Canada 150 Red Couch Tour Invites Canadians From Coast to Coast to Coast to Share Their Stories

The Government of Canada encourages Canadians to share their stories from the Canada 150 Red Couch

OTTAWA, June 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa–Vanier, participated in the launch of the Canada 150 Red Couch Tour organized by ELPIO Production. Ms. Fortier attended the launch on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

For this Canada 150 signature project, ELPIO Production will travel across the country with a red couch, inviting Canadians to take a seat and share their stories, with cameras rolling. At the end of the tour, the organizers will produce a video compilation of the stories, as well as a digital photo mosaic of the people they met on the journey.

The Government of Canada is funding the Tour through the Canada 150 Fund. Through the Fund, the Government supports local, regional and national activities designed to give Canadians across the country an opportunity to join in the Canada 150 celebrations and make 2017 an unforgettable year.


"2017 is an exceptional year. Canada 150 invites us to reflect on our past and look to the future with optimism. I am delighted that the Canada 150 Red Couch Tour is giving Canadians an opportunity to share their stories nationwide. Let's take advantage of Canada 150 to express what it means to be Canadian and to strengthen the bonds that unite us!"

—the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"ELPIO Production's concept to celebrate Canada 150 was to discover Canadians' stories and their hopes for the future. It's a wonderful opportunity to share what Canada means to us. I invite one and all to join us in celebrating this important anniversary. Come take a seat on the couch!"

—Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa–Vanier, Ontario

"We are honoured to be one of Canada 150's pan-Canadian signature projects and to have an opportunity to share stories of Canadians from all walks of life and what Canada means to them. The Red Couch has visited the Canadian North and Labrador and will be continuing the journey with an eight-week national tour from Newfoundland to British Columbia. These stories will be collected into 150 video clips and shared with all Canadians through social media."

—Ela Kinowska, Project Manager, ELPIO Production

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is providing $198,572 in funding for ELPIO Production's Canada 150 Red Couch Tour.
  • The main themes of the Government of Canada's vision for Canada 150 are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth.
  • The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million.
  • Through the Fund, the Government of Canada makes strategic investments in activities that support the themes of Canada 150 and encourage Canadians to participate in the celebrations.

Associated Links

Canada 150

ELPIO Production—Canada 150 Red Couch Tour


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only): Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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