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

Ten portraits now on display under the Bank Street Bridge

For immediate release

Ottawa, Ontario, February 3, 2012 – Library and Archives Canada is marking the War of 1812 Bicentennial with Portraits on the Ice, an exhibition on the Rideau Canal Skateway.

The portraits on display depict some of the English-and French-speaking militia and colonists, British officers and First Nations allies who worked together to successfully block American invasions over the course of more than two years. Their united front helped lay the foundation for the Canada we know today.

For the fifth consecutive year, skaters will have the opportunity to view portrait reproductions on the Rideau Canada Skateway. This year’s selections take on special significance, as the decision to build the canal stemmed from the War of 1812 and the need to ensure a secure transportation route.

Portraits on the Ice is presented in collaboration with the National Capital Commission and will be on display under the Bank Street Bridge from mid-January to early March.

As part of the Portraits in the Street program, this installation offers Canadians an unexpected encounter with works of art from their national portrait collection. Library and Archives Canada’s Portrait Gallery program has presented reproductions in locations across the country since 2008, such as on the streets of Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, in Winnipeg to mark the Year of the Métis Nation, and in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Canada’s first English settlement.

For more information about Portraits on the Ice, please visit the Portrait Gallery of Canada Web page at: www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/portrait-portal/Pages/past-exhibitions.aspx?selected=1.3.

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 cooperation 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 media inquiries, please contact:
Pauline M. Portelance
Acting Chief, Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada
613-293-4298
pauline.portelance@bac-lac.gc.ca