Canada Day in the Capital City will be an electrifying, family-friendly, nation building experience. From the RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta and STIHL Timbersports Canadian Champions Trophy, to live musical performances, a mural mosaic unveiling, family friendly activities, several national Canada 150 initiatives and a spectacular fireworks display - your biggest challenge will be figuring out how to take it all in!
For details on Charlottetown's Canada 150 celebrations, check out the schedule below. Click on individual events to access more details.
Questions? Contact us at: 902-566-5548
As we move closer to July 1, additional details will be added to this schedule. We encourage you to check back often!
Port Charlottetown & Queen's Wharf (next to Delta)
City of Charlottetown
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS CANADIAN CHAMPIONS TROPHY - June 30 - July 1
The top professional Axe-Men in the country will descend on Victoria Park for an event that will have spectators at the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The "Master's Cup" of the sport, this free event features the top eight athletes from the Canadian Championship.
The qualification round begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 30 with the main event taking place on Saturday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Pictured is the Oosterschelde - one of the nine tall ships that will be docked in Charlottetown.
A major event is on the horizon - RENDEZ-VOUS 2017! Head to Port Charlottetown and Queen's Wharf for your chance to admire nine of these cathedrals of the high seas. On-deck tours, supporting vessels HMCS Charlottetown and Canada C3, Quebec City cultural artist performers - ÖHÉ, and the Pirates of Halifax will add lively air to this free celebration.
CITIZENSHIP REAFFIRMATION PROGRAM presented by CIBC
To celebrate 150 years of shared history with Canada, CIBC, National Partner of Canada Day, will kick-off the City of Charlottetown's celebrations by inviting the community to share what they love about Canada and what they stand for. Their #StandForCanada pride-building programming will culminate with a Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony, which will also take place at Canada Day celebrations across the country! Come show your Canadian pride and don't miss this special event!
For the past 15 years, the Victoria Children's Choir has brought stunning and diverse choral music to many audiences. Their success is recognized and awarded at home and abroad - a result of high-quality training and performance to international standards. In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, under the direction of Artistic Director Madeleine Humer, the Victoria Children's Choice has a vision of taking music from 'sea to sea'. Their concert choir (35 children, ages 11-17) are planning a two-week tour of the Maritime provinces June 28 - July 12. Catch them in Charlottetown at the City's Canada Day celebrations in Victoria Park.
Growing up in Stratford, PEI, music was always a driving force for Logan. After picking up the guitar at the age of 10, he quickly became known among the local blues crowd as a force to be reckoned with. At age 12, he formed a blues group with some friends, and the band played venues all over Prince Edward Island. Since then, Richard has been a part of a few other groups such as The Elusive Kings, and Generator. Logan is heading into the studio soon to start work on his debut demo EP. Taking inspiration and guidance from all past projects, the release is set to be full of heart felt songs that combine the genres he has created in the past.
Tian Wigmore has had the privilege of serving as a touring guitarist and backing vocalist for many of Canada's best artists including Big Sugar, The Trews, Tim Chaisson, In Flight Safety, and Andy Brown. But after 12 years as a side man, he needed a platform of his own. As a result, he began to write and record an EP, and "War Horses" was born. Since then, the 2017 ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year has been playing his brand of "hard edged folk" for audiences across North America.
Acadian band Gadelle is made up of award winning island musicians Louise Arsenault, Hélàne Bergeron Arsenault, Caroline Bernard and Rémi Arsenault. With a mix of Acadian Folk and traditional music, this group is sure to keep the crowds energized.
Comprised of PEI's finest musicians, this band will deliver the punch required for the great top-of-the-chart hits by Lighthouse, Trooper, Prism, Loverboy, April Wine, Blue Rodeo, Bryan Adams, Michael Buble, Downchild Blues Band and the Powder Blues Band.
Behind the powerful vocals of Joey Kitson, Catherine O'Brien, and Marlene Handrahan will be Don Fraser, keyboards, Perry Williams, guitar, Devin Hornby, bass, Alan White, drums and a three-piece horn section, The Keppoch Horns, featuring Mark Parsons on Trumpet, Ken Fornetran on Saxophone, Dale Sorensen on Trombone.
Lennie Gallant, a native of Rustico, PEI, has recorded eleven albums, which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. His album, When We Get There was nominated for a Juno Award and went to the International Space Station aboard Shuttle Endeavour with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. His songs have been recorded by more than 30 artists and have also appeared in feature films, television series, and numerous theatrical productions. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the Winter Olympics.
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy have won multiple JUNO and East Coast Music awards for their highly distinctive Celtic-rooted musical styles. Natalie, a Cape Breton native who is rumoured to have started step-dancing before she was walking, and Donnell, the oldest brother of the acclaimed family group Leahy, married in 2002. Their first recorded collaboration in 2015, One, was followed closely by 2016's A Celtic Family Christmas. These albums cemented the couple's status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit and confirmed they were as dynamic working together as they were working apart. MacMaster and Leahy have six musical children and, when they aren't travelling the world, they live on 120-acres of ancestral land in Lakefield, Ontario.
