Friday, June 26, 2020 - 1:30 PM

​St. John’s Celebrates Canada Day

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It’s our nation’s birthday, and although we can’t celebrate in person as a city this year, we still want to raise the red and white and mark this important day across our country.

“We look forward to joining with our fellow Canadians, coast to coast to coast, as we celebrate the 40 anniversary of our national anthem and our nation’s birthday virtually this year,” said the Mayor. “We are very excited to celebrate our nation’s birthday with a televised special, produced by the City and airing on NTV, which showcases some of the best talent our city has to offer.” 

The featured performer in “St. John’s Celebrates Canada Day” is the incomparable Alan Doyle, who joins with his band members to play “Come Out With Me” from his 2017 album “A Week at the Warehouse. 

Also featured are:

  • Youth performers, Conway, singing our provincial and national anthems
  • Eastern Owl
  • A performance from “Other Women Walk”, a touring show by Ruth Lawrence
  • A special reading from poet Laureate, Mary Dalton

We have also invited a number of surprise, well-known residents of St. John’s to send special greetings!

Tune in to NTV, our sponsoring partner, at 6:30 p.m. on July 1 for this exciting and thoughtful tribute to Canada Day – it’s a great way to celebrate our place in this wonderful country.

Heritage Canada has also planned a number of events for the day, including two nation-wide broadcasts on CBC at 1:30 and 8:30 p.m.

If you are looking for ideas for the family or for your friend bubble, be sure to check out the Government of Canada’s celebration kits. For example, Canadian Museum of History provides instructions on building a time capsule in the “Beaver Activity Kit.” Show future generations what life in Canada is like today by creating your own time capsule. Follow conservator Emily’s instructions to make a durable case filled with objects that tell a little bit about you. Then hide the capsule and make a map so it can be found!

“I encourage everyone to get their red and white sidewalk chalk, crayons, or string lights and show your Canadian Pride,” says Mayor Breen. “Let’s get in the spirit and decorate indoors and out with Canadian flags, symbols & colours.”

There are other activities planned for the day, including a national drumming event and virtual fireworks. For details, go to our Canada Day page.