Music Festivals and Celebrations

Canada 150 Music Festivals

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Celebrations for Canada 150

Across Canada in 2017 not just on July 1st, Canada’s birthday, but all year long, the celebrations for Canada 150 will be awesome. Below we are listing all the links to the activities by province, so no matter where you are, or when you want to visit, you can pick your celebration or festival.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Here is a list of the events in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They are listed in 30 day increments, so check back frequently to see what is going on

Prince Edward Island

Tourism PEI lists all the signature events for Canada 150

In spring, things really start to heat up on the Island; the Ceilidh at the Irish Hall begins in May, and the College of Piping in Summerside hosts the annual Highland Gathering. Then, it is pretty well non-stop party time until October, so be sure you are ready for an entertaining vacation when you plan your Island visit.

Besides all the wonderful annual events, watch for some newer activities such as: Festival of Small Halls in June; Fall Flavours in September; the Jazz & Blues Festival; the Cavendish Beach Music Festival featuring many of the best country artists; garden concerts and even a ceilidh on the water!



New Brunswick

If you are in New Brunswick you can pick your party. This province knows how to celebrate Canada 150.  There are 17 festivals to choose from.  Don’t forget the Shediac Lobster Festival coming in July. Can someone pass the butter, please? Shediac is the Lobster Capital of the World, so each year we carve out 5 full days to celebrate this mouth-watering dish. Make sure you bring your bib if you’re coming to the Shediac Lobster Festival. (Shediac, July 5-9)


Nova Scotia

See a complete list of Nova Scotia festivals here.  Canada Day celebrations will be held across the province from Pictou to Halifax. For those that love Acadian music, don’t miss the Cabot Trail Acoustic festival in July.  And if you miss lobster in New Brunswick you can check out the lobster in Nova Scotia by going to a local lobster supper.


In a great celebration of the of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, a fleet of 40 tall ships will be sailing Canadian waters. They’ll be putting into host ports along the way, giving thousands of people in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes the chance to admire these cathedrals of high seas.
Marking the point of the celebrations, the spotlight will be on Québec City as the entire fleet of 40 tall ships and 3,000 crew members convene here. There will be ship tours, thematic activities on the docks and a host of other free family activities for the general public.



There are tons of Canada 150 events across.  Here’s what’s happening in Ontario.   And the celebrations will be going on all year long. Here are just a few.

  • TO Canada with Love – the City of Toronto’s celebration of Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary, providing Torontonians and visitors with engaging events and experiences
  • Ottawa 2017 – a celebration in the nation’s capital, including once-in-a-lifetime signature events and transformative legacy projects that will change the city’s urban landscape – making it a must-visit destination during this milestone year
  • TIFF’s Canada On Screen – 150 free screenings, live events, educational content, digital activations, and virtual reality projects based on 150 essential films, TV, music videos and commercials from Ontario and Canada




Here is a list of 150 things to do in Manitoba in 2017.   Not all of them are celebrations but why not check out the list of awesome things to do.  The capital city of Winnipeg has a total list of festivals being held in the city this year.  No excuses, get out to a festival and have some fun.


From large national and international events to a local village celebration, Saskatchewan’s community and volunteer spirit is legendary.

Over 250 museums proudly describe our past. Art galleries display collections that bring our many cultures to life, from First Nations’ traditions to modern styles. Science centres, art galleries, river cruises, or dinosaurs – whatever your interest, you’ll find it here.And if country music festivals are what you and your family enjoy, Saskatchwan has them going on in 2017.  So get your cape on and enjoy good down home music.



Alberta has a lot of events going on for 2017.  Check out the Tourism Alberta List.  And if music is your thing, there is a complete list of music festivals.

And the biggest event in Alberta during the summer is the Calgary Stampede.  It’s bound to be a HUGE event for the Canada 150 celebration year. For tickets to any Calgary Stampede event, check here. From rodeo tickets to concerts to fabulous food.  The Stampede has it all.

British Columbia

In the cities all across British Columbia there will be celebrations all year long, just like all major centres in Canada.  Check out the list of awesome festivals in British Columbia.  In British Columbia there is a festival for EVERYTHING, foam festivals, music festivals, film festivals, bike festivals, garlic festivals and even blackberry festivals.  So if you are on the west coast, check some of them out.


Celebrate Yukon’s unique culture and special places all year long, and visitors are welcomed into the fold. Join in the lively events and festivals to learn about local traditions, witness stellar competition, or just dance the night away. From music festivals to extreme races to cultural showcases, there’s always something fun going on in the Yukon.  Celebrate Canada 150 in the land of the midnight sun.

Northwest Territories

Fancy playing midnight golf?  You can do that in the Northwest Territories this summer.  Folk on the Rock concert is in Yellowknife in July as well as a fly fishing derby.  How about a FIDDLING AND JIGGING TALENT SHOW.  It’s all coming to Northwest Territories. There are some amazing spectacular and unusual events happening in this northern land


The best way to celebrate Canada 150 in the Arctic is to check out the adventures and culture of this wonderful community. Did you know Nunavut has more artists, per capita, than any other place in the world!    One of the most exciting and unforgettable ways to experience Nunavut is on a deluxe icebreaker cruise ship tour. The sailing season runs from July to September. These hugely popular excursions can transport you north of the magnetic pole, past glacial mountains and deep into the heart of our land.