Canada 150

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Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at Canada Days!

From June 30 to July 3, Canada Days at Nathan Phillips Square will bring Canada's rich cultural fabric to life through an incredible mix of music, dance, circus, and street arts.

The dynamic music program features two stages showcasing current urban, indie, roots, pop and world music by emerging and established artists from across the city, all regions of the country, and around the world – reflecting Toronto's kaleidoscopic character, cultural diversity and creative energy.

A hospitality area offering food and beverage will be available for the public throughout the day. A nightly fireworks show will end the evening at 10:55 pm.

 

 

 

Plus! Mel Lastman SquareHumber Bay Park WestScarborough Civic Centre and Canada Day Community Celebrations at 15 locations across Toronto.

Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada.


June 30, 2017 | Nathan Phillips Square | 5 – 11 pm | Free

Main Stage

5 pm  Festival Opening | Join us for a special opening of Canada Days with a traditional blessing by Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.  The Chippewa Travellers, a family drum group originally from Chippewas of Nawash, Cape Croker reservation (Neyaashingaming) in Ontario, will perform an Aniishinaabeg drum song.  The New Revolution Choir, launched 13 years ago through Christian Horizons and comprised of people with developmental disabilities, will lead the audience in singing O Canada.

5:15 pm – New Canadian Global Music Orchestra | Canada's rich cultural tapestry is brought to life through this exciting new project created by the Royal Conservatory of Music and featuring twelve different performers representing a cross-section of Canada's social and musical diversity.

6:40 pm – Bareto | Next in the long legacy of Peruvian Chicha (psychedelic cumbia) bands, Bareto bridges traditional Latin American Cumbia rhythms and modern aesthetics with a contemporary tropical twist.

8:05 pm – Buffy Sainte-Marie | One of the most recognized Cree singer-songwriters of her generation and one of Canada's leading cultural voices, the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie performs selections from her much celebrated 50-year long musical journey exploring Indigenous issues of self-identity and social activism.

9:45 pm  Barenaked Ladies | Recognized as Canada's rock ambassadors to the world, beloved icons Barenaked Ladies are known for their humour and eclectic mix of folk, pop and rock. This performance looks back on 28 years and 15 classic studio albums filled with hits.

Discovery Stage

6 pm  Les Poules à Colin | Exposed to Québécois and other folk music from the moment they were hatched, these five friends are entrancing audiences as one of the youngest bands out of the hot Québécois traditional music scene.

6 - 9:45pm VJ Roxanne | Roxanne Luchak is a Toronto visual artist who has performed at hundreds of shows in North America and Europe, producing live video mixing and installations for art shows, corporate events, concerts, and theatre. She has been a fixture of Toronto’s music and performance scene dating back to Toronto's legendary party Vazeline by Will Munro as well as Kids ON TV.

7:25 pm – The Jerry Cans | The contemporary north is represented through a unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat-singing and reggae influences. Committed to challenging common misconceptions, these young artists have forced people to start noticing their high-energy performances.

9:05 pm – Kristi Lane Sinclair | Raised in B.C., Sinclair is a Haidi/Cree singer-songwriter who draws more from a DIY/indie aesthetic than traditional or mainstream music and creates a darkly intoxicating mix of grunge, folk and classical.

Pond Stage

6:05 & 9:10 pm  Lisa Odjig, Matthew Pheasant, Ian Akiwenzie and The Chippewa Travellers | Two-time world champion hoop dancer, Lisa Odjig, is joined by Matthew Pheasant and Ian Akiwenzie for a vibrant showcase of Indigenous art by way of movement and dance; with live drum songs performed by Aniishinaabeg family drum group The Chippewa Travellers.

7:30 pm – Toronto Métis Jiggers | Métis culture is brought to the forefront by Toronto's most recognized Métis dance collective. The Toronto Métis Jiggers combine patience, rhythm and stamina to create a powerful cultural celebration.

Pop Up

5:15, 6:45 & 8:15 pmHercinia Arts Collective | Come encounter circus arts group Hercinia Arts Collective's colourful and friendly characters dedicated to the lush natural beauty of Canada's great outdoors.

