By Jason Pan / Staff Reporter
Canada Day celebrations are due to return on Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Celebration Canada outdoor event is scheduled to take place at Taipei Expo Park from 1-9 p.m. and admission is free.
Taipei’s Canadian Trade Director, Executive Director Jordan Reeves made the announcement on June 6.
Shawn DeVries, a Canadian who has run an English-language school in Miaoli City for more than 20 years, said he would attend the event because it’s important that Canada Day celebrations take place outdoors.
“In the past, I’ve done several hikes from Miaoli to Taipei on…Canada Day…to enjoy Canadian camaraderie, delicious treats and music, rekindling some of those distant memories” , he told the Taipei Times.
“After the last two years of living through the pandemic, I am ready to do this park in Taipei Expo Park this year,” he said.
DeVries said it’s a Canadian tradition to go out for a picnic and barbecue on July 1 to enjoy nature, “surrounded by trees, green grass, winds and clouds in the sky. – for the great outdoors”.
This year’s Canada Day event will have a special feature – the “Haute Couture in Canada” fashion show combining a contest of Taiwanese super models at 4:45 p.m., organizers announced.
People can try poutine (fries with cheese curds and gravy), beaver tail and other traditional Canadian dishes, while enjoying musical performances and the fashion show with Canadian beer, which would be supplied by Taiwanese and Canadian food and beverage vendors at the venue, said organizers, which include the trade office, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, Northland Power and Air Canada.
This year’s event will feature musical performances by Canada Day All Star Band, The Rockits (blues), Jim Hauer (folk rock), Pangolin (rock), Infrasound (funk/soul) and Balkazar (Balkan funk), have added the organizers. .
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