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Jun 27, 2017 Return to Headlines

Be in Coquitlam July 1 for Giggle Dam, Battle of the Bands and More

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 27, 2017 – The multi-talented Giggle Dam Band, a Canadian-themed battle of the bands, inflatable competitive games for youth and a spectacular fireworks display are just a few of the reasons to be in Coquitlam on July 1.

The ninth annual Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day will be a day packed with free activities, fun and entertainment for people of all ages and interests. Starting at noon, Town Centre Park will play host to live performances on two stages, Adventure Park for youth, multicultural and children’s activities, artisans, a vehicle showcase, roving artists, food trucks and craft beer, and more. Event-goers can also use the site-wide free Wi-Fi to tag the event #ehcoquitlam on social media or participate in an online feedback survey for the chance to win a $500 gift card, courtesy of Coquitlam Centre.

As day turns into evening, head to the TD-sponsored Plaza Stage at 6:30 p.m. to catch the Giggle Dam Band performing popular covers dressed as iconic Canadian characters, the CanJam 2017 battle of the bands at 8:30 p.m. pitting cover acts Off the Record and The Ticket against each other for audience votes, and a stunning fireworks display over the scenic backdrop of Lafarge Lake at 10 p.m.

In between those acts, drop by the Meadow stage at 7:30 p.m. for more Canadiana from Soundtrack Canada.

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day typically drawing more than 70,000 people, and has been named one of Metro Vancouver’s 20 best festivals by Business in Vancouver. Complete details are posted on the Canada Day webpage.

On the Plaza Stage:

  • 12 p.m.: Opening procession led by Bloco Energia – Brazilian percussion and dance
  • 12:15 p.m. Opening ceremonies
  • 12:45 p.m.: Coastal Sound Youth Choir – choral
  • 2 p.m.: Rollin’ Trainwreck – bluegrass-country-rock
  • 3:30 p.m.: Mazacote – Latin dance music
  • 5 p.m.: Uzeme Taiko – taiko drumming
  • 6:30 p.m.: Giggle Dam Band – upbeat popular covers
  • 8:30 p.m.: CanJam 2017 Battle of the Bands with Off the Record and The Ticket – Canadian covers

On the Meadow Stage:

  • 1 p.m.: Tri-City Chinese Community Society – costumes and folk dance
  • 1:30 p.m.: Golden Maple Culture and Arts Association – dance and modelling
  • 2:45 p.m.: Roma Gry – Romani music and dance
  • 3:10 p.m.: Karima Essa
  • 4:15 p.m.: Rup Loops – contemporary world music, poetry and spoken word
  • 5:45 p.m.: The Myrtle Family Band – music, theatre, clown and dance
  • 7:30 p.m.: Sound Track Canada – Canadian singer/songwriter tribute

Roving entertainers:

  • Giggle Dam – iconic Canadian characters
  • Duh Hockey Guys – spontaneous road hockey games
  • Mountain Mounties – patrolling giants, available for selfies
  • Dianna David + Belle Taneda – dance, physical comedy, juggling and more

Other activities:

  • Adventure Park for youth, 12 to 8 p.m. – 24-foot-tall climbing wall, competitive inflatable games with names like The Eliminator and Wipeout, hockey and more
  • Community Drive, 12 to 6 p.m. – displays by local businesses and community groups
  • Coquitlam Lane, 12 to 8 p.m. – Coquitlam info, history, arts and more
  • Eat Street, 12 to 10 p.m. – 20 food trucks and food vendors
  • Watering Hole, 12 to 9:30 p.m. – Craft beer and beverages
  • Green Street, 12 to 8 p.m. – Environmental displays and activities
  • The Meadow, 12 to 8:30 pm. – Arts and craft activities, displays and vendors

Getting there
Limited parking will be available on site. Event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use transit or the free shuttle. 

  • A free shuttle bus will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between the site and Gleneagle Secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr.).
  • A free bicycle valet service, sponsored by Cap’s Westwood Cycles, will be available at the festival site.
  • The park is adjacent to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Check www.translink.ca for SkyTrain and bus information. 
  • Limited, free parking will be available at Town Centre Park, Douglas College (1250 Pinetree Way) and Pinetree Community Centre (1260 Pinetree Way). 

For more information, visit the Canada Day webpage.

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