The party begins on Parliament Hill
Jul 1, 2012 / 8:28 am
People have started arriving to get the best seats for Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill, with many wearing red in honour of the occasion.
Canada's 145th birthday celebrations are a nod to both the present and the past. Performers at the annual noon show include indie rock star Feist and French crooner Roch Voisine.
But the show will also feature actors playing key figures from the War of 1812, one of the themes of this year's celebrations.
The Grey Cup will also be given VIP status as the football tournament celebrates its 100th birthday this year.
In his Canada Day message, the Governor General says that from the moment of Confederation in 1867, Canada has been a unique and challenging experiment.
He says that the nation resembles a giant family that each day displays a commitment to unity, diversity, excellence and equality of opportunity.
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