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Here be monsters: Where to see La Machine in Ottawa this weekend

The mythical creatures of La Machine will be exploring the streets of downtown Ottawa this weekend.

Significant traffic delays expected Saturday and Sunday in downtown, ByWard Market

La Machine and its giant mechanical beasts will be among Ottawa's notable visitors in 2017. The French street theatre company, which has never performed in North America before, will storm our streets for Canada's 150th anniversary. (Ottawa 2017)

Watch a recording of CBC Ottawa's Facebook Live video of the Saturday show below. 

The mythical creatures of La Machine will be exploring the streets of downtown Ottawa this weekend. 

A giant mechanical spider and a dragon-horse — named Kumo and Long Ma, respectively — can be seen from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30. Significant traffic delays around downtown and the ByWard Market are expected over the weekend, so plan ahead. 

Here is the schedule of their walk.


Thursday July 27

  • 8 p.m. Kumo awakens near the National Gallery of Canada.

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 Confederation Park.

Saturday July 29

  • 11 a.m. Kumo Walkabout: ByWard 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 Confederation Park.
  • 9:30 p.m. STATIC SCENE: Kumo and Long Ma at the Supreme Court of Canada.

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.
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