CANADA: Canada Day's Virtual Fireworks, Calgary Stampede's Drive-Through Food Events, CN Tower's Reopening, and More

NATIONAL: This year's Canada Day fireworks display was put on virtually across the country using augmented-reality technology. Hosted on a dedicated WebAR website, the three-minute, 3D fireworks show was viewable through a mobile camera. The project was developed and managed by The T1 Agency, Current Studios, and WonderMakr. 

CALGARY: While the 2020 Calgary Stampede festival has been canceled, organizers began hosting 10 days of grab-and-go food events on July 4. In compliance with COVID-19 regulations, only those in vehicles are allowed to participate in the drive-through experience, which includes a mini-donut drive-through, a pancake breakfast drive-through, and a food truck rally. 

EDMONTON: After postponing this year's Taste of Edmonton to 2021, Events Edmonton has launched a fundraiser to raise money for future events. Each donation of $100 will receive one sheet of 40 tickets for the 2021 festival; donations can be made online at tasteofedm.ca. In 2019, the festival donated $100,000 to 22 local nonprofits.

MONTREAL: Palais Des Congrès de Montréal is preparing to reopen by hosting hybrid events with partners Encore and GES. All rooms at the convention center will be reconfigured to comply with Canada’s two-meter distancing measures, and a team of technicians and producers can add a variety of virtual components. 

TORONTO: The CN Tower will reopen for guests on July 15; timed tickets for the observation levels go on sale starting July 1. The 553-meter-high tower will have enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, reduced overall capacity, a requirement for facemasks, floor decals to reinforce physical distancing, and more. 

VANCOUVER: The CP Canadian Women's Open has been canceled for 2020. The golf tournament was originally scheduled for the Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club from September 3-6; it's slated to return in 2021. 

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