Canada’s Top Summer Events
Is there a better time to be Canadian than in the summer? The sun draws us outdoors and our cities are ignited with big blowout parties. Let’s take a look at 5 must-attend annual events.
Pride Toronto (June 25)
Costumes, choreography, and colour. Toronto offers one of the world’s most spectacular Pride festivals attracting over a million party goers. The month long event culminates with the 37th annual Parade showcasing a flurry of boundary-pushing performances, glittery floats, and bold-faced marchers. Beyond the Parade, seek respite in the shade of Barbara Hall Park and listen to a line-up of leading local and international DJs all weekend long.
Canada Day on Parliament Hill (July 1)
Ottawa is pulling out all of the stops to ensure Canada’s 150th is an event to remember. Head to Parliament Hill, the political and cultural heart of the city, to take part in the patriotic pageantry alongside the Prime Minister, the Prince of Wales, and other dignified guests. Homegrown acts like Cirque du Soleil and Alessia Cara will take centre stage as audiences enjoy the energetic street party swathed in red and white.
As a proud Canadian company – we’ve got many ways to put your patriotism on display.
Calgary Stampede (July 8–17)
Part rodeo. Part festival. Part exhibition. To locals it’s just “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” The 10-day Stampede captivates with sights, sounds, and flavours that’re distinctly Albertan. The entire city of Calgary takes on a party atmosphere as storefronts are adorned in Western motifs, residents don cowboy hats, and the streets are filled with pancake breakfasts and barbeques. Lookout for the Stampede’s beloved chuckwagon races and concert series featuring country legends, rock royalty, and rising music stars.
Channel your inner cowboy. Canadian tuxedos are totally appropriate and encouraged.
Vancouver Celebration of Light (July 29, August 2 & 5)
English Bay is where Vancouver’s mountains, ocean, and cityscape meet in a scene of unrivaled beauty. It’s also the serene setting of one of the world’s most impressive fireworks displays. The picturesque landscape is lit up with a kaleidoscope of artful shapes and colours. This year Japan, the United Kingdom, and Canada will compete over three nights to engineer the biggest and boldest pyrotechnic show.
Take in the fireworks from a beachside patio or aboard a sailboat for a luxurious view. The event typically begins or ends with cocktails so a smart-casual outfit is in order.
Osheaga in Montreal (August 4 – 6)
Get lost in an impressive roster of live music performances while rubbing shoulders with fellow fans. Osheaga Music and Arts Festival has emerged as one of the Country’s leading festivals heightened in part thanks to its pastoral setting in Montreal’s stunning Parc Jean-Drapeau surrounded by the Saint Lawrence River. Canadian performers such as The Weeknd and Broken Social Scene will perform alongside international talents like Lorde and Justice. With over a hundred dynamic acts on the bill, there is something to appease all ears.
Since the days of Woodstock, music festivals have served as breeding grounds for experimental fashion. Here’s some casual options for a more modern approach.