City of Burlington planning ‘virtual’ Canada Day celebration

Published June 12, 2020 at 11:49 am

City of Burlington planning ‘virtual’ Canada Day celebration

The summer of COVID-19 continues.

The summer of COVID-19 continues.

With Provincial health safety measures in place and social distancing in mind, the City of Burlington said it received funding from the Government of Canada to host a virtual Canada Day celebration (making some people happy) that will include former Much Music and ET Canada TV host Rick Campanelli.

The online event will feature a not-yet-announced musical guest, and “activities individuals and families can do while practicing physical distancing”, according to an official announcement made by the city.

“Canada Day celebrations in Burlington will look a bit different this year and I know our community will safely celebrate this important holiday with the same energy and gratitude we always do,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“We have so much to be thankful for in this country: our democracy, our healthcare, our arts and culture, our gorgeous landscapes and environment, and the diverse and passionate people who contribute to our ongoing evolution as a society.”

Large gatherings will not be permitted in Burlington; which means there will be no annual gatherings or planned activities in Spencer Smith Park.

Virtual Schedule and Activities

  • Online message from Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and Rick Campanelli, Burlington resident and former TV host for MuchMusic and ET Canada
  • O Canada played by the Burlington Teen Tour Band
  • Bucket drumming experience with Burlington’s CRASH Rhythm. Watch for the how-to video released the weekend before and get ready to join CRASH Rhythm members on Canada Day for two interactive drumming sessions
  • Join First Nations Storyteller and founder of the White Pine Dancers, Aaron Bell for a six-part series of traditional stories that reflect the Indigenous culture and way of life
  • Special musical guest appearance, by country music star Tim Hicks
  • Join cities across Canada to celebrate Canada Day, promote diversity, multicultural harmony, and thank all frontline essential workers with simultaneous drumming. Pre-registration is required and the link can be found at
  • Participate in Virtual Fireworks Presented by Bunzl, through the Snap’d Community Hub
  • Share your Canada Day spirit by decorating your home and posting a photo to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BurlONCanadaday
  • Participate in the Canada Day Play Challenge. With Canadian inspired trivia and activities starting June 27 until July 1, 2020, with new activities added each day. Download the free app at and search for the Canada Day Play Challenge. We have prize packages available for the top three highest-scoring teams, with support from Canadian Tire. The grand prize winner will receive a prize package worth $500.

All virtual activities, a schedule and links to videos will be posted on

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