Mosaika takes audiences on an unforgettable journey of sound and light — exploring Canadian landscapes, our founding peoples, our achievements and values — all through the eyes of Canadians themselves.
Here, we invite you to go in depth to discover how the story of Canada — our story — is told.
A Journey in Three Acts
Mosaika is presented in three acts.
Act One explores Canadian landscapes and our founding peoples. The journey begins at Canada's beautiful west coast, then soars eastward, over the Rocky Mountains, through the foothills and prairies, across the Great Lakes, down the St. Lawrence River, into the Atlantic Ocean, and then northeast to modern-day Newfoundland and Labrador. From here, the audience is taken further north, passing ice floes and polar bears, into Canada's Arctic region, where the aurora borealis dances in the night sky. Along the way, we discover the incredible mosaic of natural landscapes, flora and fauna that make up Canada's diverse natural world.
Canada's founding peoples are also introduced in Act One, and the storyline carries the audience beyond Canada's Confederation in 1867. Mosaika presents how a multitude of people, ideas and voices have combined in a great discussion to create this country. The discussion continues to this day.
Act Two presents Canadian achievements. It begins with the railroad — the great iron link that tied the country together and encouraged westward expansion and settlement. Other achievements are explored, in war and in peace, social achievements that helped to create our rights and freedoms, as well as Canadian achievements in the arts and culture. Great Canadians are encountered, including Agnes Macphail, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox and many others.
Act Three is a discussion of Canadian values. In the third act of Mosaika, Canadians from across the country are seen and heard, discussing what's important to them, what it means to be Canadian, and their hopes for the future. Their encouraging and inspirational words drive Mosaika toward its emotional climax.
Canadians Tell the Story
The narration for Mosaika was created by interviewing over 200 Canadians from every province and territory in Canada. The voices of these people, Canadians just like you, combine to create a great discussion about Canada — its land, people, achievements and values. Their thoughts and expressions provide insight into why Canada is a unique, vibrant country and a source of pride for Canadians.
An amazing array of technology comes together each night to create Mosaika, a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience.
Nine powerful, high-definition video projectors work in tandem to transform the Centre Block of Parliament Hill into a screen more than 143 metres long and six storeys high. This allows for animated, moving images to travel seamlessly from one side of the building to the other, as well as along the entire height of the structure, including most of the Peace Tower.
Over 200 moving and static lighting fixtures, including LED washes, capable of 16 million different colours, are used to create an unforgettable array of visual effects.
A custom-designed 5.1 surround-sound system brings Mosaika's original score, narration and sound effects to life in an unique outdoor environment.
All of Mosaika's technology and equipment are synchronized and controlled by a multi-computer playback system, able to render video images more than 16.5 million pixels in size.
Mosaika is an amazing, not-to-be missed experience. We look forward to welcoming you to Parliament Hill, in Canada's beautiful Capital Region, to experience Mosaika: Canada Through the Eyes of Its People.