The Rotary Club’s two-part Canada Day celebration launched on Sunday and will continue Monday at Riverside Park, where anyone can enter via donation to visit food vendors and enjoy live music.

The parking lot at Riverside Park has been filled. The closest major parking lot is a plaza at Woodlawn Rd. and Woolwich St., a 10 minute walk away.

Free shuttle buses will be running from Guelph Central Station to Riverside Park from 8:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and departing after the fireworks between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. from the park to downtown.

For the first time, Canada Day in the Park featured a two-day celebration with festivities beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday with Zumba and finishing off with a night concert by Tragically Hip cover band Practically Hip.

The celebration kicks off again starting at 1 p.m. on Monday with The Wanted who will perform sounds of old time gospel and vintage, unplugged rock, the event site says, followed by the Guelph Celtic Orchestra.

The traditional citizenship ceremony will tale place at 4 p.m. where several individuals will become Canadian citizens.

The Overtones, a four-part A Capella harmony that sing in the Barbershop style will follow the ceremony, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Just over an hour later, the eight-member Fresh Water Funk will play the park with rock, soul and funk all rolled into one, performing both “funky faces and a few original compositions.”

The Royal City Big Band, a 1940s-style swing dance band will be playing the hits from the 40s and 50s as well as more recent movie and TV music.

At 9:45 p.m. will be announcements followed by the singing of the national anthem with the Big Band before fireworks light up the sky above Riverside Park in an annual tradition.

Organizers ask that “furry friends” are left at home.

Elsewhere in the city, a free buffet is being held at the Mandarin, despite controversy over citizen identification checks to get the free food.


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