Join the celebrations on July 1st in Downtown Calgary. There's 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 and an outstanding fireworks display.
2017 marks Canada's 150th birthday! 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 and 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. For a complete listing of activities happening in and around downtown, visit www.calgary.ca/CanadaDay.
Check back on this page for more updates on what's happening in downtown Calgary on Canada Day.
Strum n Sing Along with Ian Tyson
On Saturday, July 1st, 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.
The city-wide flash concert of guitars, ukuleles, banjos, and even mandolins will perform together alongside legendary Alberta musician Ian Tyson and host Tim Tamashiro on Olympic Plaza to celebrate Canada 150!
To take part as a musician, register here.
Canada 150 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 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 1st.
Check back soon for more information about performers.
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage
The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage, sponsored by the Calgary Downtown Association, will host a great Canadian Music Experience featuring the following artists:
THE COREY HOTLINE | 11:00 pm to 12:00 pm
From the smoking ashes of Alright Gents, rises The Corey Hotline. The most serious (not serious) rock band from Calgary, Alberta. The Corey Hotline is eager to please. The music is hot, heavy, and the phone lines are ready.
Notable shows with The Corey Hotline has been opening for The Treble at The Gateway, BIG Winter Classic 2016, Edmonton Pride (Headlined beer stage), Calgary Pride (Headlined MainStage) and Tattoo Fest 2016. They've also had an interview with Matt Berry for his Xposure show on X929.
SCOTCH WHISKEY LIMOUSINE | 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Scotch Whisky Limousine was formed in the heart of southern Alberta in the summer of 2015. Their love of old school rock and roll bleeds through their music. They add their own modern twist to the classic rock energy - leaving the listener wanting more. Each member of the band has paid their musical dues over the last decade, playing in various groups of different genres across the country. They come together now to bring you something new and fresh. Appealing to the young and the old, their music has been proven relatable and enjoyable to a broad audience. A love and passion for music fuels their determination to bring rock and roll back to life. Scotch Whisky Limousine's self-titled debut EP was released in the fall of 2016 and is bound to show the world what they're all about.
ANDREW ALLEN | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Allen’s DIY ability and optimistic attitude have served him well. He's scored five Top 10 hits in Canada, 2009′s “I Wanna Be Your Christmas”, 2010’s “Loving You Tonight” which was lodged in the upper reaches of the charts for more than 22 weeks. 2011's "I Want You”, 2015’s “What You Wanted” and 2016’s “Favourite Christmas Song”!
His benchmark single “Loving You Tonight” was a lilting, sunny tune about an ideal romance and helped put Andrew on tour with acts like Bruno Mars, One Republic, Andy Grammer, The Script, Train, Joshua Radin and The Barenaked Ladies... with the official music video garnering more than 4 million views!
SUGAR SNAP | 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm
Like the particles in a linear accelerator, they are crazy musicians that crashed into each other and the energy released was in the form of power funk dance music. The SugarSnap recipe: melt some funk and dance together, pinch in some disco, stir in vodka and add sugar. Turn up the heat and watch the party erupt. The motto: If it ain’t fun, it ain’t SugarSnap.
There are four SugarSnapee’s – Poison Ivan (vocals), Sasha BAM (guitars, vocals), Dr. Disco (drums, tom-foolery), and Q-Funk (bass, vocals and whatever else is left). SugarSnap was born under a disco ball with a jam called Love Me Baby – a song that popped out of nowhere and was instantly contagious. This energy quickly fueled the recording of the next string of funk-a-long jams and there was no turning back. Soon the concept itself developed its own brain and SugarSnap AI started driving the bus. Blissfully naive, the four funksters boarded that bus unaware that it had no brakes. There is only one pedal and it’s labelled: GO!
THE NEW ELECTRIC (headliner) | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Calgary, Alberta’s 2016 YYC Awards “Group Of The Year”, The New Electric, has seen nothing but success since the release of their debut single, Life’s What You Make It; Canadian Pop Radio’s #26 most played song of 2016. The hit song took off, and saw impressive chart heights of: #18 on Hot AC, #26 on CHR (Top 40), and #28 on Main AC. The single was recently nominated at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards for Best New Group: Mainstream AC. Their unique sound has also garnered over 760,000 collective streams on Spotify, proving that 2016 was just a taste of the good times ahead for The New Electric.
It all started in the Summer of 2014, when the band started recording with world- renowned producer, Brian Howes (Simple Plan, Hedley, Skillet, Mother Mother) to create an EP that was inspired by the good vibes in Los Angeles, California. The debut EP, Living Loud was released on October 28, 2016, just before the band went on to support Backstreet Boy – Nick Carter, on a 3-week Cross-Canada tour.