Mississauga announces virtual Canada Day event

Each year, thousands of residents and visitors come together on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day at Mississauga Celebration Square. This year, the City of Mississauga is inviting the community to gather virtually to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the city’s top priority of keeping people safe.

Good Morning Mississauga is a virtual event that will allow residents and online guests to mark this national holiday safely from the comfort of their homes, yards and patios. Global News’ Farah Nasser and ET Canada’s Sangita Patel will host the online event.

This virtual celebration presented by Tim Hortons will begin at 10 a.m. on July 1, and will feature interviews and musical performances by some of the biggest names to come from Mississauga, including Johnny Orlando, Mia Martina, Fito Blanko, RJ Barrett and Mark Pelli (of award-winning band, Magic!). The program will include Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council hosting a modified official ceremony, where residents will be invited to take the oath of reaffirmation virtually, as well as recognition of other Canada Day events from across the city. To mark the 40th anniversary of O Canada becoming our national anthem, the Mississauga Children’s Choir and Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will join the celebration through recorded performances of O Canada.

Throughout the day, residents are invited to show their Mississauga spirit by decorating their windows for Canada Day using an online Celebration Kit. This interactive community initiative is a partnership with the city’s Public Art program. Local artist DaHye Kim created artwork that you can print and colour for this city-wide public art project. Residents can download the artwork here.

The city’s Canada Day celebration will be punctuated with augmented-reality fireworks presented by Tim Hortons in collaboration with snapd. Residents are invited to share in this experience anywhere in the city – physical distancing rules apply.

Any time after 7 p.m., point your device of choice to the sky and watch the remarkable firework show unfold. To participate, viewers will need to download snapd’s HUB app.

As another Mississauga Canada Day celebration first, residents have the opportunity to enter a contest to win a virtual meet & greet with award-winning artist, Johnny Orlando. To take part, fans are invited to enter at GoodMorningSauga.ca where they will find additional contest details.

Together, in a virtual environment, Mississauga can celebrate and share their pride in being Canadian.
Details on the city’s Canada Day celebration can be found here.

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Tim Hortons, supporting sponsors Bell and Alectra, and media partners ET Canada and Global News. This virtual Canada Day event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Heritage grant.

Photo: Mississauga’s Johnny Orlando is one of the talented local musicians set to perform Canada Day as part of the city’s virtual festivities.

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