The Government of Canada has planned a virtual firework display for Canadians celebrating the country’s 153 birthday on Wednesday.
The City of Toronto also has a special virtual day planned for its residents to celebrate.
Toronto’s Canada Day celebrations normally take place every year at Mel Lastman Square. It attracts over 30,000 spectators annually. This year the celebration is going digital.
Toronto’s virtual celebration will begin bright and early, at 9 am.
Audiences will be able to stream morning, afternoon, and evening shows.
Downloadable interactive and all-age celebration kits will also be available. You can also nominate a frontline worker for recognition.
The day will start off by sharing a holiday breakfast with guest chefs. This event has been titled “Canadian Pancake Breakfast.” You will be able to enjoy breakfast while tuning into performances by Jully Black, The Next Generation Leahy, and more.
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After breakfast is “Culture Jam.” This will be a showcase of Toronto artists and neighbourhoods. It will feature Kardinal Offishall, Ali Hassan, Cris Derksen, and more.
The “Ready for Prime Time” event begins at 7 pm. This event will include “powerful, engaging, interactive” performances by Haviah Mighty, Gordon Lightfoot, and Choir! Choir! Choir!
The CN Tower will also be putting on a 15-minute light show. It will begin at 10 pm and broadcast live on CP24. The light show will feature “powerful light cannons” and “a playlist featuring music by a diverse group of Canadian artists.” The playlist will be simulcast on CHUM FM 104.5.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the day will be the virtual fireworks display. You can use your smartphone, tablet or computer to watch fireworks in a “fun and innovative way.”
The show begins at 10 pm local time and will last for three minutes.
According to the Government of Canada, “the augmented reality experience will give you the same visual and sound effects as a real fireworks display!”
You can find the virtual fireworks on the government’s website on Canada Day.