COQUITLAM, B.C., June 16, 2020 – Join in the fun at home July 1 as Coquitlam presents its annual Canada Day celebrations online with live music, dance, interactive activities and more.
Kicking off with a welcome parade, the 12th annual Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day will be broadcast at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday from noon to 7 p.m. with many of the much-loved aspects of the celebrations traditionally held at Town Centre Park.
Viewers can sing O Canada with local musician Dani Black, learn to juggle, be amazed by illusionist Vitaly, take part in crafts and other activities, be entertained by children’s performer Will’s Jams, multicultural dancing and the music of Silk & Skins, Speed Control and The Heels.
An Afternoon of Fun and Entertainment
Coquitlam reformatted its popular summertime events this year to allow the community to have fun, connect and celebrate safely. Canada Day viewers will be encouraged to gather with their household or watch virtually with friends and family within their bubble, and to support Coquitlam businesses by enjoying some takeout or purchasing their party supplies and food locally.
A full schedule will be posted at www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday prior to the event. Featuring a mix of live and pre-recorded segments, the broadcast will go live at noon July 1 and remain online until the evening of July 5.
The online fun will kick off with a welcome parade, remarks by Mayor Richard Stewart and MP Ron McKinnon, and O Canada sung by Dani Black. A packed schedule will follow, with workshops by Maple Leaf Circus along with family activities and demos by City departments, artisans and local organizations sprinkled between the music and dance performances. The entertainment schedule includes:
- 12:15 p.m.: Will’s Jams – Children’s music
- 1:15 p.m. Heather Jolley Highland Dancers – Scottish dancing
- 2 p.m.: Vitaly – Illusion and magic
- 3 p.m.: Silk & Skins – Pan-Asian musical collaboration
- 4 p.m.: Speed Control – Rock recording artists
- 6 p.m.: Fame Art Dance – Iranian contemporary and folklore dance
- 6:15 p.m.: The Heels – High-energy country
Those wishing to enjoy both the outdoors and a virtual visit to the Archives can take advantage of the free WiFi available in many City parks (see map at www.coquitlam.ca/wifi). The free WiFi allows Coquitlam residents to get outdoors and remain socially connected while being able to access information and participate in the City’s free CoquitlamSPIRIT and other virtual programming.
Show Your CoquitlamSPIRIT
Part of the City’s pandemic response, CoquitlamSPIRIT is helping residents of all ages have fun, learn something new, work up a sweat, support local businesses and engage with others – while staying safe. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit to view a free, regularly-updated library of free resources. CoquitlamSPIRIT promotes caring, compassion and community, with the goals of supporting residents and businesses through this difficult time, creating new bonds and building lasting civic spirit and pride.
Supporting Our Community During the Pandemic
The City of Coquitlam is here to help, with these resources:
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/csrp to learn about the City’s Community Support and Recovery Plan, which is providing immediate and long-term support for the non-profit sector, businesses and residents;
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/spirit for a free library of activities for all ages, including fitness, arts and culture, outdoor activities and ways to connect with your community; and
- Visit www.coquitlam.ca/covid19 for updates on City services and initiatives and COVID-19 health resources.
Coquitlam residents and businesses are also encouraged to follow the City of Coquitlam on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and download the CoquitlamConnect mobile app for up-to-date City information.