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Canada Day Celebrates 150 Years

Post Date:05/05/2017 1:30 PM

WHITEHORSE - 2017 is a particularly significant year in Canada because the nation is turning 150 years old. In the land of the midnight sun, what better way to celebrate than with a 24-hour celebration for Canada Day 150? The City of Whitehorse, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 254, will be the hosts of the Canada 150 Canada Day Celebration in Whitehorse.

We are pleased to announce a federal contribution of $175,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund to host 24 Hours of Canada Day – Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebration.

The celebration will bring together all visitors, artists, athletes, musicians, and residents young and old for an inclusive and family oriented celebration of Canada for 24 hours.

Headlining the event will be indie rock band July Talk, from Toronto, Ontario. Founded in 2012, they have gained a reputation for explosive performances from across the globe. Their highly anticipated second album ‘Touch’ released in 2016 has received critical acclaim and has now earned them their second Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.

The celebration will be held on July 1, 2017 and feature an outdoor multicultural celebration, free to all patrons, situated in Shipyards Park and along the Yukon River waterfront trail.

The anticipated attendance for this event is 10,000 people over 24 hours, which will feature many local organizations who wish to participate and offer programming for this event.


“In this momentous Canada 150 year, Canada Day celebrations will highlight what makes our country so unique, diverse and vibrant. I invite all people of Whitehorse to participate in the activities taking place in their community on July 1. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate this important milestone with your family, friends and neighbours.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation is a wonderful opportunity to explore our country and territory's rich heritage, identity, and culture.  Whitehorse has been chosen as a host location for this fantastic 24-hour celebration, giving all Yukoners the opportunity to take part in celebrating our Confederation's birthday under the midnight sun!”

—The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon

  “I am very proud of our diverse community and all the people that call Whitehorse home. I would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy the many free activities on July 1st and to celebrate our history along with the entire nation.”

— Mayor Dan Curtis, City of Whitehorse


Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Susan Moorhead Mooney
Office of Hon. Larry Bagnell P.C., M.P.

Jessica Apolloni
Manager Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse



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