Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 17, 2010 09:53 ET

Media advisory: Spruced Up Tent Room Reopens to the Sound of Classical Music

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - Following a major rehabilitation project carried out by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Tent Room at Rideau Hall, the governor general's official residence in Ottawa, will be reopening this week. To mark the occasion, a private concert will be held on June 18, at 8 p.m., featuring musicians from the NAC Summer Music Institute. In attendance will be the Order of Canada recipients who were invested earlier in the day.

The National Capital Commission will hold an information session on June 18, at 2 p.m., to explain the restoration work carried out on this historical facility. A visual opportunity will be available to the media for the first 20 minutes of the evening concert.

The Tent Room at Rideau Hall was constructed in 1876 as an indoor tennis court. Large receptions and dinners were also held there. During major events, fabric was draped on the otherwise bare walls and ceiling, giving the room the appearance of a tent. The room's style remains unchanged to this day. It is used as a venue for official events and for arts exhibits. Members of the public can view to the Tent Room during guided tours.

To learn more about the Tent Room rehabilitation project, visit the National Capital Commission Web site at:

Members of the media wishing to participate in the information session on June 18, at 2 p.m., must confirm their attendance with the NCC.

Visual opportunities for the concert will be available to the media from 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. Those interested are asked to arrive at Rideau Hall's Princess Anne Entrance before 7:45 p.m.

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