Drum!, the musical experience that focuses on Nova Scotia cultures and rhythm, is going nationwide — again.

The show which features musical styles from Aboriginal, Acadian, African and Celtic cultures will be the opening act for Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa before about 100,000 people.

The event will also be shown live on CBC starting at 1 p.m.

Jeremiah Sparks is a performer with Drum! and was wearing a traditional African costume for the announcement made at Park Lane Cinema in Halifax. He said he was excited to perform for Canada.

“We did it last year and had a great time,” he said. “It’s definitely a spectacle to be a part of.”

Drum! will also be having a short live performance run at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre starting in October. They will be collaborating with Symphony Nova Scotia for a few of the performances and Sparks is looking forward to mixing in another musical style.

“That’s going to be absolutely gorgeous,” he said. “The more people that we add the more it brings us together, and adding the symphony is going to take it to a whole other level.”

Erika Beatty is the CEO of Symphony Nova Scotia and said they still need to work with the director of Drum! to figure out how the compilation shows will work.

“Some members of the orchestra may be on stage,” she said.

“We don’t really know all the details at this point, but that’s part of the fun.”

Drum! will also be performing in Milwaukee for the Irish Festival in August. The festival is one of the largest festivals in North America with audiences close to 125,000 people.

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