Head down to Parliament Hill one night this summer for a one-of-a-kind sound and light experience of Canadian culture and history, presented by Canadian Heritage and sponsored by Manulife.
Northern Lights starts this Monday, July 9, bringing to life in spectacular detail the people, events and milestones that shape Canadian history.
Using five artistic techniques to tell stories in five books, Northern Lights explores themes of nation-building, partnership, valor, pride and vision — all against the backdrop of the Parliament Buildings.
The free bilingual show launched in 2015 for a five-year run, until the summer of 2019. Over 314,000 people saw the show over its run in the summer of 2017.
The previous show, Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of its People, also ran for five years. More than 1.1 million people saw Mosaika and it received 13 national and international awards.
Watch a preview of Northern Lights from Canadian Heritage:
The creative producers, Montreal-based Idées au cube, use state-of-the-art technology in the presentation. As seen in the video, light projected on the buildings creates incredibly lifelike pictures – the projectors used are capable of displaying 35,251,200 pixels (17 times more than an HD TV.) Over 25,000 feet of fiber optic cables and 15 km of lighting control cables are deployed to run the show.
The show runs until Sept. 3. In July it begins at 10 p.m., in August at 9:30 p.m. and in September at 9 p.m.
There are also three presentations where simultaneous interpretation will be available in American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language — July 13, Aug. 3 and Aug. 24.
Bring some blankets and snacks!