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Canada Day concert, fireworks set for Swangard

Canada Day in Burnaby will end with a bang this year.

City council has approved a new celebration of Canada's birthday to be held at Swangard Stadium from 5-10 p.m. on July 1.

Dave Ellenwood,, Burnaby's director of parks, recreation and cultural services, said the free event will feature musical entertainment throughout the evening, including a "known" Canadian headliner on the main stage. There will also be family activities on the concourse like strolling musicians and stilt walkers, as well as food and refreshment vendors. The celebration will wrap up with a fireworks display.

Ellenwood said with other communities holding Canada Day celebrations in the evening, it's time Burnaby join the party.

"We've noticed everybody else seems to want to have fun at night on Canada Day," said Ellenwood, who expects the event could draw 5-6,000 people.

Burnaby's daytime celebrations, at Burnaby Village Museum and Edmonds Park, will continue. They attract about 15,000 people.

Given the stadium's location atop the ridge that flanks the Central Valley, Mayor Derek Corrigan said the pyrotechnics will likely be visible across Metro Vancouver.

The event will cost $160,000 said Ellenwood. The money will come from the city's 2014 operating budget.

Coun. Pietro Calendino said the new event "is a wonderful addition" to the city's Canada Day celebrations.

"The city is looking forward to something like this," said Calendino, who added residents from East Vancouver may even venture across Boundary Road to participate.

Ellenwood said if the new celebration is successful, it could become an annual event.

"We're excited," said Ellenwood. "We're going to have a good show. It's nice to add to our fun."

 

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