Calendar of events — Winterlude 2019

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Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-01 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-01 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-01 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-01 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-01 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-01 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-01 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Snow Sculptures - Live The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come meet our snow sculptors in action!
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 9 am to 5 pm

Come meet our snow sculptors in action! Experience the magic of winter as you see great white characters appear before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Parks Canada – 450,000 km2 of memories The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park 47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 9 am to 4 pm

47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!

Parks Canada works hard to protect Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. Come visit our team and learn about some of the exciting work that we do! You’ll have a chance to go behind the scenes with a Parks Canada archeologist, discover fascinating facts about the Plains Bison, our spotlight species, and much more!

Don’t leave without meeting our mascot Parka! She loves having her picture taken with you and has lots of fun activities for you to discover.

Presented by Parks Canada

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition The Byward Market 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 9 am to 12 pm

Awards ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 5 pm

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd  edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Located in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the competition is one of the main attractions of Winterlude. Over the years, it has won a very special place on the international scene by bringing together some of the biggest names in ice carving.

Presented by Tim Hortons in collaboration with the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society

Event theme(s): [Family][Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 13:20 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

AIR MILES Toque Tour The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Enter the giant Air Miles tuque and enjoy free hot chocolate.

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re bringing FREE hot chocolate to Canada’s capital during the first weekend of Winterlude! Show your AIR MILES Card (or AIR MILES App) at our big blue toque in Jacques Cartier Park for a winter warmup with all the fixins, giveaways and more!

Presented by AIR MILES

Event theme(s): [Family]

Come visit the Royal Canadian Mint at Winterlude 2019 The Byward Market 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 York Street, ByWard Market The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike.

Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3

10 am to 4 pm

The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike. Pick up a free pass for a 45-minute guided tour of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 320 Sussex Drive.

Come and see some of the exciting things we are working on for 2019!

A limit of 1 hammer strike per guest, while supplies last. Free passes expire on April 30, 2019.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-01 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-01 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Gatineau Winter Beerfest 2019 Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 17:00:00 17:00 - 00:59 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector) The Gatineau Winter Beerfest is now a winter tradition in the National Capital Region.
  • Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 5 pm to 1 am

The Gatineau Winter Beerfest is now a winter tradition in the National Capital Region. The eighth annual festival invites you to discover even more Quebec and Ontario beers. This year, we will offer a larger variety of activities, workshops and opportunities to discover spirits! Our sour beer and oyster bar station will allow you to create even more beer and food pairings. Warm up your winter next February 1 and 2 in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History.

Ages 18 and older.

To buy your ticket, please visit the Beerfest’s Website.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Gatineau Winter Beerfest 2019 Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 17:00:00 17:00 - 00:59 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector) The Gatineau Winter Beerfest is now a winter tradition in the National Capital Region.
  • Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 5 pm to 1 am

The Gatineau Winter Beerfest is now a winter tradition in the National Capital Region. The eighth annual festival invites you to discover even more Quebec and Ontario beers. This year, we will offer a larger variety of activities, workshops and opportunities to discover spirits! Our sour beer and oyster bar station will allow you to create even more beer and food pairings. Warm up your winter next February 1 and 2 in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of History.

Ages 18 and older.

To buy your ticket, please visit the Beerfest’s Website.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North The Glebe 2019-02-01 18:00:00 18:00 - 21:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Square (Outside the Horticulture Building) 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic.
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 6 pm to 9 pm

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic. Experience films by Indigenous filmmakers from northern cultures projected in a theatre made of snow. (*Films to be announced!)

Presented by the Asinabka Festival in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery and SAW Video.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Spin to Win! - Rideau Carleton Casino Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-01 18:00:00 18:00 - 22:00 York Street Spin to win!

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

York Street, ByWard Market

Spin to win!

Enjoy a hot apple cider and bring home a free deck of cards!*

New Members get $25** in Free Play at the Casino.

*While supplies last. 

**Receive a $15 bounce-back coupon and another $10 in free play when you sign up with your email.

Presented by Rideau Carleton Casino.

Winterlude SubZero Electro DJ Nights presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino The Byward Market 2019-02-01 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

ByWard Market 

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

WEEKEND 1:

Friday, February 1

KHAOS - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVE SALVAIL 
SHUB 

Saturday, February 2

Presented by the French Embassy in Canada

UNPIER
KEN-J
LADY STYLE

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WEEKEND 3:

Friday, February 15

TYR ONE - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
MATHILDE
PRINCE PARIS

Saturday, February 16

TDOT- Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVANA & CARL MÜREN
BYNON 

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]


SubZero Electro DJ Nights, Featuring KHAOS, EVE SALVAIL and SHUB The Byward Market 2019-02-01 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Kick off your Winterlude with electrifying music featuring DJ SHUB on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

ByWard Market (York Street East) on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Kick off your Winterlude with electrifying music featuring DJ SHUB. Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ SHUB continues to pioneer a growing genre of electronic music.

7 p.m.  KHAOS - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
8 p.m.  EVE SALVAIL
9 p.m.  SHUB

Please follow this link for the complete SubZero Electro DJ Nights program.  

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The National Ballet of Canada ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 The National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa As a top international company, The National Ballet of Canada boasts an impressive repertoire of choreographic gems.
  • Thursday, January 31, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 8 pm to 10 pm

As a top international company, The National Ballet of Canada boasts an impressive repertoire of choreographic gems. Their NAC program will feature works by the illustrious George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton, principal architects of 20th century classical ballet, and trailblazer Justin Peck. The evening of dance includes Apollo, Paz de la Jolla, and The Dream.

Presented by The National Arts Centre.

Jillian Vanstone in The Dream, photo by Karolina Kuras

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Hamlet_director’s cut ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa A Shakespearean tragedy revisited and remixed. A captivating experience.
  • Thursday, January 31, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 8 pm to 10 pm

A condensed, stripped down and radicalized Hamlet. A single actor, Marc Beaupré, playing several parts, several voices and several variations of the same insurmountable existential drama. A Shakespearean tragedy revisited and remixed. A captivating experience.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare Translation by Jean Marc Dalpé. Directed and adapted by François Blouin and Marc Beaupré.

A Terre des Hommes Production

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Photo: François Blouin

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nomad’Stones ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-01 20:30:00 20:30 - 22:30 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa The product of vast and complex roots, Nomad'Stones is a collective music project cobbled from universal dust.
  • Friday, February 1, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm

The product of vast and complex roots, Nomad'Stones is a collective music project cobbled from universal dust. Drawing on African, Latin and pan-national musical influences, Nomad'Stones' music is inimitable and unplaceable but wholly familiar: borderless music for borderless times.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-02 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-02 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-02 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

36th Annual Winterlude Triathlon The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 08:00:00 08:00 - 12:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake This great event is one of the oldest Winterlude activities.

Saturday, February 2, 8 am to 12 pm

Start line: Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake

Finish line: Terry Fox Facility, 2960 Riverside drive  

Come join hundreds of winter enthusiasts and participate in a truly unique event.

This great event is one of the oldest Winterlude activities and exemplifies what winter in the Canada’s Capital is all about-skating on the Rideau Canal, coupled with cross-country skiing and running. For more information, visit https://winterludetriathlon.wordpress.com/.

Presented by Zone3sports.

Event theme(s): [Sport]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-02 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-02 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-02 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Josh Dagg – Live Woodcarver The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region. Take a selfie with one of the wooden animals he has created before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Parks Canada – 450,000 km2 of memories The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park 47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 9 am to 4 pm

47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!

Parks Canada works hard to protect Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. Come visit our team and learn about some of the exciting work that we do! You’ll have a chance to go behind the scenes with a Parks Canada archeologist, discover fascinating facts about the Plains Bison, our spotlight species, and much more!

Don’t leave without meeting our mascot Parka! She loves having her picture taken with you and has lots of fun activities for you to discover.

Presented by Parks Canada

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition The Byward Market 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 9 am to 12 pm

Awards ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 5 pm

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd  edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Located in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the competition is one of the main attractions of Winterlude. Over the years, it has won a very special place on the international scene by bringing together some of the biggest names in ice carving.

Presented by Tim Hortons in collaboration with the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society

Event theme(s): [Family][Art and culture]

Red Bull Power 5 The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Red Bull Power 5 is a 4-a-side hockey tournament with a unique twist. Fun, fast and technical, Red Bull Power 5 will be held in 4 locations across Canada.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Registration at Fifth Avenue: 11 am to 12 pm

Round Robin at Fifth Avenue: 12 pm to 4:30 pm.

Semi-finals and Finals at the Rideau Locks (National Arts Centre): 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Red Bull Power 5 is a 4-a-side hockey tournament with a unique twist. Fun, fast and technical, Red Bull Power 5 will be held in 4 locations across Canada.

The rules? Simple. A shinny style, 4 vs. 4, eight-minute game with no goalies. The twist is if your team scores, you add a 5th player onto the ice for one minute or until one of the following occurs:

• Your team scores with five players on the ice.

• The opposing shorthanded team scores. And in that case the tables turn, giving them the 5 vs. 4 advantage.

For details, visit the website at

www.redbull.com/ca-en/events/power-5

Presented by Red Bull.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Snow Snake The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

To play Snow Snake, a carved and decorated wooden “snake” is taken to a frozen snowy track. Players fling the snake down the track, and the one whose snake flies the farthest is the winner!

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin



The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 09:30:00 09:30 - 17:30 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Zip Line ($) The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 18:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Get your thrills as you zipline over Snowflake Kingdom.

Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Get your thrills as you zip line over Snowflake Kingdom, a wonderful winter playground. An experience you won’t want to miss, with a spectacular view to boot!

Minimum height: 42 inches
Maximum weight : 225 pounds

Tickets are available directly at the zip line. The cost is $10 per descent or $20 for unlimited descents during the same day.

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Resilience and Revival – Indigenous History Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (First Peoples Hall and Canadian History Hall Hub) Go on an artifact hunt to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit objects and stories.
  • Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 10 am to 4 pm

Go on an artifact hunt to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit objects and stories. Explore the contributions of Indigenous peoples to the European fur trade — handle beaver pelts and hide scrapers, get hands-on with Métis beadwork and learn about the important role played by women during the fur trade. Feel the warmth and practical strength of caribou and sealskin clothing made and worn by the Inuit. Have fun with your family this Winterlude, and experience first-hand the resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History. Free of charge by paying the museum admission fee.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Historica Canada’s Trivia Challenge The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Roving Historica Canada quizmasters will be on site to test your knowledge.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, 10 am to 4 pm

Roving Historica Canada quizmasters will be on site to test your knowledge. Show us how much you know about our country’s history, geography, politics and culture. Win great prizes and the admiration of your friends and family.

Presented by Historica Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:30 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Dress up, build a 3D puzzle or tackle an art project. Families always have fun at Artissimo.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to have fun at the National Gallery of Canada while they explore the national collection and special exhibitions, play art games, make their own artwork and share art with other kids across Canada and around the world. Artissimo activities are for children aged 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo Studio ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind! Art projects are thematically linked to artworks on view at the Gallery. In February, it’s Paint Play. Wonder how artists create thick paintings that stick out from the canvas? Join us in the studio and give it a go! All materials are provided. Drop in and stay as long as you like. For children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Weekends at Ottawa Art Gallery Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Get creative with winter art activities at the new Ottawa Art Gallery!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Join us in the Studio at the new Ottawa Art Gallery for fun and winter art activities for all ages, and explore your creativity with family and friends. Warm up and get creative with something new every weekend of Winterlude!

Free drop-in activity, no registration required.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery. Sponsored by Welch LLP.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [Art and culture],[Family]


Fête Frissons Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boul. Ottawa Celebrate Winterlude in Orléans and shake up winter with a day of family fun!
  • Saturday, February 2, 10 am to 2 pm

Celebrate Winterlude in Orléans and shake up winter with a day of family fun! Enjoy free musical entertainment, face-painting, art making, storytelling, dancing and outdoor fun in the snow! Admission and activities are free!

Presented by Shenkman Arts Centre in partnership with Heart of Orléans BIA, MIFO, Ottawa School of Art and Ottawa School of Theatre.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Tasty Money Sparks Street 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Discover how the food we ate was used as money in this activity involving nearly all your senses.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

The Avatar Puppet Market Sparks Street 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Kids build their own puppets. They buy the parts with play money but have to budget for their fun.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, 10 am to 5 pm

Pop in to the Museum, where your kids can make fun and easy-to-build puppets of the Bank of Canada Museum’s avatar friends. This is a Puppet Market so children will have to buy the parts for their puppets with play money. The catch? They need to decide which parts they can afford. It’s fun, but on a budget!

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons – Chill Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

AIR MILES Toque Tour The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Enter the giant Air Miles tuque and enjoy free hot chocolate.

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re bringing FREE hot chocolate to Canada’s capital during the first weekend of Winterlude! Show your AIR MILES Card (or AIR MILES App) at our big blue toque in Jacques Cartier Park for a winter warmup with all the fixins, giveaways and more!

Presented by AIR MILES

Event theme(s): [Family]

Come visit the Royal Canadian Mint at Winterlude 2019 The Byward Market 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 York Street, ByWard Market The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike.

Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3

10 am to 4 pm

The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike. Pick up a free pass for a 45-minute guided tour of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 320 Sussex Drive.

Come and see some of the exciting things we are working on for 2019!

A limit of 1 hammer strike per guest, while supplies last. Free passes expire on April 30, 2019.

Event theme(s): [Family]

OLG Sno-Bus Station The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Presented by OLG.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Culinary]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-02 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Circus Area The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-02 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 3 pm 

Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling. Technical object to balance can also be proposed. During this workshop, participants will be confronted to challenge the laws of gravity and balance.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Enbridge “Grill & Chill” FREE Hot Dog Lunch The Byward Market 2019-02-02 11:00:00 11:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Join us at the Enbridge Cabin for “Grill & Chill” and get a FREE HOT DOG lunch.

Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m. 

