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Posted June 29, 2011

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University of Waterloo students celebrate Canada Day with local community

WATERLOO - 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.

Earlier, The Lines Between, a rock band from Grand Bend, open the day's live music entertainment at 2 p.m., followed by Juice, a hip hop-R&B band, at 3 p.m., AirPlay, a classic rock band, at 4 p.m., and pop-rocker Eddy Culjak at 5 p.m.

Canada Day's Activity World brings together organizations from the local community to provide educational and entertaining activities for children throughout the day. Among this year’s activities:

• fossil fish scavenger hunt and dinosaur puzzles by the university’s earth sciences museum;

• recycling sorting game and toilet paper challenge by Region of Waterloo waste management;

• Canada Day windsocks by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery;

• foil art with artist Scott McNichol by the Homer Watson House & Gallery;

• animal ‘grossology’ exhibit by TheMuseum;

• telescope display, solar system model and Mars Rover display by the university’s student space society;

• bike generator display and windmill turbine craft by the university’s sustainable technology education project (STEP);

• super slime by engineering science quest;

• energy producing bicycle and solar powered models by Waterloo Collegiate Institute’s e-team; and

• an array of arts and crafts activities by the Girl Guides of Canada, K-W Terry Fox Run, the Kitchener Rangers street team, and the university’s mathematics and engineering societies.

Parking is free in all University of Waterloo lots for the day. Accessible parking is available at the Accelerator Centre, located on Frank Tompa Drive, a north campus road. To enter the north campus, exit Columbia Street West at Hagey Boulevard.

The University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebrations is made possible by the support of many local businesses and organizations. Key sponsors are the Department of Canadian Heritage, City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, Waterloo Region Record, CHYM FM, Sherwood Systems Inc., United Rentals, Waterloo Printing, J.M. Schneider Foods, Domino’s Pizza, Dundee Realty Management Corp. and Waterloo Regional REACT.

For more information about the event, visit www.canadaday.uwaterloo.ca.

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