Category Archives: New York

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 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 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.”

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Jun 25 2013

Aboriginal Experiences join Canada Day New York

Canadian and American Aboriginal culture is a source of much celebration and pride and a vibrant part of the Canadian cultural fabric. We are privileged to be able to share it with you at Canada Day New York.

Join us on June 29th in Central Park for a truly authentic experience that illustrates both the diversity of the Aboriginal cultures originating in Canada through music and performances.

12:00PM Performance at Naumberg Bandshell

6:00PM Performance at Rumsey Playfield

For more information about Aboriginal Experiences from Ottawa please click HERE!

Jun 25 2013

Pat Kiernan to host trivia contest in Central Park

Come join popular NY1 news anchor and Canadian born, Pat Kiernan, at 1pm and 3pm as he hosts a fun and exciting trivia contest at Canada Day in Central Park, New York.

Take a break from the Great Canadian Picnic and have your chance to win fantastic prizes.

Pat Kiernan’s career in broadcast journalism began while he was attending the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Business in Edmonton, Canada. “I was offered a weekend job at 96K-Lite FM,” he explains. “It was a ‘lite rock’ station that didn’t want to devote much airtime to news, so my hourly updates were supposed to be 96 seconds long. I learned a lot about writing newscasts that get straight to the point.”

Pat moved to New York in March of 1996. He joined the Time Warner family as the anchor and producer of the Fortune Business Report, and was named NY1’s morning anchor in 1997.

For more information about Canada Day New York like our Facebook Page or follow us on Twitter #CanadaDayNYC.

May 28 2013

BlackBerry partners with Canada Day International!


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Canada Day sponsor and fellow Canadian BlackBerry announced recently that they are making their Messenger (BBM) real-time messaging service available on Apple’s iPhone, iPad and Google’s Android platforms from this summer. The great news is that with this new innovative technology you can keep up to date with all things Canada Day on your Blackberry or smart device wherever you are!

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Blackberry are a presenting sponsor at both Canada Day New York and Canada Day London and we’ll be hosting some Blackberry competitions on our social media featuring their amazing new Z10 so watch this space! Don’t forget to follow Canada Day London on Facebook and Twitter and Canada Day New York on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop.

We can’t wait to toast their success out our Canada Day events both in New York and London this summer!

May 24 2013


Canada Day International announces LIGHTS to headline Canada Day New York

CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos to host the inaugural free summer festival in Central Park on June 29

News Release New York, May 23, 2013

Saturday, June 29 will be an unforgettable day featuring a free celebration of Canada’s best entertainment, food and sport in New York City. For the first time, Canada Day International, the organizers behind the hugely successful Canada Day London are producing Canada Day New York, a free daylong cultural, sport and music festival in Central Park.
Canadian music legends Spirit of the West and Joel Plaskett join award-winning electro-rock sensation LIGHTS on the main stage at Rumsey Playfield during a free concert produced by Canada Day International as part of the SummerStage Performing Arts Festival presented by AT&T.
In 2009, Lights Poxleitner released her first album, The Listening, which led to her winning the Juno Award for “New Artist of the Year.” LIGHTS’ latest album, Siberia Acoustic, features reworked acoustic versions of songs of the 2011 studio album, Siberia. In 2012, the album was nominated for a Juno Award in the “Pop Album of the Year” category. Although LIGHTS normally makes electronic pop that often features electric guitars, keyboards, and dance-influenced beats, Lights is at her core a melodic singer/songwriter.
New Yorkers can look forward to a great show as Canada Day International also announces one of the CBC’s most popular personalities, George Stroumboulopoulos, as host of its back-to-back festivals in New York and in London, England.

CBC is the official media partner for Canada Day International 2013. This year Canadians around the world will be able to share in the excitement and enjoy our live Canada Day concert in Central Park.

“The partnership with Canada Day International is an incredible opportunity for Canada’s public broadcaster to expand its Canada Day programming with the inclusion of these amazing international celebrations,” remarked Neil McEneaney, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “It will be a nation building moment that will resonate especially now as Canadians start looking forward to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.”

With support from Presenting Sponsor BlackBerry, Canada Day New York promises to celebrate all things Canadian in the heart of New York City. The daytime festivities will take place at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park. Highlights include the Central Park Summer Classic street hockey tournament in association with Five Hole for Food, photo opportunities with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a food festival featuring the Great Canadian Picnic and cooking demonstrations by Canadian chefs.
“Come and meet the Mounties, cheer on a hockey game, feast during the first Great Canadian Picnic or just come and relax in Central Park, we are set to bring a little bit of Canada for everyone!”
This festival would not be possible without the generous support of our Sponsors: BlackBerry, Porter Airlines, Rainmaker Global Business Development, Thomson Reuters, TD Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Stikeman Elliott, CBC and CIBC or partnerships with Border Ladner Gervais, CABC, HootSuite, Picatic , Upper North Side, City Parks Foundation, the Canadian Association of New York, and the endorsement of the Consulate General of Canada in New York.
For more information about Canada Day International and to keep up to date with exciting announcements, visit, Facebook and Twitter (#CanadaDayNYC.)



