SURREY Canada Day will return to Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Headlined by Canadian rock band Arkells, the signature free event will also feature performances from Shawnee Kish and Haviah Mighty.
The expanded Indigenous Village will feature the new Siam Stage, meaning “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish language. This stage will showcase Indigenous cultural sharing from land-based Nations, a Residential School Survivor honouring ceremony, Indigenous education, and contemporary performances.
“On behalf Council, it is my distinct pleasure to invite everyone back to one of City of Surrey’s signature celebrations,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “Canada Day is a time for us to come together and to show our national pride. After a two-year hiatus from in-person events, our 2022 event will feature exciting and free live performances, headlined by Canadian rockers Arkells, as well as Indigenous cultural sharing and education. I look forward to seeing you all at one of the best events of the summer.”
Hailed by The Globe and Mail as “the right kind of band for this decade”, headliner Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. They recently won a 2022 Juno award for Group of the Year.
Additionally, Shawnee Kish is a proud Two-Spirit Mohawk who has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest names — Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys to name a few. Shawnee was named the winner of CBC’s 2020 Searchlight talent competition.
Haviah Mighty has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer and performer. 2022 saw Haviah earn success with her album, Stock Exchange, making her the first woman to win the Juno award for best Rap Album/EP of the year.
July 1 provides an opportunity to educate attendees about the land they live on and the true history of Canada. The Indigenous Village will be expanded to include the Siam Stage, Indigenous educational signage, Bannock food trucks, a storytelling and workshop Teepee, and a Teepee where attendees can speak with and learn from Residential School Survivors. Local Indigenous artisans will also sell handmade art and goods in the Summer Market.
Surrey Canada Day will meet health and safety guidelines as set out by the Provincial Health Officer, Worksafe BC, Fraser Health and appropriate industry associations. For more information, visit surrey.ca/canadaday.