Collingwood is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday throughout three days of fun, making this year’s Canada Day long weekend extra special.
Celebrate our country and community at the Collingwood Festival for Canada, June 30th to July 2nd. This glowing family festival located in the historic, harbourfront community of Collingwood is a traditional tribute to this glorious country’s 150th anniversary.
With more than 25 events and activities throughout downtown Collingwood and the harbour area, there’s something for everyone in the family including music, food, fun and fireworks.
“In Collingwood, we have such a strong link with Canada’s history, from shipbuilding and the railway to culture and innovation. Canada Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate and be proud of the role our community has played in the development of this country,” said Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. “Every year I look forward to our Canada Day celebrations, especially this year given some of the unique 150th anniversary celebrations.”
As a kick off to the community’s celebration of Canada’s 150th, Collingwood Downtown’s Business Improvement Area is hosting a party to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Patrons will have the opportunity to buy dinner, enjoy iconic entertainment from the late 70s / early 80s and celebrate this milestone.
Another new event is the Celebration of Canadian Song & Dance at Millennium Park from 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday July 1st behind the Grain Terminals. Bring the family down for a wonderful musical experience featuring a roster of incredible local talent including Brianna McGowan, Sharing Dance, Songbird Music Studio, Mila Filatova & Friends, Ninety-One 1, Harmony North Chorus, Coming Of Age, Austin McCarthy and the Mike McCarthy Band. With lots of other activities planned at Millennium Park on July 1st, it’s a great way to get ready for the fabulous fireworks at 10:00 p.m.
Saturday starts early, with the famous Canada Day Pancake Breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. Also check out the Canada Day specials at the Farmers’ Market starting at 8:30 a.m. Later in the day take in the Optimist Club Bike Parade at 10:00 a.m. or head to the harbour for Get Out On the Water featuring free rowing, paddling, sailing and fishing.
The Canada150 Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony at noon will feature several guests including Collingwood’s very own Town Crier, before celebrating with a free piece of birthday cake, courtesy of Loblaw Great Food!
The fun continues downtown on both Saturday and Sunday with free face painting and the Candid Canuck ‘selfie’ station at the Town Hall, the Lumberjack Show at Sheffer Court, the Canada 150 Collingwood Community Art Project at the Library and the special exhibit at the Museum highlighting 150 Years of Innovation in Collingwood.
On Sunday enjoy the second annual “Farm to Table” Street Feast as it transforms Simcoe Street into a pedestrian-only celebration of local food. Local chefs join local food producers and farmers to present an outstanding culinary experience for all. Two street feast sittings for 150 people each will be held at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared by local chefs, in the company of friends and family. Get back the original roots of good food in the middle of Simcoe Street, at this outdoor family-style eating experience with long table seating, live music and the new Tremont Cafe Street Side Bar.
The grand finale to a perfect long weekend is “The Mudmen” Concert at the Shipyards Amphitheatre, North Maple Street starting at 7:00 p.m. Sunday. This band features bagpipers with a blast of Celtic energy whose members are known to be characters both on and off the stage. They are back by popular demand after an incredible toe-tapping performance last year, courtesy of Fram + Slokker.
Come celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in Collingwood for not just one day, but for three days of free music, food, fun and fireworks to honour and celebrate the greatest country in the world.
For more details visit www.collingwood.ca/canadaday.