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Discover the best suggestions from our partners and enjoy winter in a fun, original and safe way.

Share your experience on social media using the hashtag #Winterlude.

Do

Make great discoveries through master classes and do-it-yourself workshops or by taking up fun challenges.

Capital Pride Youth Committee & Ottawa Art Gallery Youth Council present: INStudio Winter Edition!

February 12, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm (ET)

Youth can also participate in INStudio Winter Edition!, a youth-focused art show featuring local 2SLGBTQ+ artists brought to you by the Capital Pride Youth Committee & the Ottawa Art Gallery Youth Council.

Partner: Capital Pride & Ottawa Art Gallery


Create your own spirit panel (PDF format)

Show us your artistic side! Be inspired by the Museum’s Spirit Panels which were created by Indigenous artists in collaboration with Elders and youth. Then use your creativity to express what human rights mean to you by creating your own spirit panel.

Partner: The Canadian Museum of Human Rights


Dumpling folding

Learn the Chinese art of dumpling folding in celebration of Lunar New Year!

Partner: The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Festival du Voyageur: The largest winter festival in Western Canada

From February 12 to 21, the Festival du Voyageur is offering the burst of sunshine we’ve become accustomed to every February thanks to its online events. French-Canadian meal packages, virtual versions of the traditional Festival du Voyageur contests, a series of educational vignettes on Métis culture, a series of educational videos showing how to bring the Festival home, and much more.

Partner: Festival du Voyageur


Modelling clay dumpling folding

Learn the Chinese art of dumpling folding (with modelling clay) in celebration of Lunar New Year!

Partner: The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Powwow workout class with Josée Bourgeois

February 11, from noon to 12:45 pm (ET)

Join NAC Indigenous Theatre for Powwow Workout Class, led by Josée Bourgeois! Learn the basics of different powwow styles, all the way to modern hip-hop infused choreography to really get your sweat on!

Partner: National Art Centre - Indigenous Theatre


Powwow workout class with Steevi King

February 4, from noon to 12:45 pm (ET)

Join NAC Indigenous Theatre for Powwow Workout Class, led by Steevi King! This high-intensity workout incorporates moves from all styles of powwow dance with the sounds of traditional powwow music.

Partner: National Art Centre - Indigenous Theatre


The great hockey history trivia challenge

Which Canadian Olympic gold medallist competed in both the Winter and Summer Games? Take our trivia challenge and put yourself to the test.

Partner: Canadian Museum of History


The Ice Hog Adventure Virtual Book

Become a character in the latest Ice Hogs adventure by creating your personalized virtual book during Winterlude.

Partner: Doupando


Which hockey object is this?

Can you identify each of the objects in this curated selection of hockey artifacts? Find out as you explore our virtual gallery of hockey pop culture.

Partner: Canadian Museum of History


Winter Wonders

Learn how snowflakes form and why they are all unique, then create your own winter wonderland landscape using a popular mineral that can be found in every household.

Partner: Canadian Museum of Nature


Watch

Let yourself be entertained with virtual shows and national museum tours.

A Canadian Journey: A virtual tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

You will follow a Museum guide through 2 galleries on the Museum’s second level – Indigenous Perspectives and Canadian Journeys. You’ll see the 360‐degree “basket” theatre adorned with 13 spirit panels inspired by the visions of Indigenous youth, an 800‐year‐old moccasin print and the glowing alabaster rampways, and much more!

Partner: The Canadian Museum of Human Rights


Alanis Morissette showcases her fight with censorship

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


Anne Murray awards Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion and Shania Twain at the 1997 Juno Awards

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival presents DJ Shub

February 18, from 8 to 9 pm (ET)

Godfather of Powwow Step, DJ Shub is a Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, Turtle Clan. Tune in for a great night of music and dance and see why DJ Shub calls for “More Sage, More Life”

Partner: BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival


BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival presents Moonfruits

February 5, from 8 to 9 pm (ET)

Drawing inspiration from their busker roots, Moonfruits brings a taste of bilingual folk flare and then gives you a whole meal of it. Join them for not just a part of our heritage, but a whole buffet.

Partner: BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival


BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival presents Silent Winters

February 11, from 8 to 9 pm (ET)

Their name seems ironic, given the milestones and success this Ottawa-based duo has had this season. Join us as they disprove their name with a night of beautiful harmony.

Partner: BeaverTails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival


Capital Pride Youth Committee & Dress for Success present: FIERCE!

February 10, from 5 to 6 pm (ET)

Capital Pride Youth Committee partnered with Dress for Success to present FIERCE! Virtual First Impressions webinar. Tune in and learn how to stand out in a crowd, tips and tricks on how to find a job, and how to get noticed in a virtual world.

Partner: Capital Pride


Catherine O'Hara meets Corey Hart

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


Dominique Fils-Aimé

February 19, from 8 to 9 pm (ET)

Dominique Fils-Aimé presents “Three Little Words,” the final chapter of her album trilogy that delves into the legacy of African-American music.

Partner: National Art Centre - Popular Music and Variety


It’s Drag Henny! winter edition, hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 winner, Bob the Drag Queen

February 10, from 8 to 9:30 pm (ET)

Start your engines racers, because WinterPride 2021 is bringing back our signature event, It’s Drag Henny hosted virtually by Bob the Drag Queen, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 and Emmy nominated for her role on the HBO hit series We’re Here. This virtual show, featuring Ottawa’s drag royalty, will leave you gagged, gooped and asking for more.

