Arkells, Shawnee Kish and Haviah Mighty

Event features expanded Indigenous Village and cultural sharing with land-based Nations.

May 18, 2022
Arts & Culture
Media Release

Surrey, B.C. – Surrey Canada Day will return to Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre on Friday, July 1 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Headlined by Canadian rock band Arkells, the signature free event will also feature performances from Shawnee Kish and Haviah Mighty. The expanded Indigenous Village will feature the new Siam Stage, meaning “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish languages. This stage will showcase Indigenous cultural sharing from land-based Nations, a Residential School Survivor honouring ceremony, Indigenous education, and contemporary performances.

“On behalf of Council, it is my distinct pleasure to invite everyone back to one of City of Surrey’s signature celebrations,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Canada Day is a time for us to come together and to show our national pride. After a two-year hiatus from in-person events, our 2022 event will feature exciting and free live performances, headlined by Canadian rockers Arkells, as well as Indigenous cultural sharing and education. I look forward to seeing you all at one of the best events of the summer!”

Hailed by The Globe and Mail as "the right kind of band for this decade”, headliner Arkells are widely considered one of the most passionate, exuberant and in-demand live bands working today. They recently won a 2022 Juno award for Group of the Year. Additionally, Shawnee Kish is a proud Two-Spirit Mohawk who has shared the stage with some of the world’s biggest names — Lady Gaga, Madonna and Alicia Keys to name a few. Shawnee was named the winner of CBC’s 2020 Searchlight talent competition.  Haviah Mighty has spent a lifetime developing her skills as a songwriter, vocalist, producer and performer. 2022 saw Haviah earn success with her album, Stock Exchange, making her the first woman to win the Juno award for best Rap Album/EP of the year.

July 1st provides an opportunity to educate attendees about the land they live on and the true history of Canada. The Indigenous Village will be expanded to include the Siam Stage, Indigenous educational signage, Bannock food trucks, a storytelling and workshop Teepee, and a Teepee where attendees can speak with and learn from Residential School Survivors. Local Indigenous artisans will also sell handmade art and goods in the Summer Market.

The City of Surrey is honoured to hold this event on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based Nations.

Surrey Canada Day will meet health and safety guidelines as set out by the Provincial Health Officer, Worksafe BC, Fraser Health and appropriate industry associations. For more information, visit

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.