Surrey is set for a major party today, with free entertainment and activities for all ages, as Canada Day festivities take centre stage at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre. Headliners Blue Rodeo cap off a day of celebrations in honour of the nation’s 148th birthday.
Look for the Sports Zone; Storyville, a storytelling tent offered by Surrey Library; Shooting Stars amusement rides; a seniors-oriented Strawberry Tea featuring live music and dance; and a digital photo booth operated by Kwantlen University.
The mainstage schedule starts at 11 a.m. with Rockin’ Robin and the Magical Tree, followed by family-oriented recording artist Jessie Farrell (11:45 a.m.) and the versatile Langley Ukelele Ensemble (12:30 p.m.).
An ‘Embrace China’ salute to ‘Colourful Guizhou’ (1 p.m.) will be followed at 1:30 p.m. by opening ceremonies with Mayor Linda Hepner and councillors and the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band.
Afternoon shows will feature four-piece alternative band Little India (2:30 p.m.), young country singer-songwriter Madeline Merlo (3:30 p.m.), rising country band Me and Mae (4:30 p.m.) and The Hip Show (a tribute to the Tragically Hip) at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the evening entertainment begins with symphonic alt-pop-rock duo Zerbin, followed at 7:30 p.m. by experimental pop band The Zolas.
At 8:55 p.m. tenor Mark Donnelly’s singing of O Canada will precede the headliners, legendary Canadian band Blue Rodeo (9 p.m.), followed at 10:15 by the city’s fireworks display.
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– Black Press