Heatwave rocks Canada Games Plaza

A sizzling lineup of live entertainment hit downtown Prince George for Canada's 150th celebration.

The Canada 150 Heatwave, a partnership with the the city and the Prince George Folkfest Society, began with a free eight-day concert series beginning July 1 with the French Connection, Andino Suns and Delhi 2 Dublin taking to the stage to start Canada's sesquicentennial celebration.

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"Let's say thanks to the land we are occupying. We are so blessed," said the band's lead singer Sanjay Seran.

"Let's bring a place of decolonization, reconciliation and healing," he added as a huge crowd cheered on.

"I am enjoying this. They are singing Punjabi songs and all of these people love it," said CNC student Navdeep Singh.

Delhi 2 Dublin continue to reflect the cultural diversity around the world as they continue to challenge the definition of urban music offering a cross section of Bhangra, Celtic, dub, reggae and electronica.

"They have such amazing energy," said Sue Judge, artistic director for Heatwave and Coldsnap.

"They are spectacular musicians that make people feel good. They are very inspirational."

Mayor Lyn Hall continues to consider Summer 2017 a 'summer of celebration'.

"The Heatwave concerts are an extension of the Canada Games that brings the community together," Hall said.

"What better way than to celebrate here, for Canada's 150th. The multicultural aspect reflects what Prince George and Canada is all about."

The event through July 8 will continue to feature local, regional and nationally acclaimed artists and musicians at Canada Games Plaza for lunchtime and evening concerts.

Heatwave 2017 lineup:

July 4 - 12 - 1 p.m. - Zavan Trio

July 4 - 7 - 10:30 p.m. - Jerusha White, Red Moon Road, April Verch Band

July 5 - 12 - 1 p.m. - Prince George Cantata Singers

July 5 - 7 - 10:30 p.m. - Khast'an Drummers, Scarlett Jane, Bruce Cockburn

July 6 - 12 - 1 p.m. - Frontal Lobotomy

July 6 - 7 - 12:30 p.m. - Jack van Somer, Rachelle van Zanten, Cecile Doo-kingue

July 7 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - BMO KidzArt Dayz featuring Charlotte @ Matt Diamond

July 8 - 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. - BMO KidzArt Dayz featuring Charlotte @ Matt Diamond

July 8 - 7 - 10:30 p.m. - Kym Gouchie and Friends, Donne Roberts Band and The Paperboys

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