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June 26, 2017
Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies at all four Canada Days locations on July 1 to mark Canada's 150th birthday
On Canada Day, Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies presented by CIBC in partnership with the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto, will take place at all Canada Days event locations, Nathan Phillips Square, Mel Lastman Square, Scarborough Civic Centre and Humber Bay Park West. The ceremonies, which invite Canadians to take the Oath of Citizenship, are part of a joint year-long pride building program across 18 Canadian communities. Full program details can be found at

"Every year Toronto welcomes thousands of people from around the world who choose to take the Oath of Canadian Citizenship and make Canada their home," said Mayor John Tory. "Taking the oath is a special and unforgettable moment in one's life. This Canada Day I encourage Torontonians to join family, friends and neighbours to take the oath and reaffirm their Canadian citizenship."

“In this momentous year of Canada 150, these Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies are a symbolic and profound way for Canadians to display their pride in this great country,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “This Canada Day, I invite the people of Toronto to make the most of the many celebrations taking place across the city. Happy Canada Day!”

“In celebration of this momentous milestone year for Canada and for CIBC, we are honoured to co-host Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies across the country, including right here in Toronto” said Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “Today we invite our nation’s largest city to Stand For Canada and join us in creating a ripple effect of national pride.”

The Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremonies during Canada Days will open with dynamic performances:

• Nathan Phillips Square, 2:45 p.m. − 150 all-Canadian drummers representing Indigenous, Caribbean, Brazilian, South Asian, African and Japanese percussion traditions.
• Mel Lastman Square, 3 p.m. − A stirring parade of drums, song and dance from Toronto's leading Afro-Brazilian drum ensemble, Baque de Bamba joined by founder and Juno-award nominee Aline Morales.
• Scarborough Civic Centre, 5:45 p.m. − A mesmerizing performance of swirling colours and intricate hoop manoeuvers by two-time world champion hoop dancer, Lisa Odjig of the Odawa/Ojibwe/Pottawatomi Nations from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island.
• Humber Bay Park West, 5:45 p.m. − A celebration of rhythm, song and movement featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto, a Toronto-based Afro-Brazilian percussion and vocal troupe.
Performances at all four sites will be followed by the recitation of the Oath of Citizenship and conclude with powerful voices leading the audience in the singing of O Canada.

Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada. The event is sponsored by National Partner, CIBC, Premier Sponsor, Tim Hortons, Official Beer Sponsor, Steam Whistle Brewing, Official Wine Sponsor, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Official Beverage Sponsor, Pepsi, Official Volunteer Sponsor, Vistaprint and Hospitality Partner, Barque.

Social media updates on Canada Days are available at and Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @SpecialEventsTO. The event hashtag is #C150TO. A custom Canada Days Snapchat geo-filter for Nathan Phillips Square will be available from June 30 at 5 p.m. to July 3 at midnight, and from 2 p.m. to midnight on July 1 at Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square.

Details on all TO Canada with Love City-produced events and other Canada 150 programs happening in Toronto, including a special Canada 150 event calendar, are available at Toronto events marking Canada's 150th birthday can be submitted to the calendar at

About TO Canada with Love
TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit

This news release is also available in French on the City's website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

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