Anyone who’s ever walked the boardwalk or visited a local shopping center has likely seen them. Decked out in a hat, jacket or other accessory with a large red maple leaf, showing pride for their home country and soaking up every ounce of the warm sun that comes at a premium back home.
Canadians make up one of the largest groups of visitors to Myrtle Beach from outside the U.S. and for more than 50 years the city has celebrated our northern neighbors with an event known as Can-Am Days.
The 53rd annual Canadian American Days Festival is just around the corner, running March 7-16, and honors the connection between Canada and Myrtle Beach with a number of events including a series of free concerts across the Grand Strand.
These events including a welcome reception at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, an outdoor concert at Broadway at the Beach and a series of indoor performances at three of the area’s most well-traveled malls.
Friday, March 7
There will be a welcome reception and kickoff event with the Consulate General of Canada, from Atlanta, with an information booth 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, at 1200 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach.
Monday, March 10
There will be a Can-Am Days Concert series kickoff at 6 p.m., held at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square stage, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.
Performing will be the Burlington Teen Tour Band, Searson a folk group made up of two sisters from the Ottawa Valley, and the Andrew Thielen Big Band, one of the top performing groups in Myrtle Beach.
Wednesday, March 12 to Friday, March 14
There will be a trio of community concerts performed by the Burlington Teen Tour Band, a globetrotting marching band from the Hamilton area of Ontario, near Toronto held at the area’s malls.
The first will take place at noon on March 12 at Myrtle Beach Mall, near the intersection of U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, followed by shows at 10 a.m. March 13 at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet and at noon on March 14 at Coastal Grand Mall.
Sunday, March 16
Put some horns in your day with a performance by Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach held at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, 901 N. Kings Highway. Call 361-1942 for details.
This talented local ensemble will also perform at 7 p.m. March 21 in North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road.
For information about other events happening during Can-Am Days click here, or check out this Q&A from The Sun News talking to the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce about their plans for this year’s event.