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To celebrate Ottawa 2017, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum and Pierre Brault, Ottawa’s multi award-winning playwright and performer, have come together to create a dramatic and dynamic journey through the life and times of one of Canada’s most progressive leaders - John Diefenbaker.

Dief the Chief: October 62

October 1962. A world on the brink of nuclear war! Relive the heart stopping story of the Cuban Missile Crisis through the eyes of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. Travel with “Dief” through the Diefenbunker, into the war room as he and the world watch the USA and USSR face off in history’s closest brush with nuclear war. Hear in his own words how Dief’s rocky relationship with President John F. Kennedy played an extraordinary role in Canadian/ American relations and how each influenced the other’s policies. This immersive theatrical experience, written by playwright Pierre Brault and performed by Peter Haworth and Pierre Brault, is a unique opportunity to relive history and to play a part in it.

Do not miss this experience. Space is very limited so book today.

Please note: the play will move around to diferent spaces and level underground. Please wear comfortable shoes. There will be very limited seating.

Tickets: $35 + tax

Due to high demand, we have released a new date:

December 3, 2:30pm, 4:30pm and 6:30pm

September 14, 7pm
September 15, 7pm and 9pm
September 16, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm

September 21, 7pm and 9pm
September 22, 7pm and 9pm
September 23, 2pm, 7pm and 9pm

About Pierre Brault

Pierre Brault is a veteran actor, writer,director, and producer, whose work has appeared on virtually every stage in Ottawa and across Canada. He is best known for writing,performing  and touring his multi-award-winning, historically based shows: 5 O'Clock Bells, Portrait of an Unidentified Man, and Blood on the Moon.

Special Thanks to our Funders

In partnership with Ottawa 2017 and its lead partner, CIBC, the Arts, culture and heritage investment program is stewarded by the cultural alliance of the AOE Arts Council, the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa and the Ottawa Arts Council.

Have questions about Dief the Chief: October 62? Contact Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

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Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
3929 Carp Road
Ottawa, ON K0A 1L0


Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

Welcome to the Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum & National Historic Site!

This four-story, 300 room, 100,000 square foot underground bunker was meant to house 535 Canadian government officials and military officers in the event of a nuclear war. Shrouded in mystery, the Diefenbunker, nicknamed after then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was designed and built in secrecy during the crest of Cold War fear, between 1959 and 1961.

With its extraordinary engineering and architectural features, the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is a poignant reminder of one of the most turbulent periods of modern history.

The blast doors open to the public from 11:00am - 4:00pm, 7 days a week.    

For admission prices, hours, upcoming events and exhibits please visit the website.

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