Musical Fun On Tap For Canada Day

Our nation's holiday sees hundreds of celebratory music-led events taking place across the country over the upcoming weekend. Some of our top artists are in action, and we present a few choices.

Musical Fun On Tap For Canada Day

By Kerry Doole

The decision of  Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives to scrap Canada Day celebrations on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature to cut costs is making headlines, but the country's birthday still sees hundreds of music-led events take place across the country over the upcoming July 1 weekend.

What follows is just the tip of the popsicle of the choices offered across the nation.

Vancouver: The 32nd annual Canada Day celebration at Canada Place on July 1 features plenty of fireworks, while world music faves Delhi 2 Dublin head the musical lineup.

Edmonton: An all-Alberta bill entertains at the Mainstage in Jubilee Park on July 1. Featured from 7-11 pm are Derina Harvey Band, Steve Newsome, and The Wet Secrets


Calgary: On Monday, July 1, Studio Bell at the National Music Centre offers free admission all day, courtesy of Bell. A great opportunity to check out the space and its music-themed exhibits and film screenings, plus the live music on tap. And, yes, there's an O Canada sing-along.

Winnipeg: Canada Day at The Forks features performances from Eagle & Hawk, Moon Tan, The Sorels, Little Miss Higgins, Kendra Kay, Sweet Alibi, The Noble Thiefs, Double the Trouble,  Leaf Rapids, and more. The musical fun starts at 1:30.

Hamilton: The free weekend Its Your Festival features a triple threat bill of Jack de Keyzer, The Pursuit of Happiness, and Lowest of the Low on June 30. Chilliwack and The Northern Pikes play July 1.

Toronto: Expect a full house when homegrown indie rock heroes Broken Social Scene play a free Canada Day show at the Harbourfront Centre's Concert Stage.

Multiculturalism Day at Mel Lastman Square on June 30 sees performances by MEl Mrabet & Al Qantara Forward, Maria Bonita & The Band, and Okavango African Orchestra. Jully Black headlines at the Square on July 1.


Ottawa: The July 1 celebration on Parliament Hill is star-studded again this year. The musical lineup includes Brett Kissel, Kaytranada, the NAC Orchestra, Karim Ouellet, K'Naan, The Strumbellas, Coeur de Pirate, William Prince, and T. Thomason.

Montreal: The mainstage artists at Montreal's principal Canada Day Celebrations in St. Pierre Square in the Old Port include David Usher, KNLO, Ludovick Bourgeois, and Brigitte Boisjoli.

Halifax/Dartmouth:  Alderney Landing in Dartmouth hosts an impressive musical cast on July 1, including A-Trak, the Sorority, Ellevator, Kallitechnis, and Carmen Townsend.

St. John's, NL: Newfoundlanders will be among the first in the country to start the Canada Day Celebrations. The family fun and entertainment at King George V Park in the day is followed by an evening concert featuring Carolina East.

Myles Goodwyn on stage

Myles Goodwyn on stage

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RIP: April Wine's Myles Goodwyn

Myles was one of Canada's great pop/rock songwriters and a perfectionist in all he did.

April Wine co-founder, longtime frontman and lyricist Myles (Francis) Goodwyn died from cancer on Sunday (Dec. 3) in Halifax at the age of 75.

Originally from Woodstock, New Brunswick, Goodwyn formed April Wine in 1969. Over the band’s 50-plus-year career, April Wine sold an estimated 10 million records in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and released 22 studio and live albums that included Live at the El Mocambo. That album was engineered and produced by Eddie Kramer, who was at the recording console with the Rolling Stones when the Brit band famously played the Toronto club under the alias of The Cockroaches. April Wine opened both their shows.

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