Join ParticipACTION in celebrating Canada's 150th birthday at one of their cross-country tour stops! You can find their crew in Charlottetown at the 2017 Canada Day celebrations at Victoria Park as they challenge Canadians to complete as many physical activities from the Play List as possible. Stop by to knock a few off your own list, or try a unique featured activity. Track activities online for your chance to win great prizes!
Stop by to learn more about the 150 Play List, where you can:
Register for the 150 Play List and learn about the 150 activities;
Check a few activities off your list all at once, including kayaking, field hockey, surfing and wheelchair tennis;
Share photos of your experience on social media with the hashtag #150playlist
Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Canada 150 Mural Mosaic
Mural Mosaic began in 2003 and was founded by the trio of Lewis Lavoie, Paul Lavoie and Phil Alain. Lead by renowned artist Lewis Lavoie, the trio is based out of St. Albert, AB and have been orchestrating collaborative murals around North America involving artists and non-artists alike from all over the world. To celebrate Canada's 150th, the Mural Mosaic team is launching a bold undertaking. Over a two-year span, the trio is making over 80,000 paintings and 150 individual murals across Canada to act as a visual time capsule to inspire future generations.
The Charlottetown Mural Mosaic will be created from hundreds of individually painted tiles, which will be assembled to create a unified mosaic that represents the community. The tiles will then be assembled into a large mosaic and the full mural will be unveiled on Canada Day in Victoria Park. The Canada 150 Mural Mosaic will permanently reside in Charlottetown, where it was created, as a reminder of the 150th anniversary and the pride of the community and the nation.
Evin Collis, the traveling artist, envisions participants will collectively transform a shipping container and bring to life a raucous, whimsical rail car by creating and animating the art studio-installation of the travelling "Voyageur Express." A medley of characters will be built from papier mâché that can embody anyone or anything during a cross-Canada railroad journey. Participants will create drawings, paintings, and contribute to the papier mâché characters traveling inside the mobile art studio. Evin will compile animations and images from the journey comprising of the participants' drawings, paintings, photographs and words that are synchronized with audio recordings of participants sharing their personal ideas, stories, poems, songs and anecdotes.
The public is invited to participate in this free initiative at The Guild, 111 Queen Street, from June 29 - July 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This unique project is part of a national initiative highlighting the country's natural geography and its linguistic and cultural diversity, while speaking to Canada's deeply-rooted history of travel, transport, exploration, and communication. ART EXPRESS'D/ART EXPRIMÉ will unite Canadians from coast to coast to coast using three, 20-foot metal shipping containers transformed into travelling art studios/galleries, creating an art "voyage" across the entire country throughout the summer of 2017. The three routes will traverse every province and territory via train, truck, and cargo ship, stopping for four to five days at a time in 16 communities, ultimately converging in the geographical centre of the country, Winnipeg.
Evin Collis, the project artist and facilitator, is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and stop-motion animations that investigate the complexities of history, identity, survival, and the degraded landscape. Much of his fascination with these subjects stems from his past experiences as a porter on the Canadian trans-continental railroad, and while working as an interpreter at a historical Hudson's Bay Company trading fort. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the OCAD University (2010).
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Phone/Téléphone: 204.789.1767 Media-Manager@wag.ca
Canada C3 is a Canada 150 signature project. En route, Canada C3 will explore three oceans and the longest coastline of any country in the world, while celebrating the vibrant Indigenous and non-Indigenous coastal communities and cultures across Canada. On board, the expedition will be upwards of 300 remarkable participants representing a cross-section of Canadian society, including youth, elders, newcomers, scientists, educators, artists, musicians, political and business leaders, the media, and other Indigenous peoples. The journey will be divided into fifteen legs, each leg consisting of 20-25 participants who will be the voices and lens through which the rest of Canada and peoples around the world will experience this unprecedented journey.
Canada C3 will reach more than 20 million Canadians through live and interactive web and social media outreach; online learning modules for teachers and students on the Canada C3 Digital Classroom; Canada C3 Museum Hubs located in 13 museums across the country; and national print, broadcast, and online media.
Fifty community events are scheduled along the 150-day journey, including the Canada Day celebrations in Charlottetown on July 1st, among other events.
Peter Wall, Canada C3 Communications Lead
Mireille Sylvester, Canada C3 Communications Team
Pirates of Halifax
The Pirates of Halifax are method actors with screen accurate wardrobes and props. The four Captains - Gary, Rob, Dave and Lee have been appearing around Nova Scotia for several years as independents. They combined their talents to bring a totally new pirate experience to the local scene, which has generated national and international coverage.
Join the City of Charlottetown in Victoria Park for carnival inspired activities, face painting, and balloon twisting. There will be vendors, buskers and a pop-up artisan market, along with the City's new water refill station - H20 on the Go.
