Vaughan Celebrates Canada 150 – A look at projects and events in Vaughan

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, municipalities across Canada have planned events, projects and programming throughout the commemorative year. The City of Vaughan has also joined the celebration with a series of community-partnered events and programs. Building on the overarching theme for Canada 150 – strong, proud and free – three words that define and characterize present-day Canada, Vaughan’s celebration program showcases our robust economy and our pride in our identity as a free and diverse society.

Community-Partnered Events

CN EcoConnexions “From the Ground Program”:

This past April, Vaughan’s Forestry staff and Members of Council joined CN (Canadian National Railway) and its partners, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom, to participate in CN EcoConnexions “From the Ground Program.” In honour of Canada 150, this program provides funding of up to $25,000 for the greening of municipal properties across Canada, especially in the communities where CN operates. The City of Vaughan was honoured to receive the grant to help our municipality establish tree plantings in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. Vaughan’s Forestry staff planted a sugar maple tree to represent the City of Vaughan, beside Ontario’s eastern white pine tree and First Nation’s cedar tree – a wonderful representation of different communities supporting the environment!

Canada 150 Flag Raising and Concerts in the Park Series Launch:

On June 14th, Vaughan kicked off our Canada 150 Celebrations at our annual Concerts in the Park series launch with an Official Welcome from the Mayor and Members of Council, flag-raising ceremony, and a Maple tree planting. The annual Concerts in the Park Series features FREE professional concerts held on select Wednesday evenings from June to August at 7:30 p.m. Concerts in the Park is a fun filled event for all families to enjoy and brings the entire community together as one. These concerts are a fantastic way for families to enjoy the wonderful warm summer weather while listening to great music in an outdoor setting. Ward 4’s Concert in the Park will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the North Thornhill Community Centre beginning at 7:30 p.m. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this exciting series of musical talent!

Stephen Lewis Secondary School: “Vaughan: A City for Everyone”:

Another community-partner, Stephen Lewis Secondary School, took the initiative to celebrate Canada 150 by collaborating with local community groups, religious centres, and businesses to create a video that recognizes Vaughan. Their project, “Vaughan: A City for Everyone,” is a video that recognizes the history and diversity of our smaller communities – Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill, and Woodbridge –  all of which come together to make up the City of Vaughan as a whole. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of these students and of the pride they take in showcasing the city they call home. Click on the video below to view this wonderful montage celebrating Vaughan’s history and diversity.

Upcoming Events

Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day: Honouring the True North – Strong and Free:


You’re invited to the biggest bash this city has ever seen. July 1 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and the City of Vaughan is celebrating in style. This year’s event will be larger and more lively than ever before — headline performer and Juno Award nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year, Coleman Hell, will make sure of that.

The event will be held at Boyd Conservation Area, 8739 Islington Ave., to accommodate more people, activities and fun. From noon to 10 p.m., residents and visitors can enjoy live performances, midway rides and inflatables, arts and crafts, and much more. Admission, activities and entertainment are free for the whole family. Canada Day is presented by TD and event sponsors CN and Tim Hortons. Click here for full event details including free shuttle to site. 

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