Celebrate Canada's Birthday at Queen's Park

    Free Event Features Something for Everyone

    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ -


    This year's free provincial Canada Day celebration is going to be better
than ever.
    Starting at noon with a 21-gun salute, the event features lots of new
surprises, and some crowd favourites. Events run until 5:00 p.m.

    New this year:
        -  houseband Kobo Town, will bring a Trinidadian influenced Calypso-
           Reggae vibe to the grounds, playing sets throughout the day on the
        -  the Drums of the Fort Henry Guard will transport visitors to the
        -  a solar car exhibit that will transport visitors to the future;
        -  the infectious energy of the Arabesque Dance company, Aboriginal
           Dancers and Cuban salsa direct from Cuba will keep you moving to
           the beat;
        -  performances by The Nearly World Famous Dufflebag Theatre on the
           children's stage and a mad science fun station for the kids;
        -  Slam Jam Basketball provides great fun for the teen set;
        -  and a dogsport demonstration by Some Ruff promises to be a crowd
           pleaser for all ages.

    Back by popular demand are crowd favourites Samba Squad and Bollywood
dancers. The perennial favourites including carnival games, rides and
inflatables, arts and crafts, face painting and strolling performers will also
be on site.
    A citizenship ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. prior to the park's
official opening.

    "Canada Day at Queen's Park is a wonderful way to spend time with family
and friends and celebrate a great province and country," says Michael Chan,
Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. "Come out and welcome new
citizens and stay and enjoy the entertainment and all the great park

        -  A Canada Day Celebration on the front lawn of Queen's Park has
           taken place since Canada's 100th birthday in 1967.
        -  Approximately 260,000 people become Canadian citizens annually and
           approximately 99,000 Ontarians become Canadian citizens annually.

        -  Check out the complete main stage, children's stage and park line
           up for Canada Day (www.ontario.ca/canadaday)
        -  Canada Day history
        -  Information on the Citizenship test

                                                      Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Coralie D'Souza, Minister's Office, (416)
325-6204; Lily Pavlovic, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7725

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