40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Program

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Friday, July 13th, 2018

The 40th Anuual Canal Days Marine Hertiage Festival, presented by Vale, official festival Program is now available online!

Click here to read our interactive online magazine, or, download a copy.

Print copies will be made available in City facilities and local businesses this week.

We hope to see you August 3-6, 2018 at our signature event!


The Canal Days Concert Series, presented by Port Colborne Quarries Inc. and Rankin Construction Inc., is bringing top notch entertainment to its new location, H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park:

Friday, August 3, 2018 - Featuring 54.40 with Lowest of the Low, and 97.7 HTZ-FM Rock Search Winner, presented by 97.7 HTZ-FM.


Saturday, August 4, 2018 - Featuring Blue Rodeo with Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party, and Mel Monaco, presented by Country 89 & 91.7 Giant FM.


Monday, August 6, 2018 - Featuring the Caverners, Canada’s Premier Tribute to the Beatles with Tim E. Hendry, the 2013 King of the World Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion, presented by 610 CKTB & 105.7 EZ ROCK.


Scotiabank Patio on West returns, featuring great Niagara based talent all weekend.

On Friday, August 3, 2018 the Scotiabank Patio on West kicks off with a private party from 4 – 6 p.m. with the return of the 97.7 HITZ-FM Biggs & BarrBQ. Sign up for the HTZ-FM Newsletter to receive information on how to win one of 100 pairs of lanyards to the event. Entertainment will include, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, The Lazys and 97.7 HTZ-FM’s 2018 Rock Search Winner King Park, including a live broadcast by TJ Connors from 3 – 7 p.m. Starting at 8:15 p.m. The Associates will take the stage until 11 p.m.


On Saturday, August 4, 2018 91.7 Giant FM will present The Cabaret Quicksand (12-2 p.m.), The Rhythm Hounds (2 – 5 p.m.), The Repeatles (5 – 8 p.m.), and Wednesday Engine (8:15 – 11 p.m.).


On Sunday, August 5, 2018 Country 89 will present Studio 89 Live from 12 - 5 p.m. with Rick Knowles, Barbara Lynn Doran, Mike Lynch, Brad Battle, and Barby Colins.

From 5 – 7:45 p.m. Street Pharmacy will entertain Patio goers, followed by a Ruckus Reunion, sponsored by Performance Hyundai, from 8:15 – 10 p.m., with the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks Display to close out the evening.  


On Monday, August 6, 2018 Elton Lammie will perform from 1 – 3:45 p.m.


The renowned International Kite Festival on Saturday, August 4, which offers a unique night fly, and the ever popular Car Show, which is cruising into its 26th year on Sunday, August 5, are proud to welcome everyone to their new location located on Killaly Street West and Westside Road.


Canal Days offers an opportunity to cruise both northbound and southbound through the locks on the tall ship, Empire Sandy, presented by the Chamber of Marine Commerce.  Festival goes will also be able to explore the decks of the Buffalo, NY fireboat E.M. Cotter, the US Brig Niagara, the Lettie G. Howard, HMCS Oriole, and Canadian Coast Guard Private Robertsion V.C.


Festival favourites return, including: the Historical & Marine Museum, where Canal Days began in 1979, with FREE admission sponsored by Arabella’s Tea Room, and the auction for  a one week, all-inclusive trip for two aboard a working laker on the Great Lakes, donated by Lower Lakes Towing Ltd.; Craft Show at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre; Lighthouse Tours, sponsored by Friends of the Port Colborne Lighthouses and Hamilton Port Authority; 4th Annual Sawhorse Races; Tim Hortons Kids Zone; Jazz on the Lawn at the Roselawn Centre, sponsored by Snider Dock Services Ltd., Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks Display; West Street vendors, and more.


Looking to volunteer at Canal Days? Positions are currently available for bartenders, ticket sales, donation gates, marshals, information liaison, kids zone, and more! To volunteer e-mail volunteers@portcolborne.ca or call 905-835-2900 ext. 566.


To stay up to date with information about the 40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival, visit www.canaldays.ca, like on Facebook (@CanalDays), or follow the City on Twitter & Instagram (@portcolborne).


The City of Port Colborne is also proud to announce that they have received funding from the Government of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario 2018 for the 40th Annual Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival.


Canal Days sponsors include:

Title – Vale

Captains – Port Colborne Quarries Inc. and Rankin Construction Inc.

Quartermasters – McAvoy, Belan & Campbell / Frank Cowan Company, Pinty’s, and The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

First Mates – Chamber of Marine Commerce, Scotiabank, Molson-Coors, Hamilton Port Authority, Arabella’s Tea Room, and Algoma Central Corporation, Lower Lakes Towing Ltd., Tim Hortons 

Boatswains – Sullivan Mahoney LLP, Canadian Niagara Power / Fortis ON, Enbridge, CapServCo/Grant Thornton., and Sid Grabell Contracting

Deckhands -  Port Colborne Grain Terminal, Emterra Environmental Group, David Chevrolet, Buick, GMC Ltd., Circle P Paving, B&C Truck and Auto Industrial, Canadian Tire, and Sharp Electronics, OLG, Subway, Harvey's-Swiss Chalet, Shisler Bros., Snider Dock Services Ltd.  

Media Partners – 610 CKTB, 105.7 EZ Rock, 97.7 HTZ-FM, 91.7 Giant FM, Country 89.1, CHCH, YourTV Niagara, Niagara this Week, Niagara Dailies, and Business Link Media Group.



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