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Jun 29 2013

New York Rangers at Canada Day New York

Come and meet Ron Greschner, Gilles Villemure and Pete Stemkowski at Canada Day New York today between 11AM - 6PM in Naumberg Bandshell.


Ron, (born in SASK December 22, 1954), a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL for 16 seasons between 1974 and 1990.

Greschner was selected 32nd overall by the New York Rangers in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. He played in 982 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, scoring 179 goals and 431 assists for 610 points. He also compiled 1,226 penalty minutes. Greschner’s best offensive season was the1977–78 season when he scored 24 goals and 48 assists for 72 points.

In 2009, Greschner was ranked No. 12 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats

Gilles Villemure 8x10 Rangers save

Gilles (born May 30, 1940 in Trois-Rivières, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He played for the New York Rangers and Chicago Black Hawks in the 1960s and 1970s.

Pete, (August 25, 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba), is a former player in the National Hockey League. Over fifteen seasons, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Los Angeles Kings. Stemkowski is best remembered for his heroics in the 1970–71Stanley Cup semifinals when he scored two overtime goals for the New York Rangers in an eventual series loss to the Chicago Black Hawks. He won theStanley Cup in 1967 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pete Stemkowski, who played centre, is also remembered as one of the top faceoff players of the NHL.

In the 1971 semifinal against the Black Hawks, “Stemmer” or “Stem” scored the game winner in Game 1 after just 1:37 of overtime. The Rangers would lose Game 5 in overtime, only to be in the same position in Game 6. Facing elimination, the Rangers forced a deciding seventh game when Stemkowski scored at 1:29 of the third overtime – a total of 41:29 of extra time. The MSG Network special The 50 Greatest Moments in Madison Square Garden History placed the Game 6 triple overtime winner at number 18.

Jun 28 2013

Gala Dinner at Canada House


VIPs come together at Canada House to celebrate UK - Canada Relationship ahead of the 8th annual Canada Day London

30TH JUNE 2013 London, UK: High profile British and Canadian business executives and dignitaries come together to celebrate a very special relationship between the United Kingdom and Canada over an exclusive gala dinner hosted by Canada Day International at Canada House in Trafalgar Square.

While the excitement builds for the 8th annual Canada Day London in Trafalgar Square on July 1st, Canadian culture is shining brightly in London.

“As Marc Carney prepares to take over the top job at the Bank of England, Michael Buble fans anxiously await his impressive 10 sold out performances at the 02 Arena, and rising Canadian tennis stars make inroads at Wimbledon, London will be celebrating Canada like never before” says Chad Molleken, Executive Director for Canada Day International.

As part of the celebrations, Canada Day International is thrilled to have teamed up with Canada’s culinary champion Marc St. Jacques to host an exclusive VIP dinner on the evening of June 30th. Senior executives from UK and Canadian firms such as BlackBerry, Nexen, British Airways, BLG, CAE, Canadian Tourism Commission, CBC, Deloitte, Guoman Hotels, Molson Coors, Royal Bank of Canada, Rainmaker Global Business Development and TD Bank alongside other executives and dignitaries will be discussing current business and political affairs over an exclusive three course dinner prepared by maestro St. Jacques. The architecturally stunning Canada House of the High Commission of Canada in London will provide a perfect setting for this important evening.

With a sumptuous menu, Toronto based St. Jacques will introduce diners to his own unique taste of Canadian flavours and impress them with the nation’s culinary capabilities. Executive chef at Toronto’s Auberge du Pommier and winner of the Canadian Gold Medal Plates Championship this year, St. Jacques and his team came up with an inventive menu for the event on the eve of Canada Day. “It’s going to be a challenge, but it’s a great honour, as well,” says St. Jacques.