Join us at the Enbridge Cabin for “Grill & Chill” and get a FREE HOT DOG lunch. (until supplies last)

The perfect treat!

Presented by Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-02 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Bytown Residents Roam Again! The Byward Market 2019-02-02 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s as they wander the Byward Market.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 12 pm to 1 pm

Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s, as they wander the Byward Market. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Do You Know Ottawa’s History? Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Join us for historical trivia at the Bytown Museum!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2 and 3, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join the Bytown Museum’s Youth Council for historical trivia and test your knowledge about Ottawa’s history. Learn about the rough and tumble Bytown, the construction of the Rideau Canal, the development of our nation’s Capital, and much more! If you think you know Ottawa’s history, come and visit the Bytown Museum, answer a few trivia questions and you could win a variety of prizes!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Wagon Rides in the Byward Market The Byward Market 2019-02-02 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, noon – 4 p.m.

Family Day noon – 4 p.m.

Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Market you may have not yet explored!

Presented by the ByWard Market BIA

Event theme(s): [Family]

NOKIA Rest Area The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area

HOT 89.9 DJ DANCE PARTY: Sunday, February 3 and Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 12 pm to 4 pm

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Presented by NOKIA.

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-02 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ottawa Senators Alumni vs. NHL Alumni Shinny Hockey Game The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-02 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa Winterlude is proud to host the Ottawa Senators Alumni and NHL Alumni Shinny Hockey Game on the Rideau Canal Skateway featuring Chris Neil, Laurie Boschman, Pascal Leclaire, John Chabot and more!

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  

National Arts Centre (NAC), Rideau Canal Skateway 

Winterlude is proud to host the Ottawa Senators Alumni and NHL Alumni Shinny Hockey Game on the Rideau Canal Skateway featuring Chris Neil, Laurie Boschman, Pascal Leclaire, John Chabot and more! 

Wear your favourite hockey jersey, cheer on your team and have the opportunity to win Senators random prizes!

Come join us – you won’t want to miss it! 

Presented by the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club 

Event theme(s):[Family]


Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 13:30:00 13:30 - 14:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-02 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:30 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-02 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-02 15:00:00 15:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Just Dance – Kinder Winter Jam at the Embassy Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 17:00:00 17:00 - 20:00 Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Looking forward to Winterlude but wondering how to stay warm with your kids?DJ Emily Jones will be spinning tunes for the whole family.

Feb 2, 2019, 5PM - 8PM

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany,

1 Waverley Street, Ottawa 

Looking forward to Winterlude but wondering how to stay warm with your kids? 

DJ Emily Jones will be spinning tunes for the whole family. 

Before you know it, you will be dancing at the Kinder Winter Jam taking place beside the embassy. 

Please join us on Saturday, February 2nd between 5 PM and 8 PM for some fun in the snow, beats & bites AND – the grand unveiling of a light art installation by KEF! – of Berlin Festival of Lights fame!! 

http://sogerman.ca/events/winter-jam/

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North The Glebe 2019-02-02 18:00:00 18:00 - 21:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Square (Outside the Horticulture Building) 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic.
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 6 pm to 9 pm

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic. Experience films by Indigenous filmmakers from northern cultures projected in a theatre made of snow. (*Films to be announced!)

Presented by the Asinabka Festival in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery and SAW Video.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Light Up the Night on the SJAM Winter Trail Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 18:00:00 18:00 - 20:30 SJAM Winter Trail, between the Canadian War Museum and Westboro Beach Bring your friends, your headlamps, skis, snowshoes or fat bikes and go for a trek or simply walk along the trails under the city-lit sky to enjoy a unique outdoor recreational experience.
  • Saturday, February 2, 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Bring your friends, your headlamps, skis, snowshoes or fat bikes and go for a trek or simply walk along the trails under the city-lit sky to enjoy a unique outdoor recreational experience. The Sir John A. Macdonald Trail (known locally as the SJAM Winter Trail) with 30 kilometres of groomed trails is located near downtown Ottawa, and can be accessed anywhere between the Canadian War Museum and Westboro Beach.

The assembly point will be at the Canadian War Museum (1 Vimy Place).

Presented by the Dovercourt Recreation Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Spin to Win! - Rideau Carleton Casino Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-02 18:00:00 18:00 - 22:00 York Street Spin to win!

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

York Street, ByWard Market

Spin to win!

Enjoy a hot apple cider and bring home a free deck of cards!*

New Members get $25** in Free Play at the Casino.

*While supplies last. 

**Receive a $15 bounce-back coupon and another $10 in free play when you sign up with your email.

Presented by Rideau Carleton Casino.

Capital Catwalk The Glebe 2019-02-02 18:30:00 18:30 - 22:00 Lansdowne Park, Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa A night of fashion, food, fun, and fundraising in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
  • Saturday, February 2, 6:30 pm to 10 pm

A night of fashion, food, fun, and fundraising in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation

Presented by Her Campus uOttawa.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude SubZero Electro DJ Nights presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino The Byward Market 2019-02-02 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

ByWard Market 

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

WEEKEND 1:

Friday, February 1

KHAOS - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVE SALVAIL 
SHUB 

Saturday, February 2

Presented by the French Embassy in Canada

UNPIER
KEN-J
LADY STYLE

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WEEKEND 3:

Friday, February 15

TYR ONE - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
MATHILDE
PRINCE PARIS

Saturday, February 16

TDOT- Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVANA & CARL MÜREN
BYNON 

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]


SubZero Electro DJ Nights, Featuring UNPIER, KEN-J and LADY STYLE The Byward Market 2019-02-02 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Kick off your Winterlude with electrifying music featuring DJ LADY STYLE on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

ByWard Market (York Street East) on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage. 

Kick off your Winterlude with electrifying music featuring DJ LADY STYLE. Mastering the art of scratching, no musical style escapes her. Official DJ of the biggest HipHop RNB event of France in 2008, Urban Peace 2, her following does not lie, she is a safe bet.

7 p.m. UNPIER
8 p.m. KEN-J
9 p.m. LADY STYLE

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino and by the French Embassy in Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The National Ballet of Canada ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 The National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa As a top international company, The National Ballet of Canada boasts an impressive repertoire of choreographic gems.
  • Thursday, January 31, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 8 pm to 10 pm

As a top international company, The National Ballet of Canada boasts an impressive repertoire of choreographic gems. Their NAC program will feature works by the illustrious George Balanchine and Sir Frederick Ashton, principal architects of 20th century classical ballet, and trailblazer Justin Peck. The evening of dance includes Apollo, Paz de la Jolla, and The Dream.

Presented by The National Arts Centre.

Jillian Vanstone in The Dream, photo by Karolina Kuras

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Hamlet_director’s cut ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa A Shakespearean tragedy revisited and remixed. A captivating experience.
  • Thursday, January 31, Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 8 pm to 10 pm

A condensed, stripped down and radicalized Hamlet. A single actor, Marc Beaupré, playing several parts, several voices and several variations of the same insurmountable existential drama. A Shakespearean tragedy revisited and remixed. A captivating experience.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare Translation by Jean Marc Dalpé. Directed and adapted by François Blouin and Marc Beaupré.

A Terre des Hommes Production

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Photo: François Blouin

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Outside I’m a Giant ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-02 20:30:00 20:30 - 22:30 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa Floating down the hills from Quebec's upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I'm a Giant carry poetic homage to Leonard Cohen along with the unconventional structure and "art first" honesty of Gordon Lightfoot's music.
  • Saturday, February 2, 8:30 pm

Floating down the hills from Quebec's upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I'm a Giant carry poetic homage to Leonard Cohen along with the unconventional structure and "art first" honesty of Gordon Lightfoot's music.

Jérémi Pierre Caron, the songwriter of this touring ambient folk band, drew inspiration from his family's much-loved river hideaway for many of the songs released in their acclaimed 2017 debut album, Point Comfort. Combining acoustic guitar, pedal steel, violin, mandolin, clarinet and harmonica, this four-piece band creates atmospheric, richly layered songs from the heart and hearth that deliver you gently to a calm and peaceful place. Lingering contemplation of nature and human nature is in abundance here.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-03 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-03 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-03 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-03 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-03 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-03 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-03 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Josh Dagg – Live Woodcarver The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region. Take a selfie with one of the wooden animals he has created before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Parks Canada – 450,000 km2 of memories The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park 47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 9 am to 4 pm

47 national parks, 171 national historic sites and 4 national marine conservation areas: each with a story to tell!

Parks Canada works hard to protect Canada’s natural and cultural treasures. Come visit our team and learn about some of the exciting work that we do! You’ll have a chance to go behind the scenes with a Parks Canada archeologist, discover fascinating facts about the Plains Bison, our spotlight species, and much more!

Don’t leave without meeting our mascot Parka! She loves having her picture taken with you and has lots of fun activities for you to discover.

Presented by Parks Canada

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition The Byward Market 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 9 am to 12 pm

Awards ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 5 pm

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd  edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Located in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the competition is one of the main attractions of Winterlude. Over the years, it has won a very special place on the international scene by bringing together some of the biggest names in ice carving.

Presented by Tim Hortons in collaboration with the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society

Event theme(s): [Family][Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Snow Snake The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

To play Snow Snake, a carved and decorated wooden “snake” is taken to a frozen snowy track. Players fling the snake down the track, and the one whose snake flies the farthest is the winner!

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin



The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 09:30:00 09:30 - 15:30 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Zip Line ($) The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Get your thrills as you zipline over Snowflake Kingdom.

Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Get your thrills as you zip line over Snowflake Kingdom, a wonderful winter playground. An experience you won’t want to miss, with a spectacular view to boot!

Minimum height: 42 inches
Maximum weight : 225 pounds

Tickets are available directly at the zip line. The cost is $10 per descent or $20 for unlimited descents during the same day.

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Resilience and Revival – Indigenous History Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (First Peoples Hall and Canadian History Hall Hub) Go on an artifact hunt to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit objects and stories.
  • Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 10 am to 4 pm

Go on an artifact hunt to learn about First Nations, Métis and Inuit objects and stories. Explore the contributions of Indigenous peoples to the European fur trade — handle beaver pelts and hide scrapers, get hands-on with Métis beadwork and learn about the important role played by women during the fur trade. Feel the warmth and practical strength of caribou and sealskin clothing made and worn by the Inuit. Have fun with your family this Winterlude, and experience first-hand the resilience of Indigenous peoples.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History. Free of charge by paying the museum admission fee.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Ottawa Farmer’s Winter Market The Glebe 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 15:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa From the heart of the land to the heart of the city.
  • Sundays February 3, 10 and 17, 10 am to 3 pm

From the heart of the land to the heart of the city. Local farmers and producers have been using innovative techniques to increase their growing capacity and extend the growing season.

Presented by Ottawa Farmer’s Market.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Historica Canada’s Trivia Challenge The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Roving Historica Canada quizmasters will be on site to test your knowledge.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, 10 am to 4 pm

Roving Historica Canada quizmasters will be on site to test your knowledge. Show us how much you know about our country’s history, geography, politics and culture. Win great prizes and the admiration of your friends and family.

Presented by Historica Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:30 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile: If it’s out there, it’s in here! The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 ByWard Market The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Bookmobile service provides a gateway to the library’s collections and services.
  • Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Bookmobile service provides a gateway to the library’s collections and services. Come on board to browse our books, movies, music and magazines for children, teens and adults and enjoy our free public Wi-Fi and Chromebooks. Please note that the bookmobile is wheelchair accessible.

OPL’s Bookmobiles provide services and programs to the 20 per cent of Ottawa’s population that falls outside of the catchment area of the OPL’s 34 branches. For more information about the Bookmobile, visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/Bookmobile.

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, both physical and virtual at BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, mobile libraries and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people. 


Follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/OPL_BPO) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary). Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca .

Event theme(s): [Family]

Artissimo ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Dress up, build a 3D puzzle or tackle an art project. Families always have fun at Artissimo.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to have fun at the National Gallery of Canada while they explore the national collection and special exhibitions, play art games, make their own artwork and share art with other kids across Canada and around the world. Artissimo activities are for children aged 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo Studio ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind! Art projects are thematically linked to artworks on view at the Gallery. In February, it’s Paint Play. Wonder how artists create thick paintings that stick out from the canvas? Join us in the studio and give it a go! All materials are provided. Drop in and stay as long as you like. For children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Weekends at Ottawa Art Gallery Downtown Rideau 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Get creative with winter art activities at the new Ottawa Art Gallery!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Join us in the Studio at the new Ottawa Art Gallery for fun and winter art activities for all ages, and explore your creativity with family and friends. Warm up and get creative with something new every weekend of Winterlude!

Free drop-in activity, no registration required.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery. Sponsored by Welch LLP.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [Art and culture],[Family]


Tasty Money Sparks Street 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Discover how the food we ate was used as money in this activity involving nearly all your senses.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

The Avatar Puppet Market Sparks Street 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Kids build their own puppets. They buy the parts with play money but have to budget for their fun.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, 10 am to 5 pm

Pop in to the Museum, where your kids can make fun and easy-to-build puppets of the Bank of Canada Museum’s avatar friends. This is a Puppet Market so children will have to buy the parts for their puppets with play money. The catch? They need to decide which parts they can afford. It’s fun, but on a budget!

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons – Chill Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

AIR MILES Toque Tour The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Enter the giant Air Miles tuque and enjoy free hot chocolate.

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re bringing FREE hot chocolate to Canada’s capital during the first weekend of Winterlude! Show your AIR MILES Card (or AIR MILES App) at our big blue toque in Jacques Cartier Park for a winter warmup with all the fixins, giveaways and more!

Presented by AIR MILES

Event theme(s): [Family]

Come visit the Royal Canadian Mint at Winterlude 2019 The Byward Market 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 York Street, ByWard Market The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike.

Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 3

10 am to 4 pm

The Royal Canadian Mint will be joining in the festivities for Winterlude 2019! Stop by our tent located in the Byward Market for a free Winterlude themed hammer strike. Pick up a free pass for a 45-minute guided tour of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located at 320 Sussex Drive.

