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Commemorating Victory in Europe Day (May 8, 1945)

May 8, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the unconditional surrender of Germany to the Allied Forces in 1945 ending World War II in Europe. VE Day marked a major milestone for the Allies but did not end the war. On this day 75 years ago, an exhausted war nation expressed elation and relief at the news and celebrated with joyful street parties. On the other hand, WWII in Asia did not end until September 2, 1945.

Flashback on how Newmarket celebrated back in 1945. Here are a few photos from The Elman W. Campbell Museum’s special exhibit to commemorate VE Day 75, available for free access when we reopen. 

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The Netherlands was liberated a few days before Europe, on May 5, 1945. Watch this Heritage Minutes video that commemorates the 75th anniversary of this event. Do you know why we have tulips in Ottawa? Tulip bulbs are gifts from the Netherlands for Canada's role in both liberating the Netherlands and hosting members of the Dutch royal family during the Second World War. After the war, the Netherlands began presenting Canada with tulip bulbs in gratitude, a tradition that continues to this day. Tulips are planted in Ottawa and blooms every May.  This year's Tulip Festival will be celebrated online instead from May 8 to 18.

Ways You Can Commemorate This Day 

Wear Red and join in a moment of reflection and remembrance at 11 a.m. on Friday the 8th of May and pause for a Two Minute Silence. Undertake the 'Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2' at 3 p.m. on the 8th of May, from the safety of your own home by standing up and raising a glass of refreshment of your choice and undertaking the following 'Toast'. "To those who gave so much, we thank you," using this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today. At 7 p.m. - stand on your front porch with bells and Ring Out For Peace. 

