Family-friendly shows, rides, 21-gun salute for Canada Day in Toronto

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The annual Canada Day celebration of the Ontario government will be held as usual on the front lawn of Queen’s Park in Toronto, with family-friendly live performances, rides and more.

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, said: “In Ontario, our remarkable diversity is bound together by a love and respect for our great country. Canada welcomes people from all over the world to live in peace and pursue opportunity. What better way to show our appreciation than by celebrating Canada Day with our family, friends and neighbours. ”

This year’s event next Friday, July 1 includes performances by:

  • The casts of Fame The Musical and Alice in Wonderland
  • Canadian beatbox champion Scott Jackson, Anishnaabe dance artist Nimkii Osawamick and chanteuse Mélanie Brûlée
  • Brass band buskers Hogtown Sound.
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Adults and children can:

  • Take part in interactive performance art workshops
  • Learn how to make crafts and create Mad Science experiments
  • Take a break in The Parent-Child Mother Goose Storytelling Program tent.

Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the official opening and 21-gun salute beginning at noon. Admission is free.

  • Roads around Queen’s Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park has been a tradition since 1967.
  • Formerly known as “Dominion Day”, Canada Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, joining Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec in confederation.
  • In 2017, Canada and Ontario will celebrate their 150th birthday.


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