In the heart of winter, as night defeats the day, fictional characters inspired by the Canadian outdoors set out on a quest for light. Displayed across the entire facade of Parliament, this magical journey takes them through a breathtaking world made up of large digital projections, dazzling lights and an entirely original soundtrack.
The new sound and light show presented on Parliament Hill in Ottawa takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through Canada’s history. Highly sophisticated tools – from lasers and interactive devices to lighting, sound and the latest digital technology – were used to produce Northern Lights, an inspired artistic creation.
An event to discover, to be held every summer until 2019.
In designing the concept for Northern Lights, the show’s creators drew inspiration from the setting: the monumental architecture of the Parliament Buildings, the Memorial Chamber honouring the heroes who gave their lives for their country, and the invaluable library, guardian of the Nation’s memories, which was miraculously saved from fire in 1916.
Developed over an 18-month period, this show involved a multidisciplinarian team made up of dozens of contributors during the lengthy production process. This vignette offers a look at the main steps of the project and the key players.
The mobile illuminated cube is an innovative device that allows spectators to entertain themselves with various interactive games while waiting for the presentation to begin. During the show, its laser enhances the visuals on the facade of the parliament building.
Projectors, video servers, loudspeakers, a laser, kilometres of cables, an interactive cube... all to be connected and then perfectly synchronized. Bringing the Northern Lights show to life was a tremendous technological challenge!