FREE, ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE LETS VIEWERS EXPLORE CANADA LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN GIANT INFLATABLE SESQUIDOME
RICHMOND HILL, ON, AUGUST 3, 2017 – The Town of Richmond Hill announced today that Canada’s travelling 360° film experience SESQUI is making one of its final Ontario stops in Richmond Hill from August 3-7th. SESQUI is a Canada 150 Signature Initiative and offers viewers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Canada through a powerful and unique cinematic experience called HORIZON – A Visual Symphony of Canada (preview available at: http://sesqui.ca/en/horizon-a-360-journey/)
SESQUI’s giant, inflatable cinematic dome offers an 80-person capacity with the ultimate viewing experience with 5.1 surround sound and 360° projection in ultra-clear 9K resolution. Shot in all 13 provinces and territories, this film surrounds audiences with unprecedented views of everything from the auroras of the north to the amazing high tides of the Bay of Fundy. And with immersive 360° views from land, air, and even underwater, HORIZON showcases Canada as it has never been seen before.
HORIZON is 22 minutes long, and will be screened every half-hour in the SESQUIdome at the Richmond Green Sports Centre Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. Admission is free.
- Thursday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 6 from 12 pm to 10 pm
- Monday, Aug. 7 from 10 am to 7:30 pm
“It has been a joy sharing HORIZON with so many Canadians this year and we we’re looking forward to bringing that experience to people of Richmond Hill and the GTA,” said Joanne Loton, SESQUI Executive Producer. “We have seen both the amazing spirit of Canadians and incredible local turnouts in our other tour stops, we expect more of the same in Richmond Hill. As Canada 150 celebrations continue across the country past Canada Day, we hope to offer Canadians a once-in-a-generation experience they’ll never forget.”
The SESQUI cinematic dome is generously supported by the province of Ontario as part of a line-up of Ontario150 celebrations taking place across the province in 2017. SESQUI is also a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, supported by the Government of Canada.
“Ontario’s 150th anniversary is an opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the SESQUI film HORIZON is a visual spectacle of special and unique moments across the country,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With SESQUI’s dome in Richmond Hill, families throughout the area will experience the magic of Ontario and Canada with this breathtaking film.”
The tour stop will also feature culture and tourism activations by SESQUI, Ontario150, Canada 150 and city and community partners, as well as a chance for visitors to win incredible prizes through SESQUI’s People’s Choice Ballot sponsored by Via Rail. For the tour, SESQUI has also worked closely with its partners at the Bank of Canada on the rollout of the new $10 dollar bill, and with Parks Canada’s Canada 150 free pass program.
“Richmond Hill is honoured to be selected as only one of seven locations in Ontario for the unique SESQUI dome tour,” said Mayor Barrow. “We invite everyone from the GTA and beyond to come and watch this special 360 degree film and see Canada in a way you’ve never seen it before – take a guess at which scene was filmed in our town! We also welcome you to stay and visit our award winning parks and trails and experience the heritage and culture of Richmond Hill.”
With a vision to see and understand Canada in new and inspiring ways: SESQUI is a revolutionary 360° cinematic journey into the heart of Canada. SESQUI aims to engage millions of Canadians through its full dome and virtual reality content, online activities and learning programs that showcase the best in Canadian arts and innovation. SESQUI is a Canada 150 Signature Initiative poised to lead celebrations in Canadian communities this year. www.sesqui.ca, #SESQUI2017
2017 is the 150th anniversary of Ontario as a province. To recognize this historically significant year, the government launched Ontario150, a year-long commemoration that is honouring the province’s past, showcasing the present and inspiring future generations. Through Ontario150 grant programs and a series of signature initiatives, Ontario is engaging youth, encouraging cultural expression, promoting participation in sport and recreation, and creating economic opportunities across the province. www.ontario.ca/ 150 #Ontario150
ABOUT RICHMOND HILL
Richmond Hill is known for being a welcoming and diverse community. The current population is 202,000 and it is 101 sq. km in size. Richmond Hill started out as a small settlement, officially incorporating as a village on June 18, 1872 and held its first Council meeting in 1873. Richmond Hill’s growth can be traced back to the trade moving up and down Yonge Street. The town is home to a variety of historic buildings and many corporate headquarters.
Richmond Hill is a very active community with five public swimming pools, including one of Canada’s largest indoor Wave Pools. Richmond Hill is also home to more than 166 parks and 544 hectares of natural, environmental area. Throughout the Town’s parks system, you can find athletic fields, nature trails, walkways, playground, picnic areas, tennis courts, open space and much more!
Richmond Hill, where people come together to build the community.
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