The delicious menu will start with a range of canapés selected at the O’Canapé media event attended by food press and critics in Toronto earlier this month and will include elk sausage with blueberry mustard, guafrette with whipped potato salad, domestic caviar and dill and devilled quails egg with foie gras mousse. As an appetizer, St. Jacques and his team will serve up a coleslaw concoction of chilled lobster, salted cabbage, marinated vegetables, celery seed aioli, pickled mustard seed and beer battered lobster mitts. St. Jacques has reinvented the traditional Steak on the BBQ with his entrée of grilled ribeye, oxtail stuffed tomato, charred zucchini and corn pudding with traditional fruit cocktail and Canadian butter tart to follow.

The dinner is being kindly sponsored by: Auberge du Pommier, BLG, Canada High Commission to United Kingdom, Canada United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce City Financial, Deloitte, Ontario Canada, Rainmaker Global Business Development and U’luvka Vodka.

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For more information, please contact Stephanie Wollams or 020 7630 7340 / 07771 898 171


Jun 28 2013

Canadian High Commission to offer UK Students Free Educational Events This Summer

Canada Day International is pleased to announce that the Canadian High Commission has invited some of the top Canadian educational institutions including; Royal Roads University, University of Calgary, University of Toronto, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, York University, Brock University, Ivey Business School, McGill University, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick, Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University to take part in the four day event coinciding with Canada Day in London. Targeted at informing undergraduates about educational opportunities in Canada, visitors will learn about the study options available to them through informative seminars and networking receptions during the course of the four day event.

Canada is internationally recognised for a competency-based teaching approach that prepares students to be productive in the workplace immediately after graduation. Canadian Universities are knowledge hubs connecting business, government and universities with commercial firms that help deliver on discovery. Imagine studying in Canada, visualize the vibrant cities, beautiful spaces and welcoming multi-cultural communities, in a country that provides exceptional standards of living, safety and healthcare. Canada has the highest percentage of individuals 25-64 year-olds (51%) achieving at least college or university education, among OECD member countries. According to the OECD, Canada invests the third-highest amount per tertiary student among OECD countries every year. Canadian Universities welcome students from around the world each year, with approximately 7.5 percent of students at Canada’s postsecondary education institutions being international students.

The events kick off on June 27th and will be held at Canada House on Trafalgar Square and admission is free. The events run as follows:

On June 27th, university and guidance counsellors and career advisors from UK schools are invited to a full-day event on undergraduate opportunities for their students in Canada.

On June 28th, the High Commission will host a half-day seminar and networking reception for UK university career advisors and students interested in post-graduate opportunities in Canada.

On July 1st The High Commission is hosting a Study in Canada pavilion on Trafalgar Square. Later in the afternoon, there will be a seminar and networking reception for domestic and international students in the UK interested in pursuing an MBA degree in Canada.

Please email for further information and to register your interest.




Jun 27 2013

Win BlackBerry Z10

How do you paint Thomson Reuters Building red? Watch a preview of our brand new Canada Day New York Advert and for your chance to win a shiny new BlackBerry Z10 tweet us a picture of you in front of 3 Times Square when it’s on.

The happiest snap will win. Go on Canada!

Don’t forget to spread the word with fellow New Yorkers and like our Facebook Page. Winners will be announced on July 2nd via Twitter & Facebook.

Valid entry is via Twitter and must be hashtagged #CanadaDayNYC & #TimesSquare @BlackBerry @CanadaDayNYC

Terms & Conditions

1. The BlackBerry Z10 prize draw is open to residents of the US aged 18 and over.

2. The Prize is not open to employees or agencies of Canada Day International, BlackBerry their group companies or family members or anyone else connected to the Prize.

3. Entry into the Competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

4. To enter the Competition you must enter your details as above.

5. You are responsible for the cost (if any) of sending your Prize Draw entry to us.

6. No responsibility is taken for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.

7. The Prize Draw closes at 23:59 on July 1 2013. Entries received after that date and time will not be considered.

8. The winner will be chosen from a random draw of tweets @BlackBerry @CanadaDayNYC including #CanadaDayNYC #TimesSquare.

9. One winner will receive a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Canada Day International accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize.

