CANADA: Calgary’s Winter Festival, Virtual Emancipation Day Celebrations, the Vancouver Mural Festival, and More

NATIONAL: The Virtual Events Institute has launched a new global platform aiming to bring the event community together. VEI will provide a forum to discuss topics regarding virtual and hybrid events, delivering high-level summits, market insights, community networking, awards, and certified training. The launch begins in August with a 10-module certified training course led by market-leading subject matter experts, focusing on the skills and knowledge needed to plan and execute exceptional virtual events. 

CALGARY: The Chinook Blast, a new six-week winter festival slated to begin in January 2021, is planned to boost the city's tourism division during the colder winter months. There are 55 community organizations from the arts, nonprofit, tourism, and sports sectors that have come together to host the event. The festival will feature many of the city's most sought-after attractions and programming. 

MONTREAL: The fourth annual Bishop's Forum will be held virtually this year from Aug. 8-11. The goal of this event is to immerse English-speaking Quebecers ages 17 to 26 into Quebec's political, social, and economic systems. Guest speakers and panelists include Premier Jean Charest, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Registration is free.

TORONTO: Emancipation Day—an event that commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act on Aug. 1, 1843, that freed more than 800,000 people of African descent—will take place digitally this year due to COVID-19. The event, hosted by A Different Booklist Cultural Centre in partnership with the TTC, will run from 10:45 p.m. on Friday, July 31, until 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. 

VANCOUVER: The Vancouver Mural Festival has released the full three-week lineup of events for the 2020 celebration. From Aug. 18 to Sept. 7, artists will paint and unveil over 60 murals in nine different neighborhoods including Mount Pleasant, South Granville, Robson, the West End, Downtown Vancouver, Strathcona, Gastown, River District, and Marpole. Additionally, VMF is launching a mobile app that will help participants find, explore, and learn about more than 250 murals. 

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