Canada Day 2023 – Comprehensive List of Activities for South Georgian Bay

Collingwood – Canada Day 2023 Event Schedule

Celebrate Canada Day in style at the Collingwood Festival for Canada 2023! Immerse yourself in a day filled with exciting activities, delicious food, and unforgettable moments. From capturing selfies with Canadian icons to enjoying tasty pancakes and exploring local markets, there’s something for everyone. Groove to foot-stomping music, join the scavenger hunt, and let the kids unleash their creativity at the Lego Creative Club Kids Zone and the Family Bike Parade. With photo booths, face painting, a Rubber Duck Race, and an amazing evening concert, it’s a day of pure enjoyment. Don’t miss out on this incredible event in historic Downtown Collingwood, where you’ll find a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of family-friendly fun!

Candid Canuck

Town Hall — All Day

Seize the moment to take a ‘selfie’ with a Canadian Icon, creating a lasting memory of your Canadian spirit beneath Collingwood’s iconic clock tower. Don’t forget to enter your photo in the Collingwood Downtown Facebook contest for a chance to win incredible prizes.
photo of pancakes in the shape of maple leaves

Celebrity Pancake Breakfast

Town Hall — 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Indulge in a beloved Canada Day tradition at the Celebrity Pancake Breakfast. Gather with family and friends to savour delectable pancakes expertly prepared by our talented Celebrity Chefs. Adults can enjoy this scrumptious meal for $5, while kids can join in for just $3. While you wait for your pancakes, immerse yourself in delightful live music and get a picture at the photo booth.

Farmers’ Market

Pine St. Parking Lot
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Discover a vibrant selection of local vendors offering an array of organic produce, fresh fruits, artisanal baking, quality meats and cheeses, beautiful flowers and trees, delectable jams and preserves, pure maple syrup, honey, and an assortment of handcrafted treasures. A world of flavours, scents, and handmade wonders await at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market.
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Music Stomp Downtown

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Stomp, walk, wheel, or dance your way across four outdoor locations featuring foot-stomping music from ten talented acts.
Musician Time Location
Paige Warner 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Eddie Bush Arena
Emily Chambers 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Minds Alive
Kendall Lily 11:00am – 1:00 p.m. Eddie Bush Arena
Chuck Baker Band 11:00am – 1:00 p.m. Sheffer Court
The Last Call Jazz Trio 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Tremont Square
Bob Woodcock 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Minds Alive
Motes and Oates 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eddie Bush Arena
Romney Getty Band 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sheffer Court
Huronia Hot Strings 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Tremont Square
Wyatt MacRae 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Minds Alive

collage of images and a map promoting a canada day scavenger hunt

Music Stomp Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Collingwood
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore Collingwood’s Canada Day Music Stomp spying special points of interest along the way! Identify where each was found by matching the general location with the photo number and return your completed map to the booth outside of Town Hall by 4:00 p.m. to collect a prize. Download your scavenger hunt or pick one up at the Town Hall booth.

LEGO Creative Club Kids Zone

Town Hall — 10:00am – 4:00pm

Calling kids of all ages! Get ready for a day of unlimited creativity, building, and fun! With over 15,000 LEGO® Bricks and 500+ EverBlocks available, you can design and create to your heart’s content. Don’t miss the chance to snap a photo in front of our Giant Chair and Canada sign for memorable photo ops. Let your imagination soar at the Lego Creative Club Kids Zone!

Family Bike Parade

10:00 a.m.

Starts at Trott’s Sports Excellence Parking lot and concludes at Collingwood Library. Decorate your Bike showing your Canadian Pride! Prize awarded for the best decorated.
exterior photo of federal building in Collingwood

Citizenship Reaffirmation Ceremony & Gigantic Canada Day Birthday Cake

Federal Building — 12:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to reaffirm their Canadian Citizenship, receive a commemorative certificate, and have a free piece of birthday cake, courtesy of Loblaws! This is a great way to celebrate and recognize our great country!

Georgian Life Photo Booth

Town Hall — 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Come get your photo taken, have a good laugh, create memorable moments, and go home with an instant souvenir at the Georgian Life Photo Booth located in front of Town Hall.

