By Lori Bosworth
Canada is turning 150 on July 1, 2017 so it’s even more reason to celebrate on the Canada Day weekend 2017. There are a lot of special Canada150 celebrations taking place in Toronto. We’ve outlined some of our favourites things to do Canada Day weekend in Toronto 2017.
Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday at Nathan Phillips Square will surely be one of the most popular things to do Canada Day weekend in Toronto 2017. Square. Canada Days takes place June 30, 3017 to July 3, 2017 at Nathan Phillips Square and will feature music, dance, circus, and street arts. Two stages will host urban, indie, roots, pop and world music by local, national and international artists. Food and beverage vendors will be available for the public. Fireworks will begin at 10:55 p.m.
Friday, June 30, 2017 – Main Stage – 8:05 pm – Buffy Sainte-Marie performs selections from her 50-year long musical career.
Friday, June 30, 2017 – Main Stage – 9:45 p.m. – Canada’s iconic group, Barenaked Ladies, will perform hits from their 15 studio albums.
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Main Stage – 9:45 p.m. – Ron Sexsmith and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with special guest Rose Cousins for a performance of Sexsmith’s songs from his 30+ year career. Jean-Claude Picard will conduct the TSO.
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Main Stage – 8:15 p.m. – Juno Award-winner Shad will perform his energetic, hip-hop music. Shad will be backed by a five-piece band.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Boston Red Sox on Canada Day Weekend
The Toronto Blue Jays welcome David Price and the Boston Red Sox to the Rogers Centre on Canada Day weekend 2017. Games on the Canada Day weekend are Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:07 p.m., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. and Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. On Canada Day, the Blue Jays will honour our Canadian forces with a pregame ceremony and the first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark on July 1 will receive a Red Replica Blue Jays Hat presented by Honda. Tickets are $366, $117, $100, $95, $83.75, $50, $45, $33.25, $31.50, $24, $21.60, $17.50 and $12 and can be purchased online.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2017
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival wraps up on the Canada Day Weekend. There are many free performances on the weekend at the OLG Stage on Cumberland Street. Headlining performances with ticketed admission include:
Larnell Lewis Band/Bokante featuring Michael League and members of Snarky Puppy – Fri., June 30, 2017, 8 p.m. at The Concert Hall. Tickets are $30-$40 plus service charge.
Aretha Franklin – Sat., July 1, 2017, 8 p.m. at The Sony Centre. Tickets are $55, $100, $150 and $175 plus service charge.
4 By Monk By 4 – Sun., July 2, 2017, 8 p.m. at The Concert Hall. Tickets are $50-$60 plus service charge.
Canada Day Festival 2017 at Downsview Park
Enjoy rides, food, music and entertainment at the Canada Day celebration on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Downsview Park. Fireworks will take place at dusk. Gates open at 11 a.m. Free admission. Limited parking available for $20.
Canada Day Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park. Fireworks will begin after 9:30 p.m. Ashbridges Bay Park is located at 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Coxwell Avenue. Parking is available at Ashbridge’s Bay Park. Check out these other locations for fireworks on Canada Day in Toronto 2017.
Enjoy free admission to the Q107 Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017 beginning at 12 p.m. There will be food, midway rides and music including tributes to Bruce Springsteen, Journey, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Foreigner, Elton John, U2, with an AC/DC tribute band to end the night at 10 p.m. Enjoy fireworks at Ashbridges Bay at 10 p.m. Woodbine Park is located at Coxwell Avenue and Eastern Avenue.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the world’s largest rubber duck that will be gracing Toronto’s waterfront? The duck is part of the Redpath Waterfront Festival, which takes place on Toronto’s waterfront from July 1-3, 2017. The festival will feature music, food, nautical programs and entertainment along Toronto’s Harbourfront, with specific events at HTO Park (on Queens Quay West, just east of Spadina Avenue). Visitors will get an opportunity to tour the deck of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ville de Quebec. While you’re at the festival, stop by the Waterfront Artisan Market at HTO Park, which will be running on Saturdays from May 20, 2017 to October 7, 2017. The artisan market features over 75 artisans, chefs and bakers presenting their goods in an open-air market.
Georgia O’Keeffe at the Art Gallery of Ontario runs until July 30, 2017. The Art Gallery of Ontario is open Saturday, July 1, 2017 and Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
Do you know of other things to do Canada Day weekend in Toronto 2017? Please mention in the comments.