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Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday

Music and food will be in abundance at this year’s Canada Day celebrations in Black Diamond.

The community’s Diamond Music Fest kicks off July 1 featuring music by local talent, First Nations dancing and drum circles, fireside singing and storytelling, beer gardens and a fireworks display in a two day event just south of the Oilfields Regional Arena in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial year.

While the children enjoy face painting, carnival games and other activities the adults can stroll through an artisan market or relax on the lawn listening to performances of cover and original music in various genres from more than a dozen seasoned musicians to bands just starting out.

Food vendors and trucks will be on site throughout the festival.

The festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m. on July 1 with a pancake breakfast. The music begins at noon and ends at 9 p.m., followed by family-friendly fireside singing, cowboy poetry and storytelling.

A fireworks display will go off behind the Rona at dusk.

On July 2, the music will resume at 2 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. with fireside singing to follow. A free youth mentor workshop will take place for an hour starting at 3:30 p.m.

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