O Canada! It’s that time of year again – when we sing along with pride as we celebrate the True North Strong And Free.
So this July 1, why not head to some of these fantastic Canada Day concerts happening across Metro Vancouver.
This year’s Port of Vancouver Canada Day celebrations in Vancouver is spread over two days to celebrate Canada 150 in style – and it’s all free.
As well as a huge fireworks show and citizenship ceremony, there will also be live performances across five different stages.
The Canada Day concerts will include Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Madeline Merlo, and The Matinee.
Other highlights will include a licensed area, Canadian Forces displays, a kids’ zone, a Pancake Breakfast, and of course, the parade.
Every year in June and July, Coastal Jazz holds the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, bringing world-renowned jazz musicians to play Vancouver.
And as per tradition, Canada Day at the jazz festival will be a huge family-friendly celebration of free outdoor live music shows on Granville Island.
Artists performing across four difference stages include Rich Hope and The Evil Doers, Black Gardenia, Neil Cowley Trio, and The Burying Ground.
This brand new Canada Day celebration will feature something for everyone, including the city’s best skateboarders, a sizzling barbecue, and local craft beers.
There will also be some awesome music on the outdoor main stage and within the Waldorf, inside the Tiki Room, Cabaret, and Hideaway.
Acts include DJ Kookum, Peach Pit, Funk Schwey, Roxy Motorola, Little Destroyer, Tank Gyal, Chill Rose Place, Tanglers, and Slender Glen.
Another all-new event run, the Cookout is part of this year’s expanded YVR Food Fest programming and should be a great place to celebrate Canada Day.
As well as incredible food, including ribs, brisket, pulled pork and local craft beer, you’ll be able to enjoy an exciting live music lineup too.
Enjoy an artisan craft market, a beer and wine garden featuring Red Truck Brewing and Baillie Grohman Wines, and a myriad of food trucks at Waterfront Park.
Music-wise, this year’s daytime performers include Tillers Folly, Apollo’s Crush, Squamish Ocean Canoe Family, J.P. Fell Pipe Band.
Plus, for Canada 150, there’ll be an evening concert featuring Dreams – The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, and ARRIVAL – Canada’s ABBA Tribute Band.
And if tributes aren’t your thing, there’s always Tom Lavin & The Legendary
Powder Blues Band to entertain you too!
Join Karen Fowlie and Friends for a free concert recognizing Canadian Women in Song.
Enjoy a musical journey beginning with Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Sarah McLachlan as well as tributes to the legendary Leonard Cohen and Canada’s treasured, The Tragically Hip.
Celebrate the 150th birthday of our country by wearing our national colours and heading to John Lawson Park.
Bring a picnic or choose from a selection of food vendors while enjoying live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Bands due to play include Winsome Kind Band, West Vancouver Youth Band, and Soulstream.
After an early pancake breakfast and kids bike parade, a huge Canada Day parade of more than 100 entries kicks off at 10 am, winding through historic Steveston village.
In the afternoon, the festival’s Main Stage will be bursting with entertainment, alongside Japanese cultural displays, martial arts demos, a kids’ festival, and a car show.
Bands slated to play include Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues, disco cover band Urban Myth, rock cover band Line 49, and classic blues band Thor.
But of course, the main attraction is the famous salmon barbecue, where more than 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits every year. $16 per plate.
This brand new Canada Day event is hosted by the City of Richmond, and aims to be the ultimate birthday party for Canada 150.
The huge celebration will feature a free, full-day street party throughout Steveston Village along side the much-beloved Steveston Salmon Festival.
There’ll be a headline performance by Juno Award-winners Wintersleep, plus shows from Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Groove & Tonic, Chersea, and more.
And of course, fireworks over the Fraser River will cap off the celebrations.
Take advantage of the free admission to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and learn about the rich history of fishing and canning in the Gulf of Georgia. There will be carnival games, music, and fair food for the whole family to enjoy.
McArthurGlen Vancouver will be hosting its Canada Day celebration with the city’s largest outdoor yoga event, a full day of fun family festivities, and the launch of the Summer Sale.
Enjoy performances by local jazz artists and a symphony performance by the Vancouver Pops Orchestra to top off the evening in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.
It’s a fun day of free family activities, face painting, music, arts and crafts, the ever popular bingo, cake, amazing multi-cultural entertainment, and more.
Enjoy the period backdrop of the museum’s 1920s village streets, and multi-cultural family entertainment, including musicians, displays and demonstrations at this Canada Day event.
There’ll also be heritage games for kids, children’s entertainers, a parade, birthday cakes, and more.
Celebrate the spirit of Canada Day by heading to this a free concert and fireworks display.
Highlights include top-notch entertainment, activities and exhibitors for the whole family, and spectacular fireworks for the grand finale.
This year, the City of New Westminster is planning an extra special event which will spill out into Queens Park to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Some of the planned activities include community groups presentations and diverse performances that celebrate the story of Canada.
Canada Day will be bigger and better than ever before at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre. In fact, it will be the largest Canada Day Celebration in Western Canada – with more than 100,000 people expected to attend.
Award-winning Canadian rock band Hedley is headlining the event and performing on the Canada 150 stage presented by Tim Hortons, so that means you can rock out in the crowd. For more than 10 years the BC band has won over fans with energetic, lyrical songs, and they put on a pretty impressive show.
Additional musicians will be playing throughout the day at the event. So, you can dance as much as you like while listening to the likes of Canadian reggae fusion group Magic!, Chilliwack, Good for Grapes, One More Girl, DJ Flipout, Sway, and Sam the Astronaut.