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Moncton’s Whoa Canada! gets support from Government of Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

May 25, 2017

MONCTON – The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton-Dieppe-Riverview, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage, announced the federal government’s funding of $300,000 today for Moncton’s celebration of Canada 150 on Canada Day. Moncton was selected as one of 19 major Canadian cities who have been granted funding to take part in a national celebration to recognize our nation’s 150th birthday.

“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 neighbors,” said Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

“Canada 150 is a unique opportunity to bring together communities across the country to celebrate our diversity. Moncton is a vibrant and dynamic city that knows how to celebrate. I invite everyone to join their family and friends to take part in the activities on July 1. Together, let’s make 2017 a year to remember,”‎ said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament (Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe)

Already one of the region’s largest Canada Day celebrations, Moncton’s Whoa Canada! will offer a significantly bigger “Whoa!” this year, thanks to the federal government’s support. Bigger and better is the theme for Canada’s 150th birthday, with bigger main stage entertainment, an expanded site, and a bigger celebration all around.

The line-up on Canada Day will be nothing short of spectacular. The Canada Day concert will kick-off earlier this year with a 4 p.m. start time and will feature 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. 

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-Community Canada 150 fireworks will begin. Spectators are invited to enjoy the fireworks on Riverfront Park in downtown Moncton, for the best view. The Tri-Community Canada Day Fireworks are a presentation of the City of Moncton, the Town of Riverview and the City of Dieppe. 

“This year’s Canada Day celebrations will be bigger and better than ever,” said Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold. “The music, the activities, the food, the fun – all of it will be bigger, brighter and bolder in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Don’t miss this party!”

Thanks to the additional funding provided through the Canada 150 Fund, Moncton’s Canada 150 celebrations will feature the biggest free outdoor concert Moncton has ever seen, with expanded programming at Downing Place, the Moncton Market and surrounding spaces.

As has become tradition, downtown Moncton will also play host to children’s entertainment and activities in the afternoon at Riverfront Park, leading up to the evening concert and fireworks extravaganza. Further programming details will be released in June.

The weekend celebration continues on July 2nd with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO) and the POPs NB Festival, 4 hours (6-10 pm), 4 orchestras and more than 400 orchestral musicians. The concert will feature the world premiere of music commissioned by the NBYO to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Written by Oscar winning composer, Howard Shore, and performed by renowned soloist, Measha Brueggergosman, accompanied by a 120 voice choir and the NBYO, this is a can’t miss performance. 

“The NBYO is excited to be part of Moncton’s special Canada Day weekend celebrations,” said Ken MacDonald, CEO of the NBYO. “‘Oh Canada: A Young 150!’, the NBYO’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday that will begin in Moncton on July 2 and continue to St. Andrews, Ottawa and Montreal where we will also celebrate Montreal's 375th birthday. What a special time for the NBYO, our young musicians and for our great country”

In addition to the support from the Government of Canada, this year’s celebration wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. A special thank you goes out to our National Partner, CIBC. CIBC is proud to showcase how we all 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”

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.

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Full biographies available here at moncton.ca/canada150

Media Contact:

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