The 44th Edition of the Canada Day celebrations on July 1st, 2015 in Deux-Montagnes went off without any cancellations or postponement of scheduled activities, despite the numerous rain showers and other weather challenges. As one of the few Canada Day events in the Greater Montreal area not cancelled due to the weather, the fun and music brought out throughout the day more than 5,000 people of all ages from Deux-Montagnes, the surrounding communities of the MRC, and from all parts of the Greater Montreal and Laurentian regions.
The day kicked off under light showers with the Parade down Oka Road. The Mills brothers, firemen Bradley, Randy & Stewart walked with the parade in honour of their father, former City Fire Director Ray Mills, this year’s Parade Marshall. The Forever Young Theater Group performed our national anthem at City Hall, followed by a brief speech from Deux-Montagnes’ mayor, Denis Martin.
The Parade, with the participation of the Royal Canadian Legion Branches 185, 216 and 251, and the Deux-Montagnes Cadets – Navy League 107, then made its way down to Central Park. The opening ceremonies featured an encore presentation of the National Anthem, and speeches from Mayor Martin, our federal Member of Parliament Laurin Liu and our provincial Member of the National Assembly, Benoit Charrette. Mr. Mills showed some civic pride in addressing those on hand for the ceremonies, and was presented with gifts from both the City of Deux-Montagnes and the Canada Day Committee.
Despite the rain throughout various parts of the afternoon, the live music went on as scheduled, with seven separate performances in all. Our traditional activities were held, such as Bingo, the Horseshoe Tournament (doubles & singles), the Kids Races and the Egg Toss. And the inflatable games for the kids never stopped the whole day. Four different teams competed to make a giant puzzle of the Canadian flag, in honour of its 50th birthday in 2015. In past years, many people would leave the field during rain showers, but this year, celebrants were determined to tough out the inclement conditions.
Concerns for the fireworks and the evening concerts were alleviated as the skies began to clear. In the end, nearly 3,000 people were on hand to see our headlining band, the Blushing Brides, North America’s foremost Rolling Stones tribute band, who brought many of their fans from all over Quebec to Deux-Montagnes to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Maurice Raymond, lead singer of the Blushing Brides, counted down the start of the fireworks show, which thrilled the families and partygoers on hand.
“We have a tremendous group of volunteers who persevered the tough conditions to make Canada Day another great success,” said Dave Byers, President of the Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes. “I must thank all the volunteers, as well as the City of Deux-Montagnes for all of the manpower and financial resources that they dedicate to making this a successful event and to shining a bright light on our community.”
With a new web site: www.celebrationcanada-mrcdm.ca, and a greater reach in terms of marketing efforts in the region (including ads on CHOM 97.7), the Committee looks eagerly towards the 45th edition of Canada Day in 2016 as the event grows in stature and notoriety in the Greater Montreal and Laurentian region.
The Committee would like to thank the following organizations for their support in making the day a great success:
- Partners: City of Deux-Montagnes, The Government of Canada and Caisse Desjardins, Saint-Eustache-Deux-Montagnes
- Major Sponsors: Benoit Charrette – Provincial MNA for Deux-Montagnes, Design DXM, Installation RTS, IGA Marché Sénécal et Filles, Lanthier & Beatty Construction, Canada Wide Credit
- Sponsors: Laurin Liu – Federal MP for Rivière-des-Mille-Îles, Mylène Freeman – Federal MP for Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel, Sylvie D’Amours, Provincial MNA for Mirabel, Christine Neumayer – Massage Therapist, Dairy Queen Deux-Montages, Pharmacie Jean-Coutu, 2mopaul.com (Paul Goyetche), Photoactive.ca (Tony Migas), Altération Sylvie Courturière, Lave-Auto Duck-Wash, Boni Soir Deux-Montagnes, McDonalds, Emballage Ralik, Salon Pierre, and Atelier de mécanique P.P. Fiset.
The committee would also like to thank the following organisations for the participation in the day: the Deux-Montagnes Lions Club and Maison des Jeunes Deux-Montagnes. The Committee would also like to acknowledge and thank the local bands for setting the tone and bringing the right atmosphere to the day: Skyline Drive, Dirty Seeds, Leading Edge, Rumble Seat, Gary Anthony & the Back River Band and Crashing Days.
The Canada Day Celebrations in MRC Deux-Montagnes is a 100% volunteer-driven event, with an organizing committee of only six people. As such, the Committee is seeking people to come on board and help make the 2016 Canada Day celebrations and future events a great success. If you would like to learn more about how you can join the organizing committee, please contact Christine Neumayer at (514) 827-1361 or at email@example.com.