Media premiere October 5

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are excited to announce that Mìwàte: Illumination of Chaudière Falls, will premiere the evening of Thursday, October 5 and officially open to the public on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

Created and produced by the Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Moment Factory, in collaboration with the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn, and in consultation with representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities, this dynamic illumination of the falls will celebrate the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and their cultures.

A rich soundscape will enhance the experience. Vincent Letellier led the team of composers for Moment Factory, with additional creative contributions from: A Tribe Called Red, David Maracle (Indigenous Mohawk composer and multi-instrumentalist), the Pikwàkanagàn Wildflowers (youth hand drummers and singers), and Pikwàkanagàn community members who spoke the words and phrases.

In addition to the illumination, participants will be invited to explore the Algonquin Awareness Exhibit, which will share information on the presence of Indigenous Peoples in the region. This special exhibit is presented by the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn.

Dates and times for Mìwàte:

  • October 6 to 22, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • October 23 to November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The lighting display runs in a continuous 10-minute loop. It takes about 30 minutes to enjoy the entire experience.

Spectators will be able to view Mìwàte from the new public space overlooking the falls that is part of Hydro Ottawa’s Chaudière Falls expansion project.

As a complement to Mìwàte, visitors are encouraged to visit the Kabeshinân Minitig Pavilion located on Victoria Island.

Ottawa 2017 is thrilled to present this project as one of its Signature Events and thanks our lead partner CIBC, our premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions.

To make this moving event happen in its picturesque location, Ottawa 2017 is collaborating with Moment Factory, Hydro Ottawa, the City of Ottawa, the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn, representatives from local Métis and Inuit communities and the National Capital Commission.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

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About Moment Factory

Moment Factory is a multimedia studio based in Montreal with a full range of production expertise under one roof. The team combines specializations in video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects to create remarkable experiences. Since its inception in 2001, Moment Factory has created more than 400 unique shows and destinations. Productions span the globe and include such clients as Céline Dion, Madonna, The Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, NFL, Sony, Universal Studios, the City of Barcelona, Los Angeles Airport and Royal Caribbean.