Thursday, May 25, 2017 (Halifax, N.S.) – Mayor Mike Savage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and members of Regional Council are inviting residents to join in Canada 150 celebrations on July 1, 2017.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada and as part of a massive, countrywide Canada Day celebration, the Halifax Regional Municipality will be hosting a series of free events and interactive celebrations at multiple sites in Halifax and Dartmouth.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate everything that makes Canada one of the world’s great countries,” said Mayor Mike Savage. “Together, we will recognize the contributions of many people of diverse backgrounds who have been part of Canada’s story and continue to contribute to the life and culture of this country.”
Canada 150 celebrations will include a free outdoor concert at the Halifax Common, starting in the afternoon and culminating in an evening fireworks show.
“In this momentous Canada 150 year, Canada Day celebrations will highlight what makes our country so unique, diverse and vibrant. I invite all people of Halifax to participate in the activities taking place on July 1. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate this important milestone with your family, friends and neighbours,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
The municipality is excited that Deadmau5 will perform on the Main Stage with the infamous CUBE 2.1 making its first appearance in Canada featuring the most revolutionary stage design the municipality has ever seen. Local favourite Matt Mays will perform his classic hits and music from his new album. Neptune Theatre will present a tribute to Stan Rogers, Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas will perform, and Celtic band Ashelin, Francophone Rockers Izabelle Ouellet, and Reeny Smith from North Preston will also be on the main stage.
The Emera Oval will host the FUSE festival and will feature over 175 artists representing cultures from all over the world including Mi’kmaw, African, Iranian, and Latin artists.
The July 1 celebrations have been made possible by funding from the Government of Canada. The municipality received $400,000 through the Canada 150 Fund for this enhanced event.
Details regarding parking, transit and other municipal program and service level adjustments will be announced prior to Canada Day, Saturday, July 1.
For more information and a complete list of events and schedules, visit http://hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php, call 311, follow the municipality’s Civic Events on Twitter via @hfxcivicevents, or Facebook at HFX Civic Events and use hashtag #HfxCanadaDay and #Canada150 in your posts.