Toronto's massive four-day Canada 150 party kicks off today

Jun 30 2017, 3:25 pm

The City of Toronto will host a four-day music and performing arts festival to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, and it all starts today.

Canada Days will run from June 30 to July 3 at Nathan Phillips Square with one-day celebrations at Scarborough Civic Centre, Humber Bay Park West and Mel Lastman Square tomorrow on July 1. After each performance at Nathan Phillips Square, stick around for nightly fireworks.

As part of the celebrations today, there will be three performance stages at the Square starting at 5 pm. Performers include:

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, 5:15 pm – This 12-piece ensemble of professional musicians from all over the world, brought together by the Royal Conservatory, represents a cross-section of Canada’s social and musical diversity.

Bareto, 6:40 pm – Traditional Latin American Cumbia rhythms and modern aesthetics are bridged together with a contemporary tropical twist by this high energy band from Peru.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, 8:05 pm – Canada’s leading cultural voice, and most recognized Cree singer-songwriter, performs selections from her celebrated 50-year-long musical journey.

Barenaked Ladies, 9:45 pm – Canada’s rock ambassadors to the world look back on 28 years and 15 classic studio hit albums spanning an eclectic mix of folk, pop and rock.

Also note, due to the celebrations, there will be a series of roads on June 30. These roads include:

• Bay Street between Dundas Street to Richmond Street from 4 pm to 1 am.
• Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue from 4 pm to 1 am.
• Elizabeth Street, Hagerman Street and Albert Street from noon to 1 am due to the nightly fireworks display.

Nathan Philips Square 

Where: 100 Queen Street West
When: June 30 at 5 pm to 11 pm

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