Stanford Live celebrates Canada Day as part of its Summer Series at Bing Concert Hall

Summer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean the arts are going on vacation. Many Stanford concerts, performances and events are scheduled on campus in the coming months, including the Stanford Jazz Festival, Stanford Repertory Theater‘s summer festival, “The Many Faces of Farce,” Department of Music and Stanford Live performances at Bing Concert Hall, starting with Canada Day on Saturday, July 1.

Canada is having a major moment in 2017, celebrating both the 150th anniversary of confederation and the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal. Stanford Live will toast its neighbors to the north by bringing a few of them south for a Canada Day celebration at Bing Concert Hall on July 1 as part of its Summer Series.

Canada Day at Stanford Live logo
Canada Day at Stanford Live

Stanford Live marks Canada’s sesquicentennial with a daylong celebration—in and around Bing Concert Hall—featuring such Canadian artists as Jenn GrantDavid MylesWendy MacIsaac and Troy MacGillivrayCòig and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. There will also be traditional square dance lessons led by Burton MacIntyre, one of the leading ambassadors of Cape Breton culture, as well as Canadian-themed food and drink.

The celebration runs from 4 to 10 p.m. and performances will take place on the Bing’s main stage, studio and lobby. Regular tickets are $30 but discounts apply for youth and Stanford students ($15), Stanford faculty/staff ($24) and Stanford alumni ($27).

Canada Day introduces audiences to Stanford Live’s 2017–18 theme: the nature of identity. More Canadian talent is featured later this year. “Our coming season features artists that tell the story of Canada alongside America, including indigenous music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie, first-generation actor/director Ravi Jain and his mom, Asha, and one of today’s most important social and political commentators, Samantha Bee,” said Chris Lorway, the executive director of Stanford Live and a recent transplant from Toronto himself. “Given that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, it seemed like an opportune time to shine a light on some of the country’s best.”