Join us for Canada Day Victoria at the Inner Harbour!
July 1, 2018
Canada Day Victoria, presented by Coast Capital Savings, will showcase an impressive line-up of local and multicultural performances and family-friendly celebrations. The City of Victoria expects close to 50,000 attendees downtown on Sunday, July 1 at the festivities at Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Learn more at www.CanadaDayVictoria.ca!
Celebrations will begin at noon, culminating in the magnificent display of fireworks over Victoria’s Inner Harbour at 10:20 p.m., accompanied by an all Canadian music mix produced by The Zone at 91.3’s DJ Boitano.
Coast Capital Savings Living Flag
The community will have the opportunity to demonstrate its national pride and celebrate being Canadian by participating in the Coast Capital Savings “Living Flag”. Two thousand red and white T-shirts will be available courtesy of Coast Capital Savings for pick up starting at 12:30 p.m., or participants can bring their own red or white T-shirt to guarantee a spot. Participants are asked to assemble for the “Living Flag” photo between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on the Legislature Lawns.
Sponsor activity tents and an eclectic mix of local food vendors will return to Belleville Street, with plenty of interactive fun for the whole family. The expanded Kids Zone will feature face-painting, balloon twisters, a bouncy castle and more.
The City is pleased to welcome back Coast Capital Savings as the Presenting Sponsor of Canada Day Victoria. The increased focus on family-friendly, diverse entertainment has been made possible by the generous support of the credit union over the past 10 years.
International Food Village
Grab a delicious snack or meal at the international food village located on Belleville Street. Food vendors will be open from noon to dusk.
Coast Capital Savings Youth Band
Congratulations to Jaimey Hamilton, who was selected as the inaugural Coast Capital Savings Youth Band! Jaimey will have an opportunity to perform a set on the Main Stage for an audience of thousands. Jaimey Hamilton is a Victoria-based singer-songwriter who's been performing since the age of 12. She was nominated for the MusicCounts Emerging Artist Scholarship, and is currently enrolled in the Music Performance Program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Main Stage Line-Up
Main Stage performances on the iconic Legislature Lawns will feature an array of local and noteworthy performances. Headlining the Main Stage will be Victoria’s very own Carmanah, who have had a successful year. Their hit single "Roots" reached No. 1 on CBC music, and they recently opened for KD Lang and completed a cross-country tour. Carmanah’s presence is an ode to where they have come from, as well as where they are going.
Performing for the first time in Victoria will be singer Olivier Couture. With a childhood steeped in music, he has performed hundreds of shows in venues ranging from intimate to stadium-size in Quebec. Couture is a multi-faceted artist whose influences are drawn from many different eras of pop music.
French programming on the Canada Day Victoria Main Stage is made possible thanks to the support of the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services.The City of Victoria acknowledges the financial support received from the Quebec Secretariat for Canadian Relations under the Canadian Francophone Financial Support Programs.
An exciting mix of local and multicultural acts will join the Main Stage showcase, including Band of Rascals, a Victoria-based, hard-hitting rock band with hints of vintage southern blues and soaring vocals; Batuque Axé, a multi-piece Brazilian band with captivating performances of traditional Brazilian dances and the Afro-Brazilian martial-art Capoeira; Paint the Town Red, a local Indigenous hip-hop group made up of artists YellowWolf and Barndawg; vocal artist Addie Elliott; and DJ Goadman of the One's and Two's.
Rounding out the line-up will be the Lekwungen Dancers; Wong Sheung Kung-Fu Club’s traditional Lion Dance; Uminari Taiko, the high-energy Japanese Taiko drumming ensemble; Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate Agartu Ali; and the Sooke Community Choir.
This year’s sustainability initiatives include vendors only offering reusable bags or paper bags, in accordance with the City’s new Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw which comes into effect July 1. Event goers are encouraged to “BYO Bag".
Vendors will also use biodegradable and recyclable food containers, and a waste system will differentiate between compost, recycling and garbage. Even the fireworks will be paper-based mâché.
Getting There and Back
It will be busy downtown on Canada Day so consider alternate forms of transportation such as cycling or taking Transit.
Returning this year will be a free bike lock-up, which offers a safe place to park bicycles for those who want to take sustainable transportation to and from the event. The bike lock-up will be located adjacent to the Legislature Lawns.
Transit will run on a regular Sunday schedule on July 1. Additional buses will be added as required on Canada Day, which includes buses standing by along the Douglas Street corridor to depart from downtown after the fireworks. Some buses will run later; the last buses will leave downtown Victoria between 1:15 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. For details on service adjustments, visit bctransit.com/Victoria.
Customers are reminded they can ride all day by purchasing a $5 DayPASS, which is available on buses. Adults using any prepaid pass may bring up to four children under the age of 12 on the Family Pass program.
As in previous years, no alcohol will be permitted on board BC Transit buses in the Capital Region, including alcohol in closed containers. Victoria Police will assist transit personnel enforce this one-day regulation to ensure public safety.
The public is encouraged to head downtown early as road closures around the Inner Harbour will begin at 4 p.m. to provide a safe space for the community to celebrate Canada’s birthday. City parkades and on-street parking downtown will be free on Sunday, July 1 and Monday, July 2. For information on parking downtown, visit www.victoria.ca/parking
Road Closures - Sunday, July 1
- Belleville Street (from Menzies to Douglas Streets) will be closed on Canada Day from 6 a.m. - midnight.
- Government Street (from Humboldt to Superior Streets) will be closed on Canada Day after 4 p.m. until midnight.
VicPD officers and Reserves will be greeting the public and ensuring Canada’s 151st celebration is a family-friendly event. For non-emergency calls for service, follow @vicpdcanada on Twitter and use the hashtag #vicpdhelps.
Thank you to our sponsors who make Canada Day Victoria celebrations possible!
Have a Happy Canada Day Victoria!
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