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Canada Day at Queen’s Park

Monday, July 1, 2013

We want to thank everyone for coming to the Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park! Families were treated to three stages of live entertainment, rides and festivities all over the grounds and a Farmer’s Market put on by Foodland Ontario.

Have a look at the pictures from Canada’s 146th birthday, and be sure to make plans to be at Queen’s Park for next year’s event.

Events and Activities for the Whole Family

Celebrate with Us

  • Main Stage

    • Noon - 21-gun salute by the Toronto Regiment
    • O Canada, sung by Angelica Di Castro
    • 12:10 - Opening remarks by His Honour, Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley, and Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Michael Coteau
    • All rides and entertainment open to the public
    • 12:15 - Tour of the grounds and distribution of flags by Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley and Mrs. Onley, and by Minister Coteau and Deputy Minister Chisanga Puta-Chekwe
    • Aboriginal Dance Performance
    • French Canadian Duo Performance
    • Performances on the Children’s Stage and the Dance Stage open
    • 12:25 - Sensation Live Music (repeats at 2:20 and 4:20)
    • 12:45 - High Rendition Jazz (repeats at 3:20)
    • 1:00 - Remarks by Premier Kathleen Wynne to the public
    • 1:15 - Tour of the grounds by Premier Wynne and Minister Coteau
    • 5:00 - Canada Day celebration at Queen’s Park closes
    Canada Day Logo
  • Children’s Stage (East)

    Canada Day Children's stage
    • 12:15 to 12:45 - Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs
    • 12:45 to 1:15 - Madagascar
    • 1:15 to 1:45 - Meet ’n’ Greet with Harry
    • 1:45 to 2:15 - Dance Party with Puss in Boots
    • 2:15 to 2:45 - Meet ’n’ Greet with Madagascar
    • 2:45 to 3:15 - Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs
    • 3:15 to 3:45 - Meet ’n’ Greet with Puss in Boots
    • 3:45 to 4:15 - Madagascar
    • 4:15 to 4:45 - Dance Party with Puss in Boots
  • Dance Stage (West)

    Canada Day Dance stage
    • 12:45 to 1:15 - Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
    • 1:30 to 1:50 - Chi Ping Chinese Dance Group
    • 2:00 to 2:20 - OLSI DanceSport Ballroom
    • 3:00 to 3:20 - West Indian Fusion Dance Center
    • 4:00 to 4:20 - The Dance Company: Swing Dance
    • 4:30 to 4:50 - Bollywood Dance Program
  • On the Grounds

    Henna artists

    Professionally trained artists use paint made from the henna plant. The paint looks black, but turns red after it dries.

    • Inflatable rides
    • Face painting
    • Henna artists
    • The tallest hockey player
    • Outrageous ostriches
    • Video arcade
    • Sky dancers
    • Food concession stands
    • And much more!
  • Road Closures

    The following roads will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Canada Day:

    • Queen’s Park Crescent East from College Street to Wellesley Street West
    • Queen’s Park Crescent West from College Street to Hoskin Avenue
    • Grosvenor Street from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place
    • Wellesley Street West from Queen's Park Crescent East to Queen's Park Crescent West

History of Canada Day

  • Canada Day marks the anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867.
  • On this day, the Province of Canada (now Ontario and Quebec) joined Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to form a single country called Canada.
  • The holiday was originally called Dominion Day, and officially became known as Canada Day in 1982.