Face Painting & Balloon Creations

Town Hall — 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Let our skilled artists transform your face into a masterpiece that reflects your Canadian spirit. And don’t forget to take home a delightful balloon creation that will add a touch of whimsy to your day. Celebrate Canada Day in style with our face painting and balloon creations at the booth in front of Town Hall!

12th Annual Rubber Duck Race

Hume Street Bridge — 2:00 p.m.

Get ready for the thrilling 12th Annual Rubber Duck Race! Join us at 2:00 p.m. as individually numbered duckies are released from the Hume Street Bridge, racing towards the Pretty River Parkway Bridge. Secure your chance to win by purchasing tickets at $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Exciting cash prizes await the winners, with $1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place.
This exhilarating event is proudly presented by the Collingwood Optimist Club 705-444-3081
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Amphitheatre Concert

Shipyards Amphitheatre — Beginning 6:30 p.m.

Performing Time
Coming of Age 6:30 p.m.
Spencer Mackenzie 7:45 p.m.
The best live music on the shores of Georgian Bay. Don’t miss Collingwood’s hottest classic rock band, Coming of Age, followed by JUNO-nominated blues artist, Spencer Mackenzie.


Village at Blue Mountains – Canada Day 2023 Event Schedule

Canada Day Scavenger Hunt

Search high and low to discover hidden clues scattered throughout the picturesque pedestrian Village. Find them all and submit your Scavenger Hunt at the end to win a special prize. Pick up your sheet from the Welcome Centre to start!

Dean James Duo

No matter the stage, Dean James is known for entertaining audiences wherever they may be. He seamlessly blends the energy of new country, with the throwback country influence he was brought up on to create a sound all of his own. Dean delivers honest lyrics with a raspy vocal edge that injects his soulful sound into every line. In late 2022, Dean released his song “With You” and followed it up with “I’ll Always Do” in early 2023 and they have been streamed over 5000,000 times. Deans latest single, “Take My Time On You,” was released in June.


Amber May is an acoustic singer / songwriter who sings blues and folk style tunes with her signature and powerful voice. Amber May writes songs about love and life, seeking to connect with the people around her and their own life journeys. She enjoys the creative process of taking cover songs and adding her own soulful, earthy and sometimes funny twists to them.

Matthew & Richard Jazz Duo

The Matthew & Richard are a jazz guitar and tenor sax duo based out of Collingwood. Their sound is inspired by classic jazz standards and popular arrangements. Come to the Subaru Stage from 11 AM – 1 PM to watch this amazing Jazz Duo.



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Groove Dancing

Are you ready to bust a move? Follow along with Tyler Boyle as he takes over the Village Plaza with epic interactive dance lessons that are fun for the whole family.


Mo Guzman

Mo Guzman is a self-taught singer, guitarist and percussionist who began his career busking on the streets of downtown Toronto. His gift of raw vulnerability transcends his audience in a heartfelt experience, catering to a variety of different occasions. Mo’s unique vocal style encompasses a broad range of music. His inter-generational repertoire ranges from the 1950’s to modern day.

The Connors Brothers

The band was founded by three brothers and then smartly added a multi-talented fiddler/female vocalist to round out the group. The band continues to explore their Irish roots, adventure through the music of the East Coast of Canada, and always creatively fuse various styles of music to give their audience a one-of-a kind experience not soon to be forgotten.


Fireworks Over the Mountain

It’s just not Canada Day without Fireworks over the Mountain! Gather round in the Village Events Plaza and join the crowd in the “Ooohs” and “Aaaahs” as you watch the spectacular lights bursting in the sky.

*Weather Permitting*

Matthew & Richard Jazz Duo

The Matthew & Richard are a jazz guitar and tenor sax duo based out of Collingwood. Their sound is inspired by classic jazz standards and popular arrangements. Come to the Subaru Stage from 11 AM – 1 PM to watch this amazing Jazz Duo.

INCIRQUE: Roaming Entertainment

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… its INCIRQUE! Your favourite stilt-walking, juggling, high-energy entertainers return to the Village to celebrate our home and native land. Get the perfect family photo with Kyle and his talented team of performers, and get ready to laugh!

