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Ottawa 2017: Nine picks for the best events

By Hannah Manning on August 22, 2016


In 2017, Canada will commemorate 150 years of confederation and Ottawa is throwing a year-long party to celebrate.

The list of signature events is impressive. Having perused the line-up, here is an early roundup of Ottawa 2017’s standout events. Expect more programming to be announced in the coming months.

1. Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice will take place for the first time ever in Ottawa this March. Having been to races in Quebec City in years past, I know firsthand how exciting this will be. Skaters decked out in hockey gear race down an ice track.

2. La Machine

La Machine is billed as ambulatory urban theatre and features extraordinary, large-scale machines which will roam the streets of Ottawa. Not only will this be their first performance in the nation’s capital, it will be the French company’s first in North America!

3. The Grey Cup

The 105th Grey Cup will be played in Ottawa. Since CFL returned to Ottawa in 2014, the Redblacks typically sell out their stadium on game day. I can only imagine what TD Place will be like if Ottawa makes the final!

4. Ottawa Senator’s 25th season

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the centennial of the National Hockey League as well as the Senator’s 25th hockey season. To mark these events, a four day celebration with a gala, a meet and greet with the trophy and hockey stars, and a tribute concert will take place in March.

5. Picnic on Alexandra Bridge

And while tickets to the first ever interprovincial picnic on a bridge sold out in an astonishing 8 minutes, we can look forward to other events such as…

6. A multimedia production inside one of Ottawa’s new LRT stations 

Bill as an underground multi-media experience, this production by Moment Factory will run for about ten weeks.

7. Dinner in the sky

Sky Lounge is a “culinary flight of fancy” that will take diners 150 feet into the air for dinner and cocktails by some of Ottawa’s most talented chefs.

Photo provided by the Ottawa Celebrations Bureau.

Photo provided by the Ottawa Celebrations Bureau.

8. The JUNO Awards

Wrapping the JUNO Awards ceremony is JUNO Week, filled with concerts, workshops, and other activities at venues around town.

9. National Tournaments

The 2017 National Skating Championships, Canadian Track & Field Championships, Whitewater Canoe Kayak National Championship, and Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Nationals will all be held in Ottawa.


Although few details have been announced, one would expect a very special Canada Day celebration.

There are even rumours of New Year’s Eve fireworks at Parliament, the first time they’ll be back on the Hill since 1992.

In the works are many community events intended to celebrate Ottawa. As of yet, none of been announced.

With so many events going on, how do you keep track? Organizers have been on top of their social media game. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter (disponible également en français), Instagram, or Snapchat. Sign up to volunteer if you’d like to get involved!