Sneak Peek: Canada Day Celebrations

What's on this Holiday Wednesday

By Amy Jo Espetveidt, Calgary Culture
June 24, 2015

It might be one of those years where Canada Day falls midweek, but don’t fret. There’s a fantastic party happening right in your own backyard! Stay in town and celebrate with a ton of Canada Day events hosted by The City of Calgary and its partners.

This holiday Wednesday, check out a great lineup of free activities for the whole family—live music on the Riverfront stage, a First Nations Powwow, a Living Flag activity, a Food Truck Roundup and an amazing fireworks display slated to cap the night. Nearly 250,000 people came out to celebrate in 2014 and even more are expected to join in the fun this year.

“Between The City of Calgary’s various events, and the events being run by our partners at Fort Calgary, the East Village, Stephen Avenue Walk, Chinatown, Eau Claire Market and Sien Lok Park, there will be a ton of cool, exciting, fun and free stuff for everyone to see and do on Canada Day,” says Lauren Greschner with The City of Calgary. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Calgarians to come together and celebrate our great country as well as celebrate all of the great stuff our city has to offer. Explore downtown at its most vibrant and exciting, and enjoy the friendly and celebratory atmosphere before watching a fantastic fireworks show presented by Hudson’s Bay to cap off the day.” 

And that’s just the start. There’s lots of ways to celebrate Canada Day right here in Calgary so jump on your bike, walk, or take the free all-day shuttle bus running between various event sites in the downtown core. You can even print your own map to guide your way.

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Invest YYC Spotlight: Peep—A Puppet Play About the Flood

Green Fools Theatre lost its venue and thousands of dollars of materials and art in the 2013 flood. Devastating to so many, they responded to the great physical and emotional toll the best way they knew how—through their art.

Peep is a mask, puppet and music show about a mouse who loses her home and is separated from her brother by a sudden flood. As she tries to find her way back to her brother she comes across other animals who are dealing with the aftermath of the flood.

The play has themes of community environmentalism, teamwork and courage. The project is currently in the design phase with construction, sound design and rehearsal to be completed before the play premieres in September 2015.

Learn more and donate is an exciting new crowdfunding website designed to assist local artists and non-profit arts, culture and heritage organizations by creating a space where their strongest, most inspiring work can be supported by people like you. Make a meaningful gift of time or money to support creativity in Calgary!

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