Uxbridge is the Place to Celebrate on Canada Day!
The festivities start on Friday evening with a Foster Memorial Concert featuring Canadiana music from 7:30 to 8:30pm. This concert will feature Aboriginal Music, French music and British Isles Celtic music. Admission by donation. For more information about this program visit the www.fostermemorial.com website.
Saturday – Heritage Parade
Canada Day on July 1st features a Heritage Parade that has been over 150 years in the making. The parade celebrates, by decades, the key milestones in our Township and Country’s history. Live bands, historic vehicles, military equipment, historic moments, costumes and a few surprises will be making their way down Brock St. from the Arena and along Main St. to Elgin Park. You won’t want to miss the fun. Bring your Canada Flag and join in the fun. Multi-cultural or historic costumes are encouraged!
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger has organized this parade, and is very excited about the number of participants and the variety of the displays. “We have horse-powered transportation and vehicles from every era, including some that are seldom out of storage. We have some wonderful military equipment coming from the Ontario Command in Oshawa, including a Sherman Tank. We have great music from the eras, and it will be a wonderful event. I have more people calling me every day to get involved. Folks won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience.”
The parade starts at 3:30pm at the Arena and will travel down Brock St. and turn south at Main St. towards Elgin Park. Residents can join the parade by hopping in at “their” decade, or may follow the parade to Elgin Park. Some parade participants will stay in Elgin Park for photo opportunities and to meet the public afterwards.
Saturday – at Elgin Park
The celebration continues in Elgin Park after the parade. Guests of all ages will find something to enjoy at Elgin Park. The Hands-on-Exotics animal presentation will feature a wide variety of animals visitors can get close to. The highlight this year will be the kangaroo! The young and young at heart will also enjoy animal balloons, riding the mini-YDHR train, visiting Sparky and his friends from the Fire Department, and the Superman show.
The Second Wedge Brewing Company is hosting a beer garden and there are lots of vendors offering yummy food and beverages.
Rock the Bridge
The Rock the Bridge competition takes the stage at 5:30. This made-in-Uxbridge talent show is hosted by Leah Daniels, the Country Music Association of Ontario’s 2016 Female Artist of the Year. Local singers chosen as finalists perform live on stage with Leah and her band. Finalists selected to perform at Canada Day are vying for a one thousand dollar prize. Come cheer them on!
The official ceremonies take place at 7:00, led off by the Legion Pipes and Drums. Local performer Tanner Potter takes the stage between 7:30 and 8:00pm. Cheer on the hundreds of Township residents who will receive a medal at the Active 150 Medal Ceremony starting at 8:15 pm.
The Canada Day committee is thrilled to have Leah Daniels performing her award winning pop and country music for her home-town crowd.
The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Don’t miss the biggest Canada Day party yet.
|3:30||Heritage Parade travels from Arena to Elgin Park on Brock and Main St.|
|5:00||Elgin Park Canada Day gates open|
|5:30||Rock the Bridge Competition (Hosted by Leah Daniels) –see the finalists of Uxbridge’s Youth singing competition vying for the $1,000 grand prize!|
|6:45||Uxbridge Legion Pipes and Drums processional to main stage, music|
|7:00||Opening Ceremony, Citizen of the Year award|
|7:30||Live music by local performer Tanner Potter|
|8:15||Presentation of the Active150 medals (over 850 citizen registered for this fitness challenge)|
|8:50||Live concert by pop/Country Artist Leah Daniels (2016 CMAO Female artist of the Year)|
|10:00||Fireworks set to music|