Submitted Media Release – Photography by: Jason Freeze

City announces star-studded line up for Brantford’s 2018 Canada Day Celebration

Photo by: Jason Freeze

At a media launch event held in the lobby of the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Councillor Cheryl Antoski joined members of City staff and the Brantford Canada Day Committee and several of this year’s sponsors to announce the exciting line up of activities and entertainment that will take place beginning at 12:00 pm on Sunday, July 1st, 2018.

Bands set to perform on the main stage include, Preztel Logic, Johannes Linstead, The Ones, Freedom Train, Lee Harvey Osmond and 54.40. PLUS, the Kids’ stage will welcome meet and greets with Bob the Builder, Rubble from PAW Patrol, Masha and The Bear and entertainment courtesy of The BarryO Kidshow and 30 Dollar Weekend.

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Fan favourites are back this year, including Campbell Amusements and helicopter rides as well as Rogers Marketplace, the Made in Canada Exhibit and of course a spectacular fire works display at 10:30 pm.
Complimentary shuttle service is available to get to and from the Steve Brown Sports Complex / Lions Park on July 1. Parking is available for $5.00 per vehicle; this fee will support valuable projects for Rotary Club Brantford.

The full entertainment and activities schedule is available in the attached media kit and online at:

“I have been a member of the Canada Day Celebration committee for several years and am honoured to be this year’s Chair. Each year, families look forward to July 1st and year after year, I am overwhelmed by the sense of community I feel while walking through the park. This year will be no different, I look forward to seeing our community, in a sea of red and white, at Steve Brown Sports Complex on July 1st to celebrate Canada’s Birthday.”
– Brian Beattie, Brantford’s Canada Day Celebration Chair

“Canada Day is a big day for the City of Brantford and residents & visitors can once again, look forward to a wonderful program guaranteed to offer excitement to all. The 10:30pm fireworks display will be an extraordinary finale to an extraordinary day!”
– Brian Hughes, Director of Parks Services – Parks and Recreation


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The City of Brantford proudly lights up the sky with the annual Canada Day fireworks display beginning at 10:30 pm.


  • 12:20 pm Brantford Has Talent 1st Place winner Jack Dermarest
  • 1:00 pm Preztel Logic
  • 2:25 pm Johannes Linstead
  • 3:50 pm The Ones
  • 5:40 pm Freedom Train
  • 7:30 pm LeE HARVeY OsMOND
  • 9:00 pm 54.40
  • 10:30 pm Fireworks, presented by City of Brantford

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Vancouver’s 54.40 are post-punk icons from the early 80’s with a catalogue of hits that span 30 years occupying the airways to this day with no sign of stopping! Band members include Brad Merrit (bass), Neil Osbourne (vocals and guitar), Matt Johnson (drums), and Dave Genn (guitar). Their latest album, Keep on Walking is now available through iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.




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  • 12:00 noon & 3:00 pm Bob the Builder – presented by Clarence Street Dental
  • 12:30 pm Meet & Greet – Bob the Builder
  • 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm Freedom House Presents The Day Kindness Changes the World
  • 1:30 pm Meet & Greet – Paw Patrol – Rubble
  • 2:00 pm The BarryO Kidshow
  • 2:30 pm Meet & Greet – Masha & The Bear
  • 3:30 pm Meet & Greet – Bob the Builder & Paw Patrol – Rubble
  • 5:00 pm 30 Dollar Weekend

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*Academy of Dance Performances: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm

Displays & activities in the Young Canadians Area:

11:00 am – 6:00 pm Academy of Dance, Arts & Education Freedom House Canadian Cancer Society – Warhorse Warrior Challenge TK Olympic Taekwondo – demos on stage Pony Rides ($5.00)

11:00 am – 11:00 pm Campbell Amusements KidZone (Wrist Bands $25, Tickets $1.50 ea.)

Independent Pro Wrestling Show 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm Independent Pro Wrestling (IPW) is an Ontario company that has been based out of Brantford Ontario since August 24, 2002.

Join us on Canada Day and see what pro wrestling is all about! Located in the Red Ball diamond. Demonstration times: 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 pm


The City of Brantford and Five Nineteen Productions are proud to announce that an Escape Room will be part of this year’s Canada Day Celebration! For $5/person, you and your friends and family can put your skills to the test by entering the Escape Room Trailer. Groups will have five minutes to solve their way out. SCARY AERT – due to the nature of the activity, children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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(Weather Permitting) 11:00 am – 8:00 pm $50.00/person or 3 people for $120.00


The marketplace at the Branford Canada Day celebration is always a popular spot with festival goers.
Much like last year, Rogers TV is a Canada Day Media Partner and sponsor of the Canadian Marketplace. A wide assortment of merchandise is available for purchase that will make the event that much more memorable for everyone.

