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Downtown Rideau B.I.A. presents PASSAGE

The Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area (D.R.B.I.A) presents PASSAGE, an experiential sound and light attraction on Ogilvy Square from October 17th to November 12th, 2019, as a part of the Downtown Rideau’s O-Train Rideau Station opening celebrations and to connect Rideau Station to Rideau Street and Ogilvy Square.

PASSAGE is a playful, immersive, temporary public art installation that tours the emotional interconnection we develop with light and sound. The installation consists of 20 light circles that form a tunnel in conjunction with a sound system. Participants walk through the tunnel activating lights, animations and sounds. More info about Passage.

We’re also launching an Instagram contest also that evening. Simply take your best selfie and post it with the hashtag #WherePassageLives for a chance to win a $500 CF Rideau Centre Gift Card. One entry per person and you’ll need to be following us prior to posting your photo. Contest begins at 6pm, Canada residents only. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram. Giveaway will be closed at 11:59pm EST on November 12, 2019. Winner will be announced on Friday, November 15. Good luck!

This interactive attraction will engage pedestrians moving between the University of Ottawa, ArtsCourt, CF Rideau Centre and adjacent hotels enroute to the O-Train’s Rideau Station; or Rideau Street and ByWard Market. The PASSAGE creative team – Creation: Serge Maheu | Production: Illuminart | Tour producer: Creos

PASSAGE opened to the public at 6pm on Thursday, October 17 on Ogilvy Square (Nicholas Street between Rideau and Besserer). Locals, tourists, families and children of the City of Ottawa can brighten their fall season with this must-do experience and also explore the myriad of other activities throughout the district. “As Ottawa’s Arts, Fashion & Theatre District, the DRBIA is placing an emphasis on presenting artistic and engaging experiences in Downtown Rideau – Where Culture Lives! “This is the first of a series of similar experiences in development that will be presented in 2020. Stay tuned!” announces Peggy DuCharme, Executive Director of the Downtown Rideau B.I.A.

Representatives from the City of Ottawa and the media will be on hand to help us launch this fantastic installation, along with the production company in attendance to answer any questions. –

For further information contact: Peggy DuCharme, Executive Director, Downtown Rideau B.I.A. 613-241-6211 |

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