10. The winner will be notified via Canada Day New York Facebook Page on or before 3rd July 2013 and given details of how to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to Canada Day International within 28 days of being notified by Canada Day International, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Canada Day International shall be entitled to select another winner (and that winner will have to respond to the phone call or email from Canada Day International within 28 days or else they will also forfeit their prize).

11. Details of the winner can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address: Canada Day International, 3rd Floor, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SR

12. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.

13. Canada Day International retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.

14. The winner may be required for promotional activity.

15. No purchase necessary.

16. Nothing in these terms and conditions shall exclude the liability of Canada Day International for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.

17. Canada Day International accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury or disappointment incurred or suffered by you as a result of entering the Competition or accepting the prize. Canada Day International further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to your or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the Prize.

18. Canada Day International reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of Canada Day International in all matters under its control is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

19. Canada Day International shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control. Such circumstances shall include, but not be limited to, weather conditions, fire, flood, hurricane, strike, industrial dispute, war, hostilities, political unrest, riots, civil commotion, inevitable accidents, supervening legislation or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.

20. The Competition will be governed by US law.

21. Promoter: Canada Day International, 3rd Floor, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SR

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Jun 27 2013

Final Program Released

Canada Day New York

June 29, 2013



10:30AM Canada Day Opens in the Bandshell

10:30AM Ceremonial Drop of the puck

10:30AM Hockey Tournament begins

10:30AM Taste of Canada opens (Mile End)

10:30AM New York Rangers

11:00AM Meet the Mounties

12:00PM Opening greetings from the Canadian Consul General

12:00PM First Nations Performance by Aboriginal Experiences

12:30PM Great Canadian Picnic & Cooking Demonstrations

12:30PM Cooking Demonstration 1 – Joshna Maharaj

1:00PM Trivia with Pat Kiernan

1:30PM Cooking Demonstration 2 – Noah Bernamoff

2:30PM Cooking Demonstrations 3 – Jelly Donut

3:00PM Trivia with Pat Kiernan

3:30PM Cooking Demonstration – Perfect Picnic

4:00PM Photo Opportunities with the Mounties on Bandshell Stage

5:15PM Hockey: Finals

6:00PM Closing of Bandshell



6:00PM Canada Day Concert with Plenary Greetings

6:00PM Presentations for Canada Day International Summer Classic

6:10PM First Nations Performance by Aboriginal Experiences

6:30PM Spirit of the West

7:30PM Joel Plaskett

8:30PM Lights

9:30PM Closing Remarks and Singing of National Anthem O Canada

Jun 27 2013

Final Program Released

Canada Day London Schedule

July 1, 2013


10:30AM Canada Day Opens – Ribbon Cutting

10:30AM Ceremonial Drop of the puck

10:30AM Hockey Games 1 – 4

10:30AM Community and partner activations open

10:30AM Pancake Breakfast – Taste of Canada opens

11:00AM Bars and Taste of Canada Food Stalls Open

11:30AM Meet the Mounties – Canadian High Commission Tent

12:15PM Northern Cree Performance - Main Stage

12:30PM Old Man Luedecke - Main Stage

12:30PM Meet the Mounties – Nexen Tent

1:00PM Ben Caplan - Main Stage

1:30PM USS - Main Stage

1:45PM Hockey Matches 5 – 8

3:30PM Meet the Mounties – Hockey Arena

3:45PM lululemon Yoga Class

4:40PM Hockey: Bronze Final

5:10PM Hockey: Gold and Silver Final matches

6:00PM Trafalgar Cup Presentation - Main Stage

6:10PM Live message to Ottawa - Main Stage

6:15PM Canada On Stage Concert begins - Main Stage

6:15PM Northern Cree Performance

6:30PM Arkells

7:00PM Cirque Alfonse - Timber!

7:15PM Jann Arden

8:00PM The Sheepdogs

9:00PM The Tragically Hip

9:45PM Bars and Food Stations close

10:15PM Closing Remarks and National Anthem O Canada


Jun 26 2013

Cirque Alfonse to join Canada Day London

From the remote forests of Québec, three generations of the family circus troupe, Cirque
Alfonse, travel to London to present the UK premiere of Timber!

