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Portraits on the Ice Returns to the Rideau Canal Skateway for a Fourth Year!

10 portraits now on display under the Bank Street Bridge

For immediate release

Ottawa, Ontario, January 31, 2011 - For the fourth year in a row, Library and Archives Canada has launched a Portraits on the Ice exhibition on the Rideau Canal Skateway.

From a portrait of young sisters in nineteenth-century Quebec City to a portrait of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Portraits on the Ice returns to provide another peek inside the vast collection available to the public through Library and Archives Canada.

In collaboration with the National Capital Commission, Portraits on the Ice features 10 portrait reproductions installed under the Bank Street Bridge on the Ottawa Rideau Canal Skateway. The exhibition is on display until early March 2011.

As part of the Portraits in the Street program, Portraits on the Ice is designed to offer Canadians an unexpected encounter with works of art from their national portrait collection. Since 2008, the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, has offered viewings of reproduction portraits in many locations across Canada. In 2010, these included the streets of Cupids, Newfoundland during the 400th Anniversary of Canada’s first English settlement, the City of Vancouver during the Winter Olympic Games, and most recently, in Winnipeg to mark the Year of the Métis Nation.

For more information about Portraits on the Ice, please visit the online exhibition at: www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal/Pages/portrait-portal.aspx?selected=1.

Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.

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For more information, please contact:

Pauline M. Portelance
Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada
819-994-4589 or 613-293-4298