The Rogers Canadian Marketplace will feature vendors from across the city & beyond! In addition, not-for-profit and corporate organizations will be on hand to speak with anyone wishing for more information on their services.
Applications will be accepted until June 22, 2018, space permitting.


This year’s “Made In Canada Exhibit” will encompass the past years themes. Past themes include; Hobbies, Our Sports Heritage, Art of Music – use of words & music, Agriculture and Locomotion. If you fit into any of these categories we would love to showcase you! Come in and check out the interactive displays and perhaps you’ll discover a new passion! Located in Lions Park Arena. Presented by: Levac’s.


9:00 am in the Lions Park Arena

The citizenship ceremony is the final step in becoming a Canadian citizen. Inductees recite an oath of citizenship and receive their citizenship certificate at the ceremony on Canada Day. Join us and help celebrate new Canadian Citizens, on Canada Day!

To take part in the citizenship ceremony, contact or 519-756-1500.


Shuttle service will run on a half hour schedule from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, two shuttle routes:
1. 54.40 Route: Brantford Mall to Steve Brown Sports Complex/Lions Park

Bus Stop Location: Shuttle Bus #1 54.40 Route • Brantford Mall 11:00/11:30 • Dunsdon & Coachwood 11:05/11:35 • Lynden Park Mall 11:15/11:45 • Grey St. extension 11:30/12:00 • Lions Park 11:45/12:15

2. Bob The Builder Route: City Hall to Steve Brown Sports Complex/Lions Park

Bus Stop Location: Shuttle Bus #2 Bob The Builder • City Hall 11:00/11:30 • Doug Snooks Comm. Cen. 11:05/11:35 • Civic Centre 11:15/11:45 • Salvation Army (Diana Ave.) 11:30/12:00 • Lions Park 11:45/12:15

…and every 30 minutes until 9:00 pm. Shuttle service will run between the hours of 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Shuttle buses will remain parked at the Steve Brown Sports Complex/Lions Park, until fireworks are finished, approximately 11:00 pm. Shuttles will then do drop offs from the park.

Transit buses are fully accessible. However, there are a limited number of spots for wheelchair/walker/ strollers to be placed. Please be prepared to wait for the next shuttle bus, if those positions are filled. If you use Brantford Lift, don’t forget to pre book your trip to Brantford’s Canada Day Celebrations. You can book up to 30 days in advance. Deadline to book is Wednesday, June 27 at 9:30 pm.

For questions regarding shuttle service please contact Brantford Transit at 519-753-3847 or Brantford Lift at 519-752-4444.


There will be a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle, for on-site parking. Parking is available on nearby residential streets for free, but is limited. Proceeds from parking support the Rotary Club of Brantford – Sunrise. Parking fee is single entry only.


Volunteering is a great way to get involved and contribute to the betterment of Brantford. A call has gone out for volunteers to assist with various aspects of the celebration such as parking and traffic control, entertainment, festival set-up & take down. A variety of duties & shifts are available. Families & friends can volunteer as a group allowing them to be placed in an assignment together. The minimum age for volunteers is 14, and youth can use their Canada Day volunteer hours toward their required community service hours.

Volunteer applications are available at: • Canada Day website at: • City of Brantford Parks & Recreation, 1 Sherwood Drive


Brian Beattie – Chair, Bob Coyne – Past Chair, Jennifer Middleton, Kristen Cormier, Michelle Waterhouse, Lori-Dawn Cavin, Sgt. Keith Tollar, Grahame Lee, Maria Visocchi, Stephanie Quattrociocchi, Randy Papple, Erin McIntyre, Susan Brown, Richard Boyington, Deano Rouse, Brian Hughes, Melanie Brown, Elly Van der made, Graham Pluck, Christine Fair, Bruce Dzuba.


OLG, Campbell Amusements, Rogers, Expositor, The Jewel 92, CKPC AM 1380, Sonoco, Canadian Heritage, Zehrs – King George Road, Boyle Plumbing and Heating Co. Ltd., Clarence Street Dental, Lancaster Construction Ltd., Levac’s Trophy, Millard’s Chartered Professional Accountants, Empire Communities, Gates Canada, Beckett Glaves Funeral Home, Culligan Water, Brant Service Press Ltd., Bunnell Hitchon Insurance Brokers Inc., Vision Travel, Advantage Forklift Ltd., Brantford Honda, Brantford Nissan, Sunbelt Rentals, Dulux Paints, Energuy, Mitsui High-Tec (Canada) Inc., Tom’s Upholstery Inc., Wireworks Electrical, Adkins Financial Services Inc.