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Author: Stephany

Canada Day Countdown Tenth Anniversary

Ten years ago, a group of young professionals were struck with inspiration. They crafted an ingenious idea to inspire our community’s youth to rally around something that despite – and because of – their own diverse backgrounds, united them for that which they were most passionate about: our city.
Ten years ago, our city exploded to life with an event that personifies Saint John and its innovation: taking a time-honoured tradition, and adapting it to become our own.
Ten years ago, we celebrated the first Canada Day Countdown: an outdoor festival that features world-class, award-winning musicians – all exclusively Canadian – to ring in our nation’s birth in a New Year’s Eve-style countdown.
July 1st is a date heralded around the world; celebrated not only on Canadian soil, but in most metropolitan cities across the globe. Much like how we all become Irish for a day March 17th, the world over dons their red and white to exude the spirit of our great nation. Canada’s first city’s festival boasts the most unique manner in which to celebrate our nation’s birth anywhere in the world in the form of Canada Day Countdown.
Each year, the festival has continued to exceed expectations, featuring rising stars from across our home and native land to take the Market Square Boardwalk Stage June 30th and ignite the waterfront with the cheers of tens of thousands.
This year, in addition to a roster that ranges from local favourites to artists with international accolades, includes the annual Stiletto Stampede, Night Market of local artisans, Gourmet BBQ, mechanical bull ride, and the wildly popular Beergarden that kicks off as we approach twilight. When the clock strikes midnight, a pyrotechnics show will light the sky unlike anything our region has witnessed, and the revelry, which begins at 2pm, will continue into the wee hours.
Born Ruffians
Rich Aucoin
Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case
The Jimmy Swift Band Farewell Tour – final set of SJ shows ever!
Garrett Mason
Balysto Steelband
In DreamsPyrotechnics show at midnight!
Beergarden 19+
Stiletto Stampede
Night Market
Gourmet BBQ

Event is free of charge, and rain or shine!;
2014 Countdown Poster

In addition to key community partners whose support allows for this Countdown to be offered free of charge, the anniversary welcomes the founding organization, FUSION, to reunite with the event and celebrate its own tenth anniversary. The shared passions and goals of these elements truly speaks to the idea of collaboration that is vital for our community to flourish.
Get the inside scoop via In addition to the website, this will be the online source for announcement, lineup, schedule, and details on the full twelve days of festivities to celebrate our nation’s birth. From the Taste of Summer kickoff June 20th until our Fireworks Grand Finale and After-Party, the Arts&Culture of our region boast the finest in activities and entertainment to usher in the summer season.
Ten years ago, we began a tradition that has helped shape our community and its culture.  Join us for the milestone celebration of the event this year, and remember what it is to be proud to be Canadian.

Harvesting the Arts Festival Tenth Anniversary




The tenth anniversary of the festival is being celebrated Saturday, October 19th, 2013. , and welcomes artists from a host of backgrounds and interests to participate in this milestone occasion that brings the city’s arts&culture scene to the forefront.

There are several new aspects to this free festival, expanding upon its annual celebration of art in action and the spectacular harvest season experienced in the region.

A key new element to the festival is the DOORS OPEN concept: welcoming the community and its visitors to witness art in action in a variety of venues and mediums. This allows for the shops and businesses that operate all year round within the BIA to become a part of the vibrancy infused into the Uptown core with the open-air markets.

The OPEN-AIR MARKETS are the roots of the festival. This year, both King’s Square and Loyalist Plaza will be operating in tandem for Harvesting the Arts Festival, featuring artisans and craftspeople from a host of passions and genres.

Further presence at King’s Square is being coordinated as well, for organizations to host a WORKSHOP, DEMONSTRATION, or PERFORMANCE for the public.

The most innovative addition to the heart of the city is with the establishment of FREE WALKING TOURS, being launched Uptown throughout the day’s festivities. Each focuses on a different aspect of the highlights within the City’s Arts&Culture Policy: shop, eat, work, play, live, and create. Various locations will become a feature stop on the tour, and give a taste of the services and flavour of our community’s rich Arts&Culture scene.

Each participating location will receive a pumpkin and poster to put on display, which will signal to the public which venues to visit. “Look for the pumpkins!” directs the public to explore Uptown and step within and bring to the forefront those spaces that form the architectural splendour that is the backdrop of the city. An online map that denotes various locations and schedule of activities will be provided, and an info booth hosted by Fusion Saint John will direct people to the various festivities that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

As the icing on the cake, the event is likewise collaborating with the Music New Brunswick Awards that are being hosted in the city during that period; bringing musicians from across the province to join with the Harvesting the Arts performance roster that features acts from as far away as Winnipeg.

To register as an artisan, food vendor, Doors Open location, workshop or demonstration host, free walking tour stop, or to volunteer for this free event, please complete the online registration form:

Keep your ear to the ground for all the event details to share at,, or contact

Media Inquiries:
Stephany Peterson
Harvesting the Arts; Tenth Anniversary Festival Director
Fusion Arts&Culture Director

2012 Canada Day Week Celebrations

145 hours of festivities in celebration of our nation’s 145th!

What better way to launch into summer than with a balls to the wall celebration of our country!?  Join us for daily activities running June 20 – July 1; kicking off the regular summer programming on the Boardwalk, infused with Canadian flavours (mmm…. maple bacon fishmeal Boardwalk….)

See the full calendar and details:

Market Square Boardwalk

FREEEEE; rain or shine

A could (and have!) talk for days about everything happening on the Boardwalk to celebrate Canada Day Week; here are some music-focused highlights that I think y’all might fancy.

Highlights for the gc’er:

June 22 WTFunk @8pm

June 24 St Jean de Baptiste Open Mic

June 27 Todd’s Musical Petting Zoo – over 50 instruments from around the world wagging for your affection!  You can pick ’em up and play, pluck, strum, bang, smash, blow ’til your heart’s content!  Such fun!

June 29 Community Engagement & Volunteerism Night ft. Little You Little Me, The Migrant Workers, and The Names and Faces


ft. Mother Mother, Hawksley Workman, Three Sheet, Naked Baron, Tim Chaisson, Christina Martin, Reagan’s Rayguns, Young River, Tupper Ware Remix Party, and DJ Hawk spinning from his nest in the sky!


Fireworks 10:15, ft. Meaghan Smith, Loaded Dice, Liam Titcomb, Katie & I, Green Bank Trio, and more!

Skatepark Competition ft. DJ John Saint

There’s oodles more on the go, jamming the 145 to the rafters!

Looking forward to celebrating Canada Day and welcoming summer!