Jenny Howes Duo

With percussion-soaked rhythm, feel good melodies, and rich, soulful vocals; the Jenny Howes Duo provides a captivating and undeniable experience for their listeners.

The Jenny Howes Duo has been influenced by a wide variety of music spanning the ages. The couple is known for taking your traditional pop, classic rock, and grunge favourites; and making them all their own.

Bamtastic! Drumming


Bambalamb! Translated The Impact of the Lamb or Bam528! The frequency which he lives! Has been Blessed to share his love of the beat starting with one of the Greatest bands ever the Iconic Funk Brothers when he was just a boy this was the foundation of the beat Bam528! Join in the fun with Bam’s interactive drumming circle in the Village Events Plaza.

Emily Power

Emily is a Canadian singer/songwriter born in Hamilton, Ontario, Growing up in a musical family, music has always been a part of Emily’s life. She started to sing in choirs at a young age and learned classical piano. Emily’s passion for music is influenced by Adele, Elton John, Eva Cassidy, Nora Jones, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse.


Rob has an unquenchable thirst for performing live and always delivers a high energy, crowd involved show. He and his band make it their mission to put their heart and soul into each and every performance to make it a show you won’t soon forget.

Derek McLean & Jenna Rivonelli

Derek has been part of the Collingwood music community for 22 years, both as a solo artist and a member of Strange Potatoes. You might hear music from the 1950s right up to the 2020s, as well as rock, pop, alternative, folk, country and dance tunes – it all depends on who is listening!

Jenna Rivonelli hails from Oakville, Ontario but has migrated to the Collingwood area and is quickly becoming a very sought after drummer in several local acts. She is also building her chops as a vocalist.

Groove Dancing

Your favourite Village hype man is back to celebrate the long weekend! Dust off your dancing shoes and leave your inhabitions behind as Tyler Boyle brings the Village vibe to life, one dance move at a time.

Emma Wright

Emma Wright is an up and coming artist who lives in Meaford and has been singing since she was 4 years old and has a passion and love for music.

She has competed at talent competitions across Ontario including The Western Fair Rise to Fame, The CNE Rising Star, Collingwood Idol and Mitchell’s Bay Country Singing Competition, as well she loves to support charities with her music. She has sang the anthem at many OHL hockey games as well as Canada Day Celebrations and is often singing at gala’s, corporate events, festivals, shows and most recently at The Elvis Festival, Meaford Hall and at The Hugh’s Room in Toronto as part of Talent Nation.


Wasaga Beach – Canada Day 2023 Event Schedule

Super exciting News!

This July 1st, join us on Beach One as we celebrate Canada Day with Canadian Indie Rock and Reggae royalty Bedouin Soundclash.

We have a full day of exciting activities starting at 10am including, Indigenous story telling, street performers, craft village, local dance groups, Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides, and more.

Musical performances on the main stage include, The Detotos, South Asian dance group Topaz Ensamble, Country hit artisit Rob Watts and Tik Tok sensation and 2023 Juno nominated best new artist of the year Devon Cole! Don’t miss out on what is expected to one of the best celebration on the longest fresh water beach in the world.

Activities happening all day long at Beach Area One starting at 10:00am!

10:00AM- 1:00PM -Remax Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

1:45PM-2:00PM -Mayors Address & Land Acknowledgement

National Anthem -Haileigh Jade

Join us from 10AM-4:00PM in the Children’s Activity tent!

10:00AM-4:00PM -Great Canadian Craft Village
The Paint Bar
Made Brave Studios
The Creation Station
Xan Face painting

Also enjoy live performances and Beach games gardens!

On the Main Stage:

2:00pm-2:30pm Kehewinnative Dance Theater

2:30pm-3:30pm Dance By Design

3:30pm-4:30pm The Desotos

5:00pm – 5:45pm Ensemble Topaz

6:00pm- 7:00pm Rob Watts

7:15pm-8:30pm Devon Cole

HEADLINING: 8:45pm-10:00pm Bedouin Soundclash

10:00pm-10:30pm Fire Works

Meaford – Canada Day 2023 Event Schedule

Food and Refreshments:
8-10 a.m.: For all you early birds! A delicious pancake breakfast hosted by the Military Family Resource Centre and the Rotary Club of Meaford, located at the Rotary Pavilion at the Meaford Harbour, complete with coffee, tea and juice. Coffee is generously donated by Tim Hortons.

