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2017 marks the 150th year since Canadian Confederation, and the year-long birthday bash is showing no signs of slowing down. Canada 150 has a slew of signature projects and events all across the nation that will celebrate all the things and people that make our country so great.
Check out our picks for some the best events happening this year:
The acclaimed Canadian magazine is hosting a cross-country tour in celebration of Canada 150. “Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country” will feature conversations about Canadian society, identity and the future of our country. Running until June 1, the tour will make stops in every province and territory and will have eight speakers: four youth leaders and four members of the Order of Canada. Notable guests include author Margaret Atwood, Olympian Clara Hughes, CBC host Shelagh Rogers and poet Mustafa Ahmed. See a full list of tour stops and speakers here.
Hosted by the Winnipeg Art Gallery, this travelling exhibit will take three 20-foot containers and turn them into mobile art studios. These studios, setting out from Canada’s three coasts, will visit every province and territory and will eventually converge in Winnipeg. Led by three contemporary artists (Jesse Buchanan, Evin Collis and Becky Thiessen), the containers will host collaborative art projects at each stop it makes. Scheduled stops and events will be listed here.
More than 40 tall ships will sail Canadian waters this summer in celebration of the sesquicentennial. Making stops at host ports in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, this is a must-do activity for boating and sailing enthusiasts. Between July 18 to 23, Quebec City will be the main rallying point of the ship tour, bringing 3,000 crew members to the ports. The week will be packed with free activities, including ship tours, fireworks, parades and more. See a full schedule of events here.
Music Yukon’s Pan-Territorial Celebration brings together Inuit and Dene performing artists, visual artists and athletes for a showcase of Northern Canada’s vibrant culture. Each From The North show consists of an evening performance of musicians and artists and a free daytime event of art and cultural demonstrations. See a list of tour dates here.
This year, the Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate 150 with Canada On Screen, a retrospective project that will collect and screen important pieces of the country’s moving-image history. Running throughout the year, the project will include installations, special events and guests and an online catalogue consisting of Canadian feature films, documentaries, music videos (including Grimes’ “Oblivion”) and even commercials. Explore more in TIFF’s digital catalogue here.