On Wednesday starting at 9 a.m., the City of Toronto’s Canada Day all ages event will bring Torontonians together virtually with livestream shows throughout the day, including music performances, culinary showcases, comedy, dance, recognition of frontline workers and more.
Canada Day 2020 will feature four livestream segments on the City’s YouTube channel. Full program details, a link to 4K Ultra HD livestreams, celebration kits, a pancake recipe, and lyrics for a special sing-along are available online.
9 to 10 a.m.
The Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast will include greetings from Chief Laforme of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and feature a socially distanced breakfast by MLSE Executive Chef Chris Zielinski and Mayor John Tory. Participants can enjoy virtual dance demonstrations with Keep Rockin You for easy to learn hip hop moves. Kim Mitchell debuts his new song “Wishes” live from the legendary El Mocambo.
2 to 5 p.m.
The afternoon Culture Jam will showcase a virtual kaleidoscope of Toronto artists and neighbourhoods with more than 35 performances in total by Kardinal Offishall, d’bi.young anitafrika, Lua Shayenne Dance Company, Marissa Magneson, Lucas Silveira and more.
7 to 8 p.m.
The Ready for Prime Time segment will include a live performance from July Talk with James Bayley and Kyla Charter from iconic music venue the El Mocambo, along with performances by Haviah Mighty and Gordon Lightfoot. Sing along to Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” led by Choir! Choir! Choir! Download the lyrics to learn the song.
CN Tower Canada Day Light Show will livestream an extraordinary 15-minute visual display set to the music of a diverse group of Canadian artists at the City’s YouTube channel and simulcast on CHUM 104.5.
Canada Day 2020 has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. The virtual event is co-produced by Harbourfront Centre, with additional support from programming partner TO Live. Special project partners include CN Tower and MAKERS. Canada Day 2020 is also sponsored by Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, Tim Hortons, Bell and promotional partners Citytv and TTC. Special thanks to venue partner the El Mocambo.
The City of Toronto is committed to providing an accessible event. Closed captioning will be available on all Canada Day 2020 streaming and broadcast services.
Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 the City is joining other municipalities across Canada in hosting a national, virtual Canada Day. All in-person Canada Day events have been cancelled.
“I encourage everyone to participate in our virtual Canada Day and connect as a city. This Canada Day is unlike any other, but it is still an ideal time for us to come together and show our Canadian pride.”
– Mayor John Tory
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