Town announces initial plans for Canada 150 celebration 

Trent Severn and the White Pine Dancers to perform at Cadzow Park  

2017 marks Canada’s 150th birthday and the Town of St. Marys is planning a special celebration to mark this momentous occasion. On Saturday, July 1, residents and visitors are invited to enjoy a free, family-friendly event featuring hands-on activities, cultural experiences, live musical performances and much more.

The celebrations will begin with the annual Canada Day parade, which sets out from the Pyramid Recreation Centre at 11:00 a.m. By 11:30 a.m., activities for all ages will be in full swing at Cadzow Park. Adults can take part in an outdoor art class or view cultural exhibits, while children enjoy a dedicated Kids Zone, complete with bouncy castles, interactive games and face painting. A variety of organized sports will also be available for children and youth.

The event’s formal proceedings will get underway around 12:30 p.m., when the ribbon will be cut on Cadzow Park’s new playground. The traditional flag raising ceremony will follow at 1:00 p.m., after which attendees can enjoy free cupcakes, generously provided by the St. Marys Independent Grocer.

Live entertainment will take center stage during the afternoon and evening. At 1:30 p.m., acclaimed Ontario folk trio Trent Severn will entertain attendees with their signature musical style, described as “Canadian history in harmony.” On top of their many accolades, Trent Severn also has a local connection – bassist Emm Gryner currently resides in St. Marys.

3:00 pm will see the return of the White Pine Dancers, the award-winning First Nations group who performed at last year’s Stonetown Heritage Festival. Corner Pocket, another Heritage Festival favourite, will take the stage later in the evening. The eight-piece band will play songs from their impressive repertoire, which includes a number of Canadian classics.

While many of the plans are now in place for the event, the Town is still accepting ideas for additional activities from local groups and individuals who would like to be involved. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available for those looking to contribute to the Canada 150 celebrations. For more information, contact Brett O’Reilly, Corporate Communications and Events Manager at 519-284-2340, ext. 432 or boreilly@town.stmarys.on.ca.

Further details about the celebration will be provided through the Town’s website as they are available. Visit www.townofstmarys.com/canada150 regularly for updates and for more information about other Canada 150 events and initiatives.

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