Canada 150 Celebrations

Jun 30, 2017

We’re kicking off Canada’s 150th birthday with two days of celebrations in downtown Peterborough.

The Canada’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations Committee and the Downtown Business Improvement Area are working together to put on two days of exciting activities on June 29 and 30, the beginning of four days of local Canada Day festivities.

Join us downtown on Thursday, June 29 for the Downtown Pop-Up where you’ll find a wide range of unique entertainment at more than 20 locations throughout the downtown. The official ribbon cutting will start with a picnic in Millennium Park featuring the swing, jazz, funk and rock & roll sounds of the band Knightshift. Throughout the afternoon and evening you’ll get to see performances from the Tanah Haney Celtic Harp Trio, the Mike Graham Gypsy Jazz Trio, Bobby Watson, Sean Conway, Danny Bronson Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, country singer Dean James, the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, Peterborough Concert Band, Peterborough New Horizons Band, and more. There will also be live chainsaw carving by champion woodcarver Steve Kenzora, caricatures by artist Jason Wilkins, interactive art, Citiots Improv, a live circus show, and a “Bring Your Can-Con” Canadian music contest.

On Friday, June 30, we’ll be closing down Hunter St. from George to Aylmer streets for pedestrians only. EC3 and Artspace will be presenting a 150th themed media arts exhibition. Four new works by local artists commissioned especially for this event will be popping up as films, videos, and projections large and small to inhabit the street. Catfish Willie and Washboard Hank get the music started on June 30 with a special Live and Local Lunches performance at the Peterborough Square Courtyard. Family entertainment throughout the afternoon includes a colouring contest hosted by the Peterborough Public Library, face painting from Faces By 2, a Ben van Veen Century 21 Summer Family Film Series movie in Millennium Park and performances from Tim Holland The Puppet Tamer, J’s Magic, and The Paddling Puppeteers.

Then, The Bash 150 downtown street dance gets underway at 4 p.m. on Hunter Street with an amazing lineup of local talent:

Friday, June 30 — The Bash 150





Electric City Culture Council (EC3) & Artspace Present: "New Visions/Old Land" — a Media Arts Exhibition

10 am – 4 pm

Hunter Street West

Live and Local Lunches with Catfish Willie & Washboard Hank

12 – 1 pm

Peterborough Square Courtyard, Water and Charlotte streets

Colouring Contest hosted by Peterborough Public Library

3 – 6 pm

Peterborough Square front entrance, 340 George St. N.

Tim Holland — The Puppet Tamer

3 – 3:30 pm

4 – 4:30 pm

5 – 5:30 pm

Peterborough Square front entrance, 340 George St. N.

Free Canadian Themed Face Painting from Faces By 2

4 – 8 pm

Millennium Park, 1 King St.

The Paddling Puppeteers

5:30 – 6 pm

Millennium Park, 1 King St.

J's Magic — Children's Magic Show

6:30 – 7 pm

Millennium Park, 1 King St.

Ben van Veen Summer Family Film Series — children’s movie in the park


Millennium Park, 1 King St.


The Bash 150 Street Dance

Washboard Hank

4 – 5 pm

Hunter St. W.


5:15 – 6 pm

Hunter St. W.

Rick Fines

6:15 – 7 pm

Hunter St. W.

Melissa Payne

7:15 – 8 pm

Hunter St. W.

The Rocket Revue — Featuring Jack De Keyzer & Jerome Godboo

8:15 – 10 pm

Hunter St. W.


AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Dec 23, 2016, 8:52 pm