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June 30, 2017
City of Toronto kicks off four-day Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square with Barenaked Ladies and Buffy Sainte-Marie
The free Canada Days celebration officially begins today at Nathan Phillips Square. The City-produced four-day music festival includes live music, dance, circus and street arts from 5 to 11 p.m., with a fireworks finale at 10:55 p.m. The full performance lineup is available at

Canada Days is part of the City's TO Canada with Love year-long program of more than 30 celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Date: Friday, June 30
Time: 5 to 11 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Canada Days at Nathan Phillips Square features three performance stages offering music, dance, circus and street arts for the public to enjoy. Main Stage performers for June 30 are:

New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, 5:15 p.m. – This 12-piece ensemble of professional musicians from all over the world, brought together by the Royal Conservatory, represents a cross-section of Canada's social and musical diversity.

Bareto, 6:40 p.m. – Traditional Latin American Cumbia rhythms and modern aesthetics are bridged together with a contemporary tropical twist by this high energy band from Peru.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, 8:05 p.m. – Canada's leading cultural voice, and most recognized Cree singer-songwriter, performs selections from her celebrated 50-year-long musical journey.

Barenaked Ladies, 9:45 p.m. – Canada's rock ambassadors to the world look back on 28 years and 15 classic studio hit albums spanning an eclectic mix of folk, pop and rock.

Media logistics note: Arrangements for artist and spokesperson interviews must be made in advance through the media contact listed below. Members of the media are advised to arrive early to set-up as space is limited. An audio feed will be available at the media riser, located 40 metres directly in front of the Main Stage.

A hospitality area offering food and beverage for purchase will be available. Alcoholic beverages will be available for individuals 19 and older. Valid photo identification must be provided.

The City of Toronto is committed to presenting an accessible event. An accessible viewing area and a sign-language interpreter will be provided onsite. Information about accessibility at the event is available at

A series of roads will be closed for the Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square on June 30. These roads include:

• Bay Street between Dundas Street to Richmond Street from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Elizabeth Street, Hagerman Street and Albert Street from noon to 1 a.m. due to the nightly fireworks display.

Additional road closures may be required to manage pedestrian traffic during the event. A full list of road closures for the Canada Day long-weekend is available at

Part of the TO Canada with Love program, Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario’s Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada, and with financial support from National Partner, CIBC; Premier Sponsor, Tim Hortons; Official Beer Sponsor, Steam Whistle Brewing; Official Wine Sponsor, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly; Official Beverage Sponsor, Pepsi; Official Volunteer Sponsor, Vistaprint; and Hospitality Partner, Barque.

Social media updates on Canada Days are available at @SpecialEventsTO on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram at and on Snapchat at The event hashtag is #C150TO. A custom Canada Days Snapchat geo-filter for Nathan Phillips Square will be available from June 30 at 5 p.m. to July 3 at midnight.

A French language version of this news release is available at

About TO Canada with Love
TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at and on Instagram at

Media Contact
Justine Palinska
Economic Development and Culture



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