Gearing up to celebrate Canada Day in Calgary
Get ready to celebrate July 1! This year, The City of Calgary is inviting citizens to enjoy Canada Day safely from home and in their community with fun activities and entertainment for all ages.
“I know many Calgarians are looking forward to Canada Day,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “We’ve worked with our partners at the Calgary Public Library and CJSW 90.9FM to come up with free, safe and family-friendly entertainment for the whole day, whether you feel most comfortable celebrating at home or out in your community. I hope this Canada Day represents a turning point, honouring all we’ve been through, while looking to a better future for us all.”
There are three main components to The City’s Canada Day Home Party plans:
- A Fun-at-Home kit filled with freebies that can be picked up at a Calgary Public Library
- A full day on CJSW 90.9FM and cjsw.com called Canada in Stereo providing local music, interviews and entertainment to accompany your Canada Day plans
- A fireworks show that can be watched from your home, or streamed, if you can’t view from your street, with a local music soundtrack on CJSW 90.9FM at 11 p.m.
Learn more at Calgary.ca/CanadaDay.
Citizens of all ages can enjoy a FREE Fun-at-Home kit, picked up at a local Calgary Public Library location, before July 1, while supplies last. The City has worked with many partners to fill 10,000 kits with bubbles, a beach ball, sidewalk chalk, plant seeds, temporary tattoos and more. One-per-household please.
“The Library is thrilled to support this fun and safe way to enjoy Canada Day this year," says Sarah Meilleur, Interim CEO for Calgary Public Library. "There are currently 19 Library locations open throughout the city for curbside or in-person pickup. We can't wait to distribute Canada Day Fun-at-Home kits so that everyone in our community has the opportunity to celebrate at home.”
The City is also providing an online kit, with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit Calgary.ca/CanadaDay to find colouring sheets, recipes and arts and crafts. Some materials are available in French and Indigenous languages thanks to community and cultural partners.
Canada in Stereo on CJSW
The City’s Canada Day events have always focused on celebrating local and Canadian artists and performers. This year, The City is partnering with CJSW 90.9FM, Calgary’s independent campus and community radio station with the mandate to increase the profile of independent local and Canadian artists and share the stories of the communities they serve.
Canada in Stereo is 17 hours of programming featuring Canadian artists from a wide range of genres. Tune in from 7 a.m. to midnight on July 1 on 90.9FM or at cjsw.com. Visit Calgary.ca/CanadaDay for the Canada in Stereo program schedule and check below for the list of artists.
Thanks to support from Canadian Heritage, July 1 will conclude with a fireworks show at 11 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from Tom Campbell Hill to allow as many citizens as possible to see the show from their homes, yards and neighbourhoods.
During the fireworks show, tune into CJSW 90.9FM or cjsw.com to listen to the musical soundtrack.If you can see Calgary’s downtown from your home, yard, sidewalk or neighbourhood you will be able to watch the fireworks live. If you can’t see the fireworks from your neighbourhood, you can watch or stream on Calgary.ca/CanadaDay.
Citizens are reminded to follow all City and provincial restrictions throughout Canada Day.
For all information on The City of Calgary Canada Day Home Party, visit Calgary.ca/CanadaDay.
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What is open on Canada Day
Check out a local outdoor café, restaurant, pub or bar patio in your neighbourhood.
Visit a Calgary attraction:
Enjoy Calgary’s parks, greenspaces and pathways, visit Calgary.ca/Parks.
Play a round at City of Calgary golf
Canada in Stereo on CJSW - Artist Information
Amy Nelson - Calgary’s Amy Nelson is a conduit of voices from the past, reverentially channeling the sounds of depression-era blues and Appalachian mountain music through the raw reality of an Albertan feminist. Haunting and honest, gritty and passionate, Amy finger-picks her way through guitar and banjo tunes that bind together wit, beauty and truth.
Celeigh Cardinal – Celeigh is a Juno Award winner and has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s CKUA Radio and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration.
Dragon Fli Empire - Dragon Fli Empire was the first hip hop group featured on the annual MUCH does Calgary talent showcase on MuchMusic in 2005. They have also appeared on CBC-TV's ZeD and The National plus CBC Radio 'GO'. The group has toured across Canada, Europe, Chile and parts of the U.S., and played festivals like Shambhala, Montreal's Under Pressure, Ottawa's Alberta Scene and Yellowknife's Folk on the Rocks. DFE has also played select dates of Warped Tour and Rock the Bells as well as showcasing locally at JunoFest, Sled Island, the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival and the Calgary Folk Music Festival. Their music has been featured on the MTV Canada series Peak Season as well as the OLN/National Geographic Adventure travel show Word Travels.
DJ C-Sik – C-SIK is a Red Bull 3Style Canadian champion and what some call “the DJ’s DJ”. He’s a party rocker, tastemaker, and turntablist all in one. His style is the perfect combination of energetic and smooth always seamlessly blending his favourite styles of Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk, Soul, Future and Bass music, adding in his patented turntable tricks while always turning the party out.
Miesha and The Spanks - They offer a dynamic mixture of punk, garage and hard rock embellished with straightforward lyrics, gritty production and hard-hitting performances. Inspired by proto punk classics like The Runaways, MC5 and The Stooges, and 90s riot grrrl/grunge like L7 and The Gits, M&TS conjure energy that hits you in the face, throwing you into a world of killer riffs and sweaty gig venues.
Yolanda Sargeant - Canadian duo Sargeant X Comrade are decidedly understated in approach and attitude and their hypnotic melodies have been hard to miss. The two have been collaborating and creating waves both on and off stage since 2014, boasting partnerships with Kool Keith, Moka Only, Scotty Hills, Planet Asia, Choclair and Touch, among others. Their forward-thinking, Neo-soul style is both evident and curated, expertly showcased on their 2020 EP ‘Magic Radio’, which made the long-list for the 2021 Polaris Music Awards. Tunes and grooves dripping in flow are like quicksand to their devoted listeners and new converts alike, and the lyrics display a strong array of social conscience, playful swagger and soul.