Born in Saint John, Countdown is a way for patriotic Canadian's to get a head start celebrating the birth of their nation in a way we know best: with good music and good beer!
Canada Day Countdown takes place every year on June 30th, Canada Day Eve, and includes a 19+ beer garden, headliner musicians, amusement rides, pyrotechnics at midnight, and more. With a national holiday following Countdown, party-goers don't have a single worry about an early morning alarm call for work.
Since its debut in 2005, Countdown has hosted some of the hottest acts of the decade and the tradition of fun-loving Canadians celebrating Countdown has spread to cities around the country.
The first Countdown took place in 2005 at the Market Square Boardwalk. The vision was to have the hottest bands perform, with major corporate sponsors promoting the event, and live TV coverage of the entertainment for all Canadians to see how Canada's first incorporated city truly celebrates the coming of our nations birthday. Since 2005 we've only expanded from there.
2019: Beaches - Merimac - Jill Barber - Partner - David in the Dark - Tartan Terrors - Scott Helman
2018: Alvvays - Busty and the Bass - Port Cities - Goodnight, Sunrise - Weak Size Fish - The Backstays - Tackies
2017: Ria Mae - Said the Whale - The Wooden Sky - Greg MacPherson - Tartan Terrors - S.H.R.I.M.P Ring
2016: Kid Koala - Dear Rouge - Yukon Blonde - Plants & Animals - David Myles - FM Berlin
2015: Vouge Dots - Whitehorse - Tartan Terrors - The Sadies - Unseen Strangers - Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project - Acres & Acres feat. Saint John String Quartet - Sleepy Driver
2014: Jill Barber - Born Ruffians - Rich Aucoin - The Jimmy Swift Band - Garrett Mason - Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case - Pineo - Heat & Lights - In Dreams
2013: Elliott Brood - The Dudes - Mo Kenney - The Elwins - Acres & Acres - Eldon King - The Motorleague - The Caravan - DJ Whale Skin
2012: Mother Mother - Hawksley Woman - Naked Baron - Christina Martin - Three Sheet feat. Atlantic Cirque - Reagans Rayguns - Tim Chaisson - DJ Hawk - Young River Band
2011: Bedouin Soundclash - Hey Coean! - United Steel Workers of Montreal - Keith Mulins - Earthbound Trio
2010: Jon McKiel - Deep Dark Woods - Rose Cousins - Enter the Haggis - Idlers - DJ Hawk
2009: Joel Plaskett & The Emergency - David Myles Band - The Got to Get Got - Greg MacPherson - Scientists of Sound
2008: In-Flight Safety - Hey Rosetta! - Les Paiens - Jeff Morris - Yuk-Yuks Comedy - Laurie Jones
2007: Wintersleep - Two Hours Traffic - Divine Heist - Gordon Gets Lost - Madame Brown - The Jimmy Swift Band
2006: The Trews - Will Hoge - Tom Fun Orchestra - Carmen Townsend & The Shakey Deals