10:55 pm – Fireworks

July 1, 2017 | Nathan Phillips Square | 2 – 11 pm | Free

Main Stage

2 pm Born Ruffians | Imaginative and quirky, Born Ruffians have found their way into the hearts of many an indie-pop fan. Their uplifting power-pop anthems have been compared to the Talking Heads and the Strokes, however, Born Ruffians are true Canadian originals.

2:45 pm Reaffirmation Ceremony presented in partnership with National Partner CIBC.

4 pm Kid Koala Vinyl Vaudeville Show | World renowned scratch DJ and music producer brings his wildly popular Vinyl Vaudeville show to Nathan Phillips Square stage. Expect puppets, dancers and lots of fantastic tunes guaranteed to make your whole family get up and dance!

5:15 pm – Cuban-Canadian Jazz Collective | Produced by Lula Music and Arts, eight of Canada's finest Cuban Jazz musicians come together for a special collaborative concert featuring original compositions and a few traditional Cuban favourites. With special guest appearances by Juno Award-winner Hilario Duran and conguero Jorge Papiosco Torres.

6:30 pm Bixiga 70 | Brazil's relationship to the drum has been documented for centuries. Bixiga 70 dive deeper into the middle passage with a genre-bending project that bridges Afro-Brazillian drums, Guinean malinké and West African Afrobeat to create a fusion of sounds unlike any other.

7:35 pm Kaeja d'Dance – Flock Landing | Kaeja d'Dance bridges dance art and the public with this engaging performance. The work is personal, highly physical, quirky and sensual, revealing stories, lives lived and risks we take as human beings.

8:15 pm Charlotte Day Wilson | One of Toronto's most exciting new artists, Charlotte Day Wilson has captivated audiences with her stirring vocals and unique talent. Singer, producer and songwriter, Wilson is lighting up the indie music scene.

9:45 pm Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with special guest Rose Cousins | A special Canada 150 collaboration featuring the renowned Toronto Symphony Orchestra and one of the great songwriters of his generation, Ron Sexsmith; joined by P.E.I.'s remarkable singer/songwriter Rose Cousins, for a monumental performance touching on some of Sexsmith's most memorable songs from his 30+ year career. The TSO will be conducted by Jean-Claude Picard.

Discovery Stage

3:30 - 9:45 pm VJ Roxanne | Roxanne Luchak is a Toronto visual artist who has performed at hundreds of shows in North America and Europe, producing live video mixing and installations for art shows, corporate events, concerts, and theatre. She has been a fixture of Toronto’s music and performance scene dating back to Toronto's legendary party Vazeline by Will Munro as well as Kids ON TV. 

3:30 pm Maylee Todd | Free spirited and charismatic performer, Maylee Todd, brings her high energy show featuring her distinctive clash of soulful R&B and disco with heart-pumping electronic beats.

4:45 pm Richard Inman & the Mad Tappers | Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg's folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

6 pm Ghostkeeper | This distinct Alberta based band take inspiration from the oddest combination imaginable. Picture tender 60s girl group melodies swirling over 90s era indie rock with a touch of African pop and you'll soon realize it's too late, you're already up and dancing.

7:30 pm H'Sao | When Chadian musicians congregated in Montreal, no one expected such a refreshing sound. H'Sao create lush contemporary music that mixes pop, soul, jazz and R&B to create a powerful sound captivating audiences across Canada.

9 pm Dawn Pemberton | Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world. A passionate songwriter and performer, Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package.

Pond Stage

3:30 & 6 pm BoucharDanse – La gigue en souvenir | Six dancers, along with young dancers from the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre Core Apprentice Program, bridge the past and present with an ode to Les Charbonniers de l'enfer, reinventing the folk tradition of the "gigue" in a modern fashion.

4:45 & 9:05 pm Les 7 Doigts – Traces | Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements, theatre and contemporary dance, Les 7 Doigts surprise, awe and delight with their poetic and thoughtful performances.

Pop Up

2:15, 4 & 6 pm Hercinia Arts Collective – Money Fish | A highly interactive acrobatic trio of synchronized fish out-of-water engage and delight audiences with their silly shenanigans.

