ALBERT ALLEN – Canada Day 2022 Honorary President

As we come out of the pandemic, the importance of volunteers contributing to the well-being of a community has never been more important.  Yet the pool of people willing to offer their time is dwindling.  We need to find inspirations to show us the way and set the examples for the generations of today and tomorrow.  The Canada Day Committee always seeks to accomplish this in recognizing community members as our honorary president.  For 2022, the Committee has chosen someone who personifies this dedication, and who at his age, still offers his precious time today to the community.   The Canada Day Committee is proud to announce as its honorary president for the 2022 Canada Day celebrations, Mr. Albert Allen.

Albert grew up in Montreal and began his career working as an electrician, eventually becoming a draftsman.  He married Sandy Potts in 1965, a love story which continued right up to Sandy’s passing in 2016.  Albert and Sandy moved to Deux-Montagnes in 1978, purchasing their house on 16th Avenue from Albert’s parents, a home where Albert continues to live in today.

It is hard to dissociate Albert from Sandy when you talk about their volunteering.  For 30+ years, whether it was helping seniors at Manoir St-Eustache, offering food for Meals on Wheels, supporting the various Lions Club activities or helping celebrate Canada Day, Albert and Sandy were always there to give their time and make our community better. 

Albert and Sandy continued their volunteerism well beyond Albert’s retirement in 2002.  After Sandy’s passing in 2016, Albert continued this legacy by offering his culinary skills for Meals on Wheels.  And Albert currently teaches a wood-carving class pro-bono. Albert will certainly be seen at the Canada Day kitchen this year.  Albert has always been a do-ers, and because of his dedication to our community, we are all richer for it.  The Committee congratulates Albert Allen on his many years of volunteerism and service to our region.    

CANADA DAY 2022: A RETURN TO CENTRAL PARK IN DEUX-MONTAGNES

Deux-Montagnes, June 14, 2022– The schedule for the 51st edition of Canada Day celebrated in Deux-Montagnes, was announced at a press conference held yesterday at City Hall.  The Mayor of Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Denis Martin, and the President of the Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes, Mr. Tom Whitton have invited the entire MRC population to gather in large numbers on Friday, July 1st at Central Park in Deux-Montagnes.

“It is an honour for the City of Deux-Montagnes to be a partner for Canada Day.  After two years of the pandemic. The desire to gather together around our common values is more evident than ever. I salute the commitment of the organizing committee for putting together festivities which will allow for the entire population of the MRC, from young to old alike, to come celebrate here which collectively gives us pride in being Canadian,” declared Mr. Denis Martin, Mayor of Deux-Montagnes.

For his part, Mr. Tom Whitton, Committee President, mentioned, “We have al gone through difficult moments since Spring 2020.  A return to our traditional, open-air celebration at Central Park is an important step towards a return to a normal life.  Also, Deux-Montagnes is, by far, the best place to celebrate Canada Day on the North Shore or in the Greater Montreal Region.  I must thank our partners, the City of Deux-Montagnes, the Government of Canada, Desjardins – Caisse de Saint-Eustache/Deux-Montagnes and Selection Retraite Deux-Montagnes for their substantial contribution to our memorable cultural event.”

THE FESTIVITIES

At noon, an opening ceremony will take place, with the signing of our national anthem, “O Canada” in the presence of dignitaries and our Honorary President for 2022, Mr. Albert Allen.  Mr. Allen, a resident of Deux-Montagnes for more than 40 years, is well known for his volunteering with numerous organizations over more than 30 years, including le Manoir St-Eustache, Meals on Wheels, the Lions Club and Canada Day. He continues today by offering his time as a cook for Meals on Wheels or by teaching wood carving classes.

The day will continue with many family activities: face-painting, train rides, horseshoes tournament, bingo, inflatables and a circus workshop offered by les Forains Abyssaux.  New this year, a Zumba Class (presented by Sélection Retraite Deux-Montagnes) and an obstacle course race organized by Équilibre au Carré. Also, from 9:30am-4pm, the group “Véhicules Antiques des Patriotes de Saint-Eustache” will provide access to many of their vintage vehicles for fans of these fabulous machines.

