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July 1 events will be held throughout the city, including locations such as Fort Calgary, St. Patrick’s Island Park and Olympic Plaza

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Canada Day celebrations will be in person this year in Calgary as the city will host several get-togethers with an emphasis on reconciliation and what it means to be a Canadian.

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The celebrations will take place throughout the city on July 1 including at sites such as Fort Calgary, St. Patrick’s Island Park and Olympic Plaza, the city announced in a Friday news release. Manager of arts and culture for the City of Calgary Jennifer Thompson said there will be live music, food trucks, face painting and fireworks.

“We’ve missed this important community celebration for the last two years. Now, we can’t wait to see crowds of Calgarians gathering together downtown,” said Thompson.

The celebration at Fort Calgary running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will include an Indigenous showcase and powwow with an emphasis on reconciliation and education. Orange Shirt Society founder Phyllis Webstad will be speaking at the event, which will also feature an Indigenous artisan market, Metis jigging, and dancing.

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“As we reflect on our past, we remember the people whose achievements are etched in the history books,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek in a news release. “At the same time, we also must look at the perspectives that have been excluded from history to further our truth and reconciliation commitment. I encourage you to take part in the City’s largest annual celebration as we honour our past and move forward together to embrace Canada’s exciting future.”

Members from Outreach Calgary take some group photos at Fort Calgary during Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2019.
Members from Outreach Calgary take some group photos at Fort Calgary during Canada Day celebrations on July 1, 2019. Photo by Darren Makowichuk /Postmedia

There will also be performances at a stage at Fort Calgary, with the rock band Sloan headlining.

Olympic Plaza celebrations will host a number of performances from local musicians and entertainers, while St. Patrick’s Island will have family-friendly entertainment on three stages including music, arts and theatre. There will also be space outside for children to play and eat.

The finale of the day will be a fireworks show from the Municipal Building, which will include a blessing from Stony Nakoda Elder Cindy Daniels and a message from Gondek.

There will also be a street fair in the East Village.

“In addition to more than 100 entertainers and performers, we also need volunteers to make Canada Day a great success,” says Thompson. Volunteers are needed at all three locations in a variety of roles.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up online.

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