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PHOTOS: A Star Studded Canada Day in London

Canadians in London showed some serious true patriot love yesterday when Canada Day International hosted a stellar lineup of activities and musical performances that packed Trafalgar Square, which is next to London's Canada House. Hosted by our own George Stroumboulopoulos and Heather Hiscox, it was a day that made us very proud to be celebrating our young 146-year-old commonwealth country in its parent state.

The Tragically Hip headlined an all-star evening lineup that also included the Arkells, The Sheepdogs and Jann Arden. 


The Sheepdogs shared this photo from the stage on Instagram, saying, "Never has being in the UK felt so much like home. #canadaday".


The Arkells shared a similar photo, plus a backstage photo of this awesome guitar belonging to Ryan Gullen of The Sheepdogs.


We took Strombo into the square to show us around and we nearly weren't able to bring him back - he was swarmed by fans asking for photos and autographs. Even though there were a lot of bands, he was totally the rock star of the day.

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When Heather Hiscox wasn't reporting back to CBC News from her birdseye view of the square and talking to guests like Jann Arden, she hosted a bunch of daytime events, including opening the square with the High Commissioner of Canada, Gordon Campbell, and The Sheepdogs. 

Heather always wears something fabulous and red to broadcast on Canada Day and yesterday's dress was no exception, from Canadian designer Judith & Charles. The mounties were perfect accessories.

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We had a blast celebrating with our fellow Canadians living in and visiting London. From miniature hockey fans to Canada Day die-hards, to the passionate team behind Canada Day International, to the people making the poutine, the sense of camaraderie and goodwill came from all directions - as did the Canadian beer. (For a little taste, watch the video the Arkells posted from the stage when "O Canada" closed the night).

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Visit our Canada Day section for lots more videos, photos and stories. We hope you had a good one too.


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