2:15, 3:15 & 4:15 pm Hercinia Arts Collective – Gargoyles | This group of human statues stand on guard across our site. Will they come to life as you walk by? Featured in the 2015 Dubai Comedy Festival, this funny and engaging performance is fun for the whole family.

10:55 pm Fireworks

July 2, 2017 | Nathan Phillips Square | 3 – 11 pm | Free

Main Stage

3 pm The Sorority | Misogynistic rappers have been put on notice – the future is female and the four emcees of the Sorority are leading the charge with their empowering and high energy spin on modern day Hip-Hop.

4 pm Shauit | Northern Quebec based artist Shauit takes elements of reggae and pop and blends them with his native language, Innu, to create songs about faith, respect, resilience and the environment.

5:15 pm Zaki Ibrahim | Recognized as one of Canada's iconic underground singer songwriters, Zaki Ibrahim has spent the past few years in the South African house music scene. Now, she's back home and preparing to reclaim her throne as Canada's Queen of Soul.

6:30 pm Roots of the 6ix: Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, Dream Warriors | Before the 6ix God ruled the charts and airwaves, Canada's Hip-Hop pioneers fought tooth and nail for proper representation. The foundation created over 30 years ago helped to establish the Hip-Hop and R&B superstars of today. Join us as we salute the originators with this epic showcase featuring iconic rappers Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, and Dream Warriors, with DJ Ron Nelson and The Dirty B-Sides.

8:15 pm Shad | One of Canada's most beloved rappers, Juno Award-winner Shad, has received countless accolades for his feel-good hip-hop sound. Shad's energetic live show, backed by a five-piece band, will make you jump, shake and shout.

9:55 pm dvsn | Signed to Drake's OVO Sounds label, dvsn have been capturing fans and critics alike with their blend of warm harmonies, lush beats and cinematic soundscapes. Since releasing their debut album in 2015, dvsn have been on the fast track to becoming your next favourite R&B duo.

Discovery Stage

3:30 - 9:55 pm VJ Roxanne | Roxanne Luchak is a Toronto visual artist who has performed at hundreds of shows in North America and Europe, producing live video mixing and installations for art shows, corporate events, concerts, and theatre. She has been a fixture of Toronto’s music and performance scene dating back to Toronto's legendary party Vazeline by Will Munro as well as Kids ON TV.

3:30 pm Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y'all) | Yes Yes Y'all is Toronto's premiere inclusive dance party, and holding court over this explosive celebration of self, is resident DJ Nino Brown, your favourite DJ's favourite DJ.

4:45 pm Honey Jam All-Stars | Over 20 years ago Honey Jam was created as an answer to the male-heavy world of Hip-Hop and R&B. Since then, some of Canada's most recognized artists have performed on the Honey Jam stage and this All-Star showcase features the next generation of Canadian superstars. With Charmie Deller, Vanessa Lu & Fridaee.

6 pm Drezus | A member of pioneering Indigenous hip-hop groups, Warparty and Team Rezofficial, Drezus mixes poetry with beats to create music that promotes cultural healing. Drezus brings poignant music with a message wrapped tightly inside head-nodding beats.

7:30 pm Los Poetas | This Pan-Latinx hip-hop blends classic boom-bap beats and bilingual rhymes with a mix of traditional Latin American influences. Backed by a full orchestra, this group creates a hip-hop sound that packs a powerful tropical punch.

9:15 pm Poirier Migration Soundsystem | Montreal based producer Poirier creates a full stage show built around his Tropical/Caribbean inspired productions featuring MCs and dancers. This show brings the dance party to you with a bass-thumping, feet-stomping performance.

Pond Stage

3:30, 4:45, 6 & 7:35 pm Battle for the North 2v2: Canada 150 | Universal Breaking League brings us a sequel to their very popular Battle of the North with a special two-on-two open breakdance competition. Some of Canada's finest linoleum warriors congregate on Nathan Phillips Square to battle over dance floor supremacy.

9:20 pm Les 7 Doigts – Traces | Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements, theatre and contemporary dance, Les 7 Doigts surprise, awe and delight with their poetic and thoughtful performances.

