Car Free YYJ will be back on Douglas Street on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 11am-6pm.

Car Free YYJ will take over Douglas Street for the city’s third annual community celebration with vendors, music, and much much more! Grab the entire family and enjoy your Father’s Day on Douglas Street for this free event!

Vendor spots for 2017 are now SOLD OUT.  Please check below for the full list of Car Free YYJ vendors.

2017 Highlights

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  • Nine block street festival from Chatham/Caledonia to Courtney from 11am-6pm with the street closed from 8am-8pm
  • Four stages with a range of entertainment
  • Three licensed areas – two family friendly with food trucks
  • More than 300 vendors
  • The Park on Douglas with seating
  • Bike valet on Pandora, East of Douglas


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Yates Street Stage

11:30am | Le La La Dancers

12pm | Funk Cannon

12:50pm | The New Souls

1:50pm | Downtown Mischief

2:50pm | Grossbuster

3:50 pm | Bocce Avocado

4:50pm | The Leg Up Program

Fisgard Stage

11:30am | Tyler Harvey

12:30pm | Rugged Uncle

1:30pm | Steph Macpherson

2:30pm | Sam Weber

3:30pm | Fox Glove

4:30pm | Electric Timber Compan

Strathcona Stage


12:30pm | Deep Sea Gypsies

3pm | The Tumblin’ Dice

First Peoples Festival


11am | Welcome and Unity Drummers and Singers (Various Nations)

11:45am | Tanya Clarmont (Indigenous Writer – Reading)

12:00pm | Shayli Robinson (Indigenous Writer – Spoken Word)

12:15pm | A.N.S.W.E.R (All Nations Strong Women for Education and Recconciliation – Drummers and Singers)

1pm | Mitunnii (Nuu Cha Nulth Drummers and Dancers)

1:45pm | Karen White (Indigenous Writer – Reading & Singer/Song Writer – Acoustic Guitar)

2:15pm | Red Buff (Pow Wow Drummers and Singers)

3pm | Swil Kanim (Classical Violin and Story Teller)

4pm | Kwakiutl Dancers (Drummers and Dancers)

5pm | Esquimalt Dancers (Drummers and Dancers)

5:45pm Swil Kanim (Classical Violin and Story Teller)

Artist Bios

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The Le La La Dancers are a Victoria-based First Nations Dance Troupe whose members are from the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwa-kwa-kee-wok) Nation of northern Vancouver Island, B.C. Le-La-La means “traveling from here to there.” The group has professionally and proudly shared their traditional culture by entertaining and educating throughout the world for 30 years, under the direction of George Me’las Taylor. The “Spirit of the Masks” dance performance provides an engaging exhibition of their aboriginal culture in song and dance through the beat of the drum. The high energy demonstrations bring the ancient legends of their people alive through vibrant regalia featuring carved cedar masks, button blankets, and headdresses.


Tyler Harvey is a Canadian singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock, funk and soul. He was born in Victoria and graduated from the School of Hard Knocks with a degree in Stylish Guitar Licks. We he is not break hearts and saving lives, he can be found playing around BC in his local band Quoia.




FUNK CANNON is excited to bring their signature sound, dance moves, and energy back to Victoria for summer 2017. Focusing on their unique house-jazz genre, FUNK CANNON’s performances are musically innovative, visually entertaining, and totally fun. Featuring Thomas Daudlin (Baritone Saxophone), Max Stover (Tenor Saxophone), Miles Fuller (Drums), and Liam Marshall (Bass), FUNK CANNON’s powerhouse young musicians are ready to infuse the summer with a beat that will hit listeners right in the soul.



Rugged Uncle is a six-piece power-pop beast with uptempo anthems. Two drummers provide a persistent rhythmic foundation for instrumental hooks played in three-part guitarmony. Their self-titled album, produced by Colin Stewart and featuring Kathryn Calder’s (New Pornographers) keyboards, will be released March 31st.




