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Enjoy Canada 150 Celebrations in downtown Moncton on July 1st!


June 15, 2017

MONCTON – Mark your calendars! A fun-filled day is planned in Moncton on July 1st to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary! 

“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 Moncton to participate in the activities taking place on July 1. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to celebrate this important milestone with your family, friends and neighbours,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Moncton’s Canada 150 Celebrations will offer more than just live music and fireworks. Throughout the day, downtown Moncton will be host to a variety of activities to be enjoyed by all.

The Canada 150 main stage, located in the Riverfront Parking Lot, will light up on July 1st from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Performers include:

  • Local Acadian legends Bois Joli; 
  • Kingston, Ontario rockers The Glorious Sons;
  • indie sensation Coeur de pirate; and 
  • Alan Doyle, best known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea, performing with his full touring band.

As has become tradition, downtown Moncton will also play host to children’s entertainment and activities in the afternoon at Riverfront Park. Performers include:

  • Féeli Tout;
  • Art Richard; and
  • Rémi Boudreau.

Thanks to the additional funding provided through the Canada 150 Fund, Moncton’s Canada 150 celebrations will feature expanded programming at Downing Place, the Moncton Market and surrounding spaces. 

Performers at the Downing Place Stage, presented by Atlantic Lottery include:

  • Izzy and the Prohibition; 
  • Cy;
  • The Backyard Devils; 
  • Joey Robin Haché; and
  • The Monoxides.

Moncton Market stage performers will include Tyler Haché and Reforme.

The City of Moncton is also happy to partner with Festival Inspire to present Reggae Ensoleillé! The city by the sea brings the beach to the party with beach yoga, a silent disco dance party, a giant lobster, and lemonade stand. Featuring live art by Lysanne Lombard and music by Jer Carrier, Bing, Ruined Sundays, and Dub Kartel.
In addition, the City of Moncton will offer a ‘Welcome Tent’ with volunteer interpreters on July 1, to ensure that our newest neighbours who speak languages other than English or French can obtain information on the event programming.

In partnership with La Bikery, there will be a free bike valet service at the Moncton Market from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for those who will be traveling by bicycle downtown.

National Partner, CIBC, in partnership with the City of Moncton and the Department of Canadian Heritage, is proud to showcase how they “Stand for Canada” through pride-building programming which will culminate with a Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony, as part of Canada Day celebrations in Moncton and at 18 other Canada Day celebrations across the country.

“As a proud Canadian company celebrating 150 years of shared history with Canada this year, CIBC is very excited to be a part of Canada Day celebrations in Moncton.”, says Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, CIBC. “Our involvement on July 1 complements our ongoing support of celebrating Canada’s diversity, and across the country, we are honoured to be hosting Citizenship Reaffirmation ceremonies, helping to create a ripple effect of national pride.”

Once the applause has quieted and Alan Doyle has left the stage, the crowd’s attention will be directed to the riverfront, where the Tri-Commmunity Canada 150 Fireworks will begin. Spectators are invited to enjoy the fireworks at Riverfront Park in downtown Moncton, for the best view. The Tri-Community Canada 150 Fireworks are a presentation of the City of Moncton, the Town of Riverview and the City of Dieppe. 

“We are extremely excited for what will be the biggest Canada Day celebration we’ve ever seen in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “The music, the festivities, the food, the fun, don’t miss this once in a lifetime party!”

Full Program:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Downing Place Stage, presented by Atlantic Lottery

  • Izzy and the Prohibition
  • Cy
  • The Backyard Devils
  • Joey Robin Haché
  • The Monoxides

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Moncton Market Stage

  • Tyler Haché
  • Reforme

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Whoa Canada! Kids’ Concert (Riverfront Park)

  • 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Féelie Tout 
  • 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Art Richard 
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Rémi Boudreau
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Féelie Tout 
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Art Richard
  • 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Rémi Boudreau

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Reggae Ensoleillé (Moncton Library Parking Lot)

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Whoa Canada! Kids’ PlayZone featuring bouncy games, face painting, balloon artistry, and more (Riverfront Park)

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Vendors offering a variety of foods and other products (Riverfront)

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – La Bikery free bike valet (Moncton Market)

3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Official Flag Raising Ceremony (City Hall Plaza)

3 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Craft Beer Garden (in front of the Moncton Law Courts)

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Citizen Reaffirmation Ceremony, presented by CIBC (Riverfront Parking Lot)

4 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Canada 150 Concert (Riverfront Parking Lot)

  • Bois Joli 
  • Presentation by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
  • The Glorious Sons
  • Cœur de pirate 
  • Alan Doyle 

10 p.m. – Canada 150 Fireworks (Riverfront)

Street Closure Details:

  • From 7 a.m. on Friday, June 30 until 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 2: full closure of Downing Street from Main Street to Assomption Boulevard; 
  • From 6 p.m. on Friday, June 30 until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 1: full closure of Assomption Boulevard from Westmorland Street to Mechanic Street leaving the intersections of Assomption/Westmorland and Mechanic/Assomption open; and closure of the westbound lane of Assomption Boulevard from Mechanic Street to Main Street.

Rain Location: In the event of extreme weather conditions, the Canada 150 celebrations (except fireworks) will take place at the Moncton Coliseum Agrena Complex. In case of poor weather conditions, look for event updates on the City of Moncton’s Facebook page.

The City of Moncton would like to thank our other Canada Day sponsors including Atlantic Lottery, Pepsi, Assomption Vie, Slate, Downtown Moncton Centre-Ville Inc., and Audubon Organics for their generous support.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to visit moncton.ca/Canada150 or ‘Like’ the City of Moncton’s Facebook page for the latest news.

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Media Contacts:

André Cormier
Communications, City of Moncton
506-859-2686 / andrem.cormier@moncton.ca