Canada Day - July 1, 2024 
Prince Arthur's Landing, Marina Park 

1:00pm - 6:00pm

Canada Day on the Waterfront is an opportunity to come together and celebrate our diverse community. Join us at Marina Park for an afternoon of music, dance, arts, crafts, games, food, and more.

We continue to commit to the re-envisioning of Canada Day on the Waterfront, to reflect and recognize that Canada Day means something different to everyone, and to move forward in an inclusive, thoughtful, and meaningful way.

Be sure to join us for this free event on July 1!

Sunrise Ceremony (approx. 6:00 am):
Join us in welcoming a new day and expressing our appreciation and thanks for nature and life. This ceremony takes place in the lawn area beside the Tai Chi area within Marina Park. 

Food Vendors (festival area):
Bannock Lady
Cold Slate Creamery 
Fox on the Run
Knights of Columbus
Theresa's Italian Foods

Artisans(festival area):
Aatisha tha shrestha
Caring Hands Uganda / Africa Matters Too
Farhath Riza Henna Art
Ruby Moon Mehndi

Arts Projects with Community Arts Heritage Education Project (CAHEP) & Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Face Painting with the Thunder Bay Clown Club
Bubble Station
Sidewalk Chalk Station
Giant outdoor games / table top games
Activities with Healthy Kids
Splash Pad
Sacred Fire

Main Stage Schedule (1:00 - 6:00 PM):
1:00 PM - Opening Ceremonies
1:30 PM - Curubande band w/ Italian Touch Latin Dancing School 
3:30 PM - African Choir 
4:00 PM - *Collaboration Project - Persons Unknown 
5:00 PM - Aysanabee

Second Stage (1:30 - 5:00 PM):
1:30 PM - Thunder Bay World Dance Collective
2:00 PM - Thunder Bay Chinese Music and Dance Troupe
2:30 PM - Filipino-Canadian Association of Thunder Bay
3:00 PM - Mariachi Rio Rojo Band
3:35 PM - Arabella Middle Eastern Dance Academy
4:05 PM - Thai Healing Centre Dance Troupe
4:30 PM - World Cultural Dance

*Collaboration Project: PERSONS UNKNOWN biography

PERSONS UNKNOWN (Nolan Schmerk and Martin Blanchet) makes music that sounds like what might happen if Thomas King began playing Hip-Hop. Oji-futurist and socially conscious, the duo’s songs are just plain unconventional. In other words, they’re “different”. They incorporate avant-garde jazz, funk, and dub to heady effect with Schmerk's science-fictional concepts and earthling observations, matching profundity and sly humor with show-and-prove microphone command.
The collaboration between Schmerk and Blanchet is one that is musical; it is a fusion of cultures. Ojifuturism meets Hip-Hop. Together, they form a wonky sort of space opera that roots itself in the framework of the electric powwow.
It is built around the drum; the heartbeat.
There is little doubt that audiences will be thoroughly engaged once they’re exposed to PERSON UNKNOWN’s unique blend of sounds, words, and rhythm. It is original. It is progressive. It is throwback. It is New School and it’s Old!
What's more: It's family-friendly.
Schmerk performs as your friendly neighbourhood Solomon. He assumes the role of beatmaker, wordsmith, deejay, and producer. He serves as edutainer and political raptivist; in other words, the storyteller. To boot, he’s a proud member of Fort William First Nation—born and reinstated!
Blanchet is affiliated with Thunder Bay’s own Symphony Orchestra. A world-class double bass player, he now calls the Lakehead his home. He joined the TBSO as Section Bass in 2007 before winning the Principal Bass position in 2009. Blanchet is also vocalist, bassist, and musical arranger for the Martin Blanchet Jazz Quintet.


Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Volunteer team!

For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator at 

Thank You to Our 2024 Event Sponsors and Funders!

Presenting Sponsor: Ontario Power Generation

Volunteer Program Sponsor: tbaytel for good

Signature Sponsors: 91.5 ckpr, 99.9 The Bay, Rock 94, Country 105, Roundtable, and CFNO 93.1/100.7/107.1

Patrons: Delta Hotels, Community Economic Development Commission Tourism Development Fund and Visit Thunder Bay, Impala Canada, and OLG

Contributors: Waterfront District, Spadoni Used Car & Truck - Sales & Leasing, Thunder Bay Airport, and Viva Dental


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada

Government of Canada Logo


Make an impact in our community - consider sponsoring the region's most popular and well-attended special events. If your company is interested in participating as a sponsor for this award-winning event, email or call 807-628-5250.   

"Like" Thunder Bay Culture & Events to keep up to date on Canada Day on the Waterfront updates!

Contact Us