Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Canadian talent to rock on Canada Day

For Canada’s 149th birthday party, we have an amazing line-up of homegrown talent that will take over the Riverfront Stage at 7 p.m. on July 1.
Joel Plaskett

The Grapes of Wrath
Headline act rock veteran, Joel Plaskett is on tour with The Emergency to offer a taste of guitar rock work and draw on his memories of growing up in Nova Scotia. Joel Plaskett Emergency will be playing tunes from their album The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, which draws on Plaskett’s previous albums Three and Ashtray Rock, as well as several new sounds. This is Joel like you’ve never heard him – not to be missed.

This year, the show will kick off with the upbeat tunes of The Grapes of Wrath who will be playing their best-known hits from the 80s and 90s as well as songs from their latest album, High Roads. Fans may remember breakthrough hits such as Backward Town, All the Things I Wasn’t and What Was Going Through My Head along with newer records like Good to See You, which reached the Top 40 in 2013.

The Zolas will perform catchy pop songs from
The Zolas
the new album, Swooner, which are sure to get everyone moving with their sing-along choruses and danceable beats. Original band member Zach Gray describes it as the ‘realest, most fun album we’ve ever made’. Heavily influenced by Queens of the Stone Age and The Pixies, The Zolas previous albums have featured flashes of grungy guitars, Prince-like synths and electric pianos.

Amazing fireworks display to end the celebrations

Set against a breathtaking backdrop of Calgary’s skyline and the setting sun beyond the Canadian Rockies, the 2016 Canada Day Fireworks will hit the horizon with a bang at 11 p.m. This world-class fireworks show is synchronized with live music broadcast on 101.5 Kool FM and Wild 95.3 FM. so you tune in from wherever you happen to be. Stellar viewing opportunities along the entire Bow River corridor will make this a spectacular finale.

This is only a snapshot of all that will be happening on July 1. Visit for a list of events happening all throughout the day, and join The City’s Facebook event for the latest announcements leading up to the big celebration.

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