The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is going underground with its latest signature event announced Wednesday.
One of Ottawa 2017's signature events will be a multimedia experience in the Lyon Station of the LRT tunnel.
The LRT’s Confederation Line may not be up and running until May 2018, but over a 10-week period during Canada’s 150th birthday year, the Lyon Station will be home to what the bureau is calling an “impressive underground multimedia production.”
“Knowing the importance of the Confederation Line to Ottawa’s future, this was the very first concept that I proposed when I took the role of leading the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, and this is the program element that I’m most proud of,” Ottawa 2017 Bureau executive director Guy Laflamme said in a statement. “This Ottawa 2017 signature event will be more than just entertainment. We want to elevate people’s souls and inspire them to do great things, in 2017 and beyond.”
The bureau said it completed an “open, competitive process” to find a company to produce the event before turning to Montreal’s Moment Factory, the same firm that in 2010 produced the first Mosaika sound and light show on Parliament Hill.
Moment Factory co-founder Sakchin Bessette said it was an honour to collaborate on what he called a “momentum-building project” that will tell the story of a city moving toward a connected future.
“At Moment Factory, we tell stories with light, video and sound. But more than this, we bridge the divide between the digital and physical realms to allow a sense of magic to flourish,” he said in a statement.
The project will shine a spotlight on light rail and its role in transforming the capital, the bureau said, building anticipation for the project before it officially opens.
The full concept and title of the multimedia experience will be revealed at a later date, but a promotional video posted on Vimeo is telling viewers to get ready to embark on a journey in time.