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  • Bluesfest Review: Toby Keith kicks off the party

    Bluesfest Review: Toby Keith kicks off the party

    Toby Keith RBC Ottawa Bluesfest Reviewed Thursday It was close enough to the Fourth of July for Bluesfest to set off some star-spangled fireworks of its own on Thursday’s opening night for the flag-waving all-American pride of Oklahoma, Toby Keith. It’s easy to see the appeal with a bona fide country superstar like Keith, with […]
  • Canada Day 2017: 150 things to do to celebrate Canada's 150th

    Canada Day 2017: 150 things to do to celebrate Canada's 150th

    Happy birthday to us! Gather up your friends and family and celebrate at one of the many events and happenings going on around Metro Vancouver and beyond. Festivals, concerts, outdoor fun, stage performances, parades, fireworks and more — there’s something for everyone. CANADA DAY EVENTS Canada Day at Canada Place This year’s celebration will be […]
  • Garth Brooks to play Edmonton in 2017 for the first time in 21 years

    Garth Brooks to play Edmonton in 2017 for the first time in 21 years

    Country superstar Garth Brooks is returning to Edmonton next year to play an arena show here for the first time in nearly a generation. On Feb. 18, 2017, the man who embodied the hot-country, hat-act era of KISS-inspired-fireworks twang, will play Rogers Place with his contemporary Trisha Yearwood — who is also his wife — opening up. […]
  • U.S. brings Disney firepower to Vancouver fireworks finale

    U.S. brings Disney firepower to Vancouver fireworks finale

    2016 Honda Celebration of Light July 23 (Netherlands), July 27 (Australia), and July 30 (USA), 10 p.m. | English Bay Tickets and info: hondacelebrationoflight.com Brad Cicotti was never the kid who played with matches or flushed cherry bombs down the toilet at school. That would be expected, since he’s the kind of guy who now […]
  • Check out these musical high notes at Stampede

    Check out these musical high notes at Stampede

    Saturday: TransAlta Grandstand Show, 10 p.m., Stampede Grandstand After the chuckwagons stop, the real entertainment begins, with local institution the Young Canadians putting on a high-energy dance and musical extravaganza. It ends with a literal bang — the fireworks finale which can be seen from all over the city. Sunday: Steve Pineo/Tom Phillips and the […]
  • What's On in Vancouver June 30 to July 7: It's all about Canada Day

    What's On in Vancouver June 30 to July 7: It's all about Canada Day

    The Sun’s picks for best events in Vancouver this week are all about Canada Day, and celebrating the fact that we live in one of the greatest countries on the planet. Burrard Inlet Canada Day Fireworks We’re lucky that Vancouver is Canada’s only city with two simultaneous, massive public fireworks shows, in Coal Harbour and […]
  • Fireworks at 40: Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings celebrates four decades

    Fireworks at 40: Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings celebrates four decades

    On a November night in 1976 at Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa audiences heard the first concert of a new professional orchestra. It was called Thirteen Strings, and it was organized by a few players from the National Arts Centre Orchestra and conductor Brian Law to present music the larger NACO wouldn’t usually perform: small-scale pieces […]
  • A guide to the busiest festival weekend in Ottawa this summer

    A guide to the busiest festival weekend in Ottawa this summer

    The Ottawa region in summer is mad for festivals, but this weekend just might be the busiest of them all. There’s music, theatre, arts and crafts, pow wows and fireworks. Consider your choices: TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival When & where: The 35th festival opens Thursday, June 18 with a free concert by Kaleidoscope Orchestra from 4 to 6 […]
  • Dramatic fireworks fitting for Verdi's Requiem

    Dramatic fireworks fitting for Verdi's Requiem

    Verdi’s Requiem At the NAC’s Southam Hall Reviewed Monday night When your combined anniversaries add up to 125 years, you deserve to celebrate in a big way. And if you’re a choir and an orchestra, it doesn’t get much bigger than Verdi’s Requiem. The Ottawa Symphony celebrated the close of its 50th anniversary Monday night with the […]
  • Da Costa's muscular performance a standout for Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

    Da Costa's muscular performance a standout for Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

    Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Southam Hall Monday night The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra launched its 50th anniversary season Monday night with a celebratory program of works inspired by flames and fireworks. Following Mayor Jim Watson’s declaration of October 6 as Ottawa Symphony Orchestra Day, Stravinsky’s Fireworks got the evening started with a bang. Stravinsky wrote this early opus […]

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