Internet cat phenom to participate in Ottawa Just For Cats Festival

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Internet cat phenom to participate in Ottawa Just For Cats Festival 
It’s not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching them together!

June 11, 2014 (Ottawa, Ontario) – Henri, le Chat Noir, the world’s first and foremost feline philosopher and star of what late film critic Roger Ebert called “the best internet cat video ever made” will participate in the June 22nd Just For Cats Festival at the Commons Theatre at Algonquin College.

“Henri’s impressive cat-alogue of films has been viewed internationally by millions of adoring fan,” says Barbara Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, “people are fascinated and enchanted by Henri and his musings on life.”

“The world is in the midst of a cat video obsession,” says filmmaker Will Braden, creator of Henri le Chat Noir. “The Just For Cats Festival is about cat video lovers and ailurophiles enjoying the best cat videos the internet has to offer.”

Henri alongside filmmaker Will Braden will be interviewed via Skype prior to the 3pm and 7pm.

“I’m sure the thieving filmmaker will try to steal the spotlight as always. I am assured the audience at the Just For Cats Festival respects and understands the submissive role human should play to cats,” says Henri, le Chat Noir.

“When we first brought Henri home from the local shelter as a kitten we had no idea that we would emerge as the world’s most famous philosopher cat” says Braden.

“I believe that the next internet cat video star is currently waiting for a forever home at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS),” says Bruce Roney, Executive Director of the OHS. “Just imagine the videos you could make!”

The Just for Cats Festival, celebrating all things feline, will be in Ottawa June 22nd and features the internationally renowned, expertly curated Internet Cat Video Reel produced by the prestigious Walker Art Center. The only event of its kind, the Just for Cats Festival will include a fun filled line up of artists, vendors, performances, face painting and much more. Put on your cat costume and join some very special guests and VIPs from Ottawa and celebrate our love of cats!

The Just for Cats Festival supports a national initiative to increase the welfare of cats across the country and enhance the human cat bond. All profits will support the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and the Ottawa Humane Society.

What: Just for Cats Festival – Ottawa

When: Sunday June 22nd 2pm – 9pm

Where: Algonquin Commons Theatre, 1385 Woodroofe Ave. Screenings will be at 3pm and 7pm.

How: Purchase advance tickets on-line at Algonquin College box office

The Just For Cats Festival has scheduled dates in Saskatoon, Kitchener-Waterloo, Nelson, Guelph, Fredericton, Vancouver, Red Deer, Regina and others. For more information visit and

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The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) holds the exclusive rights to distribute the Internet Cat Video Festival reel in Canada. The CFHS is the national organization representing humane societies and SPCAs in Canada. Founded in 1957, the CFHS works toward positive, progressive change to end animal cruelty, improve animal protection and promote the humane treatment of all animals.

Each year the Ottawa Humane Society cares for nearly 11,000 lost, abandoned, neglected or abused animals who have nowhere else to go. We provide leadership in animal welfare to help build a compassionate community and a brighter future for Ottawa’s animals.

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Media Release: Internet cat phenom to participate in Ottawa Just For Cats Festival
Internet cat phenom to participate in Ottawa Just For Cats Festival
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