Passport To Unity is the signature multicultural festival in Sault Ste. Marie. 2014 sees the festival expand its offerings with 6 unique events and one full day of workshops and presentations covering the first weekend in May. Passport To Unity’s variety offers something for everyone. Be entertained, let your taste buds be tickled, or let your hair down by jumping into one of our workshops; you’ll be happy you did. Come and “Celebrate Different” with us in 2014.
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FRIDAY, May 2nd,2014
11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Kick off festival weekend with this Pop Up event in the downtown core. We plan to tease and whet the appetite, and will leave you wanting more. A 1.5 hour window into what Passport To Unity has become renowned for: Food, Entertainment, Art. Taking the theme of “Celebrate Different” we will transform the block of March Street to Spring Street into a bustling venue where people will have the opportunity to taste, watch, listen, and absorb diversity in unique settings.
Passport To Unity returns to its roots in 2014. Beginning in 2007 the festival was seen as a way for immigrants who had just been sworn in as new Canadians to celebrate this milestone. 2014 will see us open up the doors on this ceremony and have the community share in the celebration, and welcome those recipients who gain this treasured commodity. If you have never had the opportunity to experience a citizenship ceremony this is your chance. It truly is something to see, and a must on your festival to-do list.
Multicultural flare meets community spirit on this night. Be inspired by the amazing story of Leo Johnson, as he delivers his keynote address. Stand up and help us recognize outstanding contributions to building a sense of identity and belonging with our inaugural “Community Driven” awards. Round the evening off with a breath-taking performance of Flamenco, that will leave your heart racing.
In partnership with Great Lakes Honda we welcome you to “CELEBRATE DIFFERENT”. Trust us, this event has more than meets the eye.
SATURDAY, May 3rd,2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Building on the success of an exhibition Cricket match for the 2013 edition of the festival, we will host the 1st annual Northern Ontario Indoor Cricket Tournament.
Teams from our neighbouring communities throw down the challenge to the Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club in this abbreviated format of the sport.
Cricket is one of the most widely played team sports in the world, and is the fastest growing sports in Canada. We are excited to expand from an exhibition to a tournament in the span of a year. Come and cheer on all the competitors.
Workshops & Presentations (click here for more information)
Basics of Flamenco
- Maria Osende was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. She now calls Halifax, Nova Scotia home and runs one of Canada’s premier flamenco ensembles. This is your opportunity to learn from one of the very best.
This workshop is geared towards students who have never taken flamenco dance before. No experience in any type of dance is required. No partner either and no special shoes or clothing is needed. Come and try something new.
Flamenco offers a wonderful outlet for personal expression, and is both mentally and physically stimulating. Flamenco is a challenging art form which leaves room for continuous learning.
Latin Dance Workshop
Whether you are new to Salsa or dancing altogether come and enjoy a wonderful workshop where you will learn some simple Salsa and Merengue dance steps. Come as a couple or singles. The workshop is hosted by Algoma Latin Association on May 3, 2014 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm, Yoga Studio at Sault College. Please email email@example.com to sign up by May 1st, 2014. Everyone is welcome!!
Dress code: non marking shoes, dress to impress
The National Museum of Immigration at Pier 21:
- Voted as one of the 7 Wonders of Canada, Pier 21 is of major national cultural significance, so much so that this landmark has been transformed into a National Museum that celebrates the role immigration has played in forming Canada. Ethnic communities such as Finnish, Italian, Croatian etc in Northern Ontario can trace their roots to this landing spot in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Carrie-Ann Smith, the Audience Engagement Chief for the museum will take you on a journey through the history of Pier 21 and the transformation to a Canadian Museum.
- Meet, listen, and ask. This is a chance to get up close and personal with A Tribe Called Red before they rock the Sault College Health & Wellness Centre later on in the evening.
Hear what it means to be ambassadors for First Nations people. Understand why they started doing what they do. Learn about their amazing story that is taking them, and First Nations culture and traditions to different spots around the world.
We’ll even give you time to snap a pic and grab an autograph.
PTU Marquee Performance (click here for more information)
In partnership with the Sault College Native Student Council we proudly bring to you the group that is exploding around the world, that is turning heads, that is marrying traditional pasts with present…We are so excited to have A Tribe Called Red be the Marquee Performance for Passport To Unity 2014.
Taking cutting edge electronic music and blend it with traditional Pow Wow vocals and drumming; the music and sound are infectious and captivating. There is no better way to usher in this new era for the festival. This performance is one that should not be missed.
SUNDAY, May 4th,2014
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There is something to be said about staying connected to your origins. For the past 7 years this one day at the Essar Centre has been the festival’s flagship event, and we run with the premise of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, just tinker”. Based on your feedback and input we look create an experience that stays with you and brings you back year after year. After all, we see a festival as living, breathing, and ever evolving so we look to add and create new interactions for you.
This is a full day of entertainment, food, art, crafts, games, and fun for everyone. Come and celebrate, show us your culture, be proud of your origins because we sure are. This is a showcase of not just the diverse array of cultures that make up our great city and region; it is a platform to shine the light on the amazing talent and people that call Northern Ontario home.
You are invited to stay, share, learn, love, and laugh. You’ll have a blast.
Passport to Unity started 8 years ago when immigrant status in Sault Ste. Marie began to increase significantly. The festival began as a small event to promote inclusivity with Sault newcomers and create a more welcoming Sault Ste. Marie for our newcomers and local community. Seven years later the Passport to Unity Festival surpassed any expectation which involved the growth and acceptance from our local community. Last year with the support of business like yours, over 5,000 people were able to come together in celebration of positive differences of culture in all shapes and forms.
As the years go on, Sault Ste. Marie’s growth and development will come from our newcomers and a community made up of its own cultural diverse mosaic. Diversity is a growing part of Sault Ste. Marie and our country as a whole , it represents who we are as individuals, as a community and as a country. Passport to Unity has a direct impact in creating Sault Ste. Marie’s cultural mosaic. Each year we have a growing representation of cultural backgrounds sharing their food, dance, song and art for the community and tourists from all over the world to enjoy.
The Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival is an annual event in Sault Ste. Marie that welcomes, celebrates and unites cultural diversity through entertainment, food and exhibitions.
The Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival in Sault Ste. Marie strives to be Northern Ontario’s largest annual self-governing 3 day celebration by inviting citizens from across the world to pay tribute to their ethnicity and values through art, culture, history and tradition.
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For more information on Passport to Unity 2014 e-mail Alisha Rosset