Canada Day is going to be huge thanks to Re/Max Penticton Realty!
Gyro Park will be full of amazing live music, family-fun activities and, of course, fireworks at dusk. Your favourite (and new!) market vendors will line the 100 block as well as Gyro Park all day from 8:00am – 10:00pm. Come down with a blanket or chair, enjoy the live performances, shop the market and grab a bite to eat all in celebration of Canada 150.
Remax Canada Day Fireworks
REMAX CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
10:00pm – Okanagan Lake
Fireworks and Canada Day go together like peanut butter and jelly – and this year we are excited to say the tradition of fireworks will continue in the City of Penticton. The fireworks will be shot off over Okanagan Lake. Bring a blanket or chair and watch the spectacular show!
QUOTA Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
8:00am – Gyro Park
Stop by bright and early for a delicious pancake breakfast by donation put on by the Penticton QUOTA Club. All funds raised go directly to their efforts to help women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech-impaired, and community members in need.
Morning Performances & Children’s Entertianment
SCOTTISH CABER TOSS
10:00am – Traditional Demonstration
Check out this traditional Scottish athletic event in which competitors toss a large tapered pole called a “caber”. It is normally practised at the Scottish Highland Games. In Scotland the caber is usually made from a Larch tree and is typically 20 feet (6 meters) tall and weighs over 175 pounds (80 kg)!
10:15am – Gymnastics Show
The FitKidz Gymnastics Club is dedicated to helping all participants reach their potential, both physically and mentally, through the sports of gymnastics and dance. Every child, regardless of ability, deserves the best instruction possible. It is our goal to provide a safe and loving atmosphere in which each child knows he or she is valued. We will strive to provide an environment that cultivates listening skills, confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, honesty, hard work ethics, team work, goal setting and responsibility.
10:30am – Disney Themed Bellydance
JEDI DANCE CREW
11:15am – Urban Dance Performance
Jake Evans, from Halifax Nova Scotia, began practicing the art of urban dance late in 1998 but with little urban culture to draw from on the east coast of Canada, found his passion was a definite struggle. Finally in the summer of 2001, he was able to attend proper classes in L.A. The intensive was hosted by the Guzman-Sanchez brothers who were showcased in Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video. Being the only urban dancer on the east to actually travel and train, Evans quickly made a reputation performing, instructing and tirelessly promoting Popping, Locking and Breaking in the Atlantic Provinces.
SPEECHES, ANTHEM & CAKE
11:45am – Official Canada Day Kick-off
Join us in Gyro Park for speeches from local dignitaries, singing of the national anthem, the cutting of the massive Canada Day cake as well as a special performance of “150 Indigenous Reflections” by Tracy Kim Bonneau.
Music Entertainment Schedule
JACK & JILL
12:30pm – Blondie, Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana
Jack and Jill is made up of a wide array of artistic suspects committed to keeping the tradition of “Rock and Roll” alive. In an era of auto-tune and backing tracks, this band upholds the values of live music. They play a variety of song favorites ranging from Janis Joplin and No Doubt to Miranda Lambert and Queen.
Jack and Jill have been known to bring down the house at various private parties, events, festivals and of course the local pub and bar scene. They play a variety of song favorites ranging from Janis Joplin and No Doubt to Miranda Lambert and Queen.
2:15pm – Country Band
Hillside Outlaws are the Okanagan’s Rockin’ Country band. Made up of four members, the Hillside Outlaws play a mixture of old twangy country covers by artists such as Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings to new country/rock songs by artist such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, as well as their own original songs with influences from all decade of country. The band formed in the Spring of 2016 in Penticton and have locally been playing shows in and around Penticton since last Summer. After a more lowkey winter, alot of downtime was spent writing and rehearsing original tunes as well as recording a few demo tracks in a West Kelowna Studio. The band has a big year ahead, including a spot on the main Peach Festival stage this August. The Hillside Outlaws hopes to have their first full track CD out later this year which includes a mixture of original music and some of our favorite covers.
4:00pm – Canadiana-Folk Duo
Boasting harmonious sounds, heartfelt melodies, and footstomping rhythms, Tiger Moon performs with a guitar, mandolin, two sets of boots and two big, rich voices. Drawing their sound from traditional folk, Canadiana, soul and rock, they are a minimalist barn-burning band with syrup-soaked harmonies.
BRENT TYLER & JOSHUA SMITH
5:15pm – Soul Folk Duo
Folk-Roots-Soul music from two Canadian songwriting giants. Imagine Martin Sexton & Colin Hay sipping whiskey with Dave Matthews & John Prine on Jack Johnson’s beach house patio while they listen to the Beatles ‘White’ album on vinyl.
Brent Tyler has an intricate and skillful guitar style combined with a disarming and soulful voice befit of his literal seven-foot stature. He balances the soft subtlety of honest and introspective folk music with catchy and powerful soul-roots hooks and melodies born of his childhood influences and contemporary crushes.
What one could suggest as being a Soul-inspired, captivating experience, Joshua is a singer/songwriter who mingles catchy clever lines and infectious vocals in the company of playful story telling. With a nod to “Motown”, Joshua Smith captures tradition and folk-friendly modernism with his songwriting prowess.
6:30pm – Alt-Rock Band
Ancient Engines is a heavy-footed, experimental, alt-rock indie project that was brought together through a seemingly mutual necessity to create and perform live music. Blending a variety of styles and genres, Ancient Engines has succeeded in carving out their own unique sound, and continues to develop and expand into a vision that still remains unclear. With all regard tossed out the window, they continue to win over listeners with their powerful live presence and captivating original material. If ever given the opportunity, get out and see these boys live and experience it for yourself, they would probably appreciate it very much.
7:45pm – Pop/Rock Band
“Big change is coming” is JP Maurice’s anthemic promise to anyone who has seen their share of adversity. The seasoned Vancouver based musician, songwriter and producer knows the highs of his craft, but it’s in the lows where he finds his fire – taking the fuel of failed record deals, broken hearts, and the loss of loved ones and forging the pain into something beautifully optimistic.
After touring Canada, Europe, and then taking home 2nd place in the PEAK Performance Project radio contest in 2015, a loss in the family turned Maurice mostly inwards, where he focused on channeling his emotions into his art. Investing in his own studio allowed for late night collaborations, producing other artists, and creating endless song ideas. The result is the “Girls” EP, which sweeps from cinematic pop-noir info slinky neo-soul, all tied together with Maurice’s powerfully emotive vocals. It’s a modern sound that capture timeless sentiments – love, loss, and the twists and turns in between. This EP is the follow up to 2013’s “The Arborist”, which marked his official debut as a solo artist, after getting caught in major label red tape with his previous band that went simply by Maurice.
NANKAMA & KINSHIRA FIRE TROUPE
9:15pm – Drumming & Fire Spinning
Nankama is a high energy West African drumming and dance that has been delighting Festivals and Music Park Concert Series in the Okanagan and beyond over the past 10 years! Nankama performances engage the audience in interactive play and leaves people feeling invigorated and inspired to try drum and dance. Troupe members have dedicated countless hours to assist in raising over 100K for African and local charities! This Canada Day Kinshira Fire Troupe will be joining Nankama for a very special performance. Kinshira is a performing arts troupe from Kelowna specializing in fire and glow arts, as well as theatrical character entertainment such as stilt walkers. Kinshira, stands for ‘Poetic Movement’ by combining the words ‘kinetic’ and ‘shira’ found in scientific terms and the Hebrew language.