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Canada's 150th Anniversary Celebration

Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017 is a pivotal milestone that allows us to connect with our past, celebrate who we are, honour our exceptional achievements, and build a legacy for tomorrow. Please join us in making the year-long celebrations memorable.

C150 Educational Arts Legacy Student Art Exhibition on display now at the St. Catharines Museum until Jan. 3, 2018

cartoon graphic with 3 children jumping


To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, elementary school students from across St. Catharines were asked to explore what they've learned about the nation's past and present through artistic expressions.

What they've come up with, from a Lego model of Decew Falls to a watercolour painting of the Lakeside Park Carousel to a film documentary on the Salem Chapel, is now on display at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre until Wednesday, January 3.

A reception celebrating the exhibit is set for Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the museum's Lockview Lounge. The student artists will be present to discuss their work with visitors.

For more information, please contact

Special thanks to project partner: the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, and contributers: PenFinancial Credit Union and Dr. Robert MacKenzie Optomotrist for helping to make this project possible.

More information about the Canada 150 Arts Project

Children actively enrolled in the Elementary School System in St. Catharines are invited to create an artistic expression of their theoretic knowledge related to the country's history or Canada's 150 events. The artistic expression is open to all forms: song, dance, poetry, prose, video. All entries will be recognized.

Submissions of original artwork created within the past three (3) months will be considered from students. Submissions will be judged by a creative panel and all participants will be recognized for their submissions. In addition, depending on number of submissions received participants may also be recognized on an individual, group, and school-participation basis. There will be one award per grade for individual submission, and one award per grade for group submissions. There will also be a grand award for the school with the highest participation rate. As well, the submissions will be compiled into a soft cover, coffee-table type book, and accompanying flash drive for electronic submissions. All participants will be eligible for civic recognition.

The Committee will take the following criteria into consideration when selecting work for additional awards:

1) Originality

2) Relationship and response to the Canada's 150th theme

3) Creativity of expression and medium/s used

4) Clarity and effectiveness of "Artist's" Statement

Submission Deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Artwork Submission Information

Selection Process and Conditions of Entry:

1. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel consisting of the St. Catharines Canada's 150th Task Force and Educators.

2. Submissions may be exhibited which may involve your work being photographed, in whole or in part. Images could be used for exhibit promotional purposes (including online/social media) and will be preserved for administration, program development and archival purposes.

3. The Panel's decision is final. Participants will be notified of the Panel's decision by Friday December 22nd, 2017. No submissions may be withdrawn or altered once accepted for submission.

4. Participants are responsible for delivering their work to the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre as outlined below.

5. All artwork may be made available for display during the preview and awards period (Nov. 15th to December 31st, 2017).

6. Participants must be actively enrolled in the Elementary School system in St. Catharines, Grades 1 - 8.

7. Artwork created prior to 2017 will not be considered. To be considered, all artwork must be an original submission.

8. Each work must be equipped and suitable for hanging on a hook system and must not exceed 25 kg. If there is concern regarding the long-term safety of the work in relation to its hanging, the work may be excluded or returned to the artist for alterations.

9. Each work must be accompanied by a Personal Information Release Form.

10. The Panel reserves the right to accept or reject any or all submissions and shall not be bound to accept any of them, and reserves the right at any time to cancel the exhibition or the Canada's 150th Educational Arts Legacy Project.

Summary of Dates

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Delivery of Artwork: Friday, December 1, 2017
Notification of Successful Entries: Friday, December 22, 2017
Exhibit Start Date: to be determined (tbd)
Exhibit Reception: tbd
Exhibit Closing: tbd
Artwork Pick-Up: Monday, February 22, 2018

How to Submit


Please provide the following via email or mail.

The Application and Release Forms can be downloaded here

The submission includes providing....

  • Submission Form
  • Personal Information Release Form
  • 1 to 3 digital images of each work that you propose to submit (minimum of 150 dpi jpeg). A maximum of TWO WORKS will be considered per artisit.
  • Artist Biography
  • Artist Statement providing insight into each piece and explaining its relationship to the exhibit theme. (This statement helps the panel understand your intentions. If selected it will be included on the exhibit label for public viewing. Limit 200 words per work)

Submissions must be received by Thursday Nov. 30th, 2017at 4:30 p.m.

