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Mayor Column June 2017

Summer of 150 is finally here in East Gwillimbury and there is a full line-up of events planned for residents to stay close to home and celebrate Canada 150 and the 166th anniversary of the Township of East Gwillimbury. To kick it all off residents are invited to attend a very special Canada Day celebration at the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre. This year the event has been expanded to include live music by Eh440, DJ Demeanor, and children’s activities with inflatables and rock climbing and will wrap up with a fireworks display. To help residents enjoy the evening, free VIVA shuttles to and from the Mount Albert Lions Community Centre will be running all evening long from the Ross Family Complex, EG Sports Complex, and Civic Centre.

Following Canada Day, the music will continue. Music at Civic Square will begin July 11 with free weekly outdoor concerts every Tuesday. This summer you can enjoy great new bands including tributes to CCR, the Beatles, and an EG favourite, the Eagles tribute, Hotel California. For the second year, Music at Civic Square will be expanded to include Music on the Move with free concerts at the Holland Landing Community Centre and Ross Family Complex. 

New this summer, the Town has added Movies in the Park to the summer line-up. Each movie highlights Canadian culture and film. The first movie will be The Legend of Sarila at the Ross Family Complex on July 20, the next will be held at the Sharon Temple on July 27 and feature the classic film, Anne of Green Gables. Finally, the summer of events will close out with an ode to East Gwillimbury’s own John Candy, showing the film Cool Runnings at Anchor Park. Please visit the Town’s website for a full schedule and note that music and movie events are weather dependent given they are held outdoors. 

Each year we look to change and improve our events with help from local sponsors and input from the community. Residents can provide feedback on what you would like to see for future events through the Health & Active Living Survey which will be launched this summer. The survey will gather feedback from residents about what services, programs and facilities you would like to see in your community over the next 10 years. 

A reminder that we are currently underway with our photo contest #EGproud! The contest was built around the community hashtag #EGproud. Residents are invited to submit both new and historical photos that reflect what makes East Gwillimbury such a great Town. All the photos will be shared on Facebook for voting at the end of summer and the winning photos will be featured in a 2018 Town calendar.

There will be many great photo opportunities this summer at our Town events. Be sure to capture some signature shots and enter your photos into the Town’s summer photo contest. 

Have a safe and happy summer!