There is a lot planned for this year to celebrate Canada Day in St. George.
You may have noticed that the St. George Cenotaph has been missing for a few weeks – it is being restored up in Cambridge. There is a new base that has been poured to support the Cenotaph and a new walkway and benches and flower pots will be installed.
The unveiling and Re-Dedication of the Cenotaph will be taking place on July 1st at 5 pm.
Our special guest for this event will be seven time East Coast Music Award winner TERRY KELLY.
On the base of the Cenotaph we have received permission to inscribe lines from Terry Kelly`s touching song, A Pittance of Time.
There will be speeches, a song or two from Terry Kelly, laying of wreaths and then the serving of Birthday Cake and other refreshments afterwards.
During the morning and afternoon there will also be a lot to do.
The St George Volunteer Firefighters, teaming up with the St. George Lions Club, are hosting a pancake breakfast at the Fire Station to start the day.
On the Main Street of St. George, which will be closed for most of the day from the lights down to the post office corner, there will be lots of music and other activities to enjoy.
Musical guests include JAMES GORDON – who we have asked to perform a children’s music set. He is well know to many adults for his work with the band Tamarack and also his songs on the CBC radio show Basic Black. We have invited James to do a children’s show as an introduction to a project we are planning for the Fall – where he will work with local students to compose, perform and produce a CD of original songs to celebrate the St George BICENTENNIAL in 2014.
James Gordon is scheduled to kick off the music schedule at 11am. For more information on James, visit www. jamesgordon.ca
Also on the stage will be local favorite GARY GRAY with his band THE NATURE OF THINGS. Gary has played many times for us on Canada Day, last year as a solo act, but he is especially excited about his band and how well their practices have been going. He is a master of the guitar solo and his fingers will be flying on Canada Day.
We have invited back JEAN ST. PIERRE – also known as STOMPIERRE – who performs the music of the late Stompin’ Tom Connors in English and French (but mostly in English for us).
DANIELLE BEAUDIN will be making her first appearance at one of our Canada Day events, but she has played shows at the St George Legion as well as in venues in Hamilton, Burlington, Stoney Creek and Brantford. She has several videos on her website and is working towards finishing her first CD. To get a sample of what to expect visit www.daniellebeaudin.com
We have asked Danielle to sing O Canada at the Cenotaph ceremony as well – which will be fitting as her grandfather is one of our local veterans.
TERRY KELLY will be playing a full set on our Main Street Stage before joining us for the Cenotaph Re-Dedication ceremony. He has a brand new CD out and is excited to be a part of our celebrations. Visit www.terry-kelly.com to learn more and to watch his videos.
We will also have clowns on hand and other children’s activities.
Bring a lawn chair to enjoy all the great music on the Main Street – between 11 am and 5 pm.
Independent of the Main Street events, the St. George Firefighters will again host their FIRE AND THUNDER Fireworks Display at King William Park starting at approx. 10 pm.