Lace Up and join in the fun with the opening of a new exhibition

January 23, 2006

Lace Up and join in the fun with the opening of a new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

Gatineau, Quebec, January 23, 2006 — The Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to take part in a series of activities being presented in conjunction with the new exhibition Lace Up: Canada’s Passion for Skating that will open on Thursday, January 26. Come and learn from the experts about one of our country’s most popular winter activities.

Jean-Marie Leduc, is indeed a well-known skate collector who holds the largest skate collection in Canada. He has loaned more than 70 pairs of skates to the Museum for the Lace Up exhibition, including very early models. He is a member of the Concordes Speed Skating Club and not, as erroneously published, involved in a figure skating club. He is a certified speed-skating announcer and has been a speed skating commentator for 30 years. He was the speed-skating announcer three times for the Special Olympics and he was the francophone announcer for long track skating in the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.

Coffee and Conversation: Skate into the Past
Jean-Marie Leduc
Friday, January 27 – 1:30 p.m. (French) and Sunday, January 29 – 1:30 p.m. (English)
Special Events Corridor
Free with Museum admission

Figure skating is an entirely different form of skating, of course, enjoyed the world over for its grace, beauty and challenge. Accomplished members of the Gloucester Figure Skating Club will demonstrate their talents and share advice and tips with those who would like to work on their ice moves.

Skate with an Edge!
Gloucester Figure Skating Club
Sunday, January 29, and February 5 and 12 – 11 a.m. (bilingual)
Waterfall Court
(Outdoor activity)

Among his many achievements, Donald Jackson won the Bronze Medal in figure skating at the 1960 Olympics and was inducted into the Ontario Sport Legends Hall of Fame for the glory he brought to Ontario and Canada by winning the World Men’s Figure Skating Championship in 1962 with seven perfect marks. He will be accompanied by members of the Minto Skating Club to spend a fun afternoon on the ice.

A Fun Afternoon on the Ice
Donald Jackson and the Minto Skating Club
Saturday, January 28 – 2 p.m. (bilingual)
Waterfall Court
(Outdoor Activity)

The Canadian Museum of Civilization also invites the public to join skating and history buffs for the official exhibition opening of Lace Up: Canada’s Passion for Skating on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall. All are welcome. Admission is free.

More information is available by calling (819) 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

Media Information:

Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: (819) 776-7167

Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: (819) 776-7169

Fax: (819) 776-7187

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