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

All submissions should be delivered to: C150 Legacy Project St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines Attn: Carla Mackie

Email submissions can be sent to

Events organized by the City of St. Catharines:

  • May 1 - Kitsch 4 Canada Art exhibit opens at City Hall. Runs until Nov. 4.
  • June 24 - Doors Open St. Catharines (various locations) including the Canada 150 Tent at the St Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre
  • July 1 - Free leisure swimming City outdoor pools and the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre
  • July 1, noon - 4 p.m. - Canada Day Celebrations at Rennie Park (60 Lakeport Rd.)
  • July 1 - St. Catharines Museum's Dominion Day Picnic and opening of the new One-Five-Oh! Exhibit
  • Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16 - St. Catharines Museum: Guided Spirit Walks at Victoria Lawn Cemetery, with stories based on St. Catharines residents from 1867
  • Oct. 14 - Pumpkinville at Happy Rolph's Animal Farm

Other events happening in St. Catharines:

Please note, these events are not managed or organized by the City of St. Catharines. For details on these events please contact the event organizers directly.

  • June 24, 1 - 6 pm: Pen Centre Canada 150 Tailgate Party (northeast parking lot) featuring Homegrown Bands and the Great Canadian LumberJack Show, shows at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 pm. More info at

  • June 28, 7:00pm - 10:30 p.m.: Choir Nation Canada 150 Celebration with Devin Cuddy, features an opening set by Niagara's Momentum Choir at the Warehouse, 11 Geneva Street. Tickets available.
  • July 1 at 10 p.m. - With support from community donors, the Port Dalhousie Lions Club will set off its annual Canada Day fireworks from Henley Island. Access to Henley Island will be closed during the fireworks show. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. Residents can view the fireworks from Rennie Park, Jaycee Park and the surrounding area. Admission is free.

    A rain date is set for July 2 at 10 p.m.
  • July 2 - Niagara Cycling Clubs Alliance (including the Niagara Freewheelers) host a Canada 150 Ride for cyclists and their families starting from White Meadow Farms, 2519 Effingham Street in Pelham.
  • July 8, 10 - 11 a.m. - Celebration of Thanksgiving for Living in Canada, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 14 Rolls Avenue, St. Catharines.
  • Aug. 7 - Facer European Festival including Canada 150 Tent
  • Sept. 2, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. - Romanian Community of Niagara presents Romarte Niagara (traditional arts and crafts workshops) at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre, 14 Anderson Lane. Participation fee: $15 adults, $7 children up to 15 years old. 
  • October 7, 1 - 4 pm - First Nations Peace Monument Unveiling, Decew House Heritage Park, 2350 Decew Road. For more information contact
  • October 15, 2 - 5 p.m.: Good Neighbours Community Service Providers Expo, Westminster United Church, 180 Queenston Street with Wes Klassen (our local designer of the C150 Loonie!), FREE parking behind the Hall, refreshments, draws and sidewalk cycling petition.

Please let us know how you are planning to celebrate!

If your group/organization is planning an event or activity please let us know so we can add your event to our community event listing.

Call Carla Mackie, Historical Services Co-Ordinator, at 905-984-8880 x 5251 or email

A little bit about the history of Canada

Canada was created in 1867 by an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom called the British North America Act (now known as the Constitution Act, 1867). It united the British colonies of the United Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a confederation called the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

In 1982, another act was signed which enshrined the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Constitution and allowed Canadians to amend their own Constitution without requiring approval from Britain.  The Constitution of Canada includes the Constitution Act, 1867, and the Constitution Act, 1982. It is the supreme law of Canada which also includes Aboriginal rights and treaty rights.

Volunteers needed

If you are interested in volunteering at an event, please let us know.  We will need your help in making the C150 celebrations a success.

For more information, contact:

Carla Mackie, Historical Services Co-Ordinator
905-984-8880 x 5251

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