Public invited to Canada Place for full day of July 1 activities and performances

June 2, 2023

Canada Together includes citizenship ceremony and Tegan and Sara as main stage headliners

June 1, 2023 – Vancouver, B.C.: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is pleased to invite Lower Mainland residents and visitors to Canada Place on July 1 (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) for the second annual Canada Together—one of the largest July 1 celebrations outside of Ottawa—featuring a diverse lineup of entertainment and activities and the return of the annual citizenship ceremony welcoming new Canadians.

Planned with representatives from the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Canada Together will feature a full day of festivities, great food, family fun, and performances across multiple stages. At 11:00 a.m., all zones and exhibits, including the main stage, will open with great entertainment and activities for guests of all ages. The iconic waterfront venue will cover five city blocks, including outdoor spaces at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and surrounding city streets. All programming will take place outdoors.

Event highlights will include:

  • Performances: Incredible performances from acts including headliners Tegan and Sara, The Fugitives, Pat Chessell, and Murray Porter;
  • Kids’ Zone presented by CN (Jack Poole Plaza): Family-friendly kids’ entertainers and activities, including the Rock N’ Beau Dance Party, the annual mascot dance-off, and performances from Mom Bop, Vancouver Performing Stars, and more.;
  • North Point Stage (North Point of Canada Place): Enjoy performances by local emerging artists including School of Rock Vancouver, Tayos, Michaela Slinger, and 24 Strings;
  • Citizenship ceremony (North Point of Canada Place): At 9:30 a.m., Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada will host a citizenship ceremony where 30 new citizens will be welcomed into Canada’s multicultural family;
  • Indigenous displays: Admire traditional weaving and carving displays by local artists from the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations;
  • Food trucks: Experience the tastes of Canada with a variety of food trucks along Canada Place between Howe and Thurlow

Once again, the theme of the event will be “Weaving together the fabric of a nation,” which honours Canada’s diversity and marks the day as one for gathering, celebrating, learning and sharing. Weaving is a common activity across many cultures and is a metaphor for the way the beauty, strength, and wisdom from the past can combine through multiple perspectives to create something meaningful for today and tomorrow.

“We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to Canada Place this July 1—our reimagined event was incredibly well received last year, and we’ve worked to make it even better this year,” said Gillian Behnke, manager, community relations and events at the port authority. “Canada Together is an exciting opportunity for all Canadians to come together and celebrate our country’s rich and diverse cultures and histories.”

The port authority encourages event attendees to take public transportation to the downtown Vancouver event, which is conveniently located near several bus routes and the Waterfront and Burrard SkyTrain stations. Canada Together will conclude at 6:00 p.m. and the port authority is reminding the public that the event no longer includes an evening fireworks performance.

Get involved

More than 200 volunteers help welcome over 150,000 guests who take part in the free event activities organized around Canada Place on July 1. Volunteering is a great way to build experience, get involved in your community, meet new people and show your community spirit. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Volunteer positions are needed for the following areas:

·         Information kiosks

·         Site maintenance

·         Line monitors / ushers

·         Stagehands and runners

·         Talent / volunteer assistants

·         Greeters

For more information on these participation opportunities and other event details, please visit


The 37th annual July 1 event at Canada Place is presented by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including: The Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada, Vancouver Convention Centre, CN, Downtown Van, BHP, Indigenous Tourism BC, Helijet, Tim Hortons, City of Vancouver and Indigo Park Canada Inc. Media partners include Global BC, The Province, CFOX, ROCK 101, CKNW, OMNI BC, AM1320 CHMB, and Miss 604.

About Canada Place

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is an internationally recognized landmark and venue for world-class events. For over 35 years, Canada Place has served as a hub for national celebrations, including July 1 festivities and Christmas at Canada Place. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is a shared steward of the lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver and is the owner and operator of Canada Place. Canada Place houses Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and Indigo Park Canada Inc. It serves as the largest cruise ship terminal in Canada and has been the homeport to the Vancouver-Alaska cruises for more than 30 years.

Media contact:

Greg Descantes
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