Canada Day is always a fabulous affair in Downtown Penticton!
Gyro Park will be full of amazing live music, family-fun activities and, of course, fireworks at dusk (approximately 10:00pm). Your favourite (and new!) market vendors will line the 100 block as well as Gyro Park all day from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Come down with a blanket or chair, enjoy the entertainment, shop the vendors and grab a bite to eat as we celebrate Canada’s birthday in grand Penticton style.
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
8:00am – 11:00am
Stop by bright and early for a delicious pancake breakfast – $7/person (cash only). Proceeds will be directed to support OSNS (Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society) Child and Development Centre. OSNS provides education and early intervention treatment to children facing developmental challenges and assists, guides and supports the families of these children.
Activities and Entertainment
10:00am – 6:00pm
- Face painting
- Arts and crafts
- Bouncy castle
- Cupcake decorating (while supplies last)
- Hoodoo Adventures obstacle course
- Petting zoo
GYRO PARK – STAGE
GET BENT YOGA AND DANCE STUDIO PERFORMANCES
10:00am – Belly Dance Demonstration
Belly dance embodies many beautiful elements: grace, power, elegance, confidence, and strength. Come and enjoy this visually spectacular form of dance and the enchanting costumes that elevate the experience for the audience.
SCOTTISH CABER TOSS
10:45am – 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)!
Aidan and Mandy
11:00am – Blend of country, rock and Penticton heart
Similar but different. Powerful and soft, edgy and smooth, poignant and lyrical, passionate and soothing. Aidan Mayes and Mandy Cole combine these seemingly opposite elements with deft simplicity. Smooth harmonies, heartfelt lyrics, and playful guitar are the main ingredients that make up this grounded, inspiring, and talented duo. A little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit rock and roll, and a little bit different from everything else in the world.
ANTHEM, SPEECHES & CAKE
12:00pm – Official Canada Day Kick-off
Join us in Gyro Park for the official Canada Day opening ceremony: National and Okanagan anthems, speeches from local dignitaries, and traditional Canada Day cake cutting.
PENTICTON CONCERT BAND
12:30pm – Classical, big band, swing and jazz
Music is unlike any creative expression on Earth. It’s a spellbinding art that motivates the emotions of sound. The Penticton Concert Band performs several concerts throughout the South Okanagan area. The band plays a variety of musical styles, including traditional concert band music, classical , musicals, dixieland, music of the big band era, swing and jazz.
2:30pm – Rhythm & Blues, Funk and More
Hailing from the sunny Okanagan Valley, the Mamajamas deliver a variety of R&B, funk, rock and blues that will have you tapping and clapping along to the beat.
3:45pm – Contemporary music and favourite classics
Penticton singer, songwriter Gord McLaren brings over 35 years of experience to the stage. Known for his gifted songwriting and selection of cover tunes ranging from artists such as James Taylor, The Beatles and Paul Simon to more contemporary acts like Jack Johnson, David Grey and so on. Gord is an accomplished acoustic guitar player with great rhythm to engage audiences of all sizes.
JACK & JILL
5:00pm – 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.
Canada Day Fireworks
CANADA DAY FIREWORKS
10:00pm – Okanagan Lake
The tradition of fireworks will continue in the City of Penticton this Canada Day. The show will take place over the south end of Okanagan Lake. Bring a blanket or chair and watch the spectacular show!