Theatre Company has begun their second season in their new digs – the magnificent Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre at 1233 Wellington Street West, which officially opened in September 2007. The 2008-09 season is called Stages and its six productions each reflects a different age.
www.gctc.ca Article courtesy Ottawa Tourism
The Genie Award statuette was created by Sorel Etrog.
Photo courtesy of Canadian Cinema & Television
Photo by Steve Boyton for Paul Toogood Photography