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General Information

Join us once again this year on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day celebrations at Science North! Celebrate Canada's birthday with live entertainment, awesome science, and the KiSS Canada Day Band Jam competition, topped off by a spectacular fireworks display! Visit our many vendors and enjoy great food, great fun, and great festivities throughout the day. This alcohol-free family day takes place on the grounds of Science North and is FREE for all ages.




Shawn Brady and The Northern Sons

Shawn Brady

With an impressive gift for crafting songs that are melodically infectious, Sudbury native Shawn Brady's musicality is matched only by his insightfully deep, heart-felt and intelligent lyrical virtuosity. Brady thrives in the live environment and for more than a decade he has played the part of "Bono" in the world's most successful U2 tribute show. He has performed over a thousand shows around the world (15 countries to be exact) in front of audiences sometimes in excess of 10,000 people. All of this not only taught him some valuable lessons of stagecraft and professionalism but also in connecting with audiences.

Opening act:

Le Big Franco Show with Dayv Poulin

Dayv Poulin

Sudbury native Dayv Poulin has been playing music professionally for over 20 years. From bars, to weddings, to big stages across the country, Dayv has been entertaining crowds of all ages with his impressive vocal skills and an unbelievable variety of song selections. Mostly none for his role as front man and singer of the group "Toe Jam Tequilla", Dayv has also played with French bands Konflit Dramatik and Les Chaizes Muzikales, and has been the musical director for huge shows like "La St-Jean" in Sudbury and Canada Day at Science North. With Toe Jam Tequilla, Dayv and the group have earned the reputation of being "Northern Ontario's best party band and entertainers". The band can hardly keep up with the demand and must often refuse gigs because of an overbooked schedule. For the past few years, Dayv has focused his energy on his french solo project "Le Paysagiste". With this project, Dayv has released two albums as well as numerous music videos. This project has received numerous award nominations and Le Paysagiste has been invited to play some major festivals across Canada. Le Paysagiste has also been invited to play for JunoFest in Hamilton this year where he will get to play for and socialize with some of the country's most important players in the Canadian music industry. In May of this year, Dayv won the award for best album producer for his album "Le Paysagiste - Alter Ego" at Gala des Trille Or, the Franco Ontarian music awards in Ottawa.

Children's performer (bilingual):

Voyageur Christian Pilon

Voyageur Christian Pilon

Christian Pilon is not only a true voyageur, who likes nothing better than to relive the great expeditions of the past under the same conditions as those that prevailed 400 years ago, he is also a great ambassador for his Métis culture! The individual whom the entire country got to know through the television series Destination Nor'Ouest combines a multitude of traits from his many ancestors: the joie de vivre of the French-Canadians, the love of nature and bark canoes of the Algonquin-Anishnabe, the pleasure of community living the Huron-Wendat and the strength of the Iroquois-Haudenosaunee! On tour with L'écho d'un people, teaching workshops and performing on stage, Christian has already shared his pride in his Métis culture with over 150 000 youth in some 300 Franco-Ontarian schools! With the assistance of his "Elder" Marcel Labelle, this passionate performer from Azilda learned to craft bark canoes, and now uses this learning tool in the schools to put the spotlight on the richness of his culture from its inception!


KiSS 105.3 Canada Day Band Jam

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The ultimate band competition with the best of the best local bands! From 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. see the six semi-finalists play on the main stage at Science North. Judges will select three finalists, who will play between 7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. - then YOU choose the winner! The band that gets the loudest applause takes home the grand prize.

Semi Finalists

  • Mandala
  • Hello holiday
  • Howie Moonlight
  • Vintage Slang
  • Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes
  • Sex & Summer


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. This year the fireworks will be set off on a barge in Lake Ramsey for improved visability. Spectators on the lake in their own watercraft are asked to stay away from the barge and fireworks launch area and fallout area to ensure their safety from fireworks fallout and to respect the perimetre set up around the launch site. Please listen to KiSS 105.3 FM or call 705-523-4629 ext. 649 for updates.

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



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:

  • Canadian Bug Bistro
  • Meet our Animals
  • Bugs in a Tub
  • Your Sunny Face
  • Water Bottle Rockets
  • Bubbly Bubbly Bubbles

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 half 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.

Click here for show times

Other Activities:

  • Children's Canada Day Arts & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Wagonwheel Ranch Pony Rides ($5)
  • Juggling Workshop
  • Inflatables
  • GymZone trampolines, rollers and balance beams
  • Angry Birds Challenge

Show Schedule

  • 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Opening Ceremony
  • 12:50 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Performance of O' Canada
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Voyageur Christian Pilon (bilingual)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Interaction Within a Reaction! Bilingual Science Show
  • 2:15 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. YES Theatre
  • 2:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Voyageur Christian Pilon (bilingual)
  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. KiSS 105.3 Canada Day Band Jam semi-finals
  • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Break
  • 7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. KiSS 105.3 Canada Day Band Jam finals - help choose the winner!
  • 8:00 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. Dayv Poulin and le Big Franco Show
  • 9:00 p.m. Shawn Brady & the Northern Sons
  • 10:15 p.m. Fireworks Show (wind and weather dependant)

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 ($5) 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 in the parking lot of the former St. Joseph Health Centre site, and at the corner of Paris and York Streets. 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.

Transportation- Shuttle Service

Canada Day Celebration shuttle service will be provided by Greater Sudbury Transit on Monday, July 1. Shuttle buses will depart from the downtown Transit Terminal and from the Southridge Mall every 30 minutes from 11:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. to bring passengers to Science North. Return trips begin immediately after the fireworks. Fare is $1.00 per person. Connecting service to other parts of the city will depart from the downtown Transit Terminal only. For more information, please contact Greater Sudbury Transit at (705) 675-3333. Paid parking ($5) at Science North is extremely limited. The shuttle service is recommended.

Boat Launch / Ramsey Lake Access

No parking is permitted at the boat launch. Watercraft will NOT be able to be retrieved or launched from the boat-launching site (adjacent to the fireworks launch site) from 9:30 p.m. until the completion of the fireworks. This area will be secured by the police. There will be a police presence not just on the Science North site but also on the adjacent Bell Park and Yacht Club sites. The Marine unit will be patrolling the waters of Ramsey Lake to ensure that operators are driving responsibly and without alcohol. Once the fireworks begin at 10:15-10:30 p.m., the public is being asked to stay away from the beaches adjacent to and at the boat launch to ensure their safety from fireworks fallout. The Marine Unit will be directing boats away from the drop area in the water.


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.