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One of the largest July 1 celebrations in the country is returning to an in-person event in Vancouver next week, and 2022 marks a new beginning for the popular event.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Canada Together at Canada Place is a massive event happening at the outdoor spaces of the landmark and venue, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets.
As well as offering a huge lineup of activities and entertainment, the 36th annual event has been reimagined in the spirit of reconciliation.
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Canada Together has been planned collaboratively with representatives from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. The day’s programming, the name, and the theme of “Weaving together the fabric of a nation” were all carefully considered and selected to create a welcoming experience for everyone who lives in Canada.
To help you experience everything that Canada Together at Canada Place has to offer, here is our checklist of top things to do at the July 1 celebrations.
Music and performances on the Main Stage
Our country is home to a vast array of artistic talent, and Canada Together attendees can enjoy some of the best throughout the day. Don’t miss the amazing performances by headliner Johnny Reid, The Boom Booms, Omega Mighty, Bitterly Divine, Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack), Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers) with the West Vancouver Youth Orchestra, and Carsen Gray.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph will also deliver a special message on behalf of Reconciliation Canada on the Main Stage.
Discover the World Zone and Stage
The World Zone and Stage at the North Point of Canada Place are where you’ll find a plethora of performances, exhibits, and demonstrations from different cultures around the globe. The list of performers includes Zeelia, United Filipino Canadian Associations in British Columbia, Samba Fusion, Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack), Aché Brasil, Alpha Yaya Diallo, and Lazy Syrup Orchestra featuring Ashleigh Ball.
Marvel at the Mural Battle
A new event for July 1 celebrations at Canada Place is the Mural Battle happening along the promenade of Canada Place. International and Indigenous artists will interpret their own meaning of Canada Together to craft astounding creations.
Have fun at the Kids’ Zone and Stage
Family-friendly fun is the name of the game in the Kids’ Zone. Enjoy the wide variety of children’s entertainers and activities, including Spakwus Slolem (Eagle Song Dancers) with the West Vancouver Youth Orchestra, Mom Bop, Grade School, Perry Ehrlich’s ShowStoppers, Rock n’ Beau Dance Party, and Mascot Dance-off, and Will’s Jams.
Cheer on your favourite mascot as they dance-off
So what is the Mascot Dance-off? It just may be the most fun you have at Canada Together. Back by popular demand, this highlight will see popular mascots such as Salty the Seagull, Poppy the Popcorn, and BC Lions’ Roary the Lion face off on the Kids’ Stage with their finest moves.
Check out the Canadian Forces Zone
Visit the Canadian Forces Zone near Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West to see unique displays and interactive exhibits that recognize Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Experience live Indigenous artwork
Attendees of Canada Together will have the chance to see live Indigenous mask carving and blanket weaving happening throughout the day at the front of Jack Poole Plaza.
Learn new fun facts
While you’re exploring all that Canada Together has to offer, take a moment to check out the large sign towers all around the celebration for interesting “did you know” facts, as well as informative anecdotes about each of the host nations.
Dig into delicious dishes
When your stomach starts rumbling, make your way to the variety of food trucks stationed along Canada Place Way. It’s a perfect opportunity to try the multi-cultural tastes of our country.
Stop by the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre
The Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre will be open on July 1 and is a fun and interactive way to learn about Canada’s largest and busiest port. Located at Canada Place below Fly Over Canada, the Discover Centre features interactive touchscreens, historical artifacts and ship models, and more.
More information about Canada Together at Canada Place is available online.
When: July 1, 2022
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza, and surrounding city streets
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