Sumptuous Holiday Tree Back to the National Gallery’s Great Hall

Ottawa, ON - December 6, 2011

The 38 year-old balsam Christmas tree now adorns the National Gallery of Canada’s Great Hall for the Holiday Season. Standing at a height of 11.58 metres (38 feet) tall, and 7 metres (23 feet) wide, it was harvested from a tree farm in Quebec's Eastern Township.  The tree arrived at the Gallery yesterday morning where it took an entire day to install and decorate. Spreading a fresh scent of balsam, the majestic tree will shine brightly with its 11,000 glittering lights beginning with a lighting ceremony this evening.  The tree will remain in the Great Hall until January 2, 2012, thanks to the generosity of Black & McDonald, who is sponsoring its lighting for the fifth consecutive year.

Lighting ceremony December 6, at 7 pm
The lighting ceremony will take place this evening at 7 pm, where it will be a highlight of the Annual Donor Recognition Reception held by the Gallery and its Foundation to honour the support of their patrons and partners.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to one of the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition programme in the world. For more information: www.gallery.ca

About the National Gallery of Canadian Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to ensuring the long term viability and success of the National Gallery of Canada.  Its primary mission is to raise capital and to maintain an endowment for the benefit of the National Gallery.  Its offices are located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. For more information, visit http://www.ngcfoundation.ca/.

About Black & McDonald
Established in 1921, Black & McDonald is a multi-trade contractor providing electrical, mechanical, utility and maintenance services to government, industrial, commercial and institutional markets. From emergency service calls to multi-million dollar construction and operation contracts, Black & McDonald is committed to implementing innovative services to complex technical requirements facing every customer. With over 3,000 employees, the company operates 20 offices in Canada, the United States and selected global markets.

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Note to editors: Media are invited to attend the lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm. Please RSVP to Josée-Britanie Mallet at bmallet@gallery.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Josée-Britanie Mallet
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer National Gallery of Canada
613-990-7081
bmallet@gallery.ca