Happy Canada Day Oakville, This Land is Your Land!
‘This Land Is Your Land‘ is a great song that makes me proud to be Canadian. Our vast country is incredibly beautiful. When I was young I had the opportunity to travel from coast to coast and I’m happy that I did. I can still picture some of the most breathtaking views as if it was yesterday. Beautiful scenery that is stamped in my memory forever can be found on the north shore of Lake Superior as we travelled along the Trans-Canada Highway headed out west. I found this blog by Joseph S. Furey about his road trip that gives more detail as well as some Indigenous history of the land. Click Here
Written by Woody Guthrie ‘This Land is Your Land’ has two versions; Canadian and American. I know the words to both but never knew the history behind the why. I just thought that Canada changed the lyrics up after it was released. It’s a fitting song for all of North America.
As the story is told, way back in 1953 Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger were blacklisted by the music industry due to McCarthyism and Guthrie’s song was banned from U.S. radio stations. While visiting Canada, Pete Seeger sang the song at Camp Naivelt, a Jewish summer camp near Brampton, Ontario. He asked members of the camp choir, who morphed into a group named the Travellers to take the song and run with it.
The Travellers changed the words, “From Bonavista to Vancouver Island, from the Arctic circle to the Great Lake Waters” they added a French verse and recorded the song in 1956. From there they performed the song on about 15 Canadian television shows and it became a huge hit. It wasn’t until 1962 that Peter, Paul and Mary released Guthrie’s original song in the United States. For Canada’s Centennial Year in 1967, Woody Guthrie released the Canadian Version see below and it became the Canadian Anthem that we all know and sing.
This year, why don’t we play the Canadian version on July 1st for Canada Day, then on July 4th switch over to the American lyrics
This Land is Your Land – Canada – recorded for the Centennial Year 1967 and sung by Woody Guthrie
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Thursday June 30th
Bronte Lake Notes @ Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park
Pack your dancing shoes and your lawn chair – and get ready to sing and dance on a lakeside stage! Back by popular demand, Bronte Lake Notes will host local bands on Thursday evenings all summer long..
Lakeshore & Bronte Rd., Oakville, ON
ELVIS @ Film.ca
Elvis Presley rises to fame in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
6:40 p.m and 9:00 p.m. then all weekend!
171 Speers Rd., Oakville, ON
Steve Patterson @ Oakville Centre
Along with hosting THE DEBATERS on CBC Radio for over 12 years, Steve Patterson is a CANADIAN COMEDY AWARD winning joke-machine who knows how to charm an audience with relatable material about everything from his 7-year old daughter’s sarcasm to being in the ‘bird-appreciating’ age range.
130 Navy Street, Oakville, ON
Friday July 1st
Bronte’s 3rd Annual Community Event @ hosted by Bronte Legion Branch 486
Head over to the Bronte Legion parking lot where there will be a BBQ serving burgers & sausages. Cob’s Food Truck and Winnie’s Jerk Truck will be there too! At 1 p.m. Darren Evorglens will be taking the stage to host the 1st ever Elvis Impersonator Contest! This will be a crowd-judged contest and run from 1–5 p.m. Then at 6 p.m., The James Naro Band will be on stage to rock out the evening until fireworks start at the pier.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
79 Jones Street, Oakville, ON
OH Canada Pop Up @ Town Square
Canada Day patriotic pop up at Town Square. Take the perfect Instagram shot with a 6 foot Moose Statue at this Canada Day Photo Stop, pick up a free Canada Day giftaway courtesy of Simply Realty.
Lakeshore and George St., Oakville, ON
Milton’s Canada Day Celebrations @ Milton Fair Grounds
Tons of fun in MIlton, a midway, live music, exotic animal exhibit, food vendors, beer tent, crafts, and a steam era exhibit. There’s fun activities for everyone, and the grand finale is spectacular fireworks under the stars!
Admission is FREE, however, The Salvation Army Khi Community is happy to receive new, unopened, not expired, non-perishable food donations at this year’s Canada Day celebration.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
136 Robert Street, Milton ON
Canada Day Celebrations @ Burlington Spencer Smith Park
Bring your national pride to celebrate Canada Day and enjoy Canadian-inspired activities and entertainment all day at Spencer Smith Park. Starts with Yoga in the Park, then the Canada Day 1k and 5 K run, food and market place vendors, live entertainment and music then Fireworks!
9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
1400 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON
Canada Celebration @ Oakville Heritage Waterfront Park
The fun doesn’t stop on Canada Day, enjoy evening events and free family fun. Family activities and food trucks.
6 p.m. with Fireworks at 10 p.m.
2340 Ontario St., Oakville, ON
John Canham Jazz Band @ Town Square
Live Jazz music at Town Square.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Friday
Lakeshore and George St., Oakville, ON
Fireworks from the Rooftop @ Joseph Brant Museum
Enjoy the City of Burlington’s fireworks show over Burlington Bay with a rooftop view from Joseph Brant Museum! There will be live entertainment, hourly draws, jumbo lawn games, beer tasting, pizza and Museum tours. Guest can indulge in snacks from the concession stand, alongside an ice-cream soda bar. Tickets are available through the Museum.
7:30 p.m – 10:30 p.m.
1240 North Shore Blvd E., Burlington, ON
Saturday July 2nd
Oakville’s Civitan Farmer’s Market @ Dorval Crossing East
Shop fresh and local every Saturday! Support our Farmers who work long and hard to feed us.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m
200 North Service Rd, West Oakville, ON
Oh Canada Ribfest @ Memorial Park
Family fun in Memorial Park July 1st-Jul 3rd! Food & drinks, live music, entertainment, games!
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
200 Hamilton Street, N, Waterdown, ON
Back Street Boys DNA World Tour @ Budweiser Stage
It’s the Back Street Boys! That’s It
909 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto, ON
Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre @oakvillecentre
Martin Barre the guitarist of Jethro Tull for over 43 years, represents an important part of classic rock history. Martin was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA for his playing on ‘Aqualung’. He earned a Grammy award in 1989 for ‘Crest of a Knave’
8p.m on Sunday too
130 Navy Street,
Sunday July 3rd
Family Storytime @ Glen Abbey-Oakville Public
Storytime includes music and songs! It’s a fun program led by an OPL staff member.
3;00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
1415 Third Line, Oakville, ON
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child @ CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre
It’s Time to Believe in Magic. A newly staged, one show magical experience
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
244 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON
Kapil Sharma @ First Ontario Centre
Get ready for peals of laughter unlike ever before! What do you get when you put the Indian Comedy in a land that loves him as much as if not more than his own? Hamilton, you are now in for a treat of a lifetime!
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
101 York Blvd., Hamilton, ON
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Sunrise, Sunset! Fabulous Corner Unit at Mint
Enjoy the sunshine at this fabulous corner unit. Sunrise will wake you in the master suite, then relax and view the stunning sunset with desert and decaf on the living room balcony.
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