National headliners, more than 50 musical acts, food trucks, free family activities, Ontario craft beer, and a touring virtual reality projection dome – these are just a few of the BIG things coming to London during SesquiFest, June 29 – July 3. This free, five-day festival is organized by the City of London, Canada 150 London, and the London Heritage Council, bringing our community together to celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
The event will span across downtown London from Budweiser Gardens from Richmond to Ridout and King to Carling streets. Throughout the festival the virtual reality dome, SESQUI, will show a 360 degree virtual reality film HORIZON that takes viewers on a journey across Canada. The dome will be positioned at Budweiser Gardens with London as the second stop on the SESQUI tour after it opens in Toronto.
“SesquiFest will bring the best in sights, in sounds, in experiences about what it is to be Canadian,” said Mayor Matt Brown. “Londoners will enjoy the HORIZON video, listen to great Canadian bands, explore unique things about London, and enjoy a fireworks display that really celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.”
“I know how proud we all are to call Canada home, and to celebrate our 150th Birthday,” said Deb Matthews, MPP, London North Centre. That’s why our government is supporting this festival to bring Londoners together. Come join in, I know we’ll all have a terrific time!”
Each of the five days of SesquiFest will be programmed around a different theme, expressing an essential element of Canadian identity.
- Thursday, June 29 – Talbot Street Takeover will spotlight some of the best local musical talent in the 15-25 age category with Canadian indie rock band Hollerado set to headline the stage. The JUNO nominated group released their latest album Born Yesterday in April.
- Friday, June 30 – Best of Ontario Day will highlight the achievements of one of Canada’s founding provinces with Ontario food, music, art, and so much more.
- Saturday, July 1 – Canada 150 Day will provide a great experience, capped off with the downtown fireworks.
- Sunday, July 2 – Centennial ’67 Day will look back to Canada’s Centennial with francophone acts, Montreal-based artists and performers, and a Caribbean Block Party.
- Monday, July 3 – Best of London Day will close SesquiFest, giving Londoners a chance to show off our amazing local creativity, innovation, and talent.
Stay tuned for more headlining artists to be announced in the days ahead.
SesquiFest is made possible with support from Ontario 150 and the City of London. To learn more about this event, visit canada150london.ca/SESQUIFEST.