COVID-19 may still be preventing large gatherings, but CHEK and the City of Victoria are making sure you can still celebrate Canada Day in some way this year.
Canada Day celebrations will be online this year to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday.
Victoria’s Canada Day, an initiative of the City of Victoria in partnership with Canadian Heritage, will feature a line-up of performances broadcast on CHEK. It will also be streamed on the city’s website and a range of online platforms on July 1 at 7 p.m., including CHEK’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
“With everything we’ve been through as a city and a country so far this year, it’s certainly going to be a Canada Day never to forget,” said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.
“Even though we can’t physically be together, we will still be able to come together and celebrate Canada’s diversity and its strength. We are excited to partner with CHEK, who will be broadcasting a one-hour, commercial-free Canada Day celebration for everyone to enjoy.”
The virtual celebration will have music and performances by local groups, including the Lekwungen Dancers, as well as crowd-sourced content from the community.
“I would like to thank Canadian Heritage for making virtual events such as ours possible,” said City Councillor and Canada Day Organizer Charlayne Thornton-Joe. “COVID-19 doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate how fortunate we all are to call Canada home. As a city and country we strive for inclusivity so all of us can celebrate our own identities on July 1.”
And you can be a part of the celebration. People can contribute to the broadcast themselves by uploading a 20-second video conveying “What it means to me to be Canadian” or by singing “O Canada”.
Selected videos will be interspersed throughout the Canada Day special.
More details on the program line-up, performers and what’s in store for Victoria’s Canada Day will be announced in the coming weeks.
For information on how to upload your video and to more celebration plans, visit: canadadayvictoria.ca.