Canada Day celebration at University of Waterloo to be biggest ever

Thursday, June 25, 2015

With close to 60,000 guests expected, more food trucks than ever before and an expanded roster of free children’s activities, this year is set to be the University of Waterloo’s largest Canada Day celebration yet.

Coming off a spectacular 30th anniversary last year, Waterloo region’s premiere Canada Day celebration is proud to present shining examples of Canadian musical talent. Kim Mitchell, Canadian rock icon and hit machine, and The Strumbellas, a Juno-Award-winning, six-piece, folk pop-grass band, will both perform on the OpenText Stage.

The event starts at 4:00 p.m. with kids’ programming and field entertainment. Musical acts start at 7:00 p.m.

Families are welcome to explore a variety of fun and interactive activities for all ages. From face painting and arts and crafts, to inflatable obstacle courses, there is fun for everyone. The TVOKids Stage showcases children's music duo, Bobs & LoLo, and Gisèle Corinthios, the much-loved host of Gisèle’s Big Backyard.

“Our Canada Day celebration is an opportunity to connect with those closest to us — our community," said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of Waterloo. "Canada's most innovative university takes pride in celebrating this great country we call home.”

The celebration also features refreshments to suit everyone’s taste. With more than 20 food vendors on hand, including Ish & Chips, Schmuck Truck, West of Seoul and the Bombshelter Pub, all hungry appetites will be easy to tame. For those who don’t want to go for a soda, the Waterloo Brewing Co. Beer Garden offers a place to enjoy frosty suds on a summer’s day.

“The Federation of Students is pleased to play a key role in this annual celebration,” said Chris Lolas, president of Feds. “Canada Day is a chance for the students and residents in Waterloo region to enjoy themselves, and show appreciation for our country and community. This is a dynamic event showcasing the spirit of volunteerism by our students and vibrant culture in the city. Feds has more than 70 students volunteering to make Canada Day 2015 truly memorable.”

Video: University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebration 2014

All campus parking lots are open and free of charge on Canada Day. Accessible parking is available off of Frank Tompa Drive within the OpenText parking lot.

Columbia Street West from Westmount Road to Hagey Boulevard will be closed on July 1.

More information about the event can be found on the University of Waterloo website. Social media followers can join in the community spirit on Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #uwcanadaday.

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's technology hub, has become one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities with 35,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. A globally focused institution, celebrated as Canada’s most innovative university for 23 consecutive years, Waterloo is home to the world's largest post-secondary co-operative education program and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, please visit


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