Thus far, the summer of 2013 in these parts has just been horrible. Somehow, Canada Day festivities in the City of Côte Saint-Luc beat the rain - but barely. As our fireworks display was about to begin, light showers began to fall. The ceremony went on as planned and about 10 minutes after it concluded the sky opened up.
Thousands turned out for our always spectacular Canada Day celebrations at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park. Congratulations to event co-chairs, Councillors Glenn J. Nashen and Ruth Kovac, and Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff and his amazing team. Highlights of the event included a well appreciated live performance by Bowser and Blue and the induction of Jackie Robinson on the Human Rights Walkway.
Free pedal boat rides on Centennial Lake began at 1 pm. There was a model airplane show during the afternoon as well as inflatable games. Our traditional Canadian citizenship ceremony took place at 5 pm., presided over by Judge Barbara Seal. Howard Liebman represented Liberal MP for Mount Royal Irwin Cotler with his usual class.
Radio personalities Dan Laxer and Dr. Laurie Betito served as our emcees. Canada Day cupcakes were served, sponsored by Scotiabank Westminster. Food concessions were busy all night long, from Dizengoff Kosher and Dominos' Pizza to some yummy desert from Heidi Chenoy and her team from Yeh!Yogurt at Quartier Cavendish.
There was live music by HI-FI Showband, the Montreal West Operatic Society, and Raffi’s Accordion. CSL singer Alexandra Cohen performed the national anthem just prior to the fireworks.
Children’s activities included a magic show, the children’s train, storytelling, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and more. Janine West of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library had a display as well. Event sponsors included The Suburban, Canadian Heritage, Domino’s Pizza, RBC, Bureau En Gros, Quartier Cavendish, Scotiabank, Qualitifruits, MAAC, Century 21, and Universel Inc. D'Arcy McGee Liberal MNA Lawrence Bergman joined us after arriving from Quebec City where the National Assembly adopted back to work legislation for construction workers. Mayor Anthony Housefather gave a spirited address.
Nobody does Canada Day like Côte Saint-Luc!!
The Yeh! Yogurt team headed by Mitch Simon and Heidi Chenoy.
Janine West and Councillor Sam Goldbloom.
Councillor Glenn J. Nashen and his four year old son Jeremy.
Lt.Col. Yaacov Perez (third from the right) from Israel and his family joined the celebrations.
Councillor Dida Berku and her mom.
The Hi Fi Showband.
One of the many blowup slides.