Greater Sudbury’s BIGGEST Family Friendly Celebration!
Celebrate Canada Day Saturday July 1st, 2017 from
12 – 10:30 pm at Science North!

General Information

Science North’s spectacular annual Canada Day Family Celebration attracts thousands to its iconic site to celebrate our country, people, culture and values. The festivities include everything from face painting, cool science, live demonstrations, arts and crafts, live entertainment, inflatables, and of course, a stunning fireworks display! This celebratory event plays host to a variety of bilingual entertainers on the main stage for both children and adults alike throughout the day including the KiSS Canada Day Band Jam competition.

This alcohol-free family day takes place on the grounds of Science North and is FREE for all ages.

Evening Entertainment

Stef Paquette

After touring Canada for the past 2 years with more than 150 shows, being a TV host for Planète BRBR on TFO and acting on Hard Rock Medical, Stef launched his stand-up comic career in January 2017… But on July 1st, he’s choosing to grace the stage of his hometown surrounded with old friends to offer a totally different show with a FULL Band and surprises!

Daytime Performance

Ian Tamblyn & band

Ian Tamblyn has been a musician since 1972. He has released 38 albums and cds of his own work as well as acting as producer for dozens of other artists. Ian has also written fifteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks. His most recent play is called A River Runs Through Us and the production enjoyed a successful tour of the Gatineau Hills during the summer of 2016. His play, Land of Trash is currently on tour throughout British Columbia in association with Green Thumb Theatre of Vancouver. As well, Ian enjoyed an acting debut in Jan Irwin's production of Up to Low, based on an adaptation of Brian Doyles book where he was also musician and musical director. Currently Ian is working on a new play set again the Gatineau Hills entitled- A Summer- A Fair.

KiSS 105.3 Canada Day Band Jam

The KiSS Canada Day Band Jam returns with bands competing for a chance to win a share of$2500 in cash prizes to further musical careers & dreamsCompeting in the KiSS Band Jam this year are;

Taco Fiesta
Cedars of Kag
Jay Walking
Silver Peak
The KeyFrames

Be sure to visit our KiSS Booth from 12 to 5 pm to fill out a ballot for your chance to win one of two amazing Ontario150 Family Getaways including:

  • 2 Night Stay at Residence Inn by Marriott Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf
  • $50 Gift Card to Oar & Paddle Restaurant
  • Family 4 Pack to Santa’s Village
  • 2 Night Stay at Renaissance Toronto Hotel
  • 4 Tickets for Dinner & Show to Medieval Times
  • 4 Tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada


KANATA 150 is a local original cultural bilingual concert production, a CHILD of Maurice (Moe) Berthiaume, supported and sustained by Rick Meilleur, Gary Michalak and the CMRB Board of Directors. Come and share with us a glimpse of our Canadian history with songs and dance as we celebrate Confederation’s 150th celebration at Science North on July 1st.

Les Racinettes

It is the sweet mix of culture and tradition that best represents our music as well as who we are as artists. With rich vocal harmony blends and a unique style that is our own, our goal is to bring new life to our musical traditions, to represent them with a modern feel. To share them with our current and future generations.

Red Sky

Internationally renowned, Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Their multi-award winning company was founded in 2000 by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water).

Red Sky’s mandate is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture. They create, produce and disseminate new creations and events that illuminate themes, aesthetics and values of importance to Indigenous peoples.

They have garnered an international reputation for collaborating on landmark projects with some of the most prestigious artists and companies from around the globe. Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered 1,736 performances across Canada and 178 international performances in 12 countries on four continents.

They continue to significantly influence the artistic evolution and innovation of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and around the world.

Red Sky will be performing on the main stage at Science North on Canada Day and provide interactive workshops to our visitors.

