Canada 150: Calgary Will Be at the Heart of the Celebrations

The Government of Canada supports Celebrate Canada festivities in communities across the country

CALGARY, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), along with Darshan Kang, Member of Parliament (Calgary Skyview), today announced $700,000 in funding for the City of Calgary's "Calgary Celebrates Canada 150" public celebration on July 1. Minister Hehr made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding will allow the City of Calgary to offer enhanced Canada Day celebrations at some of the city's most iconic venues, including Prince's Island Park, Olympic Plaza, East Village, Chinatown, Riverfront Avenue, Eau Claire Market, Festival Market Park and Fort Calgary. Residents and visitors alike will be treated to a range of activities featuring local and national artists, as well as Francophone and Indigenous performances. Thanks to Government of Canada support, major celebrations will be taking place in Calgary and 18 other urban centres across the country to celebrate Canada Day like never before.

The Government of Canada has also invested in more than 1,500 Canada-wide projects and activities as part of Celebrate Canada—which includes National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day—placing communities at the heart of Canada 150 celebrations. A total of $179,435 has been invested in the greater Calgary region and Southern Alberta through this program (see attached backgrounder). Celebrate Canada festivities are an opportunity to highlight what makes communities across the country so unique, diverse and vibrant.

The government is proud to support local, regional and national activities designed to help Canadians across the country take part in celebrations, and to make 2017 an unforgettable year.

Quotes

"Canada 150 is a unique opportunity for communities to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Celebrations will be taking place across the country, culminating with Canada Day. Join friends and family and take part in these celebrations during this exceptional year!"

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"In this year of celebrating Canada 150, Canada Day festivities will highlight what makes our country unique, diverse and vibrant. I invite all Albertans to take part in the activities throughout the Celebrate Canada period. On this important anniversary, take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to celebrate everything that makes Canada a great place to live."

—The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Associate Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)

"We have so much history and culture to celebrate and take pride in this year. Anyone who has ever been to our great city knows its boundless enthusiasm, its deep sense of community spirit, and its shared values and traditions. I look forward to seeing Calgarians come together in this especially memorable year to honour all the wonderful things that make us proud to call this place home."

—Darshan Kang, Member of Parliament (Calgary Skyview)

"We are thrilled to be the Canada 150 celebration site for Southern Alberta. Canadian Heritage's support will make this Canada Day in Calgary an amazing experience for all."

—His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

Quick Facts

Celebrate Canada is a period of four celebrations, beginning on June 21 and concluding with a major celebration for Canada Day on July 1. In honour of Canada 150, this year's edition will be the most spectacular in Canadian history.

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day: a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because many Indigenous groups celebrate their culture and heritage at this time of year.

June 24, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, marries the ancient rites surrounding the summer solstice—a period of light and hope—and the traditional celebration of the day of the patron saint of French Canadians.

June 27 was designated Canadian Multiculturalism Day on November 13, 2002. This day is an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.

On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians at home and abroad show their pride in their country's history, culture and accomplishments. This year, 19 urban centres across the country will celebrate Canada Day in a spectacular fashion: St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa–Gatineau, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit.

The 2017 Celebrate Canada period will highlight the evolution of our country from its Indigenous origins to the presence of the French and the birth of our rich Francophone heritage, and through the more recent waves of immigration that led to the development of a diverse and inclusive society.

A wide range of community projects, funded by the Canada 150 Fund, will also provide opportunities for Canadians to participate in celebrations in their communities. These projects will showcase the talent and expertise of our various communities, as well as the many facets of Canada's diversity.

