Windsor’s 125 Birthday Celebration
Tuesday May 16 – Saturday May 20, 2017. Join us for a 125th birthday celebration! Our birthday party commemorates the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Windsor (April 14, 1892) through a vibrant festival of visual arts, music, theatre, dance, historical interpretation and storytelling, literary arts, film, food and more in and around Downtown Windsor.
This event is made possible through generous funding from Canadian Heritage‘s Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage grant from the Government of Canada.
Dieppe Gardens – Riverside Dr. W., Windsor
1992 CENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE OPENING
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – The “W” was sealed in 1992 during the City’s Centennial Celebrations in 1992. Be there when its contents are revealed …Windsor’s Mayor at the time, Mike Hurst left instruction for the capsule to be opened in 2017 as part of the 125th anniversary of incorporation. Join Mayor Dilkens, Centennial Coordinator Gisele Seguin and members of the Centennial Committee for the opening of the capsule and viewing of the items within. Many community organizations and individuals that have items in the capsule will be represented.
Chimczuk Museum – 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor
1892 CITY COUNCIL RE-ENACTMENT
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – Join Windsor’s City Council and their special guests for this light-hearted look at what council may have looked like 125 years ago. Hint … women did not vote or sit on council in 1892. Buckle-up, this will be a hootin’ hollerin’ good time. Attendees, including media are invited to embrace the 125-year-old theme. Costumes and ol’ time lingo appreciated. Huzzah!
7 pm – 8 pm
City of Windsor Council Chambers – 350 City Hall Square W., Windsor
WINDSOR 125 DOWNTOWN PARTY
Friday, May 19, 2017 – University of Windsor Athletics Club’s Night Flight Pole Vault, Mission Mile Walk/Run, Extended patios, entertainment, and Mastercard Memorial Cup games onscreen! Entertainment at various stages throughout Downtown Windsor, featuring Huttch, Soul Brother Mike, Crissi Cochrane, Soul Brother Stef, Kenneth MacLeod and The Windsor Salt Band, and Soul Delegation.
5 pm – 2 am
DOWNTOWN WINDSOR, Various Locations
WINDSOR 125 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:30 am Gather at Assumption Park and get ready for the annual Mayor’s Walk.
10 am – Join Mayor Drew Dilkens and special guests (including the Memorial Cup!) for this annual tradition. Interesting facts from Windsor’s 125-year history will highlight the path, along with cultural dancers and an assortment of flags from various countries.
GREAT CANADIAN FLAG RAISING
The Mayor’s Walk will pause at the foot of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive. Join the Great Canadian Flag Project Team, Mayor Drew Dilkens, Canadian Government representatives and special guests for the official flag-raising ceremony for the gigantic new Great Canadian Flag that will now fly on Windsor’s waterfront. This project was made possible through funding from the Government of Canada, the Canada 150 Fund, the fundraising campaign of the Great Canadian Flag Project team and the City of Windsor.
125th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
12 pm – 4 pm
Following the unveiling of the Great Canadian Flag, the walk continues up to Riverside Drive and back to the Vision Corridor (next to the Chimczuk Museum and Art Gallery of Windsor, and in front of the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre and Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union)
ShowMobile Stage Hosted by Mayor Drew Dilkens
12 pm – 4 pm
Singing of Happy Birthday with La Chorale du Tricentenaire, Reading by Windsor’s Poet Laureate Marty Gervais, First Nations Greeting and performance, Announcement of the selected artist(s) to create the Windsor 125 Public Art Installation in 2017, Bigg Wiggle and more.
Vision Corridor Activities
Free hot dogs and birthday cupcakes (while supplies last), served by members of the Optimist Club and sponsored by the Great Canadian Flag Project. Community Art Project – Wishing Wall, Community Art Project – Windsor 125 Mosaic , Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix car, Monster Mural painting, Stilt Guys, sidewalk art, bubble station, scooter races, hula hoop challenge, bean bag toss, parachute games, Mickie, Minnie and so much more.
10 am – 4 pm
Free admission. Performers, 125th birthday crafts, children’s gallery and learning space.
Art Gallery of Windsor
11 am – 5 pm
Free admission. Visions of Windsor Program – create drawings that depict your experiences of Windsor, which will be combined – like a large quilt – to form a window installation in the window of the second floor studio to spell out WINDSOR 125 and face Riverside Drive.
Adventure Bay Family Water Park Presented by WFCU Credit Union
10 am – 4 pm
Lobby Activities. Poetry on Demand with Vanessa Shields, Windsor 125 Celebration Flags screen printing, 3D Printing Lab with Nicolas de Cosson and University of Windsor 3D Print Lab.
Riverside Drive Activities
12 pm – 4 pm
Road Hockey with KidSport, Bike obstacle course with Bike Windsor Essex, and the “Together Exhibit” – which shares stories from around the globe and promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and pluralist world in a unique, mobile exhibition housed in a 53-foot, custom vehicle. With 1,000 square feet of exhibit space, Together transports visitors around the globe.