When the flocks of tourists descend upon downtown Ottawa this Canada Day weekend, their day will begin and end with a rousing party featuring a diverse lineup of the hottest artists from across the country.
Performers headlining the noontime show on July 1 on Parliament Hill include K’Naan, T. Thomason and Karim Ouellet. The headliners will be joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and dancers from the acclaimed Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal; as well as by hosts Herby Moreau and former Mrs. Universe, Ashley Callingbull-Burnham.
As revelers continue on their day in the Nation’s Capital, Parliament Hill’s evening show will bring a uniquely Canadian show, including headlining performances by Brett Kissel, The Strumbellas, Marie-Mai, and Cœur de pirate; as well as encore performances by K’Naan and Karim Ouellet. Canada’s First Nations will also be the spotlight as performances by William Prince, Crystal Shawanada and Shawnee will be sure to dazzle.
If the crowds of Parliament Hill are not your style, or you’re looking for awesome fireworks viewing sites to go with your music, stages at Major’s Hill Park and Canadian Museum of History will also feature beloved headliners.
Nestled behind the grand Chateau Laurier, Major’s Hill Park will offer two nights of performances. The party starts June 30, Vancouver’s Said the Whale will be joined by Montreal’s Salebarbes, Ottawa’s Mehdi Cayenne, Winnipeg’s Iskwé and Montreal’s CHANCES. Tokyo Police Club will headline the July 1 celebrations at Major’s Hill Park, alongside Montreal DJ, Domeno, Montreal singer-songwriter, Corneille, Coquitlam’s Tyler Shaw, and Montreal’s Élage Diouf.
Situated directly across the Ottawa River in Gatineau, the Canadian Museum of History will spotlight aboriginal artists, with performances by DJ Shub and Silla + Rise. Joining the celebration at the museum will also be Montreal’s Bleu Jeans Bleu and Halifax’s Ben Caplan.
For more information on Canada Day events in Downtown Ottawa, please be sure to visit Canada Day in the Capital Region
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.