Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 01, 2016 11:30 ET

Canada's Capital Region Is Set to Host the Biggest Canada Day Celebrations in the Country!

Unveiling the lineup for Canada Day 2016

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 1, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today unveiled the details of this year's Canada Day festivities in Canada's Capital Region. An array of exciting activities will take place at three official sites: Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park, in Ottawa, and the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau.

Canada Day celebrations in Canada's Capital Region are organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage. They are made possible through the support of our national sponsor, the Chicken Farmers of Canada; our official sponsors Manulife, Hudson's Bay and President's Choice; and the more than 500 dedicated volunteers who provide invaluable help.

Morning Program on the East Lawn (from 9 a.m.)

In the morning, visitors will be able to attend the Changing the Guard ceremony at 9 a.m. (new time) and the Peace Tower Carillon concert at 10 a.m.

Canada Day Noon Show (Noon to 1:30 p.m.)

The Canada Day Noon Show will include remarks from dignitaries, a flypast by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and performances by Canadian artists:

  • Alex Cuba (British Columbia)
  • Indian City (Manitoba)
  • Coleman Hell (Ontario)
  • Metric (Ontario)
  • Alex Nevsky (Quebec)
  • Cœur de Pirate (Quebec)
  • Les Hay Babies (New Brunswick)

The show will be broadcast live on multiple CBC and ICI Radio-Canada platforms, including CBC News Network and ICI RDI.

Canada Day Evening Show (from 7:30 p.m.)

The Canada Day Evening Show will feature all the artists from the noon show and a flypast by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, and will culminate with the President's Choice Pyro-musical Fireworks at around 10 p.m.
A one-hour edition of the evening show will be televised across Canada on CBC and ICI Radio-Canada at 9:00 pm (DST) with special programs on Tou.tv, ARTV, Espace Musique and TV5 Monde. The show will also be broadcast live in its entirety on CBC Radio 2, CBC.ca and radio-canada.ca.

Quick Facts

- Rebecca Makonnen and Kardinal Offishall will host the Canada Day noon show.

- The festivities at Major's Hill Park will feature a variety of cultural performances, including Shawn Hook and Andie Duquette, as well as displays and activities for all ages.

- Family-focused programming will be offered both indoors and outdoors at the Canadian Museum of History, including displays, games, performances and inflatable structures.

- Canada Day activities take place throughout Canada's Capital Region. All day long, there will be free events for revellers of all ages at most of the area's national museums and institutions.

- On average, the Canada Day sites in Ottawa-Gatineau welcome 350,000 people-one third of them tourists.

Quotes

"I'm very pleased to be taking part in my first Canada Day as Minister of Canadian Heritage. I invite you to join me in making the most of the many activities being offered in Canada's Capital Region. I invite all Canadians to show their Canadian pride during the celebrations taking place in your part of the country."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

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Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
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