Monday, July 1, 2013

Where to celebrate Canada Day this long weekend

Canadians from coast to coast to coast and beyond will help mark the country's 146th birthday on Monday.
Events in Ottawa get underway at 9 a.m. ET and run until 10 p.m., with live music by Metric, Carly Rae Jepsen, and a special performance by Cmdr. Chris Hadfield and Ed Robertson.
CBC News will cover the celebrations in the capital live, beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on CBC-TV, CBC News Network and
Celebrations are also being held in London's Trafalgar Square, which CBC News Network will carry live starting at 6 a.m. ET. Canada Day in the British capital will feature live music by The Tragically Hip, The Sheepdogs, Arkells, Jann Arden and Northern Cree.
Other festivities set to take place across Canada include:
  • Vancouver's Canada Place will host festivities beginning at 10 a.m. PT, with a parade at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.
  • In Calgary, celebrations start at 10 a.m. MT, with some events relocated to Shaw Millennium Park because of flood recovery efforts in the city.
  • Edmontonians will be treated to a fireworks show over the city's river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River at 11 p.m. MT.
  • In Regina, the Royal Canadian Artillery will kick off the festivities in Wascana Park at noon CT with a 21-round gun salute, and The Trews will cap off an afternoon of musical performances at 8:30 p.m.
  • In Winnipeg, the entertainment begins at the Forks at 1 p.m. CT. In the evening, local indie band Imaginary Cities will team up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for a performance that will lead into a fireworks show at 11 p.m.
  • In Toronto at Mel Lastman Square, a concert and fireworks display will be held beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
  • The Old Port of Montreal will host a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. ET, following a day of musical performances that begins at 11 a.m.
  • In Quebec City, Canada Day celebrations will take place on the Plains of Abraham, with games, shows, and fireworks later in the evening.
  • In Moncton, celebrations get underway with a bike ride at 11 a.m. AT, followed by a concert headlined by Colin James at Main Street and Riverfront Park, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
  • In Dartmouth, N.S., live music by Skratch Bastid, Paper Lions, Gloryhound, The Elwins and Tokyo Police Club will begin at 5 p.m. at Alderney Landing, with a fireworks show over Halifax harbour set for 10 p.m.
  • Charlottetown's Victoria Park will host events beginning at noon AT, with live music and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
  • In Yellowknife, Somba K'e Civic Plaza will host celebrations between 12:30 MT and 4 p.m.
  • In Iqaluit, festivities begin with a pancake breakfast and flea market, then a Canada Day Parade.
  • In St. John's, Canada Day will start with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. NT at Signal Hill National Historic Site, with afternoon celebrations beginning at noon on Confederation Hill and a fireworks display scheduled for 10 p.m.

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