Surrey Canada Day was filled with friends, family and celebration of Canada’s 145th birthday. There were at least 60 000 people (the Province) who made their way to the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre to take part in the festivities throughout the day. There was some sunshine and plenty of mud, however that didn’t stop anyone from having a great time!
The day was filled with lots to do, from amusement park rides, Kids’ World, food vendors and live entertainment all day. There were 83 exhibitors including City of Surrey departments, various radio stations, non-profit organizations, and businesses. From Toddler Town to the Surrey Archives Frontier Tale Blazers and the Global FMX Motocross show there was no shortage of activities for all ages to enjoy. CTV was also live on location covering the event from their booth on the grounds.
The Canada Day Grand March was led by the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band, Legion members and RCMP members in red serge. The Mayor and Council made their way to the main stage, greeting the crowds of people in happy spirits. The National Anthem was sung beautifully by local talent, 13 year old Cole Armour. It was a great moment to stand with our City’s representatives, thousands of Surrey residents and those from other cities to celebrate our 145th year and acknowledge our Nation’s past, present and future.
The Ceremonies began with a welcome and sentiments from our Mayor Dianne Watts; Councillor Linda Hepner Chair of Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism; Minister of Social Development Stephanie Cadieux and MP Nina Grewal who serves on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. Everyone eagerly distributed the signature red and white cupcakes, strategically placed to duplicate the design of the Canadian flag. The young and old lined up for a treat and took lots of snap shots. There were smiles all around!
The day brought some great music at The PEAK Performance Project stage featuring their Top 20 artists and the Chevron Main Stage. Many music genres that were represented including rock, alternative, folk, and cover bands. Sam Roberts Band headlined the event and played an energetic set. It was great to see the young and the old enjoying the music and sharing the positive energy. The highlight for many was the epic encore that the fans were treated to that included Graveyard Shift, Don’t Walk Away Eileen and Mind Flood.
Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism spoke on Surrey’s Canada Day celebration,
“One of the best events Surrey puts on. It’s all about unity and celebrating together and I think that’s what builds a sense of community, pride and belonging. We had a tremendous crowd, lots of free things for every age category and a rockin’ great concert. Corporate sponsors make it all possible and deserve special thanks…as do our wonderful special events team!”
Mark Donnelly’s rendition of ‘O Canada’ that evening made many of us stop and again reflect on the evening that we were sharing with our friends and family in this great Country. It was a day well spent and an opportunity to meet new people and form new connections. Can’t wait for Surrey Canada Day 2013!
Check out our coverage of Surrey Canada Day 2012:
(Event photos and video by Fatima, Daman & Esmir)
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