Canada’s birthday party ready to rock
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.