Capital city plans big Canada Day celebration

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Guardian file photo of Canada Day fireworks

A wide variety of musical talent will be on display during the Canada Day 10-hour live outdoor concert in Charlottetown’s Victoria Park.

Canada Day activities hosted by the City of Charlottetown will take place on Monday, July 1 in the park beginning at 12 noon, with the official opening ceremonies. Activities, including the 10-hour live concert, will follow at 1 p.m.

 “We invite all islanders and visitors to come out to Victoria Park to celebrate Canada Day in the capital City,” Mayor Clifford Lee said Monday in announcing details about the concert.

“There will lots of free activities for the whole family to enjoy, including the islands largest Canada Day fireworks display.”

 Family activities in Victoria Park will include: balloon twisting, face painting, bouncy rides, horse and wagon rides, petting zoo, carnival vending area, interactive booths, 2014 P.E.I. Pavilion and the 10-hour live outdoor concert.

The bands featured during the concert will include: Scott Parsons and Jupiter Wise, Nudie, Arrows in the Air, North Lakes, More Soul, The Love Junkies, Joey Kitson and Eastern Front, The Meds, Johnny Oliver and O Canada performed by Brittany Banks.

Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen says the city is pleased to feature some of P.E.I.’s amazing musical talent to help celebrate the nation’s birthday.

The annual Canada Day fireworks display will close out the day’s celebrations.

For more information on Canada Day visit or contact the city tourism department at (902) 629-4116.



Organizations: Brittany Banks

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Charlottetown, North Lakes

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Recent comments

  • Gary
    June 17, 2013 - 14:59

    Looks like PEI can't afford any good musicians this year?? We should have booked the Lumineers!

      June 18, 2013 - 07:42

      Gary, these are the bands for the free concert. There are still big acts at the concert site for the Big Red Music Festival (nee Festival of Lights).

  • don
    June 17, 2013 - 13:32

    capital city of CANADA. please get the headlines correct.

  • linda
    June 17, 2013 - 11:49

    For anyone, including myself, thinking about going down and lazy about on a blanket in Victoria Park on Canada Day, we better think again, - the Mayor has decided to try to get us used to the thoughts of masses in the park, in preparation for his folk concerts. -- All that hoopla should take place in Confederation Park, and the new concert venue near by, instead of layering the flocks on one small space. Clifford is such a genius, ain't he?.

    • huh
      June 17, 2013 - 15:30

      What about the folks who complained about previous events at Confederation Park? Remember those, who said it was far too noisy, far too small etc etc?? This stuff took place at Confederation Park for years and the complaints were many. So now the ticketed concerts are at the concert venue and the fireworks and free family events are at Victoria Park and we're still complaining. How about we cancel everything. Maybe that will make Linda and everyone else happy.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    June 17, 2013 - 11:45

    Thank God! I was afraid that the new concert venue would be used for the Canada Day festvities and the fireworks. This way the city has managed to keep the Big Red Music Festival separate from Canada Day. That was always a problem with the Festival of Lights et al. The event had two personalities which often clashed with each other. One was teen/youth oriented while the other, Canada Day was more family friendly but also often seemed as if the organizers had just tacked it on to the main music festival. In addition, one charged admission, the other didn't. Putting these two events together always seemed schizophrenic. Now that they're separated physically both events are free to develop their own distinct identities in their own unique spaces.

  • intobed
    June 17, 2013 - 11:11

    I wonder what Victoria Park would look like if all 145,000 Islanders (plus guests) showed up for this concert. Didn't Charlottetown just build new Concert Grounds to hold this type of event? It seems that we have moved the concerts from Confederation Landing Park to Victoria Park, instead of to the area that was built to replace Confederation Landing Park.

      June 17, 2013 - 11:57

      I for one am RELIEVED that the fireworks are back at Victoria Park again. Its a large area great for the family and it insures that everyone can get a great view of the fireworks. The concert grounds recently constructed are for larger concert events... where you'll be standing up for 2 - 3 hours. VP offers a space to spread out a blanket and take it all in.