The Town of Perth is turning Canada Day into a three-day celebration in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, with the party kicking off on June 30 at the Tay Basin.
The Party By the Basin as it’s being dubbed will close down the Crystal Palace parking lot turning it into a food and entertainment hub. The gates will open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.
A food market featuring the Midnight Makers, cold brew from the Perth Brewery, a wine and drink table run by the Stewart Park Festival committee and samples from Top Shelf Distillers will please party-goer tastebuds while they wait for three different musical acts to take the stage.
The Keith Glass Band will get the open-air concert going. Singer/songwriter/producer Keith Glass is a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter with the Canadian country band Prairie Oyster.
Juno nominated and 2017 International Blues Challenge winner JW-Jones will follow Glass’ performance.
Monkey Junk — the Ottawa-based, Juno award- winning Canadian rock and roll/swamp/blues band — will close out the night.
“It’s going to be an incredible vibe in the downtown core that day,” says Perth Mayor John Fenik. “This is going to be an unforgettable way to celebrate Canada’s birthday.”
Tickets for the concert are $25 and will go on sale May 1. The ticket will also act as your Perth Passport, which is a local business initiative that gives ticket holders summer-long access to special deals at participating businesses. Only 2,000 tickets are being sold. Tickets are available through Tickets Please.
Family fun activities
The long-standing Canada Day tradition will continue at Conlon Farm on July 1. Running from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Canada Day activities will include children’s activities, live music and fireworks.
An ecumenical service is planned for Sunday, July 2 at 1 p.m. in Stewart Park.