11-2 p.m.: Beer Garden and Grill Zone hosted by the Rotary Club of Meaford. They’ll have sausages, hot dogs, and burgers on the grill and for the adults, cold beer in the beer garden.

2-6:30 p.m.: Beer Garden hosted by the Kinsmen Club of Meaford. Join us in the pavilion for refreshments and fun!

Family Fun and Celebrations:
8-11 a.m.: Adventure awaits! Build confidence in and around the water with iSUP Saugeen. Learn about Ontario’s safe boating practices, develop lifesaving skills, and explore beautiful Georgian Bay on an inflatable stand up paddle board. Pre-register @ Located on the Bayfield Street docks.


8:30-10:30 a.m.: Indigenous Collaboration – Heather McIntyre is an Indigenous Life and Wellness Coach with her professional practice The Chronicles of Momma Mac and the Mamaway/Banac Project Coordinator and Lead Facilitator of the Working Together Wiijinokiiwag Cultural Awareness and Education Program. Heather will be holding space under the big trees (grassy area behind Sail Georgian Bay building) for a Community Wellness Circle. All ages are welcome. Bring a blanket or mat to sit on during circle.


10-3 p.m..: Guided Canoe Tours by the Big Canoe Project. Walks-ins will be welcome. If you would like to register ahead of time, you can log-in to our recreation programming here. Once you have logged in, select: Schedule > Special Interest > Family/All Ages to register in advance. Located on the Bayfield Street docks.


10 a.m.: Yoga on the pier taught by Beth Rutty. No pre-registrations required. Please wear red and white or orange, and bring a yoga mat and water bottle.


10-3 p.m..: Golden Town Cruisers Car Show down Bayfield Street. Enjoy the wonder of restored cars from year’s past.


10-4 p.m.: Excitement for the kids and the kids at heart! Have fun on the 50ft inflatable obstacle course (dual lane), Gladiator Jousting, mega slide, basketball hoops, High Striker, and cotton candy! Located beside the Rotary Harbour Pavilion. No charge to participate.


10-4 p.m.: Canada Day fun and history with The Meaford Museum, located at 111 Bayfield Street. Drop by and check out the Meaford Rock Snake and so much more.


11:15 a.m.: Join us for the opening ceremony with Indigenous drumming, a land acknowledgement and flag raising ceremony with Mayor Ross Kentner at the flagpole, located at the entrance to the harbour. Followed by a special song and ceremony by Heather McIntyre, highlighting our Indigenous heritage, after which the Goldenaires will perform the Canadian Anthem. Both the Canadian flag and the Every Child Matters Flag will be risen.

After the singing of the National Anthem and flag raising the Rotary Club of Meaford will award the Citizen of the Year. The ceremony will close with Indigenous drumming and then head to the pavilion for donuts, generously donated by Tim Hortons.

11:30-2:30 p.m.: Stilt walker, juggler and a mini clown will be wandering around performing, taking the celebrations to new heights. Jennifer Merrifield will be performing on stilts while Robbin Darling will accompany her with juggling swords and other implements. An added bonus of a mini clown tagging along with various flow toys will be fun for everyone to watch and enjoy.

Sponsored by The Meaford Culture Foundation.

Music and Entertainment:
Get excited! Live music will be returning and will be performing throughout the day! A stage will be set up by the Rotary Harbour Pavilion, 1 Don Bumstead Drive, Meaford. Plenty of shaded green space to come enjoy.


Special thanks to our emcee, JD Moffat and LITE99.3 FM for guiding us through this magnificent line up!


9-:45 p.m.: Scott Almond – Meaford born and raised, singer-songwriter, Scott Almond has a soulful voice and can really sing the blues. He released 4 songs to Europe off his Hard Land CD in 2005 to 2007. Playing all your favorite classic country and rock hits from the Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bruce Springsteen and more.

