15 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday
It’s Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017 and there’s never been more to see and do across the country.
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Canada is the place to be in 2017 (so says Lonely Planet) – thanks to the yearlong birthday celebrations happening from coast to coast. With free access to national parks, parties, festivals and community events, you have even more reason to love this sprawling country we call home.
Although the Confederation Line of Ottawa’s new light-rail transit system won’t open until 2018, visitors can head underground from the end of June until September to take a free futuristic journey through Lyon Station. There you can experience a multi-media sound and light show.
If you've visited @montreal’s Île Sainte-Hélène you will certainly recognize the Biosphère. This Montreal icon was built for the World Fair in 1967 to host United States pavilion. Nowadays, it’s a museum dedicated to the environment. ? @tamemeisce #ExploreCanada Si vous avez déjà visité l’Île Sainte-Hélène de @montreal, vous reconnaitrez sans doute la Biosphère. Cet icône de Montréal a été érigé à l’occasion de l’Exposition Universelle de 1967 afin d’accueillir le pavillon des État-Unis. De nos jours, il s’agit d’un musée dédié à l’environnement. ? @tamemeisce #MLTmoments
The year 2017 marks Montreal’s 375th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. Visit Sherbrooke Street from June 5 to October 27 to witness a kilometre-long free outdoor public art walk. There you can enjoy 67 works of sculpture, photography and installations, focusing on humanism, tolerance and openness—the concepts that inspired the ’67 Montreal Expo.
Many of the 150+ celebrations in Vancouver will focus on local First Nations in a bid to strengthen community relations. For example, arts-and-culture fest The Drum is Calling Festival in Larwill Park from July 22 to 30 will be curated by artist and writer Margo Kane and will include a village of traditional life-sized Aboriginal housing. The title, Canada 150+, recognizes that confederation happened 150 years ago, but First Nations communities long predate colonization.
Never been to the Calgary Stampede? Now’s the time. It’s known for its celebration of Western culture with the rodeo, chuck-wagon races, musical performances, shopping and food. But the 2017 event will be even bigger with a 150th birthday theme that includes marching bands, floats and entertainers.
In response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not give back this coming Tuesday Nov. 29 as part of #GivingTuesdayCA? Head to our website and click on membership and support. Thank you for your support of the AGO! . . . #agotoronto #donate #givingtuesday #donation #notforprofit #community #toronto #art #artgallery
From June 29 to early 2018, Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will host a new major exhibit titled Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood. The collection of 33 works of contemporary Canadian art explore three main questions:
- Where has Canada come from?
- What is Canada now?
- Where is it going?
Purchase the show’s catalogue filled with reflective essays at shopAGO starting in July 2017.
Starting in April, 40 tall ships will race from the U.K., across the Atlantic Ocean and back. It’s all part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Regatta. Between June 20 and July 2, six to eight of these beautiful ships will dock in Charlottetown’s harbour and visitors can tour the structures over the four-day period. Port of Quebec in Quebec City will see the fleet between July 18 and 23.
:: Coup de coeur – Bal de Neige 2017 :: Projet d'art numérique sur sculpture sur glace. Un hommage à la venue de MosaïCanada 150 et son œuvre phare La Terre Mère. La Terre Mère est la base de tout : êtres vivants, végétaux, minéraux, textiles, technologies, nourriture. Sur une immense sculpture de neige, représentant cette entité mystique, tous les éléments de la vie s’illumineront. La Terre Mère est en quelque sorte un symbole qui réconcilie l'Homme et la nature. #canada150 #baldeneige2017 #outaouaisfun #mosaïcanada150 #sculpturesurneige #plaisirdhiver #plaisirdelavie
From June 30 to October 15, stroll along Mosaï Canada 150 pedestrian walkway through 32 green art exhibits that are divided into three categories: space (provinces, territories and people), time (history, tradition and values) and imaginary (First Nations legends and spirituality).
Countdown to Adäka 2017! To commemorate this years Festival, we're going to be featuring an artist every week until it begins on June 30th. 20 Weeks: "What's your favourite part of Adäka?" "My favourite part of the Adäka Cultural Festival is connecting and collaborating with other Aboriginal artists. Having the opportunity to perform on stage with such amazing, talented people has helped to boost my confidence and make me a better performer." -Madi Dixon, singer/songwriter #countdowntoadaka • • • • #adaka2017 #adakaculturalfestival #indigenousculture #cometomyyukon #indigenousart #indigenousperformer
As part of the yearly Adäka Cultural Festival from June 30 to July 6, which celebrates First Nations culture, The Traditional Watercraft Project will launch four handcrafted traditional boats—a birch bark canoe, dugout canoe, sealskin kayak and moose skin boat. The watercrafts will be built over the month of June on the S.S. Klondike waterfront museum grounds.
If you were moved by our latest #150AtCMHR exhibition, stop by the Boutique to take a bit of Our Canada, My Story home. Image: A red note pad, a white note pad, a red pen and a red t-shirt with the Our Canada, My Story logo. —- Si notre dernière exposition dans le cadre du #150AuMCDP vous a émus, passez par la Boutique pour apporter un souvenir de « Notre Canada, mon histoire » à la maison. Image : Un carnet de notes rouge, un carnet de notes blanc, un stylo rouge et un chandail rouge sur lequel est imprimé le logo Notre Canada, mon histoire. Boutique #AtCMHR | Boutique #AuMCDP
Visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights until the end of November to see Our Canada, My Story. In this new exhibit, seven Canadians share their experiences with human rights in seven short videos. They discuss topics surrounding the rights of minority groups, such as LGBTQ, special needs and indigenous people.
Victoria’s Inner Harbour is a lush green space on the water, sitting under the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel. From June 21 to July 1, go there for live music, food and fireworks in a larger than life 11-day party to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
ParticipAction created a list of 150 activities to get your body moving and your heart pumping. Sign up online, track your progress and you could win prizes, including trips, a car and more.
Project Bookmark Canada is creating a literary trail across the country, from B.C. to Newfoundland. Canadian fiction and poetry excerpts are printed on plaques and are posted at the exact locations where the literary scenes took place.
With a series of 52 short videos, Canadian chef Ricardo Larrivée will visit producers, farmers, winemakers, fisherman and artisans across Canada to showcase the amazing ingredients that this country has to offer such as Saskatchewan wild rice, Ontario icewine, Quebec wild blueberries and Newfoundland snow crab.
More than 40 orchestras across Canada to choose a composer and write a score. These “Sesquies” each will celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Commisioned by the Toronto Symphony, the concerts are scheduled throughout 2017.
The big news is finally here! SESQUI and #Ontario150 announces the cinematic dome tour coming this summer, find out more, link in the bio. #Ontario150 #ExploreOntario #Canada150 #londonontario #toronto #saultstemarie #thunderbay #richmondhill #kingstonontario Grande nouvelle! SESQUI et #Ontario150 annoncent les dates de la tournée estivale du dôme cinématique. Lien dans la bio.
Another Sesqui on our list: Horizon is a 360-degree film that explores the “people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home.” With a traveling cinematic dome, the film starts touring Ontario in early summer and continues with stops at planetariums across the country.