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CANADA: Calgary to Host 2027 North American Indigenous Games, Edmonton Heritage Festival, Ottawa Tourism's Incentive Program, and More

CALGARY: Calgary has been chosen to host the 2027 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), the largest multisport and culture event for Indigenous youth on Turtle Island. The games, which take place every four years, will be returning to their roots, having begun in Alberta more than 30 years ago. The NAIG bid was prepared by Tourism Calgary in partnership with Tsuut’ina Nation, with input and involvement from local Indigenous Nations, the City of Calgary, and many community partners.

EDMONTON: The Edmonton Heritage Festival returns Aug. 5-7. The multicultural, family-friendly event allows eventgoers to sample culinary treats, shop for artwork, and chat with folks who are proud to discuss their unique roots and the rich multicultural communities they have created in Canada. Over 70 pavilions representing more than 90 countries and cultures will come together to share their entertainment and culture and celebrate diversity.

OTTAWA: Ottawa Tourism has launched a program for tour operators to incentivize new bookings in Ottawa. Upon registering for Ottawa VIP (Visitor Inspiration Program), tour operators receive a box of local gifts to share with tour participants, elevating the in-destination experience and showcasing more local culture. This incentive program is paired with a $35 credit per room night to be used on a qualified tour operator’s next visit to Ottawa. Ottawa VIP has been created as a multiyear incentive program, with the $35 credit being offered until Dec. 1, 2023.

TORONTO: Toronto Pearson Airport announced the opening of a highly anticipated addition to its culinary scene. Osmow's, a renowned family restaurant chain, opened its first-ever airport location on July 15. Situated in Terminal 1's domestic sector, post-security, Osmow's will introduce travelers to an enticing menu of modern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

VANCOUVER: The 2023 Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival (previously named Vancouver Bach Festival) will take place July 27 to Aug. 5 at various venues including SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Christ Church Cathedral, Pyatt Hall, The Orpheum Annex, West Vancouver United Church, and St. James Community Square. This year's theme is WOMENinSIGHT, celebrating women composers, librettists, and performers of the past and present. 

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