Come and see some of the exciting things we are working on for 2019!

A limit of 1 hammer strike per guest, while supplies last. Free passes expire on April 30, 2019.

Event theme(s): [Family]

OLG Sno-Bus Station The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Presented by OLG.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Culinary]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-03 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Circus Area The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-03 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 3 pm 

Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling. Technical object to balance can also be proposed. During this workshop, participants will be confronted to challenge the laws of gravity and balance.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Pow Wow Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 17:00 Canadian Museum of History, Grand Hall, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau Be prepared to immerse yourself in the culture of First Nations people and learn the histories of the dance and drum.
  • Sunday, February 3, 12 pm to 5 pm

Be prepared to immerse yourself in the culture of First Nations people and learn the histories of the dance and drum. This is going to be an exciting event featuring First Nations drumming, dancing and food. The audience will be treated to seven styles of dance with full regalia and to the sounds of the drum, the heartbeat of mother earth.

Whether this is your first pow wow or one of many, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Canadian Museum of History’s Grand Hall, you will not soon forget this colourful display of dance and music.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family]

Bytown Residents Roam Again! The Byward Market 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s as they wander the Byward Market.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 12 pm to 1 pm

Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s, as they wander the Byward Market. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Do You Know Ottawa’s History? Downtown Rideau 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Join us for historical trivia at the Bytown Museum!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2 and 3, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join the Bytown Museum’s Youth Council for historical trivia and test your knowledge about Ottawa’s history. Learn about the rough and tumble Bytown, the construction of the Rideau Canal, the development of our nation’s Capital, and much more! If you think you know Ottawa’s history, come and visit the Bytown Museum, answer a few trivia questions and you could win a variety of prizes!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Wagon Rides in the Byward Market The Byward Market 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, noon – 4 p.m.

Family Day noon – 4 p.m.

Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Market you may have not yet explored!

Presented by the ByWard Market BIA

Event theme(s): [Family]

NOKIA Rest Area The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-03 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area

HOT 89.9 DJ DANCE PARTY: Sunday, February 3 and Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 12 pm to 4 pm

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Presented by NOKIA.

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-03 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 13:30:00 13:30 - 14:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-03 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-03 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-03 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:30 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-03 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-03 15:00:00 15:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-03 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

32nd Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition The Byward Market 2019-02-03 17:00:00 17:00 - 17:30 ByWard Market Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm, and Sunday, February 3, 9 am to 12 pm

Awards ceremony: Sunday, February 3, 5 pm

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, see ice carvers create spectacular masterpieces during the 32nd  edition of the Crystal Garden International Ice-Carving Competition!

Located in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the competition is one of the main attractions of Winterlude. Over the years, it has won a very special place on the international scene by bringing together some of the biggest names in ice carving.

Presented by Tim Hortons in collaboration with the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society

Event theme(s): [Family][Art and culture]

Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North The Glebe 2019-02-03 18:00:00 18:00 - 21:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Square (Outside the Horticulture Building) 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic.
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2 and 3, 6 pm to 9 pm

Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival presents Unikkaaqtuarniq: Stories from the North, an outdoor screening highlighting Indigenous filmmaking from the Arctic. Experience films by Indigenous filmmakers from northern cultures projected in a theatre made of snow. (*Films to be announced!)

Presented by the Asinabka Festival in partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Art Gallery and SAW Video.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-04 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-04 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-04 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-04 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-04 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-04 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Movement in Meditation Downtown Rideau 2019-02-04 07:30:00 07:30 - 08:15 National Arts Centre, Glass Thorsteinson Staircase,1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Join dancer/instructor Geoffrey Dollar for Movement in Meditation.
  • Mondays, February 4 and 11, 7:30 am to 8:15 am

Join dancer/instructor Geoffrey Dollar for Movement in Meditation.

Start your week with a class that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed. Combining simple movements with breath, visualization and meditation this class is for anyone and everyone.

No special clothing required

#nacpublicspaces #mynac

Event theme(s): [Sport]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-04 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-04 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-04 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-04 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-04 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-04 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-04 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-04 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-04 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-04 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-05 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-05 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-05 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-05 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-05 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-05 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-05 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-05 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-05 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-05 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-05 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-05 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-05 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-05 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Toddler Tuesdays Downtown Rideau 2019-02-05 10:00:00 10:00 - 11:00 National Arts Centre, Peter A. Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years!
  • Tuesdays, February 5 and 12, 10 am to 11 am

Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in the sunbathed Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration and fun!

#nacpublicspaces #mynac

Event theme(s): [Family]


Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-05 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-05 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-05 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-05 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-05 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-06 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-06 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-06 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-06 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-06 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-06 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-06 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-06 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-06 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-06 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-06 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-06 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-06 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

CANCELLED: Capital Pride Speakers Series: Trans Voices — In conversation with Chaz Bono, Alicia Kazobinka, and Thane Robyn Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-06 19:00:00 19:00 - 21:00 Canadian Museum of History Cancelled: Capital Pride will welcome leaders from regional, national, and international trans communities to share their realities, the challenges they continue to face and the changes we collectively need to bring about.

Wednesday, February 6, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Capital Pride Speakers Series: Trans Voices — In conversation with Chaz Bono, Alicia Kazobinka, and Thane Robyn

Capital Pride is proud to welcome local, regional, and international trans voices for our latest Speakers Series.

Join us at the Museum of History on Wednesday, February 6 at 7pm to hear from Chaz Bono, Alicia Kazobinka, and Thane Robyn, in conversation with Capital Pride.

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage.


Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-06 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-07 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-07 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-07 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-07 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-07 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-07 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-07 10:00:00 10:00 - 13:20 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 10:00:00 10:00 - 19:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-07 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-07 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 17:30:00 17:30 - 19:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-07 18:30:00 18:30 - 19:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest The Byward Market 2019-02-07 18:30:00 18:30 - 23:30 La Nouvelle Scène The 8th edition of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest will take place from February 7 - 9, 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

La Nouvelle Scéne, Studio A and Studio B, 333 King Edward Ave, Ottawa.

From New York to Vancouver and Montreal to Halifax, a bevvy of significant festival favourites are heading to Ottawa to participate in this year’s Festival. Ardent music lovers will have the opportunity to hear famed headliners pianist Joey Calderazzo and vocalist/pianist/ukuleleist Nellie McKay along with a consummate collection of artists. The 33z are back with a special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Visit ottawajazzfestival.com/shows for the full lineup and tickets.

Presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival in partnership with TD Bank.

Photo credit: © Andre Gagne

Event theme(s):[Art and culture]

Capital Pride Awards Gala Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-07 19:00:00 19:00 - 23:00 Canadian Museum of History The region’s LGBTQ2+ community will have an opportunity to recognize the leaders who make a difference at the first Capital Pride Awards Gala & Drag Show Spectacular!

Thursday, February 7, 7 pm to 11:00 pm 

Capital Pride Awards Gala & Drag Show Spectacular featuring Derrick Barry, hosted by Trinity The Tuck

The region’s LGBTQ2+ community will have an opportunity to recognize the leaders who make a difference at the first Capital Pride Awards Gala & Drag Show Spectacular! 

The evening will end with a stunning drag show, featuring Derrick Barry as Britney Spears, and the best local drag talent including the reigning King, Queen, and Mx. of Capital Pride. And to really blow your mind, it's all hosted by none other than Trinity The Tuck! 

General Admission tickets include the pre-show reception and general admission seating at the Awards Gala & Drag Show Spectacular. 

VIP tickets include the pre-show reception, premium legroom and viewing seating at the Awards Gala & Drag Show Spectacular, and a very special Meet & Greet with Derrick Barry and Trinity The Tuck. 

SCHEDULE: 

7:00 PM: Pre-show reception with hors d'oeuvres from Distinction Catering, plus cash bar 

8:30 PM: Capital Pride Awards Gala 

9:20 PM: Dessert reception 

9:40 PM: Drag Show Spectacular 

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-07 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Bronfman’s Beethoven ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-07 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa International phenomenon Yefim Bronfman performs Beethoven’s exquisite 4th piano concerto.
  • Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8, 8 pm

Returning to the brilliance of Beethoven, the NAC Orchestra welcomes international phenomenon Yefim Bronfman back to the stage to perform Beethoven’s exquisite 4th piano concerto. Beethoven himself publicly premiered the work in 1808, in his last appearance as a soloist with an orchestra.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-08 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-08 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-08 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-08 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-08 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is back! Featuring races, free concerts and special attractions.

Friday, February 8, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  

The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is back! 

Come watch the races and cheer on the competitors. 

Enjoy free concerts from Bedouin Soundclash, Dear Rouge, Jacquie Neville, Jeremy Fisher, Silent Winters, Trails, and more. 

Take in special performances including Chinese Lion Dance, Aboriginal Experiences’ First Nations Dancers and Drummers, the 100th Regiment of Foot and much more!

 

Presented by Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-08 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-08 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-08 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

Indigenous Arts & Languages The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park, Maison Charron We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Friday, February 8, Saturdays, February 9 and 16, Sundays, February 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 13:20 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-08 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Fire & Ice Festival Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 11:00:00 11:00 - 23:00 Bank Street Celebrate the warmth and the chill of the winter season with Fire & Ice Festival on Downtown Bank Street.
  • Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 11 am to 11 pm

Celebrate the warmth and the chill of the winter season with Fire & Ice Festival on Downtown Bank Street.

Join us for this free festival, taking place between Wellington and Catherine St. with over 400 businesses to visit – shop, tour and eat – Downtown Bank offers you the unique experience of Fire & Ice.

We encourage you to take a photo with the many interactive ice sculptures while being entertained by our Fire & Ice performers.

Warm up inside one of our businesses but don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of our live window painter making her way around. Stick around for some food and drinks while you wait for our Silent Disco by Quiet Events, taking place in Snider Plaza, but make sure you RSVP as tickets are limited!

We promise to keep you warm with a giant tent, heaters, music to make you dance, snacks and Flora Hall brewery on site. This will be a hot night to melt away winter blues.

Presented by Downtown Bank Street B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

ByWard Market 28th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off The Byward Market 2019-02-08 11:30:00 11:30 - 14:00 York Street, ByWard Market A 28-year crowd favourite. For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants. All proceeds forwarded to charitable organizations.
  • Friday, February 8, 11:30 am to 2 pm

Join us on York Street for the 28th Annual ByWard Market Winterlude Stew Cook-off.

For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants.

Vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. Celebrity judges will pick the C.A. Paradis/Ron Eade Chef’s Choice Award.

All proceeds will go to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

Presented by the ByWard Market B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

ByWard Market 28th Annual Winterlude Stew Cook-Off The Byward Market 2019-02-08 11:30:00 11:30 - 14:00 York Street, ByWard Market A 28-year crowd favourite. For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants. All proceeds forwarded to charitable organizations.
  • Friday, February 8, 11:30 am to 2 pm

Join us on York Street for the 28th Annual ByWard Market Winterlude Stew Cook-off.

For only $10 get all the stew you can eat from over 20 ByWard Market restaurants.

Vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Awards. Celebrity judges will pick the C.A. Paradis/Ron Eade Chef’s Choice Award.

All proceeds will go to the Lowertown Community Resource Centre.

Presented by the ByWard Market B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Sparks Street Icecade Sparks Street 2019-02-08 12:00:00 12:00 - 18:00 Sparks Street Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist.

Friday and Saturday all three weekends 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday (Family day) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist. Enjoy a warm beverage as you toss, throw or shuffle.

Presented by Sparks Street B.I.A. & Mall Authority.

Event theme(s): [Family]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-08 12:00:00 12:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Fiona Annis – Artist Talk Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 12:30:00 12:30 - 13:30 Karsh-Masson Gallery Join us! Fiona Annis – Artist Talk

Friday, February 8, 12:30 p.m.

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s):[Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-08 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-08 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ice Cabaret featuring Mado Sparks Street 2019-02-08 18:00:00 18:00 - 22:00 Sparks St., between O’Connor St. & Bank St., Ottawa Capital Tease Burlesque and DJs from Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal will sizzle alongside Mado as the Capital Pride stage shines brightly in the winter night!
  • Friday, February 8, 6 pm to 10 pm

Montréal's most famous drag queen ventures to town to kick-off Capital Pride’s inaugural weekend of outdoor programming on Ottawa’s famed Sparks Street as part of Capital Pride’s Winter Edition!

Even in the February chill, Capital Tease Burlesque and DJs will sizzle alongside Mado as the Capital Pride stage shines brightly in the winter night! Forget staying at home and warm up with some licensed indoor and outdoor drink and food specials from our friends along Sparks Street to kick off the weekend with the Ice Cabaret featuring Mado!

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest The Byward Market 2019-02-08 18:30:00 18:30 - 23:30 La Nouvelle Scène The 8th edition of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest will take place from February 7 - 9, 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

La Nouvelle Scéne, Studio A and Studio B, 333 King Edward Ave, Ottawa.

From New York to Vancouver and Montreal to Halifax, a bevvy of significant festival favourites are heading to Ottawa to participate in this year’s Festival. Ardent music lovers will have the opportunity to hear famed headliners pianist Joey Calderazzo and vocalist/pianist/ukuleleist Nellie McKay along with a consummate collection of artists. The 33z are back with a special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Visit ottawajazzfestival.com/shows for the full lineup and tickets.

Presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival in partnership with TD Bank.

Photo credit: © Andre Gagne

Event theme(s):[Art and culture]

On the Rocks – Pride Edition ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-08 19:00:00 19:00 - 23:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge The Pride celebrations continue during Winterlude at the new Ottawa Art Gallery.
  • Friday, February 8, 7 pm to 11 pm

The Pride celebrations continue during Winterlude at the Ottawa Art Gallery with On the Rocks – Pride Edition. Celebrate diversity and get in out of the cold for a drink and a night of DJ music and dancing. Explore the new Ottawa Art Gallery and enjoy food and drinks by Jackson café.

