2017 Ontario 150 Tour begins here July 1

From July 1st to August 13th, the ONTARIO 150 Tour will travel to six Ontario ports, making its debut on Canada Day weekend in Toronto at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by the Island airport and continuing on to Owen Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Midland, Amherstburg and finishing in Brockville.

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Rhythm of the Nation, a Canada 150 Fund initiative unique to the ONTARIO 150 Tour (CNW Group/Water’s Edge Festivals & Events)

A summer of waterfront entertainment will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary by integrating elements of our nation’s multiculturalism into every aspect of programming for a truly Canadian pan-provincial tour. ONTARIO 150 Tour programs include: a Canada 150 Fund initiative written specifically for this tour called Rhythm of the Nation, an interactive dance and musical performance centered around nationally-renowned street artist DJ Creeasian; The West Coast Lumberjack Show, an action-packed, must-see Canadian show that will have everyone breaking out their plaid; and in addition to the traveling programs, each port will have its own live entertainment and local activities.

The ONTARIO 150 Tour is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport’s Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster program, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada’sCanada 150 Fund.

“I am proud our government is supporting unique festivals and events, like the ONTARIO 150 Tour, that support local economic growth, create jobs and draw tourists to communities across the province,” said Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This investment will help Water’s Edge Festivals & Events offer expanded experiences and encourage Ontarians to get out and discover all our province has to offer. This is especially important in 2017 as we celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary.”

The launch of the tour will be on Canada Day weekend, July 1-3, 2017, at Toronto’s annual Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF. This year’s festival invites visitors to #CanuckItUp for a truly Canadian 3-day celebratory event. In addition to the Tour programming, the Royal Canadian Navy will sail in with their 440-ft frigate, HMCS Ville de Québec, which will be open for public deck tours all weekend. The Festival will also welcome back the Waterfront Artisan Market with over 60 delicious food and unique craft vendors as well as interactive entertainment along Toronto’s waterfront.