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A trio of virtual Canada Day celebrations

Virtual celebrations abound this Canada Day. Other than your socially-distanced barbecue and picnic plans, see these online offerings.
Celebrate Canada Day in virtual fashion with these suggestions. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Even if it's raining, and even if we can't gather in big groups, there are ways to celebrate our country's birthday. Check out these virtual options happening Wednesday, July 1.

The National Music Centre

The NMC will be taking its epic annual bash online for Canada’s 153rd birthday and Studio Bell’s 4th anniversary. On July 1, celebrate Canada’s rich musical history, cultural diversity, and Indigenous heritage in the following ways:

1) Tune into a special edition of NMC Learning at Home in celebration of the 40th anniversary of "O Canada" on the NMC Facebook page.  This goes at 11 a.m. MT

2) Watch a virtual Canada Day concert shot at Studio Bell in partnership with the City of Calgary, featuring Canadian country star Paul Brandt, neo-soul singer Lynn Olagundoye, Alberta roots singer-songwriter T. Buckley, indie-rocker Chad VanGaalen, and Métis/Cree blues-rock artist Bebe Buckskin. Catch the show at 5:00 pm MT on the City of Calgary's Facebook and YouTube pages.

3) Explore the new online Speak Up! exhibition, which highlights Indigenous artists making social and political impacts in Canada. The exhibit is free at

For more, see

National Celebrations on Parliament Hill

The daytime and evening show and fireworks from Parliament Hill in Ottawa are a virtual celebration this year. Sit back in the comfort of your home for daytime concerts, hosted by Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord. The evening show, Canada Day Together, is a special edition of Canada’s annual iconic celebration. Let yourself be entertained by great Canadian artists, by tuning in to The website has fun, interactive activities for all ages, as well as more video of celebrations from across the country.

Run for your country

The Running Room is hosting a virtual Canada Day Road Race this Wednesday starting at 7 a.m. Participants are being encouraged to run, walk or cycle around Edmonton and take photos of places in the city that represents their Canadian identity. Upload the pictures to the run website afterwards to see where the other participants ended up. Entrance fee is $20, which covers a participation medal, entry for prizes and a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society. See for details.