Tickets: $25. Food by Jackson. Cash bar.

www.eventbrite.ca/e/on-the-rocks-pride-edition-sur-glace-edition-de-la-fierte-tickets-55082248488

This event is 19+.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery in partnership with Winterlude and Ottawa Capital Pride.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-08 19:30:00 19:30 - 22:00 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Bronfman’s Beethoven ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-08 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa International phenomenon Yefim Bronfman performs Beethoven’s exquisite 4th piano concerto.
  • Thursday and Friday, February 7 and 8, 8 pm

Returning to the brilliance of Beethoven, the NAC Orchestra welcomes international phenomenon Yefim Bronfman back to the stage to perform Beethoven’s exquisite 4th piano concerto. Beethoven himself publicly premiered the work in 1808, in his last appearance as a soloist with an orchestra.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fire & Ice Winter Festival – Silent Disco Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 20:00:00 20:00 - 23:00 Bank Street, Snider Plaza Silent Disco brought to you by Quiet EventsDifferent genres of music each night Themes to dress forUnder a heated tent Tickets are limited RSVP – This event is free!

Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 8 pm to 11 pm  

Dancing is the best way to thaw out winter blues! Join us for our Fire & Ice Winter Festival Silent Disco, brought to you by the amazing team from Quiet Events! It’s the perfect way to end your day. Take in all of the great activities at Winterlude, shop on Downtown Bank Street, grab a bite to eat and then get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience at Snider Plaza.

This even is snow or shine, because we have you covered under a heated tent! Bonus points if you dress to the theme each night. With great music and endless fun, this event is unlike anything else in Ottawa and is sure to be a night to remember.

Flora Hall will be on site to spice things up.

Tickets are limited so please visit the website for more details!

Presented by Downtown Bank Street B.I.A. in partnership with Quiet Events and Brasserie Flora Hall.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fest’Hiver du Vieux-Hull Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-08 20:00:00 20:00 - 23:00 Pedestrian area on Laval Street Experience terrific visuals on the giant LED wall animated by local artists and dance the night away to the rhythms of Qualité Motel, Brown, Nomadic Massive, Alaclair ensemble in a DJ Set and many more!

Friday, February 8, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Laval Street will be for pedestrians again on February 8th and 9th for the first edition of the Fest'Hiver du Vieux-Hull. 

Experience terrific visuals on the giant LED wall animated by local artists and dance the night away to the rhythm of Qualité Motel, Brown, Nomadic Massive, Alaclair ensemble in a DJ Set and many more! 

The event is free and open to everyone!

Presented by Les commerçants du secteur Aubry Inc. 

Photo : Lévy L Marquis

Facebook page available in French only. 

www.facebook.com/events/582014795577541

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-09 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-09 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-09 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest The Byward Market 2019-02-09 06:30:00 06:30 - 11:30 La Nouvelle Scène The 8th edition of the Ottawa Winter Jazz Fest will take place from February 7 - 9, 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 6:30 p.m to 11:30 p.m

Friday, February 8, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

La Nouvelle Scéne, Studio A and Studio B, 333 King Edward Ave, Ottawa.

From New York to Vancouver and Montreal to Halifax, a bevvy of significant festival favourites are heading to Ottawa to participate in this year’s Festival. Ardent music lovers will have the opportunity to hear famed headliners pianist Joey Calderazzo and vocalist/pianist/ukuleleist Nellie McKay along with a consummate collection of artists. The 33z are back with a special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Visit ottawajazzfestival.com/shows for the full lineup and tickets.

Presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival in partnership with TD Bank.

Photo credit: © Andre Gagne

Event theme(s):[Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-09 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-09 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is back! Featuring races, free concerts and special attractions.

Friday, February 8, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  

The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is back! 

Come watch the races and cheer on the competitors. 

Enjoy free concerts from Bedouin Soundclash, Dear Rouge, Jacquie Neville, Jeremy Fisher, Silent Winters, Trails, and more. 

Take in special performances including Chinese Lion Dance, Aboriginal Experiences’ First Nations Dancers and Drummers, the 100th Regiment of Foot and much more!

 

Presented by Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-09 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-09 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-09 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Josh Dagg – Live Woodcarver The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region. Take a selfie with one of the wooden animals he has created before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

Indigenous Arts & Languages The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park, Maison Charron We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Friday, February 8, Saturdays, February 9 and 16, Sundays, February 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture]

The Ruisseau Classic Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Brewery Creek Get ready for the second edition of The Ruisseau Classic because it will be legendary.

Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Get ready for the second edition of The Ruisseau Classic because it will be legendary. The main event is a 3 vs 3 Pond Hockey tournament, complimented by plenty of free family friendly activities. Programming: DJ & entertainment, comfort food, hot drinks, hockey skills competition open to all, participation awards, heated space and an outside bonfire to keep you warm. Don’t forget your skates!

https://www.laclassique.ca/english

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Snow Snake The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

To play Snow Snake, a carved and decorated wooden “snake” is taken to a frozen snowy track. Players fling the snake down the track, and the one whose snake flies the farthest is the winner!

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin



The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 09:30:00 09:30 - 17:30 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

100% Gay Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History Pride takes centre stage at the Museum, spotlighting the evolution of LGBTQ2+ rights and recognition in Canada.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 10 am to 4 pm

Pride takes centre stage at the Museum, spotlighting the evolution of LGBTQ2+ rights and recognition in Canada. Join Jeremy Dias, founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, for an upbeat and engaging conversation around one of the star artifacts in the Canadian History Hall: the Gay Sweater. Designed to challenge derogatory language, the sweater is made from “100% gay human hair” donated by individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Photo Credit: CCGSD

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Zip Line ($) The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 18:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Get your thrills as you zipline over Snowflake Kingdom.

Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Get your thrills as you zip line over Snowflake Kingdom, a wonderful winter playground. An experience you won’t want to miss, with a spectacular view to boot!

Minimum height: 42 inches
Maximum weight : 225 pounds

Tickets are available directly at the zip line. The cost is $10 per descent or $20 for unlimited descents during the same day.

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:30 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society Ice-Carving Tournament The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 10:45 ByWard Market See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!
  • Saturday, February 9, 10 am to 10:45 am (Round 1), 11:15 am to 12 pm (Round 2) and 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm (Finale)

See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Artissimo ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Dress up, build a 3D puzzle or tackle an art project. Families always have fun at Artissimo.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to have fun at the National Gallery of Canada while they explore the national collection and special exhibitions, play art games, make their own artwork and share art with other kids across Canada and around the world. Artissimo activities are for children aged 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo Studio ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind! Art projects are thematically linked to artworks on view at the Gallery. In February, it’s Paint Play. Wonder how artists create thick paintings that stick out from the canvas? Join us in the studio and give it a go! All materials are provided. Drop in and stay as long as you like. For children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Weekends at Ottawa Art Gallery Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Get creative with winter art activities at the new Ottawa Art Gallery!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Join us in the Studio at the new Ottawa Art Gallery for fun and winter art activities for all ages, and explore your creativity with family and friends. Warm up and get creative with something new every weekend of Winterlude!

Free drop-in activity, no registration required.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery. Sponsored by Welch LLP.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [Art and culture],[Family]


Tasty Money Sparks Street 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Discover how the food we ate was used as money in this activity involving nearly all your senses.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons – Chill Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

OLG Sno-Bus Station The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Presented by OLG.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Culinary]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Come OUT and Play! Sparks Street 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 17:00 Sparks St., between O’Connor St. & Bank St., Ottawa Winter blues got you down? A little cold weather is no excuse for missing out on the physical and mental benefits of moving your body.

Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 5 pm

Winter blues got you down? A little cold weather is no excuse for missing out on the physical and mental benefits of moving your body.

Bring the kids and create an ice mosaic using small coloured blocks of ice in the rainbow flag, challenge yourself at a game of Basketball Tic-Tac-Toe, and be on the lookout for the Ice Hogs family, Winterlude’s furry mascots. Our friends from the Ottawa Redblacks will also be around for autographs, photo-ops, and other fun surprises! 

Indulge your sweet tooth with the sticky—and all-natural—Quebec treat of taffy on snow, and Beavertails too!

Grab a warm drink and meet trailblazers that defined our community the past 50 years and learn about their stories in the Capital Pride Village Legacy Project tent that will feature talks/discussions with leaders from the Canadian LGBTQ2+ community.

Local DJs spinning uplifting beats will give you the pep you need to discover that winter is as great a time as any for an outdoor workout or a little dancing in the streets!

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Shooting the Rapids: Ice Sculpting Demonstration ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Visit us on Saturday, February 9, for an ice sculpting demonstration depicting Métis culture.
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm

This year the Bytown Museum is partnering with the Métis Nation of Ontario and Parks Canada to celebrate Ottawa’s 41st Winterlude! Visit us on Saturday, February 9, between 11 am and 4 pm for an ice sculpting demonstration depicting Métis cultural symbols. Visit the Museum’s temporary exhibit Beyond Fiddles and Sashes presented by Parks Canada to learn more about Métis history and culture.

Presented by the Bytown Museum in partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario and Parks Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family]

Build-a-Brick of Tea Sparks Street 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Make your own tea brick, the currency of ancient Asia. Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 11 am and 2 pm (1-hour workshop)

Tea in brick form was once the currency of much of Asia and was tradeable for anything from rice to a horse. We’ll show you how tea bricks were made and used. With a little help from us, you’ll make your own tea brick to take home.

Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Art and culture]

Fire & Ice Festival Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 23:00 Bank Street Celebrate the warmth and the chill of the winter season with Fire & Ice Festival on Downtown Bank Street.
  • Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 11 am to 11 pm

Celebrate the warmth and the chill of the winter season with Fire & Ice Festival on Downtown Bank Street.

Join us for this free festival, taking place between Wellington and Catherine St. with over 400 businesses to visit – shop, tour and eat – Downtown Bank offers you the unique experience of Fire & Ice.

We encourage you to take a photo with the many interactive ice sculptures while being entertained by our Fire & Ice performers.

Warm up inside one of our businesses but don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of our live window painter making her way around. Stick around for some food and drinks while you wait for our Silent Disco by Quiet Events, taking place in Snider Plaza, but make sure you RSVP as tickets are limited!

We promise to keep you warm with a giant tent, heaters, music to make you dance, snacks and Flora Hall brewery on site. This will be a hot night to melt away winter blues.

Presented by Downtown Bank Street B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Circus Area The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-09 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 3 pm 

Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling. Technical object to balance can also be proposed. During this workshop, participants will be confronted to challenge the laws of gravity and balance.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society Ice-Carving Tournament The Byward Market 2019-02-09 11:15:00 11:15 - 12:00 ByWard Market See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!
  • Saturday, February 9, 10 am to 10:45 am (Round 1), 11:15 am to 12 pm (Round 2) and 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm (Finale)

See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Sparks Street Icecade Sparks Street 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 18:00 Sparks Street Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist.

Friday and Saturday all three weekends 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday (Family day) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist. Enjoy a warm beverage as you toss, throw or shuffle.

Presented by Sparks Street B.I.A. & Mall Authority.

Event theme(s): [Family]

LGBTQ2+ Ice Mosaic Sparks Street 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 17:00 Sparks Street Come OUT and play: build an ice mosaic using small coloured blocks of ice in the rainbow flag colours.
  • Saturday, February 9, 12 pm to 5 pm

Come OUT and play: build an ice mosaic using small coloured blocks of ice in the rainbow flag colours.

Presented by Capital Pride in collaboration with Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Bytown Residents Roam Again! The Byward Market 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s as they wander the Byward Market.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 12 pm to 1 pm

Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s, as they wander the Byward Market. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Enbridge Cabin free Hot Dog Lunch at the Ice Dragon Boat Festival The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake Enjoy a tasty hot dog while watching the thrilling Ice Dragon Boat Festival races.

Saturday, February 9, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy a tasty hot dog while watching the thrilling Ice Dragon Boat Festival races. (While supplies last.)

Presented by Enbridge Gas Inc.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Wagon Rides in the Byward Market The Byward Market 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, noon – 4 p.m.

Family Day noon – 4 p.m.

Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Market you may have not yet explored!

Presented by the ByWard Market BIA

Event theme(s): [Family]

NOKIA Rest Area The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-09 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area

HOT 89.9 DJ DANCE PARTY: Sunday, February 3 and Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 12 pm to 4 pm

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Presented by NOKIA.

Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 12:30:00 12:30 - 16:00 Rideau Hall, Grounds, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invites you, your family and friends to the Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall.
  • Saturday, February 9, 12:30 pm to 4 pm

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invites you, your family and friends to the Winter Celebration at Rideau Hall.

Young and old alike will have fun outside while taking part in winter sports such as skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and curling on the grounds of the official residence and workplace of the governor general. This will also be an opportunity to discover how other countries spend the coldest months of the year while enjoying traditional foods and activities.

All activities are free of charge.

Getting to Rideau Hall and Parking

*A free shuttle bus will run from the corner of Sussex Drive and Clarence Street (in the ByWard Market) to Rideau Hall every 25 minutes.

Visitors are also encouraged to walk or use public transportation to get to Rideau Hall. Limited free parking will be available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood.

For guests with restricted mobility, limited parking spaces will be available on the Rideau Hall grounds via the Princess Gate.


Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society Ice-Carving Tournament The Byward Market 2019-02-09 12:30:00 12:30 - 13:15 ByWard Market See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!
  • Saturday, February 9, 10 am to 10:45 am (Round 1), 11:15 am to 12 pm (Round 2) and 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm (Finale)

See Canadian ice carvers in action in this friendly tournament and cheer on your favourite sculpture!