Related Products

May 18 news release on major celebrations

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Associated Links

Canada 150: Come out and celebrate!

http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468854891549/1469215680151

 

Data Tables





City

Name of organization

Name of activity

Amount

Acme

VILLAGE OF ACME ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Canada Day Celebration

$1,300

Airdrie

AIRDRIE PARADE COMMITTEE

Canada Day 2017

$7,500

Bow Island

TOWN OF BOW ISLAND

Canada's 150 Bow Island Community Celebration

$1,500

Brooks

BROOKS AND DISTRICT MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Brooks and District Museum Canada Day 2017 – 150th Anniversary Celebration

$2,500

Brooks

CITY OF BROOKS

Celebrate Canada - Canada Day in Brooks

$7,500

Calgary

AMRIT SAGAR FOUNDATION

Senior Our Heritage – Celebrating Multiculture in Canada – 150 Anniversary

$1,600

Calgary

CALGARY CANADA DAY COMMITTEE

Canada Day 2017

$9,600

Calgary

CITADEL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

These are the People in my Neighbourhood

$3,000

Calgary

COMMONWEALTH ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS

Indigenous Heritage Roundtable/Peace & Reconciliation Walk/Tour of Indigenous Heritage Site

$2,030

Calgary

F.O.C.U.S. ON SENIORS ASSOCIATION

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

$1,500

Calgary

FORT CALGARY PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Canada Day at Fort Calgary

$10,000

Calgary

HISPANIC ARTS SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebration with Expo Latino

$3,200

Calgary

SOCIÉTÉ DU CENTRE SCOLAIRE COMMUNAUTAIRE DE CALGARY

Calgary Saint Jean-Baptiste 2017

$1,300

Calgary

SOUTHERN ALBERTA EMPLOYMENT EQUITY & DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

$1,000

Cardston

SAMI'S EARTHSTONE GIFTS

Aboriginal Day Celebrations

$800

Cardston

TOWN OF CARDSTON

Canada Day Party in the Park

$3,000

Chestermere

CITY OF CHESTERMERE

Canada Day Celebration

$3,500

Claresholm

TOWN OF CLARESHOLM

Canada Day Celebrations

$2,200

Coaldale

TOWN OF COALDALE

150 Years of Canada: A Celebration of Us

$1,400

Coalhurst

TOWN OF COALHURST

Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

Coleman

COLEMAN COMMUNITY SOCIETY

Canada Day

$2,000

Cochrane

TOWN OF COCHRANE

Cochrane Canada 150 Celebration

$3,500

Coutts

VILLAGE OF COUTTS

Canada Day 2017

$525

Drumheller

TOWN OF DRUMHELLER

Town of Drumheller Canada Day Celebrations 2017

$4,900

Fort Macleod

FORT MUSEUM OF THE NORTH WEST MOUNTED POLICE AND FIRST NATIONS INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

Canada Day 2017

$1,900

Hanna

TOWN OF HANNA

Celebrate Canada Day

$2,000

Hill Spring

HILL SPRING RECREATION BOARD

Canada Day

$1,250

High River

TOWN OF HIGH RIVER

Canada Day Celebration

$5,000

Irricana

TOWN OF IRRICANA

Irricana Canada Day 150

$1,300

Lethbridge

ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE DE L'ALBERTA RÉGIONALE DE LETHBRIDGE

Fête de la St-Jean Baptiste 2017

$2,000

Lethbridge

CITY OF LETHBRIDGE

Canada Day 2017

$7,500

Lethbridge

SIR ALEXANDER GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Celebrate Canada at the Galt Museum and Archives & Fort Whoop-Up

$3,500

Lomond

VILLAGE OF LOMOND

Canada Day Celebration

$800

Medicine Hat

GOLDEN SHEAF RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

Canada Day in the Park

$1,250

Medicine Hat

MEDICINE HAT AND DISTRICT CANADA DAY SOCIETY

Canada Day Festival 2017

$18,000

Pincher Creek

PINCHER CREEK AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Canada Day 2017

$1,500

Pincher Creek

TOWN OF PINCHER CREEK

Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration

$4,000

Raymond

TOWN OF RAYMOND

Canada Day 2017

$2,500

Redwood

REDWOOD MEADOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Redwood Meadows and area Canada Day event

$2,400

Rosemary

ROSEMARY COMMUNITY AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Rosemary Celebrates Canada's 150th Birthday

$4,000

Strathmore

TOWN OF STRATHMORE

Canada Day Festival 2017

$5,000

Taber

TOWN OF TABER

Canada Day Celebrations 2017

$2,230

Trochu

TROCHU AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,750

Vauxhall

TOWN OF VAUXHALL

2017 Canada Day Celebrations

$2,000

Vulcan

TOWN OF VULCAN

Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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