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Heritage Canada unveils evening program for country's second virtual Canada Day celebration

For the second year in a row, the celebrations will happen online, but will feature performances from a variety of Canadian artists from coast to coast.
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Canada’s COVID-19 numbers might be slowing down, allowing for the country to slowly reopen — but it's still too soon to allow for large crowds on Parliament Hill for Canada's birthday celebrations. 

That’s why for the second year in a row, Canada Day will be celebrated online, Heritage Canada confirmed in an announcement Friday.

“This year, more than ever, Canada Day presents an opportunity to show solidarity, understanding, and resilience. It invites Canadians to come together from coast to coast to coast to reflect on our history and culture,” Heritage Canada said in a statement. “Most importantly, Canada Day gives us space to hold a truthful, reconciling, and inclusive dialogue, strengthen the ties that unite us, and look toward our country’s future with optimism while acknowledging the past.”

The full day’s programming has yet to be announced, but will be done in the coming days.

Heritage Canada, however, is revealing its evening programming, Lights on Canada Day:

On July 1 at 8 p.m., the two-hour party will showcase artists and artisans in the entertainment industry across the country.

During the show, Canadians will travel virtually from Ottawa to Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories.

The evening show will be hosted by Jully Black and Véronic DiCaire, and features:

  • Jann Arden
  • Les Trois Accords
  • JP Saxe
  • Lara Fabian
  • Johnny Orlando
  • Les Hay Babies
  • Tyler Shaw
  • Damien Robitaille
  • Jessia
  • Gurdeep Pandher
  • Mélissa Bédard
  • Terry Uyarak
  • Paper Lions
  • Irish Mythen
  • Inn Echo
  • Madison Violet
  • Shawn Jobin
  • Naya Ali
  • Prado Monroe        
  • Begonia
  • Sebastian Gaskin
  • Boogey the Beat
  • Major Funk
  • Boréalis Soul
  • Lawrence Nayally
  • Séan McCann
  • Albert Dumont
  • Josée

Catch the show on Heritage Canada’s YouTube channel.

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