City of Windsor Signature Events
Celebrating2017 Signature Events will be inclusive, immersive, interactive and energizing – can’t-miss events offering unforgettable experiences all year long. City of Windsor Signature Events currently include:
Windsor125 - The City of Windsor's 125th Birthday Celebration
Friday, May 19th, 2017 and Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Our birthday party commemorates the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Windsor (April 14, 1892) through a vibrant festival of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, historical interpretation and storytelling, literary arts, film, food and more in and around Downtown Windsor. The event includes evening activities on both Friday and Saturday in Downtown Windsor: the University of Windsor's Night Flight pole vault event; the Annual Mayor’s Walk along the waterfront on Saturday morning; the Ceremony for the Raising of the Great Canadian Flag at the foot of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive; a First Nations presentation; a reading of the City’s Act of Incorporation; readings from our Poet Laureate; entertainment stages; an artist/artisan market; a children’s arts and activities zone; community art activities; free admission at the Chimczuk Museum; and much more! This event is made possible through generous funding from Canadian Heritage's Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage grant from the Government of Canada.
2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup (99th Edition)
May 18 to 28, 2017
The City of Windsor partners with the Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club to host the 2017 MasterCard Memorial Cup at the WFCU Centre. The event will feature the host Spitfires along with the champions of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
This is the first time the prestigious national championship returns to the City of Windsor since 1981.
www.windsor2017.com www.windsorspitfires.com www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca
Symbolic Windsor City Council Meeting - Heritage Re-enactment
Date / Time / Location TBD
Assent was given to the Incorporation of the City of Windsor on April 14, 1892. To commemorate this moment, and in keeping with the year of celebratory and commemorative events, plans are underway to host a special meeting of Windsor City Council.
City Councillors will dress in period clothing and, at the start of the meeting, will read An Act to incorporate the City of Windsor – Assented to 14th, April, 1892.
Canada Day 150 and an Official Canadian Citizenship Ceremony
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Our Canada Day celebrations will include our annual Canada Day Parade from historic Walkerville to Downtown Windsor, and entertainment and activities at Festival Plaza.
We will feature an Official Canadian Citizenship Ceremony with new and existing Canadians gathering to take or re-state the Oath of Citizenship (Canada) in a shared Canadian celebration.
Open Streets Windsor: Ontario 150 Edition
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Open Streets are unique events, held in over 100 cities in North America, that temporarily close roadways to vehicular traffic, allowing people of all ages and abilities to use them for healthy and fun physical activities (i.e. walking, cycling, yoga).
Open Streets Windsor encourages active transportation, physical activity, community-building initiatives, and provides a chance for local businesses and organizations to participate on the route. The Ontario150 edition of Open Streets Windsor will include an immersive Ontario150 Hub. This event is made possible through generous funding from the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Program, through the Government of Ontario
Canadian Celebration Tulips
Displayed throughout 2017
Displayed at Jackson Park, Dieppe Gardens, Coventry Gardens, and more
The Canada 150 tulip, the official tulip of Canada’s 150th
anniversary, bears a striking resemblance to our maple leaf flag. The National Commission has partnered with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Home Hardware (exclusive retailer of this special tulip bulb) and Communities in Bloom for distribution of the Canada 150 tulip. These tulips were planted in 2016 and will bloom this year in the City of Windsor’s Jackson Park, Dieppe Gardens and Coventry Gardens (to name a few locations).
Military Anniversaries and Important Dates
Each year, the City of Windsor works with local military organizations to showcase important anniversary dates that mark moments in history when Canadians fought for freedom. In 2017, some of the important anniversary dates include the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid (typically recognized on August 19th); the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (typically recognized on August 9th); and the annual Remembrance Day Service on November 11th at the Cenotaph at City Hall Square, which provides an opportunity for the community to gather together to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of Canadians all across the Nation.
On August 12th, 2017, the Windsor Veterans Memorial Services Committee will hold a memorial service to honour the soldiers from WWI at 11:00 a.m. at the WWI Monument at the corner of Ypres and Hall.
A Group Of Seven - Windsor 125 Poet Laureate Project
Dates / Times / Locations TBD
City of Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais has a mandate to write about the City’s past through poetry. He has gathered a group of poets from the community to write about our local heritage. Calling themselves A Group of Seven, these poets will each have the mission of writing poems about our heritage, celebrating the women and men, places and events that tell our story.
The goal is to place the poems in public places and on the Windsor Culture Map, and – eventually – to publish the poems in a volume through Black Moss Press. Readings will be scheduled throughout the year to unveil the poems.
Museum Windsor - Special Temporary Exhibits
Windsor 125 and Canada 150
The Museum Windsor team will be interpreting and presenting our history all year long with several unique exhibits - both permanent and temporary - on display at both the François Baby House, and the Chimczuk Museum. The Signature Exhibit, “Windsor in 1867 and 1967 – a Sesquicentennial Exhibit” that will open sometime in June of 2017.
While the François Baby House will continue to present the exhibits "Windsor and the War of 1812" and "Windsor's French Roots", the Chimczuk Museum will offer "Fakes & Forgeries - Yesterday and Today" (January 24-May 28, 2017), "Road to Freedom and the Civil War" (February 2-April 1, 2017), and "The Windsor Spitfires in Jerseys" (February 18-April 1, 2017). For additional information on the museum and its upcoming exhibits, visit www.museumwindsor.ca.
Opening the City of Windsor's Centennial "W" Time Capsule (1992)
As part of the City of Windsor's Celebrating2017 events, we will open the time capsule that was filled and sealed in 1992, on Canada's 125th Anniversary. The capsule was designed by Windsor Factory Supply and Aldon Sheet Metal and was on display in the lobby of Windsor City Hall for many years. Some of the items sealed in the time capsule include a Centennial Calendar; Centennial Watch; CKWW Recording of "Centennial Moment"; Windsor Military Band Cassette; Centennial lapel pin; Birth of a City music soundtrack and programme; baseball signed at the City-County Baseball game; sample of names quilt from AIDS project; Centennial wine label; Windsor Symphony Programme poster; First day Issue of Canada Post Centennial cancellation stamp; photo of first baby of 1992, and a copy of the hospital's Centennial Baby certificate; set of Canada 125 coins; photo of Windsor City Council; Christmas tree ornaments from Dieppe Gardens and Willistead Manor; Windsor Star December 31st, 1992 edition; and a Message from the Mayor. The "W" will also be displayed as part of the Museum Windsor exhibit "Windsor in 1867 and 1967 - A Sesquicentennial Exhibit".
Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.