Entertainers Carly Rae Jepsen and the Tragically Hip, as well as recently retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, are among the personalities helping usher in the country's 146th birthday today, and the celebrations extend beyond Canadian borders.
- LIVE coverage from the capital begins 11:30 a.m. ET on CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBCNews.ca
In Ottawa, more than 350,000 Canadians are expected to converge on Parliament Hill for Canada Day festivities Monday. Lineups for a good spot to take in the entertainment began as early as 4:30 a.m. ET.
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Political dignitaries such as Prime Minster Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston will also be part of the celebrations.
"We are fortunate for so many reasons to call this great country Canada our home," Harper said in a taped message. "We have a country of abundant resources and noble heritage, a country where people of all backgrounds are given both the tools and the opportunities to flourish, a country that serves as a model of freedom, harmony and prosperity the world over."
Between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., Call Me Maybe singer Jepsen and indie rock band Metric will be among the Canadian musicians performing. As well, Hadfield will join Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson in a special musical performance.
Other high-profile Canadians also taking part in the celebrations include double-lung transplant recipient Hélène Campbell, who has championed organ donation around the world.
July 1 celebrations in Canada and beyond
While there are celebrations across Canada, they are also being held outside the country.
For instance, in London, England, where about 85,000 Canadians live, Canada House in Trafalgar Square will be treated to entertainment by the Tragically Hip, the Sheepdogs, Hamilton rock band Arkells, Jann Arden, and the Alberta drum and vocal group Northern Cree Singers.
Other festivities across Canada include:
- Vancouver's Canada Place festivities begin at 10 a.m. PT, with a parade at 7 p.m. and a fireworks show at 10:30 p.m.
- In Calgary, celebrations start at 10 a.m. MT, with some events relocated to Shaw Millennium Park because of flood recovery efforts in the city.
- Edmontonians will be treated to a fireworks show over the city's river valley parks and the North Saskatchewan River at 11 p.m. MT.
- In Regina, the Royal Canadian Artillery will kick off the festivities in Wascana Park at noon CT with a 21-round gun salute, and The Trews will cap off an afternoon of musical performances at 8:30 p.m.
- In Winnipeg, the entertainment begins at the Forks at 1 p.m. CT. In the evening, local indie band Imaginary Cities will team up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for a performance that will lead into a fireworks show at 11 p.m.
- In Toronto at Mel Lastman Square, a concert and fireworks display will be held beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
- The Old Port of Montreal will host a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. ET, following a day of musical performances that begins at 11 a.m.
- In Quebec City, Canada Day celebrations will take place on the Plains of Abraham, with games, shows, and fireworks later in the evening.
- In Moncton, celebrations get underway with a bike ride at 11 a.m. AT, followed by a concert headlined by Colin James at Main Street and Riverfront Park, and a fireworks display at 10 p.m.
- In Dartmouth, N.S., live music by Skratch Bastid, Paper Lions, Gloryhound, The Elwins and Tokyo Police Club will begin at 5 p.m. at Alderney Landing, with a fireworks show over Halifax harbour set for 10 p.m.
- Charlottetown's Victoria Park will host events beginning at noon AT, with live music and a fireworks show at 10 p.m.
- In Yellowknife, Somba K'e Civic Plaza will host celebrations between 12:30 MT and 4 p.m.
- In Iqaluit, festivities begin with a pancake breakfast and flea market, then a Canada Day Parade.
- In St. John's, Canada Day will start with a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. NT at Signal Hill National Historic Site, with afternoon celebrations beginning at noon on Confederation Hill and a fireworks display scheduled for 10 p.m.
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