A host of activities on Parliament Hill will celebrate the end of this memorable year
OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada 150 will be celebrated one last time on Parliament Hill and at the Canadian Museum of History on New Year's Eve. Canadians of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join the Canada 150 festivities organized to mark the end of this memorable year.
At the Canadian Museum of History, Indigenous culture will play a prominent part in the celebrations. Visitors of all ages will gather in a family-friendly setting to admire the illuminated tipis. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Museum will present Nimidiwin, a free show featuring performances of Indigenous dancing, drumming and singing.
The celebrations will continue on Parliament Hill. The evening will kick off with the Christmas Lights Across Canada multimedia show, with added pyrotechnic and laser effects. The public is also invited to a dancing and skating session with music from Canadian DJs. Illuminated characters will stroll among the crowd throughout the evening to keep the party spirit going. To bid farewell to 2017, the evening will close with a performance by hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall, featuring pyrotechnic and laser effects.
The public is also invited to visit the Centennial Flame, which now includes the official symbols of Nunavut. This New Year's Eve, Parliament Hill is the place to be to enjoy entertainment and activities for all ages.
"To mark the end of the Canada 150 celebrations, the public is invited to take part in a quintessentially Canadian experience: a festive evening of dancing and skating on the Hill. It's an ideal opportunity for all Canadians to gather with their loved ones to wrap up 2017 in an outstanding way. I invite residents and visitors of Canada's Capital Region to take full advantage of it."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
On Parliament Hill, beginning at 9 p.m., residents and visitors will ring in the New Year under the stars to the sounds of DJs Carl and Evana Müren and DJ Shub, as well as hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall. The evening will also include a pyrotechnic and laser show repeated at 9:15 p.m., 10:15 p.m. and midnight.
The Canada 150 skating rink will be open to the public until February 28, 2018, allowing residents and visitors to enjoy this popular winter sport. Skaters must reserve their free skate time 48 hours in advance at www.canada150rink.com.
The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million. Through the Fund, the Government of Canada has supported 730 pan-Canadian and community projects on the themes of diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, environment, and youth.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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