UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge is the place to be this Canada Day, with non-stop events, all weekend long.
Several volunteers and community groups throughout Uxbridge have come together to make Canada’s 150th birthday the best one yet.
The festivities start June 30th at the Thomas Foster Memorial, with an all Canadian Concert, there will be live performances featuring Canadian music from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“The performers are superb and excellent. They are pros,” said Bev Northeast, organizer of the concert.
There will be three performers, Marie Lynn Hammond, a French-Canadian signer; Raven, who is an Aboriginal musician; and Brian O’Sullivan, who will be playing British Isles Celtic music.
The event is free to enter. “Our admission is a donation at the door,” Mrs. Northeast said.
The following day, there is a Heritage Parade starting at 3:30 p.m., outside of the Uxbridge Arena and travelling down Brock Street.
Elements of each decade from 1867 to 2017, will be represented throughout the parade.
“The parade shows what’s happened over the last 150 years starting at the front with our oldest business in the town of Uxbridge, Low & Low. It has been here since 1860,” said parade organizer, and regional councillor, Jack Ballinger.
There will be historic vehicles, military equipment, costumes, an M4 Sherman Tank driving along the parade, and live bands playing.
“The kids will be exposed to things they heard about in school but [have] never seen,” said councillor Ballinger. “They’ll get a chance to see the mounted police all dressed up and they’ll get a chance to see a real tank from the second world war.”
The parade will be featuring music from each era, and multi-cultural or historic costumes are encouraged for attendees.
After the parade the celebrations continue in Elgin park, where there will be a Hands-On-Exotic animal presentation, where participants of all ages can get up close with a variety of animals. There will also be animal balloons, Sparky and his friends from the fire department, a miniature train to ride, and the Superman show.
Following the festivities in Elgin Park, is the “Rock The Bridge” talent show, starting at 5:30. Contestants will be competing for a cash prize of $1,000.
The Country Music Association of Ontario’s 2016 Female Artist of The Year and Uxbridge native, Leah Daniels, will be hosting, as well as performing at the show.
“I would encourage people to come and enjoy the music,” Leah said. “You’re going to be supporting local artists. There is a wide variety of genres and ages. It’s going to be a great show. The town is unbelievable.”
Of 28 entrees to compete in the talent show, eight were selected to perform.
The event is open to all and has performers from ages 12 to 34.
Leah’s band will be backing up all the performers, as they play a song of the performer’s choice. Ms. Daniels says she will be performing her own original music to close out the show.
“It’s going to be an amazing day they have so much planned,” Leah said.
After the talent show, beginning at 7:00 p.m. are the official Canada Day ceremonies which will be led by the Legion Pipes and Drums. Local singer, Tanner Potter will then take the stage from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Following the performances is the Active 150 Medal Ceremony at 8:15 p.m. During the ceremony hundreds of township residents will receive medals for their contributions to Canada and the community.
To end off the night there will be a fireworks display set to music. The township of Uxbridge encourages all residents to come out and participate in the celebrations.