Feb. 13, 2009
OTTAWA, Ont. (CNB) - A three-day celebration of New Brunswick and its 225th anniversary will be held in Ottawa from Feb. 13-15 at A New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude. Lt.-Gov. Herménégilde Chiasson and Premier Shawn Graham will be in attendance.
The celebration will embrace the culture and tradition of New Brunswick, the first province to be showcased for an entire weekend at Winterlude, which has been one of Canada's premier winter events since 1979.
The weekend will begin on Friday evening with a reception hosted by Chiasson and Graham at the National Gallery of Canada. On Saturday morning a giant, handcrafted ice sculpture in honour of New Brunswick will be officially unveiled in the Rogers Crystal Garden. New Brunswick hockey players will participate in the Great Beaver Cup Pond Hockey Championship that afternoon.
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.
Throughout the weekend, Maison Charron in Jacques-Cartier Park will be transformed into Maison acadienne for visitors to explore.
A New Brunswick Weekend at Winterlude is a partnership between the Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Media outlets wishing to receive still photos from the event should contact Ashley Bursey. MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Bursey, Communications New Brunswick, 506-461-0942.