Crowds gather along the waterfront at the City of White Rock’s last in-person Canada Day celebration in 2019. (File photo)

Crowds gather along the waterfront at the City of White Rock’s last in-person Canada Day celebration in 2019. (File photo)

Live music highlights Canada Day events in White Rock, Surrey

City of White Rock announced Canada Day by the Bay lineup Friday

Residents in Surrey and White Rock will have no shortage of options when it comes to celebrating Canada Day, as both cities have now announced their July 1 plans.

On Friday morning, the City of White Rock announced the schedule of events for its Canada Day by the Bay celebration – which is set to run from noon until 10 p.m. at White Rock’s Memorial Park (15300 Marine Dr.).

According to the city, the event will include “local, live entertainment” as well as an opening ceremony that will include welcome remarks from both White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker and Semiahmoo First Nation Chief Harley Chappell.

On the Memorial Park main stage, the band Soundtrack Canada will serve as the headliner, with supporting acts playing throughout the day, including the Juno Award-nominated Marlin Ramazzini Band, blue-and-roots duo Harris & Debray, as well as Sweet Pan, Yaroslava and Co. and Richard Tichelman.

Tichelman will also sing O Canada to start the festivities.

A vendor row will also be part of the event, with booths set up along the promenade from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., while a charity by-donation barbecue hosted by White Rock Fire Rescue will also be part of the festivities.

The City of White Rock also noted that there will be no fireworks this year.

Surrey announced its Canada Day plans back in May – plans that include an all-day concert lineup at Cloverdale’s Bill Reid Amphitheatre headlined by Canadian rock band Arkells.

Other performers will include Shawnee Kish, Haviah Mighty, En Karma, Old Soul Rebel, Babylung, Git Hayetsk Dancers, Teon Gibbs, Adewolf, Ashley Pater, Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band, and DJ J-Editz, among others.

For both Surrey and White Rock, this summer’s July 1 events mark a return to in-person Canada Day celebrations. Both cities held virtual events in 2021 and ’20. Our Lady Peace headlined the City of Surrey’s most recent in-person Canada Day party, in 2019.



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