Once in a 100 years


Like the fictional Scottish village of Brigadoon, which only appeared for one day every 100 years, our Centennial bash is September 21. Miss it and you will be sorry when your friends and neighbours tell you what an incredible event it was.

Starting at noon on Sunday, September 21 at noon there will be a parade along Queen Mary Road and Fleet and ending in Hampstead Park. Following the parade there will be a super show all afternoon and ending with fireworks at 7:30 pm.

There are a few themes to the parade. One is changes over the last 100 years and into the future. That fits with our Centennial slogan, “Looking back, moving forward.” We will have vehicles from a horse-drawn fire wagon up to the Felino, the hit of this year’s Montreal Auto Show, being driven by its developer and race car driver for the first time on city streets. There will also be everything in between.

Another theme is diversity, something which we celebrate in Hampstead. Over 15 ethnic groups will be in the parade and performing at intervals along the route.

As September 21 is the International Day for Peace, we will have a contingent of about 100 soldiers from the Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR) marching with their band. The RMR is also celebrating their centennial this year and Hampstead has a very close relationship with them.

The show following the parade will have a number of surprises, but I can reveal some of the headliners including Martha Wash (The Weather Girls - It’s Raining Men, C & C Music Factory) and Crystal Waters (100% Pure Love) from the US. The amazing 12 person BackBeat Show Band will be performing hits from the 60s through to today. Be sure to catch The Damn Truth, one of the hottest new bands on the scene today. And there will be much more. It all goes on rain or shine so dress for the weather and come out for a great time.

For more information about the Centennial Parade and Concert please click here.

Centennial Lane

When we thought about how to celebrate our Centennial year, we took note of the fact that Hampstead is a town of many successful residents who give generously of their time and money to worthy causes. So we wanted to give back as a town during this special year. We decided to partner with the Starlight Foundation, a well respected organization that helps sick children. The Starlight kids will be at the front of the parade doing their annual “Walk for Smiles.”

We also decided to redo the path between Finchley and Lyncroft and rename it Centennial Lane. Details are on a flyer inside this newsletter. You can purchase a brick and have it engraved with an appropriate inscription. Part of the proceeds will go to the Starlight Foundation. However, there are a limited number of bricks in each size so don’t delay and order your brick(s) soon. It is a way to leave your mark and that of your loved ones on the town that we love and, at the same time, to help the Starlight Foundation.

Finally, I want to thank the title sponsor of the parade and show, Silver Star Mercedes-Benz.

If you have any comments or questions on this topic or anything else related to Hampstead, please e-mail me at WSteinberg@Hampstead.qc.ca or call me 7 days a week until midnight at my home office (514) 483-6954. 


Dr. Bill Steinberg
Mayor, Town of Hampstead