July 1 community picnic

Find information on what Waterloo is doing for July 1, 2022.

On this page

  1. About the July 1st Community Picnic
  2. Main Stage Schedule
  3. Event Activities
  4. Directions and Parking Information

About the July 1st Community Picnic

Spend the afternoon in Waterloo Park with local artists, food trucks and giant games at the July 1 Community Picnic. Event runs 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the West side of Waterloo Park located near the Bandshell.

Find out more about Canada Day and how we celebrate our community in an inclusive way that is mindful of Canada's history on our Indigenous Reconciliation web page.

Main Stage Schedule

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the local music stage at the Waterloo Park bandshell. 

  • 4:00 p.m. Opening remarks from Councillor Bodaly (Ward 2)
  • 4:10 p.m. Clarissa Diokno feat. Jonas
    • Clarissa Diokno is a Singer-Songwriter based in Kitchener who has a smooth, yet raw and soulful vocal style. She writes songs about experiences in her life and also takes inspiration from TV, film, and others' life experiences. She will be accompanied by Jonas Pearson Paavola on guitar, who is a professional musician and music teacher.

  • 5:15 P.M. Bashar Lulu Jabbour
  • 5:30 P.M. Timaj Garad
  • 6:00 P.M. Sam Nabi
    • Sam Nabi is a hip-hop artist and community builder based in Kitchener. He runs TriCityHipHop.com, a map of places past and present that have influenced the region’s hip-hop culture. Sam performs lyrically-dense boombap for your head and your heart.

  • 6:40 P.M. Transstar

    • Transstar builds bold beats and sings twisted pop.

  • 7:20 P.M. JP Sunga

    • Waterloo Singer Songwriter, JP SUNGA, performing a mix of original music and cover songs. With Matt Koebel on guitar/piano.
  • 8:40 Hyness
  • 9:30 Elaquent, Prolific Hip Hop Producer.
  • 10:00 LED drone show

*times subject to change

All Day Programming

Running from 4:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.

  • #HopeAndHealingCanada by Tracey-Mae Chambers
    • #HopeAndHealingCanada is a series of site specific art installations created with red yarn. Métis Artist Tracey-Mae Chambers uses large knit and crochet pieces to illustrate connection between people and their environment. The artist also uses the work to promote dialogue questioning the connection between Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples and settlers. Decolonizing public spaces is always on the mind of the artist as she creates across Canada.
    • This installation can be found in Waterloo Parks West side near the picnic shelter.
  • Food trucks: Pabla's Street Food of India, Northern Comfort Biscuits, The Funnel Cloud, Pierogi Pigs, and The Crumby Cookie Dough Company.
  • Giant games and activities
  • Art Market featuring local artists and makers (running until 9:00 P.M.)
  • Sit and stay warm around the (propane) campfire

How To Get Here and Parking Info

Please note, the entrance to the West Side of Waterloo Park (off of Westmount Rd.) will be closed to vehicles for the event. Attendees are encouraged to find other methods of transportation or park in one of the nearby lots.
Need help finding parking? Check our parking map.