The Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly has announced the lineup for the annual Canada Day concert on Parliament Hill. 2015’s celebration had Kiesza, Francesco Yates, Andee, Karim Ouellet, Gord Bamford, Cassidy Mann, Jonas & the Massive Attraction, Marc Dupré, and MAGIC! (See photos and a link to video here).
Performers of the 2016 concert just confirmed are BC world music JUNO winner Alex Cuba, Quebec pop star Alex Nevsky and internationally successful Cœur de Pirate, Ontarian multiplatinum newcomer Coleman Hell and electronic rock band Metric, New Brunswick indie folk trio Les Hay Babies, and Manitoban indigenous group Indian City. The concert will be hosted by Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall and Montreal Musique Plus / CBC personality Rebecca Makonnen. Oui! Cœur de pirate et Metric au spectacle de la fête du Canada!
A crowd of 50,000 is expected to turn up on July 1 to view the spectacle which will be broadcast live. The CBC is touting the diversity of geographical origin and musical genres of the performers, a lineup that, like the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, excludes representation from the 15% of Canadians of Asian heritage, born on Canadian soil prior to Confederation. It is a form of ethnic cleansing that the country has not yet successfully rooted out. On the plus side, the inclusion of Francophone and Aboriginal performers is to be commended, though it is not new with this year’s event. A milestone of the maturation of the country would be that performers and presenters at Canadian spectacles reflect Canadian demographics rather than those of a foreign country (one that does not recognize the sovereignty of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II).
“I’m very pleased to be taking part in my first Canada Day as Minister of Canadian Heritage,” Joly said in a statement as reported by the national broadcaster. “I invite all Canadians to show their Canadian pride during the celebrations taking place in your part of the country.”
Besides the main event on Parliament Hill, there will be celebrations and concerts throughout cities across the country as well as Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of History in the Gatineau.