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CANADA: Jan. 28 Industry News

NATIONAL: Marco Experiences—a marketplace for virtual, hybrid and in-person team-building experiences—is launching a Heritage & Awareness Month Experience Series. For Black History Month in February, the company will offer experiences centered around race, culture and the Black experience; future experiences will center around Women’s History Month in March, Mental Health Awareness Month in May, AAPI Heritage Month in May, and Pride Month in June.

CALGARY: The Calgary Comic Expo, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary from April 23-24, will feature a highly anticipated reunion of the Lord of the Rings cast. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan will be on hand to answer questions, share stories and more. The reunion is being held as a separate after-hours event; tickets are on sale now.

EDMONTON: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) is teaming up with Do North Events and the city of Edmonton for the inaugural POT Canadian Open, which is slated to take place July 23-24. Both professional and age-group athletes will have the chance to swim, bike and run a new 100-kilometer course through Edmonton’s River Valley. Registration opened this week.

TORONTO: TCS is the new title sponsor and tech partner of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon from 2022-2026, taking over from previous sponsor Scotiabank. Through the partnership, the company hopes to introduce a new official race app that will offer a carbon footprint calculator for attendees to track and offset their impact on the environment when attending the race. The marathon will take place Oct. 16; registration opened Jan. 25.

VANCOUVER: Organizers of the Vancouver Mural Festival will once again host the VMF Winter Arts event. Running from Feb. 11-27, the free public event essentially turns downtown Vancouver into an open-air art gallery, complete with AR-enabled art, light installations and live performances presented in a COVID-safe way. New this year will be Winter Arts Hub, a central outdoor space with food, drinks, art and performances.