Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) honoured exceptional Canadians who, through their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the development and visibility of Canadian communications over the past 150 years.
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC said, "As part of Canada's 150th Anniversary, the CRTC is proud to honour entrepreneurs, inventors, public figures and great communicators who, each in their own way, have transformed the Canadian communications sector."
As part of its commemoration project to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary, the CRTC recognized 23 exceptional men and women for their contribution to the Canadian communications system, by giving their names to the Commission's meeting rooms. These individuals are: Israel "Izzy" Asper, Henri Audet, John Bassett, Alexander Graham Bell, Nancy Devine (former CRTC employee), Reginald Fessenden, Barbara Frum, Harold Greenberg, Matthew Halton, Foster Hewitt, Judith Jasmin, Jonah Kelly, Jose Kusugak, René Lecavalier, John Lombardi, Marcel Masse, J-Alphonse Ouimet, Marcel Ouimet, Ted Rogers, Jean-Louis Roux, Jeanne Sauvé, Graham Spry, and Réal Therrien.
At the same time, the Agora at the CRTC's National Headquarters was named in honour of Pierre Juneau, the CRTC's first Chairman and a prominent figure in the areas of Canadian communications and culture.
When you're throwing a big party, you need a big invitation. Starting this week, Canadians will see large and small activations peppered across the country through a promotional campaign in support of National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150). The #CanFilmDay campaign entitled #OurFilms will feature unique installations in cities and towns across the country that highlight the way Canadian films arise out of the communities that inspire them.
Presented by REEL CANADA, NCFD 150 is a Signature 150 Project supported by the Government of Canada. A full list of sponsors can be found on the website. Thanks to the support of these partners and more, as well as the film industry overall, NCFD 150 will be the world's largest film festival – ever – with more than 1,700 (and counting) screenings of Canadian film taking place across the country and around the world. With films also available on multiple Canadian broadcast stations and online platforms on April 19, NCFD 150 will be the most accessible film festival our country has seen. Whether on foot, online or on-air, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will be able to celebrate their country's 150th birthday by watching a great Canadian film.
The #OurFilms campaign, created by Canada's leading creative agency, Leo Burnett, is comprised of more than two dozen installations, large and small, scattered around 14 different communities across the country. The installations run from napkin holders and beer coasters at restaurants, to select Indigo outlets distributing special edition bookmarks honouring great Canadian books that have inspired Canadian films, to giant metal frames holding impressively large TV screens strategically placed in neighborhoods that inspired or have figured in iconic Canadian films, with a prominent label declaring "This Film Comes from Here". The installations are designed to engage with residents of our nation everywhere with the idea that Canadian film plays a role in their community and vice versa.
Every installation will offer the opportunity to join the campaign. Canadians who snap and share a selfie on social media using #OurFilms #CanFilmDay will automatically be entered to win one of five movie passes for a year.
Filling out the promotional campaign are TV spots directed by two of Canada's most celebrated filmmakers, Atom Egoyan and Don McKellar. The spots debuted on CBC on March 12 during the broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards and will receive wide distribution on CBC, Bell Media, Hollywood Suite, Corus and APTN. They will be also seen in Cineplex Theatres across the country, Landmark Theatres and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Egoyan's spot, titled "The Man Who Was Always Late", features Vinay Virmani (Breakaway, Dr. Cabbie), while McKellar's, "The Woman Who Can't Lie", stars the multiple-award-winning Sandra Oh.
Created and produced by Leo Burnett, the TV spots were a pan-industry effort, with equipment and talent largely being donated by William F. White, the Directors Guild of Canada, ACTRA and IATSE 863, 667, and 411.
"REEL CANADA is very excited about this campaign, which really drives home the idea that our stories are us, which is what National Canadian Film Day 150 is all about," says REEL CANADA's Artistic Director Sharon Corder. "And it's a brilliant way to invite all Canadians to join the party on April 19."
For more information on screenings taking place in cities across the country, and the marketing activation locations, visit CanFilmDay.ca. Broadcast and online programming will be available within the coming weeks.
