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Here’s a full schedule of Canada Day events happening in downtown Victoria this weekend

Oh, Canada!

As our great nation approaches its 157th birthday, the City of Victoria has unveiled a complete schedule of events taking place downtown this weekend.

From a multicultural celebration to the first-ever drone show over Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Victoria’s Canada Day will feature a full day of talented and diverse performers.

The Canada Day celebration is being planned by Rifflandia Entertainment Company, brought the first ever drone show to Victoria last year across all three nights at Electric Avenue during last year’s Rifflandia Festival.

The event will also feature an International Food Village, a Family Zone, and spectacular fireworks to conclude the festivities.

Celebrations will take place at the Legislature lawns and Belleville Street.

Main stage programming will commence at 3 p.m. with an official welcome from the Songhees Nation, the Xwsepsum Nation, and Mayor Marianne Alto.

Headlining the celebration is DJ Shub, the 2022 JUNO Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year, renowned as the Godfather of PowWowStep and a pioneer in electronic music.

Joining him on the main stage will be Hey Ocean!, Mauvey, Cities, Posh Coat, Yvonne Kushe, Blasé Blasé, The Fates, and the lək̓ wəŋən Traditionals will all perform on the main stage.

The drone show will be curated and designed by celebrated artist and Indigenous leader Rande Cook, while City of Victoria Poet Laureate Marie Metaphor-Specht interweaves her spoken word into the experience, complemented by the voice of Indigenous poet Shauntelle Dick-Charleson to a soundscape composed by DJ Boitano.

Organizers state that together, these artists will convey a message of unity, emphasizing our shared humanity.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 11 a.m. on July 1st, event-goers will be invited to participate in a nationwide drumming celebration stretching from Victoria to Halifax.

The Hoy Sun Ning Yung Benevolent Association will supply 1,000 hand-held rattle drums, and everyone is encouraged to bring or borrow a drum to join in the festivities.

For families with children, a Family Zone will be situated on the lawns of the Legislature from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature free programming and activities provided by the Royal BC Museum, Victoria Bug Zoo, and the Victoria Fire Department.

On the north side of Belleville Street, the community is invited to engage with Victoria’s Orange Shirt Day team, discuss ideas related to the City of Victoria’s Official Community Plan, and enjoy body art, face painting, and other activities.

The day will culminate with a drone show around 10:15 p.m., followed shortly thereafter by fireworks!

Here’s a detailed schedule for the day:


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