Canada Day is Back at Mel Lastman Square July 1

After two years away during the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Day is coming back to Mel Lastman Square this July 1 with a full lineup of musicians to celebrate Canada’s 155th birthday – and also the 100th anniversary of the creation of North York.

Here’s the schedule for the event, that will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 1.

The Main Stage

2 p.m.: Toronto-based Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Nagata Shachu

3:45 p.m.: Moneka Arabic Jazz with Ahmed Moneka.

4:30 p.m.: Tara Moneka (performing O Canada)

6;45 p.m.: Sophia Fly (DJ)

7:45 p.m.: Chiapas-born singer-songwriter Quique Escamilla

8:25 p.m.: Sophia Fly (DJ)

8:44 p.m.: Toronto rapper Odario

10 p.m.: Fireworks

The Gazebo

Big Smoke Brass will be playing three sets at the Gazebo:

2:45 p.m., 4:35 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

The Pond

From 2:15 to 7:15 p.m., MUSE Arts, an artist-run community arts organization will provide family-friendly activities.

On beautiful Friday evenings in July, there's nowhere I'd rather be than with you in Mel Lastman Square. For more than 10 years, it's been my joy to be there on those nights, satisfying my creative ur