May Days

Thank you Port Coquitlam!

A big thank you to our sponsors, community contributors and performing artists for your involvement in our online May Days LIVE Broadcast on May 9th and to everyone that signed on to watch! It was a huge success! Incase you missed it, or would like to view again, see the video of the LIVE event above with host Mark Friebe from the Giggle Dam, guest speakers: Mayor Brad West, Cllr. Nancy McCurrach, MP Ron McKinnon and May Days Committee Chair Bob Lee along with music performances by the following artists:

Paul Filek                   Antoinette Libelt

Etienne Siew             Ben Cottrill

Congratulations to our selected Royal Party members:

Record Bearer – Javier Johnston
Ambassador – Nicholas Klein
First Princess – Alexandria McPhail
May Queen – Mary Krell

Community Art Project submissions will be accepted until June 15th and Flash Fiction Contest continues until June 4th, details below.

Thank you Port Coquitlam for your support of our online May Days this year! We are very hopeful that we can continue with our usual format for May Days 2021 with live events that everyone can attend. See you in 2021!

Hosting a Virtual Block Party

Host a virtual viewing block party by video conference to get to know your neighbours better and share some laughs, art, stories or even ideas about how to cope. More information on how to host a Virtual Block Party HERE

 

Other May Days Festivities include:

'What My Community Means to Me' Art Project

Participate in our Community Art Project

Port Coquitlam residents of all ages and members of the Royal Party are invited to participate in a May Days community art project by expressing in words or drawings what Port Coquitlam means to them.

Download our templates below:

Port Coquitlam Resident Template: Submit online by clicking here.

Royal Party Template: Download and submit artwork in the drop box at the Outlet in Leigh Square. The Outlet at Leigh Square is located at:
#110-2248 McAllister Ave, Port Coquitlam.

All artwork must be submitted by June 15. Artwork will be shared through social media, become part of a large digital art piece, and will be maintained as a record of this unique period of the city’s history at the Port Coquitlam Heritage Museum. Members of the Royal Party will also have their artwork created into a commemorative booklet. Please email arts@portcoquitlam.ca with any questions.

PoCo Has Heart Street Banners

As an addition to the 2020 Community Street Banner project, we will unveil four new heart-themed banner designs selected from the hundreds of drawings residents have submitted to the city over the past month. Watch for the banners on the Coast Meridian Overpass in mid-June!

Mother’s Day Card Making Workshop

Make a card for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Learn how to make a pop-up Mother’s Day card with a few supplies you already have around the house: paper, scissors, glue, pencil and coloured pencils or crayons.

Flash Fiction Contest

​Flash Fiction Contest and Online Writing Workshops

Flash Fiction is a complete story told in 750 words or less. Residents of Port Coquitlam of all ages are invited to enter our Flash Fiction Contest hosted by the Terry Fox Library and the City of Port Coquitlam. The winning Flash Fiction story will be featured in the City of Port Coquitlam’s Storywalk Program along the Donald Pathway.

 

Each story must:

  • Be, or contain, an adventure
  • Be set in Port Coquitlam
  • Include the word “seed
  • Be no more than 750 words (min 180)

Titles are not included in the word count. Entries must be original and not contain any copyrighted materials, including song lyrics etc.  Staff of FVRL and the City of Port Coquitlam cannot enter.

 
 
Contest Runs
May 4 to June 4, 2020
 
Deadline
All entries must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
 
Grand Prize
$75 gift card to Western Sky Books, sponsored by the PoCo BIA. The winning Flash Fiction story will be featured in the City of Port Coquitlam’s new Storywalk along the Donald Pathway.
 
Two Runners-up
$50 gift card to Western Sky Books, sponsored by the PoCo BIA.
 
Visit Terry Fox Library Website to enter: Flash Fiction Contest
 
 

Need help with your entry? Sign up for our Writing Workshops!

Join author Kevin Spenst for a virtual writing workshop. Register by email at arts@portcoquitlam.ca to receive the workshop link and password.
 
Flash Fiction Contest Workshop for Teens: Move it!
Friday, May 8, 2-3:30 pm
With only a page or two to sink your story into the imagination of a reader, it’s super important that your writing be concise, lively, and fun! To prepare for the adventure theme in Port Coquitlam’s Fast Fiction Contest, come and participate in this hour and a half online workshop where you’ll be taken through the process of coming up with ideas, putting together action-packed plots, and editing for concision. We’ll consider the places in Port Coquitlam and how they can be turned upside down and inside out to uncover all the possible exploits outside your doorstep. We’ll also dig up new ideas around the idea of “seeds” (a word that you’ve gotta include in your story). Let’s do it!
 