Scott Almond


10 – 11 am: Our Shotgun Wedding – Our Shotgun Wedding is the warm and honest collaboration of Dylan McMullin and Lauren Jewell. The infectious chemistry of this husband and wife duo simmers constantly, and boils over on stage. The style of these multi–instrumentalists is as infectious as the catchy toe-tapping songs they perform. The couple met in 2010 at Summerfolk Music Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario and a 5 track demo EP entitled “Ghosts of the Bury Road,” was released in 2012. The track, “The Hitchhiker” was featured on CBC Radio’s Bandwidth.
The style they bring to the stage is warm, textured and honest, yet provocative and searching. They are a dynamic young band whose song writing abilities produce lyrics and melodies that fit their musical skills so well that the result is like polished pyrite, everyday ideas presented in a cleanly finished way that works so well. Our Shotgun Wedding’s music is fresh and new, confronting yet comforting. And while their music may be new to you, it still comes across sounding oh so familiar.

Our Shotgun Wedding


12–12:45 pm: Andy G and Friends – Kids entertainment

Canadian folk rock & roots singer/songwriter Andy Griffiths wants to tell you about a cat named Flash. “Flash was a wonderful cat with a loving personality and a lot of character,” says Andy. “When we brought Flash home as a kitten, he would always run around the house at top speed and often got into trouble … here and there!”
So it goes for the meowable muse behind Andy”s first children”s album, ‘OUR CAT FLASH’ … and children”s picture book to accompany it … illustrated by multiple award winning artist “Helen Griffiths”.
Andy G and Friends bring to stage a whole bunch of fun, sing along, danceable, toe tapping tunes in their interactive children”s/family show. A great mix of new original songs penned by Andy G … as well as some fun classic kids standards. For children ages 1 to 8yrs old … and the “older kids” too !
With a fun and energetic stage presence, hand puppets, tuba, slide whistle, shakers, froggy guiros, guitars and voices … these big kids always put smiles on the faces of their audiences!

Andy G and Friends Meaford Culture Foundation Proudly Sponsored by Meaford Culture Foundation


1:30-2:15 pm: Andy Griffiths Band – Folk rock – Tom Petty, Beatles, Steve Miller etc.

Andy Griffiths


2:20-2:25 pm: Scarecrow Invasion – Come and see the Kazoo band serenade us while they get ready for celebrating on Friday, September 29, 2023.


2:30-3:15 pm: Melissa Dawne– Melissa Dawne is a singer/songwriter who ranks herself under an umbrella of Canadiana inspired influences. She incorporates Roots/Rock, Alternative and Celtic styles in her writing.

Over the years, listening to indie music has impacted her love of songwriting. Assisting her to create root inspired material that is emotional & raw. Recognizing her celtic/east coast heritage has brought Melissa Dawne to appreciate music of yesteryear, resulting in her own new eclectic melodies.

Melissa Dawne


3:45-4:45 a.m.: Paige Warner – With an evocative voice that captivates her audience, Paige Warner creates alt-pop music that sits between singer-songwriter, blues-rock, and R&B with soul-inspired vocal licks layered on catchy hooks and rhythms. With over 80,000 combined listens on Spotify alone, Paige’s recent singles have drawn love from media and listeners alike. Having performed on stages such as NXNE, Owen Sound’s Summerfolk, TD Harbour Nights, and opening for iconic artists including Ron Sexsmith and Monowhales, Warner’s dedicated fan base continues to grow. Paige will be hitting the stage with her full band to play some of her favourites for Canada Day in Meaford. So get ready to sing along, share some feelings, and maybe even dance for a song or two!

Paige Warner


5:15-6:45 p.m.: Shane Cloutier – Shane Cloutier is a Canadian born and raised singer-songwriter. He writes acoustic anthems focused on life experiences, perseverance, and reflection. His music speaks loudly to his listeners leaving them wanting more. Shane’s strong emotional voice and his work as a guitarist, combined with his heavy metal influences creates an uncommon sound for a folk musician.