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Canada Day London: The Tragically Hip + Arkells + Jann Arden + The Sheepdogs + Old Man Luedecke + Ben Caplan + USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) + Northern Cree
On 1st July people from all over the UK and afar gather at the London’s landmark, Trafalgar Square, to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday, making London once again home to the largest Canada Day outside of Canada. Last years Canada Day celebration saw 90,000 people attend the free festivities in Trafalgar Square to celebrate all things Canadian. The event has become a mainstay of the capital’s cultural calendar and showcases the best of Canadian music, sport, art, culture, tourism, business, food and drink to Londoners, Canadians and other visitors from all around the world.
There will be plenty of activities throughout the 8th annual Canada Day in London, as this year promises to cater to everyone.
Then there is the excitement of sports throughout the day! Canadian’s gather together to showcase their hockey skills, as street hockey tournaments run throughout the day on the square. The James R Wright
road hockey tournament is back again with eight teams competing for the Trafalgar Cup.
The festival will also feature a lululemon yoga class, face painting for the kids and an appearance by Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
By the evening, attendees will have been treated to an array of Canada’s best musical talent. Jann Arden, Arkells and The Tragically Hip will perform in one of London’s best loved spaces.
The day offers a more innovative Canada Day concept this year, with firsts in fashion, food and musical highlights this year!
Visit www.canadadayinternational.com for more information.
The Tragically Hip was formed in 1984 by five friends from Kingston ON – Rob Baker, Gord Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair. The band went on to sell millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The Hip released their first album, The Tragically Hip, in 1987 and have since released thirteen studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and over twenty #1 hits including their most recent offering 'Now For Plan A' released in October 2012.
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Possibly the hottest band in Canada right now, Saskatewan's The Sheepdogs beat 15 other bands to win Rolling Stones 'Choose The Cover competition in 2011, appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival as well The Osheaga Festival in Montreal, and are now signed with Atlantic Records.
The Sheepdogs remember the importance the other elements, aside from the riff, that make for great rock music: melody, harmony and groove. To see them live is pure rock and roll jubilation, to revel in the splendor created by three part vocal harmonies and heavy hitting dual guitar leads
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Canadian roots singer-songwriter with memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma. Luedecke is a young man with an old soul who doesn’t sugar coat his fears and this lets his songs breathe with a fresh breeze of bittersweet hopefulness.
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A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing.
Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Ben Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, you've not heard the like before. Often edgy and dark, Caplan holds a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime.
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USS are Ash Boo-Schultz (vocals/guitars) Jason ‘Human Kebab’ Parsons (hype/turntables), two Canadians playing progressive, deeply danceable music, inspired by scientific discovery. They have already won two CASBY Awards, as well as a Canadian Independent Music Award for Favourite Group of the Year.
"Not only does this duo create intelligent, catchy drum and bass songs, but they also put on an unmatched stellar live performance. Perhaps this is because their influences derive from atypical sources, including a shared love of knowledge and science that stems from early encounters with the unconventional. Mark my words; Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker are
going to be huge."
"Labels clamor after them; radio across the country jumps on board the single. More and more people subscribe to their theory to “Expect the unexpected”. That’s the story of how
science meets spirit. Bob Marley in a lab coat? Welcome to USS and the soundtrack of possibility."
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