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2019 Canada Winter Games

Inaugural Canada Games Torch Relay kicks of in Ottawa



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  • First-Ever National MNP Canada Games Torch Relay Kicks Off

    Thursday, 4th October 2018

    (Ottawa, Ontario) – Today, the first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay kicked off on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Canada Games flag was raised across the country in past Host Communities. As part of Canada Games tradition, the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch was lit from the Centennial Flame with guest of honour Minister of Sport, Kirsty Duncan. The Canada Games Torch Lighting is a significant element of the Games and has united communities across the nation for the past 51 years. In celebration of the lighting of the torch, past Canada Games Host Communities raised the Canada Games flag. For the first time in the history of the Canada Games, the Roly McLenahan torch now embarks on a relay across Canada before arriving in Red Deer, Alberta for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 15, 2019.

    “The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is an exciting opportunity to share the spirit of the Canada Games across the nation,” said Lyn Radford, Board Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society. “We are proud to partner with MNP to deliver the first-ever national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay and celebrate sport and culture in communities across the nation from now until the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.”

    “This inaugural MNP Canada Games Torch Relay will give Canadians across the country the opportunity to experience the true spirit of the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. “The flame will pass through communities in every region of the country providing Canadians an opportunity to cheer on our athletes as they strive for excellence but also to be inspired by their love of sport.”

    “Alberta is proud to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism. “We will be eagerly watching the torch as it makes its way across the country before arriving in the heart of Alberta. Good luck to all the torchbearers and we look forward to welcoming you to Alberta soon.”

    “As the torch starts its journey on the road to Red Deer, it provides a unique opportunity for our fellow Canadians to become a part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in their respective communities,” said City of Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer. “Through the torch, Canadians from coast to coast to coast across our country will become a part of the energy and excitement that Red Deer will experience this February when we welcome the nation to our city”.

    “We are thrilled that the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is now underway and that the iconic Roly McLenahan Torch is set to travel across our beautiful country, galvanizing Canadian pride for youth and sport,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council Chairman. “The Torch visits communities that have hosted past editions of the Canada Games and a feeling of nostalgia and effervescence is sure to take over as residents reminisce about how impactful the Canada Games were to their city and community.”

    “For MNP, the opportunity to participate in the coast-to-coast Torch Relay is a real honour and a wonderful way for us, as a ‘Made in Canada’ firm, to celebrate our 60th anniversary,” said Jason Tuffs, Chief Executive Officer of MNP. “We wish all the athletes, their families, Games organizers, leadership and volunteers a fun and successful 2019 Canada Winter Games.”

    The first torch relay stop is Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 9 and then the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay heads west visiting almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of torch relay and community celebration stops before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games.

    Torch relays are hosted in 26 communities, information on torchbearers is available at

    For the complete MNP Canada Games Torch Relay schedule, please visit

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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    Gord Bamford and The Reklaws perform at the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza on Friday, February 22



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    Australian-born and Alberta-raised, Gord Bamford stands as one of the most-decorated artists in Canadian country music.

    Gord Bamford has 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards, multi JUNO nominations and the only two-time winner out of Nashville’s Country Music Association (CMA)receiving the 2013 & 2015 CMA Global Country Artist award. His distinctive sound and songwriting ability define Gord Bamford as one of country music’s best neo-traditional artists.

    Here is a video of Gord Bamford’s latest single “Dive Bar”, from his current album Neon Smoke, hits #1 on the Nielsen BDS Country Airplay Chart.

    Raised in rural Ontario, The Reklaws are comprised of the brother-sister duo Jenna and Stuart Walker.

    The pair has spent long hours in Nashville crafting their songs and their efforts have paid off as they came back with an infectious sound, with an authentic mix of pop and country and a “soundtrack-to-your-summer” vibe.

    Here is a video of the Reklaws lead single  “Long Live The Night”, which has been the most streamed song in all of Canadian country music released in 2018.

    The “Dome” at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Celebration Plaza is a heated facility and concerts are free to the public. Get out and enjoy some world class concerts during the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

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    Live music.. Live theatre.. Craft beer tasting.. and Queen Elsa! Downtown Red Deer on Friday



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  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation

    From January 20 to March 10, 2019, the Red Deer Museum + art gallery (MAG) is presenting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Metis Nation. The MAG has augmented the core exhibition, which is organized and circulated by Library and Archives Canada with artefacts and stories of the Metis in Central Alberta. Visitors are invited to imagine themselves as fur traders in our selfie, station, try dancing a Metis jig, and learn a few phrases of the Michif language.  For a complete list of activities go to:

    • Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, 4525 – 47A Avenue
    • 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

    Meet Queen Elsa

    Join Queen Elsa to celebrate the magic of Winter on Little Gaetz (50) Avenue! From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Elsa will be available for meet & greets and photos. Stroll with her along Little Gaetz (50) Avenue between 48 & 49 Street. This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Photos are allowed.  Feel free to use your own camera or cell phone for pictures.

