OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - The Quartier Vanier Merchants Association (QV BIA) in cooperation with the City of Ottawa is pleased to present C'est Chill, a one day festival that starts at 12 NOON on Saturday December 1, 2012. Supported by a grant from Heritage Canada, the City of Ottawa's is working with the QV BIA to highlight Vanier's patrimonial heritage and recent history throughout this celebration day: C'est Chill. "We are delighted to be part of this event that supports Vanier's revitalization," says Renée Bertrand, City official.
Over the last few years, the area has seen substantial positive change and this new event C'est Chill was born as an occasion to honour this transformation, by celebrating Vanier's local heritage and culture. French, English and Aboriginal performances, artists will come together in the commercial zone starting with the ringing of the bells, a symphony of Vanier's churches ringing all at the same time marking the start of the event.
Led by drummers, a walking parade including Santa Claus will kick off the event at 1:15 pm at the Scotiabank parking lot at the corner of Hannah and Montréal Road and head towards St-Charles Square, on Beechwood at the St. Charles Church where a variety of stage performances have been planned.
Suzanne Valiquet, Executive Director of the QV BIA, is also excited about the opportunity that the City has given the district. "C'est Chill has really allowed us to redefine who we are. By working collaboratively with merchants, residents and artists, we wish to showcase to the rest of Ottawa the Renaissance of Vanier - a multicultural place where to live, work and have fun."
On stage, C'est Chill presents Les Mosquitos, D-track, BBoyizm and DJ Masqué, in addition to an extensive lineup of other artists and activities including the creation of a gigantic dream catcher, the unveiling of a mural, yarn bombing, a food fair, artists in cafés, a live video show, a photo exhibit, aboriginal drumming, First Nations cuisine, face painting, square dancing, an open stage and much more.
The QV BIA will hold a preview of C'est Chill this Tuesday, November 27 at 2 PM at St. Charles Church, 135 Barrette Street, corner of Beechwood and St-Charles. This media event will provide further details regarding the programming of the festival and some key players who made the event possible. Included are: Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Renée Bertrand, John Therien, QV Chair, Suzanne Valiquet, Executive Director, former Vanier Mayor Guy Cousineau, Mélanie Gatt, Yarn Bombing Artist, Native Drummers, and Marwan El Rassi, Beechwood merchant and QV Director.
The QV BIA website www.vanierbia.com features the list of performances for more information on the event.