Photos: Canada Day in Calgary

Thousands of Calgarians took in the dozens of events across the city

Performers from Three Left Feet pose for photos at Fort Calgary during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Calgarians by the thousands took to downtown and surrounding communities to partake in some of the many Canada Day activities going on in the city.

From live music, food trucks, entertainers, to a few hours of blue skies in the morning, there was something for everyone to do.

From the far north to the deep south of the city, communities gathered to host big events and small. From the smallest of BBQs get togethers, to the biggest of thunder-storms that postponed major musical concerts in the afternoon at Fort Calgary, it was a day to gather, to reflect, and to celebrate.

Among the central themes for this year’s Canada Day was the relationship that Calgarians have to the nation, and to each other. Chief among those themes was how to celebrate a national holiday given the complex and often difficult historical legacy of Canada, that has become forefront in conversation.

“The significance of Canada Day is that this should be a time when we are telling our stories of how we came to be here, how we were welcomed, how we succeeded, the optimism that we have for the future,” said Mayor Jyoti Gondek.

Mayor Gondek spoke at this year’s Indigenous Showcase at Powwow at Fort Calgary. Many visitors to the Fort Calgary Canada Day celebrations eschewed the traditional red and white Canada leaf t-shirts in favour of orange shirts.

“Two things can be true at the same time: We also need to lift up the stories that haven’t been told, the stories that have been suppressed, the stories that will be painful to tell and they’ll be painful to hear—Indigenous peoples stories in their languages, about the things they’ve been through, need to be told,” she said.

“Our history is complicated. We have an incredible country that we call home, and there’s history books that need to be rewritten to include everyone’s tales.”

Photos from Olympic Plaza

Dozens of Calgarians take to the water at Olympic Plaza for Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgarians take in some free music put on by ArtsXpeditions Live Music at Olympic Plaza during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Perpetual Awele Nwaefido performs at Olympic Plaza for Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A woman walks past a food truck adorned in Canadiana for Canada Day at Olympic Plaza in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Photos from the Residential School Memorial at City Hall

A family visits the memorial to the victims of Residential Schools at City Hall during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A sombre phrase saying “forever should and shall scar the nation of Canada” marks the fence at the memorial for the victims of Residential Schools at City Hall, during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Debbie Green stands next to the memorial for the victims of Residential Schools at City Hall in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. Green, who does not celebrate Canada Day, instead advocates for Canadians to have a better understanding of the country’s colonial past, and how that directly harmed First Nations peoples. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Photos from the East Village and Fort Calgary

Hundreds of Calgarians walk throughout the Canada Day booths in the East Village in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A young member of Christ Embassy Calgary Church dances on stage in the East Village during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Performers from Three Left Feet pose for photos at Fort Calgary during Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Alex Hughes performs on the TD Canada Day Stage at Fort Calgary in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A handful of boaters spent their Canada Day on the Bow River in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Thousands of Calgarians visited St. Patrick’s Island as part of Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Hundreds of Calgarians make their way on to the George C. King Bridge from Trout Beach in Canada Day in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Tipis offer visitors a chance to learn about Indigenous culture and the legacy of Residental Schools on Canada Day at Fort Calgary in Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Photos from the Indigenous Showcase and Powwow

The Grande Entry for the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Grande Entry for the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Powwow royalty prepares to walk into the Grande Entry during the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Calgary’s Mayor Jyoti Gondek walks in the Grande Entry at the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Blackfoot singers and drummers perform the Flag Song during the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A jingle dress dancer leads a mix of Calgarians from different ethnic backgrounds in the intertribal dance during the Indigenous Showcase and Powwow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dancers perform during the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Dancers perform during the Indigenous Showcase and Powow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, speaks about her experiences at Residential School during the Indigenous Showcase and Powwow during Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Hundreds of Calgarians join in on the round dance, representing unity, friendship and inclusivity, held as part of the Indigenous Showcase and Powwow as part of Canada Day at Fort Calgary on Friday, July 1, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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