Celebrating Canada Day with All-Day Music in the Capital
On July 1, thousands of red-and-white-clad music fans gathered to celebrate Canada’s 149th birthday at Parliament Hill and surrounding parts of Ottawa.
They were treated to two full-length concerts, featuring new and established Canadian musicians such as Metric and Coleman Hell. The Noon Show took place in the East Garden of the capital, and consisted of the following performances:
- Alex Cuba (British Columbia)
- Alex Nevsky (Quebec)
- Cœur de Pirate (Quebec)
- Coleman Hell (Ontario)
- Indian City (Manitoba)
- Les Hay Babies (New Brunswick)
- Metric (Ontario)
A second Evening Show was staged at Major’s Hill Park, next to the National Gallery of Canada. Night time performers included:
Kardinal Offishall hosted the noon-time festivities, introducing a variety of independent, indigenous and Franco-Canadian musical acts. He also kicked off the concert with his own set of hip-hop music.
Prior to the music component of the celebrations, Prime Minister Trudeau rallied the crowd by giving his first-ever Canada Day speech.
The Prime Minister noted the significance of Canada’s 149th birthday and the importance of shared cultural traditions such as music:
“From the outset, Canada was formed not in spite of differences, but because of them. Thanks to the hard work and understanding between many cultural and religious communities, Canada is the diverse, inclusive, and compassionate country that we are fortunate to call home today.
“This Canada Day, let us celebrate our shared Canadian identity and take pride in everything we have achieved together since Confederation. We stand as a testament to the fact that a prosperous and hopeful nation can be as united as it is diverse.”
Together with Governor General David Johnston and Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, Trudeau also introduced the Canada Day concert by performing a traditional smudging ceremony with instructions from aboriginal Elder Dominique Rankin.
Later, Indian City from Winnipeg, Manitoba energized the crowd with an uptempo set of their unique, modern style of indigenous-pop music.
The show was telecast, meanwhile, on CBC News Network and several affiliated CBC and ICI Radio-Canada platforms.
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