Here’s Everything We Know About Canada Day in Mississauga
Since Canada will only turn 150 once, we have to make sure the celebration is one to remember.
Although Canada Day events at Celebration Square are always a good time, this year's Saturday, July 1 party, inspired by Canada's 150th Anniversary, will set itself apart by focusing on what connects everyone as Canadians.
Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council will be on hand to kick-off Canada Day with a special Canada 150 Parade of Nations presented by Carassauga. This will be followed by an Official Ceremony that will include a reaffirmation oath that'll allow attendees the opportunity to re-confirm their Canadian Citizenship.
The day's festivities (which will kick off at 2:00 p.m. and run until 10:30 p.m.) will culminate in a performance by headlining performer K'NAAN, an internationally-renowned JUNO Award winner best known for his Wavin' Flag single.
Farah Nasser, Alan Carter, Jeff McArthur and Crystal Goomansingh from Global News will host the event.
As far as entertainment goes, here's the lineup:
- K'NAAN - JUNO Award winner best known for his international hit Wavin' Flag.
- Neon Dreams - Electro-pop band from the east coast.
- DJ Shub - JUNO & Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Award winner.
- Fito Blanko - Mississauga's own Latin Grammy Award-nominated artist.
- Shobhit Banwait - YouTube sensation and fusion tabla drummer.
- Metis Fiddler Quartet - Presented in collaboration with the Peel Aboriginal Network.
- The Heavyweights Brass Band - Delivering big sound and feel-good music.
- JessGO - Brilliance Together live pop art performance.
- Glowing Hearts Drumline - Event house band.
Here's a look at other events that you can attend throughout the day (some of which are ideal for families with little ones):
Camp Canuck For Kids
2 to 6 p.m.
Activities are geared towards families and kids of all ages and include:
- Splashing around in the fountain to uncover Rain Works, the invisible public art inspired by Mississauga's Poet Laureate Wali Shah;
- A visit to the SESQUI Pavilion. Mississauga is one of the stops on the Canada-wide SESQUI Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibition Tour. This VR experience features five-minute stories about Canadians who are shaping their world through creativity. Visitors can also make their own Sesquatch, exploring their identity in an interactive and playful way;
- Take in live performances on the True North Busker Stage featuring encore performance by The Heavyweights Brass Band and extreme yo-yo performer YO-K;
- Capture the day at the 360 degree photo booth;
- Share some love by signing Canada's Biggest Birthday Card; and
- Enjoy Canadiana-inspired roaming stilt walkers and acrobats, face painters and crafts.
4:20 p.m. Parade of Nations (Time is approximate)
4:30 p.m. Official Ceremony with Mayor Crombie and Members of Council
5 p.m. Metis Fiddler Quartet
6:40 p.m. Fito Blanko
8 p.m. Neon Dreams
9 p.m. K'NAAN
10:00 p.m. Fireworks presented by Tim Hortons featuring the Glowing Hearts Drumline
City Centre Stage
2 p.m. DJ Bambii live spin
5:30 p.m. HeavyWeights Brass Band
6:05 pm Shobhit Banwait
6:25 p.m. DJ Bambii live spin
7:15 p.m. DJ Shub
8:50 p.m. JessGo & DJ Bambii Live Art Performance
Parking and Transportation
With limited access to available parking downtown, event goers are encouraged to carpool, walk, bike or take MiWay. MiWay will also offer additional trips from the City Centre Transit Terminal following the fireworks on the following routes: 3, 7, 10, 19, 23, 26, 34 and 61.
Limited accessible parking is available at the 201 City Centre Dr. parking lot after 3 p.m. and in the Living Arts Centre underground parking lot.
There will be road closures in the downtown core from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on July 1. Areas impacted by the closures are outlined below.
The road closure map can be downloaded here.
Closed: July 1 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
- Duke of York Boulevard from Burnhamthorpe Road W. to Prince of Wales Drive
- City Centre Drive from Living Arts Drive to Mercer Street
- Princess Royal Drive from Living Arts Drive to Duke of York Boulevard
Closed: July 1 from 7 to 11:30 p.m.
- Living Arts Drive from Burnhamthorpe Road W. to Prince of Wales Drive
- Burnhamthorpe Road W. from Confederation Parkway to Hurontario Street
- Kariya Gate from Burnhamthorpe Road W. to City Centre Drive (northbound lanes only)
Looking to celebrate Canada 150 in your own neighbourhood? Check out these Canada Day celebrations taking place throughout Mississauga:
* Canada Day in Malton - maltonbia.com
* Port Credit Paint the Town Red - paintthetownred.ca
* Streetsville Canada Day Celebration - villageofstreetsville.com
* Churchill Meadows Canada Day Together Festival - canadadaytogether.ca
You might recall that last year's fireworks had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Although one cannot predict the weather with perfect accuracy, we can only hope this year's scheduled fireworks go off as scheduled.
As of now, fireworks are slated to cap off the day's celebrations.