Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — Thousands of people covered Parliament Hill in red and white on Sunday for Canada’s 145th birthday.

But the passionate patriotism of Canada Days’ past was replaced by a smaller crowd seemingly subdued by the history lesson on the War of 1812, which formed the main theme of the celebrations.

Necks craned skyward for the traditional flypast of the Snowbirds and then all eyes turned to the performances of Roch Voisine, Feist and Simple Plan.

Their show drew the crowd out of its midday stupor, with teenage girls shrieking and singing as Montreal-based Simple Plan rocked on.

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Even Governor General David Johnston joined the party, waving his hands from side to side in time with the music.

“It is a little known fact that many of the founders of this country were great music lovers and even in the 1860s, Canadians loved a good party,” Johnston said in…

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