A full map of all #OurFilms #CanFilmDay installations across the country can be found here. Specific details of the Large Screen Installations on display in Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver are as follows:
Installation dates: Thursday, March 23 – Sunday, March 26
Torontonians can experience the movies by:
Grabbing a coffee at Rooster Coffee House on Broadview (479 Broadview Ave, Toronto) to see a clip of the Canadian film, The F Word (2013). The F Word, is a contemporary and hilarious romantic comedy featuring Daniel Radcliffe. (In case you were wondering, the "F Word" is friendship.)
Thursday, March 23: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24: 3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Visiting The Beer Store in the Village (572 Church Street, Toronto) to view the community that inspired Outrageous! (1977). Outrageous! was one of the first gay-themed films to ever receive widespread release in North America. It is now considered by many to be a cult classic.
Saturday, March 25: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Stopping by Vic Johnson Arena (335 Church St, Mississauga) to see Breakaway (2011), a Canadian sports-comedy film that brings a dash of Bollywood to Canada's favourite sport.
Saturday, March 25: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
It’s the year of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is not shying away from taking a close look at what this country is – and isn’t. A wide variety of programs and exhibitions boldly tell stories about Canada with both a critical lens and an eye for the extraordinary. They’re the stories we know, ones that have been hidden, and ones about where we’re going. With five exhibitions, two innovative digital projects and one marquee live event, the AGO’s sesquicentennial line-up has something for everyone.
The Gallery explores urgent questions about Canada through some of the country’s best emerging and established artists with the recently announced exhibition, Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood. It also premieres new solo exhibitions of works by pioneering abstract artist Rita Letendre and acclaimed contemporary artist Mark Lewis, and debuts Free Black North, which questions Ontario’s history with its black residents and acknowledges those who have gone overlooked. The acclaimed exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 receives a rotation of new artworks that offer a fresh glimpse into Toronto’s artistic past.
The AGO also moves further into the digital sphere with a project that will make highlights from the Gallery’s remarkable collection of Canadian art available online, and with reBlink, a special augmented reality installation.
Extending the conversation beyond the Gallery’s walls, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns with a timely discussion on the theme of Art and Nationhood on April 21, 2017.
“Artists are fortunate to have the freedom to reflect critically—and publicly—on Canada and what this country means,” says Stephan Jost, the AGO’s Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. “By exploring through our own eyes and those of artists both historical and contemporary, we can deepen our understanding of this nation and its people. Art gives us a platform for meaningful conversations that can shape who we are, and where we’re going.”
Several of the AGO’s Canada-focused programs this year were made possible by special Ontario150 funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism,Culture and Sport.
“The AGO is renowned for events and exhibits that showcase our province’s vibrant arts and culture, and its sesquicentennial line-up is another great example of this,” says Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “Our government is proud to partner with the AGO to bring many exciting initiatives to life for our 150th anniversary. Investing in exhibitions that tell our stories—and make Canadian and Ontario art more accessible—will help ensure our artistic and cultural legacies are treasured by future generations.”
Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood
June 29 – Feb. 18, 2017
Anchoring the AGO’s Canadian program is Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood, an exhibition that explores what Canada was, is, and will be through the eyes of some of the country’s best emerging and established artists. Taking over the fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, the installation will feature 33 new and recent artistic projects by artists from across Canada including Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, among others.
Bringing together both the familiar and the unexpected with strong Indigenous voices running throughout, Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood is curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, with a team of invited local artists, activists and educators including Anique Jordan and Quill Christie.
Government Partners: Ontario150, Government of Canada
Mark Lewis: Canada
April 15 – Dec. 10, 2017
Making its world premiere this spring at the AGO is a series of three new films by contemporary artist Mark Lewis exploring the idea of Canada. The Hamilton-born artist, who lives and works in London, UK, is one of the most prominent practitioners working with moving image today. Presented as simultaneous projections, Lewis’s new films illuminate the complicated and sometimes contradictory meanings “Canada” – the word as well as the country. Lewis is interested in exploring the idea of place as it relates to the land we call Canada. Shot in various locations, the films are set up as staged encounters between the camera and the landscape, creating meditations on and of a place.