Eddie Elliott

Eddie Elliott is of Maori descent from Tainui, New Zealand. He discovered hip-hop in Wellington and graduated in contemporary dance at UNITEC in 2013. Recently, Eddie won the 2017 Norris Scholarship Award in Dance and was also supported by Creative New Zealand to mentor with Red Sky Performance in Canada for six months. He was also nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, and the 2014 ͞I Am Auckland Awards͟ in the Youth Active Award category. In 2015, James Cook High School named an award for students in his honour, the ͞Eddie Elliott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance".

As a choreographer, Eddie has created works such asHear Me Out (2011) for Maori television’s Kanikani Mai; I'll Stand Outside (2012) which toured the South Island and Rarotonga; Kei konei au (2013) which was performed on 10 university dance students at UNITEC as part of their graduation performance. Eddie has worked with leading dance companies in New Zealand including Black Grace, Atamira, Okareka Dance Company, Douglas Wright Dance, and the New Zealand Dance Company, and in Canada with Red Sky Performance where he is currently an Associate Artist.

Dispatch Talent

Joey the Acrobat Guy
From acrobatics to juggling and even magic, Joey Albert is a jack of all trades. He has spent years perfecting his skills to perform only the best. Whether it's juggling 5 balls or flipping over 5 people Joey does it all. With over 14 years of performing experience around the world he's sure to make you laugh and leave you stunned and amazed.

Hula Hoop Fun Zone
Yes the Hula Hoop is back and more popular than ever! Learn to Hula Hoop and have Fun with Family and friends.


Take a walk back into the fur trading days of the 1800’s and experience what is was like to survive in the wilderness. Speak with Canoe Mike on what it takes to build a birchbark canoe. Ask Voyageur Ron about the type of weapons used to bring down your next supper, or be a Coureur de Bois for the day and enjoy the challenges of our great Canadian yesteryear.

Additional Daytime Entertainment:

Myths and Mirrors

Myths and Mirrors: Bwaajigiwin (boo-wad-jig-e-win, “the practice of dreaming” in Ojibwe) is a community art project from Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and emerging artist, Nani Bell. Inspired by nature, local legend and magic, the project combines performance, puppetry and audience participation, with both kids and adults encouraged to take part and join the performance. As part of the project, everyone is invited to visit Myths and Mirrors’ booth to create a hand-made felt flower that will be added to an evolving floral display that will be seen at festivals and events throughout the summer.

YES Theatre

Since 2010, YES Theatre has become an integral part of the Northern Arts and Culture scene. They are the leading company for developing fostering the voice of young artists within our region. Past productions include Hair, Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, In the Heights, Fiddler on the Roof, and last summers smash hit, Hairspray. This August, YES will be presenting the Northern Ontario premiere of BILLY ELLIOT and will be launching the YES Orchestra this December with a concert production of Beauty and the Beast. For more info, please visit

Fireworks display (Approximately 10:15 p.m.)

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display by David Whysall International Fireworks. The launch of fireworks is dependent on wind and weather and may be cancelled at any time before the show, right up until the last minute. Please listen to KiSS 105.3 FM or call 705-523-4629 ext. 649 for updates.

The day also includes games, crafts, face painting, and entertaining activities for visitors of all ages!

Science North IMAX® Theatre


Buy one regular priced admission to Science North’s IMAX® Theatre and get the second admission of equal or lesser value for ½ price. Ask the sales clerk for this deal at the beginning of your transaction. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. Offer does not apply to school groups, group or bus tours. Valid Canada Day only.