When electro-rock sensation Lights first hit the music scene in 2008, she was just a songwriter with a synth and a dream. The following year, she won the Juno Award (Canada’s Grammy) for Best New Artist, on the strength of her debut EP alone. She has since released the gold certified and Juno nominated albums The Listening and Siberia. Her latest release, Siberia Acoustic, is an album which strips down her normally synth and electronic-heavy music to the bare bones, showcasing her strong songwriting and soft melodies.
The band that became Spirit of the West began as a Folk trio called Evesdropper in Vancouver nearly 30 years ago. 13 albums later, they have achieved status as one of the most beloved ‘Legacy Artists’ in Canadian history, having proven themselves to be road-worthy, durable, having toured Canada, the US, UK and Europe consistently, building a dedicated following of fans from all over the world. They have been inducted into the Halls of Fame / Lifetime Achievement Categories by the Western Canadian Music Association and the Society of Composers and Music Publishers of Canada, and have used their inestimable charms to wheedle complimentary pints out of barmen in at least 9 countries.
With four gold and two platinum albums to their credit, Spirit of the West are responsible for such songs as: ‘(And if) Venice is Sinking’, ‘Five Free Minutes’, ‘Save This House’, ‘The Crawl’ and ‘Home For a Rest’, the song that has been called Canada’s honorary national anthem: ‘Spirituality: A Consummate Compendium’, a double CD album on Rhino Records, is the band’s most recent release and is a look back at the first 25 years of their career.


Canada has produced some of world’s most enduring songwriters and Joel Plaskett is hailed as one of the best. With countless awards to his credit, thousands of tour dates, and numerous recording and producing projects under his belt, Plaskett remains one of the most innovative and prolific artists on the scene today.

A broadcast veteran in television and radio, George Stroumboulopoulos is one of the most trusted and respected broadcasters in Canada. A multiple award-winner, he has won the Gemini Award for best host or interviewer in a talk series for six consecutive years, and four for best talk series in Canada. Additionally, George has been honoured as the recipient of a Gracie Award from the American Women of Radio and Television.

George is also involved in many social issues and has been an active supporter of numerous causes throughout his career. On March 6, 2012, the World Economic Forum announced that George had been selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) for 2012 - George was one of three Canadians to receive the global honour. In March 2011, George was named the first Canadian National Ambassador Against Hunger for the world’s biggest humanitarian agency, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). In January 2010, George helped rally together actors, artists and athletes for Haiti relief efforts as the executive producer and co-host of Canada for Haiti, a live benefit that raised over 27 million dollars for Haitian earthquake victims. In 2008, George was the driving force behind One Million Acts of Green, which resulted in the registration of over 1.6 million acts of green on the official website.

George is the host and co-executive producer of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Canada’s primetime talk show, connecting his audience to the world’s most influential and fascinating actors, musicians, and newsmakers through his signature interview style. Award-winning interviews continue to serve as the focal point for the show, with the addition of some unique, new elements, including the fast, furious and funny nightly comedy panel, featuring homegrown and international comedians. George’s impact and influence remains, with close to 3 million Canadians watching George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight weekly and reaching 1 in 5 Canadians this season to date. Online, the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight YouTube Channel has over 72 million views and a strong international following. Notable and varied guests include: Michael J. Fox, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Jean Chrétien, Sarah Palin, Al Gore, Brian Mulroney, Christopher Hitchens, music-industry icons Coldplay, Tony Bennett and Shania Twain, and A-list actors Tom Cruise, Jodie Foster and Clint Eastwood, renowned director James Cameron and Hollywood breakout stars Ewan McGregor, Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Robert Pattinson. Whether it’s a discussion about local and international issues or an interview with a global icon, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight offers a thought-provoking and unique take on the most buzzed-about news, politics and culture through George’s inimitable lens.


Five Hole for Food is an organization that asks one simple question: Will you play hockey for food?

Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a national, volunteer-driven, social-profit organization with a bold, enterprising, and entrepreneurial approach aimed at raising food and awareness for a cause that affects 10.8 million Canadians a year. Over the past three years, FHFF has raised in excess of 200,000 pounds of food in support of local food banks across Canada. Armed with national partners, the unwavering support of over 40 volunteers, and an identity borne from social media, FHFF is bringing together communities across Canada by using hockey as a vehicle for social change, and reaching a new generation of social entrepreneurs. FHFF is out to prove that a generation hungry for change, an engaged corporate community, and a national pastime is the perfect formula for changing the face of fundraising.


Canada Day International actively promotes Canada and all things Canadian on the global stage. Its dynamic, engaging festivals and strategic events held in cities around the world create a unique platform to showcase the best of Canadian business, technology, music, art, culture, education, food and tourism. Over the past eight years more than 350,000 people have experienced Canada Day in London. On Saturday June 29, 2013, the inaugural Canada Day Festival in New York’s Central Park becomes the next location, on the expanding Canada Day International calendar of worldwide events. Four more cities will be added leading to Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017. The Sesquicentennial provides a unique and effective platform to raise international awareness of modern Canada and its future promise. Canada Day International benefits from new and longstanding government, community and corporate partnerships to achieve a shared vision.


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