Happy 149th Birthday Canada!
Calgary celebrates Canada Day 2016 with free events across the city
Canada celebrated its 149th birthday on July 1, and Calgary celebrated this momentous occasion in style, overrunning the city with free events, displays and performances from sun-up to sunset.
Stephen Avenue was full of buskers, dancers and musicians. Olympic Plaza hosted a dance competition alongside numerous singers and hip-hop artists, and Prince’s Island Park was packed with people celebrating Canada Day and enjoying a powwow held by Bow Valley College.
To cap the day off, a fireworks display was held off the Centre Street bridge, showering the city skyline in vibrant colours and dazzling lights — a splendid way to ring in Canada’s 149th birthday.
Bow Valley College's Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre presented a traditional powwow in Prince's Island park, showcasing Aboriginal peoples' ways through storytelling, drumming and dancing. Photo by Deanna Tucker
Throughout the powwow in Prince’s Island Park several different drum groups played songs from various Indigenous cultures, matching the needs of the dancers individual performances. Photo by Jodi Brak
There were many different types of traditional indigenous dances showcased throughout the day at Prince’s Island Park, including the fancy shawl dance and the jingle dress dance. Photo by Deanna Tucker
The attention to detail of many of the outifts worn by the dancers at the powwow was truly stunning, with beadwork, feathers, eagle talons and many other accessories adorning their outfits. Photo by Deanna Tucker
Stephen Avenue hosted the #IAMDOWNTOWN stage during Canada Day, attracting an enormous crowd of people to see various acts perform on the stage throughout the day. Photo by Jodi Brak
Local musician Crystal McGrath and her talented band sang some original tunes as well as some crowd favourites while people danced to the beat at Olympic Plaza. Photo by Jodi Brak
Country singer Drew Gregory and his band played a lengthy set on the #IAMDOWNTOWN stage on Canada Day, adding a little country music flavor to the Canada Day celebrations. Photo by Jodi Brak
The crowd at the #IAMDOWNTOWN stage on Stephen Avenue kept growing throughout the day, cutting off most of the street while the audience watched local performers and musicians. Photo by Jodi Brak
Olympic Plaza, like many locations hosting Canada Day celebrations, was overrun with crowds of people enjoying the festivities throughout the day. Photo by Jodi Brak
With plenty of activities, entertainment and food to go around, the Canada Day celebrations drew a constant stream of people to Prince’s Island Park over the course of the day. Photo by Jodi Brak
Among the many entertainers throughout Eau Claire and Prince's Island Park, the Bass Bus collective were out playing sets of drum and bass music for eager Canada Day dancers. Photo by Deanna Tucker
Many local street musicians and entertainers were out in force during the Canada Day celebrations in Calgary. Stephen Avenue, Olympic Plaza and Prince’s Island Park were full of buskers throughout the day. Photo by Jodi Brak
A group of buskers make a smart decision to play in the shade, allowing prospective listeners a chance to get out of the hot sun and cool off while taking in some good tunes. Photo by Jodi Brak
Among the performers at the #IAMDOWNTOWN stage was the hip-hop dance troupe The Tomorrows, who performed a number of dances to some classic hip-hop songs. Photo by Jodi Brak
Canada day is a celebration not only of our nation’s birth, but of the rich culture fostered here over 149 years. Musicians of all cultures were welcome to perform during the celebrations, including this group playing traditional Indian music in Prince’s Island Park. Photo by Jodi Brak
Local rap artist Mike To emceed much of the Olympic Plaza events throughout Canada Day, and also performed a set of his own original songs for the crowd. Photo by Jodi Brak
Among the events at Olympic Plaza during Canada Day was a kids hip-hop dance competition, which saw many youngsters busting a move on the main stage. Photo by Jodi Brak
To end the Canada Day celebrations a stellar fireworks display was synchronized to music from 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM, with downtown skyscrapers as their backdrop. Photo by Jodi Brak
2016's Canada Day celebratiosn in Calgary spanned almost the entire city, and ran nearly from sun-up to sunset. It will be interesting to see what kind of special events are planned for the big 150 in 2017. Photo by Jodi Brak