Monthly Archives: July 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, everyone!  The embassy had a really nice 4th of July party on Thursday and it was a ton of fun.  We lucked out with the weather and it only sprinkled a little bit, which was actually helpful since it cooled things off a bit.  The guests seemed to really enjoy themselves and it was nice to have a fun 4th of July party when you’re away from home. 🙂

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Canada Day!

So, I realize that I’m posting this entry about Canada Day on U.S. Independence Day, but what can you do?  Sometimes life just gets in the way of timely blogging.

July 1st is Canada Day and since this was my first Canada Day in Canada and I was in the capital of Canada, I figured I had to celebrate somehow.  So, I joined a few (thousand) people on Parliament Hill for the Changing of the Guard, the Carillon, a flyover by the Snowbirds, and the Noon Show.  The Noon Show featured performances by several Canadian musicians including Terri Clark (who had a spiffy Canadian flag guitar), Marie-Mai, Carly Rae Jepson, and my favorite performance, Colonel Chris Hadfield, who sang his song, I.S.S. – Is Somebody Singing!  It was super-fun and I’m really glad that I got to experience a Canada Day in Ottawa.

Here are a few pictures from the day. 🙂

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Raising the Canadian Flag

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Canadian paratroopers with Canadian flag parachutes

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The Governor General arrives by carriage, accompanied by lots of Mounties

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The Snowbirds fly over

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The stage

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Terri Clark and her Canadian flag guitar

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The Prime Minister gives his address

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Marie-Mai performs

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Canada!

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Commander Hadfield performs!

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The Governor General gives his address

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Beach balls!

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Carly Rae Jepson performs!

Edited to add:  Here’s a video of Commander Hadfield and Ed Robertson performing “I.S.S. – Is Somebody Singing” at the evening show.  Not exactly what I saw at the Noon Show, but pretty cool!

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