DIS­COVER CANADA WITH PASS­PORT 2017

It’s an app. It’s A Web­site. It’s your guide to ev­ery­thing great go­ing on in 2017.

Where Ottawa - - HERE & NOW - To stay in the loop on Canada’s 150th, visit pass­port2017.ca and down­load the free app at the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (An­droid).

Buckle up for a busy year, Canada! With thou­sands of cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the 150th an­niver­sary of Con­fed­er­a­tion, Pass­port 2017—an event dis­cov­ery web­site and free app—is your guide to it all. With a daily stream of sto­ries and event rec­om­men­da­tions, it will guide you to ac­tiv­i­ties and fes­tiv­i­ties rel­e­vant to your in­ter­ests all year long. And it’ll show­case some of the coolest projects on the go. From foodie videos to in­no­va­tive art auc­tions, here’s sam­pling of Canada 150 events com­ing your way on­line or in-per­son in 2017.

HISTORICA: HERE’S MY CANADA From the in­ven­tion of bas­ket­ball to the dis­cov­ery of di­nosaur bones, Historica’s fa­mous Her­itage Min­utes of­fer up pure Cana­di­ana. In 2017, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is chal­leng­ing Cana­di­ans to cre­ate their own short videos about what this coun­try means to them through a mul­ti­lin­gual, na­tion­wide con­test called Here’s My Canada. There are some big prizes up for grabs: gift cards for Air Canada and

Via Rail, an iPad mini and even cold hard cash. To par­tic­i­pate, just shoot some orig­i­nal video, edit the footage down to 30 sec­onds, add mu­sic, fil­ters or text and sub­mit be­fore the con­test closes on Aug. 31. heres­my­canada.ca

INDSPIRE YOUTH LAUREATES CROSS CANADA TOUR For Indspire, cel­e­brat­ing Canada’s 150th means cel­e­brat­ing young peo­ple. The an­nual Indspire Awards rec­og­nize the ac­com­plish­ments of out­stand­ing in­dige­nous pro­fes­sion­als and youth. In in 2017, Indspire is calling on some of its most im­pres­sive past win­ners to lead the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour. On March 23, the jour­ney kicks off in Ot­tawa, and through­out 2017 the tour makes stops in Mon­treal, Win­nipeg, Saska­toon, Cal­gary, Van­cou­ver and Yel­lowknife. Can’t make it to a tour stop? No probs—you can fol­low along and watch the open­ing event on­line at indspire.ca.

RI­CARDO: WE ARE THE BEST The coun­try that’s bet­ter known for its apolo­gies than its ex­ports is about to get a boost in self­con­fi­dence cour­tesy of Que­bec-based celebrity chef Ri­cardo Lar­rivée. The TV per­son­al­ity has launched a se­ries of 52 videos, each fo­cus­ing on a dif­fer­ent Cana­dian ex­port. One clip will air per week, tak­ing view­ers on a cross-coun­try culi­nary tour that’ll touch down in ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory, from blue­ber­ries in Que­bec to gin­seng in On­tario, from mush­rooms in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries to Screech rum in New­found­land. ri­car­docui­sine.com

RICK HANSEN FOUN­DA­TION: ACCESS4ALL Steep curbs and nar­row door­ways might seem like easy ob­sta­cles to nav­i­gate. But for many Cana­di­ans they rep­re­sent phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers that limit their abil­ity to walk onto a play­ground or roll into a cof­fee shop. Through its Access4All ini­tia­tive, the Rick Hansen Foun­da­tion aims to make pub­lic spa­ces more in­clu­sive by in­spir­ing Cana­di­ans to iden­tify and re­move ac­ces­si­bil­ity bar­ri­ers in their own neigh­bour­hoods. At least 50 projects across the coun­try will be awarded up to $30,000 each to im­prove ac­cess to schools, parks, play­grounds and com­mu­nity centres. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted un­til March 31. rick­hansen.com

TIMERAISER 150 Af­ter pay­ing for rent, gro­ceries and late-night Uber rides, the last thing on most mil­len­ni­als’ shop­ping lists is orig­i­nal art. But Frame­work Foun­da­tion is mak­ing that pipe dream a pos­si­bil­ity through Timeraiser 150, a project that’ll al­low Cana­di­ans who can’t af­ford one-of-a-kind works to get their hands on In­sta­gram-wor­thy paint­ings by pledg­ing vol­un­teer hours in­stead of dol­lars. Once your hours are com­plete, you’ll be sent art­work to hang in your home. Timeraiser 150 kicks off in Toronto on

April 27 be­fore head­ing to Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary, Regina, Win­nipeg, Mon­treal, Fred­er­ic­ton, Hal­i­fax, Char­lot­te­town and St. John’s, with an on­line com­po­nent avail­able to any art-lov­ing Cana­dian with more time to spend than money. timeraiser.ca

Pass­port 2017 is made pos­si­ble in part by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada.

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