Lewis’s experimental work occupies an important place in the Canadian public imagination not only because it has used iconic locations as subjects and backdrops, but also because it has strongly influenced a younger generation of artists. His works have been exhibited extensively across Canada, the U.S. and internationally in numerous solo exhibitions, including most recently at The Power Plant, Toronto (2015) and the Musée du Louvre, Paris (2014). They are also collected by many prestigious institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Centre Pompidou-Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris and Museum of Modern Art, New York among others. Mark Lewis: Canada is curated by Adelina Vlas, the AGO’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art.
Generously Supported by: Panasonic
Government Partners: Ontario150; Government of Canada; Canada Council for the Arts
Creative Minds: Art and Nationhood
April 21, 2017
After a sold-out debut last September, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns to address urgent questions about Art and Nationhood. Bringing together four visionary artists from various disciplines, the event is once again moderated by Matt Galloway (host of CBC’s Metro Morning) and promises a unique, passionate discussion at Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall on April 21, 2017.
What makes a nation? How do artists shape our understanding of who we are and where we live? With rapidly rising nationalist movements taking hold in the West, there's no conversation that feels more timely and urgent than one discussing current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress, especially during the year marking the 150thanniversary of Canada’s confederation. For more information, visit www.agocreativeminds.ca.
Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince.
Free Black North
April 29 – Aug. 20, 2017
Comprised of rarely-seen photographs of men, women and children living in Ontario in the mid-to-late 1800s, many of whom were descendants of Black refugees who escaped enslavement in the Southern United States, Free Black North tells the story of how historical Black Canadian communities used photography as a tool to visualize and lay claim to their complex histories.
These portraits, drawn from collections at Brock University and the Archives of Ontario—many exhibited here for the first time—highlight how these chiefly unknown individuals presented themselves with style,dignity and self-assurance. The exhibition will include close to 30 photographic works, including ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards.
Many of the photographs were gathered and kept safe by the late Alvin McCurdy, noted historian and anti-racism activist, and Rick Bell, retired Niagara-region firefighter,historian and member of the Central Ontario Network for Black History. According to Bell, the histories of these communities needed to be kept from disappearing. “I have witnessed firsthand family members enjoying a bonfire fueled by Grandma and Grandpa’s heirlooms and artifacts,” he said. "It was important for me to save the photographs because they are an important part of Canadian history."
There is little known about many of the subjects or the photographers of these works, but the AGO hopes that by putting them on display, perhaps more information will come to light. Free Black North is curated by the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, Julie Crooks.
Rita Letendre: Fire & Light
June 29 – Sept. 17, 2017
Critically acclaimed, Rita Letendre is one of the most eminent living abstract artists. Her painting career began in Montreal in the 1950s, when she associated with Quebec’s prominent artist groups Automatistes and LesPasticiens. Often the sole female artist in their group shows, she broke away from their approach to painting, finding it restrictive. Seeking to express the full energy of life and harness in her powerful gestures an intense spiritual force, Letendre worked with various materials including oils, pastels, and acrylics, using her hands, palette knife, brushes and uniquely the airbrush, which she began using in 1971.
Letendre was born of Abenaki and Quebecois parents in Drummondville in1928, and has lived in Toronto since 1970. She received the Order of Canada in 2005, has completed commissions across Canada and the United States, and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Rita Letendre: Fire &Light is the first major museum retrospective of Letendre’s work to originate outside Quebec, celebrating the power of and passion for life evident in her brilliant paintings.
Rita Letendre: Fire & Light features nearly 40 large-scale paintings, drawn both from the AGO Collection and major national public and private collections. It is co-curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art.
Government Partner: Canada Council for the Arts
June – December, 2017
Visitors won’t believe their eyes (or they’ll at least do a double-take) this summer as the AGO offers a magical new way to experience art. From Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew comes reBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that will tap the power of leading-edge technology to give visitors the chance to see works from the AGO Collection (Canadian and European) in a whole new way.
