Official Canada Day Celebration in Ottawa Is Virtual Once Again With Fireworks and First Ever Canada Day Contest


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With COVID-19 throwing life as we know it into a tailspin, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault has announced that Canada Day will once again be celebrated virtually this year.

New this year is the first-ever Canada Day Contest. Canadians can enter the contest online from now have until 11:59 p.m. on July 1 to win a grand prize of $11,500 value. Other prizes include four $250 gift cards to spend at Boutique RICARDO and sixty $100 gift cards to spend at Giant Tiger.


As announced previously, Canadian Heritage will be presenting Lights on Canada Day, a showcase of artistic diversity and excellence.

The Canada Day 2021 evening program will showcase talented performing artists and entertainers from across the country. In two hours, you’ll travel from Ottawa, through Ontario to Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Yukon, Manitoba, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories.

The show will be hosted by Véronic DiCaire and Jully Black, and will feature the following artists:

  • Jann Arden
  • Les Trois Accords
  • JP Saxe
  • Lara Fabian
  • Johnny Orlando
  • Fouki and Jay Scøtt
  • Les Hay Babies
  • Tyler Shaw
  • Damien Robitaille
  • Gurdeep Pandher
  • Mélissa Bédard
  • Terry Uyarak
  • Paper Lions
  • Irish Mythen
  • Inn Echo
  • Madison Violet
  • Shawn Jobin
  • Naya Ali
  • Prado Monroe
  • Begonia
  • Sebastian Gaskin
  • Boogey the Beat
  • Major Funk
  • Boréalis Soul
  • Lawrence Nayally
  • Séan McCann
  • Albert Dumont
  • Josée

Lights on Canada Day will be broadcast on CBC Television and Radio-Canada, as well as on Canadian Heritage’s YouTube channel, which will offer privileged access to Canada Day – Behind the scenes. During commercial breaks, host Anne-Marie Withenshaw will give you a tour of the studio and take you backstage to meet the entertainment industry professionals and watch the artists in rehearsal, as if you were there.

Just like last year, you can watch virtual fireworks – Tim Hortons Canada Day Virtual Fireworks, an augmented reality experience. At 10 p.m. local time, point your smartphone or tablet to the night sky and a three-minute show displaying 3D fireworks will begin, with the same visual and sound effects as the real thing.


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