March 2 2016
Northen LIghts on Parliament Hill

The Northern Lights will be visible on Canada’s Parliament buildings again this summer courtesy of a striking new projection mapping show delivered by 17 Christie 3DLP projectors with content provided by id3. The half hour Northern Lights show, running from July 9 to September 10, celebrates Canadian history, achievements, the majesty of its vast landscape, and the diversity of its people.

With this revised mapping, “Northern Lights” is twice as bright with twice the contrast compared with its predecessor “Mosaika,” which used nine Christie projectors. The new presentation immerses the audience in the Canadian experience with a 7.1 audio track with full narration, 44 moving lights, and over 100 LED lights. This thematic journey through Canada’s history unfolds on the 472-feet long, six-storey high Parliament Building and 302-feet tall Peace Tower.

The show is divided into five ‘books,’ each with its own theme:
• Book One: Foundations of the Nation. A fluid ink-in-water style paints stories of how people from all over the world have expanded Canadian foundations.
• Book Two: Strength in Partnership uses an illustration style inspired by classical paintings to explore alliances that have shaped Canada.
• Book Three: Discovery and Adventure uses a lithographic style to highlight the achievements of explorers, scientists and innovators.
• Book Four: Valour combines dramatic performances with archival materials and charcoal drawings to honour the men and women who have served at home and abroad in military conflicts since the First World War.
• Book Five: Pride and Vision. Inspired by the stained glass windows of the Memorial Chamber in the Peace Tower, this book celebrates the natural grandeur of Canada and the diversity of its people.

Jean-Marc Beauvalet, Manager of Technical Services at the Department of Canadian Heritage, says the additional brightness, colour uniformity and superior edge blending of Christie projectors is a huge asset — especially with each book using different visuals and blends, and evoking different moods.

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