Flash Fiction Contest Workshop for Adults: Moving Plots and Readers
Sunday, May 17, 2-3:30 pm
With only a page or two to get your narrative into the imagination of a reader, it’s vital that your writing be concise, vivid, and meaningful. In order to be best equipped for the adventure theme in Port Coquitlam’s Fast Fiction Contest, come and participate in this hour and a half online workshop where you’ll be taken through the process of coming up with ideas, putting together action-packed plots, and editing for concision. We’ll also explore what the idea of adventure means and all its possible permutations in the nooks and crannies and histories of Port Coquitlam. How can all of this grow out of a “seed”? (a word that must be included in your contest story). Well, your imagination holds the path to that answer!
 

Bio:
Kevin Spenst is an author who’s no stranger to hijinks and adventure. In 2007, he launched his first collection of flash fiction by reading at fifty venues (coffee shops, book stores, art galleries, the Vancouver Public Library, and the Skytrain) by bicycle in one day, and in 2004, he did a ten-city, one-hundred venue reading tour across Canada. He is the author of the poetry collections Jabbering with Bing Bong, Ignite, and Hearts Amok: a memoir in verse (Anvil Press). He teaches creative writing at Vancouver Community College, and has given workshops and talks at SFU, UBC, KPU, and Douglas College.

Here’s a trailer for a book tour of BC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY0LVlF3YHo

Origins of May Day Celebrations

The month of May is believed to have been named for the Roman goddess of spring and growth, Maia. The month of May heralds the awakening and flourishing of nature and the coming of spring. In the City of Port Coquitlam, this month marks the celebration of May Day.

In ancient times, May was a time for outdoor celebrations. In Rome, it was a time that was sacred to Flora, the goddess of flowers. The Romans celebrated May Day with flower-decked parades. In England, the village youth went to the woods to gather spring flowers and hawthorne branches, returning singing and dancing. The flowering boughs they gathered were used to decorate the May tree. As the white flowered hawthorne tree became the tree most often decorated, it came to be called the May tree. In more recent celebrations, the May pole, symbolic of the May tree it has replaced, has been decorated with colourful ribbons.

The City of Port Coquitlam first introduced the celebration of May in 1916 when the principal of James Park School, Mrs. Enid Cox, arranged a small celebration for her pupils. The first official community May Day was held in 1923, when James Park and Central schools combined their efforts. It was in 1923 that Miss Evelyn Mars was crowned as Port Coquitlam’s first official May Queen.

In modern times, Port Coquitlam’s May Day celebration, has a May Queen and an Ambassador, along with the Royal Party, preside over the festivities, which normally include a parade, music, entertainment and dancing around maypoles.

This year’s online celebration is the latest proactive action Port Coquitlam has taken to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to support the community at this challenging time.

Community Performances – May 6-8

To start our online festivities we have a community performance by Choral Connections. Choral Connections is a non-profit, non-auditioned community choir for adults from 21 years of age which are a group of people in the community that have a passion for singing! Thank you for being a part of our annual ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

It’s day 2 of our online PoCo May Days festivities and next up is the infamous Golden Spike Can Can Dancers. Sharing with us their virtual way of can can dancing.

The Golden Spike Can Can Dancers (GSCCD) is an energetic group of ladies who volunteer their time and energy into practicing and dancing to raise money for different charities and are sponsored by the Pleasantside Community Association. Thank you for being a part of our annual ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

Next up in our virtual community performance line up is Silver Chord Choir. They are sharing with us past performances. The Silver Chord Choir is the community seniors’ choir in the City. It was started in 1968 as a fun way for seniors who enjoy singing to get together, make music and above all, have fun doing it. Now, over fifty years later, they have over fifty members, most of whom turn out to regular rehearsals and performances. Their members range from 50 to over 90 years old! silverchord.kulekats.com

Thank you for being a part of our ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

Mellado Dance Elite has been proudly serving Port Coquitlam and the surrounding community for 20 years.

Thank you for being a part of our ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

Lindbjerg Academy is a performing arts centre that is dedicated to teaching the art of musical theatre, dance, singing and acting. The academy is not only a centre where children learn the skills to perform, but also a place where those skills are applied and enjoyed. The Academy has directed choirs that have performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat both times the professional company came to Vancouver (including the tour starring Donny Osmond).

Thank you for being a part of our ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

A Country Dance Team that loves to dance and have fun. A group of talented, energetic and very enthusiastic dancers. They dance, teach and entertain at most local parades, fundraisers & country events around the lower mainland.

Thank you for being a part of our ONLINE event! Enjoy the show!

May Days is virtual!

This year’s online festivities replaced the iconic annual parade, Party in the Square and other events that draw thousands into downtown Port Coquitlam that were cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online festivities kicked off on May 6, when performances by local artists and other activities were uploaded here and pocomayday.ca leading up to our LIVE online broadcast celebration on May 9th.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

May Days is organized in partnership with the May Days Committee and the Port Coquitlam Centennial Rotary Club.

Thank you to our sponsors: Canadian Heritage,Canadian Royal Purple and Downtown PoCo BIA

Contact

Alex Bickers
Event Producer – Community and Civic Events
Tel 604.927.7935
Email bickersa@portcoquitlam.ca