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-09 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 13:30:00 13:30 - 14:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-09 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Wedding Party ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:30 National Art Centre, Babs Asper Theatre, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa By Kristen Thomson, directed by Chris Abraham. Don’t miss your invitation to the wedding of the year!
  • From Thursday, January 30 to Saturday, February 9, 7:30 pm (Feb 2, 3 and 9, 2 pm)

Save the date for this wild romp through that most stressful and bizarre of rituals – the joyous, hellish and often alcohol-fuelled post-wedding reception. This comedic tour-de-force features regulars from the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Careening between a shambolic war of compliments, fraying nerves and a mind-blowing, character-swapping cast of dozens, The Wedding Party will have you entirely complicit in the chaos!

By Kristen Thomson, Directed by Chris Abraham

An NAC English Theatre presentation. A Crow’s Theatre and Talk Is Free Theatre Production

Photo: Union Eleven Photographers

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Build-a-Brick of Tea Sparks Street 2019-02-09 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Make your own tea brick, the currency of ancient Asia. Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 11 am and 2 pm (1-hour workshop)

Tea in brick form was once the currency of much of Asia and was tradeable for anything from rice to a horse. We’ll show you how tea bricks were made and used. With a little help from us, you’ll make your own tea brick to take home.

Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-09 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Village Legacy — Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 Beerocracy Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA.

Saturday, February 9th - 2019

Beerocracy – 340 Somerset St W

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa’s LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade.

link to the map of the tour

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit:

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-09 15:00:00 15:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Saturday Night Divas Sparks Street 2019-02-09 18:00:00 18:00 - 22:00 Sparks St., between O’Connor St. & Bank St., Ottawa Toronto and National Capital Region drag performers will—quite literally—warm up the crowd with their best performances.

Saturday, February 9, 6 pm to 10 pm

Madonna! Beyoncé!! Adele!!!

They’re not performing, but their too-real impersonators are!

Come out for Saturday Night Divas and take in a heavy dose of the region’s best drag heating up the Winter Stage, ending with Toronto’s Material Girls!

Heated outdoor bars? YES! Infectious beats? Definitely! Come shake off the cold with Capital Pride!

Featuring: Adrianna Exposée, Canada’s Capital Kings, Charli Deville, Cyril Cinder, David Copafeel, Devona Coe, Han Yolo, Harley Queene, Natasha Hawrysh, Jade London, Jak Ammer, Jasmine Dymond, Johnny B Gud, Karter Banger, Kiki Coe, Kimmy Dymond, Miles Zinya, Misty Mac, Saffron St James, Savannah Couture, Tommy 10 Inch, Vaselina Thorne, Yaya Torres, Zyra Dymond

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Family Roller skating Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 18:00:00 18:00 - 20:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa Warm up with a retro roller disco in the Aberdeen Pavilion!

Saturday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm & 8:30-10:30 pm

Warm up with a retro roller disco in the Aberdeen Pavilion! Family friendly with quad skate rentals available in advance from the Ottawa Quad Skating Club. 

Register online: join.ottawa.ca

Book skates online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winterlude-city-of-ottawa-roller-skating-rental-reservations-tickets-54003461808

Presented by the City of Ottawa,Lansdowne Park in collaboration with the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club and Neon Skates.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Fest’Hiver du Vieux-Hull Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 19:30:00 19:30 - 11:00 Pedestrian area on Laval Street Experience terrific visuals on the giant LED wall animated by local artists and dance the night away to the rhythms of Qualité Motel, Brown, Nomadic Massive, Alaclair ensemble in a DJ Set and many more!

Friday, February 8, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, February 9, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Laval Street will be for pedestrians again on February 8th and 9th for the first edition of the Fest'Hiver du Vieux-Hull. 

Experience terrific visuals on the giant LED wall animated by local artists and dance the night away to the rhythm of Qualité Motel, Brown, Nomadic Massive, Alaclair ensemble in a DJ Set and many more! 

The event is free and open to everyone!

Presented by Les commerçants du secteur Aubry Inc. 

Photo : Lévy L Marquis

Facebook page available in French only. 

www.facebook.com/events/582014795577541

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Grupo Corpo ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 20:00:00 20:00 - 21:40 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa Two synonymous words that encapsulate an evening of dazzling dance—Grupo Corpo.
  • Saturday, February 9, 8 pm to 9:40 pm

The contemporary Brazilian company is known for its polished and remarkably disciplined precision. Company choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras’s signature style combines undulating torsos, rhythmic stamping footwork, impressive leaps and incredible athleticism. This stunning two-part program features Bach, with composer Marco Antonio Guimarães’s take on Bach’s musical score, and a new creation, Gira, which showcases a powerful variety of movements inspired by spiritual celebration rituals.

Presented by The National Arts Centre.

Gira, photo by Jose Luiz Pederneiras

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Port Cities ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St., Ottawa A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local scene.
  • Saturday, February 2, 8 pm

A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local scene. The trio of celebrated Nova Scotian songwriters, who now call themselves Port Cities, honour that tradition. Their chosen name isn’t just indicative of where they’re from (the harbour hamlet of Cape Breton) but what they do: fuse divergent styles and experiences into a singular roots-rock sound.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fire & Ice Winter Festival – Silent Disco Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 20:00:00 20:00 - 23:00 Bank Street, Snider Plaza Silent Disco brought to you by Quiet EventsDifferent genres of music each night Themes to dress forUnder a heated tent Tickets are limited RSVP – This event is free!

Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9, 8 pm to 11 pm  

Dancing is the best way to thaw out winter blues! Join us for our Fire & Ice Winter Festival Silent Disco, brought to you by the amazing team from Quiet Events! It’s the perfect way to end your day. Take in all of the great activities at Winterlude, shop on Downtown Bank Street, grab a bite to eat and then get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience at Snider Plaza.

This even is snow or shine, because we have you covered under a heated tent! Bonus points if you dress to the theme each night. With great music and endless fun, this event is unlike anything else in Ottawa and is sure to be a night to remember.

Flora Hall will be on site to spice things up.

Tickets are limited so please visit the website for more details!

Presented by Downtown Bank Street B.I.A. in partnership with Quiet Events and Brasserie Flora Hall.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Enbridge Cabin Free Hot Chocolate Sparks Street 2019-02-09 20:00:00 20:00 - 22:00 Sparks Street Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate as you party to the sounds of the DJ and with the Saturday Night Divas.

Saturday, February 9, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate as you party to the sounds of the DJ and with the Saturday Night Divas.

Presented by Enbridge Gas Distribution.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Family Roller skating Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-09 20:30:00 20:30 - 22:30 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa Warm up with a retro roller disco in the Aberdeen Pavilion!

Saturday, Feb. 9, 6-8 pm & 8:30-10:30 pm

Warm up with a retro roller disco in the Aberdeen Pavilion! Family friendly with quad skate rentals available in advance from the Ottawa Quad Skating Club. 

Register online: join.ottawa.ca

Book skates online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/winterlude-city-of-ottawa-roller-skating-rental-reservations-tickets-54003461808

Presented by the City of Ottawa,Lansdowne Park in collaboration with the Ottawa Quad Rollerskating Club and Neon Skates.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Do You Know Ottawa’s History? Downtown Rideau 2019-02-09 23:00:00 23:00 - 16:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Join us for historical trivia at the Bytown Museum!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2 and 3, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join the Bytown Museum’s Youth Council for historical trivia and test your knowledge about Ottawa’s history. Learn about the rough and tumble Bytown, the construction of the Rideau Canal, the development of our nation’s Capital, and much more! If you think you know Ottawa’s history, come and visit the Bytown Museum, answer a few trivia questions and you could win a variety of prizes!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-10 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-10 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-10 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-10 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-10 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-10 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-10 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Josh Dagg – Live Woodcarver The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region. Take a selfie with one of the wooden animals he has created before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

Indigenous Arts & Languages The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park, Maison Charron We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Friday, February 8, Saturdays, February 9 and 16, Sundays, February 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Snow Snake The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

To play Snow Snake, a carved and decorated wooden “snake” is taken to a frozen snowy track. Players fling the snake down the track, and the one whose snake flies the farthest is the winner!

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin



The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 09:30:00 09:30 - 15:30 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

100% Gay Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History Pride takes centre stage at the Museum, spotlighting the evolution of LGBTQ2+ rights and recognition in Canada.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 10 am to 4 pm

Pride takes centre stage at the Museum, spotlighting the evolution of LGBTQ2+ rights and recognition in Canada. Join Jeremy Dias, founder of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, for an upbeat and engaging conversation around one of the star artifacts in the Canadian History Hall: the Gay Sweater. Designed to challenge derogatory language, the sweater is made from “100% gay human hair” donated by individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Photo Credit: CCGSD

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Zip Line ($) The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Get your thrills as you zipline over Snowflake Kingdom.

Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Get your thrills as you zip line over Snowflake Kingdom, a wonderful winter playground. An experience you won’t want to miss, with a spectacular view to boot!

Minimum height: 42 inches
Maximum weight : 225 pounds

Tickets are available directly at the zip line. The cost is $10 per descent or $20 for unlimited descents during the same day.

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Ottawa Farmer’s Winter Market The Glebe 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 15:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa From the heart of the land to the heart of the city.
  • Sundays February 3, 10 and 17, 10 am to 3 pm

From the heart of the land to the heart of the city. Local farmers and producers have been using innovative techniques to increase their growing capacity and extend the growing season.

Presented by Ottawa Farmer’s Market.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:30 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile: If it’s out there, it’s in here! The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 ByWard Market The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Bookmobile service provides a gateway to the library’s collections and services.
  • Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) Bookmobile service provides a gateway to the library’s collections and services. Come on board to browse our books, movies, music and magazines for children, teens and adults and enjoy our free public Wi-Fi and Chromebooks. Please note that the bookmobile is wheelchair accessible.

OPL’s Bookmobiles provide services and programs to the 20 per cent of Ottawa’s population that falls outside of the catchment area of the OPL’s 34 branches. For more information about the Bookmobile, visit BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca/Bookmobile.

The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is the largest bilingual (English/French) public library system in North America, with 34 branches, both physical and virtual at BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca, mobile libraries and a vending machine library service. OPL’s mission is to inspire learning, spark curiosity and connect people. 


Follow us on Twitter (Twitter.com/OPL_BPO) and like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/BiblioOttawaLibrary). Contact us at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca .

Event theme(s): [Family]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Artissimo ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Dress up, build a 3D puzzle or tackle an art project. Families always have fun at Artissimo.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to have fun at the National Gallery of Canada while they explore the national collection and special exhibitions, play art games, make their own artwork and share art with other kids across Canada and around the world. Artissimo activities are for children aged 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo Studio ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind! Art projects are thematically linked to artworks on view at the Gallery. In February, it’s Paint Play. Wonder how artists create thick paintings that stick out from the canvas? Join us in the studio and give it a go! All materials are provided. Drop in and stay as long as you like. For children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Weekends at Ottawa Art Gallery Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Get creative with winter art activities at the new Ottawa Art Gallery!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Join us in the Studio at the new Ottawa Art Gallery for fun and winter art activities for all ages, and explore your creativity with family and friends. Warm up and get creative with something new every weekend of Winterlude!

Free drop-in activity, no registration required.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery. Sponsored by Welch LLP.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [Art and culture],[Family]


Tasty Money Sparks Street 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Discover how the food we ate was used as money in this activity involving nearly all your senses.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons – Chill Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

OLG Sno-Bus Station The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Presented by OLG.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Culinary]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-10 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ice-Carving Secrets The Byward Market 2019-02-10 11:00:00 11:00 - 11:45 ByWard Market Discover the secrets behind the magnificent ice sculptures exhibited in the ByWard Market.
  • Sundays, February 10 and 17, 11 am and 1 pm

Discover the secrets behind the magnificent ice sculptures exhibited in the ByWard Market. Watch and listen to a professional ice-carver who will demonstrate a few carving techniques and the use of special tools to create a work of art from a block of ice.

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

A Tapestry of World Music with Galitcha ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 11:00:00 11:00 - 13:00 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.
  • Sunday, February 10, at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm

The energy is contagious and you’ll want to jump up and dance when this unique group mixes songs sung in the Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi languages with musical influences from around the world. The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.

Come early! Join us for 30 minutes prior to each concert for free activities presented by Music for Young Children!

Presented by the National Arts Centre in association with MASC

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Build-a-Brick of Tea Sparks Street 2019-02-10 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Make your own tea brick, the currency of ancient Asia. Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 11 am and 2 pm (1-hour workshop)

Tea in brick form was once the currency of much of Asia and was tradeable for anything from rice to a horse. We’ll show you how tea bricks were made and used. With a little help from us, you’ll make your own tea brick to take home.

Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Art and culture]

Circus Area The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-10 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 3 pm 

Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling. Technical object to balance can also be proposed. During this workshop, participants will be confronted to challenge the laws of gravity and balance.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Let’s MARCH & make noise: Standing Proud, Standing OUT! Sparks Street 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Parliament Hill Come out and take the streets to celebrate the strides of the LGBTQ2+ community and to demand for full equality and social justice in Canada and around the world!

Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm 

March leaves at 12:30 p.m.  

Come out and take the streets to celebrate the strides of the LGBTQ2+ community and to demand for full equality and social justice in Canada and around the world! Bring your flags posters or signs, or anything to demonstrate what’s important to you as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community and/or ally. Make your voices heard!

We invite the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies to brave the cold and come out to take to the streets for the Capital Pride March. We will both commemorate and celebrate the partial decriminalization of homosexual acts in Canada, while also continuing the fight for full equality on various issues in Canada and around the world.

Guest speakers following the march will address certain policies that still forbid men and trans women from donating blood for engaging in same-sex sexual activities, the increasing use of “conversion therapy,” and other issues still affecting the broader LGBTQ2+ community. 

Please join us on the hill starting at 12:00 PM. The march will depart at 12:30 PM, concluding at Bank St. and Sparks St. at 1:30 PM.

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Sparks Street Icecade Sparks Street 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 17:00 Sparks Street Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist.

Friday and Saturday all three weekends 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday (Family day) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist. Enjoy a warm beverage as you toss, throw or shuffle.

