The summer of 2017 will always be remembered for the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary across Northern Ontario and all of Canada.
From music concerts to art shows, to heritage recreation of voyageur canoe routes in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary – there was plenty to celebrate and appreciate.
Thunder Bay featured its annual blues festival. The 2017 edition of the Thunder Bay BluesFest included Amanda Marshall, Sam Roberts Band, Kim Mitchell, Big Sugar, Randy Bachman, Lighthouse, Wide Mouth Mason, Anthony Gomes and Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea.
In Timmins, Ontario the city rolled out a week-long Stars and Thunder festival featuring musical acts such as headliner Keith Urban, Michele Pagliaro, Tom Cochrane, April Wine and Simple Plan at the main stage at Fred Salvador Stadium in Hollinger Park. At Gillies Lake an assortment of local bands plus cultural exhibits and children’s activities.
Richard’s Landing, North Channel
Along the Lake Huron North Channel on St. Joseph’s Island, not far from mainland locations like Thessalon, Blind River and Sault Ste. Marie, the Richard’s Landing Go North Music Festival featured outstanding musical acts such as Union Duke, July 22, 2017.
Science North in Sudbury hosted a family-friendly celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1. A full day and evening of live entertainment, science, family activities and games and spectacular fireworks display capped the festivities.
The celebrations on the main stage kicked off at 12 p.m. with an opening ceremony and a performance of the “O’Canada”.
The musical celebrations featured Canada Day Band Jam sponsored by Science North and radio station KiSS 105.3 featuring Sudbury’s favourite bands and musicians. Stef Paquette and Ian Tamblyn were among the musicians who performed.
Sault Ste. Marie
To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, Sault Ste. Marie held two-week celebration of community and Canadian heritage.
The events included Canada 150 – Sault Ste. Marie Celebrates ‘A Long Road Travelled’ that featured activities on and around four national days: Aboriginal Day (June 21), St. Jean Baptiste Day (June 24), Multicultural Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1). Historyfest events were also a key component.
North Bay’s Canada 150th celebrations featured the 10th annual Multicultural Showcase on the city’s waterfront where the singing of O Canada took place and an official cake-cutting ceremony took place.
The Gateway City’s musical performances highlighted North Bay’s diversity through music, dance, art and other cultural pursuits.
There was even a cricket match.
Live entertainment was provided at three stages and that included headliners High Holy Days and Cory Marquardt at night.
Fireworks closed the celebration.
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