July 1 is a big day for Canadians – the chance to celebrate their country’s birthday. As London has a huge Canadian expat community – and a lot of Canadian visitors – Trafalgar Square has hosted the annual Canada Day London celebrations for the past eight years. The iconic square becomes a mini festival celebrating the best of Canadian culture, including hockey, beer, food and some of the country’s popular bands. As well as food and drink stands, there are others promoting Canadian tourism and culture, as well as the chance to buy memorabilia from some of the bands performing. Acts scheduled to take to the stage later are The Tragically Hip, Jann Arden, Arkells and The Sheepdogs. Today I popped by to check out the festivities and to see the square awash with red and white and familiar shirts of the country’s hockey and baseball teams. Even if you’re not Canadian, there is plenty of fun to be had for all ages, so check it out. Here’s some photos of the action.
- Canada Day London takes place today from 10:30am to 22:30pm. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, check out the Canada Day website.
Happy Canada Day!
To see what else is on in London this month, check out Guide to what’s on in London in July 2013.