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July 1, 2017 @ 11:30 am

 Following the people parade, join us for the opening ceremonies in the Market Square Atrium. Opening ceremonies will begin at 11:30am with remarks by local dignitaries. Join in the singing of our national anthem and happy birthday, followed by the cutting of the giant 150th Canada Flag Birthday cake.

All events are FREE!

Children’s Activities include crafts, huge bounce rides, bubbles, wipeout bounce, mechanical bull, giveaways, sidewalk chalk and so much more! As well, due to overwhelming popularity we have brought back, again this year, bungee jumping!!!

The New Brunswick Museum will offer FREE admission and programming all day to welcome everyone to enjoy a piece of our heritage. Come on out to learn some fun facts about our region!

Local celebrity Bernard the Magician will delight all ages, and he may even call upon a member of the audience!

Beauty and the Beast will join us at this year’s Canada Day Celebration also. We are welcoming a tale as old as time!

Danceability has been a part of our festivities for many years, and is continuously a crowd pleaser. They will perform several numbers on Canada Day.

The Saint John Chinese Cultural group will perform multi-cultural dancing, singing, and instrumental numbers during opening ceremonies, featuring the infamous Lion Dance.

Join David Goss in his uptown Ghost Gallivant, as he shares the stories of ghosts that have been spotted over the years in various Saint John locations. Keep an eye out for ghosts on the waterfront.

Following Opening Ceremonies

Atrium Entertainment & Activities:

Danceability,  Balloon Animals, Bernard the Magician, Cookie Decorating, Chinese Community Dancers, Cake Cutting, Beauty and the Beast Live Performance, Caricature Artist, Mascots and Baton Explosion Twirlers

Beginning at Noon, through the day and evening until after the fireworks

Boardwalk Entertainment & Activities:

Tim Maloney is welcomed back with open arms as Canada 150’s Boardwalk Master of Ceremonies, from morning until the fireworks finale!

Giant Bounce Rides for all ages, Canada 150 Giveaways, Balloons, Uptown Ghost Gallivant, Face Painting, Mechanical Bull Ride, Wipeout Bounce and Euro Bungee


There will be live entertainment all day and night, featuring:

Tartan Terrors – Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance, and humor. With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles.

Figure Walking – It’s a debut that commands attention from a duo of long-time collaborators: ten songs built around Rob Gardiner’s uncompromising percussion and Greg MacPherson’s powerful and sometimes dissonant six-string. It transcends head-banging prairie rock, though it is that. The formula of drummer and singing guitarist is refreshed by MacPherson’s poignant pen and grieving guitar alongside Gardiner’s epidemic of punk drums.

Brent Mason – singer-songwriter who has traversed diverse territories of tune and theme in more than 20 years of music-making, bringing back souvenirs from a range of lyrical lands, from folk and rock to pop, country and beyond, and making them all his own.

The Wooden Sky – An indie folk band whose music is dynamic, literate, and informed by equal shares of joy and sorrow, the Wooden Sky were formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Gavin Gardiner, a vocalist and guitarist who was attending Ryerson University. In 2003, Gardiner had written a batch of songs for a class project and needed a band to play them. Gardiner joined forces with bassist Andrew Wyatt and drummer Chris Cocca, and the combo began playing in and around Toronto using the name Friday Morning’s Regret. By 2007, they had changed their name to The Wooden Sky.

For more information on Canada Day Events & Activities please visit www.sjcanadaday.ca