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Four days of Canada Day festivities to ring in our 147th birthday

Celebrate with The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, four bands, fireworks and a pancake breakfast



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Events taking place all weekend

ArtWalk opens for the 2014 season. There are displays and pop-up galleries all over Whistler, featuring the works of over 40 Whistler and regional artists. Works include paintings, knitting, quilting, ceramics and more. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily until September. See story page 83.

Whistler Street Entertainment Free, family-friendly events with fun and interactive entertainment. With live music, dance, outdoor theatre, arts and crafts, and more.

Saturday, June 28

Whistler Presents Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Opry, a favourite in the Sea to Sky region, perform at Olympic Plaza on Saturday, June 28, at 8:30 p.m. They are backed by Lindi Ortega at 7:30 p.m. Ortega is a veteran, Toronto-raised singer-songwriter and Polaris Music Prize nominee now based in Tennessee.

Sunday, June 29

Whistler Farmers' Market sells local produce, crafts and yummy snacks. Located in the Upper Village Stroll from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on participating vendors visit www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org.

Whistler Presents Said the Whale, Vancouver indie rockers and 2011 Juno Award winners for Best New Group, perform at Olympic Plaza at 8:30 p.m. See an interview with the band on page 89. They are backed by Victoria folk and reggae duo Jon and Roy, who play at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 30

Street Entertainers and ArtWalk (see above).

Tuesday, July 1

Transit around Whistler is free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., so skip the parking lineups by taking the bus.

Canada Day Breakfast Pancakes, anyone? It's the fifth year of Whistler Community Services Society's mass pancake breakfast for everyone who turns up. Up to 500 hungry people go every year, served by community volunteers and local businesses.

A minimum of $3 is requested or $2.75 if you bring your own dish.

The breakfast takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Florence Petersen Park, next to Whistler Public Library. All proceeds go to the Whistler Food Bank.

Canada Day Parade Local sports clubs, businesses and other groups can take part in this year's Whistler Canada Day Parade.

The theme this year is Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

The parade starts at noon and winds through Whistler Village from Town Plaza to Mountain Square, with around 5,000 people watching the parade each year.

Set up for the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. in Day Lot 3. All entries must check in with the registration table. Judging starts at 11 a.m. in Day Lot 3, and the parade leaves the lot at 11:45 a.m. At noon the parade crosses Blackcomb Way, under the Whistler Library, and enters the Village Stroll via Town Plaza.

Floats will be judged on creativity, effort, and theme demonstration for the following categories: Best interpretation of the parade theme, Earth, Air, Fire and Water; Most team effort, Involvement and enthusiasm; Most innovative approach to a sustainable entry; and Best musical entry.