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Here's how Canada Day 2020 will go (spoiler: it's virtual this year)

(Via Department of Canadian Heritage)

Canada Day is a one of a kind event that brings together Canadians across the whole country. This is why, in light of the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s priority of keeping Canadians safe, the government, and more specifically Canadian Heritage, has decided to celebrate Canada Day differently this year, in a way that will allow us to come together virtually to share our pride in being Canadian.

It is important now, more than ever, that we come together from coast to coast to coast to celebrate our history and culture.

Canada Day is a great opportunity to unite Canadians and to highlight a nation that promotes diversity and inclusion.

Celebration Kit

Canadians can now find a virtual Celebration Kit online! The activity packs will enable them to celebrate from the comfort of their home. With the help of our numerous partners, we have prepared interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family.

  • The Maple Leaf activity pack focuses on arts and culture;The Peace Tower activity pack looks at Canadian history, symbols and traditions;
  • The Beaver activity pack is geared toward being outdoors and physical activity;
  • The O Canada activity pack features culinary activities.

Video capsules

Canada, let’s get together! Canadians can join the online activities as we explore different facets of Canada with renowned Canadian personalities and rise to the challenges they’re offering in their respective fields.

Chief Ricardo, former football player Étienne Boulay – accompanied by athletes from across Canada, including skater Kaetlyn Osmond, setter Jennifer Oakes, and former football player Shea Emery – and travel blogger Gunnarolla have prepared challenges to represent various facets of Canada:

#CookingTogether – A unifying and colourful culinary challenge. #ActiveTogether – A fun sporting challenge presented by GoodLife Fitness. #InnovatingTogether – Canadian ingenuity at its best. #DiscoveringTogether – Hidden treasures of digital Canada presented by Rogers. #CelebratingTogether – A celebration worthy of our country presented by Tim Hortons.

Canada: Together in Music on Stingray

The official Canada Day channel brings together talented Canadian artists participating in the Canada Day national shows. Check it out on Stingray.

On July 1 All Canadians from around the world are welcome to join us on this special day, whether by visiting our website or by joining us on our social media platforms such as our Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Atlantic time) watch the daytime show, Canada Day Across the Country, and at 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Atlantic time) watch the evening show Canada Day Together.

Daytime Show From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. local time (2 p.m. Atlantic time): The daytime show, Canada Day Across the Country, brings you a virtual tour of the festivities. You can watch it on CBC, Radio-Canada as well as on CPAC and on Canadian Heritage’s digital platforms at 1 p.m. (ET).

Join Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord on a trip to meet talented artists from Yellowknife, Calgary, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Montréal, Québec City and Moncton. Celebrate cultural diversity, sport excellence and Indigenous languages and cultures, and honour the hard work of our frontline responders. There’s also a salute to the 40th anniversary of “O Canada” as our official national anthem, as well as lots of surprises.


Paul Brandt Marc Hervieux Julie Nesrallah National Arts Centre Orchestra Laurence Nerbonne Sarahmée Leela Gilday Atlantic Ballet Canada Sierra Noble Faouzia Kelly Bado Olivia Lunny JP Hoe Jason Burnstick Patricia Cano

Evening Show

From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Atlantic time): Watch Canada Day Together hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord, on CBC, Radio-Canada, and on Canadian Heritage’s digital platforms at 8 p.m. (ET)

The evening show features original collaborations from artists from across the country, including stops in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver. There’s quite a show in store for you. Featuring:

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Shane Koyczan
  • Charlotte Cardin
  • Loud
  • Roxane Bruneau
  • Alan Doyle
  • The Sheepdogs
  • Corneille
  • Alexandra Stréliski
  • Joel Plaskett
  • Ria Mae
  • Alex Nevsky
  • Radio Radio
  • Damien Robitaille
  • Haviah Mighty
  • The Jerry Cans
  • Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
  • Guillaume Côté, Les Grands Ballets
  • Vanesa Garcia-Ribala Montoya, Les Grands Ballets
  • Alanna McAdie, Royal Winnipeg Ballet

The evening show will end with a montage of the most beautiful and breathtaking fireworks from previous Canada Day events.

Virtual fireworks

Through the magic of technology, we’re bringing you a virtual fireworks show on the evening of July 1. Presented by Tim Hortons, a Web app will let you enjoy a new and memorable experience. Details will be announced soon.