Jun 21

Canada Day Downtown Calgary 2017

by Downtown Calgary · 1 comment

Happy 150th birthday Canada!

Be a part of the celebrations on Saturday, July 1st in Downtown Calgary. There will be something for everyone including Canadian Armed Forces activities, Indigenous entertainment with a traditional Powwow, an extensive line-up of Canadian musicians on the Riverfront Avenue stage and the Stephen Avenue Summer Stage as well as an outstanding fireworks display lasting 30 minutes!

We’re happy to share that there are many locations hosting family-friendly activities and entertainment during the festivities.

Canada Day at Olympic Plaza

This year the historic Olympic Plaza will host an array of music, dance and storytelling for the whole family. Activities include performances by a jazz ensemble and integrating line dancing, opera, DJs, ballet, improv, roving performers, hands-on mask making and print-making workshops, plus a child-friendly craft activity at the Famous Five monument – this location has something for everyone. Pledge your allegiance to Canada at the CIBC Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony, break some moves to Beatbox or simply sit back and enjoy watching our Chinook Country Line Dancers strut their stuff.

For the full schedule on the Medal Stage and Circle Stage, visit the City of Calgary’s page - Canada Day at Olympic Plaza..

Strum n Sing Along with Ian Tyson

String instrument players are invited to Strum n Sing Along with Ian Tyson to the tune of Four Strong Winds.  This event is proudly sponsored by Calgary Downtown Association, Arts Commons and the City of Calgary and is also taking place at Olympic Plaza.

The flash concert of guitars, ukuleles, banjos, and even mandolins will perform together alongside legendary Alberta musician Ian Tyson and host Tim Tamashiro to celebrate Canada 150. Attendees can be a part of the concert or enjoy it at Medal Stage at Olympic Plaza at 1:30 PM.

To take part as a musician and receive the music ahead of time, register here.

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage, sponsored by the Calgary Downtown Association, will host a great Canadian musical experience featuring the following artists:

  • The Corey Hotline
  • Scotch Whiskey Limousine
  • Andrew Allen
  • Sugar Snap
  • The New Electric

Celebrate Canada 150 at the CORE Stage

Enjoy a variety of artists on the Canada 150 CORE Stage located in The CORE Shopping Centre (333 7 Ave SW), sponsored by the Calgary Downtown Association and The CORE. Performances will run from 12 PM to 4 PM on Saturday, July 1st.

  • 12:00pm: MJP Irish Dancers
  • 12:30pm: H/W School of Ballet
  • 1:00pm: Calgary Folk Arts Council
  • 1:30pm: Oliver Miguel Saxophone
  • 2:30pm: Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 3:30pm: Jazz performance by Jasmine Toombs
  • 4:00pm: Crescendo Choir

Eau Claire Market

Come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with an all-day party! This FREE event will have activities for all ages including Live Entertainment, Artisan Market by MarketSpot YYC, Children’s Games and Crafts, Petting Zoo, Reptile Display, Magician, Surprise Guests and much more. Activities will be taking place at the Festival Market Stage and Plaza, the indoor Eau Claire Stage and the North Plaza.

For additional information, visit Eau Claire Market’s Facebook event page.

Celebrate at Central Library

For many, the library is one of the best resources in our community. For the first time, Central Library will be open on Canada Day and they are welcoming Calgarians to enjoy family-friendly activities, including: campfire stories and songs (English, French and Indigenous); 150 acts of reconciliation; selfie station; arts and crafts activities including colouring stations, stonewall and animal tracks adventure; Lego construction pit; and a giant chess tournament. Activities run from 10 AM to 5 PM. More information can be found at www.alliance150.ca.

Prince’s Island Park

Enjoy some unique Francophone entertainment on Prince’s Island to celebrate Canada Day 150! The action starts at 10 AM with a carnival atmosphere that includes interactive games, mascots, puppet show, francophone music, Quebec traditional dishes and Maple Taffy on snow. Storytelling, Metis finger weaving along with fiddle music by James Thurgood will round out the day.

There will also be a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the Indigenous culture. Children can learn Metis dance steps and try unique arts and crafts while everyone enjoys the traditional Powwow and cultural programs in tipis and Metis trapper tents. It all begins on the Main Stage at 10 AM with a Morning Blessing and ends there with great music beginning at 5 PM.

Enjoy military displays and educational activities on Canada Day at Prince’s Island Park.

Riverfront Avenue

Enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment on the Riverfront Avenue stage. Performances include the Chinatown parade, Midnight Taiko Drumming, Woezo African Dance, DJs, Cirque Nova Performers, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Tegan and Sara closing off the show.

Fireworks over the Centre Street bridge

Finish your Canada in downtown Calgary with a bang! A world-class firework show synchronized to live music broadcast will leave a lasting memory of Canada’s 150th birthday with the show lasting 30 minute.

For a complete listing of activities happening in and around downtown, visit www.calgary.ca/CanadaDay. Keep an eye out for a detailed guide with a map to plan your most memorable Canada Day!

If we’ve missed a Canada 150 activity happening downtown on July 1, email us at [email protected].


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