Countdown to Canada Day

Fans enjoy the headlining set by Sam Roberts Band at the 2012 Surrey Canada Day bash at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre. - File
Fans enjoy the headlining set by Sam Roberts Band at the 2012 Surrey Canada Day bash at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre.
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Cloverdale is set to host one of Surrey’s biggest parties of the year.

With headliners ‘80s Canadian rock legends Platinum Blonde, indie power pop icons Sloan and a host of local talent lined up to entertain the masses – along with a day that’s jam-packed with free family fun – the city’s July 1 bash is once again guaranteed to draw tens of thousands to the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre at 176 Street and 64 Avenue.

There are also amusement rides, food concessions, and more, including a Canada Day Expo with more than 50 diverse community and business exhibitors, from broadcast stations and the Royal Canadian Legion to the Honeybee Centre and Surrey Search and Rescue.

Fireworks are at 10:15 p.m., with music by DJ Jay Swing and Flipout, capping off 12 hours of entertainment in celebration of Canada’s 146th birthday.

Other attractions include the Sports Zone, where revelers can try out new sports, Kids World, and Storyville – stories, songs, games, and puppets – presented by Surrey Public Library.

Music fans will get their Country fix from the sounds of Crystal Shawanda, a Juno award-winner, along with Surrey “Stomp” folksters Good for Grapes, Peak Performance Project winners Dear Rouge (featuring  Drew and Danielle McTaggert), and cover band Aerosmith Rocks.

Other performers include Norman Foote, rising talent Cole Armour, a 14-year-old who’s appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Surrey Celebration Dance Team, and the Korean National Farmers Band and Tight Rope Walker.

A new Honda Civic will also be raffled off at the event, presented by the City of Surrey and various sponsors.

Opening ceremonies with Surrey mayor Dianne Watts and council are at 1:30 p.m. Seniors are invited to join the mayor and council for the annual Shttp://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/wRide2--BJ-July1.jpgtrawberry Tea, from noon to 3 p.m. next door at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176 Street.

Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations are among the biggest in western Canada, drawing upwards of 100,000  over the course of the day. If you live close by, it’s best to walk or bike. Additional buses will be in service to King George Skytrain station following the fireworks finale. Parking is available at Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino (entrance off 60 Avenue) and the Cloverdale Agriplex (enter off 176 Street at 62 Avenue).

The gates open at 10 a.m., and performances on the main stage get underway at 11 a.m. with ZenApproach Performance, followed by children’s entertainer Norman Foote at 11:30 a.m., and the Korean National Farmers Band and Tight Rope Walker.

The Surrey Celebration Dance Team performs at 2 p.m., followed by Cole Armour, Madison Bell & Bryden Veinot, Good For Grapes. Dear Rouge take the stage at 4:30 p.m., Crystal Shawanda at 5:30 p.m., and Aerosmith Rocks at 6:30 p.m.

Headliners Sloan take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and Mr. O Canada, Mark Donnelly, will lead the national anthem at 8:55 p.m., before making way for Platinum Blonde.

While Platinum Blonde reunited in 2010, Sloan has never disbanded. Sloan guitarists Patrick Pentland and Jay Ferguson, bassist Chris Murphy and drummer Andrew Scott have been stacking up the hits for 20 years, releasing 10 albums and spawning such power pop hits as Underwhelmed, Money City Maniacs, The Good in Everyone, and the Rest of My Life.

Platinum Blonde is practically synonymous with Canadian music in the ‘80s, is best known for Crying Over You, Doesn’t Really Matter and Standing in the Dark.

For more, visit www.surrey.ca/canadaday.

– With files Black Press

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