Live music featuring artists from the region will be presented from 3pm to midnight.  The headlining band is “Journey to the Grand Illusion”, a special tribute to Journey and Styx, not forgetting, of course, the spectacular fireworks display, presented by the City of Deux-Montagnes, which will fill the sky at 10pm.

The complete schedule is attached to this press release and can also be consulted on the Committee’s web site at www.celebrationcanada-mrcdm.ca

GENEROUS PARTNERS

“Again this year, the Caisse Desjardins of Saint-Eustache/Deux-Montagnes is happy to be a partner in Canada Day.  As a cooperative, the Caisse has as its mission to contribute to the social and economic well-being of our society, and being a part of festivities in our community is another concrete example of our contribution,” underlined Mr. Neil Hawthorn, Director General of Caisse Desjardins.

Finally, we must also highlight the support from our major sponsor for the event: Tri-Tex Co. and Benoit Charette, Provincial MNA for Deux-Montagnes.

For more information, please consult www.celebrationcanada-mrcdm.ca, as well as the committee’s Facebook page (@CanadaMRCDM). If you would like to volunteer for the day, please contact Christine Neumayer at 514 827-1361.

FULL DETAILED SCHEDULE – CANADA DAY 2022

(Schedule subject to change without notice)

Friday, July 1st, 2022 : Central Park, 13th Avenue, south of Oka Road

9:30 am-4 pmVintage Car Show (15th Avenue)
12:00 pmOpening Ceremony – Singing of the National Anthem, ‘’O Canada’’
Starting at 12:30 pmInflatables, Kids Games, Train Rides, Face-painting, Balloon Animals, Bingo, Horseshoes Tournament. Circus Workshop, Escape Game.
12:30 pm-1:15 pmZumba, presented by Sélection Retraite Deux-Montagnes
1:30 pm-4 pmObstacle Course, organized by Equilibre au carré
1:30 pmKids Races
2:30 pmEgg Toss (12 years old and up)
Noon – 8 pmMunicipal Pool – Free non-resident access (adults only noon to 1 pm and 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
MUSIC
3:00 pm-MidnightLive Music
9:45 pm-Midnight“Journey to the Grand Illusion” – A Tribute to Journey and Styx
10 pmFireworks, presented by the City of Deux-Montagnes

Please note: 

For everyone’s safety, animals are not allowed on site. All food & beverages other than those sold on site are not permitted.  Please encourage the event by purchasing your food and drink on site.  These sales go directly towards offsetting the costs for the festivities, including the fireworks display.  Please note that the streets which border Central Park will be closed as of 7:00 PM.

Photo from Press Conference – June 16 , 2022 From left to right:
First row :
Erik Johnson, City Councillor – District du Lac
Micheline Groulx-Stabile, City Councillor – District de l’Olympia
Albert Allen, Honorary President of 2022
Christine Neumayer, Member of Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes
Denis Martin, Mayor City of Deux-Montagnes
Second row :
Dave Byers, Member of Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes
Tom Whitton, President of Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes
Brian Snell, Member of Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes
Michel Mendes, City Councillor – District du Coteau

ROUTE – Community Ride (Rain or Shine)

Thursday, July 1st, 12:30pm (After Opening Ceremony at 12pm)

Start, Veterans Hall (Legion), 141 Grand-Moulin, Deux-Montagnes

Back for 2021 is our Opening Ceremony and our Community Ride. Residents of the MRC are asked to decorate their vehicles to celebrate Canada Day and our “Every Child Matters” theme. A ceremony at noon will kick off the day at Veterans Hall, including the singing of O Canada, followed by a drive around Deux-Montagnes!

Schedule 2021 – Canada Day

The Canada Day Committee for MRC Deux-Montagnes is proud to present the 50th edition of Canada Day in Deux-Montagnes on Thursday, July 1st, 2021.  Unfortunately, again due to the pandemic, we will be unable to hold our usual, open air celebration with family activities, concerts, and fireworks at Deux-Montagnes’ Central Park.  The reopening is progressing well and if Canada Day was September 1st, everything would probably be do-able, but this is not the case.  We are, nonetheless, going to do our best to provide an opportunity for all residents of the Deux-Montagnes MRC to celebrate Canada Day, with a combination of actual and virtual events, providing fun for all ages.

