Courtenay is the place to be on Canada Day

Canada Day in Courtenay, Tuesday July 1, 2014 is a celebration honoring our country's 147th birthday.

The party will take place over 4 days!,

The theme for 2014 is

SUMMER OF LOVE!

We can all return to the fun and wonderful HIPPY DAYS OF LOVE!

Canada Day Festivities

This is one of the Comox Valley's premier yearly events and it is all free!

Canada Day Celebration in the Comox Valley is one of the biggest weekends of the year for free entertainment.  The Comox Valley is home to many talented musicians and artistic groups, many of whom will be sharing their talents with you during 4 days of celebrations in Courtenay.

The Comox Valley celebrates Canada's birthday in a very big way.  Bring the whole family - this is a party you do not want to miss.

June 28 Saturday Night  7-8:30pm Come and hear all your old favorite songs with a big band sound provided by the Comox District Concert Band onstage at Simm's Park.  Bring a blanket, make it a small picnic, enjoy a perfect evening listening to great music.

June 29 Sunday Night  5-9pm Battle of the Bands, Held in Simm's Park, is an event that features talented young musicians aged 19 years and under.  Last season, eight bands competed for the title "Winner of the Battle of the Bands 2014". We are looking for a good turn out again this year, and hope you will enjoy the great talent in the Valley..

The event sponsors are:

Courtenay Recreation, Dove Creek Recording Studios, Long and McQuade Musical Instruments and local radio Jet fm.

If you know teenage musicians,encourage them to put a band together and enter this event.  This is a great opportunity for young musicians!  Applications can be downloaded from this web site, hard copies are available at Long and McQuade Musical Instruments at 1170 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay City Hall (reception area) 830 Cliffe Avenue and at Jet fm radio (or downloaded from their web address).

June 30th Monday  7 - 11pm Make your way to Simm's Park and enjoy the open air NIGHT BEFORE CONCERT. This will be an action packed night of live powerful music!

Two exciting bands will take over the Simm's Park stage from 7pm to dark.  The Ageless Rockers "REUNION" will start the evening of LOVE with the "SUTCLIFFES" - a very popular band from Victoria,  finishing up for the finale.  The kids will love Nadia and her balloon creations.  Wow!  It will be a great night!  And it is FREE!  NOTE: Come early for the best seats, or bring your own and sit on the swale.  Remember that parking is at a premium.

JULY 1st Tuesday  all day from 7am- 10:30pm  Canada Day

7:00-10:00am. Start the day off with the Kin Club's Pancake Breakfast at Simm's Park. Get a delicious stack of pancakes for just $6.00.It's a a chance to support the Kinsmen and start the day off with a treat!

Then if you like to run, why not enter the One Mile Fun Run. The route is a slightly sloped run down 5th Street finishing at Simm's Park.  You must enter at 9am at Woods Avenue and 5th Street junction.  There is no entry fee and the whole family is encouraged to enter.  The race starts at 10am,every runner will get his exact time and there are prizes to be won as well.

For the kids, the BIKE DECORATED CONTEST at Lake Trail School starts at 9am.  All kids must come with their bike decorated. The judges give cash prizes to the contestants in all age groups. The kids then lead off the Grande Parade at 10:30.  Another annual event for the kids happens at 4pm in Lewis Park when kids get a chance to take home a brand new bike and helmet if they have the winning ticket.

10:30am marks the start of  the Grande Parade which travels from Lake Trail School and continues down 5th Street, then over the bridge finishing at the CRA in Lewis Park.  Edwin Grieve is the Parade Marshall.

The day keeps getting better in  Courtenay-fun for the kids and entertainment all day.with many of our artists sharing their music with you. Venues in Simm's Park, Lewis Park, the Courtenay Museum, the Native Son's Hall and the Sid Williams Theatre.

At 7pm  Canada's Birthday Finale "Celebrate Canada Concert" will be held at the Sid Williams Theatre.  This show is produced by Marlene Oolo and is a variety concert with incredible dance and musical acts highlighting a multicultural theme.  The event is free admission, donations of food or money will be graciously accepted for the food bank.