Canada Day is something all of us Canadians look forward to every summer. While this year we may be living through different circumstances than what we’re used to, that won’t stop us from uniting together to celebrate our big, beautiful country.
On July 1, join your fellow Canadians from coast to coast to coast on a virtual tour of various Canada Day festivities from the comfort of your home, courtesy of Canadian Heritage and the CBC. There will be two dynamic virtual shows that you can enjoy: Canada Day Across the Country and Canada Day Together.
From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Atlantic time), watch Canada Day Across the Country on CBC and Radio-Canada. On the CBC Gem streaming service, on CPAC and on Canadian digital platforms at 1 p.m. (ET).
From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Atlantic time), watch the evening show Canada Day Together on CBC and Radio-Canada. On the CBC Gem streaming service and on Canadian Heritage’s digital platforms at 8 p.m. (ET).
Canada Day Across the Country is a special midday program hosted by Canadian icons Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord. During this one hour show, you'll get to visit the cities of Sudbury, Montréal, Québec, Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, and Calgary. Our country's cultural diversity, sporting excellence, Indigenous culture, and languages will be celebrated. You can also expect a nod to the 40th anniversary of the national anthem "O Canada" and several surprises.
In terms of musical entertainment, tons of Canadian artists will be blessing us with their talent including Paul Brandt, Marc Hervieux, Julie Nesrallah, Laurence Nerbonne, the National Art Centre Orchestra, and many more. This is the perfect way to celebrate Canada Day with the kiddos and teach them about all of the wonderful things that our country stands for and the stars that emerge from it.
The evening show, Canada Day Together, is a unique take on the iconic Canada Day celebrations that always bring some of our country’s most talented performers to the big stage. You can expect the same from this year's edition, except you'll get to enjoy the music from your living room couch instead of standing in a sweaty crowd for hours. Is it just me or does that sound even better?
This year’s lineup is seriously not something you’ll want to miss out on. Top artists like Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Shane Koyczan, Charlotte Cardin, Loud, Roxane Bruneau, Haviah Mighty, and so many other performers are taking to the virtual stage in honour of Canada’s birthday. Who can say no to a free, world-class show at home? Crack open some cold ones and get ready for a Canada Day celebration that showcases the best of Canadian performers, from all corners of the country.
Want to get a headstart on your celebrations? Discover the Canada Day Virtual Celebration Kits, filled with interactive, creative, and educational activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Have fun exploring the activity packs — create your own Canada Day dance, try out delicious Canadian recipes, go on a scavenger hunt, and more!, and don’t forget to use #CanadaDay to share your pride.
Thanks to a web app proudly presented by Tim Hortons, you'll even be able to continue practicing social distancing while watching the annual Canada Day fireworks digitally. On the evening of July 1, visit this website for a three-minute show displaying 3D fireworks — just point your mobile device to the night sky and let the magic commence! The Canada Day Virtual Fireworks show will feature all of the same effects and sounds you'd see regularly. Plus, video and image capture will also be available, to allow for social sharing. So be sure to tune in and share a unique augmented-reality experience with the entire nation.
Canada Day Across the Country and Canada Day Together Virtual Celebrations
- July 1 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Atlantic time): Canada Day Across the Country.
- July 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Atlantic time): Canada Day Together.
Where: On CBC/Radio-Canada and Canadian Heritage platforms.
Why You Need To Tune In: To celebrate Canada Day with the rest of the country — in the comfort of your own home!