Canadian rock band Arkells will headline Surrey’s first in-person Canada Day event since 2019.
The Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheater in Cloverdale will host the free festivities on Friday, July 1 for 11 a.m., starting at 10 a.m.
Other artists will include Shawnee Kish, Haviah Mighty, En Karma, Old Soul Rebel, Babylung, Git Hayetsk Dancers, Teon Gibbs, Adewolf, Ashley Pater, Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band, DJ J-Editz and others featured on surrey.ca /canadaday /interpreters.
An expanded Aboriginal village will feature the new Siam scene, which means “the respected” in the Coast Salish language. “This stage will feature Indigenous cultural sharing from land-based nations, a ceremony honoring residential school survivors, Indigenous education and contemporary performances,” reads a City Hall press release. of Surrey.
The Canada Day event in Surrey is planned by the city’s special events team, with funding from sponsors and other levels of government.
Last time, in 2019, rock band Our Lady Peace headlined Surrey’s July Day celebrations in Cloverdale, with Bif Naked and others performing, before the pandemic hit.
Formed in Hamilton in the mid-2000s, Arkells have had a number of hit alternative rock songs in recent years, including “Knocking at the Door”, “People’s Champ” and “Leather Jacket”.
Shawnee Kish is a Mohawk singer-songwriter best known as a Juno nominee for Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year at the 2022 Juno Awards, for her self-titled debut EP.
Haviah Mighty, a hip-hop artist from Brampton, rose to prominence in 2016 as a member of The Sorority, before releasing several EPs on her own, including “Flower City” in 2017.
Check out surrey.ca/canadaday for more details on the July 1 event in Cloverdale.
The website notes that Surrey is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish peoples, including the Q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen) and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land nations.
“With the discovery of unmarked burial sites at former residential schools, Canada Day is a day to reflect on past wrongs and how we can all come together to play a part in healing,” indicates the website. “The City of Surrey stands with Indigenous communities across the country as they grieve.
“Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing the music, education, entertainment and cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. The City invites residents to come together to experience diverse cultural expression, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future.
“The Indian Residential School Survivor Society has opened its support lines to provide counseling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For toll-free service province-wide, call 1-800-721-0066; or visit irsss.ca. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.
Canada DayLive music