It’s Canada’s 148th birthday on Wednesday, July 1 and the cities of Surrey and White Rock are all set to party with two major celebrations offering entertainment and activities for all ages – Surrey’s Canada Day Celebration in Cloverdale (with headliners Blue Rodeo) and Canada Day by the Bay (with headliner Daniel Wesley)
In Cloverdale, Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations focus on the area around the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, at 176 Street and 64 Avenue.
Featured events will include a Sports Zone, highlighting new and unusual sports activities; Storyville, a storytelling tent offered by Surrey Library; Kids World, offereing a variety of children’s activities, a CTV live on-location broadcast; Shooting Stars amusement rides; a seniors-oriented Strawberry Tea featuring live music and dance; and a digital photo booth operated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The amphitheatre’s mainstage schedule starts at 11 a.m. with health and happiness lessons for children with Rockin’ Robin and the Magical Tree, followed by family-oriented recording artist Jessie Farrell (11:45 a.m.) and the versatile Langley Ukelele Ensemble (12:30 p.m.).
An ‘Embrace China’ salute to ‘Colourful Guizhou’ (1 p.m.) will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by opening ceremonies with Mayor Linda Hepner and councillors and the community-based Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band.
Afternoon shows will feature four-piece alternative band Little India (2:30 p.m.), young country singer-songwriter Madeline Merlo (3:30 p.m.), rising country band Me and Mae (4:30 p.m.) and The Hip Show (a tribute to the Tragically Hip) at 5:30 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m. the evening entertainment begins with symphonic alt-pop-rock duo Zerbin, followed at 7:30 p.m. by experimental pop band The Zolas.
At 8:55 p.m. tenor Mark Donnelly’s singing of O Canada will precede the headliners, legendary Canadian band Blue Rodeo (9 p.m.), followed at 10:15 by the city’s fireworks display.
In Delta, Canada Day celebrations take place in several locations – from North Delta to Ladner.
Delta Museum (4858 Delta St.) will host a pancake breakfast, live music, street performers and family activities from 9 am. to 12 p.m. Nearby, from 12-4 p.m., Kirkland House will be the site of an array of activities, including antique tractors and vehicles, spinners and weavers, live music, food, games and rides.
The Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions will host a family event at Diefenbaker Park (5579 1 Ave.) starting at 10 a.m., with cake-cutting at 1 p.m.
In North Delta, Chalmers Park will once again be the site of evening celebrations, including crafts, games and barbecue food vendors beginning from 5:30-10:45 p.m. An official ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., following by live performances by Will Stroet & the Backyard Band and the March Hare Band, topped off with a fireworks display.
Meanwhile, White Rock’s event will be focused on the area between the pier and White Rock Museum and Archives on Marine Drive, where the RE/MAX Mainstage will feature live entertainment from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. hosted by MC Wendy Bollard.
Events for the day will actually begin at 8 a.m. with Try Events’ Canada Day Rock 10K Run, followed at 10 a.m. by the Rock Kids Run.
East Beach will also be part of the action, with a Kids’ Zone featuring face painting, balloon twisting, bouncy castles, sandcastle competition, Cory’s Caricatures and a barbecue, sponsored by South Surrey Smiles.
Celebrate Canada at the Museum, at White Rock Museum and Archives, will offer face painting, toy car crafts Canada flag crafts, old-time games, raffles, old-fashioned root beer floats and popcorn and free admission to the museum’s latest exhibit, Child’s Play: Toys of the Last 100 Years; while West Beach promenade will feature artisan vendors’ handmade arts and crafts.
Mainstage entertainment will feature musical performers Curtis Heimburger (10:15 a.m.); Token Rhyme (11 a.m.); Ava Carich (11:45 a.m.); and The Rhythm Well (12:30 p.m.).
At 1 p.m. opening ceremonies will feature a re-affirmation of Canadian citizenship ceremony and a Canada Day cake-cutting.
Musical entertainment will resume with the Dominik Heins Trio (2 p.m.); The Kailyarders (3 p.m.); Fionn (4 p.m.); and Payton Rector (4:45 p.m.). Next up will be the Halifax Wharf Rats (6:15 p.m.); Deborah Jean Creelman (7 p.m.); The River and the Road (8 p.m.), culminating in the appearance of White Rock-born indie pop singer/songwriter Daniel Wesley, scheduled for 9 p.m.
Rounding out the day’s events will be the annual fireworks display, at 10:15 p.m.