The UK premiere of a joyous, log-balancing, wood-chucking, axe-juggling spectacular from Quebec’s very own Cirque Alfonse. Blending circus with theatre, dance, and live traditional music , Timber! takes the audience on a wild ride of gravity-defying acrobatics and thrilling tricks with metal saws, axes and logs. Come and see a special preview of Timber! by Cirque Alfonse at Canada Day London on July 1st at 7PM on Main Stage bringing the Canadian outdoors into the theatre and stay tuned for a special discount to see the full show between July 10th - July 31st at Southbank Centre - Part of Festival of Neighbourhood exclusively for Canada Day International.

Like Cirque Alfonse on Facebook and follow Southbank Centre on Twitter for the latest news and offers.

VIDEO: Timber!

Cirque Alfonse is made up of three generations of one Québecois family – 66-year-old
Grandfather and amateur clown Alain Carabinier, his two children, Antoine, 32, and Julie, 29, who
are a trained circus acrobat and a trained dancer respectively, Julie’s partner Jonathan, 32, a
trained circus acrobat who has performed in Cirque Du Soleil’s Love, and their 2-year-old son,
Arthur. The family are supported by live musicians, two of whom are friends of the family who grew up in villages nearby. Cirque Alfonse are the latest in a long line of circus greats to emerge from
Quebec – joining Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize and les 7 doigts de la main on the world
stage. Members of Cirque Alfonse have worked with all of these world-renowned companies

The company hail from an area rich in roots music, call-and-response singing, fiddle and banjo
playing and traditional dance. The show is steeped in the folklore, traditions and aesthetic of
Québec’s lumberjack, logging and farming heritage. Music is at the heart of the show – with
traditional songs mixed with new numbers composed by violinist David Simard and David
Boulanger, of hit Québecois folk band La Bottine Souriante. The action is set in a lumber-camp,
where there is merriment and mischief on an outhouse and the company juggle and chop
vegetables at high speed for the family stew pot. Beards, muscles, checked lumberjack shirts and
long-johns abound, and staying true to their roots, the axes, saws and knives used in the show are
genuine and sharpened and the cast don’t wear steel toe-capped boots or any protection other
than gloves. Taking authenticity to new heights, when Cirque Alfonse rehearse in their unheated
Québecois barn, they saw wood as a warm-up to their rehearsals.

Jun 25 2013

O Canada by Jonathan Estabrooks

Canada Day International is pleased to announce that the Canadian National Anthem will be sung by Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he most recently debuted at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Renieke. His is currently working on his Debut pop/crossover album with full orchestra and musicians from Canada, US, UK, and Greece so check him out HERE

Photo Credit: Shannon McCook

O Canada Lyrics for our fellow friends from other countries …

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.


Jun 25 2013

Canada Day New York Community Partners 2013

The Terry Fox Foundation


The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research (New York) will have a promotional tent at Canada Day New York where you can stop by, say hello and register for this year’s Terry Fox Run which will be held in Central Park on Saturday, October 12, 2013. For more information on the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research (New York), visit The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research (New York).

The Terry Fox Foundation is a Canadian tax-exempt charitable foundation that organises the annual Terry Fox Run in September of each year. Through the run, The Terry Fox Foundation raises money for cancer research, and shares the inspiring story of Terry Fox. Terry was a Canadian who was diagnosed with bone cancer in 1977 and had his right leg amputated, and who subsequently decided to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. The Terry Fox Run For Cancer Research takes place annually in New York City and is organised by local volunteers. All proceeds from the run are donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), an arrangement which is approved by The Terry Fox Foundation. Thanks to the financial support of the New York run, the MSKCC has tested the use of gene therapy techniques to stimulate the immune system to kill tumor cells in patients with advanced B cell cancers, receiving promising results.

