Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square
Celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday with music, arts and a spectacular fireworks display.
July 1, 2018 Schedule – Free Admission
|Main Stage||7 – 10:30 p.m.||Kristin Fung
|10:30 p.m.||Fireworks Finale|
|DJ Platform||5 – 9:15 p.m.||DJ Classic Roots, with Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat
DJ Sean Sax
DJ Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all)
|Site Animation||5 – 8:30 p.m.||Participatory Sidewalk Mural by Rahmaan Hameed
Hula Hoops by Sugar Hoops
Face Painting by Picasso Painters
Traditional Welcome / Blessing by Elder Cat Criger
7:00 – 7:05 p.m.
7:05 – 7:45 p.m.
A creative spirit and soulful innovator, Kristin Fung is a unique voice on the Canadian music scene. Her dynamic and versatile performances as a vocalist, keyboardist, and composer traverse multiple musical landscapes. Kristin’s captivating R&B group performs original tunes infused with her signature super funky soul grooves. She is also a featured soloist in the live and recorded versions of Anthony Braxton’s experimental opera Trillium J, a member of both Braxton’s Ghost Trance Choir and Christine Duncan’s The Element Choir, creator of the creative vocal/dance trio celeste, and half of the hip folky duo K Funk and Lady Ree.
8:05 – 8:55 p.m.
Originally their collective musical gaze was on 1970s Nuyork Salsa and the era of boom bap Hip-Hop that would come out of New York two decades later; but now Los Poetas have gone further back and deeper into their genetic memory. Now, Louwop, Che Uno and Afantú, Vancouver-based producer Vago, DJ Grouch and their backing band of Pan-Latinx master musicians, look beyond the music of their parent’s generation towards their ancestors — and through them, the indigenous roots of spoken word, drum and melody and the bridge to today where we call them rap, beats and hooks.
9:20 – 10:20 p.m.
You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida performing at Festivals in Dubai, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, The Nina Project or acting on screen in the newly released Afro-Caribbean film Brown Girl Begins, as well as TV shows like Titans, Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek and Flashpoint. From the very beginning, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard.
Shakura S’Aida has been consistently thrilling audiences with her powerful pipes for years. As a veteran of the international music scene, her award winning blues and R&B band performs worldwide. She has been featured as a guest artist with legendary musicians like Jimmy Smith, Lee Oskar (WAR), Bettye LaVette and Keb Mo’. Whether she’s speaking Swiss-German, French or English, Shakura instantly connects with her audience — and at the same time richly demonstrates the multiculturalism that Canada prides itself on.
Fireworks by GFA Pyro
The spectacular fireworks display for Canada Day 2018 is by Group Fiatlux-Ampleman. GFA Pyro is a coast to coast Canadian company with headquarters in Montreal. They were born from the partnership of Concept Fiatlux and Ampleman Pyrotechnics, two pioneers of the Canadian pyrotechnic industry. Together, these two firms have more than 100 years of experience in the creation of fireworks displays.
Classic Roots, with Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Classic Roots brings the sexy heartbeat of the boreal north to life with his unique brand of Electronica and powwow techno. The Thunder Bay native is an award winning producer and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and meaningful collaborations with diverse artists.
Drawing inspiration from his life and culture, Classic Roots established his original sound by integrating First Nations songs with Electronica music. He navigates the unique sound of techno/house music while dancing to the beat of traditional Anishinaabe sounds, establishing a sense of cultural freedom that echoes throughout the electronic music scene.
Brianna Olson-Pitawanakwat is a member of Wikemikong Unceded First Nation, a proud Anishinaabekwe and powwow dancer. She is passionate about health, physical fitness and the powerful spiritual, emotional and physical expression that comes through this Indigenous dance medium.
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
DJ Sean Sax loves making people dance. It’s what he lives for. The Sound of Sax has been ever present in Toronto’s Black music scene for over two and a half decades. He has spun alongside some of the planet’s most respected deejays such as Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Mark 45 King, Soulection and Rich Medina. Sean’s mantra “Make ‘em dance!” is front and center in his local residency Do Right Saturdays and Gumbo, an Afrobeat/Soca/Dancehall fete which tours worldwide.
Nino Brown (Yes Yes Y’all)
7:45 – 8:05 p.m.
8:55 – 9:15 p.m.
Nino Brown is a founder of Canada’s premier inclusive hip hop and dancehall party Yes Yes Y’all (Toronto) which has been voted one of the city’s top jams since its birth in 2009. She provides resident DJ/promoter duties for some of Toronto’s hottest parties and spearheaded an underground urban music movement in the city that links music, style, politics and a proper bashment. Nino Brown, your favourite DJ’s favourite DJ.
Participatory Sidewalk Mural by Rahmaan Hameed
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Rahmaan Hameed is a multi-talented graphic and creative designer who was taught how to sketch and paint at the age of 5. Over the years he has sought inspiration from such artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. He creates highly intricate art pieces, logo designs and illustrations through state-of-the-art design programs, classical sketching and hand painted work. His work has been commissioned by the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Warren Buffett, NBA players, the Edmonton Oilers, as well as private collectors domestically and abroad.
For Canada Day, Rahmaan will create a large scale sidewalk mural during the event, inviting people attending Mel Lastman Square to add their words describing what Toronto and Canada mean to them.
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Sugar Hoops connects community, music and movement with a unique and mesmerizing group of hula hoop dancers and a whole bunch of hula hoops. Grab a hoop and a friend, and get ready to have some fun!
Face Painting by Picasso Painters
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Toronto’s favourite face painters for over 30 years!
- Audience and Hospitality Areas: Fully Accessible
- Dedicated Accessible Viewing Area Available: Yes. There are two locations, north of the stage on the lower level and behind the audience seating on the upper level.
- Accessible Parking: Limited parking spots available at North York Civic Centre off North York Blvd. Please note that parking area closes at 9:30pm and reopens at 11:30pm due to fireworks fallout zone. Additional paid parking is available at 180 Beecroft Road. For parking rates, click here.
- Wheel Trans Pick-up and Drop-off locations: North York Civic Centre south side roundabout on North York Boulevard.
- TTC: North York Centre Station, Line 1.
- American Sign Language (ASL): ASL will be provided on the Main Stage for interpretation of hosting dialogue and event announcements.