Britons are gearing up for four days of celebrations next week to mark the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, her diamond jubilee. The celebrations will include a 1 hour, 45 minute concert on a special stage constructed outside Buckingham Palace, organized by the BBC and Gary Barlow of boy band Take That. The concert will be televised around the world, taking place on Tuesday at 15:45 local time.
Performers listed by the BBC include the United Kingdom’s Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robbie Williams, new artists Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, boy band JLS, and tenor Alfie Boe. Australia, Canada’s less populated Commonwealth cousin, will be represented at the concert care of a performance by Kylie Minogue. And the concert will feature an American artist despite the fact that the United States does not recognize the queen.
The lineup of recording artists who will be performing, as listed by the BBC, does not include any Canadians.
It is unknown whether Canadian recording artists were invited to perform and were unable to attend or were simply cold-shouldered.
Gary Barlow composed the song “Sing” to mark the celebration and made a “Commonwealth version”. This version features singers from across the U.K., Australia, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, Africa, but not Canada. If there is one commonality among all 35 million Canadians, it is that we do not appreciate being snubbed.