EXHIBITION PLACE, TORONTO

The Royal 100th Anniversary Gala & Opening Ceremony Showcase

The Royal 100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Showcase Presented by SiriusXM

The Royal 100th Anniversary Opening Ceremony Showcase presented by SiriusXM will pay tribute to our vast and vibrant 100 year history with an evening of heritage and musical performances. Special features include a rockin’ rodeo-inspired performance, an equestrian show-jumping feature, and a tribute to Canada’s outstanding farmers, growers, producers and more. Emcee for the evening will be treasured Canadian personality Rick Mercer.

Feature performers include First Nations singer-songwriter Mary Bryton, Ontario’s first Poet Laureate, Randell Adjei, rising country star SACHA, the St. Andrew’s College Pipe & Drums, the RCMP Musical Ride and the SuperDogs.

Capping off the evening will be a special performance by the legendary Canadian band, Blue Rodeo. Additional special guests and performers to be announced.

Introducing Opening Ceremony Showcase Featuring

Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Made In Canada, and Rick Mercer Report.

Blue Rodeo

Recognized as one of Canada’s most prolific music groups, legendary country rock band, Blue Rodeo, has been delivering timeless hits and outstanding live shows for over 30 years.

SACHA

As one of Canada’s fastest-rising country stars, SACHA was named as a member of Country Music Television’s Next Women of Country 2021 class.

Randell Adjei

Randell Adjei is a speaker and spoken-word practitioner who was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate. Randell will capture 100 years of The Royal in a spoken word performance.

Show Jumping Spectacular Feature

Prepare to be captivated by the agility and athleticism of Olympic-level horse and rider combinations in this special feature highlighting the skill and scope of this high-energy equestrian sport, popular with spectators at The Royal Horse Show.

Mary Bryton

Mary Bryton Nahwegahbow-Holder is an aspiring First Nations singer, songwriter, and musician. In 2021, Mary won the Rising Star category for the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards.

RCMP Musical Ride

A symbol of tradition, honour, and pride, the RCMP Musical Ride is a Canadian icon recognized at home and abroad. The troop of up to 32 riders, who are all police officers, and their horses perform intricate formations and drills set to music.

St. Andrew’s College Pipes & Drums

Carrying on a century-old tradition in their scarlet tunics and feather bonnets, the 40-plus students of the award-winning St. Andrew’s College Pipes & Drums study their instruments as an academic course and perform as the only full-time student pipe band in Canada.

A Once in a Lifetime Experience

Limited to 1,000 guests for the Gala Dinner, this high-profile, milestone occasion will welcome long-standing Royal patrons, political and philanthropic community leaders, influential thought leaders, and Loyal Royals.