Ice Hockey in Harlem

Ice Hockey in Harlem aims to improve the social and academic well being of children in the Harlem community. Through participation in ice hockey, student-athletes learn the fundamentals of the game, engage in an active lifestyle, and broaden their life experiences. Hockey teaches them not only about sports and sportsmanship, but also the values and disciplines that go along with it that will help them become better students and community members. This year, 209 students completed a full season, and 55 students completed the first-year Learn to Skate program. Teams went on road trips in Washington DC, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The program’s older members participate in the College Readiness Program, which organises guided tours of the campuses of Princeton, Columbia, and New York University, along with talks with hockey coaches and players from each school. Ice Hockey in Harlem also runs a Book Club. This year, 17 students read My Life in Hockey, the autobiography of Montreal Canadiens Hall-of-Famer Jean Beliveau.

The Walrus Foundation

The Walrus Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization with an educational mandate to support public debate on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to promoting Canadian writers, artists, readers, and ideas.

We achieve these goals, first and foremost, by publishing The Walrus, the most awarded magazine in Canada, named Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in June 2007. The Walrus is a monthly publication of ideas, sophistication, and wit, and a place where readers, writers, and artists meet. It is supported by, which offers both archives and original content, and Walrus TV, which features exclusive documentaries inspired by stories from the magazine.

In addition, the Walrus Foundation runs an intensive editorial, art, and publishing internship program for aspiring editors, writers, designers, and digital media and publishing professionals selected from across Canada.

Through national events, the Walrus Foundation is committed to the public square, to celebrating Canadian talent, and to increasing participation in our democracy through spirited and intelligent debate—by lifting the magazine off the page and onto the stage in public forums.


CANY is the principal focal point of the Canadian community in the City of New York promoting friendly and positive social relations between Canadians and Americans, and between Canadians and the international community in New York, disseminating information and knowledge relating to Canadian business, society and culture, fostering a spirit of good will between Canada and the United States and amicable relations between the peoples of the United States and Canada, encouraging intellectual, social and professional exchanges between Canada and the United States, encouraging positive social relations between Canadians and Americans in New York and supporting charitable activities.

Visit CANY booth at Canada Day New York on July 1st and find out more on how to get involved and about upcoming events in Fall 2013.


In partnership with Canada Day International, FHFF are pleased to announce that we will be joining Canada Day New York, a celebration of Canada and all things Canadian on the global stage. Taking place in Central Park on June 29, we will be hosting a ball hockey tournament benefiting the Food Bank for New York City.

This tournament will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced. With games taking place in Central Park throughout the day, we’ll have eight teams battling for the Trafalgar Cup.

Game 1 (10:30AM): The Eager Flying Beavers vs. Five Hole for Food
Game 2 (11:00AM): Anthony Orofice vs Stikeman Elliott
Game 3 (11:30AM): CANY vs. BlackBerry
Game 4 (12:30PM): Canadian Consulate vs. Ice Hockey In Harlem

Games 5 through 10 will continue until after 5:00PM, with the Semi-Finals taking place at 5:15PM.

Looking to participate in drop-in ball hockey? Bring your donation for the Food Bank for NYC and join the action anytime after 11:00AM (no registration required).

Follow online at @fiveholeforfood.

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Jun 25 2013

The Great Canadian Picnic


Canada Day New York, Canadian specialty food producers, culinary and media personalities, and Perfect Picnic NYC welcome New Yorkers to an inaugural al fresco meet-up picnic-fashion in Central Park June 29. Showcasing the best of culinary Canada, the Great Canadian Picnic welcomes everyone to a special gathering in the afternoon of June 29.

Co-hosted by Canada Day New York and Perfect Picnic NYC, speciality Canadian picnic and culinary items will be available free with suggested $5 donations to support relief efforts for victims of flooding victims in Calgary, Alberta. Bring a blanket and pack some treats and loved ones to gather on the grass to celebrate all things Canada. Sample goodies like these from:

Waldorf Astoria New York rooftop garden honey and lavender shortbread cookies
Canadian Chef David Garcelon, Director of Culinary Waldorf Astoria New York

ACE Bakery Baguettes
Traditional French white bread — with a creamy fully developed flavour and a perfectly crisp golden crust — are always a favourite at any meal, from a casual picnic lunch to an elegant dinner party.

