Canada’s 150th Northern style

Art, culture,music, heritage and lots of fireworks

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

Big Sugar performs at the 2017 Thunder Bay BluesFest. Photo courtesy of Thunder Bay BluesFest.

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.

Stars and Thunder was a week-long celebration toasting Canada’s 150th anniversary, but also the first of many more to come. Photo appears from Stars and Thunder Facebook page.

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.

Sudbury celebrating Canada Day at the Canada Day Band Jam at the Science North. Photo courtesy of Science North

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

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.

North Bay Celebrated Canada 150th with free concerts by Cory Marquardt and High Holy Days plus local artists featured on three stages plus a multicultural festival. Photo appears courtesy of City of North Bay Facebook.


Share your hometown celebrations

If you wish to share your hometown celebrations of Canada 150 please submit your photographs and make sure they are at least 2000 pixels. Please include a caption for your photos describing the activity.

The ONE will be glad to share your memories with Northern Ontario and the World!

Send them to Frank Giorno



Show More

Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Font Resize