Presented by Sparks Street B.I.A. & Mall Authority.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Bytown Residents Roam Again! The Byward Market 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s as they wander the Byward Market.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 12 pm to 1 pm

Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s, as they wander the Byward Market. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Do You Know Ottawa’s History? Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Join us for historical trivia at the Bytown Museum!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2 and 3, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join the Bytown Museum’s Youth Council for historical trivia and test your knowledge about Ottawa’s history. Learn about the rough and tumble Bytown, the construction of the Rideau Canal, the development of our nation’s Capital, and much more! If you think you know Ottawa’s history, come and visit the Bytown Museum, answer a few trivia questions and you could win a variety of prizes!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Wagon Rides in the Byward Market The Byward Market 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, noon – 4 p.m.

Family Day noon – 4 p.m.

Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Market you may have not yet explored!

Presented by the ByWard Market BIA

Event theme(s): [Family]

NOKIA Rest Area The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-10 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area

HOT 89.9 DJ DANCE PARTY: Sunday, February 3 and Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 12 pm to 4 pm

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Presented by NOKIA.

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-10 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Ice-Carving Secrets The Byward Market 2019-02-10 13:00:00 13:00 - 13:45 ByWard Market Discover the secrets behind the magnificent ice sculptures exhibited in the ByWard Market.
  • Sundays, February 10 and 17, 11 am and 1 pm

Discover the secrets behind the magnificent ice sculptures exhibited in the ByWard Market. Watch and listen to a professional ice-carver who will demonstrate a few carving techniques and the use of special tools to create a work of art from a block of ice.

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 13:30:00 13:30 - 14:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

A Tapestry of World Music with Galitcha ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.
  • Sunday, February 10, at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm

The energy is contagious and you’ll want to jump up and dance when this unique group mixes songs sung in the Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi languages with musical influences from around the world. The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.

Come early! Join us for 30 minutes prior to each concert for free activities presented by Music for Young Children!

Presented by the National Arts Centre in association with MASC

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-10 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-10 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Build-a-Brick of Tea Sparks Street 2019-02-10 14:00:00 14:00 - 15:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Make your own tea brick, the currency of ancient Asia. Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10, 11 am and 2 pm (1-hour workshop)

Tea in brick form was once the currency of much of Asia and was tradeable for anything from rice to a horse. We’ll show you how tea bricks were made and used. With a little help from us, you’ll make your own tea brick to take home.

Arrive early as there are only four workshops with a maximum of 25 participants each.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-10 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Capital Pride Tea Dance Grand Finale Sparks Street 2019-02-10 14:00:00 14:00 - 17:00 Sparks Street Put on your most colorful winter attire and come-out and play for one more time with the region’s most famous drag and burlesque performers at the Capital Pride Tea Dance Grand Finale.

Sunday February 10, 2 pm to 5 pm

Location: Sparks @ Bank WinterStage

Put on your most colorful winter attire and come-out and play for one more time with the region’s most famous drag and burlesque performers at the Capital Pride Tea Dance Grand Finale. To warm you up, indoor and outdoor licensed drink and food specials will give you all the energy you need to dance to the beats of DJ Grace.

Featuring: Aimee Yonce Shennel, Canada’s Capital Kings, Capital Tease Burlesque, Cyril Cinder

Harley Queene, Natasha Hawrysh, Justin Time

Kimmy Dymond, Koston Kreme, Master Cameron Eric Leon, Mz. Horizon, Saffron St James, Veronica Fagolicious.

Presented by Capital Pride and Canadian Heritage

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-10 15:00:00 15:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

A Tapestry of World Music with Galitcha ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 15:00:00 15:00 - 17:00 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.
  • Sunday, February 10, at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3 pm

The energy is contagious and you’ll want to jump up and dance when this unique group mixes songs sung in the Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi languages with musical influences from around the world. The sax, flute, guitar, harmonium and East Indian drums take you on a musical journey full of emotions.

Come early! Join us for 30 minutes prior to each concert for free activities presented by Music for Young Children!

Presented by the National Arts Centre in association with MASC

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-10 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-11 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-11 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-11 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-11 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Movement in Meditation Downtown Rideau 2019-02-11 07:30:00 07:30 - 08:15 National Arts Centre, Glass Thorsteinson Staircase,1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Join dancer/instructor Geoffrey Dollar for Movement in Meditation.
  • Mondays, February 4 and 11, 7:30 am to 8:15 am

Join dancer/instructor Geoffrey Dollar for Movement in Meditation.

Start your week with a class that will leave you feeling calm and refreshed. Combining simple movements with breath, visualization and meditation this class is for anyone and everyone.

No special clothing required

#nacpublicspaces #mynac

Event theme(s): [Sport]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-11 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-11 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-11 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-11 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-11 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-11 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-12 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-12 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-12 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-12 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-12 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-12 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-12 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-12 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-12 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-12 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Toddler Tuesdays Downtown Rideau 2019-02-12 10:00:00 10:00 - 11:00 National Arts Centre, Peter A. Herrndorf Place, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years!
  • Tuesdays, February 5 and 12, 10 am to 11 am

Arts & crafts, singing, dancing, stories and more! Toddler Tuesdays are the perfect morning activity for caregivers and children, ages 18 months to 4 years! Join instructor Jesse Kahat in the sunbathed Herrndorf Place for learning, exploration and fun!

#nacpublicspaces #mynac

Event theme(s): [Family]


Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-12 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-12 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-12 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 00:00:00 00:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-13 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-13 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-13 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-13 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-13 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-13 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-13 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-13 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-13 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-13 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-13 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-13 12:00:00 12:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-13 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-13 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Le songe d’une nuit d’été ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-13 19:30:00 19:30 - 21:30 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 13, 14, 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

Based on Shakespeare

A romantic romp in an enchanted forest on a midsummer night. Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling directed by Olivier Normand, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-14 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-14 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-14 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-14 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-14 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-14 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Musical bikes The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers. The faster you pedal, the louder the volume of your instrument can be heard and generate light effects.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-14 10:00:00 10:00 - 13:20 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 10:00:00 10:00 - 19:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 10:00:00 10:00 - 20:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-14 12:00:00 12:00 - 20:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-14 12:00:00 12:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-14 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 17:30:00 17:30 - 19:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Come and meet our friendly docents in the galleries to obtain answers to your questions, talk in depth about a specific artwork and discover diverse stories told through art.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-14 18:30:00 18:30 - 19:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Le songe d’une nuit d’été ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-14 19:30:00 19:30 - 21:30 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 13, 14, 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

Based on Shakespeare

A romantic romp in an enchanted forest on a midsummer night. Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling directed by Olivier Normand, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-15 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-15 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-15 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-15 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-15 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-15 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-15 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

Musical bikes The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers. The faster you pedal, the louder the volume of your instrument can be heard and generate light effects.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 13:20 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Celebrate National Flag of Canada Day The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-15 10:00:00 10:00 - 11:00 Canadian Museum of History, Grand Hall, 100 Laurier St., Gatineau Join National Capital Region’s youth for a celebration of the National Flag of Canada Day.

Friday, February 15, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Join National Capital Region’s youth for a celebration of the National Flag of Canada Day. Gather with them as they create a giant flag. Take part in this unique display of pride in our national symbol.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 11:00:00 11:00 - 16:00 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Sparks Street Icecade Sparks Street 2019-02-15 12:00:00 12:00 - 18:00 Sparks Street Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist.

Friday and Saturday all three weekends 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday (Family day) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist. Enjoy a warm beverage as you toss, throw or shuffle.

Presented by Sparks Street B.I.A. & Mall Authority.

Event theme(s): [Family]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-15 12:00:00 12:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 12:00:00 12:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Maple Lover’s Tour ($) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa. In English and French.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Let a C'est Bon Cooking guide take you through the ByWard Market and help you discover the many forms and tastes of maple. Get to know how maple products are made, meet the producers, and sample some delicious foods made with maple.

$48 + tax per person
1.5 hours in duration

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website at www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]


Taste of the ByWard Market - Winter Warm-up Edition ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-15 14:00:00 14:00 - 16:00 208 Dalhousie, Ottawa Cooking classes, walking food tours and culinary events in Ottawa, Canada. In English and French.
  • From February 1 to 18

    Runs daily at 2 pm

Warm up with the many tastes of the ByWard Market. Your C’est Bon Cooking guide will help you take the chill off with soothing hot drinks and comfort foods, all as you discover the hidden culinary gems of the ByWard Market.

Two hours in duration. $58 + tax per person.

In English and French

Tickets must be purchased in advance via the C’est Bon Cooking website.www.cestboncooking.ca/gourmet-food-tours

Photo: Vanessa Dewson

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

41th Gatineau Loppet, Your Family Winter Sport Event Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 16:00:00 16:00 - 21:00 Cégep de l’Outaouais, 333, boul. de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau Come and take part in the Gatineau Loppet, your family winter sport event and the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada.

Friday, February 15, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and take part in the Gatineau Loppet, your family winter sport event and the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. The 41th edition of the event will feature eight classic style and freestyle races, as well as two 51-km snowshoe straight races (classic and free style). Be there! 

Presented by the Ville de Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Ogilvy Square Gets Lit Downtown Rideau 2019-02-15 16:30:00 16:30 - 23:59 Ogilvy Square, corner of Nicholas and Besserer Streets Thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, to Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 4:30 pm to 2 am

From 4:30 pm to 2 am each day, between November 28, 2018, and February 19, 2019, thousands of dazzling holiday lights will glow on the 25-foot Ogilvy Square tree!

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winter Brewfest 2019 The Glebe 2019-02-15 18:00:00 18:00 - 23:59 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Friday, February 15, 6 pm to 1 am and Saturday, February 16, 12 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to 1 am

The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year. True to form, the Ottawa Winter Brewfest is the ideal place to discover a wide range of Ontario and Quebec craft beers, ciders and spirits, and sample delicious food prepared by local chefs. Reserve your spot today for one of the festival’s three sessions. Ages 19 and older.

To buy your ticket, please visit the Brewfest’s Website.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Spin to Win! - Rideau Carleton Casino Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 18:00:00 18:00 - 22:00 York Street Spin to win!

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 2019 | 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

York Street, ByWard Market

Spin to win!

Enjoy a hot apple cider and bring home a free deck of cards!*

New Members get $25** in Free Play at the Casino.

*While supplies last. 

**Receive a $15 bounce-back coupon and another $10 in free play when you sign up with your email.

Presented by Rideau Carleton Casino.

Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 18:30:00 18:30 - 20:00 Southminster United Church “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Winterlude SubZero Electro DJ Nights presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino The Byward Market 2019-02-15 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

ByWard Market 

Fridays and Saturdays, February 1, 2, 15 and 16, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, kick off your evening with electrifying music from Canadian DJ artists on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

WEEKEND 1:

Friday, February 1

KHAOS - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVE SALVAIL 
SHUB 

Saturday, February 2

Presented by the French Embassy in Canada

UNPIER
KEN-J
LADY STYLE

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WEEKEND 3:

Friday, February 15

TYR ONE - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
MATHILDE
PRINCE PARIS

Saturday, February 16

TDOT- Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
EVANA & CARL MÜREN
BYNON 

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]


SubZero Electro DJ Nights, Featuring TYRONE, MATHILDE and PRINCE PARIS The Byward Market 2019-02-15 19:00:00 19:00 - 22:30 ByWard Market Kick off your Winterlude with electrifying music featuring DJ PRINCE PARIS on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

ByWard Market (York Street East) on the Rideau Carleton Casino Stage.

Kick off your third Winterlude weekend with electrifying music featuring DJ PRINCE PARIS (Formerly Paris & Simo). This show is the next evolution of Paris Fotis’ electronic dance music project.

7 p.m.  TYR ONE - Presented by ByWard Blizzard Beats
8 p.m.  MATHILDE
9 p.m.  PRINCE PARIS

Presented by the Rideau Carleton Casino

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Le songe d’une nuit d’été ($) Downtown Rideau 2019-02-15 19:30:00 19:30 - 21:30 National Arts Centre, Canada Room, 1 Elgin Street, Ottawa Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 13, 14, 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

Based on Shakespeare

A romantic romp in an enchanted forest on a midsummer night. Shakespeare at his most comical, imaginative and agile. A lively and energetic re-telling directed by Olivier Normand, featuring acrobats from the Flip FabriQue circus troupe.

Presented by the National Arts Centre.

Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 19:30:00 19:30 - 21:00 Fourth Avenue Baptist Church “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 20:00:00 20:00 - 21:30 Southminster United Church “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 21:30:00 21:30 - 23:30 Southminster United Church “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 22:00:00 22:00 - 23:59 CRAFT Beer Market “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 22:00:00 22:00 - 23:59 Industria Pizzeria + Bar “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Come See and Hear the World Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-15 22:00:00 22:00 - 23:59 CRAFT Beer Market “Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15 and 16

“Come See and Hear the World” is a new RBC Bluesfest festival initiative presented under the Winterlude banner that celebrates Canada's thriving diversity, featuring innovative acts from Canada and abroad.

Friday – February 15

• 6:30 p.m. - $30.00 (includes copy of the book ‘Split Tooth’ for first 300 purchases) Split Tooth: One on One with Tanya Tagaq - Southminster United Church

• 8 p.m.- $30.00 William Prince - Southminster United Church

• 9:30 p.m.- $18.00 Dwayne Gretzky - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m.- $25.00 Gabrielle Shonk / NEFE - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church

• 10 p.m. - The Commotions (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- BlakDenim / ASUQUOMO - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

Saturday- Feb. 16

• 8 p.m. - $27.50 ($30.00 at the door) Antibalas / Sudan Archives - Southminster United Church

• 7:30 p.m. $35.00 Harry Manx & Steve Marriner / Crystal Shawanda - Fourth Avenue Baptist Church (Tickets Required)

• 10 p.m. - Julian Taylor Band (2 sets) - CRAFT Beer Market (FREE)

• 10:00 p.m.- Fateh - Industria Pizzeria + Bar (FREE)

*Full event passports and individual tickets will be available at www.ottawabluesfest.ca as of January 23 at 10 a.m.