Using a custom app for smartphones and tablets, Mayhew highlights how much we have—and haven’t— changed over time, inviting visitors to look at popular historic paintings such as Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, Drawing Lots and Marchesa Casati through a unique 21st century lens. By looking at a selected work using a smartphone or tablet, visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.
Government Partner: Ontario150
Digitization of the AGO’s Canadian Collection
Launching in the fall, this new online archive will feature searchable, digitalized renderings of close to 100 of the most important works from the AGO’s vast Collection of Canadian art. Piloting a digital learning program that will connect students in rural and remote communities with the AGO, the website will include lessons that connect to the curriculum and ideas to engage students with the Collection in the classroom, as well as artist facts and discussion questions. Works included on the site include Frances Norma Loring’s Keeper, Isaac Chapman’s Model Totem Pole and Tom Thomson’s The West Wind.
Government Partner: Ontario150
Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989
On now until May 7, 2017
Praised by The Globe and Mail for unearthing “a vibrant, political and occasionally messy era of the city’s art history,” Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 has intrigued visitors with its wide-ranging look at the generation of Toronto artists who came of age during those tumultuous two decades since it opened in September 2016. One of the longest-running and most diverse AGO shows in recent history, this exhibition experienced a rotation of artworks in February 2017—halfway through its run—allowing visitors to gain new perspectives with large-scale installation pieces by Vera Frenkel and FASTWÜRMS, alongside multimedia works by Jayce Salloum, and Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak. Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 is on display until May 7, 2017. It was curated by Wanda Nanibush, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art.
Government Partners: Ontario150; Canada Council for the Arts
For more information on the many Canada-focused exhibitions and programs at the AGO, please visit www.ago.net, follow @AGOToronto and #Ontario150.
ABOUT THE AGO
With a Collection of close to 95,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’s masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002, Ken Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit ago.net to learn more.
Apr. 22 – July 30, 2017: Georgia O’Keeffe
Sept. 30, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018: Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters
Mar. 2018 – May 2018: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors
The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism,Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.
Canadians have twelve more "beertastic" reasons to celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Central City Brewers + Distillers is pleased to announce a Canada-wide beer collaboration with Canadian breweries from 12 provinces and territories. The Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration 12-pack commemorates the country's milestone birthday.
The Red Racer Across The Nation Collaboration is the only cross-Canada craft beer mix-pack celebrating Canada 150. Each of the 12 collaboration beers is inspired by the province in which it comes from, and was brewed at Central City's brewery in Surrey, BC.
"There is a great sense of comradery amongst us craft brewers in Canada, and what better way to show our pride in our country than to bring together some of Canada's best breweries on a celebratory mix-pack to commemorate this huge Canadian milestone," says Gary Lohin, Central City Brewers + Distillers' Brewmaster.
The Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration 12-pack (330 ml bottles) will be available in liquor stores in most provinces in early May 2017, and as two unique 6-packs (East and West) in some provinces.
The breweries partnering on the Red Racer Across the Nation Collaboration are:
British Columbia, Delta: Four Winds Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Brent Mills
Alberta, Calgary: Last Best Brewing & Distilling with CEO, Brett Ireland and Brewer, Phillip Hamilton Brian
Saskatchewan, Swift Current: Black Bridge Brewery with Co-owners, Clayton and Kari Stenson
Manitoba, Winnipeg: Half Pints Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Chris Young
Ontario, Vankleek Hill: Beau's Brewing Company with Owner, Steve Beauchesne and Brewer, Kevin James
Quebec, Shawinigan: Le Trou Du Diable with Pilsner Brewer Specialist, Stephane Thibodeau and Co-owner, Luc Bellerive
Nova Scotia, Halifax: Garrison Brewing Company with Brewmaster, Daniel Girard
New Brunswick, Fredericton: Picaroons Traditional Ales with Sean Dunbar, Owner and Operator
Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown: PEI Brewing Company with Head Brewer, Chris Long
Newfoundland, St. John's: Quidi Vidi Brewing Company with Brewer, Einar Holtet and Sales and Marketing Manager, Justin Fong
Yukon, Whitehorse: Yukon Brewing Company with Head Brewer, Jon Zaugg and Brewer, Troy Charlton
Northwest Territories, Yellowknife: NWT Brewing Company with Owner, Fletcher Stevens
Instagram: @CentralCityBrew, Twitter: @CentralCityBrew, Facebook: CentralCityBrewing
Today marks the beginning of a three-month journey to find the top 150 Hidden Gems across the country. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), in partnership with television personality Jennifer Valentyne, launches the IHG® Rewards Club 150th Hidden Gems Contest and asks Canadians to share their favourite travel spots from coast-to-coast. Canadians can submit their Hidden Gems from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points.
