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Downtown Kitchener celebrates Canada Day featuring Canadian artists

Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 4:44 am EDT

Photo courtesy of @CityKitchener

Downtown Kitchener is going country for Canada’s 150th birthday in Carl Zehr Square.

The day kicks off with family fun events at the Kitchener Market from 10 am to 2 pm, including live country music, family performances by Erik Traplin and face painting.

Now moving later into the day, the City will be putting on a free country concert featuring Canadian artists.

“We have four performers throughout the night. So we have a local performer, Jessie T, who will kick things off at 5 pm. Then we have Vanessa Marie Carter, another country artist who will come on at about 6 pm. River Town Saints will hit the stage at about 7:30 pm, and James Barker Band will come on at 9 pm,” explains Manager of Special Events with the City, Jeff Young.

“We’re always trying to showcase Canadian talent, and as you know, the country music genre is just exploding right now. So we thought bringing in some of the top Canadian talent is going to make this year’s event even more exciting.”

Now, if country music is not your thing, Young says there is still plenty to enjoy downtown over the course of the evening.

“We also feature a number of interactive displays from a number of community groups along King Street. A number of downtown partners from our BIA. We’ll have the portraits of honour inside the rotunda. We’ll have some public art displays along King Street that share some different Canadian fun facts.”

Finally, what would Canada Day be without fireworks?

“Of course, the big fireworks show. It’s our biggest fireworks show that we’ve ever put on. It’s 10 minutes in length, and will have a big, big end to it,” says Young.

The City of Kitchener is expecting to see close to 10,000 people in downtown for the show.

“It continues to grow year over year. With it being the 150th anniversary of the country, being on a Saturday night, the line-up that we have for entertainment, we just think it’s going to be our biggest show yet.”

Due to the activity they are expecting during the day, King Street will be closed from Ontario to Water, but all parking garages will be open.

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