The Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program

Image: Populace ceramic art installation at Museum of Nature


Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters

Populace ceramic art installation at Museum of Nature

The Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Program is a dedicated funding opportunity available to eligible groups in Ottawa’s diverse arts, cultural and heritage sectors for projects in Ottawa during 2017 celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial. In partnership with Ottawa 2017 and its lead partner CIBC, the program is stewarded by the Arts Network Ottawa, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council .

The call for projects was launched in February 2016.
130 submissions were received and reviewed by an independent five-member jury representing the Ottawa arts, cultural and heritage communities.

Fourteen projects received a total of $250,000 in funding to create vibrant experiences that highlight Ottawa’s diverse arts, culture and heritage offerings during Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations. They are:

Capital History Kiosks

Presented by: Workers’ History Museum

Ottawa’s rich and diverse history is highlighted through site-specific lamachipppost mini-kiosks featuring original artwork, photographs and text that relate to the local community.

Cut the Cake – Celebrate!

Presented by: Enriched Bread Artist Collective

Visual displays, immersive experiences, and an all-out celebration themed around cake and the bakery heritage of Ottawa’s Gladstone neighbourhood.

DIEF: Portrait of a Prime Minister

Presented by: Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum

Dramatic and dynamic, this immersive theatre piece by multi award-winning playwright and performer Pierre Brault explores the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders – John Diefenbaker.


Presented by: Ottawa School of Art*

Canadian colours and imagery come to life through a series of vibrant murals, one of which will be created by Inuit youth from Cape Dorset and Kugluktuk.

MIFO Francophone Showcase at JUNOfest

Presented by: Mouvement d’implication francophone d‘Orléans (MIFO)*

Special concert celebrating French music and showcasing some of the top Canadian francophone artists.

Odawa -150 Years of Indigenous Perspectives

Presented by: Aboriginal Experiences, Arts and Culture

This touring exhibit highlights the Indigenous perspective of local history, communities and experiences through traditional and contemporary arts, crafts and demonstrations.

Ottawa: A Cinema Capital

Presented by: Canadian Film Institute

A public screening series from accomplished Ottawa filmmakers, including a showcase of archival reels collected from local amateur film buffs.

Ottawa in the World … of Documentaries

Presented by: One World Arts

A series of Canadian documentaries that feature artistic, cultural, political and historical issues all sharing a common thread: the changing landscape and diversity of the City of Ottawa.


Presented by: Ottawa Guild of Potters*

Through beauty of the ceramic arts, the three main cultures present at the time of Confederation are recognized with a spectacular installation of thousands of individually crafted ceramic sculptures.

Power of Possibility

Presented by: Propeller Dance*

Directed by Renata Soutter and performed by Propeller Dance and invited guests, this full-length performance creation celebrates artists with disabilities and our shared diversity.

Sing Ottawa en chœur!

Presented by: Cantata Singers of Ottawa*

Ottawa’s rich choral scene celebrates the history and diversity of our country in song with multiple concerts.


Presented by: STO Union Theatre Company*

Interactive performances and art installations collide in a pop-up 150-tent city where stories of pivotal life moments are shared.

Visual17e Ottawa

Presented by: Northern Griots Network

A powerful fusion of spoken word poetry, street art and live music, this showcase series transforms visually underused spaces into vibrant art installations.

Poets gather in Laureate City to celebrate Canada 150

Poet Laureates from across the country gathered in Ottawa on December 1-2, 2017 for public readings and discussions.

*Arts Network Ottawa Members or Art Place artists in residence

Photo Credit: Cristiane Doherty

Canada’s 150th 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.

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