canada day picnic drive-in toronto

Toronto is getting an outdoor music festival in a parking lot on Canada Day

Drive-in events have made a comeback during the pandemic, and now there's one to go to on Canada Day

The annual Q107 Canada Day Picnic event will be returning as a drive-in concert, turning Guildwood GO Station in Scarborough into a rock and roll fest. 

The drive-in will feature two shows from local GTA musicians performing a medley of rock and roll tributes to artists like Alanis Morissette, Tom Petty, U2, Journey, Black Sabbath and Queen. 

The band, Just Journey, will be performing at the event. Photo via Beach Towel Communications. 

Showtimes are 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Each show can fit up to 150 cars, with no limit to the number of passengers as long as each vehicle has a working seatbelt. 

Tickets will be selling for $40 to $60 dollars per vehicle, with the more expensive tickets being for spots in the first four rows. There is no per-person charge.

“It's an annual Canada Day concert," says Claire Chilelli, president of Replay Marketing, who was hired to run outreach for the event. "We're trying to keep our Canada Day tradition in any way we can.” 

Food trucks will also be available during the event, and COVID-19 protocols will be strictly followed and enforced during all shows. 

“I think everyone is just eager to consume some form of live music," Chilelli says, "and drive-ins are all they can have right now.” 

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

Win a Beaches Jazz Festival season pass

Toronto shops slammed with orders after record store day lands on reopening weekend

Massey Hall announces its re-opening after 3 years and here are what the first shows will be

The history of the most spectacular theatre Toronto probably ever had

Toronto just approved outdoor live music this summer but only in certain neighbourhoods

MuchMusic is relaunching as a TikTok channel

Jimmy Fallon mistakes No Frills grocery store for an actual band and it's hilarious

Hidden Toronto venue that was a favourite for weddings and concerts is permanently closing