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Your Guide To Canada Days Free Concerts Across Toronto


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Toronto is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in style with a four-day festival held all across the city. The Canada Days festival begins on June 30 and ends on July 3. There are a variety of musical acts, including Barenaked Ladies, Basia Bulat, Belly and so many more that Canadians of all ages can enjoy.

Check out who’s performing where below:


Nathan Phillips Square

The festival starts and ends at Nathan Phillips Square. For the entire long weekend, musical, acrobatic and dance acts will be taking one of the four stages: Main Stage, Discovery Stage, Pond Stage, and the Pop Up. Each night will then be closed out with fireworks at 10:55 pm.

June 30
The festival begins at 5 pm with a traditional blessing by Elder Gary Sault. A family drum group called The Chippewa Travellers will perform, followed by The New Revolution Choir, who will lead the audience in singing “O Canada.” A number of acts are scheduled to perform throughout the entire night, including Les Poules à Colin, Toronto Métis Jiggers and Buffy Sainte-Marie. The performances close out with legendary Canadian rock group, Barenaked Ladies, at 9:45 pm.

July 1
The festival continues on Canada Day and kicks off with indie-pop group, Born Ruffians, at 2 pm. The group is followed by 17 more acts, including Mayelee Todd, Ghostkeeper and Charlotte Day Wilson. The performances close out at 9:45 pm with a special collaboration for Canada 150, featuring Ron Sexsmith, Rose Cousins and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

July 2
On Sunday, female Hip-Hop group, The Sorority, start the festivities. 15 acts are set to follow them, including Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all), Roots of the 6ix: Maestro Fresh Wes, Michie Mee, Dream Warriors and Shad. The performances end with one of Drake’s latest finds, R&B group dvsn at 9:55 pm.

July 3
The last day of the festival beings with Celtic/folk group, The East Pointers at 3:05 pm. The day continues with performance from D’bi and the 333, Betty Bonifassi and Kingston All-Stars. Canada Days ends with a performance from one of Canada’s most popular rappers, Belly, at 10:10 pm.


Mel Lastman Square

A range of musical acts will be at Mel Lastman Square on July 1 from 2-11 pm. Folk-Jazz Orchestra, Zuze, will open at 2:15 pm. For the rest of the night many young bands and established artists will take the stage, including Birds of Flight, Shauit and The Lytics. Dance group, Busty and the Bass, close out the performances at 9:45 pm.


Humber Bay Park West

The Canada Day celebration continues from 2-11 pm at Humber Bay Park West on July 1. The day begins with multi-instrumentalist, Diely Mori Tounkara, at 2 pm. SATE, Pantayo, Bareto and Heavyweights Brass Band are also some of the many acts scheduled to perform. Juno-nominated indie folk singer, Basia Bulat, will close the performances at 9:45 pm.


Scarborough Civic Centre

The last stop during the Canada Days festival is at the Scarborough Civic Centre from 2 -11 pm on July 1. The show starts with blues duo, Les Filles de Illighadad, at 2:15 pm. Unity Hour, Bonjay, Horsepowar and 13 other acts will perform throughout the night. The influential rap duo from Ottawa, Deen Squad, will close out the performances at 10:10 pm.

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