DISCOVER CANADA WITH PASSPORT 2017
It’s an app. It’s a website. It’s your guide to everything great going on in 2017.
Buckle up for a busy year, Canada! With thousands of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Passport 2017 — an event discovery website and free app — is your guide to it all. With a daily stream of stories and event recommendations, it will guide you to activities and festivities relevant to your interests all year long and showcase some of the coolest projects on the go. From foodie videos to innovative art auctions, here’s a sampling of Canada 150 events coming your way online or in-person in 2017.
HISTORICA: HERE’S MY CANADA
From the invention of basketball to the discovery of dinosaur bones, Historica’s famous Heritage Minutes short films offer up pure Canadiana. In 2017, the organization is challenging Canadians to create their own short videos about what this country means to them through a multilingual, nationwide contest called Here’s My Canada. There are some big prizes up for grabs: gift cards for Air Canada and Via Rail, an iPad mini, and even cold hard cash. To participate, just shoot some original video, edit the footage down to 30 seconds, add music, filters or text, and submit before the contest closes on Aug. 31. heresmycanada.ca
INDSPIRE YOUTH LAUREATES CROSS CANADA TOUR
For Indspire, celebrating Canada’s 150th means celebrating young people. The annual Indspire Awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding indigenous professionals and youth. In 2017, Indspire is calling on some of its most impressive past winners to lead the Indspire Youth Laureates Cross-Canada Tour. On March 23, the journey kicks off in
Ottawa, and throughout 2017 the tour makes stops in Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver, and Yellowknife. Can’t make it to a tour stop? No problem — you can follow along and watch the opening event online at indspire.ca.
RICARDO: WE ARE THE BEST
The country that’s better known for its apologies than its exports is about to get a boost in self-confidence courtesy of Quebec-based celebrity chef Ricardo Larrivée. The TV personality has launched a series of 52 videos, each focusing on a different Canadian export. One clip will air per week, taking viewers on a cross-country culinary tour that’ll touch down in every province and territory, from blueberries in Quebec to ginseng in Ontario, from mushrooms in the Northwest Territories to Screech rum in Newfoundland. Watch online at ricardocuisine.com
RICK HANSEN FOUNDATION: ACCESS4ALL
Steep curbs and narrow doorways might seem like easy obstacles to navigate. But for many Canadians they represent physical barriers that limit their ability to walk onto a playground or roll into a coffee shop. Through its Access4All initiative, the Rick Hansen Foundation aims to make public spaces more inclusive by inspiring Canadians to identify and remove accessibility barriers in their own neighbourhoods. At least 50 projects across the country will be awarded up to $30,000 each to improve access to schools, parks, playgrounds, and community centres. Applications will be accepted until March 31. rickhansen.com
After paying for rent, groceries and late-night Uber rides, the last thing on most millennials’ shopping lists is original art. But Framework Foundation is making that pipe dream a possibility through Timeraiser 150, a project that’ll allow Canadians who can’t afford one-of-a-kind works to get their hands on Instagram-worthy paintings by pledging volunteer hours instead of dollars. Once your hours are complete, you’ll be sent artwork to hang in your home. Timeraiser 150 kicks off in Toronto on April 27 before heading to Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown, and St. John’s, with an online component available to any art-loving Canadian with more time to spend than money. timeraiser.ca
To stay in the loop on Canada’s 150th, visit passport2017. ca and download the free app at the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (Android).