Media Advisory - Ontario Heritage Trust celebrates Heritage Week 2009 in Ottawa

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -

    Date:     	  Friday, February 13, 2009 - 10 a.m.
                 (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)
    Location:    St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities
                 314 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa
                 Note: This site has partial accessibility.
    Directions:  At the southwest corner of St. Patrick and Cumberland
                 streets. Pay parking available at 141 Clarence Street
                 (between Dalhousie and Cumberland streets).
    Photo        Unveiling of provincial plaque to commemorate Joseph
    opportunity  Montferrand 1802-1864
    Contact:     Gordon Pim
                 Marketing and Communications Coordinator
                 Telephone: 416-325-1484

    Join the Ontario Heritage Trust as we celebrate Heritage Week 2009 at the
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities in Ottawa.
    Heritage Week offers a unique opportunity for Ontarians to celebrate our
rich history and to recognize the vital work of heritage organizations and
volunteers across Ontario. This year's Heritage Week theme - Uniquely Ontario
- encourages communities across the province to celebrate the landscapes,
architecture and traditions that make them unique.
    The event at the St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts and Humanities in
Ottawa - a site protected by a Trust conservation easement - officially
launches Ontario Heritage Week, which runs from February 16 to February 22,
2009. The event will include special presentations, performances, a Heritage
Expo and the unveiling of a provincial plaque to commemorate francophone folk
hero Joseph Montferrand.
    Montferrand, the son of a voyageur, acquired a reputation for having
exceptional fighting abilities. After a brief period working in the fur trade,
Montferrand joined the burgeoning lumber industry along the St. Lawrence and
Ottawa River valleys.
    A strong rivalry developed between the Irish and French-Canadian groups
of labourers as they competed for work; fights were common. One of
Montferrand's most legendary exploits took place on the Union (now Chaudière)
Bridge where he reputedly fought off an ambush of 150 Irish labourers
single-handedly. Tales of his feats were widely circulated in the oral
tradition and have passed into literature and song. Joseph Montferrand is
symbolically important to French-Canadians. The legends of Montferrand have
persisted into this century and have become interwoven in French-Canadian
cultural folklore.
    During Heritage Week, dozens of community activities and events will be
held throughout Ontario. For a listing of these activities and events, visit

    The Ontario Heritage Trust's Provincial Plaque Program commemorates
significant people, places and events in Ontario's history. Since 1953, over
1,200 provincial plaques have been unveiled.

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