Celebrate With Us

In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We’ve created this website to connect you with events and initiatives happening on campus and in the community to celebrate this major national milestone. We will be populating this website with events and links as they become available.

Canada's Biodiversity

At the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics we are celebrating Canada's anniversary by doing 150 social media posts about Canada's biodiversity.

Innovating to Improve Life

The University of Guelph's 150 Innovations Project commemorates Canada’s sesquicentennial. Research has long been part of our culture, beginning in the late 1800s with our three founding colleges. It continues today, in what has grown to become seven colleges with more than 30 departments. Support from a wide range of sponsors helps our 800 researchers innovate and improve life for people and communities locally, nationally and globally. Follow the links provided with each entry for more information about this selection of 150 University of Guelph innovations.

Landmarks150 project

This Canada-wide initiative chaired by Partners in Art (PIA) involves FASTWURMS in the School of Fine Art and Music.  Developed through dialogue and collaboration between the curatorial team and the teaching faculty from 15 participating universities and colleges across Canada, the LandMarks national curriculum promises to deliver an unparalleled educational experience and a lasting cultural legacy. 

This Day in Guelph, Ontario, Canada History

Old news gets a modern twist as this social media campaign revisits news stories from the past 150 years through Twitter and Facebook posts. Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph have teamed up for this initiative.

Vital Signs Guelph

This national program, coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada, leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of a community and supports action towards improving our collective quality of life. Vital Signs was last delivered in Guelph in 2008 and this year’s will be the first completed as a joint initiative with the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute at the University of Guelph and Toward Common Ground.

Young Artists Mentorship Project

This program supports the transition from university to professional life for young musicians and artists. This project is a partnership between the School of Fine Art and Music and the Guelph Arts Council, and received funding from Canada 150.


Building Canada Lectures

Set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Guelph Civic Museum, this lecture series will feature topics about nation building.  Presented in partnership between Guelph Museums and the University of Guelph, Building Canada Lectures kick off Wednesday, January 11 with Richard W. Hill presenting “Kanata to Canada: Ongoing Legacy of the Silver Covenant Chain.”

February 8        Anita Stewart, Canada IS food! From grease trails to a Mars mission – the building of a culinary nation.
March 8             Matthew Hayday, Celebrating Canada: How commemorations and national days have shaped our country.
April 12              Catharine Wilson, The Heart of Canada: From barn raisings to quilting bees, events that define rural life in Canada.
May 10               Beth Parker, From the Ground Water Up: Exploring the role of water in building Canada and the impact on our future.
June 14             Truth and Reconciliation Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.
July 12               Kris Inwood, Making Sense of our Nation: Using the census and historical data to explain who we are and how we live.
August 9            Jeff Thomason, Horse Power: Building Canada on the backs of horses.
September 13  Lawrence Hill, Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history
October 11        Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity
November 8      Why Research Matters, Canada’s Global DNA Detectives panel discussion
December 13   James Raffan, Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song

Guelph Lecture – On Being Canadian

Friday, January 20 * 7 pm – 9:30 pm, River Run Centre
This lecture is the centerpiece event of a three-day program of the new ArtsEverywhere Festival presented by the Eramosa Institute, Musagetes, and the University of Guelph. The ArtsEverywhere Festival—Guelph’s festival of ideas—offers lectures, conversations, music, artistic performances, literary readings, and workshops. 

Canada’s National Garden Day

Friday, June 16 * 10 am – 3 pm
Free admission – rain or shine
This community event includes garden tours by the University of Guelph and City of Guelph.  This year the gardens profiled at the University of Guelph will be the World of Trees in the Arboretum and the recently redesigned Conservatory Gardens.  The City garden highlighted will be Riverside Park’s Canada 150 Floral Clock.
Free shuttle bus tours will be available or you may choose to visit each of the sites independently.
Pre-registration will be required for the shuttle bus. Please register at https://bit.ly/GardenDays2017UG

SummerFest on the Green

Sunday, June 25 * 11 am – 4 pm, Johnston Green
Free admission – rain or shine
The University of Guelph invites the community to campus to kick start summer with 150 U of G ways to make your Canada 150 summer spectacular. Join us for a family-friendly community party with food trucks, live music, and activities for children, youths and adults

Canada 150 Symposium

Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28
The Canada 150 Symposium: Reflect and Envision - Food Security / Borders / Indigenous Resistance is an opportunity to come together as a community to reflect on what we can learn from our collective past to envision Canada's national and global role in the 21st century. Throughout the symposium, delegates will have an opportunity to hear from a variety of individuals with experience and disciplinary strength in the fields of food security, trade, national security, and indigenous issues.

Pre-register For Event

Guelph Chamber Choir Ontario/Canada 150 Concert

Saturday, November 4, 2017, River Run Centre
Ticket details will be available shortly
The University of Guelph Choirs join forces with three community choirs to perform both individually and together as a massed choir of 240 singers, performing Canadian songs to celebrate our province and great country.  Internationally acclaimed Guelph folk singer and University of Guelph graduate, James Gordon, has been commissioned to compose music for this occasion and will also perform.