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Nelson Chamber hosts Canada Day Celebrations at Rotary Lakeside Park

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 29th, 2014

Canada is celebrating its 147th birthday Tuesday.

And the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the red carpet on another day of Canada Day celebrations July 1 (Tuesday) at Rotary Lakeside Park.

“Canada Day is a major Chamber of Commerce event each year, and a tremendous family oriented celebration of our greater community, with thousands of people attending from all over the region,” Tom Thomson Executive Director of Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce said in a prepared statement.

Thomson said the Chamber has hosted this annual community celebration for many years, and it is with great pride that we honor Canada, with a community wide celebration. 

“We start early and end late, but the Chamber is pleased to organize and host this community and regional  celebration,” Thomson said.
One of the highlights (see schedule below) each year is the serving of our Canada Day birthday cake, followed with live music and all kinds of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.

There is also free rides on Streetcar #23 sponsored by the Nelson and District Credit Union.
The entire day is organized by the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored in part by Celebrate Canada, The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Firefighters, as well as several community minded businesses and individuals.
“The event Is made possible by the participation of numerous local musicians providing day long musical entertainment, as well as upwards of 25 community groups and non profit organizations setting booths throughout the park,” Thomson explains.
The entertainment is lined up for the stage from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., culminating with the annual tremendous fireworks display beginning at dusk.

Thomson said there is something for the entire family with long standing participants such as the Heritage Harmony Singer, the Nelson Community Band, and Playmor Junction. Dallas Wolbaum and Johnny Mcquaig, to Blue Grass by Mountain Station, to Blues from the likes of Big Mama Blue, White Lightning Blues Band,  Little Dave and Blues Busters, The Jon Burden Blues Band, and more.
“We look forward to seeing everyong throughout the day on July 1st in Rotary Lakeside Park,” Thomson said, adding on behalf of the Board of Directors wish everyone a Happy Canada Day. 

Schedule of Entertainment

10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies :  Chamber of Commerce President Justin Pelant, Mayor John Dooley Canada Day Address;  Canada Day Address; Nelson Creston MLA Michelle Mungall Canada Day Address  Nelson Pilots Association Fly Over, Nelson RCMP, Nelson City Police, Nelson Firefighters,  Nelson  Rotary Club

(Schedule subject to change, all times approximate)

10:45 am          O Canada Heritage Harmony Singers 

10:50 am           Heritage Harmony Barbershop Choir     

11:15 am           Dallas Walbaum and Johnny McCuiag          

12:00pm            Nelson Community Band                                                          

1:00 pm             Brenda McJones Highland Dancers                                    

1:30 pm             Aaron Nelson and the Buzz 

2:15 pm             L’il Dave and the Blues Busters     

3:00pm              Playmor Junction

 4:00 pm            J’M Julie Johnson Murray (AFKO)

5:00 pm             White Lightning Blues Band                                                   

6:00 pm             Mountain Station

7:00 pm             Big Mama Blue

8:00pm              Moving Mosaic Samba Band

8:30 pm            Jon Burden Band

10 pm FIREWORKS Display Specialthanks to The City of Nelson, The Nelson Professional Fire Fighters Association, Heritage Canada, Celebrate Canada, RDCK Areas E, F, H, The Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, and many community-minded businesses and organizatio

Indulge and Enjoy

8am-11am      Lions Club Pancake Breakfast        Baker Street

10 a.m.      Canada Day Cake on Display

11 a.m.     Canada Day Cake Served  Chamber Directors/City Councilors /Dignitaries                  

11am-3pm     Rotary Club Annual BBQ               Rotary Shelter

Community Activities

Nelson and District Chamber of CommerceCanada Day Flags, Pins, Canadian Flag Stickers, information

The New 103.5 Juice FM Give aways, balloons, popcorn, and lemonade

Save On Foods   Bouncy Castle for kids, watermelon giveaway

Bubbles the Clown Face painting and Balloons

AFKO Informational display and children activities, balloons, make up, kids animations

EZ Rock Sandcastle Contest (Lakeside Park Beach) plus games and giveaways in the park

Endless AdventureFree Kayak activity and instruction at Lakeside Park Beach

Fortis BC Information booth, plus kids activities including Plinko

Friends of West Kootenay Parks /Nelson and District Arts Council Information Booth

Joshua’s Giant Bubbles Giant 10 Foot Bubble Demonstrations

Kootenay Co-Op Radio Information booth promoting Co-Op radio plus raffle draw

Kootenay Christian Fellowship Follow Your Dreamsbooth, plus coloring, bubbles and face painting

Kootenay Kids Society Puppet making and Puppet shows, toddler play area and info booth

Mountain Montessori Pre School Crafts and face painting

Nelson Public Library/Friends of the Library Children crafts, silent auction, book giveaway

Nelson Friends of the Family    Children’s Fish Pond                              

Nelson Electric Tramway Society Information booth in the park, and display at the Streetcar Car Barn (Free Street Car for Canada Day courtesy of the Nelson and District Credit Union)
Nelson Pilot’s Association    Formation Fly By Opening ceremonies      

Nelson and District Recreation ComplexKids games, crafts, face painting and sailing activities

Our Daily Bread Information booth in cooperation with Kootenay Christian Fellowship

Nelson and District Youth CentreKids games and activities

Selkirk College Balloons, balloon animals, and face painting

SEEDS Senior Economic Environmental Development Society Tours of the Lakeside Park greenhouse and outdoor garden, raffle,

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History kid’s activities related to the history of Canada

Visions Alive Puppets Puppet shows and puppet play area


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