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2019 Canada Winter Games

June 30 deadline fast-approaching to nominate a torchbearer

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  • Nominate a torchbearer by June 30 for the first national MNP Canada Games Torch Relay coming to a number of central Alberta communities from January 23 until February 15, 2019.
    Starting in fall 2018, the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay visits almost 50 communities across Canada through a series of celebrations and torch relay stops, with 10 to 15 torchbearers in each torch relay community carrying the the Roly McClenahan Canada Games Torch.

    Torchbearers across the 26 torch relay stops are selected following a nomination process on the 2019 Games website that closes June 30.

    “I encourage everyone across Canada and throughout Alberta to find the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay stop near them and nominate an outstanding individual in their community for the honour in being a torchbearer in this historic relay,” said Lyn Radford, 2019 Canada Winter Games Board Chair.

    “What a fantastic opportunity to recognize the youth, sport and community builders across our nation who are making an impact in our communities.”  “The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate community spirit across Canada and we’re honoured to participate in the torchbearer nomination process!” said Jason Tuffs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MNP.

    “We’re excited to discover the unique stories behind the candidates chosen to carry the Roly McClenahan Canada Games Torch. For 60 years, MNP has developed strong ties in each of the locations along the relay, so we’re especially proud of the focus these vibrant, big-hearted communities will garner. Join us in shining a spotlight across Canada!”

    The MNP Canada Games Torch Relay is a significant element of the Canada Games and has united communities across the nation for the past 51 years. It officially starts in Ottawa from the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill on October 4, 2018, and visits almost 50 communities across Canada before arriving in Red Deer for the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Games on February 15, 2019. For more details on the MNP Canada Games Torch Relay stops and the torchbearer nomination process, please visit canadagames.ca/2019/mnptorchrelay.

    The 2019 Canada Winter Games will take place from February 15 until March 3, 2019.  The eyes of the nation will be on Red Deer, Alberta as we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games – the largest multi-sport and cultural event for youth in Canada and the largest event to be hosted in Red Deer’s history. Featuring over 150 events in 19 sports and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 100,000 spectators, with a forecasted economic impact of over $132 million. The 27th edition of the Canada Games, the 2019 Games is set to provide a stage for Canada’s next generation of national, international and Olympic champions to compete and will leave a legacy for athletic and leadership greatness in Red Deer and central Alberta. This is our moment. For more information on the 2019 Games, please visit: canadagames.ca

    MNP is one of the largest national accounting and consulting firms in Canada, providing client-focused accounting, taxation and consulting advice. National in scope and local in focus, MNP has proudly served individuals and public and private companies for 60 years. Through the development of strong relationships, MNP provides personalized strategies and a local perspective to help them succeed. For more information on MNP, visit www.mnp.ca.

    Read more stories about the 2019 Canada Winter Games on Todayville.


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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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    2019 Canada Winter Games

    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: www.reddeermuseum.com..

    • 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

    Woodworking

    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 www.cafilmfestival.ca/2019-selected-films/. 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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