Toronto and Mississauga Canada Day celebrations go virtual this year
We can still celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday this year, but we will do so virtually from the safety and comfort of our own homes, backyards and balconies.
City of Toronto Hosts Virtual Canada Day 2020 Event
Mayor John Tory announced that The City of Toronto will help Torontonians celebrate Canada’s birthday virtually this year through a livestream show called Canada Day 2020. Throughout the day, the show will include a combination of live and pre-recorded performances streamed on YouTube. The livestreams will be available on July 1st beginning at 9 a.m.
Performers will include Haviah Mighty, Gordon Lightfoot, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Ali Hassan, Cris Derksen, The Next Generation Leahy and others. Program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadaday.
July 1, Canada Day 2020 will feature three livestreamed segments:
- The Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast featuring a culinary exchange between MLSE Executive Chef Chris Zielinski and Mayor Tory, greetings from Chief Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and family friendly performances.
- Afternoon Culture Jam will showcase dozens of diverse Toronto artists, highlight neighbourhoods across the city, offer interactive family-focused programming and commemorate the national anthem’s 40th anniversary through a special performance of O Canada.
- Ready for Prime-Time segment will offer high profile Toronto artists in live and pre-recorded performances, many from the iconic music venue the El Mocambo, and will invite all Torontonians to join together in song.
RespectTO, created in partnership with MAKERS, will honour COVID-19 frontline workers. You can go online to nominate a frontline worker at RespectTO.ca. Nominated names will be broadcast throughout the show.
The CN Tower is also planning a 15-minute light show set to music by a diverse group of Canadian artists, live streamed at cntower.ca.
Downloadable Celebration Kits offering interactive, creative and educational activities to enjoy at home are available at toronto.ca/canadaday.
City of Mississauga hosts first-ever Virtual Canada Day Celebration
This year the City of Mississauga invites residents and online guests to celebrate Canada Day in their own backyards or patios with a virtual celebration called Good Morning Mississauga. Hosted by Farah Nasser of Global News and Sangita Patel of ET Canada, the virtual celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. on July 1st and will feature interviews and musical performances by “some of the biggest names to come from Mississauga” states the City of Mississauga media release, “including Johnny Orlando Mia Martina, Fito Blanko, RJ Barrett and Mark Pelli from the award-winning band Magic!”
To mark the 40th Anniversary of O Canada becoming our national anthem, the Mississauga Children’s Choir and Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will join the celebration through recorded performances of O Canada.
Residents are encouraged to show their spirit by downloading the Celebration Kit (available online http://goodmorningsauga.ca/ ) and decorating their windows and joining the virtual fireworks by downloading snapd HUB app available at https://snapd.com/canadaday/
story by Laurie Wallace-Lynch
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