Citizens across the country are glowing with pride as we celebrate the birth of our nation 150 years ago! Likewise, our members are looking for ways to celebrate this wonderful occasion! CAFE is here to help with 15 different ideas to celebrate Canada’s 150th.
- Here’s something that came across our desk from the Confederation Centre of the Arts, for example: Family friendly musical with NO PRESENTING FEE touring Canada this summer! Check out their website for more info or to secure a spot for your event!
- Create a yearbook of the last 150 years of your event, tying in the growth of Canada and your region.
- Support local Canadian Artists! Whether you have a stage dedicated to Canadian music, or you feature them throughout your event, show your commitment to supporting Canada by bringing in local talent. Depending on what you do, Canadian Heritage has funding to support local festivals and events.
- Your local Member of Parliament will be receiving pins and paper flags, ask them to provide some to your event. Quantities are limited, so you may need to order more (stay tuned for what CAFE has to offer as well).
- Put up a blackboard where on a daily basis guests can fill in “I am proud to be Canadian because….” Make sure to take lots of photos.
- Carve a totem pole! Several festivals and events are organizing a totem pole carving activity for the community to participate in. Work with your local indigenous committee to make it a truly memorable activity.
- Join ParticipACTION and organize events linked with it. The ParticipACTION 150 Play List is a national program designed to encourage all Canadians to sit less and move more. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we’ve created the ultimate list of physical activities that define us as Canadian. Participate by challenging yourself to complete them all in 2017 and earn chances to win some amazing prizes, along the way. When you register your event or program, you’ll be eligible to get an Event Celebration Kit that includes 150 Play List signage, prizing, and more (while supplies last).
- Shaw’s 150 Wishes program is providing funding for non-profit organizations, charities and individuals who are doing something great for Canadian kids.
- Visit coummunityfoundations.ca/cfc/apply to see if your local community is offering funding to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Project funding is still available. Eligible projects must be based in Canada, must be connected to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and must work towards the Fund’s objectives, to:
ENCOURAGE participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation;
INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our country and our communities; or
BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians, including indigenous peoples; groups that reflect our cultural diversity; youth; and official language minorities.
- Sign your event up on passport2017.ca to have it listed as an official event celebrating Canada’s 150th. This will help spread the word about your event for free!
- Get your community involved in #HeresMyCanada. Here’s My Canada is a multilingual, nation-wide contest inviting Canadians to express what Canada means to them in a 30-second video. There are great prizes to be won for all age groups, and this is a great way to promote your event to the nation!
- Visit Sesqui.ca to see about contests and projects they have going on that you can get involved in. They are still looking for Exhibitions and Festivals to Feature their Horizon 360 degrees project, so you can contact them to see if your event is eligible. The film HORIZON is the showpiece of SESQUI programming – a 360° cinematic journey across Canada, and a visual symphony that celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home. Created and captured with advanced 360° technology and presented in full dome and virtual reality platforms.
- While the Red Couch tour has already booked its dates (a cross-country road show that will invite Canadians to sit down on a red couch and, with cameras rolling, say what Canada means to them), you can make your own version. Set up a camera and a team of volunteers to ask your visitors why it is important to be Canadian and what they love about this country.
- Find out how your community celebrated the 100th anniversary of Canada and replicate those activities. A chance to tie nostalgia to the modern day.
- Create special classes at your event featuring the theme of Canada’s 150th. Whether it be a horse costume class for the best Canadian costume, or who can make the best maple pie, there are plenty of opportunities to offer a sampling of celebrations.
If you have any other ideas, make sure to share them with CAFE so we can spread the word!