Pan-Canadian Signature projects are large-scale, participation-oriented activities, of national scope and with high impact. These projects will bring Canadians together to celebrate, participate in events and share experiences.
4-H in Canada - Engaging Youth and Connecting Communities - 4-H Canada
4-H Canada, one of Canada’s longest running youth organizations, is supporting up to 150 youth-powered community celebrations exploring Canada’s rich agricultural history this year. 4-H is distributing 4-H Club Start-Up Kits to over 100 communities across Canada to help youth learn and develop the skills they need to become leaders and influence the world around them.
Watch out for 4-H events in your community!
4Rs Youth Movement
The 4Rs Youth Movement is tapping into the innovation and potential of young people by hosting a series of regional and national discussion gatherings from coast to coast in 2017. The discussions will highlight Indigenous contributions to Canada, and engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people in meaningful conversation in support of taking action on reconciliation. Approximately 5,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will be engaged through these face-to-face discussions and through online channels.
Access4All – The Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is empowering youth and community leaders across the country to create a more inclusive and accessible Canada with Access4All!
The RHF Access4All Canada 150 Signature Project encourages youth and community leaders to identify physical barriers to accessibility in their communities and undertake infrastructure improvement projects to help remove them – including building ramps, installing automated doors, and creating accessible playgrounds. Read about these inspiring “Barrier Buster” projects happening across Canada on the Foundation website. Each project culminates with an awareness event to celebrate the community impact and achievement.
Apathy is Boring
This summer, Apathy is Boring presents its 150 Years Young project, using art as a powerful and effective way of breaking down barriers and inspiring conversations. Community partners are working alongside 12 City Ambassadors to collect photos and stories that illustrate how millennials make a difference. Photos and captions collected will be projected onto buildings in downtown Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. Come out and see the projections and meet the street team!
AquaVan 150: Connecting Communities to Coastlines - Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
AquaVan150 is making a splash this year! From April to October, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre (VAMSC) Education Team is hitting the road on a national tour with their mobile ‘wet lab.’ Visiting 150 schools, camps and community groups from coast to coast to coast, the AquaVan wet lab will travel all across Canada. You can even catch them at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill!
Through AquaVan150, youth can get hands-on experience with marine life—literally. Connect with your local aquatic habitat and natural surroundings by visiting the mobile wet lab when it comes to a location near you. Check out their website for details on where the AquaVan is headed next!
ART EXPRESS'D - Winnipeg Art Gallery
Are you ready to think inside the box? ART EXPRESS’D from the Winnipeg Art Gallery features three 20-foot shipping containers converted into mobile art studios travelling across Canada this summer. Stopping in 15 cities from coast to coast to coast, each mobile art studio features an artist, a videographer and volunteers. The containers are a space where Canadians create art and make videos about their vision of Canada.
The voyage of the containers will be live streamed online starting in May 2017. ART EXPRESS’D makes its way across Canada June through August 2017.
BioBlitz Canada 150 - Canadian Wildlife Federation
Get in the picture this year with Canada’s nature selfie! BioBlitz Canada 150 is offering Canadians the opportunity to become citizen scientists, explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity and create a snapshot of our country’s environment for future generations.
Scientists are joining communities across Canada to learn, celebrate and help conserve our natural heritage by documenting species from coast to coast to coast, contributing to the national database of wildlife in Canada.
Canada 150&Me is a national competition for youth between the ages of 14-19. Participants selected will be travelling to one of four regional cities for a week of educational, cultural and community activities.
150&Me will involve thousands of young Canadians in a conversation about Canada’s future, encouraging young people to take a leadership role in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday!
CanadaC3: Coast to Coast to Coast - Students on Ice Foundation
Did you know that Canada has the longest coastline in the world? This year, Canada C3 is travelling around the country on an epic 150-day sailing journey, beginning June 1. Sailing from Toronto to Victoria through the Northwest Passage, this voyage will inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and our country.
Canada C3 is inviting a diverse cross-section of Canadians to come on board the expedition, including scientists, artists, Indigenous Elders, historians, community leaders, youth, journalists and educators.
Canada Games Council
Students aged 5-12 in thousands of schools across Canada are invited to participate in the Canada Games Activity Challenge. This project uses a fun, activity tracking app that Canadian kids and their teachers can use to help develop healthy, active habits.