Main Stage

Times Performace
12:00 PM- 12:05 PM Opening remarks with dignitaries
12:05 PM-12:15 PM Indigenous Opening ceremony
12:15 PM -12:17 PM National Anthem – Trinity Thibeault
12:20 PM-12:45 PM Red Sky Performers
1:00 PM -1:30 PM Ian Tamblyn & Bands
1:45 PM -2:05 PM YES Theatre
2:20 PM-2:50 PM Ian Tamblyn & Band
3:05 PM-4:15 PM KiSS -Band Jam semi -finals
4:15 PM-5:15 PM BREAK
5:15PM -5:30 PM Les Racinette (band)
5:45 PM-7:15 PM Kanata 150 (Cafe Musique)
7:15 PM-8:15 PM KiSS Band Jam finals
8:30 PM-10:00 PM Stef Paquette
10:15 PM -10:35 PM Fireworks

Marketplace Stage

Times Performace
12:30 PM -12:50 PM Cool For the Summer! Live Science Show
1:00 PM -1:20 PM The Acrobat Guy (Dispatch Talent)
1:30 PM - 1:50 PM Cool For the Summer! Live Science Show
2:00 PM - 2:25 PM Red Sky Performance
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM The Acrobat Guy (Dispatch Talent)
3:45 PM – 4:05 PM Cool For the Summer! Live Science Show
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM The Acrobat Guy (Dispatch Talent)


NOTE: the following activities are offered from 12pm to 5pm

Enjoy an afternoon full of entertaining activities for curious minds of all ages! Please join us and take part in all the fun with games, inflatables, cool science, face painting and more!


Cool science activities

Our Bluecoats will be out and about with some special outdoor science demos and activities, including:

  • Turtle Doctors
    • Try your hand in putting a replica turtle shell together- just like the real turtle doctor
  • Citizen Science!
    • Participate in a Citizen Science Project! We need your help to sort through sediment samples taken from a site where the remains of a 11,480 year-old mastodon skeleton was discovered
  • Meet our animals
    • See some of Science North’s sensational animals.
  • Bubbly Bubbly Bubbles:
    • Bubbles can be heaps of fun to play with. Enjoy some bubble activities that will make bubbles in all shapes and sizes.
  • On top of the World!:
    • Those aren't just sculptures in front of Science North - come use these big astronomical tools to discover your place in space

Other Activities

  • RendezVOUS arranged by Café Musique
  • Children’s Canada Day Arts & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Wagonwheel Ranch Pony Rides($5)
  • Inflatables
  • GymZone trampolines, rollers and balance beams
  • Angry Birds Challenge
  • And much more!


Important Information

No Alcohol Policy

There will be no alcoholic beverages sold on the Science North site during Canada Day. The entire site is designated as alcohol-free in recognition of this family event. Alcohol is NOT permitted on-site. Failure to comply may result in expulsion from the event.


Paid parking ($6) at Science North is extremely limited. On-site parking is limited and is provided on a first-arrival basis. Once the lot is full, it will be closed. Patrons taking part in the Canada Day Family Celebrations at Science North are encouraged to take the Canada Day Greater Sudbury Transit shuttle service. Additional parking is available at the corner of Paris and York Streets and Southridge Mall. The public is reminded not to park in prohibited areas, boulevards, sidewalks, or obstruct driveways and lanes. Any vehicle found in contravention of these bylaws will be ticketed and/or towed. The shuttle service is recommended.

Boat Launch / Ramsey Lake Access

The Marine unit will be patrolling the waters of Ramsey Lake to ensure that operators are driving responsibly and without alcohol. The fireworks begin at 10:15–10:30 p.m. The public is being asked to stay away from the barge at all times.


There is no swimming at the Science North beach. This beach is unsupervised and is not maintained for public swimming. In addition, Science North is currently rehabilitating the shoreline to feature a natural marsh habitat that would be damaged by swimming. If you would like to swim, follow the boardwalk to the main beach of Bell Park – a 20 minute walk from Science North.

Lost Children

Lost children will be brought to the Science North Main Information Tent located on the Marketplace in front of the small snowflake building (the building housing Elements Food Court) and will remain there until they are reunited with their parents/guardians. Police will be made aware of any lost children.


Outdoor Canada Day activities and the fireworks are weather dependent. Please note that the Canada Day Fireworks may be postponed due to wind or weather right up until launch time at approximately 10:15 p.m.