Our theme for 2021 is simply “Every Child Matters”.  We can no longer celebrate Canada’s birthday without also recognizing our deficiencies in order to become a better nation.  Residential schools for First Nations children were abhorrent.  The news regarding finding the remains of 215 young children buried at an old residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia was upsetting. We have an obligation as Canadians to do better, not just to acknowledge our past, but to act now and for the future.  We seek to bring awareness to this all important issue and as such will use Canada Day as a vehicle for this awareness and as an opportunity for reflection on our Canadian values.

Back for 2021 is our Opening Ceremony and our Community Ride.  Residents of the MRC are asked to decorate their vehicles to celebrate Canada Day and our “Every Child Matters” theme.  A ceremony at noon will kick off the day at Veterans Hall, including the singing of O Canada, followed by a drive around Deux-Montagnes!  We will offer a limited program at Central Park, with the return of our traditional Horseshoes Tournament, along with a Family Zumba class and a Family Bootcamp class.  Unfortunately, no food or drinks will be available for sale on site.  With our reopening not fully there yet, we will be back online for Virtual Bingo in the afternoon (sign up by June 27th by sending an e-mail to CanadaDayBingo2Mo@gmail.com. The cost is $15.

The evening festivities are also virtual again for 2021.  This year, two shows will be presented on our YouTube channel: (1) A condensed version of our Opening Ceremony and Community Ride will be broadcasted at 7:30pm for those who could not be at Veterans Hall at noon.  (2) At 8pm, a one-hour show will be presented which will feature requested Canadian songs from you, the residents of the Deux-Montagnes MRC, along with a slideshow of previous Canada Days.  The show will also feature two special performances by Skyline Drive.

For more information, please feel free to contact us at TomWhittonDM@gmail.com or at 514-601-1316.

Schedule for Canada Day, Thursday, July 1st, 2021

VETERANS HALL (Legion), 141 Grand-Moulin, Deux-Montagnes

12pm               Opening Ceremony

12:30pm          Community Ride – be in the parking lot by 11:45am

CENTRAL PARK, 13th Ave, Deux-Montagnes

(No food or drink available for sale onsite)

1pm                 Horseshoes Tournament

2pm                 Family Zumba, Presented by Cheryl Dore

3pm                 Family Bootcamp, Presented by Équilibre au carré (Patrick Long)

ONLINE

2pm                 Bingo ($15 – CanadaDayBingo2Mo@gmail.com – Sign up by June 27th, 2021).

7:30pm            Broadcast of Opening Ceremony and Community Ride – YouTube

8pm-9pm        Virtual Celebration 2021 – YouTube

Web Site:         https://www.celebrationcanada-mrcdm.ca/

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/CanadaMRCDM

YouTube:         https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSqDpUcpthuRIGeSovjMzhg

Partners:         The Government of Canada (Canadian Heritage)

                        Satellite Productions

                        Minister Benoit Charette, MNA for Deux-Montagnes

Sponsors:      City of Deux-Montagnes

                       Design DXM

                       2mopaul.com

                       Photoactive.ca

Canada Day – MRCDM

Info 2021
Info 2021

La Fête du Canada – Canada Day
(MRC de Deux-Montagnes)


A virtual celebration

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For our 2021 Canada Day Virtual Celebration to be broadcasted the evening of July 1st on YouTube, we will be incorporating a Canadian music playlist selected by YOU, the residents of the MRC Deux-Montagnes region, including out First Nations friends from Kanesatake!  To request a song, please submit to us a video of your request, filmed horizontally (i.e. landscape, not portrait) at the best resolution possible with:


  • your name,
  • where you live,
  • the name of the song,
  • the name of the Canadian artist, and
  • why you would like to hear this song in the show.  It could be your favourite song – it could hold special meaning or remind you of a particular time in your life.

The video should ideally be no longer than 30 seconds.  The song could be from any era to any style of music.  Not every request will make the show, but those song which are selected will be introduced using these video requests.  The video file can be sent using a file transfer tool (ex. WeTransfer, MS OneDrive, Google Drive) to TomWhittonDM@gmail.com. The deadline to submit your request is Sunday, June 6th.  We look forward to receiving your submission.

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