Canada Days festival finale at Nathan Phillips Square today featuring Belly and Kingston All-Stars

TORONTO, July 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Today is the final day of the free Canada Days music festival at Nathan Phillips Square. From 3 to 11 p.m., audiences can experience live musical performances, dance, circus and street arts across three stages. The family-friendly four-day celebration concludes with a fireworks display at 10:55 p.m. The full performance lineup is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadadays.

Canada Days is part of the City's TO Canada with Love year-long program of more than 30 celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions marking Canada's 150th birthday.

Date: Monday, July 3
Time: 3 to 11 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Media logistics note: Arrangements for artist and spokesperson interviews must be made in advance through the media contact listed below. Members of the media are advised to arrive early to set-up as space is limited. An audio feed will be available at the media riser, located 40 metres directly in front of the Main Stage.

Main Stage performers for July 3 are:

  • The East Pointers, 3:05 p.m. – A transformative and energizing take on Celtic/folk traditional music from Atlantic Canada.
  • Wesli, 4:45 p.m. – One of the top Francophone artists in Canada known for stirring performances and festive sound.
  • Pat Thomas and Kwashibu Area Band, 6:15 p.m. – One of Ghana's most revered master musicians and an icon of Highlife music.
  • Kingston All-Stars, 8 p.m. Some of reggae music's heaviest hitters come together for a one-of-a-kind reunion an international celebration of reggae music.
  • Belly, 10:10 pm – Fresh off The Weeknd's world tour, Belly is one of Canada's most acclaimed rappers and writers of top ten hits for international hip hop artists.

A hospitality area offering food and beverage for purchase will be available. Alcoholic beverages will be available for individuals 19 and older. Valid photo identification must be provided.

The City of Toronto is committed to presenting an accessible event. An accessible viewing area and a sign-language interpreter will be provided onsite. Information about accessibility at the event is available at http://ow.ly/WInN30cYV8c.

A series of roads will be closed for the Canada Days festival at Nathan Phillips Square on July 3. These roads include:

  • Bay Street between Dundas Street to Richmond Street from noon to 1 a.m.
  • Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue from noon to 1 a.m.
  • Elizabeth Street, Hagerman Street and Albert Street from noon to 1 a.m. due to the nightly fireworks display. 
  • York Street between Queen Street and Richmond Street (local traffic only) from noon to 1 a.m.

Additional road closures may be required to manage pedestrian traffic during the event. A full list of road closures for the Canada Day long-weekend is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions.

Part of the TO Canada with Love program, Canada Days is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Province of Ontario's Ontario150 Program and the Government of Canada, and with financial support from National Partner, CIBC; Premier Sponsor, Tim Hortons; Official Beer Sponsor, Steam Whistle Brewing; Official Wine Sponsor, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly; Official Beverage Sponsor, Pepsi; Official Volunteer Sponsor, Vistaprint; and Hospitality Partner, Barque.

Social media updates on Canada Days are available at @SpecialEventsTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/specialeventsTO, on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/specialeventsTO and on Snapchat at https://www.snapchat.com/add/specialeventsto. The event hashtag is #C150TO. A custom Canada Days Snapchat geo-filter for Nathan Phillips Square will be available from June 30 at 5 p.m. to July 3 at midnight. 

About TO Canada with Love
TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country, offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/canada150.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017, Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with "TO Canada with Love," a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.

SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: Media contact: Justine Palinska, Economic Development and Culture, 416-395-7318, justine.palinska@toronto.ca

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