The Forks is set to hold the largest Canada Day celebration in its history with more than 50 local music acts on five stages and a late-night pyrotechnics spectacle.

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The Forks is set to hold the largest Canada Day celebration in its history with more than 50 local music acts on five stages and a late-night pyrotechnics spectacle.

The celebration is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to The Forks grounds in honour of Canada 150.

"The Forks has been a historical meeting place for over 6,000 years, so you can bet we’re excited to host this monumental celebration," said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership. "We have an exceptional lineup of locally bred talent performing all day on five stages across our site, and a fireworks show like none you’ve ever seen here before."

The Canadian folk-rock band Whitehorse will headline the music performances and the fireworks will be administered by award-winning Archangel Fireworks.  

Whitehorse is composed of husband-and-wife duo Melissa McClelland and Winnipeg-raised Luke Doucette. Other acts include Scott Nolan, Mariachi Ghost and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

A powwow and indigenous storytelling will also be held at the Oodena Celebration Circle.

The free, family friendly event will begin at sunrise and ends at midnight. A free bicycle valet service will be offered.

"This year’s celebration will be just be a little bit bigger and a little more special with this being such an important date for the country," said Chelsea Thomson, manager of marketing and communications for The Forks North Portage Partnership. "This year it’s set to be an even bigger spectacle."

The event has received $400,000 of funding from the federal government as part of countrywide Canada 150 celebrations taking place in 19 urban centres.

Main Stage, Festival Field:


5 p.m. — Mamadou

5:45 p.m. — Carly Dow

6 p.m. — To be announced

6:45 p.m. — Alpha Toshineza

7 p.m. — Kayla Luky

7:45 p.m. — Ila Barker

8 p.m. — The Noble Thiefs

9 p.m. — Whitehorse

9:45 p.m. — JC Campbell

10 p.m. — Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

10:40 p.m. - WSO and Faouzia

11 p.m. — Fireworks and site-wide pyrotechnics


Oodena Celebration Circle:

Sunrise Spirit Riders

1 p.m.-6 p.m. — Powwow and indigenous storytelling


Canopy Stage:

12 p.m. — To be announced

1 p.m. — To be announced

2 p.m. — Sol James

3 p.m. — Justin Lacroix

4 p.m. — Sierra Noble

5 p.m. — Slow Leaves


Port Stage:

1:30 p.m. — Riel Gentlemen’s Choir

2:30 p.m. — 3Peat

3:30 p.m. — The Lock Down

4:30 p.m. — Mitchell Schimnowski

6 p.m. — Scott Nolan

6:45 p.m. — Bunny

7 p.m. — Mariachi Ghost

7:45 p.m. — Mitchell Schimnowski

8 p.m. — Lanikai

8:45 p.m. — Julie and Jeremy Penner

9 p.m. — Aboriginal School of Dance 9:20 p.m. — Jade Turner 10 p.m. — Red Moon Road & Friends Canadian Songbook

11 p.m. — Fireworks and site-wide pyrotechnics


Plaza Skatepark:


12 p.m.-5 p.m. — Red Riding Media, SK8 Skates skateboard demos, group skate with DJ Hunnicutt, DJ Wuki + DJ²

Ryan Thorpe

Ryan Thorpe

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