Entertainment Programming

Canada Day: Alberta style!

Canada is turning 149 years old in 2016, and we are celebrating the occasion by bringing you a fun-filled day, Alberta style! We will have four performance areas to entertain one and all with live acts to keep you dancing. There will be roving performers, arts and crafts for the kids and food vendors.

Welcome Ceremony


Listen for the boom of the traditional 21-gun salute at noon and head to the Legislature Building’s front steps for the Canada Day Welcome Ceremony. Enjoy performances from the Clan MacNaughton Pipe Band, sing along to O Canada with Robert Clark and hear speeches from our province’s leaders. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by CBC’s Mark Connolly and Adrienne Pan.

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.

Robert Clark
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Alberta Family Fun Zone

West Lawn

Located on the South Grounds and programmed in partnership with Edmonton's Celebrate Canada Committee, the Alberta Family Fun Zone will offer quality family entertainment and activities.
Please note: The area is closed during the Welcome Ceremony Noon to 12:30 p.m.

Native Entertainment Storytelling

This Canada Day hear the traditional stories of Alberta’s indigenous people as told by Amanda Woodward-Lamothe.

Amanda’s passion is being able to share the strong, rich beauty of aboriginal culture with others. You won’t want to miss Native Entertainment Storytelling in the Alberta Family Fun Zone.

Morton the Magician
Peter Puffin's Whale Tales
Historical Rap Battles

Join a cast of wonderfully talented actors and interpreters as they imagine a series of epic raps between political leaders and figures from Alberta’s history.

See former Premier William ‘Bible Bill’ Aberhart (David Clarke) battle former Lieutenant Governor John C. Bowen (Joel Crichton) in an epic war of words.

Witness a throw-down for the ages between suffragist and activist Nellie McClung (Gianna Vacirca) and Alberta’s second Premier Arthur Sifton (William Mitchell).

Also, checkout an awesome battle between two fierce and opposing forces in Alberta’s history. Alberta’s harsh climate and frontier (Liam Coady) versus Alberta’s hardy homesteaders (Larissa Pohoreski).

Don’t miss out on all the mic dropping fun!

Alberta Diversity Stage

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. Hosted by CBC's Adrienne Pan.

South Asian Arts Movement
Bix Mix Boys
Booming Tree Taiko
Native Entertainment Dancers
On Canada Day come experience an important part of Alberta’s indigenous culture through traditional powwow dances narrated by Amanda Woodward-Lamothe. Amanda’s passion is being able to share the strong, rich beauty of aboriginal culture with others. Come see Native Entertainment Dancers on the Alberta Diversity Stage.

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Alberta Discovered Stage

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. The music gets under way at 12:40 p.m. and will close out the day's celebrations at 7 p.m. Hosted by CBC's Sandra Batson.

White Lightning
Ellen Doty Trio
Scott Cook and the Second Chances
Tsunami Brothers
Kirby Sewell Band
Nice Horse

Alberta House Stage

Music in the Pavilion

The Edmonton Federal Building is home to the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, a living wall and breathtaking views of the Legislature Building and grounds. This Canada Day the space will also host musical performances from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rebecca Lappa
Ryland Moranz

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