Painted Land: CPAWS-OV Fall Gala 2016

CPAWS-OV Painted Land Gala

Painted Land  - CPAWS Ottawa Valley Fall Gala
Join us and our special guests Gary and Joanie McGuffin and Dave Hadfield on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the National Gallery of Canada for an inspiring evening of art and music in support of wilderness conservation. The award winning film Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven retraces the steps of the Group of Seven and revisits the landscapes portrayed in their art.

Explorers, photojournalists and conservationists Gary and Joanie McGuffin ( will share their experiences leading twenty members of cast and crew through rough terrain to capture Canada’s stunning landscapes. Gary and Joanie are dedicated to preserving Canada’s natural landscape. They have shared their stories through eight award-winning bestselling books, national radio, television, newspapers, magazines and photographic exhibitions. The McGuffins also founded the Lake Superior watershed, which protects the lands where the Group of Seven painted and where Painted Land was filmed. The iconic art of the Group of Seven inspired generations of conservationists and continue to resonate today – whether it is the Algoma Highlands or Algonquin Park – these landscapes belong to all Canadians. CPAWS is proud to be working to protect them.

They gave the Canadian landscape a voice and I think through that voice they gave Canadians a voice.” Michael Burtch Art Historian

We would like to thank White Pine Pictures and the team behind Painted Land - In search of the Group of Seven for their support of this event.  Including Director Phyllis Ellis Producers Peter Raymont, Nancy Lang, Phyllis Ellis, Co-Producers Michael Burtch, Joanie & Gary McGuffin Executive Producer Peter Raymont.

The film was produced by White Pine Pictures & Solemn Land Productions in association with TVO, Documentary, YES TV and the OMDC in collaboration with The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, The NORDIK Institute at Algoma University with the participation of The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Tourism Ontario, the Bell Fund, OMDC and the Canada Media Fund. Developed with the assistance of TVO, Super Channel, OMDC

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, including Tourism Northern Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada for their support of this event. 

Following the film, musician, wilderness traveler, sailor and pilot, Dave Hadfield ( will share his stories and music. Dave is known for his wilderness songs which are largely humorous story-songs. Dave co-wrote (with his brother Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station) music for the first album ever recorded from space, Songs From a Tin Can. Check out Dave’s music on his website:

We will be taking the opportunity at this event to recognize the recent commitment made by the Federal government to protect at least 17% of our landscape and 10% of our waters by 2020. A special presentation will be made to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (or her representative) on behalf of CPAWS.

A silent auction featuring stunning artwork by Becky Mason, John Barkley, Aleta Karstad and other local artists will also take place – arrive early to place your bids!

By purchasing a ticket, you will be helping us continue our work to protect the spaces and species you love. From Gatineau Park to the Dumoine River, CPAWS is your voice for wilderness in the region. 

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, event begins at 7:00 PM
Location: National Gallery of Canada (Auditorium) in downtown Ottawa
Price: Tickets are $45.00 each

Get your tickets now (limited number of tickets issued): TICKETS

Further information: 819-778-3355 or
Interested in getting involved as a volunteer for the event – let us know! Contact John at to find out more.