Winterlude to return in 2021 with a virtual ice-carving competition, musical showcases and more

Winterlude returns for the 43rd time, but this year’s celebrations will be brought to you virtually from February 5th until February 21st. Tune into the Canadian Heritage YouTube channel to catch all of the scheduled events, like ice-carving, musical acts, an iceskating performance and more.  

This year, Winterlude is showcasing a virtual National Ice-Carving Competition for the very first time. It will feature sculptors from across Canada from Yellowknife to Halifax, and closer to home, in Ottawa and Gatineau, too. All participating contestants had 28 days to turn 8 blocks of ice into gorgeous sculptures. You can see their creations beginning February 5th. The winner be announced on the week of February 22nd 

Winterlude’s musical performance showcase is a great mix and it includes William Prince, Ria Mae, and the NAC Orchestra. Also taking to the virtual stage are Ariane Moffatt, Alexandre Tétrault and the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Corneille, Faouzia, Tracy Trash and Masson Stomp.  

As well, for winter sports enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss Elladj Baldé‘s figure skating performance.  

And for all those moments in between, Winterlude’s partnering sponsors have come up with some great winter activities, including things to watch, such as virtual shows and museum tours, things you can listen to and stuff to keep you busy like DIY workshops and challenges.  

Winterlude kicks off Friday, February 5th at 7PM with its opening ceremonies. Learn more about the festivities hereAnd check out the WinterPride schedule here.

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