Ottawa has been pumping us up for the Canada 150, July 1st celebration for over a year now, and we are about this close to painting our faces red and white and running around wearing nothing but a Canadian flag. So yes, we’re a little excited. Deep breaths.
Well, the people in charge of this shindig (Trudeau himself perhaps?) have finally let us in on what Canadian talent we can expect to see at the big three-day celebration on the hill. And the list is long.
Canadian singers Serena Ryder, Alessia Cara and Ruth B will perform as well as Canadian country icon Gordon Lightfoot and younger country star, Dean Brody. There will also be special performances from the Montreal-based Cirque du Soliel and Burlington band, Walk Off the Earth.
That’s not the end of the list either. The event will be closed by Canadian activists and authors, Craig and Mark Kielburger with a special Canada Day WE celebration. That’s going to include its own set of stars too including the Barenaked Ladies, Chris Hadfield, Hedley, Alanis Morissette, Kardinal Offishall, Penny Oleksiak, Lilly Singh, Jacob Tremblay, Margaret Trudeau (yes, Justin’s mom) and a bunch more.
For those who can’t make it, the WE Day portion of the celebration will be broadcast live on their Facebook page and will air July 8th on CTV.
Yes, there may be a few great Canadian names missing from that list (Drake, Justin, Carly, Shania, Celine and Avril, to name a few) but we’re pretty excited about this lineup. Plus there’s always time to add some more big-name performers. Nudge, nudge.
You won’t even have time to miss those names though, because the celebration is a solid three days of music and performances from 9am to 11pm June 31st to July 2nd. All we ask is that Drake make some sort of surprise appearance. Although we’re a little unclear on if he can actually travel anywhere in Canada outside of the 6ix. Guess we just have to wait and see.