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The Canada 150 excitement continues

by Pam Belgrade

Even though Canada Day has come and gone throughout 2017 we are encouraging visitors to discover #BurlON local attractions, restaurants, shops and events.  Many of our local organizations have embraced the theme with special programs planned for all ages that range from being in the audience during live performances to participating in hands-on activities.  With so many things happening we can’t highlight them all so check the City events calendar and search the sub-category Canada 150 for more events and details.

Burlingtonians are #Hometownproud

Burlington Pier

Come Home 2 #BurlON BTTB by Al Pettman

Residents are being asked to show their #Hometownproud by reconnecting with family and friends and inviting them to Come Home 2 Burlington by sending Epostcards.  There isn’t a better time to revisit and celebrate your pride in being a Canadian and Burlingtonian! Burlington residents/businesses are also being asked to host events and reunions here and tools have been created to assist you… check out Love My Hood resources to help you plan your event.



Famous Burlingtonians

Many of our Famous Burlingtonians have told us what they love about being from and visiting Burlington.  Here are a few examples. there are many more on our website plus stay tuned as videos will be added throughout the year.

  • When we are on the road and someone asks where Walk Off The Earth is from, like most Burlingtonians, I’m tempted to say Toronto. But I don’t. I’m too proud of where I’m from and always answer ‘Burlington’ instead. But it’s not as though I am hanging on a distinction without a difference. I remember noticing back in high school, playing in bands, that Burlington was at the center its own music scene–we had our own musicians, our own venues, our own haunts, and most coolly, our own sound. Mike Taylor, Walk Off the Earth
  • I’m proud to be from a city that offers so much opportunity to be creative Diane Brady, Author
  • After spending months away…, I was always proud to come back to a place where I shared so many memories with family and friends. Brady Reardon, Olympian
  • Burlington was, and is, a wonderful city for musicians and artists to learn, experiment and develop, and I will always be grateful that I was able to grow up in such a stimulating and supportive environment! Mychael Danna – Oscar winning composer
  • I am most proud of all the support that the city has shown me both during and since the London 2012 Paralympics.  One of my all time favourite highlights of my life is being able to win a gold medal, and bring it back home to share with my community…It all meant the world to me, and created lasting memories that I will cherish forever. Brandon Wagner Paralympian
  • We were inspired by the rich independent music scene that was thriving in Burlington … we performed at community centres & halls across the city. The music scene that developed went on to conquer the international stage and has kept us going ever since.  We owe our start to Burlington! Silverstein

Burlington Public Library Celebrates

burlington public library logoCanada 150 Family Storytime 

Our guest storytellers share their favourite read-aloud stories. All ages welcome!

Great Canadian Reads – 150 Staff Picks

It was tough, but the Library staff narrowed down a (very long) list of favourite Canadian books written for kids, teens, and adults. From classic & cozy reads to blockbuster novels, we share our list of 150 finalists.

Celebrating Burlington Authors – Dec 2017 – FREE

The City and Burlington Public Library are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with the launch of Celebrating Burlington Authors, a traveling book display which features 71 books from a variety of both children’s and adult’s authors and illustrators. Some of these authors are listed on our Famous Burlingtonian list.  The exhibit is travelling to a new library branch each month until December 2017. For more information visit. 

Royal Botanical Gardens

The RBG has numerous initiatives planned throughout the year to celebrate Canada’s and Ontario’s 150th.  In addition to events they have several projects that will expand and enhance the existing gardens and trails.

Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks –Until August 20 – ADMISSION FEE

Who doesn’t love LEGO?  I have helped build many a LEGO kit and can appreciate the time involved so I am looking forward to the Royal Botanicals Gardens hosting the Canadian debut of Nature Connects – Art with LEGO Bricks.  This is a fun and inspiring exhibit that teaches people the importance of connecting with nature. You will be amazed at the over 300,000 LEGO pieces in 14 sculptures throughout Hendrie Garden created by New York artist Sean Kenney.  Daily activities are planned plus on weekends there are guided tours.

Other RBG Events

Conservation Halton – Canada 150 Trail Challenge – June 15- October 15

Conservation Halton challenges you to hike, bike, run and climb their trails from June until October.  Get out there and enjoy nature and have an opportunity to win fabulous prizes such as an extended month to your Halton Parks Membership plus you will be entered to win one of the grand prizes.  Breathe in fresh air, and work-out whether it’s hiking the trails on the Escarpment Trail in the forest surrounding Crawford Lake; mountain biking through the woods at Hilton Falls, rock-climbing the cliff face of Rattlesnake Point or trail running through Kelso to add up those kilometres or routes.  Follow Conservation Halton on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for mini contests and prize announcements!  Register online.

Art Gallery of Burlington

The Art Gallery has several special exhibits and events planned to mark this milestone.  Check out their website for further details.

Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada (on loan from the Canadian Museum of History) June 24 – August 16, 2017 AGB Hallways

Canadian Craft Biennial – August 19 – October 29 – FREE

For culture enthusiasts, the Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is presenting the first Canadian Craft Biennial.  This event will celebrate and educate on the importance of contemporary craft throughout Canada’s diverse history and future under the theme Can Craft? Craft Can!

Exhibitions: August 19 – October 29
International Ceramic Exhibition: Anton Reijnders
Dutch ceramist Anton Reijnders will present his new work in a solo exhibition.

National Craft Exhibition: Can Craft? Craft Can!
Bringing together seventy makers from across Canada, Can Craft? Craft Can! will present works in glass, ceramics, wood, metal and fibre that address three subthemes exploring ideas of Identity, Sustainability and Materiality.

Craft Ontario Provincial Exhibition: Nothing is Newer than Tradition
Craft Ontario’s Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. The exhibition will explore how craft materials, tools and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.

AGB Provincial Exhibition: Once Upon a Time
Drawing from the Art Gallery of Burlington’s Permanent Collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics, Once Upon a Time will present a special exhibition exploring functional ware from Ontario ceramists. Each artist selected will be represented through both a piece from their early years, juxtaposed against a recent work to explore the progression in their practice.

Biennial Opening Celebrations: Friday September 15 6-9pm Lee-Chin Family Gallery, Art Gallery of Burlington

Craft Biennial Residencies
Up to six makers and six writers/scholars from a range of material disciplines will be invited to spend ten days discussing and making in a creative national incubator. Makers will provide innovative and exciting possibilities for moving the conversation outside academic discourse and encourage public engagement with issues of tradition and innovation, vernacular and global, hand-made and high-tech. Writers will engage in the discussion to explore new ideas and challenge current craft discourse.

The Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, professional and amateur makers are invited to submit a quilted square to be included in the Canadian Sesquicentennial Quilt that shares their ideas and memories about their region, and of what it means to be Canadian. Submissions are being sought from across Canada until April 30, 2017.

Garden of Chimes
This community outdoor installation in the Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary.


Children’s Festival – Sun August 20, Spencer Smith Park

The annual Children’s Festival will be embracing the Canada 150 theme with activities and entertainment throughout the day.  Bring the kids or your inner child and enjoy a free family festival in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Doors Open Burlington – Sat September 30

This annual event is part of Culture Days and is coordinated by the Museum of Burlington and opens doors to historical and cultural buildings in Burlington.  17 sites are featured this year throughout the City and special activities will be featured on the website.

Canada 150 Items

If you are looking for Canada 150 items many local businesses have services such as Burlington Taxis Canada 150 vehicles and products including RBG, Museums, Art Gallery, Springridge Farms, Mrs. B’s Gifthouse and our Visitor Information Centre (we are sold out of tshirts but still have some pins and mugs).




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