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Canada Day Schedule 2014

On July 1, Parliament Hill draws thousands of Canadians dressed in red and white. The Canada Day festivities on the Hill run from morning to night—ceremonial events, shows, activities, fireworks and much more!

  • 9 a.m., East Lawn - Flag-Raising Ceremony 
  • 9:30 a.m., East Lawn - Changing of the Guard 
  • 10 a.m. - Carillon Concert 
    Take in a truly unique musical experience—the 53-bell carillon of the Peace Tower. Concert by Roy Lee, guest Dominion Carillonneur.
    • Repertoire:
    • “Ode to Newfoundland”, Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848–1918)
    • “Carillon, Op. 75 (1914)”, Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
    • “I Vow to Thee My Country”, Gustav Holst (1874–1934)
    • “Canada Calls”, Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893–1973)
    • “Commentaire folklorique: Vive la Canadienne”, Émilien Allard (1915–1976)
    • “Triumphant March”, from Swinging Suite, Geert D’hollander (1965–)
    • “Forever Strong” (PEI 2014 Theme Song), Mike Ross (1975–) and Nicole Bellamy (1976–)
    • “The Maple Leaf Forever”, Alexander Muir (1830–1906)
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Canada Day Noon Show 
    The Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages invites you to join thousands of Canadians on Parliament Hill to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday.


    • British Columbia Boys Choir (B.C.) – Choir
    • Véronic DiCaire (Ont.) – Impersonator
    • Terry Kelly (N.L.) – Country, folk
    • Brett Kissel (Alta.) – Country
    • Nadja (Que.) – Poprhythm and blues
    • Serena Ryder (Ont.) – Folk rock, indie rock
    • Marianas Trench (B.C.) – Pop rock, pop punk

    Come cheer on the performers and be thrilled by Canada’s Snowbirds and CF-18s. Plus, discover Canadian symbols and military traditions. Join the party on Parliament Hill, and let’s celebrate Canada’s birthday!

    Live broadcast on CBC News Network, Radio-Canada TV/Radio, RDI and CPAC. A TV special of the Noon Show’s best moments will be broadcast on CBC Television at 2 p.m.

  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., East Lawn - Swing Dancing 
    Swing dancing , with its spirit of joy and exuberance, is what all the kids were doing back in the 1930s and 1940s.

    Of all the styles of swing, the Lindy Hop (a.k.a.jitterbug and jive) is the best known. Join us for an afternoon of high-energy acrobatic performances and bilingual dance workshops from Ottawa’s Swing Dynamite Dance School.

  • 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Canada Day Evening Show 
    • Véronic DiCaire (Ont.) – Impersonator
    • DJ A-Rock and VJ VIDEO GIRL (Que.)
    • Brett Kissel (Alta.) – Country
    • Daniel Lavoie (Man.) – French pop, folk, rock, jazz
    • Nadja (Que.) – Pop, rhythm and blues
    • Serena Ryder (Ont.) – Folk rock, indie rock
    • Marianas Trench (B.C.) – Pop rock, pop punk
    • Whitehorse (Ont.) – Folk rock
  • 10 p.m. (approx.) - President’s Choice® Canada Day Fireworks
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