The New Souls are a high-energy indie soul quintet hailing from Victoria, BC. This soulful troupe exploded on the scene in the summer of 2012, with a mission to craft a unique sound from their boundless love and respect of soul, R&B, and funk music. Well-crafted melodies, soaring lyricism, and a dynamic rhythm section make The New Souls a must-see live act. The band is locally grown from BC’s finest; its members come from premiere Motown Revue band The Midnights, or are graduates of Victoria High School’s Rhythm and Blues program, while others found their way after working with a variety of other Victoria bands. Their debut EP, ‘Household Daydreaming’ was at Infiniti Studios with Adam Sutherland and Chris Neal, available on Bandcamp. Earnest, authentic, and creative, The New Souls are ready for the exciting and funky years to come.



Steph Macpherson | Victoria’s Steph Macpherson’s debut folk-pop EP, “To You”, showcased an ear for melody, and a knack for honest words and powerful lyricism that was dominated by acoustic guitars and rich harmonies. Her new album, “Bells & Whistles” picks up where “To You” left off, establishing Macpherson as one of Canada’s up-and-coming singer-songwriters. Steph was nominated for a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award for Songwriter(s) of the Year and recognized by SOCAN as a featured artist. In 2012 Victoria’s Zone 91.3 FM named her their April Band of the Month, in August 2012 Vancouver’s Shore 104.3 FM named her ‘Best of BC’ and two weeks later Steph placed 3rd in the Music BC and Cellar Nightclub’s “Voice of the Cellar” Songwriting program. Steph has toured BC & Alberta numerous times over the past years, with annual performances in and around Ontario and Quebec and the US West Coast. She has performed at events such as Lilith Fair, CIMA/Canadian Blast in Los Angeles, Canadian Music Week, Rifflandia Festival, BreakOut West, Blue Sky Festival, SHOREfest, Pop Okanagan, 100.5FM The Peak Performance Project Top 20 and Main Stage of both Tall Tree Festival and the Legislature Lawns in Victoria for Canada Day.


Downtown Mischief | Together they form a unique collective of musicians who met through the raw energy of Friday night jam parties. They have since evolved through a fluctuating community of members and friends to form a driving, pulsing machine that explodes with life on stage. An adventurous west coast lifestyle fuels their inspiration and it is apparent in their music. This emerging band will not only captivate you with their beats, smiles and words, but get you moving and grooving on the dance floor!



Sam Weber is a singer/songwriter and a roots rock band from Victoria, BC in the vein of Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Gillian Welch and the Eagles. Sam Weber’s live show pairs genuine songwriting with world-class musicianship and three-part harmonies. They’ve toured Canada five times in the past two years playing hundreds of shows large and small.




Grossbuster | When he’s not pondering just how dope his moniker is, Victoria’s Grossbuster is making beats. And we don’t mean just “in the studio”- this fella works his midi controller and proceeds to bash out the riddims live. It’s a sight to behold and an amazing mix of drums and samples to hear.




Fox Glove is a female trio from Victoria BC that exists in the realm of harmony and darker folk pop. This band in known for their diverse voices and range in sound, with everything from reflective melancholy ballads to strident and mysterious anthems. Fox Glove has become a staple in the Vancouver Island music scene, performing as a three-piece at more intimate shows, while revealing another four musicians for larger events including an NYE bash with Jesse Roper and Band of Rascals at Sugar Nightclub. They have performed at Song and Surf, Tall Tree, and Rifflandia music festivals, and have supported acts from out of town such as Coeur de Pirate.



Bocce Advocado | Bocce Avocado is an experimental musical project that incorporates hip-hop, world and funk into a marvelous, rum-injected, splendid, danceable iration that is spawned from the musical creativity of those in the vicinity of the Avocado members.




