Neon Dreams headlines Canada Day celebrations

The City of Markham invites you to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday on July 1 with a host of activities and live entertainment, include headliner Neon Dreams.

A rapidly-emerging trio from Halifax, N.S., Neon Dreams draws inspiration from pop, rock, EDM, hip hop and reggae music. They made an impact on Canadian radio in 2016 with their breakout single, Marching Bands featuring Kardinal Official and have opened for acts such as The Chainsmokers, Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado. They take the stage from 9 to 10 p.m.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti and the City of Markham’s Canada Day co-chairs, Councillors Alex Chiu and Amanda Collucci, announced the entertainment lineup at a press conference on June 19.

“Every day we are reminded of how fortunate we are to live in Canada,” the mayor said. “Canada Day is an opportunity to come together, to celebrate and to make a statement of how blessed we really are.”

Canada Day celebrations also include a citizenship ceremony, seniors’ luncheon, a parade and fireworks. The Milne Dam Celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. at Milne Dam Conservation Park at 8251 McCowan Rd. Live entertainment also includes:

Doo Doo the Clown. He’s well known as the clown from the Daniel Cooke Show on Treehouse TV and adults know him as the clown from the hit movie Billy Madison starring along with Adam Sandler. He performs at 3, 3:20, 3:50, 5:50 and 6:40 p.m.

Electronic Violinist Daniela Di. She competed in Star Search Markham last year to celebrate Canada 150 and wowed the judges with her unique sound, which fuses old and new – from dubstep to rock and everything in between. She performs at 6:55 p.m.

Classically-trained pianist Michelle White. She honed her skills on the flute and saxophone and spent many years in jazz and gospel bands. She was a finalist in last year’s Star Search Markham competition and has performed at several City of Markham events, including Markham Expo 150. She performs at 7:15 p.m.

Each year, the signature event draws more than 20,000 attendees from Markham, the Greater Toronto Area and across southern Ontario. Visit markham.ca/canadaday to learn more.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti with Canada Day Co-Chairs Councillors Amanda Collucci and Alex Chiu, Jonathan Michael, Town Crier John Webster and Markham’s Canada Day sponsors. City of Markham photo.

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