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Brantford celebrates Canada Day with a bang

Canada DayBrantford celebrates Canada Day with a bang

Just over 20,000 Brantford and County of Brant residents attended the Canada Day celebrations at Lions Park on Friday, July 1.

This year marked the return of the event for the first time since 2019 and Lori-Dawn Cavin, the City of Brantford’s Manager of Community Recreation and Events, said that she was thrilled to be back in full force.

“I cannot even begin to describe how it feels to host Canada Day again,” Cavin said. “This event is a special one because it is marketed to such a diverse group of people, we have something for everyone all day long.”

The Jim Cuddy Band headlined the event, followed by a 20-minute firework display that drew out the largest crowd of the day. 

Jim Cuddy performs as the headline act at Brantford’s Canada Day celebration on Frida, July 1.
The Jim Cuddy Band headlines Brantford’s Canada Day celebrations at Lions Park on Friday, July 1.
Fireworks light up the sky at Lions Park Brantford during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
A 20-minute fireworks display ends the Canada Day celebration at Lions Park Brantford on Friday, July 1.

Aside from the main events, the day was jam packed with musical entertainment for visitors of all ages including opening acts Freedom Train and The Box, “The Elvis Concert” starring Pete Paquette, and Dorothy and Wags from “The Wiggles” for kids.

Dorothy and Wags from “The Wiggles” entertain children during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.

Residents looking for another kind of entertainment could watch grappling action with the stars of Independent Pro Wrestling, watch the Ehawih Dance Group, enjoy rides on the midway, or play carnival games for a number of prizes. 

Jeff Black takes Mr. Atlantis hard into the turnbuckle during an Independent Pro Wrestling show on Canada Day, July 1.
Mr. Atlantis powerslams Jeff Black on his way to victory in a first round match during the fifth annual Canada Cup.
Azrael throws Kwan Chang into the turnbuckle during a first round match during the fifth annual Canada Cup

The day also had an educational element for children as Brantford Fire Chief Todd Binkley was joined by Marshall from Paw Patrol to tell a story and teach kids the importance of fire safety. 

Over 60 vendors attended the event including non-profit organizations such as Child Hunger Brantford, Read the Ward, and the Neighbourhood Alliance of Brantford. Vendors also included local businesses and makers such as I’mperfect Activity Room, henna and face painting artists, and the Canadian Marketplace. 

A youngster takes a turn on the carousel during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
Four-year-old Maddy-Lynn Landry goes on a pony ride during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
Irelynn Thompson smiles for the camera before taking a “Monster Truck” for a spin during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.

Food trucks including Gillies, Poutine Perfect, Adriano and several others kept visitors fed throughout the day with carnival favourites like blooming onions and hot dogs. 

A group of youngsters have some fun on the bumper cars during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
A couple of kids take a spin of one of the carnival rides during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
A couple of kids learn about the inner workings of a fire truck from a member of the Brantford Fire Department during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.
Families go for a ride on a roller coaster on the Midway during the Canada Day celebration on Friday, July 1.

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