June 9, 2017
This year’s Canada Day celebration will be one for the history books! That was the message at City Hall today as the Government of Canada announced that the City of Edmonton and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta will jointly receive $700,000 to enhance this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Edmonton. The funding, provided through the Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund, will provide additional family-friendly entertainment at City Hall and the Alberta Legislature grounds.
“Thanks to the additional funding from the Government of Canada, we’re able to offer even more in the way of Canada Day programming this year,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Canada’s sesquicentennial is a perfect occasion for us to showcase what makes Edmonton unique while proudly celebrating all that we have in common. It’s going to be one heck of a party, and we are going to mark this national milestone in a way only Edmonton can.”
“In Alberta’s Capital City, and across the province, Canada Day is a reflection of everything that makes our country great – our history and traditions and the ordinary Canadians whose extraordinary contributions make our communities safer and more vibrant,” said Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “In collaboration with the City of Edmonton and with support from the Government of Canada, we will strengthen programming and continue to encourage participation reflecting the diversity of our province and the richness of our communities.”
Canada Day Programming Overview:
Canada Day 2017 will be fully planned in collaboration with City Hall, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Edmonton Celebrate Canada Society. This day of free, family-friendly entertainment will feature over 16 hours of programming that will include music, dance and art exhibitions that focus on the nation’s and province’s diversity, culture and history. Events will take place at City Hall and throughout the Alberta Legislature site.
Festivities at the Alberta Legislature site include: a welcome ceremony on the front steps at noon and programming at the Alberta Family Fun Zone, Alberta Diversity Stage, Alberta Discovered Stage, and inside the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre and Legislature Building. New this year is the Indigenous Showcase which will feature performers, artisans, teepees and storytelling. The annual pancake breakfast, Canada Day road race and a Citizenship Ceremony hosted by various third parties will also take place on the Alberta Legislature Grounds.
City Hall will provide multicultural and family-friendly performances, while the Works Art and Design Festival will feature an appreciation of Canada’s diversity, culture and history in Sir Winston Churchill Square throughout the day and evening.
The day will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks show choreographed with the High Level Bridge light show at 11 p.m. in the River Valley.
It is anticipated that 300,000 people will attend the celebrations throughout the day.
Where & When:
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
City of Edmonton
Location: City Hall, City Plaza, Sir Winston Churchill Square
Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Location: Alberta Legislature Building and Grounds, Capital Plaza, Edmonton Federal Building
Time: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Edmonton River Valley
Time: 11 p.m.
For complete Canada Day programming details:
City Hall: edmonton.ca/Canada150
Alberta Legislature: assembly.ab.ca/CanadaDay