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Pop Life preview


If you’re like me, you can’t wait until the Pop Life: Art in a Material World exhibit opens at the National Gallery of Canada on June 11. And while it runs until September 19, you may want to get a preview of what you can expect from this exhibit, which makes its only North American stop in Ottawa, after mesmerizing people at the Tate Modern in London.

So, head on down to the Gallery this Thursday night at 6:30pm (free admission, after all, from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursdays!) and hear Jack Bankowsky, the co-curator, as he discusses contemporary art, commerce, media and celebrity.

Then, on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00pm, Jonathan Shaughnessy, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, will trace the connections between the artists featured in Pop Life and their art historical ancestors. NOTE: this presentation is in French in the Lecture Hall, with free admission.

He’ll repeat the presentation — in English — on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30pm in the Lecture Hall.

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Ottawa Senators playoff tickets on sale April 3


amf9678Into hockey? Tickets for the Ottawa Senators‘ first playoff round go on sale Saturday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. at Scotiabank Place and through

At 8:00 a.m., a team will be handing out free Tim Hortons coffee and Timbits to the lineup, while Spartacat, the Senators’ mascot, will entertain fans. The Sens Store will also be open for fans, with all items being offered at a special one-day discount of 30 per cent off.

Meanwhile, Ottawa’s final home game of the regular season is on Saturday, April 10 versus the Buffalo Sabres. Team captain Daniel Alfredsson is poised to reach the milestone of 1,000 career games on April 6 and the team is planning to recognize Alfredsson with a celebratory tribute prior to the April 10 game. Each fan in attendance will receive a free commemorative T-shirt in recognition of the event.

Ottawa Tourism offers Hockey Night in the Capital packages for out-of-town fans, which includes tickets to regular season games, overnight accommodation, dinner before the game and the option to add on to the experience with museum admissions, spa treatments and more!

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End of an Era: sign World War I Book of Reflection at Rideau Hall


national-war-memorial-november-vertical-credit-ottawa-tourism1National War Memorial in downtown OttawaThe federal government will commemorate the End of an Era – the recent (February 18, 2010) passing of the last known Canadian veteran of World War I, John “Jack” Babcock — at a ceremony on April 9 at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

A number of other significant ceremonies of remembrance will be held the same day in locations across Canada, as well as in France and in England. April 9 is known as “Vimy Ridge Day” as it commemorates an important victory for Canadian troops in a battle that took place that day in 1917 in France.

In the meantime, the Governor General is inviting the public to sign the Book of Reflection, which pays tribute to all Canadians who served during the First World War. It will be on display in the foyer of the residence at Rideau Hall from March 30 to April 12, every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Ottawa Tourism Awards 2010


The Ottawa Tourism Awards were held last night in the gorgeous Theatre of the Casino du Lac-Leamy. More than 200 tourism industry representatives gathered to honour the best and the brightest., an urban treasure hunt, was named the New Company of the Year. Éco-Odyssée, a paddleboat experience, was also nominated.

The Innovation of the Year award was presented to Tours of Parliament-Library of Parliament, who streamlined their system for booking tours on Parliament Hill. Coventry Connections, who uses GPS technology to improve taxi service, was also a finalist.

The Event of the Year was a hotly contested category, with the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship triumphing. Also in the running were the Camouflage exhibit at the Canadian War Museum, the 2009 Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest and the 2009 TD Canada Trust Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

The Ottawa International Airport Authority and Air Canada shared the Tourism Partnership of the Year award for their promotion of Ottawa-Frankfurt direct flights. The Downtown Rideau BIA and Arts Court collaboration on a summer theatre program in 2009; the National Capital Commission and 26 partners working together on the 2009 Genie Awards and the combination of a cycling event and chamber music performances by the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Rideau Canal Festival were also in the running.

The Tourism Volunteer of the Year was John Cosentino, General Manager of Albert at Bay Suite Hotel and Best Western Victoria Park Suites.

The Tourism Leader of the Year was Dick Brown, Executive Director of the Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association.

Three other award winners were recognized at the event:

  • Alec Ross won the Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award for an article called A Capital Idea published in the September 2009 issue of Canadian Geographic Travel
  • Sampson Nabigon was named the 2009 Star of the City
  • Debbie Morris, a student in Algonquin College’s School of Hospitality & Tourism, received the annual Tourism Scholarship
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Behind the scenes at the Canadian Museum of Nature


Check out this video (taken last month) during a hardhat tour of the Canadian Museum of Nature. The grand reopening of this impressive structure (and the unveiling of the new Water Gallery, Earth Gallery, Animalium with creepy critters, theatre, new group entrance and new cafeteria) is scheduled for May 22, 2010. Check out the work so far:

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