When making plans for the Canada Day long weekend, look no further than Ottawa’s Parliament Hill for free family fun.
Canada turns 150 this year, and to celebrate, our nation’s capital is pulling out all the stops.
For those heading to Ottawa to mark the big event with the Prime Minister’s festivities on Parliament Hill, be sure to make it out on July 2nd for the next wave in Canada Day merrymaking.
As part of the government of Canada’s weekend long celebrations, WE Day is putting together its first outdoor festival—free to the public. A fete to ring in the next 150 years, this event is all about the next stage in Canadian history and saluting efforts to build a more caring and compassionate future for our country. From young change-makers like Hannah Alper to inspirational role models such as Lilly Singh to renowned performers including the Barenaked Ladies, the WE Day Canada stage will play host to national icons—gathered to usher in the bright hereafter.
Below, we’ve rounded up just some of the incredible performers and speakers audiences have to look forward to at WE Day Canada.
Insider’s Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for a special appearance by the WE moosicorn for a one-of-a-kind Canada Day photo op. What’s a moosicorn? The moosicorn represents a limitless future for Canada, one where anything is possible—even a moosicorn.
Jacob Hoggard has been on audiences’ radars since 2004, when he placed top three on Canadian Idol. Since then, his band Hedley have been winning over listeners with chart-toppers (this summer it’s all about their latest single “Love Again”), while garnering accolades to hang on their multi-platinum music career. Despite navigating the type of schedule that comes with superstardom, the band is committed to finding time to do good off stage in their community. As ambassadors for WE, the group have discovered a movement to channel their passion for volunteerism. “The potential to change the way a generation looks at the world lies within our ability to succeed as a community,” Jacob shared in his exclusive “WE are Canada: Future 50” interview. As inspirational as they are entertaining, Hedley is ready to rock this Canada Day weekend.
The viewing public can’t get enough of Maripier Morin. From Hockey Wives to her eponymously named talk show, Maripier!, for Quebec’s Z Télé channel, this it girl has earned her way into living rooms across Canada. An “influencer” with sway to spare, Maripier is using her platform to make a difference in the future of Canada. A supporter of charities ranging from the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to WE (she spoke at WE Day Montreal this past February) Maripier is giving back to her home province and making the nation all the stronger for it. We can’t wait to hear her share her own story of impact this July 2nd.
National Chief Perry Bellegarde stepped onto the public stage as an inspiring advocate for Indigenous rights, and over the years has guided projects including the transfer of the Fort Qu’Appelle Indian Hospital in Saskatchewan to First Nations control, a change that gave way to the building of the multi-million dollar All Nations Healing Hospital—a facility that has drawn national and international attention for its health service model. Hailing from the Little Black Bear First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory, National Chief Bellegarde is fostering a stronger Canada by passing on teachings learned from Chiefs and Elders to the next generation. A man who embodies historic change, National Chief Bellegarde is sure to bring with him infectious passion come July 2nd.
Hockey season may be over, but P.K. Subban’s name still hangs in the air. A charismatic sports phenom with public appeal, P.K.’s skills on the ice are revered by Canadian fans. And like the dedication behind wins he’s scored for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics, the Montreal Canadians and most recently the Nashville Predators (who he led to their first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final this year), P.K. is all in when it comes to driving Canada towards a triumphant future. With the P.K. Subban Foundation effecting change through actions including a $10 million dollar donation to the Montreal Children’s Hospital—the largest donation made by any Canadian athlete to date—WE Day Canada audiences can expect a game-changing dose of inspiration from this philanthropic all-star.
Like a bird, Nelly Furtado has soared through her music career. We love her for classics including “Turn Off the Light” and continue to loyally listen for more addictive tracks like “Pipe Dreams,” off her recent album The Ride. Outside of music, we admire the GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter for all she does to support the communities close to her heart. A regular guest at WE Day, Nelly has touched the lives of thousands of youth, including the young female students of Oleleshwa All Girls Secondary School. Through a generous donation, Nelly helped hundreds of young Kenyan women gain an education. An inspirational change-maker, Nelly’s appearance at WE Day Canada promises to be a crowd pleaser with social impact.