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Overlanders Day celebrates North Shore

August 17, 2016 3:45 P.M.
Japanese children's choir performs at Overlanders Day 2015.

The largest event of the year on the North Shore is sure to be an even bigger celebration as Overlanders Day overtakes McDonald Park this Saturday, Aug. 20.

“We have a lot of fun coming up,” said Steven Puhallo, manager of North Shore Business Improvement Association, said at City Hall Tuesday before council officially declared Aug. 20 Overlanders Day.

Named after the hardy settlers who navigated their way down the North Thompson to Kamloops by log raft in 1862, Overlanders Day has been steadily building participation and attendance over the last three years.

The day includes musical and dance performances on centre stage, a children’s area, a business and community expo and a set of food booths collectively known as Tastes of the North Shore.

As well, the event has an evening component this year, The Tragically Hip broadcast live from hometown Kingston, Ont. The live-streaming event, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, will be screen simultaneously in McDonald Park and Riverside Park starting at 5 p.m. The benefit performance, along with the band’s final tour, are tributes to front man Gord Downie, recently diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.

“It’s going to be a big event,” Puhallo said. “It’s very sad, but it’s a great thing they’re doing.”

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