Stage Programming

Canada Day: Alberta style!

Featured Acts

Canada is turning 148 years old in 2015 and we are celebrating the occasion by bringing you a fun-filled day, Alberta style! We will have three performance stages to entertain one and all with over 20 live acts to keep you dancing. There will be roving performers, arts and crafts for the kids, food vendors and even a display of military gear and vehicles hosted by the Lord Strathcona's Horse.

Welcome Ceremony

The Royal Canadian Artillery Band
The Royal Canadian Artillery Band provides music for formal concerts, military parades, government functions, tattoos and special events. While the band performs as a 35-piece brass/reed parade band and as a 35-piece wind ensemble, it regularly performs in various smaller forms: stage bands, combo, Dixie band, brass quintet and woodwind quintet.

Alberta Family

West Lawn

Programmed in partnership with the CBC and Edmonton's Celebrate Canada Committee, the Alberta Family Fun Zone will offer quality family entertainment and activities. Canada's favourite Kids' CBC host Patty Sullivan will be dropping by for a visit along with some very special guests!
This year, the Alberta Family area will be located on the South Grounds. While you're here, don't forget to get a Canada Day temporary tattoo and show off your Canadian Pride throughout the day!

Please note: The Alberta Family area is closed during the Welcome Ceremony – Noon to 12:20 p.m.

Dan the One Man Band
Dan Duguay is passionate about music and he loves to see people laugh and have fun. His career as Dan the One Man Band has spanned more than two decades and five continents playing fairs, exhibitions, schools, sporting events, grand openings, private parties, corporate events, festivals and more!

Kids' CBC
Educate. Celebrate. Empower. Here at Kids' CBC, we love kids. Join Patty Sullivan, host of Kids' CBC, along with Chirp and Daniel Tiger as they help celebrate Canada's birthday with Alberta's littlest citizens.

Rattle & Strum
Rattle and Strum gets kids of all ages dancing, clapping, singing, and playing. With Heather on guitar, Steve on drums, you on percussion, and everybody singing, this highly interactive band leaves nobody out and is known for original music that parents enjoy too!

Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company
The Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company is rich in intensity, energy and spirit. Now in its fortieth year, Cheremosh has a reputation of bringing an amazing entertainment spectacle to the stage, taking the audience on a colorful and exciting journey and thrilling them with intricate choreography, spectacular costumes and dynamic music.

Alberta Diversity

North Amphitheatre

The Alberta Diversity stage on the North Grounds will celebrate the richness of our province's cultural landscape through the music and dance talent of some of Alberta's best performers. Adrienne Pan, host of CBC News Edmonton, will host this stage.

Hung Mun Athletic Club / Xiao Hai Ou Dance Group
The Edmonton Hung Mun Athletic Club uses a style of lion dance mainly derived from the China Nanhai Huang Fei Hong Zhonglian Dragon Lion and Martial Arts Troupe in Foshan, China, they teach trust, respect, mutual understanding, and discipline and promote health, wellness, athleticism and culture.

Sharmila Mathur
Sharmila will share her gift of performing the sitar. She began her musical journey at a young age and her passion led her to complete a Masters in Sitar from Rajasthan University in Jaipur, India. She operates the Indian Music Academy in Edmonton, where she has lived since 2005.

Les Bucherons
Les Bucherons has been sharing Canadian history and traditional French Canadian culture using songs, stories and dances since 1982. The duo of Gilbert Parent and Ian Porteous not only perform but they also conduct high energy workshops for all ages.

Vohon Ukrainian Dancers
Vohon means 'fire' in Ukrainian; they are a youthful, energetic dance ensemble based in Edmonton. Having performed at festivals across Western Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, Scotland, Thailand, China, and Brazil, Vohon has been a great ambassador for Edmonton's Ukrainian community, as well as for Alberta and Canada.

Booming Tree Taiko
The Art of Japanese Drumming. Founders Gregory Shimizu and Twilla MacLeod create high energy performances steeped in stamina and endurance. The duo performs, teaches and collaborates more than 50 times a year, doing shows for audiences from 20 to 20,000.

The Polyjesters
The Polyjesters were formed on the streets of France in 1999 by brothers Jason and Sheldon Valleau. They are generous entertainers and purveyors of “Swingin' Folk Chunk”. They now own and run The Café Radio coffee shop in Carstairs and also organize the Mountain View Music Fest.

“If you prefer bonfires to television, lakes over swimming pools, the aurora borealis to fireworks, and wild soulful sincere ragged romantic rhythm n' blues music to slick, clean, play-acted angst- pop, then chances are you'll love the band Ghostkeeper.” Members: Shane Ghostkeeper, Sarah Houle, Ryan Bourne, Eric Hamelin, Brad Hawkins.

Alberta Discovered

South Grounds by Bandshell

Alberta Discovered is where you'll find some of the best singer/songwriter artists and bands in the country. The one thing they have in common? They all hail from Alberta and they're performing right here on Canada Day. Hosted by CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence, the music gets under way at 12:40 p.m. and will close out the day's celebrations at 7 p.m.

Ann Vriend
Edmonton-based award-winning indie soul songstress Ann Vriend has been described by Obscure Magazine as having “soaring vocals, impressive songwriting ability, and instrumental prowess”. As a writer, Vriend has been commissioned to write songs for organizations such as the Canadian Tourism Corporation and the Commonwealth Games. Don't miss her!

T-Buckley Trio
This Calgary trio delivers soulful laments and gritty truths, wrapped in a cowboy blanket to create a distinct western Canadian flavor. Together, T. Buckley (lead vocalist, principle songwriter), Derek Pulliam (stand-up bass, vocals) and Tim Leacock (electric guitar, mandolin, vocals) create a sound much larger than their modest stage set-up.

The Fates
Coined "a groovin' female version of Crosby, Stills and Nash", touching on their unique arrangements and outstanding harmonies, The Fates' Lori Reid, Lin Elder and Jenny Allen are some of the best female singer/songwriters in Canada. Their live performance is something to behold.

Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire
Edmonton's Ariane Mahrÿke delivers songs with humour, candor, vulnerability and strength. She flirts with folk, jazz, blues, and electro acoustics while effortlessly moving from French to English. Lemire perfectly reflects the diversity of Canadian culture with dynamic performances that take listeners through expansive musical journeys sewn together by witty banter.

The Royal Foundry
The Royal Foundry is the husband and wife duo of Jared and Bethany Salte. Their debut album, inspired by their marriage, faith, and life is a collection of honest lyrics, harmonic folk and pop melodies, and unforgettable tunes you won't get out of your head!

Maracujah electrified audiences from 1996 to 2001. These days the band plays select engagements and will bring their infectious beats and energy to the Alberta Discovered stage. This promises to be an evening of dancing and good times! Don't miss this rare chance to catch up with Canada's legendary Latin funk band Maracujah!

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony
Clan MacNaughton Pipe Band
The Clan MacNaughton Pipe Band was formed in 1972 and adopted the MacNaughton name and tartan because of the clan affiliation of the band's first pipe major. The band operated as a teaching band until 1987, when it changed to a noncompetition format, concentrating on public and private performances, parades and Remembrance Day ceremonies.

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