Tomorrow SesquiFest will take over the downtown core and excite the senses as we come together and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
This fabulous festival is free, with great film, great music, a skating rink in July, a First Nations gathering and performances by multicultural groups, a kids’ zone and more. The full lineup is available at canada150london.ca/SESQUIFEST.
SesquiFest is a free, five-day festival in London, June 29 – July 3 produced by the City of London and London Heritage Council with support from Tourism London, the London Multicultural Community Association and other community partners to celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.
The event will span across downtown London from Richmond to Ridout and King to Carling streets. The virtual reality dome, SESQUI, will show a 360 degree virtual reality film Horizon that takes viewers on a journey across Canada.
- 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, craft beer, music, artisan vendors, and so much more. Ontario’s own Fefe Dobson is the musical headliner that evening.
- Saturday, July 1 – Canada 150 Day will provide a great experience, capped off with the downtown fireworks. Some of London’s best musical talents have joined to play as the Jacked for 150 Showcase and sing your favourite Canadian rock songs.
- Sunday, July 2 – Centennial ’67 Day will look back to Canada’s Centennial with retro-inspired acts, Montreal-based artists and performers. Sloan is the musical headliner in the eve.
- Monday, July 3 – Best of London Day will close SesquiFest, giving Londoners a chance to show off our amazing local creativity, innovation, and talent.
The London Multicultural Community Association is bringing displays, performers and food from many countries around the globe to excite your senses, from wonderful sound to tastes of food in and around the Bud Gardens concourse. Performances will involve song and music from a Chinese ensemble, Chinese choir, Hungarian (Transylvania) children’s choir, Joyful Noise choir, and a Latin American Duo, while dance will be performed by the following communities; Chinese, Colombian, Filipino, Korean, Polish and Ukrainian (song and dance). Enjoy the African and Caribbean traditional customs fashion show.
SesquiFest will have programming and activities for visitors of all ages, available throughout the day. Learn about the best of what London has to offer with the Explore Tent, filled with interactive displays and hands-on and animated exhibits from local museums, heritage sites, programmers and cultural organizations. Located nearby will be Pop Up City showcasing various City services and initiatives. It will have displays, activities, and even large vehicles to touch, a place for all ages to learn more about local government. Food trucks an Ontario craft beer garden and free ice cream with Canadian themes will add flavour to the event.
London will play host to over 55 musical groups throughout SesquiFest with a large portion of these performers from right here in the Forest City. The London Music Office is also working with five Ontario music cities that have an active Music Strategy in place. Music Cities exchange sees London opening its doors to play host to bands from Toronto, Mississauga, Kitchener, Sudbury and Windsor. These cities have lined up high profile gigs for London artists in their respectable cities in the coming months.
SesquiFest is made possible with funding support from the Government of Ontario ($120,000), the City of London ($75,000) and the Government of Canada ($10,000). To learn more about this event, visit canada150london.ca/SESQUIFEST.
Traffic impacts for the weekend: To provide this great event in downtown London the following roadways are impacted for the weekend, starting the evening of June 28. Talbot Street will be closed from Carling Street to King Street and Dundas Street between Richmond and Ridout.
“SesquiFest is finally here. We’re all excited to celebrate our great nation’s 150th birthday. This will be, without a doubt, the largest Canada Day celebration that our community has ever seen.” – London Mayor Matt Brown
"This is such a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate our country's 150th anniversary. We're so fortunate to call Canada home. Let's celebrate and show our Canadian pride!" - Deb Matthews MPP, London North Centre
“I simply cannot wait to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at Sesquifest in downtown London. The events, performances and experiences that have been planned for the coming days will help all Londoners express the incredible pride we share for our great country.” - Kate Young M.P., London West
"Over the next few days, London will celebrate Canada 150. And we have so much to be proud of. Canada enjoys a level of peace and prosperity that makes our country the envy of the world. In Canada, diversity is a source of strength, not weakness. I'm proud to join with colleagues from all levels of government and with fellow Londoners as SesquiFest begins and brings us together to mark a monumental moment in our history." - Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament, London North Centre