Plans Unveiled for Canada Day in the Capital

Canadians from coast to coast to coast invited to connect with each other and share their national pride

June 3, 2014 – Gatineau, Quebec – Department of Canadian Heritage Today, the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invited all Canadians to participate in Canada Day 2014 celebrations and unveiled details for the festivities on Parliament Hill. Canada Day in the Capital will highlight the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, the end of the mission in Afghanistan and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, as well as our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes. On July 1st, thousands will converge on Parliament Hill to mark Canada’s 147th birthday.

Morning Program on the East Lawn

In the morning, visitors will be able to attend the traditional flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m., the Changing of the Guard at 9:30 a.m. and the Peace Tower carillon concert at 10:00 a.m.

Canada Day Noon Show

The Canada Day Noon Show, from noon to 1:30 p.m., will include a flypast of CF-18 fighter jets and the Snowbirds Demonstration Team. The show will feature:

  • Brett Kissel (Alberta) – Country
  • British Columbia Boys Choir (British Columbia) – Choral
  • Marianas Trench (British Columbia) – Pop rock, pop punk
  • Nadja (Quebec) – Pop, rhythm and blues
  • Serena Ryder (Ontario) – Folk rock, indie rock
  • Terry Kelly (Newfoundland and Labrador) – Country, folk
  • Véronic DiCaire (Ontario) – Impersonator

Live broadcast on CBC News Network, Radio-Canada TV/Radio, RDI and CPAC. A TV special showing highlights will be broadcast on CBC at 2 p.m.

Afternoon Program on the East Lawn

From 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy 1930s- and 1940s-style swing dancing, with its spirit of joy and exuberance. An afternoon of high-energy acrobatic performances and dance workshops presented by Ottawa’s Swing Dynamite Dance School is planned.

Canada Day Evening Show

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Canada Day Evening Show will showcase:

  • Brett Kissel (Alberta) – Country
  • Daniel Lavoie (Manitoba) – French pop, folk, rock, jazz
  • Marianas Trench (British Columbia) – Pop rock, pop punk
  • Nadja (Quebec) – Pop, rhythm and blues
  • Serena Ryder (Ontario) – Folk rock, indie rock
  • Véronic DiCaire (Ontario) – Impersonator
  • Whitehorse (Ontario) – Folk rock
  • DJ A-Rock and VJ Video Girl (Quebec)

A one-hour edition of the evening show will be televised on CBC and Radio-Canada, with special programs on ARTV and Espace Musique. The show will also be broadcast live in its entirety on CBC Radio 2,, and Canadian Heritage is proud to organize the Canada Day celebrations in Canada’s Capital Region with the support of national sponsor Chicken Farmers of Canada, official sponsors Manulife, Bell Canada and President’s Choice, other sponsors, and more than 500 volunteers, whose help and dedication are invaluable.

Quick Facts

  • July 1st activities in Canada’s Capital Region take place at three official sites: Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa, and at Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau.
  • On average, the Canada Day sites in Ottawa-Gatineau welcome 350,000 individuals, of which a third are tourists.
  • The festivities at Major’s Hill Park will feature a variety of cultural performances, displays, exhibits and activities and will highlight the inspirational stories of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.
  • Jacques-Cartier Park will host a variety of activities for families, especially children aged 3 to 12. The Canada Day fun includes games, physical activities, performances, inflatable slides, and special activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, which led to Canada’s Confederation.
  • July 1st activities take place throughout the Capital Region. All day long, there will be free activities for revellers of all ages at most of the area’s national museums and institutions.


“I invite all Canadians to show their pride and join in the Canada Day celebrations in their communities and in the Capital Region, where talented Canadian artists will perform on Parliament Hill in honor of our country’s 147th birthday.” —The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

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