Admission to Canada’s national parks, historic sties and marine conservation areas are free this year. Go to canada.pch.gc.ca for more details.
Head to the website (www.passport2017.ca) or download the app to be in the know on the latest Canada 150 events. It’s a one-stop shop for all culture, food, history, sports and travel events.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
CANADIAN MULTICULTURALISM DAY
June 30 to July 3
CHRIS HADFIELD CANADA 150 TOUR
Various dates and location in May
The astronaut rockstar will be sharing a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas that celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday. Visit livenation.com for tickets.
CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY
RENDEZ-VOUZ TALL SHIPS REGATTA
A fleet of 40 vessels will sail into the harbour to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and Nova Scotia’s . The regatta is a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race, which includes the ships sailing to six different countries in five months. Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador is Bluenose II.
May 17, 2016 to April 10, 2017
The city, which is also celebrating its 375th birthday, will feature a tableaux at its historic district Old Montreal. It is loosely inspired by the history of Montreal, projected through the very walls of the popular tourist spot. Go to www.375mtl.com/en for more events.
TSO Sing O Canada in Tagalog!
Canada’s strength comes from its diversity. So, if you’ve ever wondered how the national anthem sounds in Tagalog, here’s your chance! Jason Ray Penalosa sings O Canada in the Philippines’ national language backed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
SNAP AND SHARE PHOTO CONTEST
May 1 to July 4
Toronto City Hall and Nathan Philips Square Send your selfies and best shots from Toronto’s parks, natural spaces and rec centres for a chance to win prizes and be featured in City of Toronto publications. Details at toronto.ca/photocontest
STOMP URBAN DANCE COMPETITION AND SHOWCASE, CANADA 150 EDITION
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Youth performers (ages six to 24) from the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs battle it out on the dance floor to celebrate Canada’s confederation. Details at toronto.ca/stomp
TORONTO NEWCOMER DAY
Toronto City Hall and Nathan Philips Square Bring your banners, flowers and balloons! The annual celebration not only includes cultural entertainment but it offers settlement services. The day is capped with a citizenship ceremony. Details at toronto.ca/newcomer
TO CANADA WITH LOVE
June 30 to July 3
Nathan Philips Square
Instead of just a day, why not make it four days? Canada Day celebrations in the heart of Toronto will highlight its cultural diversity and artistry.
OUR CANADA, MY STORY: A NEW EXHIBITION FOR CANADA 150
March 16 to November 30
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will feature uplifting stories of contemporary Canadians who work to overcome human rights challenges. Go to www.humanrights.ca
THE RCMP MUSICAL RIDE
June 10 to 11
The ride features 32 riders and their horses performing intricate choreography to music. At Assiniboin Downs. Visit asdowns.com for more info.
2017 CANADA SUMMER GAMES
July 28 to August 13
The Canada Games are the largest multi-sport event for young athletes and together with celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, it will also celebrate its 50th anniversary. It features 16 sports, over 250 events and includes a major cultural festival. With various venues in the city. Visit 2017canadagames.ca/ca
THE VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL PRESENTS
April to June
The Revue Stage
The Vancouver Fringe Festival presents two special productions: Redpatch and The Canada Show. Redpatch is a historical drama about a young Metis man who
volunteers to fight in World War One while The Canada Show will attempt to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history in an hour. It features Justin Beaver, Jacques Cartier Puppets every Canadian prime minister in one minute. Visit www.TheatreWire.com
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME TRIP ACROSS THE TOP OF CANADA
June 16 to 23
Edible Canada, Finisterra
Travel and Air North will lead a week-long adventure of wine tours and dining, with stops in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet, Iqaluit and St. John’s, Nfld. Visit www.ediblecanada.com/event/flightacross-the-top-of-canada
CANADA DAY AT CANADA PLACE