Even as the weather begins to cool, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy dining al fresco
thanks to several heated patios in the Waterloo Region!
Canada officially turns 153 on July 1st (although the past few months may have aged her a little!) Canadians love a reason to celebrate, and even though this year Canada Day will take on a different look, festivities are happening in Waterloo Region – virtually!
There are several on-line parties happening that will be fun, and free to enjoy! Gather your ‘bubble’ together, and get ready to paint your backyard red (and white!). Make sure to share your Canada Day celebrations with us on social using #EploreWR and #WRUnited.
Happy Birthday Canada!
The show will go online for Canada Day in Wilmot 2020, because as committee Chair, Angie Hallman says, “Canadians don’t stop feeling pride when faced with adversity. We adapt, get creative, we invent and most importantly we have each other’s back!”
This virtual celebration is packed full of fun, including performances by contemporary Soul/RnB artist Avery Raquel, the Jordan Szoke Extreme Stunt Show, and renowned master mentalist Ryan Edwards to name a few. Feeling creative? Decorate your home to celebrate Canada – and to honour essential workers and frontline professionals.
This year’s show will be live–streamed on Facebook from 1-4pm.
BONUS: Sweets by Too Nice to Slice in New Hamburg is offering special Canada Day themed goodie boxes! You have to place your order in advance: the boxes include mini cheddar beer bread, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars and more (yum!).
It all starts at 7 pm, with Canadian Artist Musical Bingo. Then at 9 pm, join them on–line for the live Canada Day celebrations! You’re also encouraged to create a banner or decorate your home for Canada Day.
BONUS: Feeling hungry? The committee has put together a list of local restaurants featuring special discounts and menu items in support of Cambridge Canada Day at Home! You can find the list here.
Waterloo’s virtual party includes performances by local musicians and artists, messages from Mayor Dave Jaworsky and all City Councillors, the premiere of their Artist in Residence “O Canada” community sound project, and an augmented reality fireworks display (Waterloo has partnered with Snap’d on this one! To watch the show, download the free snapd HUB app onto your mobile device. Then, hold your device up and watch the fireworks wherever you are – whether you’re in your backyard with your ‘bubble’, or even in your living room!). You can link to the fun starting at 4 pm on July 1st.
The program will feature musical performances from The Beaches, BAD CHILD & Rufus John and will also feature profiles of local heroes making a difference in our community through these unprecedented times. You can also watch the celebration on-line via CTV Kitchener’s website beginning Canada Day at 5 pm.
The Township of Woolwich is excited to offer a full day of virtual entertainment and activities you can do from the comfort of your home. It’s an all-day event, kicking off at 9am with a message from Mayor Sandy Shantz, and ending at 8:30 pm with a township wise singing of Oh Canada. Other on-line activities include a Canada Day fitness class, a magic show, crafts, a drumming performance, musical performances and more. You can find the complete schedule of events on the township website.
While there won’t be any in-person large gatherings and big fireworks shows locally to celebrate our nation’s birthday, you can still show your Canada Pride on July 1st. Decorate your home in red and white, fly the Canadian flag and check out the activities and events on the township website that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home.
BONUS: Check out the recipes celebrating local food from North Dumfries’ farmers – yum!
On a very unique Canada Day, Rogers tv will take you on a trip across our country with musical guests, well–known Canadians and a look at some interesting attractions. Keep an eye out for many local favourites including TD Kitchener Bluesfest, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Christkindl Market, Bingemans, St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and historic downtown Galt!
Catch it July 1st at 10 am, 2 pm and 8 pm on Rogers tv, and repeats on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
*Share your Canada Day celebrations using the hashtags #ExploreWR and #WRUnited*