The Edge of Peace Commemorative Exhibit

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Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is presenting a unique commemorative experience at Confederation Park in Ottawa from November 4 to 11. The Edge of Peace presents Canada’s military history and stories in a dramatic and inspiring way by combining old and new artistic technologies.

This multimedia exhibit consists of several luminous spheres of various sizes that form a “moonGARDEN” in which is presented a 14-minute story using images, light and shadow, and music. The exhibit, which runs daily from dusk until 10:30 p.m., encourages visitors to share their remembrance messages by texting them to the Speak Tree, an ever-growing, virtual, 3-D tree displayed on one of the spheres. Canadians across the country can also share their messages via text to 438-800-0471 and they will appear on the Speak Tree which will also be featured on the VAC Canada Remembers Facebook page.

The production touches on themes related to the 100th anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice of the First World War, while highlighting the courage and sacrifice of Canadians who served and the fragile nature of peace. Four First World War soldiers who served during the final hundred days of the war reflect on their experience, while a recently bereaved composer struggles to find consolation by creating and performing her new song. Their journeys to inner peace come together through poetry, theatre and music.

The Edge of Peace was created by Canada’s Lucion Média and is directed by founder Bernard Duguay. Kent Stetson, C.M., wrote the script and Nick Carpenter composed the work’s featured song.

This Veterans’ Week (November 5-11) we encourage Canadians to reflect on the fragility of peace and cost of our freedom. Remember the Canadians—past and present—who served our country and sacrificed for it. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CanadaRemembers and #Canadas100days, or visit veterans.gc.ca/CanadaRemembers.


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