FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FOR FAMILIES, PRIDE PARTICIPANTS, CONCERT LOVERS, SPORT FANS AND MORE THIS WEEKEND THE GREAT CANADIAN PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK ANNOUNCED TO SUPPORT CALGARY FLOOD RELIEF New York, NY: Saturday, June 29 will be an unforgettable day in New York's Central Park â with a free celebration of Canada's best entertainment, sport and food.
For the first time, Canada Day International, the organizers behind the hugely successful Canada Day London present Canada Day New York, a day-long festival with Canadian music legends Spirit of the West and Joel Plaskett joining award-winning electro-rock sensation LIGHTS on the main stage at Rumsey Playfield. The event also features a special culinary program centered around the Great Canadian Picnic, a celebration of Canada's birthday that brings New Yorkers together to eat, learn and linger over samples of the best of Canadian artisanal foods. 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 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 http://www.waldorfastoria.com 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. http://www.ace-bakery.com 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. http://www.kickinghorsecoffee.com 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. http://www.lesleystowe.com Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Potato Chips Organic, delicious and inspired by Canadian favourites -- maple and bacon -- Neal Brothers has perfected and package for you. http://www.nealbrothers.com 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! http://www.vistadoro.com/ 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. http://www.vistadoro.com/ 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. http://www.holycrap.com 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. www.fraservalleygourmet.com Ethical Bean Coffee Ethical Bean aims to make the best fair trade certified organic, environmentally happy coffee on the planet. http://www.ethicalbean.com A limited number of picnic themed takeways 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 flavour) 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 â from the Rocky Mountains to the Toronto Islands to the Prince Edward Island beaches â 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. The Canadian food activist and journalist hosts the afternoon with tips on great dishes to pack and share outdoors. She will be demonstrating her favourite potato salad recipe. A special guest presenter is Noah Bernamoff, founder of Mile End Delicatessen. Canada Day International Executive Director Chad Molleken says, âWe 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.â ENTERTAINMENT The concert is produced by Canada Day International as part of the SummerStage Performing Arts Festival presented by AT&T. New Yorkers can look forward to a great show as one of the CBC's most popular personalities, George Stroumboulopoulos, hosts 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. âThe 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,â said Neil McEneaney, Interim Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. âIt will be a nation building moment that will resonate especially now as Canadians start looking forward to Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017.â 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 Canada Day International Summer Classic Street Hockey Tournament in association with Five Hole for Food, photo opportunities with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and â a Taste of Canada food festival featuring the Great Canadian Picnic. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS June 29, 2013 NAUMBERG BANDSHELL 10:30am Canada Day Opens in the Bandshell Ceremonial Drop of the puck Hockey Tournament begins Taste of Canada opens 11:00am Meet the Mounties 12:00pm Opening greetings from the Canadian Consul General First Nations Performance by Aboriginal Experiences 12:30pm â 4:00pm Great Canadian Picnic with Demonstrations by emcee Joshna Maharaj and Wendy Weston of Perfect Picnic NYC Trivia contest with Pat Kiernan 4:00pm Photo Opportunities with the Mounties on Bandshell Stage 5:00pm Hockey: Finals RUMSEY PLAYFIELD 6:00pm Start 6:10pm First Nations Performance by Aboriginal Experiences 6:30pm Spirit of the West 7:30pm Joel Plaskett 8:30pm Lights 9:30pm Singing of National Anthem Oh Canada * Participants are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable food to support the Five Hole for Food charitable efforts and donations for Great Canadian Picnic goodies benefit Calgary flood victims. This festival would not be possible without the generous sponsor support from BlackBerry, Porter Airlines, Rainmaker Global Business Development, Thomson Reuters, CBC, TD Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Shell, Stikeman Elliott and CIBC and partnerships with City Parks Foundation, SummerStage: Presented by AT&T, the Canadian Association of New York and the endorsement of the Consulate General of Canada in New York. For more information about Canada Day and to keep up to date with exciting announcements, please visit www.canadadayinternational.com (http://www.canadadayinternational.com/) . You can also find us on Facebook http://facebook.com/canadadaynyc and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/CanadaDayNYC Tweet us with hashtag #CanadaDayNewYork. -END- North America Media Contacts Immedia Heather Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Serena email@example.com + 1 888 408 6511 ABOUT CANADA DAY INTERNATIONAL 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. ABOUT GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS 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 â 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 ChrĂ©tien, 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. ABOUT PERFECT PICNIC NYC In a time when anything and everything can be delivered in an instant or picked up at your corner bodega or supermarket, top-quality local products (cheeses, meats, breads, etc.) are not so accessible. Perfect Picnic offers premium local products at affordable prices without stops at multiple stores or waiting in lines. We have searched out our favorite regional farms and purveyors to find the highest quality products. We really know our vendors. We source locally to support our commitment the sustainability of our local economy and the environment. Our aesthetic is simple, clean, and beautiful â reflecting our belief and commitment to making sophisticated flavors simple. All Perfect Picnic products are simple to buy and simple to eat as well as fun, fast and fabulous! ABOUT FIVE HOLE FOR FOOD 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. ABOUT JOSHNA MAHARAJ The Great Canadian Picnic host, Joshna Maharaj is a busy chef with big ideas about good food. Her strong social justice and sustainability ethics flourished during her time as the chef at The Stop Community Food Centre, where she created and facilitated innovative and delicious community food programming, putting a grassroots kitchen on par with the rest of the kitchens in the city. In addition to teaching, writing, recipe development & television appearances, Joshna also speaks with groups of students about food and sustainability, consults with community organizations about grassroots-level food programming, and even led a troop of chefs to city hall for a deputation in support of a city-wide food strategy. Joshna recently completed a project at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, focusing on serving patients and their families locally sourced, wholesome, homemade food. Joshna was a speaker at the 2011 TEDxToronto conference, and the Toronto Star named her as one of the 12 people to watch in the city for 2012. ABOUT NOAH BERNAMOFF Operating since 2010 out of a tiny storefront in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, Noah has simultaneously managed to bring newfound respect for old world recipes and springboard the future of the modern delicatessen. Nominated for Rising Star of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and Zagat's âTop 30 Under 30â restaurant professionals in 2011, and critically acclaimed by Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, The New York Times and New York Magazine, Noah and his crew at Mile End smoke, cure, bake and pickle Jewish comfort foods entirely in-house with great attention to tradition and authenticity. Noah recently opened a second Mile End location in NoHo, Manhattan, and released with his wife Rae âThe Mile End Cookbookâ in September 2012. ABOUT ARTISTS LIGHTS 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. SPIRIT OF THE WEST 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 âLegacy 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: â(And if) Venice is Sinking', âFive Free Minutes', âSave This House', âThe Crawl' and âHome For a Rest', the song that has been called Canada's honorary national anthem: âSpirituality: 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. JOEL PLASKETT 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.