Without a doubt the most exciting place to be celebrating Canada 150 this year is in the nation’s capital. This weekend Coca-Cola Canada will be all over Ottawa supporting events to help Canadians celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday right!

“There’s nothing quite like being in Ottawa for Canada Day,” says Tamara Segall, General Manager of Coca-Cola’s Ottawa facility. “On average the city welcomes 350,000 visitors for Canada Day festivities and this year will definitely be far from average!  We want to put our best foot forward to help everyone have a great visit and we have quite a few things planned to make Canada 150 extra special.”

Here are just a few of the places Coca-Cola will be in Ottawa:

Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) has been the country’s premier recognition of outstanding contributions to culture in Canada and beyond since it debuted in 1992. The awards are traditionally under the patronage of the sitting Governor General beginning with the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn as part of the celebrations around the 125th anniversary of Confederation.

Every year the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are presented for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in categories like theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film and broadcasting. Additionally artists are recognized by the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts and the National Arts Centre Award. Coca-Cola Canada is proud to be a national partner of the GGPAA’s and celebrate the contributions Canadian artists have made to the cultural landscape both at home and abroad.

National Arts Centre Re-opening & Ribbon Cutting

Since February 2016, the National Arts Centre (NAC) has been undergoing a major renovation thanks to a $110.5 million investment by the Government of Canada. On Saturday the NAC will be having its official re-opening celebration, kicked off with the cutting of a city block-long ribbon by 150 artists, architects, construction workers and NAC patrons. Afterwards there will be a BBQ, live music and dance performances for families to come out and enjoy.

Coca-Cola Canada is excited to be a celebration partner for the event and will be giving away copies of their new book Canada’s Coca-Cola: Refreshing the Nation for 120 Years to the first 150 guests on both July 1st and 2nd. If you can’t get there right away, don’t worry! Just keep an eye out as there will be 1,500 commemorative Canada 150 mini cans of Coca-Cola up for grabs as well.

Across Downtown Ottawa

Stores and restaurants around Parliament Hill will be also be getting in on the festivities handing out Coca-Cola sunglasses, hats and t-shirts to those celebrating out and about downtown.

No matter where you are in Canada, please share a photo with us of how Coca-Cola is helping you celebrate Canada 150. Take care and have a fun and safe Canada Day from your friends at Coca-Cola Canada!