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Events Mark Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial

December 12, 2014 -

Be part of history: mark the start of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial in his hometown, Kingston! All are invited to commemorate Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday at Kingston City Hall on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.

A number of City–led events are planned throughout Sir John A.'s birthday weekend, including:

Empire Life Great Debate: 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St.

Come join the debate: "Was Sir John A. Macdonald Canada's Greatest Prime Minister?" The Honourable Chris Alexander and The Honourable Bob Rae will make their case moderated by Steve Paikin. Tickets are $5 and are available through the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess St., by phone at 613-530-2050 or online at  This event is made possible by the generous support of Empire Life.

Fireworks: 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10 over Confederation Basin on Kingston's waterfront

Plan to take in the special Bicentennial fireworks over Confederation Basin before the 7 p.m. Kingston Frontenacs game on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Mayor's Welcome: 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11 at City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson will formally welcome you to the festivities from the steps of Kingston City Hall National Historic Site. This short ceremony will be attended by a quarter guard from the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment from Canadian Forces Base Kingston which is celebrating its own Centenary by participating in a number of such events. It is therefore fitting they provide the quarter guard for the Mayor's welcome accompanied by music from the Regimental Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards as well as a number of other special guests.

Manulife Bicentennial Birthday Bash: 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11 in Memorial Hall at City Hall

Warm up with family, friends and neighbours and enjoy treats and entertainment. Learn more about what's in store in 2015 and participate in a coin exchange – featuring the special Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial-commemorative circulation coin – hosted by the Royal Canadian Mint.  This drop-in event is made possible by the generous support of Manulife.

For more information about how the City of Kingston is marking the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial, please visit  For more information about other Sir John A. Macdonald events happening in Kingston throughout 2015, please visit

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