Canada Day in Montreal

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016  -  Admission: Free
Locations : Old Port Promenade, and Bonsecours Basin Park

This section provides every detail surrounding the activities, ceremonies and shows planned to commemorate
Canada Day in Montreal. You can access the site at any time, morning until night.

Programming is subject to change without notice.

Complete list of activities

Ceremony

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Ceremony

New Canadians will be sworn in at an official ceremony. The Canadian Armed Forces military band will oversee the raising of the flag. A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will ensure the smooth running of the event.

Gun Salute

12 p.m. to 12:21 p.m.

Cannon Salute

A 21-cannon salute in honour of Canada's Birthday.

Canada Day Cake

12:30 p.m.

Canada Day Cake

New Canadians and all those present will be invited to taste the traditional Canada Day cake.

Cosom Hockey

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cosom Hockey

12 years and over (continuous)

Come play a game of Cosom Hockey! Four players, sporting the colours of the Montreal Canadiens face four players sporting the colors of the Winnipeg Jets.

Caribou route

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Soccer

12 years and over (continuous)

Enjoy a soccer game! For those who prefer the round ball, a table soccer game will be available for participants!

Collective artwork

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Collective artwork

For the entire family (continuous)

Channel your inner artist by drawing on a collective chalkboard located outside the Tent.

Bracelet workshop

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bracelet workshop

For the entire family (three workshops per hour, every 20 min)

It's time to let your creativity flow! Come have fun with your family and discover who is the most creative in the group!

Makeup workshop

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Makeup

For the entire family (continuous)

Kids of all ages can transform into superheroes, lions, monsters, pirates, butterflies, princesses or even a cat with the stroke of a brush.

Dance

12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dance

For the entire family (three periods per hour, every 20 min)

Practice your dance moves thanks to our host who will introduce you to many different dances!

Inflatable games village

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Inflatable Village

Children and adults alike can have fun playing games in a colourful and safe environment.

Canada Tent

2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Canada Tent

For the entire family (continuous)

Historical tour: Come learn more about the Canadian provinces and their histories. Canada goodies will be offered to participants, such as flags and pins.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

La Bronze

The singer-songwriter La Bronze is a contrasting alloy who thrills by her pop musicality with trip-hop accents. Her electro sparking pop-rock evokes a hymn to the bite where sweetness and ardour meet. Her lyrics deal with love, truth and quest for freedom. Her mesmerizing tone of voice bares a unique and assumed poetry.

Strengthen by her numerous awards, Essadiqi Nadia, aka La Bronze, whose eponymous album was released in 2014, was named in 2015 at the Canadian Music Week Awards as "Emerging Francophone Artist of the Year". Multidisciplinary artist - actress, author, singer and percussionist - La Bronze was awarded the "Prix Télé-Québec Coup de coeur" at the Festival de l'Outaouais Émergent.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Karim Ouellet

A native of Dakar and proudly camped in a Quebec that saw him grow, Karim Ouellet declines a pop flirting on the side of soul, reggae, rock and electronics with a grace sparse with casualness.

With his borderless melodies, Karim made a few dozens shows in France, offering his performance on stage for the first parts of M and Stromae. The author-songwriter has quickly built for himself and without wasting any time a place of choice in the heart of the beautiful promises that the new French song lets us hear. Already empowered by 200 shows across the great Francophonie, including two symphonic concerts, the singular figure has fun and succeeds in places where boundaries are shattered and in the end, imposes himself as an essential of the music scene.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

QW4RTZ

QW4RTZ is four guys bringing their voices together to make you laugh and cry, make you sing and dance, but above all, to make you vibrate to the sound of their vocal harmonies. Louis Alexandre François, Phil and Fa2 address all styles of music a cappella, in original arrangements they create themselves.

Last summer, in addition to a second European tour, QW4RTZ had the chance to present excerpts from its show on the two most coveted outdoor scenes in Quebec, the Agora de Québec and the main stage at the Place des Festivals in Montreal. Indeed, as part of the Grand Rire de Québec, Whoopi Goldberg chose the four singers to perform for her first part at the Agora before 4,000 people. Also, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Just for Laughs Festival, QW4RTZ made the first part of the humorous and musical show of Laurent Paquin, one of three major events offered to the public by the Festival.

