Today is Canada Day, and tens of thousands of festival-goers are expected to join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and other organizers and supporters as they celebrate the country’s national event with festivities lasting two days that run until 8pm today at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei.
More than 30 booths treat visitors to Canadian food, drinks, crafts, games and services ranging from travel to business opportunities in Canada. For children, members from the Chinese Taipei Ice Hockey League offer interested youngsters crash courses in the Canada’s national sport.
Other participating businesses and institutes include event organizers Alleycat’s, Lion Travel and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei as well as Carnegie’s Taipei, burger joint Evans, music promoter Telymark and Animals Taiwan, a non-profit organization promoting animal welfare.
Eating and drinking aside, bands such as reggae outfit High Tide, progressive rock band Resident Aliens and Adoga, a pop rock group, will take the stage from 2pm to 7pm.
The celebration is scheduled to end on a high note with a concert by Anvil, a legendary Canadian heavy metal band, at Legacy Taipei, located inside the Center Five Hall (中五館) at the park. Anvil! The Story of Anvil, an award-winning documentary about the band, will be shown at 1:30pm and 4pm today in Building 2 East A.
Previously held as a paid festivity at Baishawan (白沙灣), the event, dubbed Celebration Canada, is open to public for free for the first time this year.
Chairman for the chamber’s Canada Day Committee, Patrick Lin, said the organizers brought the event to Taipei in the hope that it would attract more people.
“There have been around 3,000 visitors each year. We expect 30,000 people to join us this year,” Lin said. “It’s a place to share cultures and have fun.”
This year’s Canada Day celebration is also a charity event with five percent of the total revenue is to be donated to Zhi-shan Foundation Taiwan, which helps Aboriginal youngsters in Taiwan and poor children overseas.