Oh Winnipeg! you do this country's birthday so right. With amazing music and extravagant celebrations in our parks and streets, true patriot love is shown in style.
It is only proper then, that we give a little run-down of the sites and sounds of Canada Day in this town. And best of all, these family friendly events are all free!
So get your maple leafs ready for some good times.
1. Make a living, breathing flag on Canada Day!
Last year Victoria, BC, had the pants beat off them when they challenged the Peg to compose the biggest, liveliest Canadian Flag.
Over 3400 proud Manitobans got together for the picture, but this year the organizers want over 5000 peeps to make it out to form the flag of all flags. This year approximately six other cities will be competing, so come on Winnipeg, lets defend our title!
The event takes place from 9:30 to noon down at the Legislative grounds (free t-shirts for those who arrive early), and there will be performances by Enjoy your Pumas
and the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers
to name but a few.
Mise en Scene plays Osborne Street's Canada Day celebrations. (Mise en Scene)
2. The Osborne Village Canada Day Street Celebration
is pretty much more boss than Bruce. It runs June 30 and July 1.Canada's greatest neighbourhood
has a habit of putting on this city's largest and longest running street festival where the whole family's tastes can be satisfied.
Some of the city's best acts will be performing while the shops, restaurants and people that make Osborne so great will all be flaunting their best wares (there will even be feats of strength from the Brickhouse Gym). Be sure to be there before 11 a.m. as this year a new tradition of singing "Oh Canada" will take place.
3. Canada Day at the Forks
is always a good time. There will be plenty of festivities during the day starting at 1 p.m., including three stages of performers, clowns (of the non-scary variety) and various entertainers working their way around the crowds all afternoon.
In the evening the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra continues their tradition of bringing one of the most unique shows that you will catch all year. Starting at 10 p.m. (get there early for good seating) the WSO will be playing fan favorites from Tchaikovsky to Star Wars
, while home grown hip hop crew The Lytics
will also be shredding the stage. Word to the classics y'all! Oh yeah, there will be fireworks at 11 p.m. too.
4. All afternoon Assiniboine Park
will have more fun than you can shake a Canadian flag at. Bring down your best blanket as starting at 1 p.m. there will be more talent on the Lyric Stage than you can imagine.
From latin, to brass, to the dancing/singing talents of Shawn Desman, Assiniboine Park has you covered. It is an easy bribe for the kids too as at 3:30 there will be free cake (because John A. would have wanted it that way), while the Park already has more attractions than one can fathom. And, of course, fire works come night time!
5. Saint-Boniface will be bringing the Canada Day celebrations
with events happening all day and night. The Esplanade Riel will be showing its artistic merits starting at noon, as local artists will take to the streets for some family fare (read face painting, photo booths and tarrot cards). The museums and attractions of Saint-B will all be free for the day including Fort Gibraltar, La Maison Gabrielle-Roy and the Musee de Saint-Boniface. Starting at 5 p.m. music and merriment will be happening at the Promednade Cafe and Wine with perfomers including Les Vieux Loups
and DJ Wizzard