As much as by the size and quality of events in which they participate as by the international influence of their music, Louis, Francis, Phil and Fa2 are changing the landscape of the a cappella scene in the Francophone world by imposing a new name on it: QW4RTZ.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Alexandre Désilets

Totally peculiar voice, instrument as much as creation engine, Alexandre Désilets puts his magnified worm on music to instil the beautiful in the dark. Pains sublimated in shifted celebrations, his songs march and fit into a pop respiration that is sometimes whispered, sometimes deployed, always touching the heart, sometimes not without leaving some scratches.

Over time and creations, the singer-songwriter has increased tenfold the disciplines and invested the body through movement, thereby endorsing the status of head, heart and body artist. Three albums followed one another under his impulses, Escalader l'ivresse (2008), La garde (2010) and Fancy Ghetto (2014), reaffirming a little louder every time the vibrant talent of the man, imposing a signature as alive as refined.

With Wendigo, we find him in tune with his creation, which devises its art on the beast it evokes, embodied mythology. To update this large-scale orchestral album, the man surrounded himself with some of the greatest talents of the current scene and now unbinds his work like never before.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Renée Wilkin

Renée Wilkin studied popular song, jazz and classical music at the Conservatoire de l'Outaouais, then continue her training at Collège Lionel-Groulx with a professional technique in music and song writing. After graduating in 2008, she made notable appearances at various professional and corporate events with an acoustic duo and as part of the jazz vocal quartet Chic Avenue. She participates, among other things, to the International Jazz Festival and at the FrancoFolies de Montréal.

In 2010, Renée Wilkin begins a singer-songwriter career, performing at shows held at the Cabaret Le Lion d'Or and at the Studio-théâtre of the Place des Arts in Montreal. She provided on stage performance for the first part of France D'Amour and Kaïn during summer festivals. After several years on the music scene, it's due the popular TV show La Voix II (2014) that she became known to the larger public and crowned finalist for the Marc Dupré team.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

King Melrose

Sébastien Côté, an artist from Joliette, was introduced to music from his childhood while growing up next to a father strongly hooked on the Beatles. Wishing to nourish his musical curiosity, he discovers the world of soul music and awakens a passion. Sébastien learns to handle the piano and to create his own musical style.

Then, King Melrose begins his career in bars, as well as in corporate events. After several participations in contests and festivals where he stands out, it's in 2010 that he tries his luck at the 43rd edition of the Festival International de la Chanson de Granby and is awarded the Audience Award. In 2012, the artist is invited at the Mondial Choral Loto-Québec where he has the opportunity to share the stage with Grégory Charles during a tribute show to James Brown and Marvin Gaye as part of the Dixparues series. King Melrose finally released his first album on January 28, 2014 and this is only the beginning for the talented pop-soul Quebec artist. In order to create his musical world, he inspires himself by his childhood idols, but also contemporary artists.

8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Funk Lion

The adventure began in 2010 when he made a collection of intimate songs. The result is the maxi record "Musique de soirée pour adultes", an electro-soul album, from tweaking and artisanal exploration. Following a good reception, he made some concerts including at the Divan Orange, the Belmont and the Vitrines métissées.

Then, in 2011, he returns to his homeland Haiti, for a research and creation project. Since his return, he seeks the best approach to combine both this inexhaustible background and a well anchored love for rock. Meanwhile, he has the opportunity to work with artists who have enriched his experience like La Bronze, Samito, Vander, Poirier, Face-T and Mad'moizèle Giraf, etc., as a guitarist and composer. After a good gestation period, new compositions have emerged as flowers on the snow. He is currently preparing his first professional EP to be published in September 2016. The compositions of his new album "Cité d'or" are a fierce rock amalgam with felted glares of Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

Fireworks

10 p.m.

Fireworks (10 minutes)

Come rain or shine, fireworks will light up the sky in the Old Port.

FROM EAST TO WEST... HAPPY CANADA DAY

*This project has been made possible in part by the government of Canada.