After a massive surge of community pride that saw a record 572 nominations submitted by Canadians across the country, Kraft Canada and TSN revealed the Top 20 communities selected as finalists for the summer's biggest community celebration: the Kraft Celebration Tour. Now it's time for Canadians to vote by visiting KraftCelebrationTour.ca or Tourneedecelebrationkraft.ca.
As announced on Sunday exclusively on SportsCentre on TSN and SPORTS 30 on RDS, the Top 20 communities have been paired up and will be narrowed down to 10 tour stops for the Kraft Celebration Tour through 10 days of head-to-head online voting from July 9 to 21.
As part of the Kraft Celebration Tour, the 10 winning communities each receive $25,000 from Kraft Canada to put towards improvements to a local recreation facility and serve as a backdrop for a live broadcast of SportsCentre.
The Top 20 communities, along with the match-ups and scheduled voting dates are as follows:
- Monday, July 9 - Kimberley, BC vs. Creston, BC
- Tuesday, July 10 - Clarenville, NL vs. Canning, NS
- Wednesday, July 11 - Cochrane, AB vs. Innisfail, AB
- Thursday, July 12 - Pugwash, NS vs. Port Hawkesbury, NS
- Friday, July 13 - Porcupine Plain, SK vs. Kerrobert, SK
- Monday, July 16 - Sussex, NB vs. Bathurst, NB
- Tuesday, July 17 - Hamiota, MB vs. Manitou, MB
- Wednesday, July 18 - Chicoutimi, QC vs. Sainte-Adèle, QC
•- Thursday, July 19 - Kakabeka Falls, ON vs. New Liskeard, ON
- Friday, July 20 - Trenton, ON vs. Lindsay, ON
Voting for each match-up is unlimited and runs online from 12 noon ET each weekday for a 24-hour period. Results of each vote are announced the following weekday on SportsCentre on TSN and SPORTS 30 on RDS.
Leading up to each vote, SportsCentre and SPORTS 30 will profile each match-up with a look at both communities and their proposed community improvement projects.
The Kraft Celebration Tour editions of SportsCentre and SPORTS 30 air live from August 17 to 26. TSN's Darren Dutchyshen and Kate Beirness host SportsCentre from all Western Canada stops, while Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole bring Canada's number one sports news program to all Eastern Canada communities.
In addition, RDS anchors François-Etienne Corbin, Alain "Le Baron" Chantelois, Valerie Sardin and Genevieve Langlois join the Kraft Celebration Tour festivities in Quebec, as they host a live broadcast of SPORTS 30 from either Chicoutimi or Sainte-Adele.
A record total of 572 nominations were received for this year's Kraft Celebration Tour, with nearly 14,000 comments submitted by community members in support of local nominations. The 20 finalists were selected based on essays and photos describing how a $25,000 award from Kraft Canada would not only make a difference in the community, but also help improve a local recreation facility that builds strong social ties and promotes healthy, active living in the area.
During the tour, fans can keep up with the cross-country adventure on social media by visiting and liking the Kraft Celebration Tour Fan Page on Facebook, and by following and interacting with the tour's personalities on Twitter. Official Twitter hashtags for the Kraft Celebration Tour include #kraftcelebrationtour and #tourneedecelebrationkraft.