Electric Timber Company | Victoria music collective, The Electric Timber Company’s musical style sits comfortably at the intersection of the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, and Neil Young, offering the perfect mix of grit and groove. In the years since conception, the continuous union of veteran roots musicians has pioneered a boogie stew of their own invention with ingredients including soulgrass, rock, rhythm and a self-styled strain of roots. Some may say the yin-yang of the Tedeschi Trucks Band is a suitable reference point for what The Electric Timber Company lays down on stage. The all-star assembly (whose membership is culled from notable acts including Current Swell, Towers and Trees, Jets Overhead, and Jon and Roy among others) has been wowing B.C. audiences since 2011, when the dream team of musicians first supplied its soulgrass to audiences around the province.



The Leg Up Program | Originating in Victoria, BC, the awesome 17-piece collective of funk, soul, hip-hop, r&b musicians that make up The Leg-Up Program are a force to be reckoned with! At times, they are a soul band with raspy lead vocals and beautifully sculpted harmonies; at times, they are a funk band with wild horn lines and groovy bass and drums; at times they are a hip hop group with catchy hooks and solid beats; and at times, they are sweet and sultry, keeping the audience fully engaged with the slowest of ballads. Amongst it all is a group of people who simply love to make music and inspire others to do get up, dance and become a part of all the fun! They don’t skimp on musicality either. Each one is a talented musician and their original material stays with you like any hit song. It’s safe to say, this band has it all. This instant party band works hard and it shows.