CBC will be on-site with their activation tent that includes a craft station and special visitor, Whyatt of CBC's popular animated series Super WHY!
Cultural Artisan Pop-Up Market
Visit PEI Crafts Council members at Victoria Park on Canada Day for a special Canada Day Market in the Park! Beautiful, unique handcrafted items for sale. ATM available on site. Noon until 7pm.
2:00pm - PAINTING with Julia Purcell
4:00pm - POTTERY with Robert MacMillan
6:00pm - MAKING JEWELRY with Pam Arora
The Bells of St. Dunstan's Basilica - Canada Day Commemoration
On July 1, the Bells of St. Dunstan's Basilica will ring again, with a special musical tribute to delight Islanders and visitors alike. The eighteen pre-cast brass bells were first installed in the north steeple of St. Dunstan's Basilica in 1928. For five decades, their chimes and music were part of the culture of Charlottetown, signaling weddings, funerals and special events. Due to structural issues, the bells were silenced, removed and put into storage in the 1970's. Many thought the bells would chime no more. In 2016, a volunteer committee spearheaded by local historian Catherine Hennessey and hotelier/entrepreneur Kevin Murphy, raised the funds necessary to recommission the bells for the enjoyment of Islanders and visitors. Beginning on Canada Day, the bells will again chime daily! The bells of St. Dunstan's Basilica are a sister set to the bells at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and the Oratory St. Joseph in Montreal.
For more information, contact the Volunteer Committee - Bells of St. Dunstan's Basilica - Project Chair: Kevin Murphy at 902-940-4777.
Media contact: Steve Dunne 902-628-4460.
The Story of Confederation - Confederation Centre of the Arts; Upper Foyer
(An initiative of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, in partnership with Parks Canada)
The Story of Confederation offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work over the next three to five years.
The Upper Foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts has been transformed into a stunning replica of the historic Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference. While there, watch Parks Canada's new film, "A Building of Destiny", which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September 1864, when the discussions that took place at Province House would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.
Accompanying, "A Building of Destiny", is a short film about the role of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Canada's national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.
The replica also boasts historic vignettes from the Confederation Players and a guided interpretation of the exhibit, which includes original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber during peak season.
Imagine a Country - Confederation Centre of the Arts; Upper Plaza
(An initiative of the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Parks Canada)
"In my dream country there would be..."
Participate in Parks Canada's Imagine a Country experience. Share your ideas and vision for your dream country at our interactive photo booth.
From Sea to Shining Sea (Historic Vignette) - Confederation Centre of the Arts; Lawn behind library
(An initiative of the Confederation Centre of the Arts)
Join John A. Macdonald, Miss Mercy Coles, Colonel John Hamilton Gray, George-Étienne Cartier, and members of the Slaymaker and Nichols' Olympic Circus on the steps of Province House National Historic Site in this 15-minute historical reenactment, exploring the personalities and politics of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference on Confederation. Get swept up in the action and join the Players afterwards for a photo or in-character discussion surrounding 'the Magnificent Scheme' - uniting the colonies of British North America into a bold new country.
The Dream Catchers - Confederation Centre of the Arts; Amphitheatre
(An initiative of the Confederation Centre of the Arts)
Take hip hop, spoken word and folk; blend it with contemporary and Indigenous dance; choose 26 of the most diverse and exciting young performers from across the country and experience The Dream Catchers.
The show is a vibrant music and dance filled spectacle that explores the dreams of young Canadians through a lens of reconciliation, inclusion and the environment. With brand new original music, dance and story from City Natives, Emm Gryner, Kinnie Starr, Paper Lions, Khodi Dill, Fred Penner, Nikki Payne, Carmen Braden, Tiny Emperor, Daniel Maté, Riley Simpson-Fowler, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Caroline Savoie and Twin Flames, that will leave audiences full of possibility.
The Dream Catchers is a Canada150 Signature project, funded by the Government of Canada, produced by Confederation Centre of the Arts and featuring The Confederation Centre 2017 Young Company. The show is written by Mary Francis Moore with direction by ahdri zhina mandiela, choreography by Barbara Diabo, and musical direction by Scott Christian.
The Dream Catchers will open in both Charlottetown and Ottawa on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st, and tour the country until August 19th. Come see us in Charlottetown (Monday to Saturday at Confederation Centre), or keep an eye out for us in a community near you!
Signatures (Sound & Light Show) - Upper Plaza by the Confederation Centre Public Library
(An initiative of Confederation Centre of the Arts in partnership with Discover Charlottetown)
As the Birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown will proudly celebrate its unique and important role in the founding of Canada with a spectacular Sound & Light Show projected on the sandstone walls of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Recounting the birth of Canada, the free nightly screening will showcase the nation's diversity and highlight its bright future. With content submitted from across the country, the show aptly reflects the collaborative and cooperative nature that underpins Canada's national character.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.