Barbecues. Beach hangouts. Sunshine. There’s a lot we’re hoping for this Canada Day long weekend — a big one, hitting 150 years since Confederation — but there’s one thing you can count on: a full day of Canadian-focused programming on CBC Radio 2.
No matter what you’re up to, we’ll be right there with you. Listen directly via the radio, or stream us online. Check out the schedule below to see what you’ll be hearing.
6 to 9 a.m.
Weekend Morning: There’s nothing like waking up on the weekend with a great musical cup of coffee. Host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe has you covered with an all-Canadian lineup of tunes to make you move, stories to make you chuckle and artist insights to make you think. Weekend Morning features an eclectic mix from adult alternative to soul to folk and beyond, both from the familiar artists you know and the up-and-comers you want to know more about. It’s the perfect place to meet your next favourite band, hear your new favourite song and enjoy your favourite part of the week: the weekend.
9 to 10 a.m.
My Playlist: Some of Canada's finest artists — including Bruce Cockburn, Tegan and Sara, Basia Bulat, k-os, Alex Cuba and Tim Baker from Hey Rosetta! — share their favourite Canadian tracks. With host Laurie Brown.
10 a.m. to noon
This is my Music: In this special Canada 150 edition of This Is My Music, prominent Canadian classical musicians bring to life their personal experiences with legendary Canadian performers of the past, such as Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester, Lois Marshall, Jon Vickers and Howard Cable.
Noon to 1 p.m.
The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra was created by the Royal Conservatory of Music to celebrate the cultural diversity and pluralism of our country as it turns 150. The ensemble's 12 members were chosen from more than 100 new Canadians from 47 countries. Led by artistic director David Buchbinder, the musicians have been in residence at the Conservatory writing the music together — and creating new traditions that reflect what Canada sounds and looks like in 2017.
Related: Get an in-depth look at the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra via our big feature on the group.
1 to 2 p.m.
Heppner's 10 under 30: emerging stars in Canadian classical music: Ben Heppner celebrates the next generation of Canada's top classical musicians.
2 to 3 p.m.
CanadaSound: Sound is all around us. It impacts us in ways you may not know. Host Grant Lawrence tells the surprising stories behind some of Canada's most iconic sounds. Did you know the fog horn was a Canadian invention? Why is there a long dash following 10 seconds of silence every day on CBC Radio? Also, Canadians suggest the sounds that evoke Canada for them, and musicians take those sounds and create new songs.
3 to 4 p.m.
Deep Dive: Host Rich Terfry takes you on a trip back to 1976 with an hour of songs and stories behind a great Canadian summer album: Gordon Lightfoot's Summertime Dream.
4 to 5 p.m.
Made in Canada: the Soundtrack of a Nation: For decades, Canadian artists have defied labels, burst through the boundaries of musical genres and pioneered new sounds and styles to create a diverse national soundtrack — one you can’t find anywhere else. Made in Canada, with host Emma Godmere, introduces you to the stories behind some of your favourite songs on Canada’s soundtrack: how our biggest hip-hop pioneers paved the way for future MCs; how two songwriting icons found inspiration in the ups and downs of their own lives; and how even the most unlikely experiences — like bus rides and mopping floors — have influenced some of the homegrown hit songs you know and love.
5 to 6 p.m.
q the Music: A weekly musical roundup featuring performances and conversations with some of the music world's hottest up-and-comers and most seasoned veterans. Hosted by Tom Power, q: the Music highlights live, in-studio performances as well as album cuts from artists who have appeared on Radio One’s q.
6 to 7 p.m.
Highlights from the 2017 CBC Music Festival: Echo Beach was alive with a full day of Canadian music on May 27 for the CBC Music Festival. From sway-worthy folk acts to earth-quaking electronic bands, the day had a little bit of everything. Join Raina Douris as we revisit some of the best performances from the day. Music and stories from Scott Helman, Bros, Sarah Slean, Ruth B and William Prince.
8 to 9 p.m.
Marvin’s Room: Marvin's Room explores the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, this episode will be a one-hour, all-Canadian journey that brings back the old-school but also introduces what's new. Host Amanda Parris is the guide for a whirlwind journey through R&B.
9 to 10 p.m.
East Coast Music Hour: hosted by Bill Roach, this is a show all about the music of Canada's East Coast. Drawing on the best and most current music from across the region and any genre that has its roots in Atlantic Canada, East Coast Music Hour is the best place to hear music from all four Atlantic Provinces.
9 p.m. to midnight
Canada Day 150! From coast to coast to coast: a special broadcast from Parliament Hill in Ottawa hosted by Rick Mercer and featuring performances in every province and territory across Canada. The festivities will also be streaming live at CBC.ca/2017. Hosted by Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe.
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