From picturesque hiking trails and secret spots for family picnics to cultural landmarks and other undiscovered local attractions, Canadians can help uncover all the beautiful places this country has to offer by sharing their unique locations at www.ihgrewardsclub.com/150Canada . One lucky grand prize winner will enjoy one million IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be used towards the ultimate getaway worldwide. Two additional monthly winners will receive 50,000 IHG® Rewards Club Points, which can be redeemed for hotel stays or merchandise.
Jonathan Lund, Regional Vice President, Franchise Performance Support, IHG Canada, says: "An interesting vacation can happen anywhere. With our curated list of Hidden Gems located across the country, there is no shortage of fascinating experiences to enjoy with family and friends this year. Canada's 150th birthday is the perfect reason to plan the trip of a lifetime in your own country, and get some well-deserved rest and relaxation along the road to discovery."
Jennifer Valentyne, Canadian television personality, says: "I'm passionate about travelling locally and discovering new places to see in Canada, which is why I've joined IHG on their mission to find the top 150 Hidden Gems. What better way to honour Canada's 150th birthday than by exploring our own country and sharing our favourite places with one another? My favourite Hidden Gem is Gobles Grove – a peaceful beach just south of Port Elgin, Ontario. I can't wait to hear about the unique locations Canadians share throughout the contest."
After submissions close on May 31, IHG will curate the top 150 Hidden Gems to celebrate the nation and inspire summer travel.
With 177 hotels across the country and 31 hotels in the pipeline, IHG's hotels in Canada are a home away from home for travelers. With leisure-favourite hotel brands such as, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Suites and iconic luxury brands like InterContinental® Hotels and Resorts - IHG's brand family in Canada has more than 24,900 rooms across seven brands.
Call to action:
Visit www.ihgrewardsclub.com/150Canada and enter your favourite Hidden Gem in Canada from March 1 to May 31, 2017 for a chance to win one million IHG® Rewards Club Points! Canadians can join the conversation on social media using #IHG150.
Fleurs de Villes Inc. is bringing its Floral Mannequin Series to five shopping centres across Canada this spring. The unique, five-day exhibition is Fleurs de Villes' signature event and the first of its kind in Canada, blending fashion design and fresh blooms with bespoke floral-dressed mannequins and a pop-up fresh flower market.
Following a successful debut in Victoria and Vancouver last spring, the Floral Mannequin Series earned a Maple Leaf Silver Award in Events or Sales Promotions at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards. In 2017, Fleurs de Villes will expand the floral fashion extravaganza to five shopping centres in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
"Flowers make us happy, they always have. They reach a broad audience, they amaze and they delight," says Fleurs de Villes co-founder Karen Marshall Ducommun. "Fleurs de Villes is a showcase for local, world-class floral design."
The Floral Mannequin Series will pair over 75 top local florists with leading brands to design a stunning fashion-inspired display brought to life with flowers. Each floral-dressed mannequin is clothed in a one-of-a-kind design made up of hundreds of fresh blooms. For five days, shoppers can peruse the display, snap photos, and vote for their favourite mannequin for a chance to win exclusive prizes. On the weekend, a day-long pop-up market offers a chance to purchase fresh-cut flowers, bouquets, bedding plants, pots and other gardening supplies inside the shopping centre.
