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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!

www.pro­jec­trun­waycanada.ca

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.

www.ge­nieawards.ca

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.

www.parl.gc.ca/vis

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.

www.avi­a­tion.tech­no­muses.ca

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. le­duc@warmu­seum.ca

www.warmu­seum.ca

From Raphael to Car­racci: The Art of

Pa­pal Rome

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.

www.gallery.ca

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.

www.na­ture.ca

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.

www.nac-cna.ca

THE­ATRE

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

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