University of Waterloo students celebrate Canada Day with local community
WATERLOO, Ont. (Tuesday, June 28, 2011) - The University of Waterloo and its Federation of Students will hold one of the largest Canada Day celebrations in Ontario this week, presenting live music, children's events and fireworks.
Organizers expect more than 60,000 local residents will join the university community to celebrate Canada's 144th birthday on Friday, July 1, at the Columbia Lake fields, along Columbia Street West. The student-led event, now in its 27th year, offers a wide range of fun activities for all ages and diverse musical entertainment.
"Waterloo students are giving back to the local community by celebrating Canada's birthday with friends and families," said Lisa Willan, Canada Day event manager. "This celebration is only possible with the tremendous dedication of student volunteers, who have been working extremely hard to provide an entertaining day for our local friends and families."
The public is welcome to attend Canada Day events, which begin at 2 p.m. and continue throughout the day, wrapping up at 11 p.m. with the grand finale of fireworks. Official opening ceremonies take place at 6 p.m., complete with a birthday party and free cupcakes for the community.
The Canada Day event offers a long list of free activities and events planned for the family. Most children's activities run from 2 to 8 p.m.
The Canada Day event will also feature live music throughout the day and evening.
Golden-voiced Pat Robitaille, headline performer, will play the main stage at 9:15 p.m. Secret Broadcast, a Calgary rock band, perform at 8:15 p.m., while The Guys, a dance-rock band, appear at 7:15 p.m. Waterloo's Scotty James, a singer/songwriter, performs at 6:15 p.m.