Celebrate Canada Day in Port Coquitlam with Live Music and Family Fun

Show your national pride at Port Coquitlam’s annual Canada Day celebrations with entertainment headlined by The Darby Mills Project, Canada’s iconic female rock band as well the sounds of electro and house music by DESTINEAK

Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy family friendly festivities which kick off at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast and fishing derby at Lions Park. The fun continues from noon to dusk at Castle Park with live entertainment, firefighters salmon barbecue and the Grand Finale Fireworks.

The Darby Mills Project, the singer of The Headpins, will headline the evening show. Darby Mills has had a forty year journey of extraordinary proportions becoming one of Canada’s iconic female rock vocalists. Hit songs include ‘Just One More Time’ and ‘Feel My Body’. The Headpins debut album Turn It Loud in 1982 went double platinum selling over 500,000 records and topped the charts for six weeks, with the hit singles ‘Don’t It Make Ya Feel (Dancin)’, ‘People’ and ‘Turn It Loud’. They were nominated for most promising new act at the JUNO’s and in 1983 the band won the Shure Music Express Awards for top new group and Darby Mills as the top female vocalist. The band toured with the likes of ZZ TOP, Whitesnake, KISS, Vince Neill, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Quiet Riot and many others.

DESTINEAK is a high energy act with incredible live music and visual stimulation that rocks any crowd. The sounds are electro and progressive house mashed with 80’s and 90’s rock, pop and R&B classics. Virtuosic vocals are performed by the enigmatic and exotic Christina Sing, a true diva and world renowned singer and writer. Bobby James maneuvers his way around a hybrid acoustic/electronic drum kit, percussion, and DJ rig. A veteran drummer who has toured with the likes of Kid Rock, Metallica and Scorpions, he is a master of his instrument. Using the latest technology and production, DESTINEAK blends their original music with the anthems of yesterday and with chart topping tracks of today, scored lighting, scripted visuals, hybrid instruments, dancers and Canada Day themes to take the party to the next level.

Schedule of Events

  • 8-11:00 a.m.: Pancake breakfast served by the local Lions Club – Lions Park ($5/adult, $3/child under 10) and a free fishing derby with prizes for children age 10 and under (register on-site).
  • 12:00 p.m.: Opening ceremonies, national anthem, flag raising and cake – Castle Park.
  • 12:30-5:00 p.m.: Community showcase – Featuring local performers and choral groups.
  • 12:00-5:00 p.m.: a variety of free children’s activities including face painting, a creation station, a kids’ activity zone, bungee runs, bouncy castle and more.
  • 12:00-5:00 p.m.: Community marketplace – explore a variety of community and cultural displays.
  • Noon to dusk – an impressive lineup of food vendors: tacos, Asian fusion, pizza and more.  
  • 3:00-6:00 p.m. – Salmon Barbecue – Port Coquitlam Firefighters continue the annual tradition of serving up a complete salmon dinner for $10. The popular barbecue is usually a sell-out. All proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Hamburgers and hotdogs will also be available.
  • 5:00-10 p.m.: Bring a blanket to enjoy the music acts leading up to the fireworks featuring: Hickelstock, Western Jaguar, Disco Funeral, Destineak, and The Darby Mills Project.
  • Dusk: Grande finale pyro musical featuring the music of all female Canadian artists.

The event is generously supported by Canadian Heritage.

Visit www.portcoquitlam.ca/canadaday for more details and any schedule changes.



Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Admin Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5335 Cel 604.218.0533
Email purewalp@portcoquitlam.ca