While we might not be able to gather together in person, we were still able to celebrate Canada Day connected as a community.
From musical performances to the virtual fireworks display, we hope you enjoyed the full day of virtual entertainment and activities the Town of Oakville was able to bring to the comfort of your home on July 1, 2020.
Check out the photos, completed colouring sheets and stories that were shared with @townofoakville on social media using #OakvilleCanadaDay. Winners will be contacted about their prizes.
Weren't able to join us on the day or want to watch your favourite bits again? Check out the link that follows.
Schedule is subject to change without notice.
9 a.m. – Welcome from Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, Town Council and local dignitaries
9:10 a.m. – Indigenous Welcome, presented by Angela Bellegarde, member of Peepeekisis Cree First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory and Indigenous Lead for Halton Our Kids Network.
9:20 a.m.– Fitness Workshop
10 a.m. – Colborne Centre Guitgang Performance
10:30 a.m. – OMAC Martial Arts Studio Demonstration
11 a.m. – Haley Marie Performance (Aurelia Productions)
11:30 a.m. – Greetings from Queen Victoria of Oakville
11:45 a.m. – Mighty Mike, the 1920s themed strongman with an urban flare
Noon – Intrada Brass
12:30 p.m. – Oakville Symphony Performance. Check out the Community Classroom program and explore music further with the Oakville Symphony and Oakville Community Foundation.
1 p.m. – Oakville Public Library Spelling Bee
1:30 p.m. – Burloak Theatre Group Performance
2 p.m. – Drumming Performance Live from Vancouver. Click on the Canada Day Drumming tab for links and details about how you can pre-register to participate!
2:30 p.m. – Canada Day Rock Painting with Artist Kimberly Schol
3 p.m. – Oakville Improv Performance
3:30 p.m. – Oakville Chinese Network Performance
4 p.m. – Oakville Academy for the Arts Performance
4:30 p.m. – Oakville Public Library interview with local author, Ian Hamilton
5 p.m. – Bella Magic's Gaia Maple Tree
5:30 p.m. – Start sharing your Canada Day Family Feast or BBQ photos!
5:45 p.m. – Make magic with the enchanting Bella Magic
6 p.m. – Sidewalk/Driveway/Balcony Canada Day Chalk Art
6:30 p.m. – Have you painted your rock and posted a photo yet? Click on the Canada Day Rocks tab for details.
7 p.m. – Oakville Museum Historical Tour
7:30 p.m. – Grace Academy/Spurrell Studio Choir
8 p.m. – Show your Canadian Style (plaid, red and white, Canadian Tuxedo, etc.)
8:15 p.m. – Get lit with Fireguy, the Guiness world record holder for "Most Torches Extinguished By Fire Eating in 1 Minute"!
8:30 p.m. – Performance by Roger Gibbs. Foreword by Andrew Tyrrell, President of the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH).
8:45 p.m. – Fire Prevention Safety Message
8:50 p.m. – Sing O Canada from your backyard, driveway or balcony with Oakville Suzuki Association. Sing loud!
If you haven't already, download the free snapd HUB app (click on the Virtual Fireworks tab for details) and get ready for the countdown with Chris Hadfield at 9 p.m.
9 p.m. – Watch the virtual fireworks using the snapd HUB
Now enjoy the Canada Day show from Ottawa!
To celebrate Canada Day, we’re asking Oakville residents to connect through simple acts of kindness. Decorate a rock with a meaningful message (words or art) and share it with the community. We'll create a Canada Day Inspirational Rock art installation curated by you!
Rather than hide your painted rocks, please share yours by leaving them at one of our drop-off locations in Oakville’s three BIA areas by Friday, July 3:
Please avoid removing rocks from our local habitat and use environmentally friendly paints.
Check out Chalk Master Dave’s Canada-themed chalk art at our three rock drop-off locations!
Take a photo with your painted rock and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag @townofoakville on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #OakvilleCanadaDayRocks.
For inspiration and to learn new techniques, check out the Oakville Public Library's rock painting tutorial on YouTube.
Oh Canada! To celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, we gave away 153 native trees to give away including Sugar Maple (Canada’s National tree), White Pine (Ontario’s tree) and Oak (popular tree in Oakville, eh).
Check out Oakvillegreen's How-to Plant Your Tree video on YouTube for tips to help ensure your tree grows for years to come.
Your tree can help the town reach our 40 per cent canopy coverage goal. Once it's planted, add your tree to our canopy counter!
In case you didn't have space for a tree, we also gave away hundreds of plants and flowers. Some of the varieties included Geranium, Salvia, Ageratum, Zinnia and Cosmos.
Share your planting photos and stories with @townofoakville using #OakvilleCanadaDay.
No experience was necessary to participate in the third annual Canada Day Drumming event
Didn't have a drum? Didn't matter. We celebrated Canada Day, promoted diversity and multicultural harmony, and thanked all frontline essential workers with six minutes of simultaneous drumming across five time zones!
A recording of the National Indigenous History Month Virtual Drumming Circle led by Indigenous knowledge keeper, J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth and her daughter, Thée, on June 24 was included.
Visit the Canada Day Drumming website for more information.
Share photos of your festivities with @townofoakville on social media using #OakvilleCanadaDay for a chance to win beach balls, passes, tickets and more!
Don't forget to take photos of your Canada Day Rocks to share them online before you drop them off at one of our BIA locations.
Submissions should be shared by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Winners will be contacted after Canada Day with prize details.
All ages are eligible to win but submissions should be uploaded by an individual that is eighteen (18) years or older and can provide proof of parental/legal guardian consent.
Looking for something fun to do? Download and colour these activity sheets:
This year, the Town of Oakville is pleased to bring you a spectacular virtual fireworks experience! Simply download the snapd HUB app on your mobile device, find a comfortable spot and watch the show.
Canadian astronaut, and former White Oaks Secondary School student, Chris Hadfield will lead the final countdown at 9 p.m.