New name for Surrey’s Canada Day celebration site

New name for Surrey's Canada Day celebration site

SURREY — Metro Vancouver-based musicians Matthew Good, Daniel Wesley and Kyprios will headline Surrey’s Canada Day event this year.

The party on Tuesday, July 1 will be held at the same annual site on 64th Avenue in Cloverdale — the newly renamed Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre in Cloverdale.

Also featured will be the band Halfway to Hollywood, country artist Ray Gibson, Heart tribute band Barracuda, a "Country Divas" show and DJ Flipout, whose job is to "keep the good vibes going between bands."

Admission is free at the event, to include more than 500,000 square feet of entertainment and family-oriented fun. Highlights include an expanded Kids Play area, more than 100 exhibitors and Shooting Star Amusements, with top midway games and rides.Gates open at 10 a.m., with the eventclosing fireworks show slated for 10:15 p.m., following Good’s performance.

Major event sponsors include CoastCapital Savings, CTV and Chevron.

Last summer’s event in Surrey featured performances by Platinum Blonde, Sloan, tribute band Aerosmith Rocks, Crystal Shawanda, Dear Rouge and others.

For more event details, visit Surrey.ca/canadaday.

In mid-May, as workers were buzzing around Cloverdale Fairgrounds preparing for rodeo weekend, Bill Reid, a longtime community supporter, was being honouredsteps away.

The City of Surrey unveiled two commemorative initiatives to honour the late Reid’s public and philanthropic service.Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre has been renamed Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, and 62nd Avenue from 176th Street to the Stetson Bowl is now known as Bill Reid Way.

A modest crowd of Reid’s family and friends, as well as politicians and colleaguesgathered as signs for the two honourary projects were unveiled.

Reid was 78 when he lost his battle with cancer on May 28, 2013. Reid’s community service earned him the monikers "Mr.Surrey" and "Mr. Cloverdale," not to mention being chosen Surrey Good Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Reid served as a Surrey politician at a variety of levels, and though he was forced to resign from his post as Socred tourism minister in 1989 after he awarded more than $250,000 in GO B.C. lottery grants to a project run by a friend, he proved himself to be a quintessential Surrey booster in the years that followed.

He served with a plethora of Surrey organizations, including Cloverdale Business Improvement Association, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Heritage Society, Cloverdale Rodeo and Exhibition Association and Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society.

The city will also be endorsing a community initiative to commission a public art installation by artist Paul Slipper. The planned piece, to be located in Cloverdale along 176A Street, will be a sculpture of Reid and will augment the three existing sculptures in the area that depict a Cloverdale pioneer farmer, a rodeo cowgirl and a B.C. Electric railway conductor.

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