With large crowds it’s best to bring less. Avoid bringing pets, strollers, large bags, and chairs to the event. Bikes should be parked securely outside of the viewing areas to ensure the experience is safe and memorable for everyone!
This is not a parade that you watch roll by as you stand on the sidewalk. As the characters move through the streets, you should move with them. For much of the performance, you will be close enough to interact with the stars of the show.
Plan to do a lot of walking and anticipate large crowds. So, wear proper footwear and keep track of your little ones.
Downtown Ottawa will be turned into a performance stage and spectator gallery at the same time. Roads will be closed to accommodate the performance and the thousands of people expected to come watch. You will probably need more time to get around by car, bike, bus or on foot.
Beat the heat
If it’s a hot and humid day, you will want to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day - preferably water - and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol. Also, look for shade whenever you can. Don’t forget to put on a hat and slather on the sunscreen.
If you want to get a full day’s experience out of La Machine, there will probably be down time between performances. Plan to do some shopping, stop someplace for a bite to eat, or explore a local gallery.
However, Sunday’s grand finale will be in a more isolated location, away from shops and stores. Bring your water bottles and we will have some water filling stations available for you.
Enjoy the moment
This performance is a first for North America and, possibly, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Savour the opportunity to see something you may never see again. Take some pictures that you won’t be able to take later. Have fun. This is gonna be cool.
DAY 1: Thursday, July 27
8 p.m. – Kumo awakens near the National Gallery of Canada
DAY 2: Friday, July 28
10 a.m. – Long Ma awakens at City Hall
10:30 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
2 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery
2 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the National Gallery
8 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Shaw Centre
8 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
DAY 3: Saturday, July 29
11 a.m. – Kumo Walkabout: By Ward Market
11 a.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: ByWard Market
3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
3:10 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the ByWard Market
8: 30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from City Hall
9:30 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada
Day 4: Sunday, July 30
2:30 p.m. – Kumo Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
3 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Supreme Court of Canada
8:30 p.m. – Long Ma Walkabout: departs from the Chaudière Falls
9 p.m. – STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Canadian War Museum