By Perry Lefko

Canada Day is a big day in Mississauga, and there are various places throughout the city to celebrate, from Port Credit to Celebration Square, Malton and Streetsville, and all feature fireworks displays to end the proceedings.

“There’s no shortage of amazing places to celebrate Canada Day in the city,” said Jennifer Perrault, Celebration Square events coordinator. “There’s a number of incredible festivals. They all do a fantastic job of showcasing Mississauga artists as well.”

The events at Celebration Square run from 2-10 p.m. and Perrault said the overall vibe of the day is celebrating yesterday and tomorrow.

“We’re fusing programming that is analog and digital, and working to capture the Mississauga experience,” she said. “Every year we try to give the Canada Day event a fresh lens.

“Last year, for Canada’s 150th birthday, there was a celebration of diversity and what makes our city unique. We’re really inspired by the shared history and looking into the future of what Canada will look like. We’re exploring that through some of our programming and with a partnership through museums of Mississauga doing some interesting programming on site that will sort of envision what the future of Canada looks like. A lot of our performers are very analog, but we’re looking at a couple of busker-type performances that are more digital in nature, so sort of fusing the two.”

New this year, programs on Princess Royal Drive, which is the roadway between city hall and the Living Arts Centre. Both buildings will be open as well with additional programs.

Similar to last year, the fountain, which serves as an ice rink in the winter in the upper part of the Square, will be open. The area will include a live deejay and a 10-foot tall doll resembling a beaver.

There will also be programming at the amphitheatre, including interactive photo opportunities. From 2-4 p.m. on the stage by the south end of the Square will be performances by various acts such as body percussionists Rhythm Works. The lead performer is Troy Sexton, who is from Mississauga.

At 4:30, the official ceremony at the Square follows a full lineup of performers, some of whom include: Juno Award-winning folk and country singer William Prince; multiple award-winning reggae artist Ammoye; scratch deejay turn-tabilist Kid Koala; pop singer Alley X (of Oakville) and headlining act Magic! The evening will end with a choreographed 10-minute pyrotechnics display.

In Malton, the festivities take place at Westwood Square starting at 2 p.m., and will include bouncy castles, electric train rides, dinosaur hot air balloon rides and much more. The ceremonies and stage entertainment begin at 5. Among the groups scheduled to perform are: Toronto’s premier soul group, BluSoul; dancers Shiamak and the Golden Harp; Newton’s Grove band; and an ABBA tribute band. The Canada Day celebrations are a chance for Ward 5 Councillor Carolyn Parrish to join in with her constituents and embrace Malton. Fireworks will conclude the day-long festivities.

Port Credit celebrates with its annual Paint The Town Red theme and includes the Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade. McCallion, former longtime Mississauga mayor, is the parade marshall. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and runs along Lakeshore East from the Port Credit Harbour Marina to Winona. It will be followed by a giant cake-cutting ceremony with dignitaries. Food, music and activities will take place beginning at noon at Port Credit Memorial Park. A fireworks display begins at 10:15 p.m. and the day-long celebration concludes at 11.

Streetsville will usher in Canada Day with crafts, games and activities for the kids, Rotary BBQ, live entertainment, raffle and lots more. There will be a flag raising ceremony at the Village Square, followed by the Streetsville Pipes and Drums leading everyone to Memorial Park for live musical entertainment. Fireworks, choreographed to music, begin at 10 p.m.

Photo: Always a spectacular finish to Canada Day at Mississauga Celebration Square. Photo courtesy of the City of Mississauga.

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