Prince William and Kate Middleton will arrive in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, in just three weeks—and HollywoodLife.com has the details of how they’ll spend Canada Day, the country’s birthday, on July 1!
They’ll spend the day on the lawn of Parliament Hill—akin to the U.S. Capitol—where there will be all-day festivities, including a roster of more than a dozen Canadian musical acts. Missing from the lineup? Some of the hottest Canadian performers around, such as Justin Bieber, Shania Twain and Drake!
Among the musical acts, is Maria Aragon, the 10-year-old from Winnipeg who gained international notoriety after she performed a Lady Gaga song on YouTube.
The other artists that William and Kate will rock out to are Great Big Sea, Pierre Lapointe, Florence K, Sam Roberts Band, Corb Lund, Dan Mangan, Elisapie Isaac, Jenn Grant, Au tour de la Bolduc, Les 7 doigts de la main and Delhi 2 Dublin.
The festivities will also include drum troupe Kumpa’nia, string quartet Quatuor Orphee, dance troupe Zogma, and world music group Soul Influence.
“This year, we invite everyone to take part in the Canada Day Noon Show in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,” said James Moore, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “We invite all Canadians across this great country to come together on this special day and celebrate the fact that we live in a free, democratic, and bilingual country.”
An estimated one million revelers are expected to descend upon Parliament Hill for a chance to see the Royals, and many Ottawa hotels have already booked for that weekend. Since it coincides with the July 4th holiday in the U.S., organizers are expecting a huge number of Americans—particularly from nearby New York State, since it’s about an hour’s drive from the border.
Also part of the day-long festivities is a “flypast” of the Canadian Armed Forces’ CF-18 airplanes from above.
— David Caplan