Kicking Horse Coffee
One of Canada’s most popular organic coffees, Kicking Horse offers blends and single-bean varietals that come from the best coffee-growing mountains of the world. All roasted for optimum enjoyment.

Raincoast Crisp Crackers
These fabulous artisan raincoast crisps are baked with care in small batches from scratch using the finest-quality ingredients. Great to nibble on their own, they really shine when topped with a favourite dip, cheese, or antipasto.

Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Potato Chips
Organic, delicious and inspired by Canadian favourites — maple and bacon — Neal Brothers has perfected and package for you.

Green Walnut & Grappa Preserve
The Preservatory @ Vista D’oro Farms Ltd. created this preserve with Green Walnuts grown on its Langley, British Columbia farm. Picked in July on Bastille Day, before the nut forms, then mascerated in Brandy for 9 months, before they are pressed off and sent to the Preservatory. The walnut brandy is then used in our flagship wine D’oro - a fortified Walnut Wine. A heady combination utilizing the now dried and brandy infused green walnuts, combined with farm fresh apple jelly, sugar, lemon juice and finished with a dose of Grappa. Perfect on a charcuterie board, pairing with cheese or to really up the ante on a burger!

Figs & Walnut Wine Preserve
The Preservatory @Vista D’oro Farms Ltd. hails this preserve as its bestseller since they began selling it, 10 years ago. It’s a perfect pairing for Blue cheese, but does well with almost any other cheese. Makes a killer vinaigrette when combined with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil, salt & pepper.

Holy Crap Cereal
This cereal is certified organic USDA, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, salt-free, vegan, certified kosher- and tastes great. The name is unusual, but Holycrap cereal is what customers called the amazing taste when it was HapiFoods cereal, so they changed the name and had a 1,000% increase in sales. Its three main ingredients are some of the oldest perfect foods known to humans. no GMO, USDA organic certified, Kosher certified, chia, hulled hemp hearts, organic buckwheat, cranberries, raisins, apple bits, and cinnamon.

Almond Butter Crunch
by Fraser Valley Gourmet of Surrey, British Columbia
Katherine Geiger has always had a love for baking - chocolate and candy making in particular. It was this fascination, in fact, that resulted in the fortuitous acquiring of a basic almond butter crunch recipe in the 1980’s. This premium, handcrafted candy offers unrivalled flavour and nothing artificial.

Ethical Bean Coffee
Ethical Bean aims to make the best fair trade certified organic, environmentally happy coffee on the planet.

A limited number of baskets will be available at the Park on June 29 from 12:30 p.m.

Also served at the park are delicacies from Mile End Deli as well as Alchemy Creamery’s custom Canada Day creation (a maple flavor) in a signature push-pop “magic wand,” Fixation (chocolate chai), and Apple Cinnamon created especially for Canada Day New York.Given Canada is an inspired backdrop for dining outdoors – from the Rocky Mountains to the Toronto Islands to the Prince Edward Island beaches – Canada Day International is delighted to invite New York to a Canadiana picnic in the park with engaging Canadian culinary personality Joshna Maharaj from Toronto, Ontario. Food activist and journalist Joshna Maharaj hosts the afternoon with tips on great dishes to pack and share outdoors. Maharaj will be demonstrating her favourite potato salad recipe. A special guest presenter is Noah Bernamoff, founder of Mile End Delicatessen.

“The Great Canadian Picnic in Central Park during the inaugural Canada Day New York celebration of Canada’s birthday brings New Yorkers together to eat, learn and linger over the best of Canadian food and drink.” says Canada Day International Executive Director Chad Molleken. “We are delighted to invite New York to a special picnic meet-up in the park with proceeds supporting Calgary and the New York Food Bank.”