For immediate release Thursday, October 5, 2017
O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years is Unveiled as the 
Official Book for the City of Ottawa 


For Immediate Release: Publishing partners Kimothy Walker, Joan Weinman, Michael Curran and Terry Tyo, together with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, MPP and Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, Ottawa2017’s Guy Laflamme and hundreds of guests, celebrated the book launch of ‘O Canada! A Celebration of 150 Years’ on Thursday at Ottawa City Hall. 
The comprehensive coffee table book is a mosaic of the best of the nation and its capital, drawing particular attention to Canada’s unforgettable sesquicentennial celebrations.  The essence of what it means to be Canadian is captured through the written and visual work of the country’s leaders, thinkers, community builders and writers.
“This book not only showcases the expansive beauty of Canada but shines a spotlight on the nation’s capital and all of the exciting events that made this year’s celebrations so memorable,” said Mayor Jim Watson. 
Michael Curran of Great River Media says, “An entire section of the book is dedicated to Ottawa2017’s innovative and dramatic signature events, like La Machine, Red Bull Crashed Ice and the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge, just a few of the incredible events that happened in 2017.”
Profiles of companies, as well as health and educational institutions, that have contributed to Ottawa’s development are also included in the book.
“Making this book has been an incredible opportunity to learn about the nation’s rich history and envision what Canada’s future will look like. ‘O Canada’ is a signature souvenir with emphasis on the values we hold dear: openness, inclusion and diversity,” said Ottawa Media Group’s Kimothy Walker.
The creators of the book – members of Melbourne Group, Great River Media and Ottawa Media Group – reached out to well-known Canadians from coast-to-coast to pen essays that would capture the spirit and essence of Canada. 
Essayists include former Governor General Michaëlle Jean and Canadian filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond, who share their personal experience travelling across this vast country; social justice advocate Allison Fisher of Ottawa’s Wabano Centre who weaves her family’s story as proud Odawa and Potawatomi peoples into the Canadian story; and historian Andrew Iarocci, who writes about Canada’s sacrifices in both world wars that shook the foundations of modern civilization, among others. 
A portion of the proceeds from each purchase support the Michaëlle Jean Foundation to help Indigenous and underserviced youth through the arts, with a particular emphasis on mental health support. 
The book is made possible thanks to Bruyère, Calian Group Ltd., Carleton University, Commissionaires, Ottawa 2017, The Regional Group, The Royal and the University of Ottawa.
You can purchase ‘O Canada! A Celebration of 150 years’ online here www.canada150book.ca
For more information: 
Kimothy Walker
Managing Partner, Ottawa Media Group
613. 859.3753