The Canada Games Council is spreading the spirit of the Games throughout the nation! The 50th Anniversary Flag Relay will involve the past 25 Canada Games host communities in a special nation-wide celebration of community, sport, history and legacies. There will be 22 stops across Canada ending with the Opening Ceremonies of the 50th anniversary of Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg on July 28th.
Canada Mosaic is a celebration of the great Canadian orchestral music of our past. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has partnered with orchestras, ensembles, artists and composers across the country for an unprecedented pan-Canadian celebration. Over 50 new works—including two-minute pieces called "Sesquies"— co-commissioned with other orchestras and ensembles have been created and are being presented from coast to coast to coast. Dozens of new compositions and thematic programs are being performed, not only by the TSO, but also by orchestras across Canada. The Canada Mosaic project is providing a rich musical palette for Canadians across the country.
Canada on Screen - Toronto International Film Festival
Grab the popcorn! The Toronto International Film Festival is presenting groundbreaking Canadian moving image works all across the country—for free! Canada on Screen features outstanding Canadian works from the big (and small) screen shown in theatres and online throughout 2017.
The 150 moving image works includes feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, television shows, commercials, music videos and video installations produced throughout Canada’s rich cinematic history. Canada on Screen also includes a national young filmmakers challenge and a new future-focused virtual reality project called 2167, featuring six Indigenous filmmakers and artists looking at Canada 150 years from now!
Canada’s National Ballet School - Sharing Dance Canada 2017
Sharing Dance Day united Canada in dance as communities demonstrated their spin on the dance routine. Canadians of all ages were invited to learn the choreography in school and community settings, using accessible technology to support free rehearsals. Sharing Dance Day kicked-off on June 2nd with signature official events in Montreal, Halifax, Calgary and Toronto, and June 8 in Winnipeg as well as other community celebrations from coast-to-coast-to-coast in June.
Confederation Centre of the Arts - The Dream Catchers
The Dream Catchers is a national touring theatre production that is gathering the dreams of young Canadians. The Centre’s creative team will visit communities across Canada, working with young people, local artists, and Indigenous representatives to create artistic interpretations of their vision for Canada’s future. To further inspire the participating students, First Nations artists will teach students about the significance of dreamcatchers and the importance of its symbol to Indigenous culture in Canada. Actual dreamcatchers will also be created by the youth in each workshop, integrated by Indigenous visual artist Nick Huard, into a large national dreamcatcher exhibited at the Centre. Music, dance, visual arts, and traditional crafts will merge into a musical theatre performance. This vibrant new musical will be performed by the Young Company in the Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre and at events across Canada in the summer of 2017.
Explore150 - TakingITGlobal
Explore150 is bringing Canada’s most impressive sites to the palm of your hands!
Explore150 connects Canadians to learn about the country we live in and share reflections based on real life experiences with over 20,000 Canadian heritage sites and local attractions. Enrich your understanding of your country, your experience as a Canadian, your surroundings and the greater national identity. Enrich your understanding of your country, your experience as a Canadian, your surroundings and the greater national identity.
Framework Foundation - Timeraiser 150
BID TIME. DO GOOD. GET ART.
Timeraiser150 is a Canada 150 Signature Project supporting emerging Canadian artists and nonprofit organizations. Online150 is an online extension of Timeraiser150. Ten Timeraiser150 parties in ten provinces allow Canadians to bid on original art by investing volunteer time, not dollars, to causes they care about. Each Timeraiser150 pulls out all the stops to throw a great party - from live performances to delicious local food and drink. Timeraiser is truly a celebration of creativity and community!
Here’s My Canada - Historica Canada
Can you explain what Canada means to you in under a minute?
Here’s My Canada from Historica Canada is a multilingual, nation-wide contest inviting Canadians to express what Canada means to them in a 30-second video. The contest is creating a living record of what it means to be Canadian, connecting communities and individuals across the country as they share and learn about each other. Download the Here’s My Canada App to watch videos, and make your own.
Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour - Indspire
This cross-Canada tour aims to highlight the outstanding achievements by Indigenous people who will tell their stories to Canadians across the country. This tour will highlight the considerable diversity of this country’s population, and engage and empower youth to participate in the movement towards reconciliation.
Five of Canada’s leading science organizations have combined forces to create Innovation150, a nationwide program designed to celebrate our country’s innovative past, present and future, igniting the spark for future discoveries in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and paving the way for the innovators of tomorrow.