Presented by the Ottawa Bluesfest.


Winter Brewfest 2019 The Glebe 2019-02-16 00:00:00 00:00 - 01:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Friday, February 15, 6 pm to 1 am and Saturday, February 16, 12 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to 1 am

The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year. True to form, the Ottawa Winter Brewfest is the ideal place to discover a wide range of Ontario and Quebec craft beers, ciders and spirits, and sample delicious food prepared by local chefs. Reserve your spot today for one of the festival’s three sessions. Ages 19 and older.

To buy your ticket, please visit the Brewfest’s Website.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

Standing Up, Standing Out: Selections from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives Sparks Street 2019-02-16 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Sparks Street, between O’Connor and Metcalfe, Ottawa Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada.

February 1 to 18

How many names and faces will you recognize? Get to know some of the trailblazers who have improved the lives of LGBTQ2+ individuals and communities in Canada through their work to overcome oppression and barriers to equality. This large-scale photo exhibit presents a selection from the National Portrait Collection of The Arquives (formerly the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives).

Photo credit: essygie / Flickr

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

Snowmania in the Glebe The Glebe 2019-02-16 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 Various locations throughout Ottawa's great downtown neighbourhood - the Glebe Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age.
  • February 1 to 18

Legend has it that snowmen ruled the world during the last ice age. Each year in the heart of winter, they plot their return. Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood thwarts these plans by building a brigade of friendly snowpeople to save all of humanity. Snowmania is a show of snow for the whole family. Come down to the Glebe and see why it's fast becoming the snowman capital of planet earth!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Territories The Byward Market 2019-02-16 01:00:00 01:00 - 23:59 ByWard Market A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.
  • February 1 to 18, George Street 

A luminescent metal cube encloses a miniature landscape, fixed in time and space, revealing both the beauties of winter and our dreams of warmth and escape.

Territories questions our sometimes paradoxical relationship with the climate, the seasons and our northern identity. The work also makes reference to the way we occupy and transform the land, and even how we see it in our dreams.

Olivier Roberge
Design and fabrication: Olivier Roberge, Vincent Roy and Mathieu Fecteau
A project by Exmuro arts publics 

The team would like to thank Suzanne Cordeau, Jean-Michael Seminaro, Geneviève Moreau, Sylvie Arsenault, Julie Arsenault and Alexandra Le May for their contribution of travel photographs.

The Art in the Capital program aims to raise the profile of Canadian public art in the urban spaces of Canada’s Capital Region.

oroberge.com (Website in French only)

exmuro.com (Website in French only)

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

41th Gatineau Loppet, Your Family Winter Sport Event Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 06:30:00 06:30 - 17:00 Cégep de l’Outaouais, 333, boul. de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineau Come and take part in the Gatineau Loppet, your family winter sport event and the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada.

Friday, February 15, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come and take part in the Gatineau Loppet, your family winter sport event and the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. The 41th edition of the event will feature eight classic style and freestyle races, as well as two 51-km snowshoe straight races (classic and free style). Be there! 

Presented by the Ville de Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Rideau Canal Skateway The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-16 07:00:00 07:00 - 23:59 Rideau Canal Skateway, Dows Lake An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway!

From Mackenzie Avenue to Dows Lake, Ottawa, Ontario.

February 1 to 18, when ice conditions allow

An icy adventure awaits you! Grab your skates and explore the Rideau Canal Skateway! In winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the world's largest skating rink and offers a variety of exciting activities. The ice extends 7.8-kilometres and runs through the heart of downtown Ottawa. Vendors are located along the skateway, allowing you to rent skates, grab a warm drink or a delicious BeaverTails® pastry right on the ice.

The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the world's largest skating rink.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

North is freedom Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 07:00:00 07:00 - 22:00 City Hall This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War.

January 15 – February 15, 2019 

7a.m. – 10p.m. 

City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON

The Legacy of the Underground Railroad

This evocative photographic essay celebrates the descendants of freedom-seekers who escaped slavery in the United States by fleeing to Canada in the years before the American Civil War. Approximately 30,000 fugitive slaves followed the “North Star” to freedom, using a network of clandestine routes which became known as the “Underground Railroad”.

Some 150 years later, Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc explores the northern end of the “Underground Railroad” and presents a series of 24 portraits of descendants. Young and old, black and white, these are the grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren of once-enslaved African Americans who settled in Canada many generations ago.

North is Freedom is both a commemoration and an homage in which Dojc illustrates the power of art to convey a narrative that takes us from the past, to the present, and into the future.

www.northisfreedom.com

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Chimes - Interactive Light & Sound Installation The Byward Market 2019-02-16 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.
  • February 1 to 18

    Open daily, 8 am to 11 pm and on Monday, February 18, 8 am to 5 pm

Visitors are invited to activate this set of chimes comprising more than 30 illuminated tubes and eight loudspeakers, triggering a transformation of the space through sound and light.

Chimes refers to the concept of chaos theory; a small action has a bigger impact on its environment. Inspired by the scientific concept of strange attractors, a random disorder is set up thanks to 30 lights and eight loudspeakers that come to life at the slightest swaying of the chimes.

At rest, without any interaction, the installation is in an equilibrium state. But a simple gust of wind or interaction with the public transforms the entire ambiance and creates new illuminated and aural motifs. Every shock between the chimes' bells disturbs the audiovisual environment and can generate divergent evolutions. The outcome is unpredictable and chaotic. The innumerable variety of combinations offers the user a multitude of alternatives to explore.

Curious spectators, step this way!

Chimes was presented as part of the 2nd edition of Illuminart during the 19th edition of Montréal en lumière and in Lyon, France during Fêtes des Lumières.

Creation and execution: Collectif Blackbox (Website in French only)

Coproduced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Illuminart, during Illuminart, Montréal en lumière.

Photo: Benoit Rousseau

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Winterlude Wanderlust Scavenger Hunt The Byward Market 2019-02-16 08:00:00 08:00 - 23:00 ByWard Market An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds.

February 1 to 18

Open daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on

February 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An exciting and prize-filled scavenger hunt that runs through the Winterlude’s festival grounds. The hunt will enlighten participants on everything related to Canada and winter, as well as provide fun and exploration for all ages.

Presented by Escape Manor.

www.escapemanor.com/ottawa/winterlude

Event theme(s): [Family]

Qaggiq - Celebrate Life! The Byward Market 2019-02-16 08:00:00 08:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1,2,3,8,9,10,15,16,17 and Monday, February 18 

Sing-along in Inuktut, the ancient Inuit songs from Canada's Arctic. In this interactive video installation, visitors are invited to experience and sing along with three ancient songs (pisiit). Songs and drum dance are central components of Inuit culture.

Traditionally, Inuit would build a qaggiq, a large, magnificent iglu where people from outlying camps would gather to sing, drum and tell stories. Inuit knew that the performing arts build a sense of belonging, heal trauma and carry the culture forward. During colonization, some of the traditional songs were banished or discouraged - as a result, the ancient terminology of this music is now remembered by only a very small number of elders. Qaggiavuut is working to document this precious resource and create opportunities for knowledge-keepers to share these songs and stories with a new generation before they are lost.

Definition:

Qaggiq: A magnificent iglu built for the purpose of gathering people together to share songs and stories and to ensure the survival of the culture. Qaggiavuut is working to build a contemporary ‘qaggiq’, a performing arts space in Nunavut where Inuit artists can create and present their work.

Pisiq: A song created in the traditional Inuit style.

Pisiit: The plural of pisiq.

Qaggiavuut was supported to create digital resources of pisiit by the Canada Council for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Nunavut. The videos were produced by Qaggiavuut and the installation design by Jackpine.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture][Family]


Kiddie Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Play structures and traditional games for little tykes to enjoy!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Thursdays, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come have fun in the new Snowflake Kingdom in this winter wonderland and meet our favourite mascots, the Ice Hog Family! Enjoy Canada’s winter pleasures with activities inspired by our history and winter traditions!

This official site is co-produced by the City of Gatineau and Canadian Heritage.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Giant Games The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Guaranteed fun with giant versions of some of our favourite games.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Racetime Tour The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take out your toque and mittens and come out to play with your favourite characters from Racetime and Snowsnaps!
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 9 am to 4 pm

Take out your toque and mittens and come out to play with your favourite characters from Racetime and Snowsnaps! A group of entertainers will be on site to encourage you to participate in some exciting games, and you will even have a chance to win wonderful door prizes. Come and enjoy the snow and try to replicate the outdoor activities at home. You'll see, winter can be very pleasant when you know how to have fun outdoors!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Super Slides at the Snowflake Kingdom The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush!
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm; Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Zoom down the tube slides and brace yourself for a top-speed rush! Get ready for an exciting sliding experience on the Tim Hortons Chinook, Iceberg and Glacier!

Fun and laughter guaranteed for the whole family!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Snow sculptures The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures.
  • Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 5 pm

Come and experience the magic of the Snowflake Kingdom by visiting the gigantic snow sculptures. Discover fantastic characters shaped by the hands and skills of great artists.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Introduction to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding.
  • Daily, 9 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Children aged 5 to 8 can get a free introduction to downhill skiing and snowboarding with dynamic instructors.

Presented by the Quebec and Ontario Ski Area Association.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Sport]

Josh Dagg – Live Woodcarver The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

Come and meet Josh Dagg, a woodcarving artist from the Outaouais region. Take a selfie with one of the wooden animals he has created before your very eyes.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Culture Walk in Downtown Rideau Downtown Rideau 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 21:00 Downtown Rideau A self-guided tour of Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion and Theatre District, Downtown Rideau.
  • Each day at any time

The Downtown Rideau Culture Walk is a free, self-guided walking tour featuring the abundant and vibrant collection of public art, galleries, exhibits, monuments and points of interest in the district “Where Culture Lives!”

Presented by the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Experience the Action-Packed Sport of Lacrosse The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom.
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 9 am to 4 pm

The exciting and spectacular game of lacrosse, descendant of the double ball, will be displayed throughout Winterlude at the Snowflake Kingdom. Spectators will be invited to interact, learn and play the game with actual lacrosse athletes. What was once a field game or ritual played by First Nations, lacrosse received special recognition in 1994, when Parliament declared it to be "Canada's National Summer Sport.”

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Sport],[Indigenous culture]

Cool Science Saturday Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 17:00 Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St-Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa It’s Winterlude in Ottawa! One way to be cool but stay warm is inside the Canada Science and Technology Museum for Cool Science Saturday. Join us for a fun-filled day showcasing the coolest science in town.
  • Saturday, February 16, 9 am to 5 pm

It’s Winterlude in Ottawa! One way to be cool but stay warm is inside the Canada Science and Technology Museum for Cool Science Saturday. Join us for a fun-filled day showcasing the coolest science in town. Demonstrations, experiments, workshops, and the challenges of cold weather exploration are all part of the day-long family experience. February may be the coldest month, but this will be the ‘coolest’ day at the Museum!

Presented by the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Event theme(s): [Family]

Indigenous Arts & Languages The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park, Maison Charron We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Friday, February 8, Saturdays, February 9 and 16, Sundays, February 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are pleased to offer a variety of hands-on activities based around traditional arts and languages in the Maison Charron.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture]

Musical bikes The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Four stationary bikes, each associated with an instrument, invite you to play a musical piece with friends, family or strangers. The faster you pedal, the louder the volume of your instrument can be heard and generate light effects.

Presented by the City of Gatineau.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs) Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 Karsh-Masson Gallery Current exhibition: Fiona Annis – Mormorii (Murmurs)

January 25 to March 17, 2019

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This project presents an ongoing collection of lullabies that started in 2015. The archive contains a diversity of origins, languages and voices, that gathered together create a soft murmur, from which the title of the exhibition, Mormorii, gets its name. The immersive installation combines audio, image, and light components to present a fundamentally immaterial collection.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Nathalie Quagliotto exhibit – Safety Measures Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 20:00 City Hall Art Gallery Current exhibition: Safety Measures

February 7 to April 10, 2019 

City Hall Art Gallery, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa  

(The gallery is open daily 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., including holidays) 

This exhibition presents sculptures and an installation that consists of reconfigured childrens’ objects. It looks at how humour and play can affect reform in a social setting. The work presented revolves around the thin line of safety vs. risk and the resulting relationships that can surface out of the objects.

Presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program 

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Snow Snake The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:00:00 09:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Snow Snake is a traditional winter game among many First Nations.

To play Snow Snake, a carved and decorated wooden “snake” is taken to a frozen snowy track. Players fling the snake down the track, and the one whose snake flies the farthest is the winner!

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin



The Ice Hogs’ Walkabout The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 09:30:00 09:30 - 17:30 Jacques-Cartier Park Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!
  • Thursdays and Fridays, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, Saturdays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm and 5 pm, Sundays, 9:30 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10:00 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm

Winterlude’s lovable mascots, the Ice Hog family, provide a warm welcome—a sheer delight for the little ones!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Zip Line ($) The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 18:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Get your thrills as you zipline over Snowflake Kingdom.

Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Get your thrills as you zip line over Snowflake Kingdom, a wonderful winter playground. An experience you won’t want to miss, with a spectacular view to boot!

Minimum height: 42 inches
Maximum weight : 225 pounds

Tickets are available directly at the zip line. The cost is $10 per descent or $20 for unlimited descents during the same day.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Musical (W)interlude Weekend Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum and other locations) Celebrate Canada’s dazzling musical diversity this Family Day weekend, which coincides with the end of Winterlude.
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Celebrate Canada’s dazzling musical diversity this Family Day weekend, which coincides with the end of Winterlude. Live musical performances will get you dancing. Try West African djembe drums and the percussion instruments of an Indonesian gamelan orchestra. Test out didgeridoos, rainsticks and other instruments. Go on a musical treasure hunt through the Canadian stamp collection. Make and take home your own maracas to shake away the end of winter!

