Canora celebration for Canada 150 looking to involve entire community

            The Town of Canora has announced its tentative schedule of events for the Canada 150 celebration, and there is something for everyone, according to Brandi Zavislak, community development officer.

            The Canada 150 Outdoor Family Festival will take place on July 22, the last day of Community in Bloom, which will happen from July 16 to 22. But Zavislak pointed out that the whole week will have a Canadian theme behind it.

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            The Outdoor Family Festival will happen all day long on July 22, starting with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and going right through until midnight, she said. All events will take place in King George Park, well known as the centre of Canora.

            A number of headline-calibre entertainers covering a wide range of fields have been lined up for the big day, according to Zavislak.

            The one man show, ‘Mr. Circus’ is an exciting combination of juggling, comedy, a fire show, volunteer participation, and more. This family friendly show is ideal for kids and adults alike.

            Zayshley Band includes local celebrities Wayne Dudeck, and Randy and Patty Zayshley. The trio provides top quality musical entertainment, specializing in country, classic rock and old time music.

            Two-time Canadian juggling champion Robin Chestnut has been wowing audiences and making them laugh at the same time for over 20 years.

            Magician Chester McBain engages audiences with magic that is so appealing, guests will want to be part of the action.

            Old Time Country Lads is a foursome specializing in country, traditional Ukrainian, and old-time music. Rodney Flunder, Lorne Procyshen, Stan Popowich and Orville Drobol have been playing music for over 40 years, and will still get toes tapping and hands clapping.

            The headliner act for the day is the Catie St. Germain Band, one of the most sought after cover groups in Canada, with a huge repertoire of rock, dance and country songs spanning over six decades of music.

            But the Outdoor Family Festival will include much more, said Zavislak. Community groups, both profit and non-profit, are being encouraged to come up with other entertainment ideas for the day, everything from bouncy castles to petting zoos to train rides to various food vendors, and more.

            Deadline for applications is May 26. They will be approved and scheduled by the Canora Economic Development Commission, the Canora Tourism Committee and Canora Leisure Services.

            This is a rare opportunity for community groups, said Zavislak. With a large crowd expected, the event provides a great opportunity for fundraising and attracting new members.

            Leading up to the Outdoor Family Festival, Zavislak plans to put up many red-and-white flowers and other decorations around Canora, in keeping with the Canada 150 theme. She encourages everyone to use as much red and white as possible, and to make sure their homes and businesses look well kept and inviting to visitors.  

            Hundreds of visitors are expected to come to Canora for the Outdoor Family Festival, said Zavislak. If the town looks clean, charming and attractive, it can all contribute to tourists, families, and others making Canora a destination to revisit, start a business, and even live. Affordable housing and safe neighbourhoods are part of the attraction. Canora’s location in a busy recreational area with popular lakes and resorts nearby, serves to welcome new families and old friends alike.

            For more information on the Canora Outdoor Family Festival, one maycontact Brandi Zavislak, community development officer.