Innovation150 is a year-long program featuring a national science tour, a hands-on makerspace, innovation festivals, a quantum exhibition, educational materials for kids, and a collaborative digital innovation storybook.
La Dictée P.G.L. 150: Travelling Through History - The Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation
As part of La Dictée P.G.L. 150: Travelling through history, thousands of youth will participate in linguistic activities and challenges that celebrate Canada’s history and diverse culture. In addition to a spelling bee, an essay writing contest and development of a virtual exhibition, the National League of Improvisation will conduct workshops and improvisation performances in VIA Rail stations from coast-to-coast (Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto et Montréal), from May 16 to 25, 2017. The festivities will conclude with a grand performance at the Canadian Museum of History on May 26th.
La Grande Traversée - Les Productions Rivard and Zone3 Producteurs (in French only)
Follow the adventures of 10 Canadians as they travel from La Rochelle, France to Canada! La Grande Traversée is a French language television series re-creating the historic journey of French settlers to Canada.
Chosen from among more than 1,200 candidates across Canada, participants discover the difficulties and realities of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the same conditions as their ancestors in the17th and 18th centuries during the period of New France.
La Grande Traversée will air in 2017 on Radio-Canada, RDI and Explora—stay tuned!
LandMarks2017 - Partners In Art
LandMarks2017/Repères2017 invites people to creatively explore and deepen their connection to the land through a series of contemporary art projects in and around Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites from June 10-25, 2017.
A year-long, nationwide initiative, LandMarks2017/Repères2017 brings together a team of acclaimed Canadian curators, contemporary artists and art students from 16 universities across the country. It is an open invitation for participation, with art works created in collaboration with local communities, actively engaging audiences to examine Canada at 150 while offering a legacy for the future.
Lost Stories - Concordia University
Bringing together members of the public, artists, and filmmakers, the Lost Stories Project seeks out little known stories about the Canadian past and transforms them into inexpensive, site-specific works of public art. This process is documented through a series of short films. Along the way, forgotten moments from Canadian history are brought to light, and viewers have an opportunity to see the choices that have to be made when a story is turned into a work of art.
Music Yukon – Pan-Territorial Celebration “From the North”
Our North: a Pan-territorial Celebration, will feature performers, visual artists and Dene/Inuit sport athletes from all three territories. The show will begin its tour in October 2017 and venture to Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.
National Canadian Film Day 150 - REEL CANADA
On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies were available on air, online and on foot at over 1,700 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you could show a film. With free events across every province and territory, National Canadian Film Day 150 was the largest film festival in the world.
National Youth Orchestra of Canada
During July and August 2017, NYO Canada will mount a magnificent, high-visibility pan-Canadian tour – The Edges of Canada Tour - which will see specially-commissioned works performed in Canadian cities coast to coast to coast. In select cities, the orchestra will perform with some of Canada’s most prominent Indigenous artists to present a youth-oriented response to Truth and Reconciliation. This special component includes an integral, multi-arts performance including spoken word, film, and multimedia arts. In other cities, we will include a special partnership with the National Youth Choir.
Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum - Voices from Nunavut
‘Voices of Nunavut’’ is a multilingual exhibit that consists of a 27-channel video installation representing the 26 communities of Nunavut. The exhibit will go on tour to help those living in Nunavut and in southern regions of the country better understand each other. Young people from each community will record snapshots of their community, creating an audio-visual representation of what makes each Nunavut community unique, and what makes them proud. These video celebrations will show Canada what the territory looks like in 2017.
ParticipACTION - ParticipACTION 150 Play List
Are you ready to move to our Nation’s Play List? Including 150 physical activities that make us uniquely Canadian, the Play List is a challenge to Canadians in communities, schools, workplaces, and even abroad to see how many different activities they can complete in 2017.
Running from January to December 2017, there are over 100 Play List Tour Stop events planned from coast to coast.
Project Tessera - Vox Pop Labs
Project Tessera is a civic engagement initiative that combines digital media and data science to offer Canadians a unique opportunity to reflect on the many interpretations of what it means to be Canadian. The centerpiece of Project Tessera is an interactive online application that will survey users on themes such as culture, values, symbols and their sense of belonging. As Canada reaches this important milestone in its history, this survey will tell us more about the distinct experience, beliefs and values of Canadian citizens in every corner of the country. Project Tessera will provide a snapshot of Canadians at the start of the next chapter in our national life.
