Saturday, July 01, 2017, 12:30pm - 10:30pm
Opening ceremony at 12:30 pm | Fireworks display at 10:15 pm
The City of Charlottetown has announced major programming details for its all-ages Canada Day activities and Canada 150 celebration.
“The Fabric of our Country: A Celebration of Canada” will celebrate Canadian culture and heritage in historic Victoria Park by building upon the City’s traditional Canada Day activities, expanding to include free-of-charge festivities that shine a spotlight on the Canada 150 themes through partnerships with cultural, youth, aboriginal, francophone and multicultural organizations.
Celtic music couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, and Canadian singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant and will headline the Canada Day stage at the new cultural pavilion in Victoria Park. Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy have won multiple JUNO and East Coast Music awards for Celtic-rooted musical styles. Natalie, a Cape Breton native, and Donnell, the oldest brother of the acclaimed family group Leahy, married in 2002. Their first recorded collaboration in 2015, One, was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas. MacMaster and Leahy have six musical children and, when they aren’t travelling the world, they live on 120-acres of ancestral land in Lakefield, Ontario.
Lennie Gallant, a native of Rustico, PEI, has recorded eleven albums, which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. His album, When We Get There went to the International Space Station aboard Shuttle Endeavour with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. His songs have been recorded by more than 30 artists and have also appeared in feature films, television series, and theatrical productions. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist.
Charlottetown’s cultural pavilion stage in Victoria Park will showcase artists including the 2017 ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year, War Horses; Island traditional Acadian band Gadelle; rising stars Logan Richard Band, Victoria Children’s Choir, and Canada’s Rockin’ the Hits featuring the vocals of Joey Kitson, Catherine O’Brien, and Caroline Bernard with Don Fraser on keyboard, Perry Williams on guitar, Devin Hornby on bass, Alan White on drums and a three-piece horn section, The Keppoch Horns. They will play hits by Lighthouse, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Steppen Wolf, The Guess Who, Trooper, Prism, Bryan Adams, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and the Powder Blues Band.
The celebrations will start in Victoria Park with the Official Opening Ceremonies at 12:30 pm, which will include a Citizenship Reaffirmation program presented by CIBC, a living flag activity featuring members of HMCS Charlottetown, and birthday cake. Children’s activities will take place from 1 to 6 pm with Victorian carnival inspired activities, face painting, and balloon twisting. There will be vendors, buskers and a pop-up artisan market, along with the City’s water refill station—H20 on the Go.
Other national Canada 150 initiatives include ParticipACTION Canada 150 Playlist, the unveiling of a community mural mosaic, Canada C3 at Port Charlottetown and ART EXPRESS’D, of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
The public is also invited to Port Charlottetown and Queen’s Wharf for a chance to admire the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta—nine cathedrals of the high seas. On-ship tours, supporting vessels HMCS Charlottetown and Canada C3, Québec City cultural performers, and Pirates of Halifax will add a lively air to the celebration.
From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, at Victoria Park’s West meadow, catch the top professional Axe-Men in the country competing for the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Champions Trophy, an event that will have spectators at the edge of their seats from beginning to end. This event includes the top eight athletes from the Canadian Championship.
The stage performances at the cultural pavilion will continue at 8 pm with the Canada Day headliners capped off by a fireworks display visible from the Victoria Park waterfront at 10:15 pm.
For a detailed schedule for the Canada Day activities, the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta and the STIHL Timbersports Canadian Champions Trophy, visit charlottetown.ca/Canada150.php. Follow event details on Facebook and on Twitter @ChtownPE