Passport to Unity

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

Diversity Downtown (click here for more information)

Block between March and Spring – 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

LogoVersion1This one off pop up event is free for all to attend. Spring Street to March Street will be closed over the lunch hour in order for people to enjoy fantastic local entertainment in unique settings. Make sure you bring your wallet so that you can take care of those taste buds.

Taking the theme of “Celebrate Different”, we will transform Queen Street into a bustling hive of activity, where people will have the opportunity to taste, watch, listen, and absorb. This is a free, all ages event.

Canadian Citizenship Ceremony (click here for more information)

Sault Ste. Marie Delta Hotel Conference Centre – 2:00 p.m.

CIC logoIn 2014 we are heading back to our roots. In the first year of the festival we hosted a Citizenship Ceremony, and welcomed approximately 30 people into Canadianhood (if there is such a word).

This year we are doing it all again. Friday, May 2nd at the Delta Hotel – 2pm, we will be hosting the Citizenship Ceremony where a plethora (that is the scientific name for a group of new

Canadians…) of people take the oath, sing the National Anthem, and scream with joy as they too officially join this nation as Canadian citizens.

This is truly an inspiring event to witness. We are opening the doors to anyone and everyone to come and celebrate alongside New Canadian’s and their friends and families. This is a free, all ages welcome, event.

Opening Night Celebrations (click here for more information)

Water Tower Inn’s Pavilion – 7:00 p.m.

GLH_LogoMulticultural Flare meets Community Spirit on this night.

Three amazing components to this night, that all come together for our inaugural Opening Night Celebration. Held at the exquisite Water Tower Inn Pavilion this is a night not to miss.

Adults $20, Students $10 – All ticket sales will be given to The Liberian Learning Centre project, and to create a local endowment fund for students studying in the field of Humanities.

What to expect

Community Driven Awards

Passport To Unity, in partnership with Great Lakes Honda will honour 4 people who are

“Community Driven”. We are proud to acknowledge those who are active participants in our community that continually promote community involvement and invite others to participate in celebrating a sense of identity and belonging in Sault Ste. Marie.

Leo Johnson

Leo’s story is an amazing one; born in Liberia, 8 years in a refugee camp, coming to Canada as a sponsored refugee, and graduating McMaster University. This alone is quite a journey, one that many people would applaud, but Leo didn’t stop there.  Leo’s selfless work as a student and

afterwards to work with underprivileged youth, particularly immigrant and refugee communities is absolutely inspiring. His efforts have seen him receive the YMCA Peace Medal, the J.C. Holland Award for Youth Leadership and Excellence, and Leo is recognized as one of top 75 immigrants in Canada.

We are honoured to have Leo deliver our keynote message at our inaugural Opening Night Celebration.

Maria Osende Flamenco

Maria Osende brings the Soul of Spain to the Heart of Northern Ontario, adding a modern twist to the centuries old art form, in an electrifying showcase of dance and music; be prepared to be spellbound.

Along with her guitarist, percussionist, and singer, Maria will light up our Opening Night Celebrations with a performance rarely witnessed in these here parts.

SATURDAY, May 3rd,2014

Northern Ontario 1st Annual Indoor Cricket Tournament: All day at the Northern Community Centre

Northern Community Centre – Begins at 10:00 a.m.

We are excited to host a full fledged cricket tournament as part of the festival this year. Cricket clubs throughout the province will battle for the right to be crowned Kings of Cricket for 2014, in this abbreviated form of the sport.

This is a free, all ages event, for people to come and watch (and very well learn) about a sport that is the fastest growing in Canada.

Kicking off at 10:00 am, and running all day at the Northern Community Centre there is plenty of time to swing by and lend your support to the Sault Ste. Marie Cricket Club.


Basics of Flamenco

Maria_Logo_2014Sault College Studio Room A1080 – 1:00 p.m.

Taught by the amazing Maria Osende, this workshop is geared to people who have never taken Flamenco dance before.

No experience required, no partner necessary, or special shoes. This is a free workshop,appropriate for ages 12 years and up.

Pre-registration is required, contact or call 705.759.0909

Latin Dance Workshop

Sault College Studio Room A1080- 2:30 p.m.

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 single. The workshop is hosted by the Algoma Latin Association.

Dress code: non marking shoes, dress to impress.

This is a free workshop, appropriate for ages 12 years and up

Pre-registration is required, contact or call 705.759.0909



The National Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Sault College Room B1170- 2:00 p.m.

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.

This free, all ages presentation.


Up close and Personal: A Tribe Called Red:

Sault College Enjimaajiding, Room G1200- 2:00 p.m.

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.

This is free, all ages event.

Marquee Performance

8:00 p.m.


Sault College Health & Wellness Centre – 8:00 p.m.

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. Taking cutting edge electronic music and blending it with traditional Pow Wow vocals and drumming; the music and sound are infectious and captivating. This performance is one that should not be missed.

This is an all ages event.

Cost: $20 per ticket – online at or in person at 503 Queen Street East

SUNDAY, May 4th,2014

 A Taste of Unity – Essar Centre (click here for more information)

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.

Community Significance

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