Reconciliation in Action: A National Engagement Strategy – Reconciliation Canada
Several events will bring reconciliation to the centre stage of Canada 150. Reconciliation Canada is exploring and celebrating the perceptions, actions and aspirations of Canadians with respect to reconciliation. These will be compiled into a National narrative on reconciliation, a narrative that acknowledges our shared history, celebrates current achievements in reconciliation, inspires hope and love, and encourages action for the next 150 years.
Red Couch Tour - ELPIO Production
The Red Couch Tour is calling all Canadians to have a seat and share their story! To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Red Couch is travelling cross-country to hear from Canadians on what Canada means to them.
The Northern tour kicked-off of on March 1st in Iqaluit, and continues for an 8-week national tour in June and July from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, with many stops along the way including small towns and major urban centers. Follow the journey online and watch for a tour stop in your community!
Rendez-vous 2017 – Rendez-vous naval de Québec
From June 30 to August 20, 2017, more than 40 tall ships are sailing Canadian waters to honour Canada 150. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people an opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.
SESQUI – SESQUI INC.
SESQUI is offering Canadians a unique experience that allows Canadians to explore their country, connect with each other and be inspired in a way that they never have before! Using innovative digital technology and drawing on Canadian creativity, SESQUI is engaging Canadians through its 360° cinematic experience, interactivity, immersive content, live events, online activities and education programs. SESQUI tells the story of how we are connected to our landscape, how we create Canada together and how we shape our ideas of home. Featuring virtual reality storytelling, interactive games and learning resources, SESQUI showcases the best in Canadian arts and innovation.
The Confluence Heritage Society: Canada 150 Voyageurs Rendezvous
The 2017 Voyageur Rendezvous celebrates the significance of our waterways as a means of exploration, transportation and development in Canada. This project consists of a reenactment of the 1967 centennial canoe pageant, an epic 23 days, and 1600 Km canoe race on the North Saskatchewan River launching on July 1st in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and ending in The Pas, Manitoba on July 23.
Other activities include the Rupertsland Canoe Express commemorative certificate all Canadians can access online and a canoe history orientations and lessons for schools in basic paddling techniques. A video conference session will also be available where schools across the country can sign into to learn about canoeing.
The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country - The Walrus Foundation
The Walrus Foundation has put on an extraordinary national tour focusing on the future of our country – featuring 50 members of the Order of Canada and 50 youth leaders. The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada: We Desire a Better Country visited every province and territory from March to May. Each event featured youth leaders and members of the Order of Canada. These conversations about Canada are providing Canadians with opportunities to participate and celebrate together; shape a more inclusive vision of Canadian society, its people, and what it means to be Canadian; and recognize the exceptional Canadian people, places, achievements, and events that will shape our country for the next fifty years. Videos of those talks can be viewed on the Walrus Foundation’s YouTube page.
The YMCA LocalMOTION Challenge - YMCA Canada
LocalMOTION is an entertaining and active celebration of community-building, and an opportunity to learn about the YMCA’s historic role in the development of Canada’s railways, which linked the country from coast to coast. Highlights include an online challenge, live events in communities across Canada, and a national celebration in Edmonton bringing together participants from the entire country. Families and friends across Canada can get active together and develop a feeling of pride in, as well as a connection with, our country and the YMCA.
WE Are Canada – WE
WE is a movement that brings people together and gives them the tools to make a local and global impact. To celebrate Canada 150, WE has offered unique “WE Are Canada” resources that empower young Canadians and their families to create a deeper understanding of Canada. Elementary, junior high and secondary school teachers were provided with free lessons and materials that are empowering students to learn about pressing issues and discover how they can get involved to make a difference.
We are the Best by Ricardo - Ricardo Media
We are the Best is a series of 52 short videos exploring the extraordinary culinary riches of our country. This project is part of a grand tour that has taken Ricardo from coast to coast, introducing viewers to Canada’s very best products that are gathering attention at home and abroad. The series pays tribute to the creators and entrepreneurs—including producers, farmers, winemakers, fishermen and artisans—who are influencing the country’s culinary heritage and shaping its future. The videos also explore Canada’s varied landscapes and celebrate the important contributions of its cultural communities. Since January, one new bilingual 3-minute video has been released each week and will continue until the end of the year.
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