Best Canada Day 2020 online events and TV specials

Canada Day celebrations are going online in 2020 — including fireworks. Here’s where to catch free virtual and televised events.

A Canadian flag flying in front of a sky with 2020 fireworks on display

Canada Day is always a good time to get decked out in your red and white and take part in birthday celebrations for our nation. And while 2020 won’t have the usual crowds, there are many live events taking place on TV and online on July 1st. Join the fun with free music, dance, comedy and cooking events online, right across the country.

Daytime music and dance at Canada Day Across the Country

During the day, enjoy vibrant music and dazzling dance performances in Moncton, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Sudbury, Calgary, Montreal and Quebec, guided by hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre Yves-Lord. From Sierra Noble and the National Arts Centre Orchestra to the Atlantic Ballet of Canada, there’s a fantastic array of Canadian talent.

How to watch Watch on CBC TV from 1 to 2 pm local time (2 p.m. Atlantic time) or visit the Canadian Heritage for more information.

Fireworks and more at Canada Day Together

If you’re an evening person, check out Celebrate Canada Day featuring performers in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto, including superstars like Sarah McLachlan, Alan Doyle and the National Ballet of Canada. Free downloadable Celebration Kits are packed with ideas for Canada-themed recipes, games and more. Stay until the end for a montage of jaw-dropping fireworks displays from previous years.

How to watch Watch on CBC TV between 8 and 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. Atlantic time). Get more info at Canadian Heritage.

Virtual Canada Day in Surrey, B.C.

Surrey’s Virtual Canada Day, hosted by Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser features entertainment for Canadians of all ages, including duelling pianos, jugglers, Indigenous performers members of the Surrey City Orchestra and Colin James.

How to watch Tune in between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. PST and again between 6 and 9 p.m. PST on Surrey’s Facebook and YouTube Live pages.

Calgary’s Virtual Canada Day concert

Expect a slick production from this previously recorded virtual concert featuring Calgary musicians like Paul Brandt and Lynn Olagundoye playing a toe-tapping blend of country, folk, roots and blues-rock.

How to watch Visit the City of Calgary’s YouTube and Facebook pages at 5 p.m. MST.

Canada Day 2020 in Toronto

Toronto is serving up a big virtual celebration of more than 50 live and pre-recorded performances including:

• The Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast, hosted by guest chefs at 9 a.m. EST

• A Culture Jam concert, showcasing Toronto neighbourhoods and comedians, plus a special rendition of O Canada, at 1 p.m. EST

• A Ready for Prime Time special, featuring Gordon Lightfoot and Choir!Choir!Choir!, starting at 7 p.m. EST

• A 15-minute light show set to music by Canadian artists, live streamed at

Capital City Canada Day in Charlottetown

Great food and music distinguish any East Coast celebration. This free online event combines Acadian and Mi’kmaq cooking by celebrity chef Ilona Daniel and colleagues, and lively performances by local musicians and the acclaimed Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors.

How to watch Head to the City of Charlottetown Facebook page and YouTube channel to view the video, starting at 7:30 p.m. AST. 

Staying positive during uncertainty: Free online seminar

After Canada Day festivities are finished, please join us online for an inspirational talk on overcoming adversity presented by former CFL player and Olympian Jessie Lumsden and Andrea Prashad, Amica’s VP of Resident Experience.

How to watch Register in advance for a link to this free video webinar, taking place live on July 2nd at 2:30 p.m. EST.