Ali Baba Pizza
Alma Del Mundo
Alto Collective
Anabels Bazaar
Ancient Forest Alliance
Animal Protection Party of Canada
Arbonne Canada
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Atomique Productions
Avadon Studio
Azariah Designs Jewelry
B. C. Sustainable Energy Association
Baba’s Bakery Mobile
Backwoods Soap & Candle Co.
Barefoot Books
BC Transit
Beaver House Fudge Company
Better Transit Alliance
Bird of Passage Designs
Birds and Birch
black bird studios
Bon Macaron Patisserie Ltd.
Bo’s Beautiful Creations
Botanical Bliss
BPM Indoor Cycling Inc.
Browns Socialhouse
Bubbies Boutique
Caitlynn’s Boutique
Canadian Blood Services
Capital Regional District (CRD) Planning and Protective Services
Capital Regional District Parks & Environmental Services
Cascadia Martial Arts Victoria
Cash Money
Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital Animal Blood Bank
CFUV 101.9 FM
Chai Fashions
Christ Church Cathedral School
Cites for Everyone
City of Victoria
Coast Lunch Box
Cold Gold
Collide Designs
Creative Hands Sewing and Crafting
Creatively United for the Planet Society / This Is Leadership
Cycling Without Age Victoria
Dainty Dokuro + Moss and Stone
de Vine Wines & Spirits
Deadbeetz Food Truck
Decor by Nature
DeeBee’s Organics
designHouse Salon
Devon Bottomley Ceramics
Dino & Panda Inc: Artwork Dedicated to Making You Smile
Discovery Coffee
Dogwood Initiative
Donut Delights
Downtown Victoria Business Association
Dragonfly Hill Vineyard
Dragonfly Organic Art
EAT Machine
Eldorado Treasures
Elena Designs
Elise Carolyn Jewelry
Emma Glover Designs
Empire Donuts
Era Cognita Jewelry & Artisan Goods
Esther Drone Pottery
Ethereal Earth Fantasy Art
EverydayMary Pottery
Eves of Destruction Roller Derby League
F L U X & S T O N E
Far Sky Map Works
Farms Gate Foods and Catering
Faye’s Spa
Fermentum Foods
Fiber Art Flair
Fireweed Farm & School
Flight Centre
Forest Spirit Creations
G & B Enterprises
Get Stoned Design
GG’s Jewelry Gems
Ghost Mountain Co. / Rogue Ceramics
Gianfranco Zanardo
Go Time Electric Bikes
Gobind Farms
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition
Greater Victoria Public Library
Greater Victoria School District – Homestay Department
Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival
Greek on the Street Food-Truck
Grover’s Balloons
GT Hiring Solutions
Habit Coffee
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Harmony Art Co
Harosef Designs
HCMA Architecture & Design
Heart & Hands Health Collective
Heart and Home Keepsakes
Here! Magazine
Honeybee Handmade
Hummingbird Hill Ice Cream
Hungry Rooster
IRIS The Visual Group (Optometrists & Opticians)
Island Artisans Association
Island Java Bag
IsleShare Cycle
Jackson’s Ice Cream Truck
Jen Wurban Art
Job’s Daughters International
Jovee Handcrafted
Judy’s Snack Shack
Kettle Corn Canada
Kirsten Lara Jewelry
Knuckle Toes Designs
KooKooMaMa Designs
Lakeview Christian School
L’authentique Poutine & Burgers
Le Vélo Victoria
Lemon Heaven
Lifeproof Lips with Dakota
Lil Chunky Monkey & Friends
Limited Addition Print
Little wigglers
Lizard Breath
Lizzy Lee & Me Salon
L’Occitane en Provence
Loops jewellery
Lore General Store
Mad Monkey Metal Werx
Mai Mai’s Bistro
Maisha Tea
Mama Osa
Mama Rosie’s kitchen
Marilyn Cook
Marisa’s leggings and Apparel
Market Square
Maven Metal Designs
Maxs mini donuts
Mexi Pops
Migration Boutique
Miiko Skin Co
Modern Baby
MoMa Baby
Mother Daughter Soaps
Motorize, Your EV Store
Mountain Waves Clay & succulents
My Open Road
Naked Sage
Nancy Dawson Vincent Henson
Nancy’s Fashion Accessories
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Northern Quarter
Norwex Independent Sales Consultant
Oak Bay Bicycles
Oaklands Sunset Market
Oh Snap – Trio Beads
Ola Dubois
Old Roots
Orangetheory Fitness
Our Place Society
Outland custom furnishings
Pacific Shiatsu
Paddlelac Chair Company
Paradise Boutique
Pedego Victoria
Pepper’s Airbrush Designs
Phillips Soda Works
Piknic Designs
Pillowtalk by DeBrat
Pixie Chicks Spices
Polished Boutique
Pom Pom Boutique
Precious by Nature
Puerto Vallarta Amigos Authentic Mexican Food
Pure Lovin’ Chocolate
Queen Bee Farms & Apiary
Rain Spa Soaps
Raincoast Jewelry Design
Thrifty Foods – SmileTruck
Thundercloud Designs
Tidal Toys
Tisket A Tasket Baskets
Toddlers N Tails
University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery
Unplugged Foodie
Urchin Designs
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Vancouver Island Vegan Association
Veneto Tapa Lounge
Victoria Bike Polo Club
Victoria Chinatown Lioness
Victoria Downtown Residents Association
Victoria Healthy People
Victoria Liberal Riding Association
Victoria Odd Fellows
Victoria Public Market
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
Victoria Spray Paint Art Works
Victoria Vintage Expo
Victoria Women’s Transition House Society
Walk On, Victoria
Wally & Roops Photography and handmade goods
Wandering Mollusk OysterCatering Co
West Coast Art
West Coast Creations
Westcoast Wimsy Designs
Whiffcraft Naturals
Wild Abandon Jewelry
Wild Hill Botanicals
Wild Pine Design
Wild West salmon
Wildish Wear
WildPlay Element Parks
Wildwood cycles
Windy Tree
Women In Need Community Cooperative
World Tree Carbon Offset Program
Wychbury Ave
You Move Me Vancouver Island
Updated June 14, 2017


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Do you want to be involved in Victoria’s most exciting community celebration? This year, on June 18 from 11am to 6pm, Car Free YYJ will be closing Victoria’s busiest street for an inclusive community celebration. With a pedestrian only concourse on Douglas Street from Chatham to Courtney, Car Free YYJ will showcase all the best that Victoria has to offer: local businesses and vendors, live music, delicious food and beverages, and much more.

We are looking for volunteers to help make this incredible event happen. Each volunteer will be asked to complete one shift on Sunday, June 18. With a wide range of volunteer roles available, we encourage everyone interested in supporting this opportunity to highlight Victoria’s downtown core to apply.