"Our pop-up shows are stunning examples of the artistry of flowers, presented in some of the most elegant shopping centres in the country," adds Marshall Ducommun. "We are thrilled to return for 2017, this time in five markets, to connect the public with a sensory experience they won't see anywhere else."
The Floral Mannequin Series will tour five properties this spring: Mayfair in Victoria (March 8-12), Metropolis at Metrotown in Greater Vancouver (April 5-9), Southgate Centre in Edmonton (April 19-23), Bayshore Centre in Ottawa (May 3-7) and Mapleview Centre in Burlington (May 10-14).
For the latest news and updates, visit Fleur de Villes at www.fleursdevilles.com.
To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, Streets of Canada, a Peterborough-based initiative is featuring a collection of short stories and photographs capturing the spirit of business owners, artists, and unsung heroes from coast to coast.
The project was created by Peterborough tech entrepreneurs, Sana Virji and Ribat Chowdhury, who realized that while much was being planned to honour Canada's history, it seemed little was being done to celebrate Canadians today.
"Among the celebrations of Canada's accomplishments and history, we want to honour the present and the people all around us today and reflect the diversity of the people who make up this country," said Virji.
Since launching last November, Virji and Chowdhury have been traveling across Canada to showcase the vibrant personalities of individual Canadians. The result of these efforts is now a vibrant catalogue of photographs featured alongside quotes and anecdotes published on the Streets of Canada's website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
"No matter what the story, you feel a sense of connection to the person narrating, whether it's the Peterborough Syrian refugee family who opened a restaurant, the Montreal busker who is fighting a city by-law, or the Winnipeg activist who grew up in foster care. These are the people we interact with every day, and their stories are inspirational, honest, and show Canada's diversity and acceptance," adds Virji.
Virji, a native of Pakistan, and Chowdhury, originally from Bangladesh, came to Canada five years ago when they won scholarships to study at Trent University. With little savings, they struggled to make ends meet while attending university and worked part-time to manage living expenses.
"I came to Canada in 2012 with only $100 in my pocket. Where I am today is a testament of who Canadians are," said Chowdhury. "Throughout my journey, somebody came forward to help me. Never before have I seen such acceptance and generosity. Streets of Canada is our way of showing gratitude to the exceptional people who make up this country."
Streets of Canada is on a mission to show that Canada is more than just hockey and maple syrup. They plan to collect and share 1,000 stories of Canadians from all walks of life—who they are, what drives them, their hopes, their fears, their past, and their pride. The project has already reached 750,000 Canadians online and is gaining momentum as nominations pour in from across the country.
To help Streets of Canada reach its goal, nominate an entrepreneur, artist, or anyone who you think has a great story to tell at www.streetsofcanada.com/nominate. An individual can also nominate themselves and share their own story.
We all have a special restaurant moment. What's yours? For Canada 150, Restaurants Canada is launching Making Moments, a campaign to collectively celebrate and share the unique role that restaurants play in the everyday lives of Canadians.
More than 1.2 million Canadians are employed in the restaurant and foodservice industry, serving more than 18 million customers every day, in communities right across Canada.
"From marriage proposals to business deals, and from first jobs to second chances, restaurants provide the setting for many special moments in our lives. Canada's anniversary year is the perfect time to celebrate and share those stories," says Restaurants Canada President and CEO Shanna Munro.
All Canadians – restaurant owners, employees, and customers – are invited to share their favourite restaurant moment. Did you land your first job in a restaurant? Work with a restaurant to raise money for a good cause? Did you meet that special someone at a restaurant? Or is the neighbourhood coffee shop your go-to spot for catching up with friends? No matter how big or small the moment is, we want to hear it. Visit www.restaurantscanada.org/makingmoments to learn more.
Win a trip for two to Yukon!
Submit your story and you could win a grand prize trip for two to Yukon, courtesy of Air North. Monthly prizes will also be awarded throughout the year.
Restaurants Canada's Making Moments campaign is sponsored by Canada Bread, Saputo and Air North.
Restaurants Canada is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada's restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.