August 26, 2017

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About Saint John Dragon Boat - Schedule Of Events


Opening Ceremonies

The official Opening Ceremonies will begin with the traditional Awakening of the Dragon Eye Dotting Ceremony.  This tradition is performed each year and is said to bring out the dragon's fire which gives the boats and their crews the strength of the dragon and protects them during battle.


Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony

The Pink Carnations Ceremony takes place directly following the Breast Cancer Survivors Challenge Cup. Survivor teams raft together; each paddler raises a pink carnation above their head and holds the hand of a fellow paddler in the next boat. With flowers raised, the poem We Remember You is read and the paddlers toss the pink flowers on the water, both to celebrate survival, and to remember those who did not survive.


Chinese Cultural Dance Performance

The Chinese Cultural Association of Saint John performs beautiful Chinese ethnic dances & music. This includes the Dragon & Lion Dance


Chinese Lion Dance

Lions express joy and happiness. In the Chinese New Year, lion dance groups tour from village to village in China. The Lion Dance also plays an important role in all kinds of celebrations, and religious rites.


Chinese Dragon Dance

Both the Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance have their origins back in ancient China.  Both lions and dragons figure in New Year’s Parades and other celebrations throughout the year. The Dragon Dance was initially performed to stop the spread of epidemics and then evolved into a folk activity.



Rekoncyle is a five piece “Rock” band with a real difference. Matt, Amy, Andrew, Shane & Dan don”t want to be just music makers, they want to really make a difference to this generation and those to come.  Their songs deal with subjects kids deal with daily from bullying, peer pressure, suicide, etc.  Along the way, Rekoncyle wants to show kids they are made for a purpose and they DO MATTER.



Blonde Theory

Blonde Theory plays a wide variety of music that touches on classic rock and pop to current country and some jazz flavours as well. This versatile four piece is guided by Kimberly Dykeman's powerful vocals.
Kim also plays keyboards that provide ambiance and texture to the music.
A large part of any band's sound, is it's guitar sound. Tracey Tiffin is a guitarist that has played many genres for many years. Tracey is a versatile lead and harmony singer as well!
The band’s solid rhythm team is Paul Owen on Drums and Dennis Hunt on Bass Guitar.
Paul and Dennis also sing backup and some lead vocals on songs with the band as well
Blonde Theory plays lots of your favorite songs and originals too!
Be sure to catch this dynamic band in action!



Red Silk

Red Silk is a traditional Chinese Music Group established by the master dulcimer player Wenmei Li in 2011. The group’s repertoire consists largely of folk and more modern Chinese music. The main purpose of Red Silk is to foster cultural exchanges within our community and promote multiculturalism. The group has performed at many events around the Greater Saint John area.  Members of Red Silk are: Wenmei Li: Chinese hammer dulcimer, Jiayi Chen: Chinese bamboo, Xinyi Zhou, Guzheng, Amy Dai:

Hulusi/Cucurbit flute, Wen Gao: Piano/keyboard. Red Silk’s performances can be viewed at:



Special Awards & Update Race Results

Be sure to head down to the Main Stage to help us congratulate this year’s Team Spirit Award winners as well as celebrate the induction of this year’s “Hall of Fame” Teams.  We’ll also be announcing the top 24 teams that will be heading on to the semi-finals.


Men of Fundy

This all male barbershop chorus has been sharing the art of four-part harmony singing, along with their enthusiastic passion for music, with the people of Saint John for more than 40 years.

One of the most exceptional events took place in 1990, when the chorus was invited to Amsterdam, to represent the city for the 45th anniversary of the liberation of Holland by Canadian forces.

In addition to promoting the art of barbershop singing, and music in general, the Men of Fundy have long maintained an interest in charitable works, including the purchase of hearing-aids for children, whose families might otherwise be unable to afford them.


Beggars Ransom

A new addition to the Saint John music scene, Beggars Ransom was formed in January 2010. 

Member of the group include Ashley Lynn Peters on Vocals, Chris Roberts - Guitar, Jay Hume – Drums and Andrew Morris – Bass.  This great new band will have you up on your feet and moving to everything from golden oldies to the modern greats.