While a number of recording artists performed at various cities across the country to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, the main televised extravaganza took place in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. It was a beautifully done affair with Francophones and Anglophones, women and men all sharing the stage together, something we need to see more often. Most performers played three songs, and a single group of professional musicians backed them all. We took some screen shots posted below with notes on each performer. You can watch a condensed version of the concert here with just one or two songs per artist.
1. Dance music superstar Kiesza opens the event with double platinum “Hideaway” and two more songs:
2. The large crowd cheers for Kiesza. One man held up a sign asking her to marry him:
3. Beautiful fresh, young talents and two of our finest vocalists Francesco Yates and Andee welcome all to the event:
4. JUNO winner Karim Ouellet performs a string of his hits. We were very lucky to acquire him from Senegal:
5. Gord Bamford gets us countrified with hits including #1 radio smash “When Your Lips Are So Close”:
6. The sun begins to set in Ottawa:
7. Cassidy Mann reps The Peg and charms us with her sweet songs:
8. Jonas and the Massive Attraction rocks out equally well in both official languages:
9. Andee showed us just how incredible her vocals are, performing Top 40 hit “Never Gone” and other delights:
10. Francesco Yates proved he has natural performance talent flowing through his arteries:
11. Marc Dupré no doubt had the ladies swooning with his magnetic delivery:
12. MAGIC! capped things off with three including new single “Sunday Funday” getting beach balls going in the crowd.
13. The night wouldn’t have been complete without a stellar fireworks display: