This year’s Canada Day will feature a royal visit, an impressive roster of Canadian entertainers and the greenest celebration yet, the National Capital Commission and Canada’s heritage minister announced Thursday.
“This year, we will have the special honour of celebrating Canada Day with Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh,” said Heritage Minister James Moore.
“They will be joined at the noon show by the Prime Minister of course, and tens of thousands of proud Canadians.”
This year’s performance lineup includes the Barenaked Ladies, Quebec chanteuse Isabelle Boulay, country artist Johnny Reid, the bagpipe-playing Campbell Brothers, Halifax singer-songwriter Christina Martin, jazz artist Dione Taylor, Montreal’s H’sao, and Hey Rosetta! from St. John’s.
This year’s celebrations will emphasize recycling and environmental responsibility, NCC CEO Marie Lemay said, and reduce waste by providing water stations for revellers to fill their reusable containers.
“The environment is a top priority for Canadians and we launched our environmental strategy last year and made the commitment that Canada Day 2010 would be carbon neutral and I’m pleased to say that that will be the case,” she said.