Jan. 16, 2009
OTTAWA (CNB) - Ottawa will celebrate the sights and sounds of New Brunswick at this year's annual Winterlude celebration.
From Feb. 13-15, the city will celebrate A New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude, a three-day event featuring New Brunswick culture and tradition. New Brunswick is the first province to be showcased for an entire weekend at Winterlude, one of Canada's premier winter events since 1979.
"This exciting partnership with Winterlude will give our province a chance to shine on the national stage at Canada's premier winter festival, " said Premier Shawn Graham. "Winter is part of our New Brunswick culture, and New Brunswickers make the most of it every year. From the 'white gold' of our extensive snowmobile trail system to our annual world-class sporting event, the Plaster Rock World Pond Hockey Championship, New Brunswick is the place to be. Winterlude will allow us to share with others some of the sights, sounds, tastes and adventures they could experience by being here in New Brunswick."
The weekend will begin with a reception hosted by Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson and Graham at the National Gallery of Canada, on Friday evening. New Brunswick hockey players will participate in the Great Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championship on Saturday, which will be followed by the official unveiling of a giant, handcrafted ice sculpture in the Rogers Crystal Garden. Throughout the weekend, the Maison Charron in Jacques-Cartier Park will be transformed into a Maison acadienne for visitors to explore. Saturday evening will be celebrated with New Brunswick-born Roch Voisine on the American Express Snowbowl stage.
On Sunday morning, a reading of New Brunswick poetry will be hosted by the lieutenant-governor at the National Arts Centre. The weekend will conclude with a hip-hop jamboree on the Rideau Canal, featuring recent award-winning artists Radio Radio and guest fiddler Dominique Dupuis.
"This opportunity to showcase New Brunswick's dynamic culture in our nation's capital will foster a greater understanding of the many opportunities in our province as we move toward self-sufficiency in 2026," said Graham.
A New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude is a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission, which expressed their thanks to Winterlude organizers for hosting the event.
"New Brunswick's weekend at Winterlude is the first event in 2009 to commemorate our 225th anniversary," said Walter Brown, chair of the Provincial Capital Commission. "We would like to extend a warm invitation to the rest of the country to be here in New Brunswick as our province celebrates 225 years of shared history. We invite all Canadians to take part in other activities, such as the Congrès mondial acadien and New Brunswick Day."
A full schedule of events for A New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Bursey, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-3515, or cellular, 506-461-0942.