Canada’s birth­day party ready to rock

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - By Kevin Den­ni­son For Moose Jaw Ex­press Bark-lee the Canada Day Beaver made his de­but dur­ing the June 21 pa­rade, trav­el­ling with friends from the Canada Day Com­mit­tee. Photo by Scott Hellings

Canada will be cel­e­brat­ing its 145th birth­day on Sunday, July 1 and the Canada Day com­mit­tee is thrilled about the party it has planned for Moose Jaw and area res­i­dents. The fes­tiv­i­ties will start with a $5 pan­cake break­fast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Cosmo Cen­tre on Third Ave. N.E. Mem­bers of the Moose Jaw Youth String Orches­tra will play O Canada and the Le­gion will march on the colours to be­gin a pro­gram at 9:30 a.m. MP Ray Boughen, MLAs War­ren Michel­son and Greg Lawrence, Mayor Glenn Hagel, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 15 Wing, the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion and the Anavets will give dig­ni­tary speeches ac­com­pa­nied by per­for­mances from the Moose Jaw Youth String Orches­tra, Scot­tish Coun­try Dancers and dancers from the BJ School of Dance and Doris Sit­ter School of Dance. Don Mitchell will give a salute to Scot­tish pioneers through the po­etry of Robert Ser­vice. The cel­e­bra­tion will move to the am­phithe­atre in Cres­cent Park with back­ground mu­sic begin­ning at noon with a per­for­mance of guitar and vo­cals by Felipe Pot­some. The park pro­gram will be high­lighted by per­for­mances by The Un­coolas, Moose Jaw Youth String Orches­tra, Lau­rel DowneyDes­jar­lais, and the win­ners of the CHAB Star Seeker con­test, Friend Friend, Dan Arnold, Jonas Peter, Ghost of a Ghost and Penny Buhr John­son Be­cause Canada Day falls on a Sunday, the pro­gram will also in­clude an ec­u­meni­cal, non­de­nom­i­na­tional ser­vice con­ducted by Mul­ti­Faith Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw. Guest speaker will be Ad­hiero Omot from Southern Sudan. Pro­gram hosts will be Krista Konkin and Leon Wi­ley from Live Out Loud The­atre who will also sing and en­gage the au­di­ence in ac­tiv­i­ties. A hip hop street dance con­test is be­ing co­or­di­nated by Robert Gallinger and en­try forms are avail­able at Joe’s Place. The con­test will be lo­cated near the ceno­taph in the park. Mayor Glenn Hagel will cut the birth­day cake which will be dis­trib­uted free, while sup­plies last, to au­di­ence mem­bers. SaskEn­ergy will spon­sor a bar­be­cue be­tween noon and 5 p.m. and ice cream treats will be avail­able from Rath­well Con­ces­sions. There will be a cost as­so­ci­ated with the con­ces­sion prod­ucts and bar­be­cue. Fi­nally, every­body is en­cour­aged to head to the Western De­vel­op­ment Mu­seum at 10:30 p.m. for a pre-show and 10:45 p.m. for a fire­works show which will run for ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes. “We’re re­ally ex­cited. We have a won­der­ful line-up of per­form­ers so it will be a re­ally fun af­ter­noon,” said Vi­vian Lins­ley, a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee in charge of the entertainment for the day. The com­mit­tee could still use a few more vol­un­teers to help on July 1 and more spon­sor­ships would also be wel­come. In or­der to pay some of the costs of the party, a 5050 draw will take place in the morn­ing and a col­lec­tion will be taken at the park.

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