Curiosity takes me to Canada Day
One hundred and forty-nine years a country, and one in which I feel very privileged to live. The land of the maple leaf, the RCMP, amazingly beautiful wilderness and the beaver.
Brexit, Donald Trump and the continued conflict in the Middle East make me wonder what I would fight to keep. What makes us truly Canadian and is important to hang on to?
Canada Day celebrations showed me how vibrant Calgary is. The City put on a huge free celebration in a number of spots in downtown and the mood was festive. In the East Village, there was a classic car show and a street fair which included some great hindi music and dancing.
A country which values music and the arts is really important. Music can help people in so many ways and can be enjoyed even if you don’t understand the language being sung. The National Music Centre just opened to the public and entry was free for Canada Day. The line up was huge, so that will be a place to visit another time. I love how it has been built around an iconic Calgary landmark – the King Edward Hotel. It is important to blend the old and the new.
The Famous Five statues at Olympic Plaza reinforced to me the importance of a country which continues to promote the advancement of women. We still have a long way to go to fully support LGBT rights; however we are a lot further ahead than many other countries. I want to live in a country where you don’t need to hide who you are.
Freedom to wear anything you want was in full swing as downtown Calgary is also hosting Otafest, a huge anime conference. I started to wonder what was going on when I saw a man on the ctrain wearing a head band with grey fuzzy ears; very different to the rest of us decked out in red and white. The conference was just down the street from Olympic Plaza, so there were many people in superhero costumes. Fantastic!
One gentleman had his dog looking pretty cool and riding in a carrier.
There were some great messages on signs that supported peace, and loving someone for who they are, which I found inspiring. It is the hundredth anniversary of the suffrage movement in Canada, so the picket signs were very fitting as a way of illustrating changes that kids will want to promote in the future.
The day ended with fireworks from the Centre Street bridge. Great way to celebrate Canada and kick off the summer!