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

DIY Musical Instruments Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Canadian Museum of History, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), (Canadian Children’s Museum) Do you want to make some music this winter?
  • February 1 to 18, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays until 7 pm

Do you want to make some music this winter? We will help you create a homemade musical instrument, and you can add your own decorative touches to make it one of a kind.

This program may be pre-empted by a special event.

Presented by the Canadian Museum of History.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Beat the Cold at Canada’s Cold War Museum Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:30 Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum, 3929 Carp Road, Carp Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, 10 am to 4:30 pm, and Mondays to Fridays, 11 am to 4 pm

Try your hand at being a secret agent as you complete a scavenger hunt, search for and solve clues, and determine the identity of a rogue agent in this remarkable 100,000 square foot underground bunker. Once your mission is complete, the entire family is welcome to enjoy hot chocolate and coding activities in the cafeteria.

Presented by the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

ByWard Market's Crystal Garden The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 22:00 ByWard Market Check out the Crystal Garden presented by Tim Hortons!
  • February 1 and 2, 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • February 3, 9 am to 8 pm
  • February 4 to 7, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 8, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 9, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 10, 10 am to 8 pm
  • February 11 and 12, CLOSED
  • February 13 and 14, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • February 15, 12 pm to 10 pm
  • February 16 and 17, 10 am to 10 pm
  • February 18, 10 am to 6 pm

Check out the Crystal Garden!

Under the theme Cultural Treasures of the World, come admire dazzling masterpieces in this enchanted garden and witness a fusion of art, ice and light. Ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art. At night, special lighting turns ice-carving masterpieces into a breathtaking and mystical sight. Renowned Canadian artists will energize your Friday and Saturday evenings!

Event theme(s): [Family]

Artissimo ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Dress up, build a 3D puzzle or tackle an art project. Families always have fun at Artissimo.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Families are invited to have fun at the National Gallery of Canada while they explore the national collection and special exhibitions, play art games, make their own artwork and share art with other kids across Canada and around the world. Artissimo activities are for children aged 3 and older, accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Artissimo Studio ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us in the Artissimo Studio, where families can have fun making art and leave the mess behind! Art projects are thematically linked to artworks on view at the Gallery. In February, it’s Paint Play. Wonder how artists create thick paintings that stick out from the canvas? Join us in the studio and give it a go! All materials are provided. Drop in and stay as long as you like. For children aged 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Included with Gallery admission.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Hands-on fun for all ages in the Paul Klee Interactive Learning Space.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Visitors of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in a colourful universe and construct 2D and 3D works with magnets and blocks in a learning space set up within the Paul Klee special exhibition. Child-friendly labels throughout the exhibition will help families learn about key artworks together.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I’m here with Kids” Family Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Put on your detective hat and follow the clues to track down the elusive artworks.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Family scavenger hunt through the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. Available in English and French. Pick up your self-guide at the Artissimo Kiosk or the Visitor Services desk in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Art and culture]

“I Want to See It All” Self-Guide ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Only have an hour to spend? Pick up this handy guide to see key artworks in the collection.
  • Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm. Open Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

In addition to floor plans and other conventional forms of information, the NGC has produced handy self-guides, each tailored to a different visitor experience. The guides are for visitors interested in seeing as wide a cross-section of works as possible from the Canadian and Indigenous galleries and in discovering modern artworks with Canadian connections.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Winterlude Weekends at Ottawa Art Gallery Downtown Rideau 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 14:00 Ottawa Art Gallery, 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Get creative with winter art activities at the new Ottawa Art Gallery!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 2 pm

Join us in the Studio at the new Ottawa Art Gallery for fun and winter art activities for all ages, and explore your creativity with family and friends. Warm up and get creative with something new every weekend of Winterlude!

Free drop-in activity, no registration required.

Presented by Ottawa Art Gallery. Sponsored by Welch LLP.

Photo: Chris Snow

Event theme(s): [Art and culture],[Family]


Tasty Money Sparks Street 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Discover how the food we ate was used as money in this activity involving nearly all your senses.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 10 am to 5 pm

Currency wasn’t always bank notes and coins. Sometimes it was food. Experience something unusual by discovering how the food we ate was used as money. Tea, cocoa, salt, parmigiana cheese… Use all your senses to guess what the currency is, how it was used and where it came from.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Trading Fur Sparks Street 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Bank of Canada Museum, 30 Bank Street (corner of Wellington), Ottawa Métis Trapper Archie Martin will be here with his collection of artifacts and furs. Look, ask and touch.
  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday, February 16, 17 and 18, 10 am to 5 pm

How can a beaver pelt be used as money? How does fur from the Canadian wilderness become a hat in fashionable Paris? Ask a Métis fur trapper. Back by popular demand, trapper and Métis educator Archie Martin will be here with his collection of trapping artifacts and furs. Handle some of the genuine articles yourself. Join us for some Q&A and ward off that cold with some hot cedar tea.

Presented by the Bank of Canada Museum.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Family],[Art and culture]

Tim Hortons Chill Zone The Byward Market 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 York Street, ByWard Market Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Fridays, February 1, 8 and 15, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, February 3, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays, February 10 and 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

Tim Hortons – Chill Zone The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break and recharge your batteries in the Tim Hortons Chill Zone. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate.

Presented by Tim Hortons.

Event theme(s): [Culinary],[Family]

OLG Sno-Bus Station The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 17:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy entertainment and hot apple cider.

Presented by OLG.

Event theme(s): [Family],[Culinary]

Indigenous Performances The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 10:00:00 10:00 - 16:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game.

Fridays, February 1 and 8, Saturdays, February 2, 9 and 16, Sundays, February 3, 10 and 17 and Monday, February 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prepare for a special opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of Indigenous song, dance and game. From throat singing to traditional sport, we promise an exciting and interactive experience for all who visit our stage.

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-16 11:00:00 11:00 - 12:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Circus Area The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 am to 3 pm 

Come visit the circus area! Participants will be invited to discover and master the basics of juggling. Technical object to balance can also be proposed. During this workshop, participants will be confronted to challenge the laws of gravity and balance.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Indigenous Cuisine Experience The Snowflake Kingdom 2019-02-16 11:00:00 11:00 - 15:00 Jacques-Cartier Park, Maison Charron Come visit us at the Maison Charron to indulge in a taste of Indigenous cuisine prepared by Algonquin Chef Whitney Whiteduck.

Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come visit us at the Maison Charron to indulge in a taste of Indigenous cuisine prepared by Algonquin Chef Whitney Whiteduck. Enjoy the taste of traditional foods and find out how First Nations people contributed to today’s diets.  For example, visitors will get to taste Bannock with maple spread and Wild rice with butternut squash. (Until supplies last)

Presented by The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omàmiwininì Pimàdjwowin.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Culinary]

ARCTIC SONG The Byward Market 2019-02-16 11:00:00 11:00 - 11:45 ByWard Market Ancient Inuit songs from Canada’s Arctic.

February 16, at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Location: ByWard Market – Clarendon Lane

Come enjoy Inuit traditions with The Arctic Song ensemble where Inuit musicians will be performing Inuit drum dance, ancient Inuit songs (pisiit), throat songs and contemporary Inuit music as part of Winterlude 2019.

www.qaggiavuut.ca

Event theme(s):[Indigenous culture]

Winter Brewfest 2019 The Glebe 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 18:00 Lansdowne Park, Aberdeen Pavilion, 1000 Exhibition Way, Ottawa The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year.
  • Friday, February 15, 6 pm to 1 am and Saturday, February 16, 12 pm to 6 pm and 7 pm to 1 am

The Winter Brewfest returns to Lansdowne Park for the fifth consecutive year. True to form, the Ottawa Winter Brewfest is the ideal place to discover a wide range of Ontario and Quebec craft beers, ciders and spirits, and sample delicious food prepared by local chefs. Reserve your spot today for one of the festival’s three sessions. Ages 19 and older.

To buy your ticket, please visit the Brewfest’s Website.

Event theme(s): [Culinary]

39th Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis The Byward Market 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 15:00 York Street, ByWard Market Which bed will be the fastest? Fifty teams race modified beds in heats down a 50-metre course.
  • Saturday, February 16, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Parade: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • Race: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Which bed will be the fastest? Fifty teams race modified beds in heats down a 50-metre course. There are also competitions for the best fundraiser, best costumes and best decorated bed. This is a fun event for teams of all ages, so come out, have fun and help support the community.

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa, sponsored by Accora Village.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Sparks Street Icecade Sparks Street 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 18:00 Sparks Street Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist.

Friday and Saturday all three weekends 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday (Family day) 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Three weekends of frozen interactive fun! Try your mitts at classic carnival games with a chilly twist. Enjoy a warm beverage as you toss, throw or shuffle.

Presented by Sparks Street B.I.A. & Mall Authority.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Bytown Residents Roam Again! The Byward Market 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 13:00 ByWard Market Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s as they wander the Byward Market.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17, 12 pm to 1 pm

Come meet the ladies and gentlemen of Bytown from the 1900s, as they wander the Byward Market. Interact with these costumed characters and discover what they think of present-day Ottawa. Learn about the fascinating history of Bytown and Ottawa through the eyes of its residents!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Do You Know Ottawa’s History? Downtown Rideau 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 14:00 Bytown Museum, 1 Canal Lane, Ottawa Join us for historical trivia at the Bytown Museum!
  • Saturdays and Sundays, February 2 and 3, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday, February 9, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday, February 10, 12 pm to 2 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join the Bytown Museum’s Youth Council for historical trivia and test your knowledge about Ottawa’s history. Learn about the rough and tumble Bytown, the construction of the Rideau Canal, the development of our nation’s Capital, and much more! If you think you know Ottawa’s history, come and visit the Bytown Museum, answer a few trivia questions and you could win a variety of prizes!

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Wagon Rides in the Byward Market The Byward Market 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 ByWard Market Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes.

Saturdays and Sundays throughout Winterlude, noon – 4 p.m.

Family Day noon – 4 p.m.

Head over to William Square and enjoy complimentary wagon rides in the ByWard Market during Winterlude! Rides are first come first serve, and generally last about 15-20 minutes. The tour isn’t a set route, and takes you through places in the ByWard Market you may have not yet explored!

Presented by the ByWard Market BIA

Event theme(s): [Family]

Village Legacy — Self Guided Tour Elsewhere in Canada’s Capital Region 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 23:59 Bank Street Explore Ottawa's LGBT history in the Village and beyond on the Village Legacy Project Web site and free mobile app for iPhone and Android.

The Self Guided tour runs throughout the entire Winterlude Festival – February 1st to the 18th 

Glenn Crawford is a self-employed graphic and Web designer and is the researcher and coordinator of the Village Legacy Project, a large-scale public art and historical initiative funded in part by the Bank Street BIA. For the Project, Glenn has developed a Web site and free mobile app for Apple and Android phones which includes several walking tours of the Village and of places of major significance to Ottawa's LGBT community. Included on the app are hundreds of archival photographs and several short documentaries including interviews with over 40 LGBT community leaders, developed especially for the Project. The Project has also helped bring history directly on the street with several colourful public art initiatives.

Glenn has lived in the Ottawa area for over 45 years and in the Village for over 15. In addition to over a decade of community activism and fundraising, he was also the chair of the Village Committee which lobbied for the Village’s official designation by the City of Ottawa, done in 2011. He was awarded a 2007 Hero Award as Community Activist of the Year by Capital Xtra and was proud to be selected as the grand marshal of the 2010 Pride Parade. 

Please note that this activity takes place on the web or through the Apple or Android application.

link to the map of the tour:

www.villagelegacy.ca

Photo Credit: 

Club 363 – Capital Xtra

First Pride Parade – Phillip Hannan, GO Info/Library and Archives Canada

Rainbow Crosswalk – Glenn Crawford

Event theme(s): [LGBTQ2+]

NOKIA Rest Area The Rideau Canal Skateway 2019-02-16 12:00:00 12:00 - 16:00 Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Rideau Canal Skateway, Fifth Avenue Rest Area

HOT 89.9 DJ DANCE PARTY: Sunday, February 3 and Saturdays, February 9 and 16, 12 pm to 4 pm

Take a break while skating on the World’s Largest Skating Rink and enjoy a DJ Dance party and FREE popcorn on February 3, 9 and 16.

Presented by NOKIA.

Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society Ice-Carving Championship The Byward Market 2019-02-16 12:30:00 12:30 - 16:30 ByWard Market Ice carvers face off in a friendly ice-carving championship. Come cheer them on, and vote for your favourite sculpture!
  • Saturday, February 16, 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Ice carvers face off in a friendly ice-carving championship. Come cheer them on!

Presented by the Canadian Ice Carvers’ Society.

Event theme(s): [Family]

Guided ByWard Market Walking Tours The Byward Market 2019-02-16 13:00:00 13:00 - 14:00 ByWard Market Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today.

Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, every hour on the hour, 11 am to 3 pm

Meeting point: Millennium fountain

Enjoy a guided walk of the ByWard Market! Take in the sights and sounds of this historic neighbourhood and learn how it came to be what it is today. Discover haunted buildings, spaces of political significance and so much more!

Presented by the ByWard Market Business Improvement Area (B.I.A.).

Event theme(s): [Art and culture]

Art in Canada Drop-in tours ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 13:30:00 13:30 - 14:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Take a guided tour to discover the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, at 6:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, and Monday, February 18, at 1:30 pm

Discover the history of Art in Canada. What have artists here been doing for the last five thousand years? Learn about Canadian and Indigenous masterpieces from past and present. Explore their connections and how they tell our stories. Included with Gallery admission. Available on a first-come first-serve basis. Meet in the Scotiabank Great Hall.

Presented by the National Gallery of Canada.

Event theme(s): [Indigenous culture],[Art and culture]

I Have a Question ($) The Byward Market 2019-02-16 13:30:00 13:30 - 15:30 National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa Like a good chat? Come and learn about art with one of our friendly docents.
  • Thursdays, February 7 and 14, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, February 2, 3, 9,