Victoria Celebrates Canada Day Logo [Credit: City Of Victoria]

To celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, the City Of Victoria once again presents an extensive lineup of family-friendly events, multicultural programming, an international food village and of course the fireworks display, Wednesday July 01, in and around the Inner Harbour, at Victoria Celebrates Canada Day.

Sponsors’ and children’s activities will return to Belleville Street, and the Coast Capital Living Flag will return to the Legislature lawns, with 1500 free red and white t shirts available to participants.

Says Coast Capital Savings Manager of Community Partnerships Maureen Young, “We have a commitment at Coast Capital Savings to help build a richer future for youth in our communities and we believe one of the most precious legacies we can pass on to young Canadians is an appreciation of our rich cultural diversity, our proud history and our heritage.  We see Canada Day as a perfect opportunity to show our Canadian colors and, through the fabulous family events and cultural festivities taking place, to engage our youth in all things Canadian.”

Mainstage performances on Canada Day will provide a multicultural concert experience on the Legislature lawns.  Headlining this year is Vancouver’s cultural-fusion group Delhi 2 Dublin, performing material from their new album, coming in August.

Also appearing on the main stage will be Vancouver’s soul-funk boys The Boom Booms, presented in partnership with Victoria’s Ska and Reggae Festival; Vancouver-based folk artist Jordan Klassen; Juno award-winning Vancouver Island-based children’s performer Helen Austin; Victoria’s Mike Edel; Island favorites Carmanah; The Taiko Drummers and more.

Montreal-based Francophone electronic pop band Monogrenade will appear on the main stage shortly before sunset, with their performance made possible with the support of the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French Language Services.

“We are pleased to offer a range of free multicultural programming that reflects the diversity of our community — and what makes our country unique,” says Charlayne Thornton-Joe, City of Victoria Councillor and Canada Day Organizer.  “There is something for everyone at Victoria Celebrates Canada Day and we invite the community to join us downtown in celebrating this special day for all Canadians.”

Victoria Celebrates Canada Day will cotinue its green initiatives, including biodegradable vendors’ food containers, increased recycling opportunities on site, and papier-mâché-based fireworks.  Also returning will be the bike valet service, which offers a safe place to lock up bicycles for those who want to take sustainable transportation to the event.

The presenting sponsor for Victoria Celebrates Canada Day is Coast Capital Savings.  For more information on the event, and how to support it, visit the official website.

Love, Dr. Scott James

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