Pop Up

2 pm – 1LOVETO – TO Canada with Love Mural | 1LOVETO bring together some of Toronto's top visual artists to create a love letter to the city in the form of an eye-popping mural. 

3:30, 5:15 & 8:15 pm Hercinia Arts Collective – Graffiti Roamers | The art on the walls comes to life. Combining guerrilla aerial with living art, performers in graffiti painted bodysuits roam the street, climbing on and blending in with the urban landscape.

10:55 pm Fireworks

July 3, 2017 | Nathan Phillips Square | 3 – 11 pm | Free

Mainstage

3:05 pm The East Pointers | The East Pointers' energizing take on Celtic/folk traditions from Atlantic Canada has been turning heads and kicking up heels across Canada and now they bring the party to you.

4:45 pm Wesli | Wesli has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Haiti. Now living in Montreal, and recognized as one of the top Francophone artists in Canada for his stirring performances and festive sound.

5:35 pm  Kaeja d'Dance – The Flock | Kaeja d'Dance bridges dance art and the public with this engaging performance. The work is personal, highly physical, quirky and sensual, revealing stories, lives lived and risks we take as human beings.

6:15 pm Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band | One of Ghana's most revered master musicians and an icon of Highlife music, Pat Thomas is a living legend. Joined by his high energy Kwashibu Area Band, Thomas brings over 50 years of Highlife music to the stage.

8 pm Kingston All-Stars | Some of reggae music's heaviest hitters have come together for a one-of-a-kind reunion. Featuring some of reggae music's most renowned session players, the Kingston All-Stars will be joined by some of Toronto's Jamaican ex-pat players for a truly international celebration of reggae music. 

10:10 pm Belly | One of Canada's most acclaimed rappers and a writer of top ten hits for some of your favourite artists, Belly was born to create and perform music. Signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label and recently supporting The Weeknd on his world tour, Belly has worked tirelessly to reach super stardom.

Discovery Stage

4 - 10:10 pmVJ Roxanne | Roxanne Luchak is a Toronto visual artist who has performed at hundreds of shows in North America and Europe, producing live video mixing and installations for art shows, corporate events, concerts, and theatre. She has been a fixture of Toronto’s music and performance scene dating back to Toronto's legendary party Vazeline by Will Munro as well as Kids ON TV.

4 pm –  Lan Shin Band | Taiwan's Lan Shin Band is composed of musicians that do not simply play your typical pop, hip pop, rock, traditional folk or other fixed genres; they're open to trying any style as long as the music revolves around their aboriginal culture and tribal customs. Presented in partnership with TAIWANfest and the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan.

5:30 pm D'bi and the 333 | Nationally recognized Dub Poet D'Bi Young Anitafrika joins forces with master musician Waleed Abdulhamid to create a powerful new band that bridges the gap between dancehall reggae, hip-hop, punk ethos, African funk and performance art.

7:15 pm Betty Bonifassi | French born, Montreal based vocalist Betty Bonifassi is probably best known for her work on the 'Triplets of Belleville" soundtrack. With her current project, Bonifassi's searing voice breathes new life into traditional blues and work songs from the Deep South.

9:15 pm Ziskakan | Formed amongst the serenity of the Indian Ocean, Réunion Island based group Ziskakan add modern aesthetics, Hendrix/Dylan/jam-band influences and Indian instrumentation for a contemporary take on traditional Maloya music.

Pond Stage

4 & 7:20 pm Birds of Flight | Hercinia Arts Collective’s Living Forest highlights the natural beauty of Canada with vibrant colours and creatures that come to life to take the audience on a journey, while displaying beauty and strength through a performance of aerial arts and acrobatics.

9:20 pm Les 7 Doigts – Traces | Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements, theatre and contemporary dance, Les 7 Doigts surprise, awe and delight with their poetic and thoughtful performances.

Pop Up

3:45, 5 & 6:30 pm Hercinia Arts Collective – Money Fish | A highly interactive acrobatic trio of synchronized fish out-of-water engage with the audience with their silly shenanigans.

10:55 pm Fireworks