There’s no question that this year’s Canada Day celebrations throughout the Lower Mainland are going to be huge, given the nation’s upcoming 150th birthday. Surrey has already announces its full lineup of performers and attractions for the July 1 spectacle, expected to draw in excess of 100,000 visitors.
“In honour of Canada 150, Surrey is celebrating the best of our country and this year’s Canada Day festivities and concert will be bigger than ever,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “We are proud to offer the ultimate free party on Canada’s historic birthday with a variety of opportunities for our residents and visitors to connect with our past and celebrate our future.”
Two popular Canadian musical acts are slated to headline the free event: Toronto-based reggae-fusion group Music!, best known for their 2013 debut hit “Rude,” and B.C.’s own rock group Hedley. The lineup also includes Chilliwack, Good for Grapes and One More Girl. The artists will perform out of the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the corner or 176 Street and 64 Avenue in Cloverdale.
The city is introducing the new 150 Zone, a pavilion designed to showcase the country’s First Nations and Francophone communities. People of all ages can take part in Canada-themed activities such as visiting special exhibits, decorating maple leaf cookies, getting autographs signed by celebrities, and more.
In addition, there will be amusement rides, a kid’s world and even a zipline. Guests can pick up a passport to collect stamps throughout the day and turn them in for a chance to win some cool prizes.
Festivities start at 10 a.m. on the Saturday and run until 11 p.m. A fireworks show takes place at 10:30 p.m. More information at www.surrey.ca/canadaday/canada150.