Jun 25 | Posted by Barry Cohen

Well it’s that time of year again, Canada’s birthday, already; the summer sure seems to fly.  There is no better place to celebrate our National Day than in the GTA.  As always there will be events in many areas around the city, from block parties to grandiose festivities and spectacular fireworks.

Many families choose to celebrate low key with family and friends, enjoying a backyard barbecue while donning our national colours.  Street or block parties are becoming more and more popular where entire streets are closed to vehicular traffic and families contribute to a potluck meal and spend the evening singing and dancing in the street to Canadian music.

Mel Lastman Square is a hub of activities including live entertainment starting at 8 PM with a concert from Canadian Ray Robinson who will start his performance fittingly with the singing of O’ Canada.  Robinson’s mix of R & B, soul and gospel has won him multiple awards and his sound will appeal to music lovers of all ages.  Toronto’s own King Sunshine will follow at roughly 9:15.  This nine-man band exudes an eruptive combination of keyboards, percussion, bass and guitar and are just back from performing at the sold out Montreal Jazz Festival.  You can be sure King Sunshine will have the audience on their feet and dancing.

Our nation’s 148th birthday celebrations would not be complete without dazzling displays of fireworks, and there is no end to where you can catch a celestial light show.   For those real enthusiasts you can watch a pre-Canada Day fireworks show at Canada Square on Queen’s Quay on Monday June 30th starting at roughly 10:30 where the light show will be set to music and launched from two barges.  The show at Mel Lastman Square is the biggest in the city and is set to start after the entertainment about 10:15.

Event organizers are expecting over 4,000 people at Mel Lastman Square alone, and suggest you plan ahead regarding parking and/or transportation to and from the square.

We are very fortunate to live in a safe and stable country like Canada and even though we only go all-out to celebrate our good fortune once a year, I think most of us are very proud to be Canadian.  So however you decide to show your Canadian pride on July 1st I wish you a Happy Canada Day.