Fast forward six months. Canadians are hibernating after the holidays, snuggling up on the couch with a mug of hot chocolate, trying their best to stay warm.
The Macdonald Commission has the perfect activity to get you off that chesterfield! On January 11th, we will be celebrating a uniquely Canadian event: the birthday of
Sir John A. Macdonald, Father of Confederation and the first Prime Minister of Canada. After all, we know there is nothing like a party to beat the winter blues.
On January 11th, 2013, Sir John turns 198 years young. The Commission sees this upcoming birthday as a very important one as we build momentum for John A.’s bicentennial birthday celebrations in 2015. There are many ways for Canadians to get on board and become early participants in the celebration of true patriot love that is sure to sweep the nation in 2015.
Here in Kingston, The Commission is organizing a four day event that will have something for everyone. Arts enthusiasts will surely want to check out our revival of the acclaimed Sir John Eh? The Muscial, coming from January 9th-12th at The Grand Theatre. An academic forum featuring some of our country’s top thinkers will gather to discuss the life and legacy of Sir John on January 10th. As always, a group of dedicated Kingstonians (and special guests) will gather at noon on January 11th at the monument in City Park to pay tribute to our nation maker.
There are many other ways –big and small – Canadians can celebrate Sir John’s 198thBirthday. Maybe you could read a chapter or two in Richard Gwyn’s seminal, two-part biography, maybe you engage in lively discussion with friends and family about the contributions and legacy of Sir John A. Maybe you reach out to like-minded people within your community and start an annual public event in celebration of Macdonald. Maybe your community already has an annual event and 2013 marks the year you first attend. However you choose to celebrate, we here at the Commission just hope that you do.
Cheers, Sir John!