Mississauga band to headline Canada Day Celebration Square Festivities.
Music is taking centre stage at Mississauga’s Celebration Square Canada Day revelry—the Juno Award-winning reggae-pop band MAGIC! is headlining the city’s festivities. How fitting, since the band’s co-founder, guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist Mark Pellizzer, hails from Mississauga.
Pellizzer picked up the piano at age six and the guitar at thirteen. At sixteen, while attending Mississauga’s Erindale Secondary School, he began producing and engineering albums. After a more in-depth music education at York University and the University of Toronto, he met up with and Nasri Atweh and the two founded MAGIC! together.
The Erin Mills native and his bandmates – singer Nasri Atweh, drummer Alex Tanas and bassist Ben Spivak—were named the Breakthrough Group of the Year at the 2015 Juno Awards. They were nominated for five Junos that year, including Pop Album of the Year for their debut record, Don’t Kill the Magic.
The band was also nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award but crooner Michael Bublé got the statuette that year. Still, just being in the same category as Drake, Arcade Fire and Nickelback says a lot about MAGIC!
In addition to performing, Mark Pellizzer has produced and written songs for several artists including Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Shakira, Anthony Hamilton, Classified and Vita Chambers.
More than 100,000 are expected to celebrate Canada’s 151st birthday at Mississauga’s Celebration Square. Some truly awesome attractions for the whole family are planned.
Hosted by ET Canada’s Sangita Patel, Global News’ Antony Robart and Alan Carter and 640 Toronto’s Tasha Kheiriddin, the event is shaping out to be a musical standout.
Joining MAGIC! is singer/songwriter and Canadian starlet Allie X, Valley—Mississauga’s own pop band and festival favourite, Ammoye—the 4 time Juno nominated reggae star, and William Prince, Juno Winning Canadian Folk Artist.
With so many star performers at this year’s Mississauga Celebration Square Canada Day festivities, the event promises to be…well, MAGIC!