City’s Canada Day festivities digital in 2020 due to pandemic

Riverside Park will not be filled with smells of delicious ethnic eats come July 1, nor will artwork line the popular green space — but that doesn’t mean Canada Day is cancelled.

The city announced on Wednesday it will be providing a virtual Canada Day celebration in partnership with Kamloops Arts Council, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to a city press release, the event will come courtesy of funding from Heritage Canada and will include musical performances, artists and interactive activities.

The virtual line-up has not yet been finalized, but so far includes performances by: Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Multicultural Society and Ukrainian dancers. Interactive activities are also planned for children. Parents can pick up a list of supplies in advance and plan for face-painting and a science experiment. Facepainting supplies needed include: two to three paint colours, a paint brush, cup of water and towel or wipe, with makeup sponges and glitter optional.

The annual Canada Day celebration at Riverside Park would have been two weeks away and typically draws tens of thousands to the park.

The province has banned mass gatherings in an effort to curb spread of the novel coronavirus until a time when widespread treatment or vaccination is possible. This summer’s Ribfest, another annual event that draws thousands to Riverside Park, has already been cancelled due to the pandemic.

For a Canada Day event schedule, information on how to access the livestream and a list of supplies to pick up in order to participate in the kids activities, go online to kamloops.ca/canadaday. The list of events planned for the day has not yet been finalized, with more expected.

It all gets underway beginning at 11 a.m. on July 1.

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