In Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 2014 will be a significant milestone in the city’s history as 2014 marks the 150th celebrations of the meetings of the Fathers of Confederation (including Sir John, of course) in Charlottetown. Last year, the group spearheaded the 2014 celebrations, P.E.I. 2014, created this wonderful Birthday video for Sir John A. with the help of local school children.
In Guelph, Ontario, The Conservative Party of Canada has sponsored a dinner in Macdonald’s honour since 2002. This year’s dinner details and guest speaker have yet to be announced, but details can be found here. Orillia, Ontario is well-known for their annual, much admired Sir John A. Macdonald Birthday dinner featuring a guest speaker, hosted each year by the Orillia Museum of Arts & History. This year the event falls on his actual Birthday, so will be an extra special event worth attending. The guest speaker will be award-winning author and public relations consultant, Terry Fallis, whose novel The Best Laid Plans, a satire of Canadian politics, won the Stephen Leacock Medal in 2008.
Eight years ago Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of The Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission, began with a few friends to celebrate Sir John A.’s January 11th birthday at the site of his magnificent monument in City Park, Kingston. The event has grown to include eminent lawmakers, celebrities, a school choir, marching band, and live performance. Sir John A’s 199th birthday celebration on January 11th, 2014 is expanding to include songs by Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Ford, musical comedy by the SALON Acting Company, a tribute to soon-to-be new citizens of Canada, a mystery guest, and complimentary hot dogs and hot chocolate. The event will take place from noon-1pm.