Canada Day celebrations attract thousands to Parliament Hill but War of 1812 focus gets muted response
By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press
Photo by Julie Oliver, The Ottawa Citizen
Thousands of people covered Parliament Hill in red and white on Sunday for Canada’s 145th birthday.
But the passionate patriotism of Canada Days’ past was replaced by a smaller crowd seemingly subdued by the history lesson on the War of 1812, which formed the main theme of the celebrations.
Necks craned skyward for the traditional flypast of the Snowbirds and then all eyes turned to the performances of Roch Voisine, Feist and Simple Plan.
Their show drew the crowd out of its midday stupor, with teenage girls shrieking and singing as Montreal-based Simple Plan rocked on.