    • Little Gaetz Avenue, 50 Ave & 49 St
    • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Live Lunch Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

    Friday, February 22 from 12 – 1 p.m.: Art Barker

    • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
    • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


    Koselig Corner with the Norwegian Laft Hus

    The Laft Hus will be open during the Canada Winter Games! We are going to serve as your cozy hideout in Rotary Recreation Park with Norwegian snacks, hot beverages, and a fireplace to get cozy in front of. We encourage you to bundle up and come out to learn a little bit about Norwegian winter sports with us. Try out one of our kicksleds, or some vintage cross country skis. For our little visitors we will have some crazy carpets, but you are welcome to bring your own sled to enjoy the park!

    • Norwegian Laft Hus, 4402-47 Ave, Heritage Square
    • 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Central Alberta Youth Pride

    Ages 12 – 21 ONLY Open to all LGBTQ+ young adults and rainbow allies. Make friends, chat with mentors, have fun and just be yourself in a welcoming, supportive community SAFE space. Nervous about attending your first meet-up? We can help! Call and book a meet and greet with group facilitators: Kate (587-434-0301) or Rhys (587-436-5779)

    • Red Deer Public Library – Downtown Branch, 4914 48 Av
    • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM


    Join Eco-Tree for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with Sawing for Schools.

    • Little Gaetz Avenue , 4815 50 Avenue
    • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

    52° North Music + Cultural Festival

    This free, non-ticketed outdoor festival includes a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy from February 16 to March 1. Activities include: Artisan Avenue and Alberta Craft Council markets, Crokicurl, Snow Maze, Ice Slide, Skating and so much more!

    • Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, 5205 48th Ave
    • 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    Craft Beverage Sampling

    Come downtown to sample local fare and taste beer, spirits & sodas at The Scott Block Theatre.  We’ve teamed up with local restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide a menu that is crafted right here in central Alberta.  It’s a great stop to make on your way home from work or on your way to the 52˚ North Music + Cultural Festival.  Craft Beverage Sampling happens from 4 – 7 p.m. February 22, 23, 28, March 1 & 2. Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Sampling tickets are $1 each. Today’s breweries are Albeerta, Belly Hop Brewing, Sawback Brewing Co and Undercurrent Brewing.  Food is by Original Joes.  Entertainment provided by Ryan Marchant.

    • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue
    • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


    Live Evening Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

    Friday, February 22 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Art Barker

    • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
    • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    Chainsaw Carving

    Come watch Chainsaw Spirit turn wood into unique pieces of art! Each carving takes approximately 30 minutes and is outdoors. Proudly sponsored by ENMAX.

    • Little Gaetz , 4815 50 Avenue
    • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

    Central Alberta Film Festival – Weeknight Screenings

    The 3rd annual Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) is a 4 day showcase of Albertan, Canadian, and international films taking place at Carnival Cinemas in Red Deer, February 20-23, 2019. Film descriptions, screening times, and tickets are available at Tickets for individual feature films or thematic groups of short films (Drama, Cultural, Horror, etc.) are $10 each. Industry Passes for the full four day festival, including the special screening and awards ceremony, are $100-$120. Tickets for the special screening and awards ceremony are $30-$40.

    • Carnival Cinemas, 5402 47 St
    • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


    Bullskit Comedy Late Night Winter Games Edition

    An insane mix of sketch, improv, music and weird talents. It’s our own spin on late night TV shows like Letterman, Fallon, etc. A host, “celebrity guests” maybe an animal show. This one should get pretty wild.

    • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50th avenue
    • 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

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    fri15feb - 3marfeb 151:00 ammar 32019 Canada Winter Games1:00 am - (march 3) 1:00 am Red Deer

    sat23feb1:00 pm- 4:00 pmMAGSaturday @ the MuseumMAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every week! 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    sun24feb11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    wed27feb12:30 pm- 1:00 pmBusiness Professionals Video Lecture LunchThis course explains high-level business concepts in simple ways. 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm