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By Andrew C.C. Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

Canada Day celebrations take place in New Taipei City this weekend and Greater Taichung and Greater Kaohsiung next weekend.

Photo Courtesy of Canadian Society in Taiwan

The North American nation best known for amiability celebrates its 144th birthday this year with a series of events across Taiwan.

The Canadian Society in Taiwan will hold its annual Canada D’eh beach party in Baishawan (白沙灣) from 2pm to midnight tomorrow. The event drew 3,000 attendees last year and the organizer is expecting 4,000 participants this year.

Chinese Canadian rocker band IO, Aboriginal reggae band Matzka (瑪斯卡) and electric blues band BoPoMoFo (ㄅㄆㄇㄈ) will perform. Other activities include dancing, fireworks, beach volleyball, soccer, tug-of-war and a barbecue. ICRT’s Terry Engels will host the event while DJ Rick Kraft will man the turntables. Whistler Beer, wine and Bacardi will be available as well as soft drinks.

Free shuttle buses will run between the Hongshulin MRT Station (紅樹林捷運站) on the Red Line and the beach party every five to 10 minutes between 2pm and midnight. Admission is NT$700, which includes four food and drink coupons. More details are available online at www.canadiansociety.org

Taichung’s first annual Canada Day Fair will be held on July 2 at the Chung Jen Park (崇仁公園) and Chung Jen Community Center (崇仁活動中心) beginning at 2pm, with live outdoor music by Canadian musician Nick Fothergill, among others.

Activities for the young and old include face painting, a three-legged race and balloon twisting.

Evening festivities run from 9pm to 2am and will be held indoors at the adjacent community center (59, Liouchuan W Rd Sec 1, Greater Taichung, 台中市柳川西路一段59號). Vocal/guitar duo Bailey will perform, as will party band Wailin’ Soul.

A similar event will be held in Kaohsiung on July 2 from noon to 10pm at Sizihwan Beach (西子灣) near Sizihwan MRT Station (西子灣捷運站). There will be family activities, food and drinks, and live music by Dirty Southern Rituals. DJ Don Cherry will perform into the night. Admission is NT$200 for adults and free for kids under 120cm. (Children over 120cm pay NT$30.) Contact Ryan Parsons at 0970-764-297 for details.

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