Canada Day in Victoria

cday1-700x300This year, Victoria Celebrates Canada Day is a three-day, family-friendly celebration, featuring children’s activities, music performances, and an international food village, taking place over the July long weekend.

On July 1, Victoria Celebrates Canada Day will feature a full schedule of events during the day starting at 11 a.m. with A Flavour of Canada and family-oriented events at Ship Point, including multiple activity tents presented by various sponsors. A new secondary performance stage at Ship Point will showcase emerging artists and multicultural groups throughout the long weekend.

The City is pleased to be able to offer an expanded series of children’s activities on the Legislature Lawns due to the generous support of Coast Capital Savings, the Presenting Sponsor of Victoria Celebrates Canada Day. The Monster Mural, introduced last year with overwhelming success, will return to provide children the chance to be creative with their Canadian pride. New this year will be the Community Tree, where people can post their celebratory Canada Day messages on red, maple-leaf shaped post-its – making the tree flourish with national pride.

“We are excited to be offering a range of family-oriented activities and performances on Canada Day and throughout the long weekend,” said Charlayne Thornton-Joe, City Councillor and Canada Day Committee Member. “Canada Day is a time for us to come together and celebrate our diversity, and it’s a time to share our collective pride in being Canadian. The international food village and new multicultural stage at Ship Point will enable us to do just that.”

The afternoon will include First Nations music and dance and the welcoming of new Canadians on the Canada Day Main Stage on the Legislature Lawns, as well as activities downtown presented by the Downtown Victoria Business Association.

Fred Penner, the acclaimed Canadian children’s entertainer famed for The Cat Came Back, will delight children and those young-at-heart at 5 p.m. Family-friendly music performances by local Vancouver Island artists will transform the Legislature Lawns into a one-of-a-kind concert, showcasing the talents of Quoia, Afro Mumanzi, Steph Macpherson, Shane Philip, Vince Vaccaro, and Current Swell. Canada Day celebrations downtown will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display at 10:20 p.m., set to Canadian music that will be broadcast on 107.3 KOOL FM.

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