Suzie McNeil & The Chain Reaction to headline Brantford's Canada Day virtual concert

Suzie McNeil

BRANTFORD, ON – The City of Brantford and Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration Committee are excited to announce Canadian singer and songwriter Suzie McNeil & The Chain Reaction as the headliner for the OLG virtual concert on July 1. Suzie McNeil is a Canadian singer songwriter who first hit the world stage in the 2005 hit reality TV series Rockstar:INXS. Since then, McNeil has gone on to have fifteen Top 20 hits in Canada, performed in Brantford for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Torch Relay Community Celebration Downtown Brantford.  

McNeil was performing on stage with Aerosmith in Las Vegas when the pandemic shut everything down, and has since started a music school online to provide top quality music instruction to people across Canada.

“I am so excited after the year we have had to be performing at Brantford’s Canada Day Virtual Concert Celebration on July 1.” says Suzie McNeil. “I have such great memories performing at the Olympic Torch Relay Celebration in Harmony Square. Brantford has high energy and I look forward to performing for the community on Canada Day.”

The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with local bands Maddy McKenzie, Three Legged Horse and Heckle the Band. Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and more will be ready to welcome drive-thru guests at the Young Canadians Character Safari at Glenhryst Gardens on July 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Peppa Pig has been broadcasted in over 180 countries and is a favourite to Canadian children coast to coast. PJ Masks is an interactive computer-animated superhero beloved by children across our country and beyond.

“Canada Day may look a little different this year, but we are thrilled to be able to offer such a wide variety of exciting activities to bring smiles to the faces of those in our community after what has been a very long year,” says Brian Beattie, Chair of Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration Committee. “We are so pleased to have Canadian singer and songwriter Suzie McNeil & The Chain Reaction as our headliner for our OLG virtual concert and Peppa Pig and PJ Masks for the kids at the Character Safari. We’re encouraging residents to order in to support local eateries on Canada Day and enjoy an evening of great Canadian music hits the entire family will tap their toes to.” 

Start celebrating early with Canadians Cook Together on June 27, featuring Brantford’s own 13-year old Food Network’s Junior Chef Showdown winner Audrey MacKinnon as she prepares her favourite central Canadian main dish. Test your trivia skills with Canadians Kahoot Together on June 30 at 7:00 p.m. There’s still time to enter the Show Your Spirit Home Decorating Contest for a chance to win $2,000 in prizes. Registration closes on June 18 at 4:00 p.m. and the homes will be judged on June 23 to select the winners.

The Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration events are sponsored by OLG, Losani Homes, Sonoco, Zehrs on King George Road, Arise AM, Hot Country 93.9, Jewel 92, the Brantford Expositor, Kiwanis Club of Brantford, Millards Chartered Professional Accountants, Lancaster Construction, Boyle Plumbing and Heating, Brantford Nissan, Mitsui High-Tec  Canada, West Brant Window World and Canadian Heritage.

Join the conversation on and upload a photo Showing Your Canadian Spirit, share your favourite place to eat in Brantford and more. Learn more at and celebrate with us using the hashtag #BrantfordCanadaDay. Updates can also be found on the City’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

Brantford Canada Day Activities

  • Canadians Cook Together – Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Cook along with 12-year old Food Network’s Junior Chef Showdown winner Audrey MacKinnon as she prepares her favourite Central Canadian Main dish. You can also check out the Canadian-themed East Coast Seafood Chowder appetizer and West Coast Nanaimo bar dessert to pair with your delicious dinner.

  • Canadians Kahoot Together - Wednesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual trivia game on the Eve of Canada Day, Wednesday, June 30th for a chance to win gift cards and other great prizes. Join the fun on YouTube.

  • Young Canadians Drive-thru Safari - Thursday, July 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On Thursday, July 1st drive-thru Glenhyrst Gardens to sneak a peak of some of your favourite characters like Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, princesses and more from the comfort of your family vehicle. 

  • OLG Virtual Concert-Thursday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a virtual concert featuring Suzie McNeil & The Chain Reaction and local bands Maddy McKenzie, Three Legged Horse and Heckle the Band pre-recorded from the Sanderson Centre stage proudly sponsored by OLG. Watch for a link to be added to the webpage soon.

  • Canadians Vibe Together

Listen to the OLG Brantford Canada Day Spotify playlist featuring music from many Canadian artists, including headliners who have previously performed at past Brantford Canada Day celebrations sponsored by OLG.

  • Where is Harmony Squirrel?

Happening now and throughout the month of June, join us twice weekly, playing a fun Facebook guessing game featuring Harmony Squirrel. With beautiful Canadian backdrops, guess where Harmony is hiding for a chance to win a $25.00 gift card each week. Join the conversation on the Harmony Square Facebook page

  • I’m a Kind Canadian

Leading up to Canada Day, in partnership with Freedom House, help us spread kindness throughout Brantford by sharing your acts of kindness using the hashtag #KindBrantford and nominating a friend to spread kindness.  Tie a red ribbon around your tree or display one on your house to show your support to spreading Canadian kindness.

  • Canadians Savour together

We’re encouraging the community to support local eateries. Visit Discover Brantford Tourism Directory at for a full list of delicious options.  Make a plan to order take out during the OLG Virtual Canada Day Celebration.

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Media Contact:

Sharon Sayles | Communications Specialist, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | 519-757-2840 |