Free tickets to outdoor cinematic event are available Thursday

Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome REEL CANADA’s National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) as a Programming Partner and announce a unique retro-showing of the film THE ROCKET in an outdoor setting.

On April 19, to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, residents and visitors can experience a Canadian cinematic treat at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum: Canada’s Drive-In.

From the comfort of their cars, movie-goers will witness an outdoor projection of THE ROCKET, an award-winning Canadian film about hockey legend Maurice Richard. The aviation hangar wall will be transformed into a giant screen for this inventive outdoor installation.

This event, under Ottawa 2017’s Ignite 150 program, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with pre-show entertainment and will feature a chat with the director of THE ROCKET, Charles Binamé (movie starts at 8 p.m.).

Hockey fans won’t want to miss the meet and greet autograph session with Montreal Canadiens hockey greats Serge Savard and Jean-Guy Talbot. The Habs veterans, one of whom was a teammate of Maurice Richard and the other who was president of the Maurice Richard Foundation, won a combined 15 Stanley Cup® Championships.

A special exhibit will be on display inside the museum specifically for Canada’s Drive-In. It will showcase the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded annually to the top goal-scorer in the NHL, Richard’s game-worn jersey, stick, milestone pucks and other artifacts from The Hockey Hall of Fame’s NHL Centennial Exhibit.

Library and Archives Canada is proudly contributing to the success of the outdoor showing of the film THE ROCKET by offering participants a pack of hockey cards, created from its extensive photo archive collection on the national sport of Canadians.

Canada’s Drive-In is a flagship event on National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) — a Canada 150 Signature Project. People across the country will be coming together in theatres, libraries, military bases, and film festivals to celebrate Canada through great Canadian film. With over 1,500 events on NCFD 150, the drive-in is a highlight of the world’s largest one-day film festival, EVER.

Presented by Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA, in partnership with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the event will welcome 125 car-loads of participants and takes place rain or shine. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, while quantities last. The movie can be viewed in French or English.

Canada’s Drive-In is a free event. People can reserve their tickets as of 10 a.m. Thursday, March 23, through



“Canada’s Drive-In is a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate Canadian cinema and our passion for hockey during our nation’s 150th birthday festivities. We’re very pleased to partner with REEL CANADA for this event that will bring even more visitors to the east part of our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“To show THE ROCKET in the nation’s capital brings together the pillars of our culture — language, cinema, hockey and civic engagement — that make it particularly expressive of the spirit of National Canadian Film Day 150. And on top of all of that, it’s a great movie,” says Jack Blum, Executive Director, REEL CANADA.

“On April 19, we put Canadian cinema in the spotlight as part of Canada 150. All across the country, hundreds of movies will fill our screens. This pop-up drive-in will let Canadians enjoy a unique movie-going experience with an outdoor screening of THE ROCKET. What a wonderful way to highlight hockey’s place in Canada’s history!” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

“Culture, sport and pride of place are important themes for Ontario during this historic year. We’re thrilled to support Ottawa 2017 and REEL CANADA as part of our Ontario150 program. We encourage all Ontarians to make a point of getting out and enjoying unique events like this one to celebrate our 150th anniversary as a province and a nation,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

“We’re happy that our Ignite 150 drive-in will become the national highlight of the REEL CANADA series to celebrate Canadian cinema and that we can highlight one of our national partners, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the perfect venue for this event,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

REEL CANADA is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canada through film. Canadian films are the stories we tell about ourselves — they open the door to so many conversations about place, nation, identity, and what it means to be Canadian. REEL CANADA promotes the power and diversity of Canadian film and encourages this ongoing conversation through three core programmes: Our Films in Our Schools, Welcome to Canada, and National Canadian Film Day 150. Through these programs, REEL CANADA increases audiences for our films, encourages dialogue and, most crucially, provides an opportunity to enjoy our great nation through the wonderful stories we tell. By celebrating Canadian cinematic story-telling we can build a stronger and prouder Canada.

About National Canadian Film Day 150
National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150), an initiative of REEL CANADA, was created as a new way to celebrate this great nation, embrace Canadian cinema, and have some FUN! As part of its educational programs, REEL CANADA has presented over 1,100 festivals of Canadian films for more than 400,000 high school students and new Canadians across the country since 2005. For 2017, NCFD 150 will become the world’s largest one-day film festival in the world. Canadian film will be everywhere — on foot, online and on-screen — thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. NCFD 150 would not exist without our sensational major sponsors: Cineplex and Telefilm Canada, Quebec Cinema, Entertainment One, Google Canada, TIFF, Landmark Cinemas, VIA Rail, REDspace, Air Canada, Tim Hortons, William F. White International Inc. and Mercury Filmworks. Major broadcast partners include CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Sportsnet, Corus, APTN, CHCH, OUTtv, Vision TV, Super Channel and Quebecor Media. Major distributor partners include Elevation Pictures, Mongrel Media, dFilms, KinoSmith, WFG, TVA, CFMDC, IndieCan Entertainment and Pacific Northwest Pictures.

About Ottawa 2017
Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will 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.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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