Partner: Capital Pride


Jah’Mila performs Redemption Song

In honour of the African Heritage Month and Bob Marley’s birthday (February 6), reggae artist Jah’Mila presents the iconic Redemption Song, which has a strong connection to the African Nova Scotian community.

Partner: The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21


Jann Arden shares #JunoS knowledge with Jason Priestley

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


The Juno Rising Series: Ali Gatie Documentary

The Juno Awards rising is a digital content series that examines the creative process and story behind various up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Partner: The Juno Awards


The Juno TV Rising Series: Amaal

The Juno Awards rising is a digital content series that examines the creative process and story behind various up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Partner: The Juno Awards


The Juno TV Rising Series: Night Lovell

The Juno Awards rising is a digital content series that examines the creative process and story behind various up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Partner: The Juno Awards


The Juno TV Rising Series: Once A Tree

The Juno Awards rising is a digital content series that examines the creative process and story behind various up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Partner: The Juno Awards


KARÍMAH performs

February 5, from 8 to 9 pm (ET)

KARÍMAH (she/her) is a French and English speaking Pop/R&B singer/songwriter with grand prizes at Western Canadian competitions Polyfonik, Chant'Ouest, and the Memphis Bound Blues Challenge.

Partner: National Art Centre - Popular Music and Variety


Michael Bublé gets advice before hosting The Juno Awards

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


Queer Acoustic Soul featuring Kimberly Sunstrum

February 11, from 7 to 8:30 pm (ET)

The week will also include a performance by Ottawa’s very own Kimberly Sunstrum. Already well-known in the local music scene, Kimberly’s unique blend of classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown power bops is sure to soothe the soul.

Partner: Capital Pride


Quincy Jones inducts David Foster into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The Juno Awards Archival Revival Series is a digital content series that celebrates our favourite Juno Awards moments over the last 50 years.

Partner: The Juno Awards


Robot House Party

February 14, from 1 to 2 pm (ET)

Guaranteed fun in 2 easy steps: #1: Build the robot costume you’ve always dreamed of. #2: Have fun creating your super automaton’s unique “moves.” All this to the music of the brilliant Kid Koala!

Partner: National Art Centre - BIG BANG


Winter concert in the Artic

Enjoy a musical concert performed by Music and Beyond celebrating Artic Nights in the Canada Goose Artic Gallery.

Partner: Canadian Museum of Nature


Zoomé décalé

February 13, from 6 to 8 pm (ET)

Welcome to our virtual dance floor! It’s time to dress up for a crazy costume ball! Join us as DJ Sixtopaz, alias Alexandre Berthier, orchestrates this merry masquerade and gets everyone moving in sync!

Partner: National Art Centre - BIG BANG


Listen

Enjoy podcasts and playlists with enchanting, fun and enriching content for all.

Canada’s Royal Winter Game

Author and hockey expert Paul Kitchen joins us to discuss the evolution of hockey and hockey-related resources at Library and Archives Canada.

Partner: Library and Archives Canada


Celebrating Quebec composers

A celebration of the music of La Belle Province, Quebec. We’ve curated a wonderful program of works by Quebecois composers performed throughout the NAC Orchestra’s history.

Partner: National Art Centre - NAC Orchestra


Chansons pour le musée (only in French)

Starting February 13, at 10 am (ET)

Mini podcast series (3 episodes) Chansons pour le musée is about Karine-Pas-Sauvé’s unusual quest. At night, she visits a museum and its works to seek comfort after the breakup of a family unit. But don’t cry in your handkerchiefs just yet; Karine has the gift of turning the heavy into light!

Partner: National Art Centre - BIG BANG


Indigenous Artists Spotlight

Celebrating the diverse and powerful voices of Indigenous artists. This Home Delivery invites you to reflect on music from several past concerts celebrating the diverse and powerful voices of Indigenous artists.

Partner: National Art Centre - NAC Orchestra


Lulling time: an explosion of soothing songs

Playlist of lullabies from different places and in various languages, created in collaboration with Les berceurs du temps. Starting February 11, at 9 pm (ET).

Partner: National Art Centre - BIG BANG


Our Voices: Anti-Black Racism – A conversation from a Black queer perspective

February 8 from 7 to 8:30 pm (ET)

Furthering our mission to create spaces for marginalized members of our community, we are excited to present Our Voices: Anti-Black Racism – A Black queer perspective speaker series featuring Rodney Diverlus (He/Him) and Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (She/Her) moderated by Osmel B. Guerra Maynes (He/Him)

Partner: Capital Pride


Shot Stone: Curling in Canada

Explore the evolution of the game of curling with Warren Hansen, historian and Canadian men's curling champion.

Partner: Library and Archives Canada


The Drag Family Hour

February 9 from 2 to 5 pm and from 3 to 6 pm (ET)

The whole family can get crafty with the Drag Family Hour hosted by non-binary drag performer and current Mx. Capital Pride Eve Anne Jellicle.

Partner: Capital Pride


Make your personalized storybook with the Ice Hogs

Kids and adults alike can experience The Ice Hog Adventure and become characters in a virtual storybook featuring the warm and fuzzy Winterlude mascots.

Start your adventure now

Partners

National Capital Commission
RCMP - Musical Ride
Ville de Gatineau
Capital Pride
Beavertails Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival
Winterlude Triathlon
Ottawa Art Gallery
National Gallery of Canada
Bytown Museum
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
Canada Science and Technology Museum
Canadian Museum of Nature
Outaouais Toursim
Bouge Bouge
German Embassy
Gloucester Skating Club
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum
Junos
Library and Archives Canada
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Vision Centre Ville

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