A hot and sunny May afternoon in downtown Ottawa provided the perfect setting for this year’s Canada Day 2018 performer announcement.
With rising local heroes and The Launch winners, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, pleased the lunch hour crowd with their hit single “Ain’t Easy” as the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly, announced the performers scheduled for both the July 1 noon hour celebrations, as well as the evening concert leading up to the fireworks display on Parliament Hill. Performers for celebrations at neighbouring Major’s Hill Park on June 30 and July 1 were also announced at this time.
Headlining both the noon-time celebrations and the evening concert are Arkells and Lights; both of whom are coming off of a big year of Juno-nominations and wins, and hit singles finding their way into the airways across the country and the world.
Joining Arkells and Lights at noon will be Star Académie alum, Brigitte Boisjoli, Cree and Dene singer-songwriter and Juno nominee, Iskwé. Montreal’s Queen Ka, Rose Cousins and official anthem singer to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Martina Ortiz Luis will also be on hand for the noon hour celebrations.
Joining Arkells, Lights, Boisjoli and Iskwé at 8 p.m. on Parliament Hill will be Ruth B, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Jean-Marc Couture, Klô Pelgag, DJ Shub, the Dead South and Boogát.
Meanwhile, at Major’s Hill Park, the party will start June 30 with a Megaphono showcase and will feature performances by Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, Sila and Rise, Andréanne A. Malette, Rise Ashen and River Town Saints. Continuing the party on July 1, the stage will play host to performances by the Beaches, Noubi Trio, Logan Staats, La Bronze, Jacobus, Yao, Miss Shelton and Charlotte Cardin.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.