THE NEXT 150!
June 21st - July 1st 2018
A celebration of the magnitude of Canada 150 has left an indelible impression across the globe. We have united for 365 days to truly embrace this milestone for our country, with its apex surrounding our communal birthday, July 1. We have reveled in the past and celebrated the moment that built our nation. We now turn our attention to the future: to the next 150.
June 21st National Indigenous People's Day: Voices of Tomorrow
Each year our festivities are welcomed with a celebration that ushers in the summer season.
We will celebrate Canada's first city with it's first peoples; with interpretations from a variety of indigenous arts + culture, including modern versions of traditional song, dance, drum, dress, handcrafts and food.
June 22nd Taste of the Boardwalk 5pm
The first official Friday of the Summer season is already sure to go down in history! We really kick things into high gear with the official 5pm work whistle, announcing to those far and near that the weekend is here! Featuring our province's favourite bands, we'll top it off with the largest pedestrian street party unique to the Maritimes, and a fireworks display that will light up the sky!
Black Box Mixology Competition 5pm
Join us on the Boardwalk for the 6th Annual Black Box Mixology Competition at 5pm! All Market Square restaurants will compete to see who will create the signature Boardwalk beverage to be sold at all Market Square Boardwalk restaurants. The winner will earn the title of the Boardwalk's Top Bartender and their drink will be featured in all Boardwalk restaurants for the whole summer!
June 23rd Rockwood Picnic in the Park 12pm
Celebrate the great Canadian outdoors in beautiful Rockwood Park with free swimming, boating, wagon rides, music, BBQ, prizes and face painting!
Summer Solstice 8pm
Join us on the Boardwalk stage for Live Entertainment celebrating the amazing talent Canada has to offer!
June 24th Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day - Poutine Challenge 12pm
The soul food of the Great White North - poutine! - is the symbol for our 2018 theme's 'la prochaine 150'. Our bilingual status as a province deepens our connection to the francophone cultures of our region and our country, and this day becomes an opportunity for a culinary & musical delight to make the mouth water, and the ears sing! As the 6th installment of the Poutinerie Challenge, we welcome a new crop of restauranteurs from the region to vie for the coveted gravy boat trophy that sits proudly at the winning restaurant for all to see!
Jakob Lutes - Port City Royal
2017 Poutine Challenge Champion
Sunday Jazz - Silver & Brass 8pm
The francophone spirit will be expressed in brass - saxophonist Greg Marks will share his incredible talents and interpret his ideas of the silver wave of the future of brass in Canada with this unique installation
June 25th ECMA Monday - The Next 150 Edition 8pm
East Coast Music Mondays kicks off on this day, with a special theme to celebrate the theme of Celebrate Canada. The Next 150 will be celebrated as songwriters' circle of east coast music association members, each brining a unique perspective of the nation in song.
June 26th Canadian Senior's Tea 12pm
Our nation's elders represent a unique perspective to inform and guise our decisions as we consider the
next 150 - a generation that has borne witness to how we have come to this place, We pay homage to this tradition with our Senior's Tea. Tea is a very popular drink and we will be sharing the special blends developed over centuries as we have a cuppa with our community's seniors in this time-honoured event that warms the heart- just like a good cuppa tea should!
New Brunswick Talent Showcase 8pm
Our regions finest entertainment perform on the Boardwalk stage, from classic Canadian hits to amazing original covers!
June 27th Saint John Idol XVI - Winners of Yesterday Guide Tomorrow's Rising Stars 8pm
As we contemplate how we grow forward, we look for guidance from those who have come before. We extend this to our immensely popular Saint John Idol competition. This year, we are inviting winners from past years not only to share their talents with the community, but to host private workshops with the next generation of Saint John Idol hopefuls. The roster of songs will be exclusively Canadian hits that celebrate growth, looking forward and pride in our national roots.
National Multiculturalism Day 12pm
The Saint John Multicultural Newcomers Resource Centre is our region's champion for reaching into the past, bringing it into the present and moving it into the future, with an array of cultural icons from first generation to First Nation Canadians. This is celebrated through tradition, attire, food, dance and traditions that together, form the cultural mosaic that is our community and its people.
June 28th Country Star Competition- Rising Country Stars Guided by the Past 8pm
As we contemplate how we grow forward, we look for guidance from those who have come before. This year, we are inviting winners from past years not only to share their talents with the community, but to host private workshops with the next generation of Country Star hopefuls. Singing the greatest Canadian Country hits from past and present to celebrate our nation!
June 29th Canada Day Long Weekend
The Canada Day Long weekend begins with a celebration of immense proportion! Three nights of non-stop music from the best Canadian artists will take over the Market Square Boardwalk stage. We really kick things into high gear with the official 5pm work whistle, announcing to those far and near that the weekend is here! This newly refurbished space will celebrate what we consider to be the tenets of the next 150: sustainable, cultural, and accessible. As is the gold standard of our mandate, the festivities are free of charge, open to the public, and featured on our outdoor waterfront stage.
June 30th 14th Annual Canada Day Countdown
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated aspects of our annual festivities, the 14th annual Canada Day Countdown event is a delightful fit with this year's theme. The concept of the day was developed in partnership with FUSION Saint John, a local under-40 non-profit organization representing "voices for action." The voices of over ten thousand strong unite to hear the strong message from live musicians from across the country, representing the nation's next big thing in the music industry. The waterfront ignites with this unique NYE-style countdown to July 1st, and it has become one of the signature events in the maritime music scene. In partnership with Shinerama, tonnes of activities, giveaways and games will all evening to raise money for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The night will finish with a New Year's Eve Style Countdown to Canada Day!
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