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Paper Lions, Irish Mythen to headline Canada Day celebrations in Charlottetown

Paper Lions will perform in Charlottetown on Canada Day.
Paper Lions will perform in Charlottetown on Canada Day. - Submitted

Canadian contemporary folk artist Irish Mythen and indie-pop band Paper Lions will headline the Canada Day celebrations on Sunday, July 1 in Victoria Park in Charlottetown.

Irish Mythen and Paper Lions will be joined at Coastal Vibes, an all-day musical celebration at the Victoria Park cultural pavilion, by a talented lineup of Island musicians, including Brad Milligan; Sorrey; award-winning recording artist and star of the hit show, Atlantic Blue – A Celebration of East Coast Songwriters, Tara MacLean; More Soul; Rachel Beck; and roots-rock band Andrew Waite & the Firm.

The day will also feature a living flag activity and family fun zone beginning at noon and an official opening ceremony at 1 p.m. with performances by the Mi’kmaq heritage actors and members of the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus. The celebrations will be capped off with a fireworks display launched from the boardwalk in Victoria Park behind the Prince Edward Battery (the cannons) at 10 p.m.

Irish Mythen will perform in Charlottetown on Canada Day.
Irish Mythen will perform in Charlottetown on Canada Day.

The living flag activity will begin at noon in front of the Victoria Park cultural pavilion. Participants are encouraged to demonstrate Canadian pride by wearing red and white as the group comes together to form a massive Canadian flag.

The family fun zone will be buzzing with activity from noon until 7 p.m., offering families the opportunity to celebrate with face painting, inflatables and amusement rides. Take a spin on the Berry Go Round, test your fitness in the Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Challenge, or compete against a friend in the bungee run. Families will also be treated to festive giveaways and cupcakes throughout the day (while supplies last). Interested in learning more about sustainable initiatives? Drop by the Efficiency P.E.I. tent for an electric car demonstration.

For those families wanting to begin the celebrations early, Triathlon P.E.I. will be hosting a children’s triathlon between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in Victoria Park. This activity is part of Triathlon Canada’s Kids of Steel program, which is designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment with shorter distances than an adult triathlon. Registration and a fee to participate in the triathlon is required. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/tripei/

The entire day runs from noon to 10:00 p.m. For more information, including a detailed schedule of events, visit:www.charlottetown.ca/CanadaDay

All activities are weather permitting.

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