CANADA celebrates birthday 150

Celebration events for  FEBRUARY


  1. Canada’s favourite French delica­cy is celebrated in Montreal and beyond during La Poutine Week, from Feb. l to 7.
  2. Toronto’s longest-running cele­bration of Black History Month, Kuumba returns to Harbourfront Cen­tre on Feb. 3-4 and 10-11.
  3. Inspired by French Canadian and First Nation/Metis legend, the Flying Canoe is a festival at Edmonton’s Mill Creek Ravine. Watch locals fly down a hill in a canoe on Feb. 17.
  4. Travel across the country by su­perimposing yourself over land­scapes with Canada on (Green) Screen, part of the interactive, kid friendly DigiPlaySpace at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Runs Feb. 18 to April 23.
  5. The largest winter festival in Canada, Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur has been celebrated in Saint-Boniface, the French quarter, every year since 1970. Features a beard-growing contest, awood-carving challenge and a snow-sculpture garden Feb. 17 to 26.
  6. Learn about homegrown innovations in the Ontario Science Centre‘s Discovery Way; then catch a screening of Rocky Mountain Express, a soaring steam ride through the mountains, in the IMAX theatre.
  7. The innovative Art of Time Ensemble presents its first-ever festival, Northern Songs, featuring the works of Canadian jazz composers and the music of songwriters including Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy St. Marie, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, as arranged by top composers. Feb. 16 to 18 at Harbourfront Centre.
  8. Indie still has meaning at Toronto’s annual Wavelength Music Festival over the Family Day long weekend, featuring Montreal’s Tops and Toronto electro-popsters Phedre, among many others.
  9. If blues and roots is more your thing, over the same long weekend, the 15th Winterfolk Festival takes over venues across Toronto.
  10. The Sounds and Insights Festival at the McMichael Collection in Kleinburg invites kids to take part in workshops where they’ll learn about Lawren Harris and his passion for classical music. Feb. 19-20.
  11. A Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition will celebrate Musqueam artist Susan Point, Whom Canadian Art describes as “one of few women to engage in carving at a monumental scale.” Feb.18 to May 28.
  12. Warm up around a Japanese hot spring after braving the seven other Winter Stations, which returns this year to liven up The Beaches in our coldest months, from Feb. 20 to March 27.
  13. Islander Day on Feb. 20 is a day of celebration for residents of Prince Edward Island. You can get there by. driving the 12.9-kilometre Confederation Bridge – or just spare a warm thought about our smallest province.
  14. Feb. 20 also happens to be Louis Riel Day, a provincial holiday in Manitoba – where the Metis leader started the first Northwest Rebellion in 1870 – which lands smack in the middle of the annual Festival du Voyageur from Feb. 17 to 26.
  15. Coinciding with International Polar Bear Day on Feb. 25, the Toron­to Zoo hosts its fourth annual fund­raiser for this country’s endangered giants: Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause, a gentle walk/run of one or five kilometres in possibly polar temperatures.
  16. The New Discovery Centre, a. state-of-the-art science museum, opens in Halifax this month.
  17. One Nation, Four Lenses is the National Film Board’s Canada 150 series debuting this month on its website,, curated around four themes: what we seek, what we fight for, what we protect and what we call home.

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