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Big Sugar to play at Canada Day fest in Steveston

Don Fennell   May-24-2018

Juno Award-winning band Big Sugar is set to play Richmond Canada Day in Steveston on July 1.

Photo courtesy City of Richmond

Get ready to partake in the ultimate birthday party this July 1st.

As part of Richmond Canada Day in Steveston, an annual free, full-day street party throughout the village will complement the beloved Steveston Salmon Festival. And this summer a headline performance by Juno Award winners Big Sugar, and fireworks over the Fraser River, will top the celebrations.


“Richmond is the place to celebrate Canada Day,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “From the biggest Canada Day Parade in the region, to the ever-popular Salmon Festival, fireworks, music, fun and more, there’s no better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday and show your national pride with free fun for all ages.”

Initially formed in 1988 in Toronto, Big Sugar is a Canadian blues, reggae rock band known for its live performances. “Diggin’ a Hole,” which peaked at No. 9 on the music charts in 1996, is one of its classic tunes.

The Canada Day Street Party will also feature an artisan village, marketplace and numerous food trucks. This year, a new attraction will pay homage to Canada’s love for hockey. The Hockey Zone will feature a fun 3-on-3 competition, with a special guest appearance by Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin.

There will also be 50 diverse performances on eight stages, including main stage performances by Big Sugar, Terra Lightfoot and Vince Vaccaro.

Visitors may also want to explore the village, and check out additional activities at the Gulf of Georgia National Historic Site, Steveston Interurban Tram, and Steveston Museum.

Affectionately known as “Canada’s Biggest Little Birthday Party,” the Steveston Salmon Festival since 1945 has been famous for its salmon barbecue. More than 544 kilograms (1,200 pounds) of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits. The fun begins with the always-popular Canada Day Parade.

The day will start with the Salmon Festival’s pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., followed by a special Canada Day flag-raising ceremony at 8:40 a.m. The Canada Day Parade gets underway at 10 a.m. Big Sugar will hit the Bayview stage at 9 p.m., followed immediately at 10:15 p.m. by the fireworks show along the waterfront.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Vancouver International Airport. The Steveston Salmon Festival is produced by the Richmond Agricultural and Industrial Society.

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