Is jazz your thing? Come see Andrew Rathbun at the Fest! He will be playing from his new release, The Speed of Time. Here’s a sample:
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Check out the cool things that Canadiana Fest has provided South Michigan Food Bank to auction to further their mission! The cherry wood First Nations flute is gorgeous, and what hockey fan wouldn’t love the autographed 2009 Windsor Spitfires Hockey Club Championship jersey?
You can bid online at https://givebutter.com/c/SMFBAuction, or bid live at Canadiana Fest, where these items will be on display at the South Michigan Food Bank table from noon until 8 pm. Winners will have the items shipped to them directly.
Canadiana Fest is coming up on Saturday October 7, and with that comes The Great Canadian Cosplay Contest! Bring your best recreation of your favourite Canadian character and you could win a $200 voucher and two tickets to see comedian Howie Mandel at Bronze sponsor Caesar’s Windsor Hotel & Casino on Saturday, November 4. The rules are simple:
- Come to the Canadiana Fest information booth and pick up a number. We’ll pin that number to you, and if you’re here at the time of the 12:30 parade, you’re welcome to join that parade.
- There will be a team of judges moving around the park. They will choose the top 5 costumes and ask them to come up on stage at around 4:30 or 5:00, right before The Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Band plays.
- Contestants can take 30 seconds to strut their stuff and explain their costume.
- The audience will crown the winner by applause for each contestant.
Please sign up using this form. https://forms.gle/27XMwKBPStLSEzn56
Our friends at West Michigan Tourist Association and Tourism Windsor Essex are running a social media promotion on behalf of the Fest for a weekend escape to Ontario! The total value of the package is $400 and includes an overnight staty and a food and drink package! Check it out, here is the link for the Facebook Post and form.
Polli Poutine joins us to represent this iconic Canadian comfort food! Lansing, MI artist Tony Steele, who also created Kalam A. Moose, drew this up for us, and we all con-curd that he was poutine on a great character here. The fact that you’ll be able to buy a t-shirt with her on it is just gravy!
When you come to the Fest, we’ll give you this Poutine Passport. When you fil in all 8 spots after trying all 8 samples of poutine, you’ll get a button that says WORLD CHAMPINE POUTINE COMPETITION CANADIANA FEST 2023 AND I Eh’T ‘EM ALL!
If you missed your chance to go see them back in the day, join us for TOM SAWYER presents – AN EVENING OF RUSH! We are looking forward to this three hour journey through the hits and deep cuts of the Rush catalog! It’s going to be killer, so you’d better get your tickets! Here’s a small sample:
A sighting of Canadian songbird Shania Twain on the Burdick Mall sent folks running to Canadiana Fest Gold sponsor Final Gravity Brewing Company where she was about to take the stage for a gig! Wait a sec, that wasn’t Shania Twain? No! It was Shania Twin, alter ego of our own local Canadian, Lori Moore! Lori is the spokesperson for the Great Canadian Cosplay Contest.
Think you can do better? Join us on October 7 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Site and suit up as your favorite Canadian for a shot at our Grand Prize, a $200 voucher and tickets to a show at Bronze sponsor Ceasars Windsor Hotel & Casino!
When you arrive at the Fest, come to the Culture tent and we’ll pin a number on you.As you circulate the festival we’ll choose three contenders to go onstage and a winner will be chosen by audience applause. What are you waiting for? Raid your closet for the perfect costume and get your tickets now!
Isn’t this a beauty? If you know of places we can leave a poster, let us know here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a winner in our Name That Moose contest! We had a lot of funny, creative, and sometimes ribald entries, but Janet Nykaza dropped Kalam A. Moose on us, and we loved it! She’ll be attending the Fest in grand style with two VIP tickets. Honourable mention goes to Erin Dougherty Kash who gave us Callum and Kallum, so we’re setting her up with a pair of adult tickets. Our thanks to all who participated!
Tyler Technologies, through the company’s Tyler Foundation, has generously donated $1,000 to the South Michigan Food Bank on behalf of the efforts of the Canadiana Fest to stop hunger in Southern Michigan. Tyler Technologies team member and Canadiana Fest enthusiast Jax Anger-Pipe submitted a request for the grant earlier this summer. The money will go directly to the South Michigan Food bank and help fight hunger on the front lines.
Director of Development Lori Sunie at the South Michigan Food Bank responded, “We are so grateful to Jax and Tyler Technologies for their generous support. We are also honored to be the charity recipient of the Canadiana Fest; supporting a neighbor is one of the kindest gifts someone can give. Together, the Canadiana Fest, South Michigan Food Bank and Tyler Technologies are making a difference and changing lives. Thank you for joining our mission!”
You can join us in supporting the fight against hunger in Southern Michigan by visiting the South Michigan Food Bank donation page here.