Canada 150

Posted at 9:45 am on July 18, 2017

The Mayor of Antigonish never doubted the national pride of her town, and a recent recognition strengthened that belief. During the Antigonish Street Fair, a large Canada 150 banner was painted on Main Street, and was recognized as being the largest created nation wide.
Mayor Laurie Boucher says the street fair was a great success this year, which helped increase community pride around the 150 banner. She says it was great to be honoured.
Overall, Boucher says she was extremely pleased with all the events that happened in July, including Canada Day, the Street Fair and the Highland Games.

Posted at 10:37 am on July 10, 2017

Damp weather didn’t stop the Town of Antigonish from ringing in Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations. Rain and fog forced some events indoors, which was a silver lining according to the town’s mayor.
Laurie Boucher says she liked the intimacy of the indoor concert that was forced to come inside as a result of bad weather. She says that a large group of people were able to put together a great day:
Boucher would like to thank town and county residents who came out to the celebrations and helped make it a success. She says a dedicated group of volunteers and community members is part of the reason why Antigonish is such a great place to call home.

Posted at 8:45 am on July 10, 2017

The Town of Antigonish is in the running for a new national honor. During the Highland Games Street Fair held yesterday, a Canada 150 banner was painted on Main Street after 2 months of planning by engineer, Ron Kent.

The final measurement of the banner was 150 feet long by 12 feet wide, putting it in the lead for largest Canada 150 banner country wide. The banner is larger than one that was produced in a Toronto courtyard, and another that was used as the finish line for the Ottawa Marathon.

If people would like to take a picture of the banner, be sure to do it soon, as it will wash away after our next rainfall. A picture of the nations biggest Canada 150 banner can be found on the 989 XFM Facebook page.

Posted at 9:54 am on June 27, 2017

 The Town of New Glasgow is ready to celebrate Canada Day – 24 hours early. The Town will be holding their celebrations on Friday night in order to not compete with the neighbouring town, Westville.
Director of Marketing and Communications for New Glasgow, Kim Dickson, says Friday will be jammed pack from start to finish. The day will feature a street fair, a new water park for children, an ice cream social with the Mayor, and great local music:
Events kick off at 10:00 AM and continue all day until the fireworks at 10:00 PM. Dickson says residents will see many cultural events throughout the summer, as the town continues to celebrate Canada 150 all year.

Posted at 9:15 am on June 7, 2017

With the calendar now showing June, we are less than a month away from celebrating Canada day in Antigonish. Planning has been underway since early January to make the celebrations in the town extravagant to help ring in Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Town Councillor Andrew Murray is excited to say that this years Canada Day celebrations will be one to remember. A few memorable surprises are lined up for the evening time:

Murray encourages people to be arrive at the concert and show and 7:00 in order to see a very important announcement. A local Canada choir will provide entertainment, as well as “Jug in Hand” through the evening.

Posted at 10:23 am on April 28, 2017

The town and county of Antigonish is looking for vocal talent to help celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. As part of the July 1st celebrations, the Canada 150 committee is looking to put together a choral group that will perform some songs to help celebrate this momentous year in Canada’s history.

Councillor Andrew Murray is the chairperson for the Canada 150 committee. He says the 50 member choral group will accept people with any musical ability:


People interested will need to register through the town’s website, and are expected to take part in 4 rehearsals. Murray says the 150 committee has been busy, and has many more exciting announcements to roll out soon.

Posted at 10:34 am on April 25, 2017

Plans are already underway for Canada’s big birthday celebration for the 150th anniversary this year. Town council is already in the stages on organizing the celebration that is planned to happen on July 1st.

Mayor Laurie Boucher says council is excited about the summer months and celebrations around Canada 150. Planning for the July 1st weekend has been in the works now for months:



No official plans have been unveiled for Canada Day weekend, but Mayor Boucher says there will be more to announce soon.

Posted at 10:21 am on March 22, 2017

A project is in the works for a Canada 150 Legacy Project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Antigonish County Warden Russell Boucher mentioned that the Director of Recreation provided an update regarding the legacy project during this months committee of the whole meeting.
Boucher says the goal is to have a pavilion, possibly located in one of the local schools, to help commemorate the anniversary. County Council has set aside $45, 500 toward the project. Boucher says they are waiting to see what the next step is:
Boucher says the project totals $150,000, and they will be also be looking for funding from the Provincial and Federal government to assist in the project.