Prior to 1982, “Canada Day” as we know it, was called as “Dominion Day”. As they do every year, Beacon Hill’s finest, Dominion City Brewing Co. celebrates its namesake and our national heritage with Dominion Day, held at the Experimental Farm.
Brewery co-owner Josh McJannett, has long been a fan of celebrating Canada’s birthday, “Our vision for Dominion Day has always been the same. From the beginning we set out to host a great beer party with delicious food, great Canadian music and warm vibes; an extension of the best backyard July 1st party you’ve ever attended.”
“Dominion Day should convey an optimism…”
“Like any great neighbourhood party, we wanted it to feel welcoming; everyone is invited. Growing Dominion Day over the last four years and hosting it on a farm in the middle of the city feels like we’ve finally arrived at what we always wanted this day to be.”
Beyond the obvious tri-leaf logo of the brewery, they have always woven Canadiana into their brand and their beers (see: Laurentian Consensus IPA, Earnscliffe brown ale, Two Flags IPA, and many more). This annual event is so unapologetically Canadian that it’s almost unpatriotic (sorry!). The event celebrates the small things we all recognize from kid-friendly activities like box hockey, washer toss and road hockey to the adult-focused Canadian trivia.
It all adds towards the organizers’ goal, “Dominion Day should convey an optimism; we want it to feel warm, positive, welcoming and inclusive,” explains McJannett. “The symbols we celebrate are open to everyone whether you’ve been here your whole life or just arrived.”
No better way to celebrate this great nation than by inviting 20 local restaurants to bring delicious Canadian-inspired food and a line-up of great Canadian music with Jim Bryson, Amanda Rheaume, and PEI’s Dylan Menzie (have you heard of his cover of Whiter Shade of Pale?!).
But also, beer. DCBC brews four special beers for this day and will bring about a dozen in total. They’ll also host “The Friends of the Dominion Keg Garden” which includes beer and cider from across Ontario. Toronto’s Keep6 Imports is curating Dominion Day’s “Come From Away” tent, featuring hard-to-find beer and cider from Quebec, the US and beyond. For the serious beer enthusiasts, there will be a “Beer School” with four sessions to choose from covering topics like how to pair beer with food, sourcing local brewing ingredients and a bottle-share with the Keep6 team.
An important change from last year is that the whole farm will actually be licenced. This means that families can carry their beer out to visit the farm animals or play on the jungle gym. It’s going to be a time!
Dominion Day is happening at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (901 Prince of Wales Dr.) rain or shine on July 1, 2018 from 11am to 9pm.Tickets cost $25 online and $30 at the event. Children are welcome ($5 admission) plus stroller-bound children and babies in arms attend free. While every effort is made to provide a welcoming atmosphere, some areas of the Museum have limited accessibility. If you have questions or concerns about your visit, contact the organizers at 613-991-3044.