Media advisory - ByWard Market BIA and Downtown Rideau BIA to kick-off events for Winterlude 2016 on January 28th

Keynote Speakers include City Councilor Mathieu Fleury

OTTAWA, Jan. 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - ByWard Market BIA and Rideau Downtown BIA will officially launch their acclaimed and entertaining Winterlude program of activities at an event on Thursday January 28th at William Square.



Launch of ByWard Market BIA and Downtown Rideau BIA Winterlude Programming ByWard Market BIA and Downtown Rideau BIA welcome media to the official launch of their exciting Winterlude programming, a series of activities and events that celebrate community and local businesses and incite visitors and Ottawa residents to embrace winter and all that the capital city has to offer.

Guests and spectators will get a glimpse into what will be offered the following weeks during Winterlude. The launch of activities is sure to satisfy all the senses.

Spectators and special guests can enjoy a local hot beverage and warm hearty stew provided by local businesses. Stew samples provided by the 2015 C. A. Paradis Judges' Choice Award winner Tucker's Marketplace.


Keynote Speakers

  • Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa City Councilor for Rideau-Vanier Ward
  • Jasna Jennings, Executive Director, ByWard Market BIA
  •  Peggy Ducharme, Executive Director, Downtown Rideau BIA


Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • 11-11:30 a.m. - Media interview/photo opportunities and networking event
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Keynote Speakers
  •  12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Guests can interact with local businesses , restauranteurs and snow carvers to learn more about the upcoming ByWard Market and Rideau Downtown Winterlude program of events. Complimentary stew and hot beverages


ByWard Market

William Square (pedestrian area between Your Corner Butcher and Tucker's Marketplace, intersection of William and York streets)



Media are asked to confirm their attendance in advance by contacting Christianne Scholfield at the coordinates below.

About the ByWard Market      

The ByWard Market is where Ottawa was born. Established by Lt-Col. John By in 1826, the ByWard Market is one of Canada's oldest and largest public markets. The legendary builder of the Rideau Canal; Lt-Colonel. By himself laid out the street plan of the Market, designating George and York Streets to be extra wide to accommodate the horse-drawn carriages that brought foodstuffs to the market every day.

Today, the ByWard Market is the original downtown. Open seven days a week, 363 days a year, this is where people come to be a part of it all.

About ByWard Market BIA

The ByWard Market BIA advances the way the community and businesses communicate and thrive. Serving more than 600 local businesses within the Nation's Capital's number one tourist attraction, the ByWard Market BIA's goals and objectives are to enhance and improve the area it represents for its residents and visitors. Through a number of marketing and event initiatives, the BIA promotes the Market as a safe place to live, shop, visit and operate a business. With the help of the municipality the ByWard Market BIA works diligently to preserve the unique character and rich heritage of the ByWard Market.

About Downtown Rideau
The importance of Downtown Rideau today as Ottawa's Arts & Theatre District and retail centre stems from its historic role as the primary commercial district of early Ottawa. Located just one block east of Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal, Downtown Rideau did, and still does, provide a focus for the region's shopping, hotel and meeting activities. The proximity of Downtown Rideau's main street- Rideau Street- to many of the capital's local and national landmarks and attractions further enhances Downtown Rideau's role as the centre of activity in the City of Ottawa.

About Downtown Rideau BIA
Downtown Rideau is abundant with trendy fashion stores, exquisite restaurants, captivating theatres and a hub of cultural activity to please fashionistas and artists alike, or those simply looking to put a "little theatre in their life"!


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For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Christianne Scholfield, CMS Communications (c/o ByWard Market BIA),, 613 859-1023


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