The National Capital Commission, the Association des auteurs et des auteures de l’Outaouais, and Library and Archives Canada officially opened the Authors Pavilion today at the Maison des auteurs (Maison Charron). This pavilion, the ninth of 10 Confederation Pavilions opened this year to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, is located in Jacques‑Cartier Park, in the heart of the MosaïCanada 150 exhibition, which showcases some 40 horticultural works reflecting 150 years of Canadian history, values, arts and cultures.
Maison Charron in Gatineau is home to the Association des auteurs et des auteures de l'Outaouais. In 2017, the Authors Pavilion will feature cultural and literacy programs, including ''Concerts à la Maison''.
Organized by the Association des auteurs et des auteures de l’Outaouais, the Authors Pavilion is open every day until October 15, 2017. Concerts and various literary events for the whole family are being presented on the terrace of the Maison des auteurs: a duet with the Orchestre symphonique de Gatineau, a performance by Sam Faye and D‑Track, djembe drumming with Cobra du Mandingue, contemporary dance, a performance by the Didier Chasteau jazz trio, and more. For more details about the complete program, visit www.aaao.ca/programmation (website in French only).
In addition to participating in these activities, visitors will also have an opportunity to see the innovative digital exhibition Paroles d’auteurs; to view video clips of 10 authors from the Association who answer the question: “What inspires you?”; and to enjoy À la lumière des mots, a bold and original work featuring quotes from Outaouais authors highlighted by the multimedia work of Daïmon. A dynamic presentation of photographs, texts and videos will also be offered by Library and Archives Canada.
Visitors can also enjoy the Bistro Coqlicorne food counter, and will be able to purchase the works of various authors from Canada’s Capital Region.
The NCC’s Confederation Pavilions—a group of architecturally significant buildings that have been given new life by NCC partners to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary—are welcoming Capital residents and visitors in 2017.
Canada 150 is the perfect time to shine a light on the creators whose work has had a profound influence on our society and culture. The Authors Pavilion will provide a remarkable window into the work of authors from the Outaouais region and the stories that have shaped this region.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The National Capital Commission is delighted to partner with the Association des auteurs et des auteures de l’Outaouais for Canada 150 to celebrate Canadian literature and music at Maison Charron, the Authors Pavilion, in the spectacular setting of MosaïCanada 150.Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission
The Maison des auteurs has become the Authors Pavilion for a season to participate in the festivities surrounding Canada’s 150th anniversary. I would like to thank the National Capital Commission and all our partners for their support in this wonderful adventure.François Lescalier, Director, Association des auteurs et des auteures de l’Outaouais
Given our strong ties with the literary world, our collaboration with the Association des auteurs et auteures de l’Outaouais is natural. Through photographs, videos and texts, we are pleased to contribute to the Authors’ Pavilion, during this 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. We would also like to thank the National Capital Commission, a valued partner, for making this collaboration possible.Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada