Canada's Capital Region to Wrap Up Canada 150 in Style

 Canada 150 will be celebrated one last time on Parliament Hill and at the Canadian Museum of History on New Year's Eve. Canadians of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join the Canada 150 festivities organized to mark the end of this memorable year.

At the Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous culture will play a prominent part in the celebrations. Visitors of all ages will gather in a family-friendly setting to admire the illuminated tipis. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Museum will present Nimidiwin, a free show featuring performances of Indigenous dancing, drumming and singing.

The celebrations will continue on Parliament Hill. The evening will kick off with the Christmas Lights Across Canada multimedia show, with added pyrotechnic and laser effects. The public is also invited to a dancing and skating session with music from Canadian DJs. Illuminated characters will stroll among the crowd throughout the evening to keep the party spirit going. To bid farewell to 2017, the evening will close with a performance by hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall, featuring pyrotechnic and laser effects.

The public is also invited to visit the Centennial Flame, which now includes the official symbols of Nunavut. This New Year's Eve, Parliament Hill is the place to be to enjoy entertainment and activities for all ages.

Canadian companies are taking action to protect against uncertainty in NAFTA and US trade policy

Canadian exporters have many reasons to be fearful and to pivot their business strategies right now. Anti-trade rhetoric continues to dominate the headlines; major trade agreements are being renegotiated or scuttled and there's a real-time threat to Canada's relationship with its largest trading partner.
And yet, despite elevated trade policy uncertainty, a stronger Canadian dollar, and softening Canadian merchandise exports in recent months, the overall confidence of Canadian companies in selling abroad was down only marginally in the last six months according to the Trade Confidence Index, a semi-annual report by Export Development Canada (EDC).
This latest survey dug deeper to find out what moves companies are making, if any, to protect against a highly-uncertain and rapidly-changing environment for global trade policy.
"We needed to ask more questions this time around to find out if companies are acting on what they're seeing to determine how big of an impact the changing global trade context is having for Canadian exporters," said Peter Hall, Chief Economist, EDC." And while companies aren't necessarily panicking, we found that almost one quarter of Canadian exporters said that the on-going NAFTA renegotiation was having a negative impact on their Canadian operations and they already are or plan to implement strategies to mitigate this."
In the context of elevated U.S. trade policy uncertainty; this survey reveals a significant drop in the number of Canadian exporters planning to export to the U.S. market in the next two years. This new finding is part of emerging — albeit tentative — evidence that suggests slower growth in Canadian export capacity and interest.
"Despite a challenging external environment, the bottom line is Canadian trade confidence appears to be holding its own but is being pulled in different directions by opposing forces," said Hall. "This is a direct reflection of the clash of conditions we now see in the global economy and we can only imagine what it would look like without the NAFTA uncertainty."
The Trade Confidence Index (TCI), released today, is a pulse check of Canadian exporters' level of confidence and their expectations of international trade opportunities over the next six months

Young people's voices largely omitted in government's Serious Occurrence Reports, Ontario Child Advocate finds

A comprehensive analysis by the Ontario Child Advocate of 4,436 Serious Occurrence Reports (SORs) submitted to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services over a three-month period finds that the child's view is missing in 59% of the reports in which it is specifically required. This raises concerns about the report's effectiveness as a safeguard for young people's safety, experience and well-being in residential care.

"Serious Occurrence Reports are a significant source of information that can act as an early warning system to oversight bodies," said Ontario Child Advocate Irwin Elman. "Every individual receiving Serious Occurrence Reports about a child in care should read the report, assess whether they have a full understanding of what occurred, including from the child's point of view, and ensure that the child is safe."

By law, residential service providers must notify the Ministry of incidents deemed to be of serious significance, including in categories of death, serious injury and physical restraint, within 24 hours of the occurrence. Notable findings from the Office's analysis are particularly concerning given that many of these incidences do not require – and does not include –the child's view. Currently, the child's view is only required in incidences of physical restraints. The Advocate's Office recommends that the perspective of the young person involved in an incident should be a required component for all categories of Serious Occurrence Reports.

Notable findings include:

Physical Restraints: Half of all submitted SORs (2,230) concerned the use of physical restraints on a young person. Of these reports, 37% involved young people known to or suspected to have a developmental disability. Twenty-five agencies accounted for 80% of these submissions.

Contact with police: One in three SORs (36%) involved the police. A majority of police interactions concerned missing persons (49%) or a response to a medical or mental health crisis (24%).

Disability: Twenty-seven per cent of SORs relate to a young person with a disability.

Missing person: Eighteen per cent of SORs referred to missing young people. In 37 reports, the report identified the young person to be in high risk.

Self-harm: Fourteen per cent, or 641, of all submitted SORSs detailed self-harming behaviours. Over half (54%) of self-harming reports concerned girls, while 42% were about boys.
In the coming months, the Office will convene a series of roundtable groups with children's aid societies and residential care providers across Ontario to discuss the report's findings. The Advocate's Office is currently also conducting a systemic investigation on physical restraints to explore the topic in greater detail.

Today's report by the Ontario Child Advocate is a follow-up to the Office's initial findings on SORs, which were published in 2016, and provides a comprehensive analysis and discussion about the implications of these findings. The report analyzed serious incidences that were reported to the Ministry between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Dr. Kim Snow, of Ryerson University, was the principal researcher of the report.

To read the full report, please visit the Advocate's Office website at:

Ontario Science Centre celebrates Ontario 150 with Inventorium and The Maple Leaf Forever Tree

 Where can you make a simple circuit, create a critter, spin a giant web and take in local history by way of a tree trunk? The Ontario Science Centre, of course! On July 19, to celebrate Ontario 150, the Science Centre officially opened Inventorium, a new hands-on learning space, and unveiled The Maple Leaf Forever Tree, an eight-foot, historically-significant hand-carved wood sculpture that pays tribute to Toronto's vibrant history.

"There are few things more powerful than creating something yourself – especially when it's a product of your own imagination," said Maurice Bitran, Ph.D., CEO, Ontario Science Centre. "These new visitor experiences showcase what's possible when we combine experimentation, collaboration and critical thinking. Inventorium encourages visitors to flex their creative muscles and bring their ideas to life. And The Maple Leaf Forever Tree illustrates the beauty achievable when taking a collective approach to a creative challenge."

Created to celebrate Ontario's sesquicentennial, Inventorium is a dynamic, fun, free-choice learning space for the whole family. Visitors are invited to roll up their sleeves and put their creativity to the test through a variety of hands-on, interactive experiences that continually change and evolve. From building a kinetic sculpture to designing conversation-starting coasters, and from participating in research to making intricate drawings under a stereoscopic microscope, Inventorium offers something for the innovator in everyone.

Supported by Ontario150 funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Inventorium was researched, designed and fabricated by the Ontario Science Centre's team of scientists, designers, writers and craftspeople.

"Launching this innovative, collaborative and fun space is a fitting way to honour this milestone year," said The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "It is important that government continue to support initiatives like these that use science and art to inspire, empower and engage Ontarians of all ages and – in particular – our next generation of leaders, innovators and engaged citizens."

To bring this experience to life, the Science Centre collaborated with other organizations in the local innovation ecosystem, including STEAMLabs, The Maker Bean Cafe and Little Inventors, as well as academic partners Brock University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and University of Waterloo.

The opening of Inventorium on July 19 coincided with the official unveiling of The Maple Leaf Forever Tree. On this day four years ago, Toronto experienced a severe weather event, resulting in the downing of the silver maple that is said to have inspired Alexander Muir to write the song The Maple Leaf Forever in 1867.

The wood was divided up among heritage groups across Canada to create commemorative objects and artworks. Dedicating more than 6,000 volunteer hours of tool-wielding time and care over a three-year period, Ontario Wood Carvers Association members shaped 35 maple leaf-framed vignettes of Toronto's history – from pre-confederation to modern day. The Maple Leaf Forever Tree will remain on permanent display at the Ontario Science Centre for visitors to enjoy.

"It's been very rewarding to carve at the Ontario Science Centre," Tom Gallagher, President, Ontario Wood Carvers Association. "We were given a lot of support from the Science Centre, and we've been able to display our dedication to woodcarving to visitors from all over the world."

On Sundays in August, visitors can join volunteers from the Ontario Wood Carvers Association in Inventorium for a 30-minute You Can Carve activity that allows participants to carve their own take-home wood creation – no experience required!

Inventorium and The Maple Leaf Forever Tree are included with general admission. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Ingle International Champions Visitors to Canada 150

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CTV's YOUR MORNING Celebrates Canada 150 with a Special Live Broadcast in Ottawa, June 30

On the eve of Canada's 150th anniversary, CTV's YOUR MORNING is live from Parliament Hill in Ottawa with a special broadcast, YOUR MORNING: CELEBRATING CANADA 150, airing Friday, June 30 at 6 a.m. ET on CTV, CTV GO, and CTV News Channel. Taking YOUR MORNING on the road for its first-ever remote show, the entire three-hour broadcast is a tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary, featuring an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, many live guests, conversations with renowned Canadian musicians and performers, and more!

Earlier today, it was confirmed on YOUR MORNING that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be a part of the June 30 special broadcast. Co-host Anne-Marie Mediwake sits down with the Prime Minister to discuss Canada 150, summer plans, and his favourite Canada Day memories.

"The entire YOUR MORNING team is looking forward to marking Canada 150 by taking the entire show on the road for the first time live from the nation's capital," said Executive Producer, Michelle Crespi. "With Parliament Hill as our back drop, we'll be right in the middle of the action with a show that covers everything from the performers and politics to where Canada stands today."

Among the guests dropping by the YOUR MORNING set on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada 150 are Governor General David Johnston, Canadian astronauts Jeremy Hanson and Dave Williams, Snowbird Captain Blake McNaughton, and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly.
Plus, former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Joe Clark, Paul Martin, and Brian Mulroney share taped messages reflecting on their time in office.

Many popular Canadian musicians and performers participating in Canada Day events will make appearances on YOUR MORNING: CELEBRATING CANADA 150. Among them, CCMA Award-winning country music artist Dean Brody, JUNO Award-winning singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, and platinum Maritime singer-songwriter, and banjoist, Lisa LeBlanc, plus social media success story Maritime Bhangra Group and YouTube acapella star Mike Tompkins.

Additionally, YOUR MORNING: CELEBRATING CANADA 150 will feature Canada 150-inspired taped features. Anne-Marie gets an exclusive sneak peek of the Canadian Museum of History's new Canadian History Hall, opening on July 1. She also goes behind-the-scenes of the largest fireworks show that Canada will ever see. Also, Lindsey takes us on a tour of Parliament Hill, exploring the hidden corners most Canadians have never seen.

YOUR MORNING airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. on CTV (Ontario, Québec, and Eastern Canada) and CTV GO as part of CTV's leading original daytime lineup, and nationally on CTV News Channel.


Goodyear Blimp to Visit Ottawa for Canada 150

The Goodyear Blimp is returning to Canada this summer to take part in Canada Day celebrations in the nation's capital on July 1. As the country celebrates its 150th birthday, the blimp will provide live aerial coverage of Ottawa's festivities and fireworks, offering breathtaking views of the city below.

The Goodyear Blimp is returning to Canada after two visits in 2016. The now-retired Spirit of Innovation blimp traveled from California to Abbotsford, B.C. in July, and Wingfoot Two, Goodyear's newest and largest airship, spent two weeks in the Toronto area in September providing aerial coverage of the World Cup of Hockey.

"From the Olympic Games to World Series and Super Bowls, the Goodyear Blimps have a long tradition of being part of the most watched sports and entertainment events in North America and around the world," said Paul Fitzhenry, Goodyear's senior vice president and chief communications officer. "Canada 150 marks an important milestone in the country's history and we are honored to be part of the celebration, working with our Canadian broadcast partners to deliver captivating aerial coverage to Canadians from coast to coast to coast."

"Having the iconic Goodyear Blimp fly above Ottawa, Canada's capital city, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation will add yet another notable moment to the year-long celebrations we are enjoying in 2017," said Michael Crockatt, president and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. "The views from the blimp on Canada Day—July 1—of the hundreds of thousands of revelers in our streets will be spectacular!"

Wingfoot Two will fly over Ottawa on July 1 and those who spot it are encouraged to share photos on social media using the hashtag #TrueNorthBlimp. As part of the visit, the airship will fly customers and media, as well as the two lucky winners of Goodyear's recent blimp ride sweepstakes. The blimp will cross the border into Canada near Watertown, N.Y. and travel to Carp Airport, west of Ottawa, arriving on June 29. It will remain in the Ottawa area until July 2 when it returns to its base in Akron, Ohio.

Wingfoot Two is one of the largest and most technologically advanced airships in the world. Nearly the length of a football field and capable of flying more than 110 km/h, it builds on Goodyear's legacy as the world's leading builder and operator of airships. Wingfoot Two will spend the remainder of the summer in Akron before relocating to southern California where it will be permanently stationed to make room for the next blimp being built in Akron.   

Chang School offers free digital recordings on migration and multiculturalism in honour of Canada's 150th anniversary

 Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is proud to offer a free series of recordings on the themes of migration and multiculturalism as a historical retrospective to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. The recordings, entitled Migration and Multiculturalism: Global Challenge, Canadian Experience, consist of excerpts from audio lectures by renowned university professors from across the country exploring some of the identity-defining migrations that have become a central feature of Canadian history.

"The Chang School is thrilled to offer these recordings to commemorate Canada 150," said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School. "Societies benefit when they consult their history to help inform their future. As Canadians, we should be proud of the diversity of our nation, but it is also critically important that we learn from our history. Providing open access to these recordings to our learners and the larger community allows Canadians the opportunity to enjoy the artifacts that helped shape our nation's heritage."

The course materials are available as an open educational resource (OER) through Ryerson University Library's Archives and Special Collections. The lectures were originally recorded as part of print/audio courses offered through the now-defunct CJRT-FM and Open College. The station began at the university in 1948 as a training facility for students in its journalism program. As part of its mandate, the CJRT undertook the production and broadcast of academic programming—named Open College—for distance education learners. Through Open College, thousands of students were able to take degree credit-level courses to further their education.

These courses were mostly prepared by university-affiliated professors, some of whom were outstanding scholars in their respective fields. In the late 1990s, Open College was transferred to The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. In time, much of the academic programming was transferred online in the Ryerson Archive for use by new distance learners and academic researchers. The Chang School plans to release further OERs to ensure greater access to education for a wide range of learners.

Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education ( is Canada's foremost provider of university-based adult education, facilitating access to the University's renowned, professionally relevant courses and programs. Since 1975, we have been delivering leading-edge workplace knowledge that empowers our learners to reach their personal and professional goals. We have approximately 70,000 annual enrollments (in 1,500 courses, seminars, and workshops) in Arts; Business; Communication and Design; Community Services; Engineering, Architecture, and Science; Gateway for International Professionals; Programs for 50+; and Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education. We are also affiliated with DiverseCity onBoard, an internationally-recognized program of governance training and board-matching to strengthen diversity on the boards of Canadian not-for-profit and public sector organizations. The Chang School offers 78 career-related certificate programs and numerous course series, with 26 certificate programs that can be completed entirely at a distance. The expertise of our Digital Education Strategies unit – an innovative leader in online learning – has been recognized by the National University Telecommunications Network, the Canadian Association of University Continuing Education, and the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, Pearson Canada, and the Online Learning Consortium. Our flexible, accessible programming is available on campus, via distance education, and off-site for employee groups at leading organizations.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,500 students, including 2,400 master's and PhD students, 3,200 faculty and staff, and nearly 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit

Canada 150 Red Couch Tour Invites Canadians From Coast to Coast to Coast to Share Their Stories

Today, at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Mona Fortier, MP for Ottawa–Vanier, participated in the launch of the Canada 150 Red Couch Tour organized by ELPIO Production. Ms. Fortier attended the launch on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

For this Canada 150 signature project, ELPIO Production will travel across the country with a red couch, inviting Canadians to take a seat and share their stories, with cameras rolling. At the end of the tour, the organizers will produce a video compilation of the stories, as well as a digital photo mosaic of the people they met on the journey.

The Government of Canada is funding the Tour through the Canada 150 Fund. Through the Fund, the Government supports local, regional and national activities designed to give Canadians across the country an opportunity to join in the Canada 150 celebrations and make 2017 an unforgettable year.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage said, "2017 is an exceptional year. Canada 150 invites us to reflect on our past and look to the future with optimism. I am delighted that the Canada 150 Red Couch Tour is giving Canadians an opportunity to share their stories nationwide. Let's take advantage of Canada 150 to express what it means to be Canadian and to strengthen the bonds that unite us!"

Canada 150 Initiative Rhythm of the Nation to have inaugural performance in Toronto

Rhythm of the Nation, an original music and street dance performance featuring a multicultural Canadian cast, is coming to Toronto's waterfront July 1-3 for the seventh annual Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) presented by Billy Bishop Airport. Written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation and funded by the Canada 150 Fund, Rhythm of the Nation will debut at the festival with daily performances on Canada Day weekend before continuing on the ONTARIO 150 Tour.

The goal of the Canada 150 Fund is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and attachment to Canada. Rhythm of the Nation program was awarded a grant for the highly original work that encapsulates the history of Canada's roots and its bright future ahead.

This original performance was specifically created for the ONTARIO 150 Tour, which will travel to five other waterfront communities throughout the summer in honour of Canada's 150th celebration, including Owen Sound (July 7-9), Sault Ste. Marie (July 13-15), Midland (July 21-23), Amherstburg (August 5-6) and Brockville (August 10-13).

"With the ONTARIO 150 Tour in six ports across the province, Ontarians and visitors will enjoy programming that reflects what makes our country so unique, diverse and vibrant," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "I encourage everyone to come out and take part in these exciting activities in their community. A fun summer awaits!"


Rhythm of the Nation is an interactive multi-cultural performance that takes a modern look at Canada through music and dance. Centered around nationally renowned First Nations DJ, Matthew Wood (AKA DJ Cree) remixing the sounds of instruments from various cultures, and emceed by bilingual actor and performer Pierre Trudel. DJ Creeasian has been working with youth for the past eleven years and strongly believes in empowerment through music and dance. DJ Creeasian, Rick Kunst and Terry Hart came together to create this original performance to celebrate Canada's 150th year.

"We recorded many sounds that are part of the Canadian ethnic experience including the fiddle, drums and guitar," says creator and director Rick Kunst. "We blended, added and subtracted and re-recorded until the emotion and the rhythm of the music emerged and revealed the rich musical tapestry of Canada's multi-cultural and First Nations heritage."

The show will unfold with one main stage and six smaller zones surrounding the performance area, with each zone representing a culture whose dance and music has influenced the mosaic of Canada's sound. DJ Creeasian will bring the sounds together by remixing cultural sounds including Aboriginal, Celtic, French, European, Afro-Caribbean and Asian, performed by Canadian musicians, remixed into a high-energy sound.

"Each show is as unique as the audience," states DJ Creeasian. "I take traditional musical influences from different cultures and remix them into a high-energy original track. The hip-hop dancers go out into the audience and encourage youth and the young at heart to learn dance steps. Through music and dance, the audience will discover Canada's rich cultural diversity and celebrate the indigenous people's presence of over 150 years."

Rhythm of the Nation is created, directed and produced by DJ Creeasian, Rick Kunst and Terry Hart.

The group members are:

Matthew Wood
DJ Creeasian
Quentin Commanda
Dancer, B-Boy
Shayne Martell
Elise Boeur
Hardanger fiddle
Razak Pirani
Carla Garcia
Spanish Guitar
Mike Anklewicz
Klezmer – Clarinet
Mark Mosca
Steel Drums

The Redpath Waterfront Festival is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food, nautical programs and entertainment, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes majestic TALL SHIPS® to Toronto.


Canada 150 Art for the Nation Summit explores Canada's visual arts, innovation, philanthropy, market and global brand

 In recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, under the patronage of His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presents today a day-long set of conversations with pre-eminent Canadians and special guests composed of artists, collectors, philanthropists, museum directors, art historians and leaders from the government, business voluntary and cultural communities.

"The Canada 150 Art for the Nation Summit aims to salute the immensely talented Canadians who bring life and intellectual vigour to our visual arts and to the institutions which give impetus to their creativity", said National Gallery of Canada Foundation Chair and Chair of the Summit, Thomas d'Aquino.

Speakers at the Summit include The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance, Graham Flack, Deputy Minister of Heritage, and twelve leading authorities from the world of the visual arts.

The Summit is organized around three themes and three panels designed to explore the importance of Canada's visual arts in building national identity both at home and abroad.

Art, Collecting and the Market

Moderator: Marc Mayer, Director and Chief Executive Officer, National Gallery of Canada

James M. Bradburne, Director General of the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Biblioteca Braidense, Milan, Italy
David Heffel, President, Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Rob Sobey, Chairman of the Sobey Art Foundation, business leader and philanthropist

Art, Canada, and the World

Moderator: The Honourable Patricia Bovey, Canadian Senator and art historian

Simon Brault, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Council for the Arts
Ed Burtynsky, Fine art photographer and lecturer
Geoffrey Farmer, Contemporary artist whose work is currently on view at the Canada Pavilion during the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Art, Innovation, and Philanthropy

Moderator: Katerina Atanassova, Senior Curator of Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada

Pierre Lassonde, Chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, business leader, philanthropist and museum builder
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), Art Historian and Curator of the Leonard A. Lauder Collection
Michael Audain, business leader, philanthropist and museum builder

"The Canada 150 Art for the Nation Summit is an inspired leadership initiative by the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. What a privilege to welcome to the Gallery such an extraordinary group of artists, collectors, philanthropists and museum experts, and to be in the company of some of the best policy minds in the country," said Marc Mayer.

"The Summit, spearheaded by our Foundation's Chairman, speaks to the superb collaboration between the Gallery, the Gallery Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation team," said Karen Colby-Stothart.

The Canada 150 Art for the Nation Summit will be followed on June 13th by the Foundation's annual Distinguished Patrons Soirée. The Soirée salutes the Gallery's principal donors from across Canada and this year highlights the individuals, families and companies who have supported the Canada 150 Art for the Nation special anniversary initiative. A major attraction of the evening will be the architect of the National Gallery of Canada, Moshe Safdie, who will be interviewed by Summit Chair, Thomas d'Aquino.

About the National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. In 2015, the National Gallery of Canada established the Canadian Photography Institute, a global multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the history, evolution and future of photography. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan

About the National Gallery of Canada Foundation
The National Gallery of Canada Foundation is dedicated to supporting the National Gallery of Canada in fulfilling its mandate. By fostering strong philanthropic partnerships, the Foundation provides the Gallery with the additional financial support required to lead Canada's visual arts community locally, nationally and internationally. The blend of public support and private philanthropy empowers the Gallery to preserve and interpret Canada's visual arts heritage. The Foundation welcomes present and deferred gifts for special projects and endowments. To learn more about the National Gallery of Canada Foundation, visit and follow us on Twitter @NGC_Foundation.   

Canada's Youth Share 150+ Reasons We Love Canada with Hand-Painted Murals

VIBE Arts, an award-winning charitable arts education organization and Scarborough Town Centre (STC), the largest shopping centre in the east GTA, recognize Canada's 150th birthday by unveiling 60 awe-inspiring murals hand-painted by youth from every Province and Territory. The national 150+ Reasons We Love Canada project was created by VIBE Arts. The artists, aged 9 to 29, come from thirty community organizations across the country including homeless shelters, under-resourced schools and youth agencies. Their hand-painted murals express the spirit of Canada from their many unique perspectives.

"The 150+ murals represent the creative ability and leadership of 500 young Canadians, brought together to transform public space and inspire a nation through their collective art making," says Julie Frost, Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts. "As muralists, youth are making new connections for themselves, their communities and country, while creating an impressive public art legacy."

The murals express meaningful stories of Canada through the eyes of Canada's youth acknowledging the diversity, culture, character and strength of our nation. Today, the original murals will be unveiled at STC with beautiful large scale reproductions on exhibit until July 3, 2017, for everyone to experience. The original murals (4'x 6') will be installed in Toronto subway stations throughout July and August, with digital displays in 15 airports and on more than 300 PATTISON Outdoor billboards across Canada.

"This impactful initiative commemorates our nation's 150th birthday and recognizes Canada's future cultural leaders," says Robert Horst, Director and General Manager, Scarborough Town Centre, Oxford Properties Group. "We want to celebrate with our community by creating a unique, memorable art space we can all enjoy."

"It's a great feeling to share this experience with so many others," says Jacob Carter, a student at the Urban Aboriginal School in Sault-Ste-Marie. "Everyone put so much into the project. It's fantastic the way it's come together."

The 150+ Reasons We Love Canada project is funded by Pattison Outdoor Advertising, KPMG, TD Canada Trust, Toronto Pearson Airport, the Hal Jackman Foundation, the Chawkers Foundation, CIBC Mellon, and the Community Fund for Canada's 150th: a collaboration between the Government of Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, the Laidlaw Foundation and 191 community foundations across Canada.

About VIBE Arts
VIBE Arts is an innovative and award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school based arts education programming. With a 20+ year trajectory, VIBE Arts has become one of the most celebrated community arts organizations in Toronto. For more information, please visit:

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will Join Canadians to Celebrate Canada 150

 The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today released the cities and dates for the 2017 Royal Tour to Canada. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Iqaluit, Nunavut, on June 29; Canadian Forces Base Trenton and Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario, on June 30; and Ottawa and Gatineau in Canada's Capital Region on July 1.

Joly said, "We are pleased to have Their Royal Highnesses in Canada at such an important moment in our history. The Royal Couple will have the opportunity to meet and connect with Canadians who are making a difference in their communities and building a lasting legacy for Canada's future. This trip will showcase our diversity, the beauty of Canada's environment, efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the achievements of our dynamic youth."

To celebrate this special anniversary, The Prince and The Duchess will participate in activities that highlight the four themes of Canada 150: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, young people and the environment.

Their Royal Highnesses will participate in the following public events:

– The official welcoming ceremony to Canada and a community feast in Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park, both in Iqaluit, Nunavut, on June 29

– A community gathering at the Wellington Farmers' Market in Prince Edward Country, Ontario, on June 30

– The celebration on Parliament Hill to mark Canada 150 on July 1

The full itinerary will be released before the start of the Tour.

This will be the 18th visit to Canada for The Prince of Wales and the 4th for The Duchess of Cornwall.

This will be the first official visit to Nunavut by The Royal Couple; however, His Royal Highness visited Iqaluit, then part of the Northwest Territories, in 1970. In addition, he has also visited the Northwest Territories and Yukon in 2001, 1979 and 1975.

Excluding the Capital Region, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited cities and communities in Ontario in 2012 and 2009. The Prince of Wales also visited Ontario in 1996, 1991 and 1970.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be attending the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill for the first time.

Hope, courage, hero: Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope celebrated in sixth stamp marking Canada 150

Terry Fox's sister Judith Fox unveiled a stamp today honouring her brother's remarkable Marathon of Hope in 1980, which inspired Canadians, captivated a country, and launched a lasting legacy across Canada and around the world.

Judith Fox unveiled the stamp at a ceremony at City Hall in St. John's, N.L., not far from Mile 0 – the spot where the Marathon of Hope began on April 12, 1980 when Terry Fox dipped his artificial right leg into the Atlantic Ocean. Children from Roncalli Elementary in St. John's also participated in today's ceremony and proudly displayed posters explaining how Fox has inspired them to believe they can achieve whatever goals they have in life.

Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope is one of the most identifiable and cherished events in Canadian history. It remains an enduring symbol of courage, selflessness and hope.

Fox was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had his right leg amputated. Three years later, Fox launched his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research. He ran close to a marathon a day (approximately 42 kilometres) for 143 days, raising millions of dollars during the run and immediately afterward. Fox ran a total of 5,373 kilometres – more than halfway across Canada – before having to stop his Marathon of Hope near Thunder Bay, Ont. on Sept. 1, 1980 because cancer had spread to his lungs.

Fox's lasting legacy continues to inspire Canadians

Fox continues to be a hero to generations of Canadians who honour his legacy by participating in the annual Terry Fox Run at locations around the world. The Terry Fox Foundation, which organizes the runs, has raised more than $700 million worldwide for cancer research, while the Terry Fox Research Institute is helping to improve health outcomes for cancer patients everywhere. Fox's determination and amazing achievement have also changed public perceptions of people with physical disabilities.

The Marathon of Hope is the sixth of 10 stamps being issued by Canada Post to celebrate Canada 150. The stamps mark unforgettable moments in Canada since our country's centennial in 1967.

Four more Canada 150 stamps to come

Each stamp in the set has been unveiled by a distinguished Canadian individual or group related to the moment being celebrated. The location of each stamp launch also directly relates to the moment being commemorated. The first stamp, celebrating Expo 67, was unveiled in Montréal by Habitat 67 architect Moshe Safdie on April 27, while the stamp honouring the Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was unveiled on Parliament Hill on May 3 with the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada. The third stamp, which pays tribute to the Canadarm and Canadian innovation, was unveiled by Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen during a recorded event at a Toronto school and released online May 4.

The fourth stamp, commemorating the 2005 passage of the Civil Marriage Act – which made marriage equality the law in Canada – was unveiled in Toronto on May 9 in partnership with The 519, an organization that supports the LGBTQ community. The fifth stamp, celebrating the Trans-Canada Highway, was unveiled in Regina on May 16 by Canadian country music superstar Dean Brody. The next stamp in the Canada 150 set will be unveiled in Iqaluit on May 30.

The remaining stamps will be unveiled individually at cities across the country, the last of them on June 1.

About the stamp

Each of the 10 maple-leaf shaped die-cut PermanentTM domestic-rate stamps measures 40 mm x 40 mm and is printed in 6 colours plus tagging. The self-adhesive stamps are available in a booklet of 10 (4 million stamps). A gummed pane of 10 stamps, with circle perforations 4.5 cm in diameter, is also available (80,000 panes). Official First Day Covers, one for each stamp design and each cancelled in OTTAWA ON, are available in a pack of 10 (10,000 packs). The stamp issue was designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver, B.C., and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group. 

Wickaninnish Inn Celebrates Canada's 150th Anniversary with Special Summer Package Plus Storm Watching Season Giveaway

 Wickaninnish Inn today announced a special summer guest accommodation and dining package to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017. Designed to showcase the Inn's oceanfront appeal to travellers from around the world, the "Canada 150 Pacific Rim Celebration" package includes:

Three nights' accommodation
One 4-course 'Canada150'-inspired tasting menu with wine pairings for two in The Pointe Restaurant
A copy of Pacific Rim Park book
Two 'Canada 150' inspired cocktails
Two full breakfasts for two

The Canada 150 Pacific Rim Celebration package ranges from $2,139.95 to $5,139.95 plus taxes depending on chosen room type and is available from June 1st to September 30th, 2017.

Guests who book the summer package will also be entered to win a return stay during Storm Watching season. Storm Watching at the Wickaninnish Inn is recognized as a Canadian Signature Experience by Destination Canada.

The book Pacific Rim Park included in the package was written by Dr. Howard McDiarmid, patriarch of the McDiarmid Family who created, own and operate the Wickaninnish Inn. Dr. McDiarmid was instrumental in creating the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve near Tofino in 1971 when he was the Member of Legislative Assembly representing the area. Parks Canada is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary by offering the "Discovery Pass" that gains free access to all National Parks from coast to coast to coast and includes the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Parks Canada has outlined 150 experiences visitors can enjoy in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

"All of us at Wickaninnish Inn are excited to offer a fantastic summer stay-and-dine experience with the bonus return visit giveaway as a unique way to celebrate such an important milestone for Canada," said Charles McDiarmid, Managing Director at the Wickaninnish Inn. "The McDiarmid family is equally excited to know that our guests can also enjoy the natural treasures of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve that our visionary father and grandfather, Howard McDiarmid, helped to protect."
In addition to the summer package and Storm Watching giveaway, Wickaninnish Inn will celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with Executive Chef Warren Barr's participation in the "Canada C3" -- an epic 150-day sailing expedition journey connecting Canadians from "coast to coast to coast." Chef Barr, one of only fifteen Chefs invited to participate in the expedition, will join the last part of the journey -- leg 15 -- from Campbell River to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
About Wickaninnish Inn: The iconic Wickaninnish Inn, perched on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island near Tofino, is a year-round destination exemplifying "rustic elegance on nature's edge." A Relais & Châteaux member property since 1997, the Inn is owned and managed by the McDiarmid family of Tofino, and is exclusively located on beautiful Chesterman Beach.

Each one of the 75 oceanfront guest rooms and suites is designed to AAA/CAA Five Diamond standards, welcoming guests with a beach or ocean viewscape, gas fireplace, soaker tub, local art, and an individual balcony. The Wickaninnish Inn is home to The Pointe Restaurant, boasting 240-degree Pacific Ocean views and an innovative culinary program, and the award-winning Ancient Cedars Spa, where spa practitioners and estheticians provide a journey into a sense of well-being inspired by the Inn's natural surroundings. Visit

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20VIC Management Properties Kick Off Canada 150 Celebrations with National Art Unveilings and a Contest Launch from Coast to Coast

20VIC Management Inc. shopping centres across Canada announced Monday the kick off of its Faces Of Canada contest. With the national contest launch also came the grand reveal of 22 locally-created art/design installations to support the project and an exclusive commemorative gift card. The Canada 150 installations will serve as backdrops in the national Faces of Canada photo contest, for which the grand prize winner will receive a 6-night trip for two at any Fairmont Hotel & Resort in Canada, compliments of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.*

Each shopping centre partnered with a local artist/designer to create a one-of-a-kind installation that reflects Canada's past, present or future. Each unique installation has now been revealed across the country and is on display at each shopping centre leading up to Canada Day, serving as a focal point and Canada 150 landmark in each mall. Additionally, the installation will provide a beautiful backdrop for the Faces of Canada contest taking place from May 1-31, 2017. As part of the Faces of Canada contest, shoppers are encouraged to take a picture with the installation and post it to their personal social media channels using the local hashtag for a chance to win exciting prizes and be entered to win the grand prize.

"We hope the Faces Of Canada contest brings local communities, families and friends together in celebration of our national pride and community spirit," says Mark Robinson, Vice President, Retail, 20VIC Management Inc. "It's been such a pleasure to support local artists/designers, observe the one-of-a-kind installations come to life and to see the remarkable talent the Canadian design community has to offer."

In addition to the installation unveilings and the Canada 150 Faces of Canada contest, 20VIC managed properties are selling limited edition, custom designed Canada 150 gift cards. In true Canadian spirit, for every $50 in gift cards sold, each shopping centre is donating $1 to various veteran charities across the country with an anticipated cumulative donation of over $50,000.

"We are honoured to raise awareness and important funds that directly support the Canadian Veteran and First Responder community through the commemorative Canada 150 gift card program," adds Mark Robinson. "Canadians are known for their generosity and this initiative allows us to exhibit true Canadian spirit in recognition of our Veterans' heroism and selflessness."

20VIC invites and encourages all Canadians to get involved in its Canada 150 celebrations. Those interested can learn more by visiting the website of their local 20VIC managed property for a chance to partake in Canada 150 festivities, see the local display and enter the Faces of Canada contest.

*The Ovation Rewards Collection B certificates can be redeemed for stays at any Fairmont Hotel & Resort around the world listed within the Collection A or B categories. See full listing here:

Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim is not included within contest eligibility. For the full contest rules, regulations and exclusions, please visit your local centre's website.


The Bay Centre
Victoria, BC
Aberdeen Mall
Kamloops, BC
Calgary, AB
Marlborough Mall
Calgary, AB
Londonderry Mall
Edmonton, AB
Cornwall Centre
Regina, SK
Midtown Plaza
Saskatoon, SK
St. Vital Centre
Winnipeg, MB
Erin Mills Town Centre
Mississauga, ON
Lansdowne Place
Peterborough, ON
Quinte Mall
Belleville, ON
Heritage Place
Owen Sound, ON
Tecumseh Mall
Windsor, ON
Devonshire Mall
Windsor, ON
Pen Centre
St. Catharines, ON
Ottawa, ON
Billings Bridge
Ottawa, ON
Lambton Mall
Sarnia, ON
Pickering Town Centre
Pickering, ON
Fleurs De Lys
Quebec City, QC
Place Vertu
Montreal, QC
Halifax Shopping Centre
Halifax, NS

What's Your Story? - A Canada 2017 Yearbook

CBC/Radio-Canada invites Canadians to participate in the creation of a special, bilingual project to mark Canada's 150th anniversary. WHAT'S YOUR STORY? - A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK, to be published in both official languages as a single edition in the fall of 2017, will be a fascinating collection of short stories from Canadians across the country - a snapshot of the diverse people, places, things and events that tell a story of who we are now, and where we are headed together as a nation.

Starting today, we are giving Canadians a digital space to share their personal stories and memories (in text or video format, accompanied by photos) that define what it means to be a part of this country at this time in our history.

Are there any people or places in Canada that inspire you?
Was there a single moment you felt proud to be Canadian?
If you could change one thing about Canada - what would it be?
Are you working on a special project that will make Canada a better place to live?

Tell us your story at

CBC/Radio-Canada will select some of the most compelling stories to be included in the yearbook by July 15, 2017, and will feature many of these submissions online at until November 30, 2017.

Hardcover bilingual editions of WHAT'S YOUR STORY? - A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK will be available to the public in select bookstores in time for the holiday season. A downloadable digital edition will also be available for free to all Canadians.

"Canadians have great stories to tell; unique perspectives and challenging points of view," said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. "We hope this project will inspire Canadians from coast to coast to coast to share experiences and ideas, learn more from each other and engage in their communities."

WHAT'S YOUR STORY? - A CANADA 2017 YEARBOOK is being published by CBC/Radio-Canada with Mosaic Press, one of Canada's leading independent publishers, multicultural in its scope, and concerned with the publication of works that reflect the Canadian ethnic mosaic.

Canada's Wonderland is Going Big with Two New Attractions and Canada 150 Celebration

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 Canada's premier amusement park is getting ready to open its gates to a season of big time thrills and family fun with two new exciting attractions and an extensive entertainment line-up that includes a special celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.

To kick off the 2017 season, Canada's Wonderland will be introducing Soaring Timbers, the only ride of its kind in North America. Riders will be sent spiraling through the sky on two massive gondolas while sweeping through 360 degree rotations. For guests looking to cool off this summer, Muskoka Plunge, a towering 60-foot (18.3 M) tall waterslide complex will be the new addition to Splash Works when it opens on May 27th. Riders will feel the ultimate adrenaline rush as they enter an enclosed launch chamber and anxiously wait until they suddenly plummet into a high-speed slide experience that includes a series of s-curves and a 360° loop.

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, Canada's Wonderland will be showcasing one of its biggest entertainment programs in history throughout the month of July. Celebration Canada 150 will be highlighted with non-stop live entertainment, that includes Free-Style Ski Aerials into Arthur's Baye, West Coast Lumberjacks, Live Canadian Bands, White Pine Dancers, Northern Reflections Laser, Light and Sound Spectacular, Cirque Canadian and so much more!

Rounding out this season's entertainment line-up at the park are exciting special events and street festivals featuring delicious food, live music and entertainment. Returning for the 2017 season are the Ultimate Thrills Circus, Chinese Acrobats, Brew & BBQ Festival, Taste of Greece, Taste of Italy, Foodtruck Festival, Oktoberfest, and a family favourite -- KidZfest.

"Each year, we strive to provide our guests with fun-filled memories and unique thrilling attractions. For our 2017 season, we wanted to capture the Canadian spirit with a full entertainment experience that embraces the excitement of thrills, live shows and family fun for guests of all ages." - Norm Pirtovshek, Vice President and General Manager.

For access to the park all-season with unlimited visits, Season Passes are available for as low as $69.99 at Prices go up on May 22.

YMCA celebrates Canada 150 at Healthy Kids Day

 On April 30, 2017, YMCAs across Canada will be participating in YMCA Healthy Kids Day. The national event promotes the habits of a healthy lifestyle, and features fun activities for the entire family at YMCAs across the country. From healthy eating tips, to physical activities and games, YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes activities that are accessible, free of charge and open to the public.

In celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, a special LocalMOTION Live! event will be held which will simulate a cross-Canada journey to discover the unique landscapes of our country. By participating in LocalMOTION Live! activities at local YMCAs, Canadians can enter to win LocalMOTION's monthly prize – one of two $1,000 VIA Rail vouchers. Additionally, every LocalMOTION Live participant is eligible for the LocalMOTION Grand Prize, a VIA Rail prize pack valued at $13,500.

The YMCA LocalMOTION Challenge is Canada 150 Signature Project that that encourages Canadians to take part in online and in-person activities themed around health and community while learning about the partnership between the YMCA and the railway companies in building our national railway. For more information, visit

"As we celebrate Canada 150 and Healthy Kids Day, I am delighted to see the YMCA encouraging Canadians of all ages to get active within their communities by participating in the LocalMOTION Challenge," said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. "I invite everyone to take part in the activities being offered across the country to promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. I hope many of you will take the Challenge!"

Annually, YMCA Healthy Kids Day draws over 30,000 participants to events at over 100 YMCA locations across the country.

Healthy Kids Day has become a wonderful way for Canada's families to support the well-being of their children, knowing they have their YMCA as a dedicated partner in helping them achieve their goals for their kids," said Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada. "This year Healthy Kids Day promises to be even more special, as we celebrate not only the continued health of our communities, but also our 150th anniversary as a nation. And through our YMCA LocalMOTION Live! events we'll all have the chance to learn about the little-known history of the YMCA and our railways in building Canada's communities.

As summer approaches, YMCA Healthy Kids Day provides a great opportunity for parents and kids alike to get active and learn more about their local YMCA. For parents coming to the Y to discover what children's activities are available now and in the coming summer months, YMCA Healthy Kids Day is the perfect place to start.

To find out more about YMCA Healthy Kids Day events across the country, visit

Classical Crossover Artist Orchestrates Massive Coast-to-Coast Project for Canada's 150th Anniversary

 In honor of Canada's upcoming 150th Anniversary of Confederation on July 1, 2017, three-time East Coast Music Awards nominee and Canadian classical crossover artist Eleanor McCain has crafted a collection of songs and photographs to be released May 12, 2017.

"True North: The Canadian Songbook" contains a double CD set and a coffee table book that illustrates Canada's rich, natural beauty.

Described as a "musical love letter showcasing some of the best of our country's songwriters," Eleanor sings 32 different Canadian pop and folk songs and is backed by 10 different symphony orchestras. Emmy Award winner Don Breithaupt produced the album.

"I wanted to honor the people, the musicians, and the country that I love, and this is the most touching way I felt I could offer proper tribute," McCain says.

Eleanor performs songs such as:

- Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
- Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You"
- Neil Young's "Helpless"
- Jann Arden's "Good Mother"
- Sarah McLachlan's "Angel"
- Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind"
- Bryan Adams' "Run To You"

About Eleanor: Classical crossover artist Eleanor McCain is the creator of "True North: The Canadian Songbook," an epic musical and photographic tribute to Canada's 150th birthday. McCain's sixth album features 32 iconic songs reimagined by 14 arrangers and recorded with 10 of Canada's top orchestras, plus a coffee table book with stunning photographs of the nation's natural beauty. For more information, visit

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday With Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' & VIA Rail Canada's Great Canadian Railway Adventure

 In honor of Canada's 150th birthday, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has partnered with VIA Rail Canada to launch The Great Canadian Railway Adventure. Inspired by both brands' unique Canadian heritage, the 20-day luxury train trip invites travelers to experience the best of Canada—from coastal Vancouver all the way cross-country to the picturesque province of Quebec.

Throughout the railway journey, guests will enjoy accommodations at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' historic castles and iconic properties, many of which have hosted landmark moments throughout the grand history of Canada. Participating properties include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Fairmont Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, a choice of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (upon re-opening in June 2017) or Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile in Montreal (a sister brand to Fairmont), and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City.

With the option to choose a pre-curated itinerary or create a custom experience, the 20-day trip will allow guests to truly immerse themselves in all of Canada's beauty. Each stop will provide a unique and authentic Canadian experience—from strolling the beaches of English Bay or cycling through Stanley Park in Vancouver, attending performances in the "Cultural Cradle of Canada" in Winnipeg and visiting the CN Tower in Toronto, to touring the National Art Gallery in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, exploring the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal and taking in the majesty of Niagara Falls. In between stops, passengers will have the opportunity to admire Canada's changing landscape from their window aboard the train, weaving past bears, deer and elk amidst the grand mountains of the Canadian Rockies; traveling through thick forests, rushing rivers and old farmhouses to Ottawa; and admiring the charming villages and beautiful scenery of Quebec's countryside.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and VIA Rail Canada launched The Great Canadian Railway Adventure package on an inaugural railway journey from Quebec City to Vancouver, hosting media, influencers and VIPs from April 6 to 13, and surprising guests with a private on-train performance by Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, Sarah McLachlan.

"There is no minimizing the significance of rail travel in the history and development of Canada, or in the heritage and long-standing success of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as Canada's luxury hotel brand. We are delighted to partner with VIA Rail Canada to be able to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for guests to make memories across this grand country with the exclusive Great Canadian Railway Adventure. There is really no better way to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday," said Jeff Doane, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing North & Central America, AccorHotels.

The Great Canadian Railway Adventure starts at $11,988 CAD / $9,990 USD per person and includes:

Overnight accommodations at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Winnipeg, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth (upon re-opening in June 2017) or Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile, and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Four nights' accommodations on VIA Rail's The Canadian train, in a private cabin from Jasper to Winnipeg to Toronto, including three dinners, two lunches, and three breakfasts
Business Class daytime journeys on VIA Rail's Corridor train between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City
Tour inclusions
Airport and train station transfers
VIA Rail commemorative bundle, in honor of Canada's 150th Birthday, which includes: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts gift card, passport holder, luggage tag, Human Rights Museum pass, CN Tower pass, half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Canada by Train book, maple chocolate box
Valid for travel through December 31, 2017. Suggested 2017 dates, starting in Vancouver: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will also celebrate Canada's anniversary with special offers including:

Canada 150 Credit Offer which provides travelers with a $150 credit for stays of three nights or more at participating Fairmont Hotels & Resorts destinations in the US and Canada. $150 credit valid towards participating food and beverage, spa and golf outlets; valid for travel booked by May 8, 2017 for stays through December 31, 2017; blackout dates apply.
The 150 Ways to Celebrate Canada Sweepstakes in which Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will give one grand prize winner a three-night getaway to Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal and 150 instant winners a one-night stay at any Fairmont property in Canada. 150 Ways to Celebrate Canada Sweepstakes ends May 31, 2017; to play and for Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions visit

I apologized, will you?

Join us on our journey to be Upstanders not Bystanders! In recognition of Canada's 150th birthday, SUP will be collecting 150 video and picture apologies from across the nation to showcase in our video montage. By submitting an apology you make a stand against bullying and become a role model to promote healing. We are going to let Canadians know our nation will not tolerate bullying. No matter what your age, gender, orientation, religion, colour of skin, or any other differences, we are looking to all Canadians to show the world how we stand up against bullying, bystanding, and exclusion.

You can apologize via video. You can apologize by taking a picture of an apology letter. You can apologize with a group of friends, classmates, or individually.

To submit your apology, please include the hashtag #150Apologies and email the text content of your submission to [email protected] with a file attachment or video link of the media you wish to share with our fellow Canadians. For video submissions we prefer web ready video formats (details: and recommend Dropbox ( for submitting large video files.

SUP has been identified by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario as an official Signature Project of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. With support from both governments and Canadians everywhere we can end bullying!
VIMY 100 Toronto, Fort York, April 8 2017

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April 9th, 1917 four Canadian divisions joined together and attacked the Germans at Vimy Ridge.
A costly effort in that 3,598 were killed and 7.000 wounded. No matter our opinions of war and battle this one can be said to be a historical marker in the foundations of what has become Canada.

Worth remembering not only for that but also for the great sacrifices made.

VIMY 100 Toronto took place this week on the grounds of Ft. York. I had the chance to check out Saturday’s events featuring soldiers in period uniforms giving us a taste of what it may have been like so many years ago.

“It was Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific on parade. I thought then, and I think today, that in those few minutes I witnessed the birth of a nation,” said Brigadier-General Alexander Ross, Commander 28th Battalion at Vimy Ridge, 1917.

And on a happier historical note, if I read correctly, it was 100 years ago that this town was also all abuzz about a young hockey team!~ A team that in the following years would be renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs in honour of all of those fallen soldiers. Go Leafs Go!
Government of Canada marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
On Sunday April 9, at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, a ceremony was held to honour the sacrifices made 100 years ago during the First World War at Vimy Ridge. The ceremony was a moving artistic performance by well-known Canadian actors and musicians in the presence of dignitaries, Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 10,000 Canadian youth, Indigenous Peoples, descendants of those who fought in the First World War and the public.

A number of dignitaries from Canada and Europe attended the ceremony. They included, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry; His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada; the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic; the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence; and the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, along with Veterans, representatives of Canadian Veterans' organizations and Canadian youth.

Trudeau said, "The victory at Vimy Ridge earned a young Canada a place on the international stage. Today, we honour and remember the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives at Vimy Ridge. They represented every region of Canada and fought for the values we hold so dear—freedom, democracy and peace. Their sacrifices left an indelible mark on our history, and spurred the emergence of a Canadian national consciousness. We must never forget their service and sacrifice."

By the end of the First World War, Canada—a country of fewer than eight million people—had more than 650,000 men and women serving in uniform. On April 9, 1917, during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side by side for the first time and won an impressive victory. Many have suggested that this great triumph marked a "coming of age" for our still-young country.

Close to 3,600 Canadians were killed during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial serves as a lasting tribute to the memory and sacrifice of our service members who died in the war, including the 11,285 Canadians who lost their lives in France and have no known graves.

Commemorative events were also held across Canada, including at the Canadian National War Memorial in Ottawa.


Celebrations of Montréal's 375th Anniversary - Official Program for April 7 to 13, 2017 - 375 years of history … in music, on ice and on the small screen!

Bank of Canada unveils commemorative bank note to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation

 There are a lot of events on tap this week to celebrate Montréal's 375th anniversary. First, a talented group of skaters, all residents of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough, will turn the spotlight on the city's past in their music and choreography. The city's history will also be brought to life through facts and anecdotes recounted by the curious and friendly Jean-Philippe Wauthier, an original series that will enchant audiences over several weeks. You won't want to miss it! And this time, Rosemont-Petite Patrie and Ville-Marie are the destinations of choice for maple taffy lovers from across the city!


Cabane à sucre urbaine
This sugaring-off season, Cabane à sucre urbaine is teaming up with IGA to invite young and old to enjoy maple taffy in its old-fashioned sugar shack. To ensure as many sweet tooths as possible get to enjoy the gooey goodness, the mobile sugar shack will be visiting several city boroughs. Musicians and storytellers will add to the festive, family-friendly ambiance. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other treats will also be served.
All voluntary contributions will go to the Joy of Eating Better Foundation.
Schedule for the day:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maple taffy tasting in aid of the Joy of Eating Better Foundation
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Pouding chômeur (Poor man's pudding) tasting
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Folk music dancing
April 8 – Parc Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
April 9 – Parc Émilie Gamelin, Ville-Marie
Ahuntsic-Cartierville: 375 ans d'histoire revue et patinée
An original ice show featuring memorable moments from the history of the borough and Montréal, set to period music and performed by over 250 borough residents.
April 8 and 9 – Aréna Ahuntsic – Patinage Ahuntsic

April 13 to June 29, at 8 p.m. – Télé-Québec
Télé-Québec presents MTL, a modern-day documentary series where history buff Jean-Philippe Wauthier hunts for clues to what defines Montreal's DNA. MTL will shed light on the things that define our city and its inhabitants. Montréal's history, both official and unofficial, will be told through encounters with famous figures and historians in places of special importance as well as explorations of the city's archives.


Aime comme Montréal at BAnQ
Cultural diversity is one of the most important aspects of Montréal's identity. In celebration of Montreal's 375th anniversary, Aime comme Montréal presents an intimate and authentic look at cultural diversity through a photo essay featuring 60 inspiring intercultural couples living here in Montréal. Consisting of a book and an exhibition set up at some of Montréal's most iconic sites, Aime comme Montréal celebrates the diversity of the city we call home.
March 16 to April 16, 2017 – Bibliothèque and Archives nationales du Québec

Mode Expo 67
Expo 67 offered an extraordinary showcase for Montréal's fashion designers. Fifty years later, the McCord Museum unveils its magnificent collection of clothes and accessories as well as its Expo archives. Here's your chance to see over 60 costumes, flight attendant outfits from different countries and provinces, and designer apparel from such names as Marielle Fleury, Michel Robichaud, Jacques de Montjoye, Serge et Réal and John Warden. Sketches, breathtaking photos and testimonials from people who were at this amazing encounter give this event a definite retro twist!
March 17 to October 1 – McCord Museum

Come enjoy the new sensory experience created by Moment Factory for Montréal's 375th birthday! Let yourself be guided to the heart of Notre-Dame Basilica and rediscover its spectacular architecture in a three-act multimedia spectacle. Light effects, orchestral music and Moment Factory's unique genius come together to offer a moment of sublime beauty.
March 21 to October 30, 2017 –Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

LA SERRE — arts vivants
Once a month throughout 2017, POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from different artistic disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partners in 12 unusual Montreal venues. The objective: to invite up-and-coming artists to create new POSSIBLES exploring 12 local issues inspired by discussions with the community.
POSSIBLES merges art and civic engagement to promote sustainable development.
The year's events will leave behind a manifesto and a methodology enabling cities around the globe to make the project their own and maybe even expand on it. It's all about focusing on the future and taking action today to build a better tomorrow!
04 | April 20 – ARCMTL / Healthy and quality of life | S. Cotton and M. Nepveu Villeneuve

Le Country, de la colonisation à nos jours – En route vers le Festival
The history of country music in Montréal, from the colony's founding to the present. A reminder of the history and importance of country music in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Country music: bridging the gap between the generations.
Every Friday from February 3 to July 28, at 8 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

Cité Mémoire
A multimedia urban circuit staged across Old Montréal and featuring a host of characters who have witnessed the city's evolution first-hand. Over 20 tableaus come alive in images, words and music. Download the Montréal en Histoires free app.
Every evening – Old Montréal

MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
Starting on December 21, 2016, a pop-up art gallery will appear at selected sites around the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough. For Montréal's 375th anniversary, Artgang Galerie will be contributing to the neighbourhood's artistic revitalization with the MTL375 Rosemont–Petite-Patrie project ( Artgang Galerie plans to co-produce and showcase at least 375 public art installations around the borough, bringing the neighbourhood's residents together and generating interest in the area.
Created by amateur and professional artists, more than a hundred works representing different disciplines and executed in a range of mediums will be exhibited to the public.
Montrealers will also be able to track's the project's evolution, consult the index of works and learn more about participating artists at, launched at the same time as the pop-up gallery.
A second wave of exhibitions is slated for spring 2017. A number of other project-related initiatives are also planned.
Starting December 21, 2016
Parc Molson
Parc de Gaspé
Unnamed alley behind Artgang, 6524 rue Saint-Hubert

Visit the programming section of our website, at, or download the 375MTL app.

The Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the festivities and socioeconomic initiatives that will mark Montréal's 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces to carry out its mandate: mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage its financial resources, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
 Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance Ginette Petitpas Taylor today unveiled a commemorative $10 bank note celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This special note—showcasing our history, land and culture—was revealed during a ceremony at the Bank's head office in Ottawa. It will enter into circulation on 1 June.
"This bank note is intended to captivate our imagination and instill pride in what we, as a nation, have accomplished," said Governor Poloz. "It celebrates the natural beauty and majesty of our land and some of the important parliamentarians who helped shape our great country."
The intricately designed note is unique in many ways. For the first time, four individuals are portrayed on the front of a Canadian bank note: Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Agnes Macphail and James Gladstone or Akay-na-muka—his Blackfoot name. With Parliament's Hall of Honour in the background, these four parliamentarians remind us that Canada has been shaped by the vision, courage and effort of people of different backgrounds.
Upon circulation, the commemorative note will mark the first time that a Canadian woman and an Indigenous Canadian are depicted as portrait subjects on a Bank of Canada bank note. The design also incorporates Inuit and Metis cultural elements: a colourful reproduction of the artwork Owl's Bouquet by world-renowned Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak; and the distinctive arrow sash pattern, an important symbol of the Métis nation.
"Canada's diversity is our greatest strength," said Ms. Petitpas Taylor. "As we celebrate Canada 150 we are reminded of what makes us who we are—from our shared history, to our cultures and languages to the breathtaking natural beauty that is instantly recognized around the world. On behalf of the Government of Canada I thank Governor Poloz and the Bank of Canada for their contribution to this truly national celebration."
The Canada 150 note also showcases Canada's natural beauty and unique landscapes. Five different landscapes representing the various regions of Canada are featured on the other side of the note: the Lions/Twin Sisters (Western Canada), a wheat field (Prairie provinces), the Canadian Shield (Central Canada), Cape Bonavista (Eastern Canada) and the Northern lights (Northern Canada).
The commemorative $10 note also has new security features, including a colour-shifting arch depicting an arch found in the Memorial Chamber on Parliament Hill, as well as three-dimensional maple leaves.
A comprehensive consultation process was undertaken by the Bank to ensure that this commemorative bank note reflects the input of Canadians. The ideas and suggestions received through public opinion research, consultation and focus groups influenced the note's content and have been carefully incorporated into the design.
Starting in June, the Bank of Canada will issue 40 million of these commemorative bank notes and distribute them through financial institutions to be broadly available across Canada by 1 July.
The Canada 150 note will circulate alongside the current Polymer series $10 note, but it does not replace it. Both the current $10 note and the commemorative $10 note are of equal value and can be used interchangeably in transactions.
As announced in December, human rights and freedoms icon Viola Desmond will be featured on a new $10 note, which will mark another historic first: Desmond will become the first Canadian woman to be featured on a regularly circulating Bank of Canada bank note, expected in late 2018.


CIBC celebrates its 150th birthday by offering free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Passes in all banking centres

CIBC asks the country to tell the world what it means to be Canadian!

CIBC is proud to announce that starting today through August 2017, Canadians and visitors to the country can now pick up a free Parks Canada 2017 Discovery Pass at any CIBC banking centre from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

The initiative to bring the outdoors to Canadians by offering an opportunity to explore all of Parks Canada's national locations, is thanks to a partnership between Parks Canada and CIBC in celebration of the bank's and the country's shared 150th birthday.

"We are delighted to be partnering with CIBC to distribute Parks Canada's 2017 Discovery Passes. With CIBC's reach, we can ensure that millions of Canadians have access to Parks Canada's treasured places. As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, we invite Canadians to be inspired and captivated by the stories of the people and events that shaped the Canada of today. Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150," says Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

This partnership is part of CIBC's year-long celebration of its shared 150th birthday with Canada and an example of how the bank is helping people across the country demonstrate pride in their nation and show how they #StandForCanada.

"Our national parks and sites are among our country's greatest treasures. We are thrilled to offer Canadians easy access to free Discovery Passes so they can experience the sights and sounds of these beautiful locations as they celebrate Canada's 150th this summer," says Christina Kramer, CIBC Executive Vice President.

Founded in 1867, CIBC shares a longstanding history with Canada. As a proud Canadian company, it has contributed to shaping our nation into one of the best in the world, helping people prosper and businesses grow, as it builds the bank of the future.

In celebration of 150, CIBC is asking Canadians how they #StandForCanada by joining the conversation on Twitter @CIBC, Facebook ( and Instagram @CIBCNow. To learn more about CIBC's proud history, download the CIBC150 App and discover new stories every week.
 While Canada is often recognized by our iconic maple leaf (eh?) in celebration of the country's and CIBC's shared 150th, CIBC is asking people across the nation to help further shape and define our proud identity by socially sharing how they #StandForCanada.

Developed by the bank's innovation incubator, CIBC Live Labs, #StandForCanada is the first global digital mosaic on what it means to be Canadian. A proprietary aggregator collects user generated content (UGC) mentioning the hashtag, with the content appearing on highlighting diverse voices from across the country.

Users can also leverage the platform to create personalized content by uploading a photo, submitting a "I Stand for…" caption and then sharing with the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, to showcase their Canadian pride.

"This digital time capsule allows everyone to be part of history so that future generations can reflect back on what we stand for today as a great nation," says Rob Assimakopoulos, Chief Marketing Officer, CIBC. "CIBC has innovated banking for its clients for 150 years, and we are proud to bring this interactive campaign to help Canadians discover the country's sentiment around our shared pride."

CIBC will take this collective social sentiment and share it back, showing the world what Canadians think and feel as they #StandForCanada. Whether in Winnipeg, Charlottetown or Iqaluit, a contributor's content may appear in CIBC's upcoming 150th marketing campaign.

"We are excited to help shape the narrative around our country's 150th birthday in a new way," adds Mr. Assimakopoulos. "By asking Canadians what they stand for, we are the authors of our country's own unique story."

Bringing #StandForCanada to life are key partnerships designed to help Canadians celebrate 150 this year, leading up to CIBC's birthday on May 15, on July 1, and beyond. From year-long Ottawa 2017 activations, to welcoming new Canadians at Citizenship Ceremonies alongside Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and now working with Parks Canada to offer free 2017 Discovery Passes at all CIBC Banking Centres, CIBC is showing the country how it will #StandForCanada in celebration of 150.

The #StandForCanada campaign is supported by a broadcast partnership with the CBC, a year-long social media campaign, digital and in-branch advertising and experiential activations.

Canadians can participate in #StandForCanada by joining the conversation on Twitter @CIBC, Facebook ( and Instagram @CIBCNow. To learn more about CIBC's proud history, download the CIBC150 App and discover new stories every week.
The CRTC celebrates 150 years of Canadian communications

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) honoured exceptional Canadians who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC said, "As part of Canada's 150th Anniversary, the CRTC is proud to honour entrepreneurs, inventors, public figures and great communicators who, each in their own way, have transformed the Canadian communications sector."

As part of its commemoration project to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary, the CRTC recognized 23 exceptional men and women for their contribution to the Canadian communications system, by giving their names to the Commission's meeting rooms. These individuals are: Israel "Izzy" Asper, Henri Audet, John Bassett, Alexander Graham Bell, Nancy Devine (former CRTC employee), Reginald Fessenden, Barbara Frum, Harold Greenberg, Matthew Halton, Foster Hewitt, Judith Jasmin, Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak, René Lecavalier, John Lombardi, Marcel Masse, J-Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, Ted Rogers, Jean-Louis Roux, Jeanne Sauvé, Graham Spry, and Réal Therrien.

At the same time, the Agora at the CRTC's National Headquarters was named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC's first Chairman and a prominent figure in the areas of Canadian communications and culture.​


Canadian film pops up across the country to promote National Canadian Film Day 150

When you're throwing a big party, you need a big invitation. Starting this week, Canadians will see large and small activations peppered across the country through a promotional campaign in support of National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150). The #CanFilmDay campaign entitled #OurFilms will feature unique installations in cities and towns across the country that highlight the way Canadian films arise out of the communities that inspire them.

Presented by REEL CANADA, NCFD 150 is a Signature 150 Project supported by the Government of Canada. A full list of sponsors can be found on the website. Thanks to the support of these partners and more, as well as the film industry overall, NCFD 150 will be the world's largest film festival – ever – with more than 1,700 (and counting) screenings of Canadian film taking place across the country and around the world. With films also available on multiple Canadian broadcast stations and online platforms on April 19, NCFD 150 will be the most accessible film festival our country has seen. Whether on foot, online or on-air, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be able to celebrate their country's 150th birthday by watching a great Canadian film.

The #OurFilms campaign, created by Canada's leading creative agency, Leo Burnett, is comprised of more than two dozen installations, large and small, scattered around 14 different communities across the country. The installations run from napkin holders and beer coasters at restaurants, to select Indigo outlets distributing special edition bookmarks honouring great Canadian books that have inspired Canadian films, to giant metal frames holding impressively large TV screens strategically placed in neighborhoods that inspired or have figured in iconic Canadian films, with a prominent label declaring "This Film Comes from Here". The installations are designed to engage with residents of our nation everywhere with the idea that Canadian film plays a role in their community and vice versa.

Every installation will offer the opportunity to join the campaign. Canadians who snap and share a selfie on social media using #OurFilms #CanFilmDay will automatically be entered to win one of five movie passes for a year.

Filling out the promotional campaign are TV spots directed by two of Canada's most celebrated filmmakers, Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar. The spots debuted on CBC on March 12 during the broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards and will receive wide distribution on CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Corus and APTN. They will be also seen in Cineplex Theatres across the country, Landmark Theatres and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Egoyan's spot, titled "The Man Who Was Always Late", features Vinay Virmani (Breakaway, Dr. Cabbie), while McKellar's, "The Woman Who Can't Lie", stars the multiple-award-winning Sandra Oh.

Created and produced by Leo Burnett, the TV spots were a pan-industry effort, with equipment and talent largely being donated by William F. White, the Directors Guild of Canada, ACTRA and IATSE 863, 667, and 411.

"REEL CANADA is very excited about this campaign, which really drives home the idea that our stories are us, which is what National Canadian Film Day 150 is all about," says REEL CANADA's Artistic Director Sharon Corder. "And it's a brilliant way to invite all Canadians to join the party on April 19."

For more information on screenings taking place in cities across the country, and the marketing activation locations, visit Broadcast and online programming will be available within the coming weeks.

A full map of all #OurFilms #CanFilmDay installations across the country can be found here. Specific details of the Large Screen Installations on display in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver are as follows:

Toronto, ON
Installation dates: Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26
Torontonians can experience the movies by:

Grabbing a coffee at Rooster Coffee House on Broadview (479 Broadview Ave, Toronto) to see a clip of the Canadian film, The F Word (2013). The F Word, is a contemporary and hilarious romantic comedy featuring Daniel Radcliffe. (In case you were wondering, the "F Word" is friendship.)

Thursday, March 23: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24: 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Visiting The Beer Store in the Village (572 Church Street, Toronto) to view the community that inspired Outrageous! (1977). Outrageous! was one of the first gay-themed films to ever receive widespread release in North America. It is now considered by many to be a cult classic.

Saturday, March 25: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Stopping by Vic Johnson Arena (335 Church St, Mississauga) to see Breakaway (2011), a Canadian sports-comedy film that brings a dash of Bollywood to Canada's favourite sport.

Saturday, March 25: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 26: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



Royal Canadian Mint helps Canadians celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup® with a new 25-cent circulation coin

Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations - Official programming - March 17 to 23, 2017 - Featured: Street theatre and an urban sugar shack!

One hundred and twenty five years after former Governor General of Canada Lord Stanley of Preston donated a silver challenge cup to recognize the best amateur hockey team in Canada, the legendary Stanley Cup is making a Canadian homecoming in the form of millions of 25-cent commemorative circulation coins issued by the Mint in celebration of this milestone anniversary. This special coin was unveiled today at Rideau Hall by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Royal Canadian Mint President and CEO Sandra Hanington.

"The celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup is a perfect example of the pride and excitement Canadians will feel throughout the experience of Canada 150 and the Government of Canada is proud that the Royal Canadian Mint has created a special circulation coin in its honour," said the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance. "Millions of Canadians who are united by their shared love of hockey can now collect this coin as a way to relive their favourite moments of the quest for the ultimate symbol of hockey excellence."

"As the ultimate symbol of Canadians' passion for hockey, the Stanley Cup is woven into the fabric of our culture and identity and marking its 125th anniversary on a 25-cent circulation coin is one of the best ways to celebrate their pride," said Sandra Hanington, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "The legacy of the Stanley Cup, along with the many precious memories it holds, can forever be treasured by millions of Canadians who find this coin in their change and save it is as a treasured symbol of Canadian hockey glory."

Designed by British Columbia artist Steve Hepburn, the reverse of this new 25-cent circulation coin depicts the Stanley Cup, flanked by two hockey players – one in period uniform and the other in modern-day uniform. Together, these players represent the Stanley Cup's rich history. A total of 12.5 million coins will begin circulating on March 17.

Hockey fans across Canada can start looking for this coin in their change, attend coin exchanges at the Mint's Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver boutiques, or obtain limited quantities through an online coin exchange at (limited to Canada only).

The Mint is also celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup by issuing specially-wrapped collector rolls of 40 25-cent coins. Limited to 50,000 commemorative rolls, this limited-edition product retails for $22.95 CAD. More information on this product can be found at

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. © NHL 2017. All Rights Reserved.
​​ Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations continue this week with an array of activities for all tastes and ages. The new street theatre show "La langue de feu", presented on Thursday, March 23, gives Montrealers the chance to relive major events that shaped the city, especially the Peter-McGill neighbourhood. And foodies can enjoy the sweet treats of "La Cabane à sucre urbaine", which will continue travelling to Montréal's boroughs until April 18.


La langue de feu
With the help of a storyteller, a musician and some props, the street theatre show "La langue de feu" will take audiences back in time to the major events that shaped the city as well as the Peter-McGill neighbourhood. You are warmly invited to take part in this historical tale around a fire with a cup of hot tea and time travel to the city's different iconic eras. In partnership with La tête de Pioche.
March 23 – Pierce Street (between Sainte-Catherine West and De la Police Street)


Another Brick in The Wall – The Opera
The Opéra de Montréal presents the world premiere of Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera, based on the legendary work The Wall, by Roger Waters. This blockbuster production brings together eight soloists onstage, including celebrated Québec baritone Étienne Dupuis as well as 48 choral singers and 70 musicians. The creation of this opera for a Montréal stage is particularly significant because Roger Waters first came up with the idea for the project following a concert at Montréal's Olympic Stadium in 1977.
March 11 to 27 – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

La Cabane à sucre urbaine
This sugaring off season, the Cabane à sucre urbaine invites young and old to try some maple taffy in its old-fashioned mobile barn. To ensure the most sweet tooths possible get to enjoy this gooey goodness, it will be stopping off in several city boroughs. Musicians and storytellers will add to the festive, family-friendly ambiance. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and other treats will also be served. All voluntary contributions will go to the Joy of Eating Better Foundation.
March 11 to April 30 – In 18 Montréal boroughs

La guirlande du 375e
Creative workshops will be held at the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier as part of "The 375th Garland". Le Carrefour d'éducation populaire de Pointe-Saint-Charles has launched a superb community project to create and decorate a 1400-metre-long garland that will adorn the streets of the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. A number of workshops featuring various techniques for painting and printing on canvas will be offered in several borough locations, all in a creative atmosphere where participants can express their artistic talents. The garland will be hung in the neighbourhood at a vernissage during Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.
March 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 – Centre culturel Georges-Vanier

Aime comme Montréal at the BAnQ
Through a book and a photography project featured in iconic Montréal locations, Aime comme Montréal invites everyone to celebrate the city's cultural diversity.
March 16 to April 16 – Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Le Country, de la colonisation à nos jours
Country evenings to celebrate the history of country music in Montreal, from colonization to today. A tribute to the history and importance of country music in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, and its ability to bridge generations.
Every Friday from February 3 to July 28 at 8 p.m. – Bistro Le Ste-Cath

MTL375 Rosemont Petite-Patrie
A pop-up art gallery will appear in some locations in the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie borough.
Starting December 21, 2016 – In the back alley behind Artgang (6524 St-Hubert Street) and Parc de Gaspé (6699 De Gaspé Avenue)

Cité Mémoire
An urban multimedia show that unfolds across Old Montréal and showcases an array of characters that were witness to the city's history. More than 20 tableaux spring to life with movement, words and music. Download the app.
Every night – Old Montréal
The AGO tells stories about Canada all year long in 2017

It’s the year of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is not shying away from taking a close look at what this country is – and isn’t. A wide variety of programs and exhibitions boldly tell stories about Canada with both a critical lens and an eye for the extraordinary. They’re the stories we know, ones that have been hidden, and ones about where we’re going. With five exhibitions, two innovative digital projects and one marquee live event, the AGO’s sesquicentennial line-up has something for everyone.
The Gallery explores urgent questions about Canada through some of the country’s best emerging and established artists with the recently announced exhibition, Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood. It also premieres new solo exhibitions of works by pioneering abstract artist Rita Letendre and acclaimed contemporary artist Mark Lewis, and debuts Free Black North, which questions Ontario’s history with its black residents and acknowledges those who have gone overlooked. The acclaimed exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 receives a rotation of new artworks that offer a fresh glimpse into Toronto’s artistic past.
The AGO also moves further into the digital sphere with a project that will make highlights from the Gallery’s remarkable collection of Canadian art available online, and with reBlink, a special augmented reality installation.
Extending the conversation beyond the Gallery’s walls, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns with a timely discussion on the theme of Art and Nationhood on April 21, 2017.
“Artists are fortunate to have the freedom to reflect critically—and publicly—on Canada and what this country means,” says Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “By exploring through our own eyes and those of artists both historical and contemporary, we can deepen our understanding of this nation and its people. Art gives us a platform for meaningful conversations that can shape who we are, and where we’re going.”
Several of the AGO’s Canada-focused programs this year were made possible by special Ontario150 funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism,Culture and Sport.
“The AGO is renowned for events and exhibits that showcase our province’s vibrant arts and culture, and its sesquicentennial line-up is another great example of this,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government is proud to partner with the AGO to bring many exciting initiatives to life for our 150th anniversary. Investing in exhibitions that tell our stories—and make Canadian and Ontario art more accessible—will help ensure our artistic and cultural legacies are treasured by future generations.”
Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood
June 29 – Feb. 18, 2017 
Anchoring the AGO’s Canadian program is Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood, an exhibition that explores what Canada was, is, and will be through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists. Taking over the fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, the installation will feature 33 new and recent artistic projects by artists from across Canada including Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among others.
Bringing together both the familiar and the unexpected with strong Indigenous voices running throughout, Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood is curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, with a team of invited local artists, activists and educators including Anique Jordan and Quill Christie.
Government Partners: Ontario150, Government of Canada
Mark Lewis: Canada
April 15 – Dec. 10, 2017
Making its world premiere this spring at the AGO is a series of three new films by contemporary artist Mark Lewis exploring the idea of Canada. The Hamilton-born artist, who lives and works in London, UK, is one of the most prominent practitioners working with moving image today. Presented as simultaneous projections, Lewis’s new films illuminate the complicated and sometimes contradictory meanings “Canada” – the word as well as the country. Lewis is interested in exploring the idea of place as it relates to the land we call Canada. Shot in various locations, the films are set up as staged encounters between the camera and the landscape, creating meditations on and of a place.
Lewis’s experimental work occupies an important place in the Canadian public imagination not only because it has used iconic locations as subjects and backdrops, but also because it has strongly influenced a younger generation of artists. His works have been exhibited extensively across Canada, the U.S. and internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, including most recently at The Power Plant, Toronto (2015) and the Musée du Louvre, Paris (2014). They are also collected by many prestigious institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Centre Pompidou-Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris and Museum of Modern Art, New York among others. Mark Lewis: Canada is curated by Adelina Vlas, the AGO’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.
Generously Supported by: Panasonic
Government Partners: Ontario150; Government of Canada; Canada Council for the Arts
Creative Minds: Art and Nationhood 
April 21, 2017
After a sold-out debut last September, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns to address urgent questions about Art and Nationhood. Bringing together four visionary artists from various disciplines, the event is once again moderated by Matt Galloway (host of CBC’s Metro Morning) and promises a unique, passionate discussion at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall on April 21, 2017.
What makes a nation? How do artists shape our understanding of who we are and where we live? With rapidly rising nationalist movements taking hold in the West, there's no conversation that feels more timely and urgent than one discussing current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress, especially during the year marking the 150thanniversary of Canada’s confederation. For more information, visit
Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince.
Free Black North
April 29 – Aug. 20, 2017
Comprised of rarely-seen photographs of men, women and children living in Ontario in the mid-to-late 1800s, many of whom were descendants of Black refugees who escaped enslavement in the Southern United States, Free Black North tells the story of how historical Black Canadian communities used photography as a tool to visualize and lay claim to their complex histories.
These portraits, drawn from collections at Brock University and the Archives of Ontario—many exhibited here for the first time—highlight how these chiefly unknown individuals presented themselves with style,dignity and self-assurance. The exhibition will include close to 30 photographic works, including ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards. 
Many of the photographs were gathered and kept safe by the late Alvin McCurdy, noted historian and anti-racism activist, and Rick Bell, retired Niagara-region firefighter,historian and member of the Central Ontario Network for Black History. According to Bell, the histories of these communities needed to be kept from disappearing. “I have witnessed firsthand family members enjoying a bonfire fueled by Grandma and Grandpa’s heirlooms and artifacts,” he said. "It was important for me to save the photographs because they are an important part of Canadian history."
There is little known about many of the subjects or the photographers of these works, but the AGO hopes that by putting them on display, perhaps more information will come to light. Free Black North is curated by the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, Julie Crooks.
Rita Letendre: Fire & Light
June 29 – Sept. 17, 2017
Critically acclaimed, Rita Letendre is one of the most eminent living abstract artists. Her painting career began in Montreal in the 1950s, when she associated with Quebec’s prominent artist groups Automatistes and LesPasticiens. Often the sole female artist in their group shows, she broke away from their approach to painting, finding it restrictive. Seeking to express the full energy of life and harness in her powerful gestures an intense spiritual force, Letendre worked with various materials including oils, pastels, and acrylics, using her hands, palette knife, brushes and uniquely the airbrush, which she began using in 1971.
Letendre was born of Abenaki and Quebecois parents in Drummondville in1928, and has lived in Toronto since 1970. She received the Order of Canada in 2005, has completed commissions across Canada and the United States, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Rita Letendre: Fire &Light is the first major museum retrospective of Letendre’s work to originate outside Quebec, celebrating the power of and passion for life evident in her brilliant paintings.
Rita Letendre: Fire & Light features nearly 40 large-scale paintings, drawn both from the AGO Collection and major national public and private collections. It is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art.
Government Partner: Canada Council for the Arts
June – December, 2017
Visitors won’t believe their eyes (or they’ll at least do a double-take) this summer as the AGO offers a magical new way to experience art. From Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew comes reBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that will tap the power of leading-edge technology to give visitors the chance to see works from the AGO Collection (Canadian and European) in a whole new way.
Using a custom app for smartphones and tablets, Mayhew highlights how much we have—and haven’t— changed over time, inviting visitors to look at popular historic paintings such as Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, Drawing Lots and Marchesa Casati through a unique 21st century lens. By looking at a selected work using a smartphone or tablet, visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.
Government Partner: Ontario150
Digitization of the AGO’s Canadian Collection
Fall 2017
Launching in the fall, this new online archive will feature searchable, digitalized renderings of close to 100 of the most important works from the AGO’s vast Collection of Canadian art. Piloting a digital learning program that will connect students in rural and remote communities with the AGO, the website will include lessons that connect to the curriculum and ideas to engage students with the Collection in the classroom, as well as artist facts and discussion questions. Works included on the site include Frances Norma Loring’s Keeper, Isaac Chapman’s Model Totem Pole and Tom Thomson’s The West Wind.
Government Partner: Ontario150
Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989
On now until May 7, 2017
Praised by The Globe and Mail for unearthing “a vibrant, political and occasionally messy era of the city’s art history,” Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 has intrigued visitors with its wide-ranging look at the generation of Toronto artists who came of age during those tumultuous two decades since it opened in September 2016. One of the longest-running and most diverse AGO shows in recent history, this exhibition experienced a rotation of artworks in February 2017—halfway through its run—allowing visitors to gain new perspectives with large-scale installation pieces by Vera Frenkel and FASTWÜRMS, alongside multimedia works by Jayce Salloum, and Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 is on display until May 7, 2017. It was curated by Wanda Nanibush, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art.
Government Partners: Ontario150; Canada Council for the Arts
For more information on the many Canada-focused exhibitions and programs at the AGO, please visit, follow @AGOToronto and #Ontario150.
With a Collection of close to 95,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to learn more.

Apr. 22 – July 30, 2017:            Georgia O’Keeffe
Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018:   Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters
Mar. 2018 – May 2018:              Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism,Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

Celebrate Canada 150 with the Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration

Canadians have twelve more "beertastic" reasons to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Central City Brewers + Distillers is pleased to announce a Canada-wide beer collaboration with Canadian breweries from 12 provinces and territories. The Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration 12-pack commemorates the country's milestone birthday.

The Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration is the only cross-Canada craft beer mix-pack celebrating Canada 150. Each of the 12 collaboration beers is inspired by the province in which it comes from, and was brewed at Central City's brewery in Surrey, BC.

"There is a great sense of comradery amongst us craft brewers in Canada, and what better way to show our pride in our country than to bring together some of Canada's best breweries on a celebratory mix-pack to commemorate this huge Canadian milestone," says Gary Lohin, Central City Brewers + Distillers' Brewmaster.

The Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack (330 ml bottles) will be available in liquor stores in most provinces in early May 2017, and as two unique 6-packs (East and West) in some provinces.

The breweries partnering on the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration are:

British Columbia, Delta: Four Winds Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Brent Mills
Alberta, Calgary: Last Best Brewing & Distilling with CEO, Brett Ireland and Brewer, Phillip Hamilton Brian
Saskatchewan, Swift Current: Black Bridge Brewery with Co-owners, Clayton and Kari Stenson
Manitoba, Winnipeg: Half Pints Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Chris Young
Ontario, Vankleek Hill: Beau's Brewing Company with Owner, Steve Beauchesne and Brewer, Kevin James
Quebec, Shawinigan: Le Trou Du Diable with Pilsner Brewer Specialist, Stephane Thibodeau and Co-owner, Luc Bellerive
Nova Scotia, Halifax: Garrison Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Daniel Girard
New Brunswick, Fredericton: Picaroons Traditional Ales with Sean Dunbar, Owner and Operator
Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown: PEI Brewing Company with Head Brewer, Chris Long
Newfoundland, St. John's: Quidi Vidi Brewing Company with Brewer, Einar Holtet and Sales and Marketing Manager, Justin Fong
Yukon, Whitehorse: Yukon Brewing Company with Head Brewer, Jon Zaugg and Brewer, Troy Charlton
Northwest Territories, Yellowknife: NWT Brewing Company with Owner, Fletcher Stevens

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IHG® Rewards Club curates the top 150 Hidden Gems to celebrate Canada's 150th
Fleurs de Villes takes Floral Mannequin Series across Canada in 2017

 Today marks the beginning of a three-month journey to find the top 150 Hidden Gems across the country. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in partnership with television personality Jennifer Valentyne, launches the IHG® Rewards Club 150th Hidden Gems Contest and asks Canadians to share their favourite travel spots from coast-to-coast. Canadians can submit their Hidden Gems from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points.

From picturesque hiking trails and secret spots for family picnics to cultural landmarks and other undiscovered local attractions, Canadians can help uncover all the beautiful places this country has to offer by sharing their unique locations at . One lucky grand prize winner will enjoy one million IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be used towards the ultimate getaway worldwide. Two additional monthly winners will receive 50,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be redeemed for hotel stays or merchandise.

Jonathan Lund, Regional Vice President, Franchise Performance Support, IHG Canada, says: "An interesting vacation can happen anywhere. With our curated list of Hidden Gems located across the country, there is no shortage of fascinating experiences to enjoy with family and friends this year. Canada's 150th birthday is the perfect reason to plan the trip of a lifetime in your own country, and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation along the road to discovery."

Jennifer Valentyne, Canadian television personality, says: "I'm passionate about travelling locally and discovering new places to see in Canada, which is why I've joined IHG on their mission to find the top 150 Hidden Gems. What better way to honour Canada's 150th birthday than by exploring our own country and sharing our favourite places with one another? My favourite Hidden Gem is Gobles Grove – a peaceful beach just south of Port Elgin, Ontario. I can't wait to hear about the unique locations Canadians share throughout the contest."

After submissions close on May 31, IHG will curate the top 150 Hidden Gems to celebrate the nation and inspire summer travel.

With 177 hotels across the country and 31 hotels in the pipeline, IHG's hotels in Canada are a home away from home for travelers. With leisure-favourite hotel brands such as, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Suites and iconic luxury brands like InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts - IHG's brand family in Canada has more than 24,900 rooms across seven brands.

Call to action:
Visit and enter your favourite Hidden Gem in Canada from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points! Canadians can join the conversation on social media using #IHG150. 

Fleurs de Villes Inc. is bringing its Floral Mannequin Series to five shopping centres across Canada this spring. The unique, five-day exhibition is Fleurs de Villes' signature event and the first of its kind in Canada, blending fashion design and fresh blooms with bespoke floral-dressed mannequins and a pop-up fresh flower market.

Following a successful debut in Victoria and Vancouver last spring, the Floral Mannequin Series earned a Maple Leaf Silver Award in Events or Sales Promotions at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards. In 2017, Fleurs de Villes will expand the floral fashion extravaganza to five shopping centres in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

"Flowers make us happy, they always have. They reach a broad audience, they amaze and they delight," says Fleurs de Villes co-founder Karen Marshall Ducommun. "Fleurs de Villes is a showcase for local, world-class floral design."
The Floral Mannequin Series will pair over 75 top local florists with leading brands to design a stunning fashion-inspired display brought to life with flowers. Each floral-dressed mannequin is clothed in a one-of-a-kind design made up of hundreds of fresh blooms. For five days, shoppers can peruse the display, snap photos, and vote for their favourite mannequin for a chance to win exclusive prizes. On the weekend, a day-long pop-up market offers a chance to purchase fresh-cut flowers, bouquets, bedding plants, pots and other gardening supplies inside the shopping centre.

"Our pop-up shows are stunning examples of the artistry of flowers, presented in some of the most elegant shopping centres in the country," adds Marshall Ducommun. "We are thrilled to return for 2017, this time in five markets, to connect the public with a sensory experience they won't see anywhere else."

The Floral Mannequin Series will tour five properties this spring: Mayfair in Victoria (March 8-12), Metropolis at Metrotown in Greater Vancouver (April 5-9), Southgate Centre in Edmonton (April 19-23), Bayshore Centre in Ottawa (May 3-7) and Mapleview Centre in Burlington (May 10-14).

For the latest news and updates, visit Fleur de Villes at 

Streets of Canada launches campaign to capture inspiring stories of Canadians for Canada's 150th
Restaurants Canada launches Making Moments campaign for Canada 150

 To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Streets of Canada, a Peterborough-based initiative is featuring a collection of short stories and photographs capturing the spirit of business owners, artists, and unsung heroes from coast to coast.

The project was created by Peterborough tech entrepreneurs, Sana Virji and Ribat Chowdhury, who realized that while much was being planned to honour Canada's history, it seemed little was being done to celebrate Canadians today.

"Among the celebrations of Canada's accomplishments and history, we want to honour the present and the people all around us today and reflect the diversity of the people who make up this country," said Virji.

Since launching last November, Virji and Chowdhury have been traveling across Canada to showcase the vibrant personalities of individual Canadians. The result of these efforts is now a vibrant catalogue of photographs featured alongside quotes and anecdotes published on the Streets of Canada's website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

"No matter what the story, you feel a sense of connection to the person narrating, whether it's the Peterborough Syrian refugee family who opened a restaurant, the Montreal busker who is fighting a city by-law, or the Winnipeg activist who grew up in foster care. These are the people we interact with every day, and their stories are inspirational, honest, and show Canada's diversity and acceptance," adds Virji.

Virji, a native of Pakistan, and Chowdhury, originally from Bangladesh, came to Canada five years ago when they won scholarships to study at Trent University. With little savings, they struggled to make ends meet while attending university and worked part-time to manage living expenses.

"I came to Canada in 2012 with only $100 in my pocket. Where I am today is a testament of who Canadians are," said Chowdhury. "Throughout my journey, somebody came forward to help me. Never before have I seen such acceptance and generosity. Streets of Canada is our way of showing gratitude to the exceptional people who make up this country."

Streets of Canada is on a mission to show that Canada is more than just hockey and maple syrup. They plan to collect and share 1,000 stories of Canadians from all walks of life—who they are, what drives them, their hopes, their fears, their past, and their pride. The project has already reached 750,000 Canadians online and is gaining momentum as nominations pour in from across the country.

To help Streets of Canada reach its goal, nominate an entrepreneur, artist, or anyone who you think has a great story to tell at An individual can also nominate themselves and share their own story.

We all have a special restaurant moment. What's yours? For Canada 150, Restaurants Canada is launching Making Moments, a campaign to collectively celebrate and share the unique role that restaurants play in the everyday lives of Canadians.

More than 1.2 million Canadians are employed in the restaurant and foodservice industry, serving more than 18 million customers every day, in communities right across Canada.

"From marriage proposals to business deals, and from first jobs to second chances, restaurants provide the setting for many special moments in our lives. Canada's anniversary year is the perfect time to celebrate and share those stories," says Restaurants Canada President and CEO Shanna Munro.

All Canadians – restaurant owners, employees, and customers – are invited to share their favourite restaurant moment. Did you land your first job in a restaurant? Work with a restaurant to raise money for a good cause? Did you meet that special someone at a restaurant? Or is the neighbourhood coffee shop your go-to spot for catching up with friends? No matter how big or small the moment is, we want to hear it. Visit to learn more.

Win a trip for two to Yukon!
Submit your story and you could win a grand prize trip for two to Yukon, courtesy of Air North. Monthly prizes will also be awarded throughout the year.

Restaurants Canada's Making Moments campaign is sponsored by Canada Bread, Saputo and Air North.

Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada's restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day. 

Restaurants Canada celebrates Canada 150 with RC Nation's Feast​
Restaurants Canada is marking Canada 150 with RC Nation's Feast, a tribute to Canada's rich culinary heritage on Feb. 27, 2017 at Toronto's historic Casa Loma.

An all-star line-up of Canadian chefs -- from Todd Perrin of Mallard Cottage in Qidi Vidi, NL to Andrew Seymour of Wayfarer Oyster Bar in Whitehorse, YK -- will put Canadian ingredients in the spotlight with a four-course dinner and grazing menu for more than 200 guests. Chef Charlotte Langley is curating the event.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism and the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport are joining the celebration to recognize the restaurant and foodservice industry's significant role in Canada's economy and culture.

"Canada's vibrant culinary scene offers food from tables around the world, paired with seasonal, sustainable, and flavours from coast to coast to coast. From local favourites to internationally renowned dishes, Restaurants Canada's members in towns and cities across the nation welcome guests from all over the world. Culinary experiences are part of our government's vision for tourism, an industry that supports small businesses and jobs for middle class Canadians."

- The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of
Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

"Ontario's world-class restaurant scene entices visitors from North America and beyond, and culinary tourism is a growing sector of Ontario's $29.8 billion tourism industry. Restaurants Canada's celebration of Canadian cuisine for our 150th anniversary is a wonderful way to reflect on the diversity that makes our province so special."

- The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario

"The very idea of Canada was born over food, drink and hospitality at the Charlottetown Conference. Canada 150 is the perfect time to honour the rich culinary heritage that has helped define us as a nation, and to celebrate the people who are blazing the trail forward – from farmers to chefs to entrepreneurs."

- Shanna Munro, President and CEO, Restaurants Canada

RC Nation's Feast is a feature of Restaurants Canada's RC Show, an annual event that brings together 14,000 people who embody Canadian hospitality and cuisine, including food producers, manufacturers, distributors, chefs, managers, owners, students and educators and more. The RC Show runs from Feb. 26 to 28 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.

Rick Hansen Foundation Barrier Busting gets underway in celebration of Canada's 150th​
On this upcoming milestone of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Rick Hansen Foundation is inviting schools and community groups to learn more about accessibility, identify barriers, and apply for grants of up to $30,000 to undertake and celebrate accessibility infrastructure improvements in public places and spaces.
The Rick Hansen Foundation is pleased to announce funding for 15 community Barrier Buster projects across Canada as part of Access4All, their Canada 150 Signature Initiative. These 15 projects are the first of an anticipated 50 grants that will represent a diverse cross-section of large and small communities across Canada. The first 15 winning projects span from Nanaimo, BC, to Milford, Nova Scotia, all demonstrating a passion for local accessibility and a dedication to fostering an inclusive environment for members of their community. A full list of communities across Canada that have been awarded funding to date can be found here.

"The Barrier Buster projects will help make significant improvements to local infrastructure all across Canada. I'm proud to welcome these communities to the Rick Hansen Foundation family. As they strive to improve their built environment with innovative and thoughtful solutions, they become part of the global movement for change," says Rick Hansen, CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Launched in the fall of 2016, Access4All is aimed at improving the accessibility of public places, such as schools, libraries, parks and playgrounds. Access4All provides funding for Barrier Buster projects that improve physical infrastructure to increase accessibility, and also for community awareness-building events that will help to shed light on accessibility issues, and celebrate the communities' achievements in making Canada more accessible and inclusive.

To date, the Rick Hansen Foundation has received over 200 applications from across the country, and the initial 15 approved projects are representative from coast to coast to coast, including five from BC, six from Ontario, three from the Prairies, and one Atlantic project. These Barrier Buster projects increase accessibility for a wide range of built environments, including improvements to schools, playgrounds, community churches, and city infrastructure.

"I have been a proud supporter of the Rick Hansen Foundation for years, and am thrilled to know a winning project has come from Calgary Centre," says the Honourable Kent Hehr, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre. "It is in the work of the Foundation, and the Barrier Buster program in particular, that helps ease accessibility issues for Canadians, prepares a community space to be available to all, and creates awareness for the needs of many Canadians."

With funding support from the Government of Canada, this initiative will allow the Rick Hansen Foundation to grant $1.7 million to schools and community groups, helping Canadians activate at least 50 large-scale "Barrier Buster" infrastructure improvement projects and awareness-building events in their communities. Additional generous supporters of Access4All include Today's Parent, Boston Pizza, Canadian Tire Corporation, Scotiabank and Shaw Communications.

To date, there are 35 grants that have yet to be awarded, and applications to Access4All are open until March 31st. For more information, or to apply for a grant, visit
Metro Ontario to Celebrate Canada's 150th with Homegrown Food & Music​
Metro Ontario is kicking off a 150th celebration campaign that will include a cross-province series of local events that will bring a uniquely Canadian themed food and music experience to seven cities in Ontario.  The Homegrown Tour will reinforce the grocer's commitment to local communities, local food and local talent – all ongoing areas of focus for the Country's third largest grocery chain.
Metro will officially launch the campaign at this year's JUNO Awards, taking place in Ottawa to commemorate Canada's sesquicentennial. The grocer has come on board as the official volunteer sponsor of this year's show. "Local talent relies on homegrown events and promotion to grow and flourish," says Nancy Modrcin, Vice-President of Marketing. "Metro Ontario is incredibly proud to support the hundreds of Canadians that volunteer their time to support this important cultural event".

Metro will begin executing its Homegrown Tour during JUNO week, aboard the JUNO Express, a VIA train that will transport JUNO Award nominees and music industry members to Ottawa from Toronto. Travellers will be treated to an on-board food experience hosted by Metro. This will then be followed by a series of pop-up dinners and concert events in 6 additional cities across Ontario through Spring and Summer.

"The best celebrations in life always include food and music," says Modrcin. "And this year, Canada has a lot to celebrate."

In addition to the Homegrown Tour, Metro will boost its focus on local sourcing in 2017 by highlighting key Canadian products in stores and across various media channels. A 52-week content plan is already underway on Metro's owned digital platforms and will be ramping up in early Spring through Canada Day.

"We made a conscious decision this year to boost efforts to connect with communities across Ontario in a hyper local way," says Modrcin. "Every event we host will be a reflection of the unique neighbourhood that we're in. We want our customers to tell our story because it's their point of view that matters."

Metro has assembled a team of strategic communications partners to manage the year-long campaign, which includes Publicis Toronto for mass and digital advertising efforts, Touché Media for media planning, ent! Marketing for music-related event production and Veritas Communications for PR. Veritas, who won Metro Ontario's Food Basics business in 2016, was invited to join the 150th strategy team following its strong start on the grocer's discount business.
Canada 150 Edition of Winterlude Starts Today!
The Ottawa-Gatineau winter celebration runs from February 3 to 20.
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (Ottawa Centre), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, officially launched Winterlude this morning. She was accompanied by Mireille Apollon, Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for Gatineau, and Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, among others.
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians will enjoy an array of activities at three official Winterlude sites: Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Confederation Park and Marion Dewar Plaza, and the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa.

Joly said, "Canada 150 is a great opportunity to celebrate the many things that make our country unique. Winterlude allows us to have fun in the snow and enjoy activities that showcase our country's nature, climate and rich culture. I invite everyone to take part in everything Winterlude has to offer!"

Festivities begin this evening at the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park, where an exciting carnival-style party is followed by musical performances by Karim Ouellet and Coleman Hell. Confederation Park will also host the Sub-Zero Concert Series, featuring Canadian performers on Friday and Saturday evenings (and Sunday, February 19) throughout Winterlude. Visitors to Confederation Park can also see ice carvers from around the world turn blocks of ice into stunning works of art, and relax in the new Metro Ice Café, which offers culinary demos, food sampling, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.

With its larger-than-life snow slides, the Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park is an ideal destination for sports and winter games enthusiasts. This is also where visitors will get to meet the famous Ice Hog family, zoom down the mega zip line, attend shows like the Extreme aerial acrobatics and trampo-wall show, embark on a dog sled, pedal musical bikes to remix the songs of your favourite artists and admire sculptures made during the 2017 National Snow Sculpture Rendezvous. A digital art projection on snow sculpture, MosaïCanada 150, will also be showcased on the evenings that the Park is open.

McKenna said, "Winterlude is an event that Ottawa-Gatineau residents and visitors look forward to each year, and with good reason-this wonderful festival is winter at its best. From the ice sculptures, to the exhibits, to Parks Canada's oTentik on the Rideau Canal, I am so proud of everything Winterlude has to offer this year!"

The Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest skating rink, will once again host some of Winterlude's classic activities, including the Winterlude Triathlon and the annual Bed Race. This year, the Canal will also host the CIBC Shinny Hockey Day and the first-ever ice dragon boat race in North America-the largest of its kind in the world.
There will also be a wide range of activities presented by Winterlude partners at other venues around the region, such as the Snowmania Challenge, a competition to see who can build the most snowmen in one hour.

"Winterlude is one of Ottawa's biggest and finest festivals, and a great opportunity for residents and visitors to discover fun winter activities with their families and friends. 2017 is a particularly exciting year to attend Winterlude, as Ottawa is the place to be to celebrate Canada's big year!," said Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa.
CIBC partners with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to celebrate Canada's and CIBC's shared 150th birthday
 CIBC co-hosted a Canadian Citizenship ceremony today in partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), serving as the launch pad for a year-long collaboration between the two organizations. Today's citizenship ceremony was one of several that CIBC will co-host with IRCC in 2017 across Canada.

With the ceremony taking place in CIBC's historic banking hall at 25 King Street West in Toronto, CIBC President and CEO Victor Dodig, alongside The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship welcomed 21 people as new Canadian citizens.

"I know from my own personal experience that citizenship ceremonies are a significant milestone and the final step along the path of becoming a Canadian citizen," says Minister Hussen. "This is a proud moment for new Canadian citizens, who have worked so hard to reach this point. IRCC is happy to partner with CIBC to host these special ceremonies across the country as we celebrate Canada 150. Throughout this commemorative year and beyond, I encourage all Canadians to celebrate their citizenship and reflect on what it means to be Canadian."

"We are very proud of our shared 150-year history with Canada, and what better way to build a prosperous future than with the help of our newest Canadians," says Victor Dodig, President and CEO, CIBC. "My family chose Canada as our home a generation ago and I'm honoured to live in this great country that embraces and celebrates all aspects of diversity and inclusion which helps shape our strong communities."

The location of today's ceremony was symbolic for CIBC. Known today as Commerce Court North, the building opened in 1931, and its 34 stories remained the tallest building in the British Commonwealth until 1962. Its construction during the Great Depression represented a statement of confidence in the stability of the bank and long-term growth in Canada.

Founded in 1867, CIBC shares a longstanding history with Canada. As a proud Canadian company, it has contributed to shaping our nation into one of the best in the world, helping people prosper and businesses grow, as it builds the bank of the future.

In celebration of 150, CIBC is asking Canadians how they #StandForCanada by joining the conversation on Twitter @CIBC, Facebook ( and Instagram @CIBCNow. To learn more about CIBC's proud history, download the CIBC150 App and discover new stories every week.
Ontario Science Centre amps up for Canada 150 with three new offerings: Canada 150: Discovery Way, The Energy Show and Legacy
TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Science Centre launches its sesquicentennial programming with three new visitor offerings that celebrate Canadian science and innovation. Reinforcing its pioneering role in making science relevant and accessible, the Science Centre is planning an exciting lineup of films, exhibitions and events along with the trio of new experiences launching today, making 2017 a great year to visit the Centre.
"The Ontario Science Centre, a centennial project, celebrates Canada 150 and Ontario 150 in style by offering three original, thought-provoking experiences to inform, engage and inspire our visitors," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "With Canada 150: Discovery Way, an installation that celebrates Canadian innovation and ingenuity in science and in everyday life; The Energy Show, a theatrical modernization of our iconic electricity demonstration; and Legacy, an award-winning sculpture that showcases the interaction of science, nature, and art, Canada's sesquicentennial promises to be an extraordinary year."

Canada 150: Discovery Way highlights the uniquely Canadian stories behind transformational inventions and innovations, from the far reaches of space to common household items. Researched, designed and fabricated in-house by the Science Centre's scientists, designers, writers and craftspeople, Canada 150: Discovery Way emphasizes the curiosity, critical thinking and courage required for scientific discoveries.

Through 22 notable artifacts, ranging from the hockey mask to the flight recorder, and from the original Jolly Jumper to the Blackberry pager, the Canada 150: Discovery Way installation instills visitors with a sense of pride in Canada's scientific achievements and encourages them to ask questions, make observations and test ideas of their own.

Building upon the Science Centre's popular Electricity Demonstration, The Energy Show explores the practical applications and implications of energy consumption in a highly engaging new presentation. Through interactive investigation, experimentation and collaboration, audiences will learn about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and fossil fuels, to deepen their understanding of the essential roles of energy generation, transmission and storage.

Guided by an Ontario Science Centre presenter, audiences will assist with energy-related research by making hypotheses, conducting experiments, uploading data and testing very unique equipment, including a seven-foot, 500,000-volt Tesla coil, a captivating Faraday cage and a hair-raising Van de Graaff generator.

Also on display at the Science Centre during Canada's sesquicentennial is Legacy, a life-sized, anatomically correct orca skeleton, carved entirely from reclaimed cedar. Created by award-winning Canadian artist Ken Hall, Legacy comprises more than 200 carved cedar bones based on 3D digital scans of orca bones and is the result of six months' full-time fabrication. The sculpture's medium honours coastal First Nations totem carvings, which have a role in passing knowledge and guiding future generations. This visually compelling piece explores our relationship with the natural world and asks visitors to reflect on our current environmental practices and the changes we want to inspire for the future.

Canada 150: Discovery Way, The Energy Show and Legacy are offered daily throughout 2017 and are included with general admission. For more information about these installations and to purchase tickets, please visit

The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit

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Latinfest 2016, Woodbine Centre Toronto, September 30 2016

Walter Tautorat:  Local radio station Z103.5 and Woodbine Centre hosted a press release Septeember 30 to introduce their line-up for this year’s LatinFest being held this weekend at the Woodbine Centre.

This fantastic lineup will include Grupo Niche from Colombia, El Rey Tulile from Dominican Republic, De la Guetto from Puerto Rico, Fulanito, and Nina Sky.1-

Local artists are well represented by the likes of Fito Blanko, DJ Danny Castro, Looch Bodega, Manny Cardenas, DJ Mechon, Tatyana D’Voce and many more.

After some magic provided by Ecuadorian born Edllusion, host and radio personality Elvira Caria introduced some of this weekends headliners and talked about the diversity that is so prevalent here in Toronto.

It sounds like a blast and a great way to get your fix of Latin culture. For more info please visit
Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs) Honour 11 Canadian Leaders of Body Positivity
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - BCCAs celebrate Canada-based champions of body positivity, body confidence and body acceptance. "From body love to human rights, education, arts and entertainment, health and wellness to fashion with a social conscience, our recipients are role models who are leading the way towards a world where body-shaming does not win," says BCCAs co-founders and body image advocates Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough. Hosted by media personality Daniel Pillail, the evening features live performances by Lucas Silveira (The Cliks) and Troy Jackson performing his hit HeyHater in honour of Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, an initiative Andrew & Fairclough created in 2006.

4th Annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs)
Contact for location
Thursday October 6, 6-10pm

Co-Founders: Jill Andrew & Aisha Fairclough

2016 Eleven Recipients Include:
Catherine MacKinnon, Deaf filmmaker, ACTRA 2016 Woman of the Year
Candy Palmater, CBC radio host of the Candy Palmater Show
Meghan Swaby, Actor & Playwright Venus' Daughter
Annika Reid, Fashion Blogger, The Stylish Reid, The Succulent Six collective
Louise Green, Athlete, Body Exchange
Akio Maroon, Human Rights Advocate
Women's Health Clinic, "Body Peace Zones" campaign
And more!
Canadian Country Superstar Aaron Pritchett to Headline Gregg Cup
Toronto, Ontario – September 29, 2016 - Gregg Zaun, Canada's voice of baseball, World Series champion, and philanthropist is pleased to announce Canadian country superstar, Aaron Pritchett to headline his inaugural Gregg Cup charity event on Friday, November 25th in Toronto, Ontario.

The Gregg Cup will be held at Steam Whistle Brewing - The Roundhouse, located in the entertainment district of the city at 255 Bremner Blvd.  Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 3rd through Eventbrite ( and are priced at $75 for General Admission and $200 for Limited VIP tickets.  This is a 19+ event and tickets are anticipated to sell out quickly. The Gregg Cup will also have a silent auction offering one-of-a-kind items and sports and entertainment memorabilia

All proceeds from the event go to the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network (UHN).

"I am thrilled to be hosting the Gregg Cup in Toronto this year during Canada's premier football finale and having my good friend Aaron Pritchett headline the evening makes this a double win for everyone.  I'm looking forward to a great evening of entertainment and am pleased that the Gregg Zaun Foundation can assist with such a deserving organization as UHN”

Headliner Aaron Pritchett is one of Canada's leading country performers with his chart topping singles "Out of The Blue," "Dirt Road in 'Em," "Done You Wrong," "Hold My Beer," and "Let's Get Rowdy" to name a few.  He recently finished a score of dates in Canada opening for Garth Brooks. Also joining Aaron Pritchett on the Gregg Cup are rising country male vocalist Joshua David and pop soul artist Liz Loughrey.

The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre is the premier cardiac centre in Canada. Since it opened in 1997, the Centre has saved and improved the lives of cardiac and vascular patients from around the world. Each year, approximately 55,000 patients receive innovative and compassionate care from multidisciplinary teams in the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, and the Centre trains more cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and vascular surgeons than any other hospital in Canada. The Centre is based at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital – members of the University Health Network.

Salsa dancing, delicious food, great vendors and a famous entertainment line-up at Woodbine Latinfest 2016

TORONTO, ON (September 27, 2016) — celebrate a weekend of delicious Latin food, authentic entertainment, exciting vendors and lots of caliente dancing at this year’s Woodbine Latinfest. Taking place October 1-2 at Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke, Woodbine Latinfest will feature the very best in Latin culture.

“We’re very excited to bring Woodbine Latinfest to our community,” says Michell Barker, VP of Marketing and Leasing at Woodbine Mall. “Our event offers the best in Latin American cuisine and an authentic line-up of Latin entertainment that will surely get everyone on their feet.” 

Experience Latin American cultures with an all star cast of Latin bands and artists.  This fantastic lineup will include Grupo Niche from Colombia, El Rey Tulile from Dominican Republic, De la Guetto from Puerto Rico, Fulanito, and Nina Sky.

With the Latin community in Toronto bigger than ever, Woodbine Latinfest will also feature various local artists. Some of the hottest performances will include Fito Blanko, DJ Danny Castro, Looch Bodega, Manny Cardenas, DJ Mechon, Tatyana D’Voce and many more. 

In addition to great food, drinks and live music, guests can practice their dance moves with Bachata Swing and dance alongside SAMBA Heat, two of Toronto’s hottest Latin acts that will keep family and friends dancing all weekend long.
Indulge in a variety of unique Latin plates including Bandeja Paisas, Empanadas, Arepas, Pupusas, Tacos, and Tamales, among others. With various of exhibitors, so many talented vendors, ongoing entertainment and a full day of fun, the Fest will surely please all those who attend.
“We want people from all over the world to come and enjoy this amazing family-friendly festival,” adds Michell. “Guests can enjoy a variety of food, outdoor dancing, kid zones, cultural and arts workshops for children and adults, and fantastic live entertainment, and more.”
Friday, September 30, 2016 2-6 p.m. (Media Preview Only)
Saturday, October 1, 2016 1-9 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2016 1-8 p.m.
*Price: One day-$25, Weekend Fee $40, & kids under 8 are free*
Tickets available at
Information Line: 416-674-5200
For line-up details and more information on Woodbine Latinfest, please visit Follow #woodbinelatinfest or ‘Like’ Woodbine Mall on Facebook
Transforming Faces Presents its 7th Annual Salsa for Smiles
TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Transforming Faces, a Toronto-based cleft care charity, will host its Salsa for Smiles fundraising event to support children born with cleft lip and palate in developing countries.

What: Salsa for Smiles: an evening of salsa dancing, live music and smiles in support of cleft care.

When: Step up to transform lives on Thursday September 29, 2016, at 6pm. Salsa lessons will begin at 7pm (no experience necessary) followed by a professional salsa performance and live music.

Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W, Toronto, M6J 1T9

Who: Join TF supporters, event host, Lorenda Reddekopp of CBC, dance instructors from Toronto's Steps Dance Studio, and musical guests, DJ Jimmy Suave and the Clave Kings.

Why? Enjoy an exciting evening of salsa dancing and great music while supporting vital cleft care programs that transform lives! Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Back by popular demand, Salsa for Smiles will feature our Spice Bucket Challenge, a series of extra spicy, eye-watering salsas. There are also fantastic door prizes available to be won.

Tickets can be purchased online  or by phone at 416-222-6581.

This event is generously sponsored by Scotiabank.

About Transforming Faces 
Transforming Faces is a Canadian charity that supports long-term comprehensive cleft care for children in developing countries, and ongoing training for local medical teams. 100% of all funds raised are directed to our international programs and donations of over$200 are matched.

Oui Oui, A Floral Market Comes to North Toronto

On Saturday, September 24, pickOntario and Toronto Botanical Garden will bring the North Toronto Floral Market to CF Shops at Don Mills.
The North Toronto Floral Market is an outdoor flower and plant market filled with a wide selection of florals, herbs, seeds and sweet treats, curated with a Parisian flare.
“Flowers are in bloom year round, yet there are limited venues and floral selection within the North Toronto Area,” says Dejan Kristan, Marketing Director at pickOntario. “We know this neighbourhood thrives on supporting their community so we wanted to offer the opportunity to peruse and purchase flowers in abundance at their leisure.”
The North Toronto Floral Market will take place on two weekends in fall; September 24- 25 and October 14-16. Guests will be able to find a variety of beautiful, Ontario grown flowers and plants such as Gerbera, Freesia, Roses, Orchids, African Violets, Crispy Wave Ferns and more.
These flowers and plants, provided by Ontario-based flower growers, will be accented with a selection of gourmet food and drink presented by McEwan and Lindt Chocolate. To complete the experience additional elements will include guest speakers, elegant background music, and a floral concierge service for guests to leave their parcels while they shop or dine at the property.
Some of the Ontario growers and organizations participating at the North Toronto Floral Market include but are not limited to:
·         Aldershot Greenhouses
·         Foliera
·         Van Geest Brothers
·         Van Zanten Greenhouses
·         Cosmic Plants

“CF Shops at Don Mills has always been where fashion, dining and entertaining come outside to play,” adds Dejan. “This market will be a great addition to the experience they offer as guests can now enjoy the beauty of local flowers and purchase their favourite plants right in their neighbourhood.”
MARKET DATES & TIMES              
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 12pm-6pm 
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 12pm-6pm
Friday, October 14, 2016, 3pm-9pm 
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 12pm-6pm 
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12pm-6pm 

For more information, please visit


The Grand Parade is the highlight of the three-week Caribben Festival that brings millions to Toronto every year.and is expected to draw over a million people. This year is the same Parade Route as in 2915. The Parade traveled the width of the Exhibition Place before going west on Lakeshore Blvd.

The costumes worn by the participants in the Grand Parade portray different themes and stories, which originate from the imagination of talented designers. These designers translate their creativity into wearable costumes that are portrayed on the parade route – themes like Out of Africa; Festivals of Nations; Islands in D Sun. All of the participants are adults. Children took part in their own parade earlier in July.

An exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It is a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto region will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands celebrating the Carnival of the Americas. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival.

“The fences along Lakeshore Blvd are coming down, way down,” said CAO Chris Alexander before the event. “ For years the fences that line our parade route have been 10ft tall. And for most of the 3.5 km route we doubled the fences.”

The extreme fencing has always been to keep spectators off the parade route and to protect the 16,000 masqueraders taking part in the annual parade. The fencing has been a source of annoyance for many spectators because they block everyone’s view of the parade. Often times the fences are knocked down by the crowd.”

“Times are changing, and we think our audience understands the parade and will respect the integrity of the spectacle,” continued Alexander. “We are replacing most the big fences with 4 ft tall barriers. People will be able to see the mas bands and photographers will have a great sight lines. We will have parade marshals and security teams respectfully asking visitors to stay off the parade route.”
The Parade is expecting, weather permitting, the largest audience of the century. A depressed Canadian dollar coupled with an increased worldwide interest in Carnival have organizers expecting over half a million out-of-town visitors coming to the Parade.


There are three programme changes in this year’s  Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Since the July 5th launch of the festival, organizers have, because of considerable performance booking problems, changed the focus of the July 31st event at Fort York, cancelled the August 1st  Last Lap at Fort York and announced a concert at the Woodbine Slots.
July 31st  Carnival in the Fort.   Pan. Steel drum orchestras will be performing outdoors at Fort York Sunday (noon – 8pm) at an all-day family friendly free event.  There will be live Soca and Calypso music, Caribbean Canadian DJs and lots of vendors serving up the food of the islands.  Carnival in the Fort replaces a planned ticketed outdoor festival of Indo-Caribbean music. That event was replaced because of booking problems with key acts.
The holiday Monday August 1st Indo-Caribbean music event has been cancelled. In its place the Carnival is working with OLG Slots to stage an evening Soca concert at the Woodbine Racetrack with Edwin Yearwood and his band, Krosfyah, with special guests Leadpipe & Saddis. The evening concert will be held in the Woodbine Concert Hall on August 12, 2016.
Krosfyah (pronounced "Crossfire") are a Soca band from the Caribbean island of Barbados. The group are best known for the hits "Road Jam", "Pump Me Up", and "Sak Passe". Fronted by Edwin Yearwood the band is one of the best-known and most successful Soca bands of the Caribbean.   
The concert is hosted by Alan Alain of Caribbean Vibrations TV. The show starts at 8 pm, with tickets (now available on starting at $25 per person.  More information is available 

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It is a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto region will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands celebrating the Carnival of the Americas. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival.
FIGMENT's Fourth Fabulous Free Festival
Have you ever wanted to become a human piano? Ever wanted ride around on a bicycle made out of drums, bells and whistles? Have you ever dreamed of creating – or becoming - a piece of art for the day? Come to FIGMENT this summer and let your imagination come to life! Hosted on Olympic Island, July 23rd and 24th, this FREE festival of interactive and participatory art makes the world your gallery, with over 50 installations where you can touch, talk, dance, smell, engage and help create the art. Highlights of this year include:

Musical Bike Ride (Phil Sarazen), a gigantic colourful musical contraption to climb, ride and play
Island Tales (23 kg 50 lb) – share your stories of the Island, which will be bound into a book and available online after the festival
Learn how to hula hoop and do circus tricks
Musical shenanigans, like People Piano (Dave Braun) where participants become a human keyboard using the power of circuitry
Back by audience demand: David Hynes' Conundrum (it's a canoe! It's a drum!) and Geordie Lishman's Sphinx, the life-size mechanical flying horse
And much, much more!

Born in 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event in New York City, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year and now has events across the U.S., in Australia and England. Toronto is Canada's first and only Figment city. FIGMENT's goal is simple: bring the art to the people and let them play. Admission is 100% free and open to everyone of all ages. Located on beautiful Olympic Island, beside the Centre Island ferry dock, FIGMENT is a family-friendly, pet-friendly, all-ages oasis of creative fun. Bing a picnic, bring all your friends, bring your imagination and come play with us!

Want to get involved? Go to and join us as a volunteer.

Want to submit a project? Go to and submit your piece - Deadline is July15th at midnight.

Indulge in a Fiesta of Flavours at Canada's Largest Latin Themed Street Festival TD Salsa on St. Clair

This Weekend - Sat. July 9th & Sun. July 10th
This weekend, experience the best of all things Latino while indulging in authentic culinary delights at the 12th annual FREE TD Salsa on St. Clair, the main event of the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival.

St. Clair Ave West will be transformed into a tantalizing marketplace of Latin favourites for all to enjoy including pupusas, arepas, empanadas, and churros.  The wide array of Latin American delicacies, paired with the sizzling music, and all-day family fiesta lures hundreds of thousands of visitors, foodies and culture aficionados from near and far each year to satisfy their Latino cravings
Indulge in the fiery flavours of Canada's hottest street festival at the TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival on Saturday July 9th andSunday July 10th - It's going to be…¡CALIENTE!

Click here for the Savory TD Salsa on St. Clair Festival Food Lineup and be sure to bring your appetite.

​TD Salsa in Toronto Festival Week: June 30th - July 17th
TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival: July 9th and 10th

The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival and TD Salsa on St Clair are supported by the Hillcrest Village BIA and is produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, a federally incorporated Not-for-Profit organization.

One of the largest Latino-themed cultural celebrations in Canada, TD Salsa in Toronto Festival spans over a three week period (June 30th – July 17th 2016) and features mucho music, dance, food and family fun. What started as a local two-day event (Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival) in 2005, has grown into a nationally recognized celebration that attracts hundreds of thousands of salsa lovers from near and far. The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival and TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival are produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, a federally incorporated Not-for-Profit organization.

Pick Ontario shares the gift of flowers at Yonge-Dundas Square

On Thursday, July 21, Pick Ontario will put a smile on the faces of Torontonians, as they turn Yonge-Dundas Square into a beautiful floral haven.

PickOntario will recreate their ‘Happiness in Bloom’ event, building on their great success at Union Station last December.

“Last year, we gave busy commuters at Toronto’s Union Station two complimentary flowers— one to brighten their day, and one to give to a friend, a colleague, or a total stranger,” says Dejan Kristan, Marketing Director at Pick Ontario. “We want to recreate that wave of contagious smiles, awe, and gratitude at such a simple gesture.”

By sticking to their ‘pay-it-forward’ idea, pickOntario will take this event to a whole new level and give Torontonians the full ‘Happiness in Bloom’ experience this summer.

“Torontonians carry-out such hectic lives and we think they deserve this simple, yet thoughtful gift,” adds Dejan. “This is a fantastic opportunity for them to take a break and join us in spreading happiness, while admiring the beauty of fresh, Ontario grown flowers.”

PickOntario encourages Toronto and surrounding areas to ‘Save the Date’ and participate in Happiness in Bloom. 

For more information, please visit Follow @pickOntario on Twitter and Instagram, and like them on Facebook.

About pickOntario
Pick Ontario is a government funded initiative developed by Flowers Canada (Ontario) Ltd. to raise awareness, interest and demand for Ontario-grown cut flowers and potted plants. When you Pick Ontario, you are supporting the more than 200 greenhouse farmers who employ approximately 9,000 people in our province. The growers in Ontario work hard to produce quality flowers and use the latest trends in technology and growing techniques to ensure their products are delivered fresh to local retail establishments, daily.
Happiness in Bloom will include:

  • A Flower Wall: A 10x010 Floral Art Installation made up of fresh Ontario flowers.
  •  A Flower Tag Station: Where guests will be invited to write a personalized message on the tag of the flower they will be giving away that same day.
  •  A Flower Crown Bar: Where a flower expert will be available to assist guests as they create their personalized flower crowns.
  •  A Social Photo Print Station: A custom photo experience for participants to share online. Guests who post their photos to Instagram or Twitter will receive an instant 4x6 printed copy of their image.
Tall Ships Grace Toronto's Harbour During Redpath Waterfront Festival
Hugh McClean: PortsToronto put on a festival show during the Canada Day weekend for the annual Redpath Waterfront Festival. On the water were a trio of International Tall Ships; Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest modern-day Viking ship; El Galeón, an early colonial Spanish ship and museum, Pride of Baltimore II, an America top sail schooner along with O Canada, a monohull, high-performance, racing boat, designed for single-handed competition.

The world’s largest Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, set sail from her homeport of Haugesund, Norway and take on the challenge of crossing the North Atlantic Ocean, to explore the world as the Vikings did a thousand years ago on April 24th. The 32 bold men and women in the crew of Draken Harald Hårfagre, originates from Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Estonia, Russia, Spain, France and UK, they are all under the command of Captain Björn Ahlander. The route took her from Norway to Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Her final leg of the journey will be the USA. Even though she is a great sailing ship, no one can predict the weather conditions along the way and the crew will stand trial for a real challenge according to Björn Ahlander, captain of Draken Harald Hårfagre, " It´s hard to say which stretch will be the toughest before we´ve set sail, but the area that should be respected more than anywhere else, is the waters of Cape Farewell by the coast of Greenland – among the most dangerous waters of the world. It´s extremely windswept and there will probably be a lot of ice."

The aim is to explore the world, embrace the Viking sprit to look beyond the horizon and seek adventure, to inspire people to take on challenges, Sigurd Aase, owner and the man behind the project.

The ships' captains were welcomed to the city on Thursday June 30 by PortsToronto.

Along with the trio of ships were Candian crafts including two coastal defence vessels docked in Harbour Square Park for free public deck tours from the Royal Canadian Navy. 

Tall Ships At Toronto Harbour, July 3 2016
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It is not often that one gets the chance to stand in the shadows of a Spanish Galleon.

This beautiful ship is a 1/1 recreation of a 16th ship that was part of the West Indies fleet that prowled the seas beginning in the late 1500’s. Impressive in size and 16th century technology, a floating museum, built in Seville Spain and currently based in ST.Augustine Fla..Breathtaking to say the least.

Also here for a historic visit the Draken Harald Harfagre. Painstakingly built using the same methods as 1000 years ago.

Leaving their home base of Haugeshund Norway a crew of 33 sailed this vessel along the same North Atlantic Route taken by the original Vikings so long ago. Impressive also in the sense that there is no below deck.

The sailors live and cook on deck taking turns sleeping in a tent, the only cover on deck.

Also along for the tour where a few Canadian Brigantines, St. Lawrence II, TS Playfair and STV Pathfinder.

The amazing Pride Of Baltimore II came to the harbour, built as a representation of an 1812 top-sail schooner. I had a chance to sit and chat with a lady that was a Spanish historian and we talked about what it must have felt like to live your life with your family and people and seeing these massive ships appear out of nowhere on the horizon.

Somewhere between wonderment and fear and like it or not these ships all are a part of the history of this world! Thanks to everyone I met and to all those that have taken on the responsibility of making sure this history lives on. Enjoy Toronto and in a final scene that I am sure has taken place thousands of times on many shores, a farewell to the sailors as they leave to head out on another adventure!
The Countdown is on for the Redpath Waterfront Festival, July 1-3
Celebrate Canada Day weekend at the Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) presented by PortsToronto. In HTO Park tour El Galeón, an early colonial Spanish ship and floating museum with 5 decks of exhibits, Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest reconstruction of a Viking ship built in modern times, and the Pride of Baltimore II, an 1812-era schooner. Harbour Square Park will have four additional ships docked: O Canada, an around the world, one person, racing yacht, and three Brigantines: St. Lawrence II (Kingston), TS Playfair (Toronto), and STV Pathfinder (Toronto). This year the RWF will span the waterfront from HTO Park in the west to Harbour Square Park at the foot of Bay St. and welcome for the first time the Royal Canadian Navy. Additional programming will include the Waterfront Artisan Market, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show and entertainment throughout the entire festival footprint. Visitors will also be able to check out live music, dance demos, live art and buskers at the Simcoe and Rees WaveDecks and take in the beauty of the Grand Finale Parade of Sail. General admission to the festival is FREE with a nominal charge for ship deck tours.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the decks of two of the Navy's 55-metre Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels, Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Goose Bay throughout the weekend for FREE. Early risers can come to Harbour Square Park and join the Navy for a fun and motivating 5km run along the Martin Goodman Trail, July 1 and 2 at 8:30 a.m. Then test your fitness levels at the Ship Shape Obstacle Course which happens all weekend. Crews from the participating ships will compete against each other and the Navy as well as Toronto Fire, Toronto Police, The Argo Cheerleaders and more. Two selected Navy Chefs will compete in the Urban Fresh Navy Cook Off on Saturday July 2 in Harbour Square Park from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. These Naval Chefs, one from each coast, will go head-to-head in a heated competition judged by a panel of experts including past Masterchef Canada winner, Chef Eric Chong.

In addition to the Royal Canadian Navy, Parks Canada will also be located in Harbour Square Park. Learn about the spectacular underwater vistas of hundreds of rivers, lakes, and thousands of kilometres of coastlines in Canada. Take an arctic dip or paddleboard on the Great Lakes with their Green Screen Photo Booth, or learn about the northern discoveries of the Franklin shipwreck. Kids can enjoy airbrush spray tattoos and getting their photo taken with Parks Canada's mascot.

Bringing the best entertainment to the waterfront, Toronto street performers will engage and amaze on the Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks with fun and interactive shows all weekend. Get ready for nonstop entertainment on the Argos Stage in HTO Park as each star ship showcases their country's heritage through various scheduled performances.

Returning for a second year, the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show features more than 50 incredible and hilarious tricks including: tightrope walking, handstands, skateboarding, piano playing, balancing acts and more.
More than 1,000 years after Vikings landed in Newfoundland, a courageous crew of sailors from around the world have returned to Canada after a harrowing trip across the North Atlantic. On Sunday April 26, the world's largest Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre, left her homeport in Haugesund, Norway on a journey that took her to Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland and Quebec on her way to the Redpath Waterfront Festival where she will be available for tours. Draken is crewed by 32 sailors from Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada, Estonia, Russia, Spain, France and the UK, all of who were chosen from over 4,000 male and female applicants worldwide. Draken Harald Hårfagre is 114 ft long and has an oak hull, a Douglas fir mast, hemp rigging and a 260 square metre silk sail. If there is not enough wind, Draken Harald Hårfagre is equipped with 50 oars that take two oarsmen per oar to row.

Step back in time aboard a breathtaking 1:1 scale reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet. Built in Spain by the Nao Victoria Foundation to be a unique vessel where tradition and modernity meet and represent the Spanish culture, El Galeón is a replica of the Spanish galleons that linked Asia, America and Spain for three centuries. With more than 3,400 square feet, the ship has five decks to explore, 164 ft long and has three masts and seven sails.

Built in Baltimore's inner harbour, Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, which is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner. Distinguished from other topsail schooners of the time by its backward-raked masts, the Baltimore Clippers had the speed and agility to outmaneuver the heavier ships of the Royal Navy. Pride of Baltimore II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The Pride of Baltimore II has a sail area of 9,018 sq. ft. and is 157 ft long.

After the resounding success at RWF last year, the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront BIA in partnership with Toronto Market Company, returns to HTO Park with a carefully curated mix of 50 top local artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers. Browse and shop for finely crafted jewelry, unique works of art, delicious foods and artisanal gifts. Those who are looking to discover food will find more than 20 cook on-site food vendors.

On July 3, the final day of the festival, there will be a Grand Finale Parade of Sail at 4:00 p.m. with all participating ships plus unique local vessels. The ships will tour the harbour and then sail along Toronto's dock wall from west to east. Previous RWF Parade of Sails have attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators along the entire stretch of Toronto's waterfront.

2016 Redpath Waterfront Festival partners include Redpath Sugar, PortsToronto, The Waterfront BIA, Toronto Argonauts, Canada Newswire, Sobeys Urban Fresh, Beck Taxi, Bell Media and Toronto Star among others.

Canada Day, Yonge-Dundas Square, July 1, 2016

Photo Essay by Walter Tautorat

  1. The rain stopped, the sky cleared and the sun came out just in time to help celebrate Canada Day with a few thousand friends and neighbors.
  2. Canada, the country that welcomed my parents with open arms as they left a war ravaged Europe in search of a new life, with their last few dollars in their pockets and hearts full of hopes and dreams.
  3. Today’s gathering at Yonge-Dundas Square was a testament to the diversity and inclusion that makes this such an incredible country and city.
  4. There were many different and diverse bands and dancers throughout the day but at 4:30 the focus was on the flag!
  5. The smiles all real, the music pounding, the party was indeed on!
  6. What better way to celebrate this love than the creation of a huge living flag.
  7. Thousands gathered as red and white shirts were given out and people placed in the centre of the square as a human tribute to the greatest country on earth.
  8. Awesome to have been a part of and I have to say the love I felt was indeed heartwarming.
  9. Thanks to everyone I met and I hope everyone had an incredible Canada Day however you chose to celebrate it! Enjoy Toronto!

Legion "Rides for Dad to Fight Prostate Cancer" 

​Two years ago, in an effort to generate greater awareness about prostate cancer, The Royal Canadian Legion launched a national partnership with the Ride for Dad organization.

"We are grateful that, through our Legion Riders program, we are able to participate in this important annual Ride for Dad event once again," says Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Tom Eagles. "I encourage all of our Legion members to support this effort either with donations or by taking part in the Ride for Dad events, or both as they unfold all across the country, in the coming weeks," adds Eagles.

The goals of this national partnership are threefold:

(1) to reach out to Veterans and men across Canada and ensure they have access to the information and resources available to them related to prostate cancer;

(2) to recruit Canadians who would not otherwise be familiar with the Legion and its involvement in the community; and

(3) to expand volunteer opportunities for those who wish to help the fight against prostate cancer.

For more information on the Legion Riders, please visit our website at: (Legion Riders). Likewise, for more information on the Ride for Dad events nearest you, please visit their website at:
Largest Viking Ship in the World Sets Sail for Toronto
A courageous crew of sailors from around the world set sail last week aboard the world's largest Viking ship. Departing from her homeport in Haugesund, Norway, on Sunday, April 24, Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre and her crew committed to the daring journey to cross the North Atlantic for her Expedition America. The great ship will be joining the fleet of international tall ships in Toronto for the Redpath Waterfront Festival presented by PortsToronto from July 1 to 3.

The Expedition America project curator, Sigur Aase, wanted Draken Harald Hårfagre to follow in the wake of one of the most challenging Viking explorations – the Viking discovery of the New World. Built with archaeological knowledge of ships, extensive research of Norse literature and using boatbuilding traditions, Draken Harald Hårfagre is what Vikings considered a "Great Ship." Before casting her sails for Expedition America, Draken Harald Hårfagre was celebrated with a Dragon's Head Ceremony. The dragon's head is traditionally not mounted until departure for long journeys to defend the ship and her crew from sea monsters, bad weather, evil creatures and unexpected raids. The ship's mythological head was revealed in the ceremony, and the great adventure of sailing the historical route was wished "Fair winds and following seas."

"Even though she is a great sailing ship, no one can predict the weather conditions along the way and the crew will face a real challenge," states Björn Ahlander, captain of Draken Harald Hårfagre. "It's hard to say which stretch will be the toughest before we've set sail, but the waters of Cape Farewell by the coast of Greenland are among the most dangerous waters in the world. It's extremely windswept and there will probably be a lot of ice."

Draken is crewed by 32 sailors from Norway, Sweden, USA, Canada (Jeff Lievre, Vancouver Island), Estonia, Russia, Spain, France and the UK, all of who were chosen from over 4,000 male and female applicants worldwide. Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre does not provide any shelter for the crew other than a tent where the rotating crew sleep, 16 at a time, four hours work and four hours sleep. The crew will take on the challenge of crossing the North Atlantic Ocean, taking the same route the original Vikings travelled 1,000 years ago from Norway to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and finally the USA.

"It is a challenge to tame the Dragon, which makes reliable seamanship extremely important for the expedition," adds Ahlander. "The work onboard is heavy, wet and cold, therefore it demands a great physical and mental condition. There will be no privacy for the crew, they will be exposed to rain and cold weather with only short breaks to sleep."

Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre is 114 ft long and has an oak hull, a Douglas fir mast, hemp rigging and a 260 square metre silk sail. If there is not enough wind, Draken Harald HÃ¥rfagre is equipped with 50 oars that take two oarsmen per oar to row. For voyage updates, visit
Step back in time aboard El Galeón, a breathtaking 1:1 scale reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon that was part of Spain's West Indies fleet. Built in Spain by the Nao Victoria Foundation to be a unique vessel where tradition and modernity meet and represent the Spanish culture, El Galeón is a replica of the Spanish galleons that linked Asia, America and Spain for three centuries. El Galeón will participate in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Great Lakes 2016 series, and the Festival will be the first port to launch the series. With more than 3,400 square feet, the ship has six decks to explore, 164 ft long and has three masts and seven sails.

Built in Baltimore's inner harbour, Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, which is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner. Distinguished from other topsail schooners of the time by its backward-raked masts, the Baltimore Clippers had the speed and agility to outmanoeuvre the heavier ships of the Royal Navy. Pride of Baltimore II has sailed nearly 200,000 miles and visited over 200 ports in 40 countries in North, South, and Central America, Europe, and Asia. The Pride of Baltimore II has a sail area of 9,018 sq. ft. and is 157 ft long.

Harbour Square Park will be host to four Canadian Brigantines at this year's RWF, the STV Fair Jeanne (Ottawa), St. Lawrence II (Kingston), TS Playfair (Toronto), and STV Pathfinder (Toronto).

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the decks of two of the Navy's 55-metre coastal defence vessels, Her Majesty's Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and HMCS Goose Bay, throughout the weekend. Early risers can come to Harbour Square Park and join the Navy for a fun and motivating 5km run, July 1 and 2 at 8am. Join the Royal Canadian Navy at Toronto's HMCS York! They are actively recruiting for a variety of exciting careers and opportunities.

2016 Redpath Waterfront Festival partners include Redpath Sugar, PortsToronto, The Waterfront BIA, and Waterfront Toronto, among others.

The Redpath Waterfront Festival is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food, nautical programs and entertainment, the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes majestic TALL SHIPS® to Toronto.

IMAX® Entertainment's space epic A Beautiful Planet opens April 29 at Ontario Science Centre
  See Earth like never before! From IMAX® Entertainment, A Beautiful Planet, the latest space documentary from director Toni Myers and made in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will open at the Ontario Science Centre on April 29, 2016. The film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet – and the effects humanity has had on it over time – captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and is narrated by Academy Award®-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

The IMAX® release of A Beautiful Planet will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

A Beautiful Planet reunites much of the filmmaking team from Hubble 3D and Space Station 3D, led by producer and director Toni Myers, a Toronto native, who also wrote and edited the film. Director of photography James Neihouse, ASC, served as the astronaut training manager. Graeme Ferguson, IMAX co-founder and pioneer producer of many IMAX space films, is the executive producer, and Judy Carroll is the film's co-producer. Marsha Ivins also served as space operations consultant on the film. The music is composed by Micky Erbe and Maribeth Solomon, also Toronto natives. Sound design is by Peter Thillaye.

The Ontario Science Centre has welcomed more than 50 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystem, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit

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"A Beautiful Planet features breathtaking vistas of Earth from Space that powerfully convey the beauty and vulnerability of our home planet," said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. "The perspective provided by this film should compel us all to protect and care for the only place in the Universe where we are certain life exists."

8th Annual Royal LePage National Garage Sale for Shelter Returns on May 7

On Saturday, May 7, more than eighty-five Royal LePage offices and other community locations across Canada will be transformed into a destination for bargain hunters with the return of the National Garage Sale for Shelter in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation – an organization committed to supporting women's shelters and ending domestic violence in Canada.

Now in its eighth year, this Mother's Day weekend event brings community members together with Royal LePage REALTORS® to raise funds and awareness to help break the cycle of family violence. Last year's event raised more than $250,000 to help abused women and their children.

"More than just our tagline, 'Helping you is what we doâ„¢' represents our collective commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work," said Phil Soper, Royal LePage's CEO. "I am extremely proud of the women and men of Royal LePage for their ongoing financial commitment to our foundation and for the volunteer time they dedicate to the National Garage Sale for Shelter."

Since 2009, the National Garage Sale for Shelter has raised more than $2.25 million in support of women's shelters across the country and to help fund violence prevention initiatives. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also funds educational programs aimed at helping teenagers develop healthy relationships and avoid violence.

"Royal LePage Realtors® understand that a house is only truly a home when the families who live there feel safe and loved", said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. "However, on any given day in Canada, more than 6,300 women and children stay at a shelter to escape domestic violence. All the proceeds from the National Garage Sale for Shelter provide abused women and their children with safety, hope and the chance to rebuild their lives.

All administrative expenses of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation are underwritten by Royal LePage and event sponsors cover all other costs, so 100 per cent of the funds raised go to local women's shelters that provide a lifeline to thousands of women and children escaping family violence.

Community members are encouraged to participate and help de-clutter for the cause. Donate gently used items to your local participating Royal LePage office and stop by the National Garage Sale for Shelter in your neighbourhood on Saturday, May 7 to find some great treasures and help support a worthy cause.
Can't attend but still want to make a donation? Click here to make an online donation.

Established in 1998, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation supports 200 women's shelters and other domestic violence support programs across the country, helping more than 30,000 women and children every year. It's also committed to funding violence prevention and education programs through its partnership with the Canadian Women's Foundation and the Canadian Network of Women's Shelters & Transition Houses. Since its inception, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has raised more than $22 million with the help and support of Royal LePage agents, brokers and staff, along with members of the communities in which they live and work.

The National Garage Sale for Shelter is made possible with the generous support of its national sponsors: TD Canada Trust Mobile Mortgage Specialists (National Presenting sponsor), Atlas Van Lines Canada (In-kind Moving and Transportation sponsor), Genworth Canada (Supporting Sponsor) and Kaiser Lachance (Media Relations Sponsor).

For more information on the National Garage Sale for Shelter, how you can participate and to find a Garage Sale location in your community, please visit

About Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada's largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women's shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission donations and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, the foundation has raised more than $22 million to help provide a safe haven and new beginnings for more than 30,000 women and children every year. To break the cycle of violence, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also supports violence prevention and education programs. All funds raised by Royal LePage offices remain in their local community and because Royal LePage pays all administrative costs, 100 per cent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause. For more information visit:

What: 8th Annual National Garage Sale for Shelter
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Across Canada! Click here to find your closest National Garage Sale for Shelter location
Why: To support the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada's largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women's shelters and violence prevention and education programs

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“What a long strange trip it’s been.”
― Jerry Garcia

Walter Tautorat-Toronto:  The history of “420”, how it came to be called that and why it is celebrated on April 20th is quite the read.

It has become a part of history and lore for a couple of generations now. What started as a small group protest has grown into a large movement.

Yesterday’s announcement by our Prime Minister, to the world, that Canada intends to fully legalize marijuana gave this gathering a much more celebratory feel than in years past.

The crowd, as diverse in age and race, as any I’ve seen at any gathering grew to overflow the square and spill out onto the surrounding streets. After many years of studies and research the truth about cannabis and it’s healing qualities have emerged.

There was a strong educational component here as well as lots of edibles, drinkables and yes a few smoke-ables. The sad stories shared had a common thread. Suffering because of it’s illegality. Parents losing their children because of treating their illnesses with cannabis.

People often put in dangerous and precarious situations. But we have come a long, long way since then. This was indeed a celebration. After a few speeches the crowd was treated to some great comedy, dance and music.

I was treated backstage to some great weed poetry and met some incredible people that reminded me, when we gather in numbers with a common goal, based on truth and understanding, we can move mountains.

“We the People” can affect change and make this a better, more enlightened world. Many thanks to the many volunteers and organizers for a an awesome afternoon.

Thanks to Mother Nature for supplying awesome sunny weather and of course the plant we came to celebrate.

Thanks to the many members of the Toronto Police Services who certainly had their hands full keeping pedestrians and vehicles separate. As always, enjoy Toronto and if so inclined, enjoy a puff or a brownie!