Ottawa 2017 Bureau launches Ignite 150 events program 

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In its latest funding announcement, the Ottawa 2017 Bureau said Wednesday it is looking for “unique events” to be held in “unusual locations” during Canada’s 150th birthday year.

Créations Cirque perform on the rooftop of the Rideau Centre, part of Ottawa 2017 Bureau's Ignite 150 announcement.

The bureau, a non-profit organization that is planning Ottawa’s Canada 150 celebration, is promising “a series of 17 epic stunts and gatherings” dubbed Ignite 150 that will “turbo-charge every corner” of the city in 2017.

Ottawa 2017 Bureau executive director Guy Laflamme said the Ignite 150 events will use innovation and surprise to create emotional connections with participants, creating unforgettable moments.

“These unique events, held in scenic, lesser-known locations, will present a very vibrant and dynamic image of Ottawa, changing the perception of our city and opening minds to the world of possibilities before us,” he said in a statement.

Ignite 150’s total budget is $250,000, with successful projects getting funding between $5,000 and $25,000.

“Projects should be bold, creative, innovative and engaging, providing a unique emotional experience for participants,” the bureau said. It offered such examples as a “sunset yoga session on a barge floating down a local waterway accompanied by a live orchestra.”

The deadline for applications is April 28 at 4 p.m.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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