Check out these other Heritage links 

Live & Virtual Performances

  • *New this week* Child musician Anastasia Tyurina plays Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214, a polka in A major by Johann Strauss, at the 100th anniversary of the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia. 
  • *New this week* The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019: The Massed Pipes and Drums 
  • *New this week* Thousand Hands Dance: one thousand hands is the visual expression of the bodhisattva of Compassion, Guanyin. 
  • *New this week* Olena Uutai at Britain's Got Talent 2018 Semi-Final: jaw harp performer, shaman lady from Eastern Russia. 
  • *New this week* Ever heard of Hiplet? Started by Homer Bryant of the Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, Hiplet fuses hip hop and ballet in a style that's powerful, elegant, and so fun to watch. See a short video or hear from the dancers themselves
  • *New this week*  Poonam & Priyanka Indian Raga Dance to "Shape of You": Ed Sheeran's tune gets a new choreography and interpretation with India Raga (classical) music.
  • *New this week* The Wagakki Band "Homura": Japanese rock with traditional music.  
  • *New this week*  "Here Comes The Sun" by YCDSB Elementary School Music Teachers for Music Monday 2020
  • Tkaronto Music Festival (May 15 to 17) Online Indigenous music festival, based out of Toronto, organized by the Indigenous led 50/50 Performing Arts Collective. 
  • Annie Sumi Virtual Concert (May 9 at 9 p.m to May 22 at 9 p.m.): Nikkei Folk Musician presented by Canadian Cultural Centre. Free.
  • Artery is opening their living rooms online for music: Artery showcases are usually intimate in-person gatherings in people's homes. While we are all physical distancing, our community will be sharing experiences together over live-streams. Your support of local artists is critical and much appreciated at this difficult time. 
  • HotDocs at Home: enjoy some of the hottest documentaries from one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world – now streaming from the comfort of your couch.  
  • City of Toronto's Lunch Hour Live Concerts: from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday, City of Toronto presents live concerts on Facebook.  
  • Canada's Great Kitchen Party: Home Edition returns for an encore, tonight (May 6 at 8 p.m. EST) on Facebook Live, to encourage Canadians coast-to-coast to order food from local restaurants and then sit back and enjoy performances and food-related greetings from notable Canadians from musicians to Olympians. Every Wednesday, if you didn't know, is now #TakeOutDay so order in and enjoy the shows! Donations will benefit and the Community for Food Centres Canada. 
  • Cirque du Soleil: explore entire shows streamed online, behind the scene stories and other great content.
  • Guitar performance that shocked America's Got Talent 2019: An 18 year old student from Poland redefines guitar performance by bending cross-over in genres and techniques on an acoustic guitar. 
  • Acoustic Uprising tells the definitive story of Modern Acoustic Guitar, featuring interviews with world class Finger Style guitarists from around the world.  
  • Lean on Me Canada: #ArtistsCAN Watch, Stream, Listen and Share to help The Canadian Red Cross for COVID-19 Related Expenses. 
  • Barrie Music Scene - Quarantine Concerts & Shows on Facebook. 
  • The Lockdown Gigs: Scottish music, history and stories available on Facebook. 
  • URGNT Friday Concerts:  Toronto based online venue created in response to COVID.  Every Friday night at 7pm. Many JUNO award winners perform. 
  • Koerner Hall Presents: live and past performances
  • An Up-to-date list of Canadian Live Streams to Watch during COVID-19 by CBC
  • Stratford Festival On Demand
  • Mary Poppins Look-a-like Performing Coronavirus Song
  • Best virtual tours of Canadian attractions for seniors
  • Almighty Voices: Every Sunday until June 21, Tom Jackson hosts a digital, one hour-long variety series in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. The show will feature Susan Aglukark, Beverley Mahood, Sarah Slean, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Chantal Kreviazuk, Measha Brueggergosman and more.
  • Flashback: Frozen Fridays 2019 in Newmarket: remember when we partied together every Friday this past winter?
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 | 6:30 p.m. STRONGER TOGETHER CANADA: Join iconic Canadian artists, activists, actors, and athletes as they share their stories of hope and inspiration in this national salute to our frontline workers and in support of Food Banks Canada's COVID-19 relief efforts. Available on live broadcast on TV, Radio, Live Streaming and On Demand, click to find out.  
  • On Saturday, April 25, 2020 watch a free 24 hour live stream of World Buskers United - Online Live Buskerfest. Read about the buskers and schedule online before the event to make sure you don't miss your favourite performers. As these are live performances by a variety of buskers, please note that not all acts may be appropriate for all ages (e.g. danger/risk, language etc.). Viewer discretion is advised. 
  • Watch the FULL replay of the One World Together at Home concert special from April 18, 2020 courtesy of Global News.
  • Sakura, Sakura: Enjoy Cherry Blossom Festival with this performance of "Sakura Sakura" a Japanese folk song played by Kasumi Watanabe on a 25-string instrument called a koto. 
  • Choir of Women Physicians Sing "Rise Again". Voices Rock Medicine, these women physicians have put together this heartfelt tribute, dedicated to the superheroes of Canadian healthcare, and beyond. They rock!
  • National Arts Centre: Canada Performs 
  • National Film Board of Canada: over 200 films to view for free!
  • The Social Distancing Festival Live Stream with music, theatre and art performances. Check out what’s upcoming in the calendar.
  • Here are all the Canada Performs Literary Events Online 
  • Flashback to TD Newmarket Music Series 2019 
  • Newmarket #UnitedWeStand: local community leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs and residents joined together through the power of song to create an inspirational video during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrangements and Piano by Sam Reid, Robyn Black & George St. Kitts on Lead Vocals and Chorus.  
  • Music for Hope:  a performance by Italian opera singer, Andrea Bocelli on April 12, 2020 at the Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Italy. 
  • The latest updated list of livestreaming and virtual concerts to watch, by Billboard (as of April 7, 2020)
  • Nightly free streaming of Operas at the Met in NYC!
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Show Must Go On! A series of free performances of musicals with new episode every Friday at 7 p.m. BST (2 p.m. EST)
  • Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online for free
  • Free 7 day trial of online streaming of full-length, Broadway shows by BroadwayHD
  • An updating list of the best livestreaming and virtual Classical music performances
  • Check out the schedule for upcoming live concerts series by Ontario artists from their living rooms to yours

*New this week* Design, Play, Disrupt: Curating the V&A's Videogame Exhibition – The Victoria and Albert Museum's Marie Foulston discuss the conception of the 2018/2019 exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt, an exhibited aimed at defining a new curatorial language for the video game medium.


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