Cambridge Celebration of the Arts and Canada Day set to be virtual events this year

Posted on Friday June 12, 2020

In-person events may be suspended until September but the City of Cambridge remains committed to providing creative alternatives to the community. For 2020, the Cambridge Celebration of the Arts and Cambridge Celebrates Canada Day events will be held online.

“We’re very excited to offer different formats for these two much-loved events,” says Mayor Kathryn McGarry. “Even though we can’t participate in a large crowd, it’s important that we still take the time to celebrate and enjoy the spirit of coming together. I encourage everyone to tune in and know that your neighbours across the community will be doing the same, creating a shared experience for all of us.”

The online Cambridge Celebration of the Arts will be hosted on City’s Facebook and YouTube channels on Friday, June 19, starting at 6 p.m. As with the in-person event, it will showcase a variety of works by local artists and artists connected to the Cambridge community. Event-watchers will see a variety of styles and genres in the visual, literary, and performing arts. For more information, visit www.cambridge.ca/cca.

For Canada Day, the virtual event will stream on the City’s Facebook and YouTube channels on Wednesday, July 1, starting at 9 p.m. The video will feature a mix of resident-generated content, music performances, interviews with local leaders, the singing of O Canada, and end with a fireworks display. Residents wishing to submit content for consideration to be included in the video can do so at www.cambridge.ca/canadaday2020.

“Both of these events are planned and executed by community committees who work with City staff to bring them to life,” says Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Brian Geerts. “We’re fortunate to have such involved and passionate volunteers working with us to offer fun and engaging opportunities under challenging circumstances.”

In addition to the virtual event for Canada Day, the City’s #RecFromHome team have put together an online art project with local artist and instructor Maria Sousa-Rovers. The instructional video will show participants how to paint a large maple leaf surrounded by scenes and images in the style of famous Canadian artists. The video will be available on the City’s YouTube page and online at www.cambrigde.ca/recfromhome.

As a reminder, public firework displays will not be permitted and cannot be set off in municipal parks, sports fields, laneways, or on school board property. Residents are encouraged to exercise caution with private backyard firework displays, follow gathering directives and to consider alternate plans.

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Erin Haase
Communications Advisor
City of Cambridge
haasee@cambridge.ca