Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.

 

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

Sheena Easton plays Canada Day at Canada Place

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Canada Day at Canada Place brings a massive crowd to participate in the family fun and take in the free entertainment.  This year, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the opening of Canada Place for Expo 86, the day had an 80s theme.  In 1986, Sheena Easton was one of the entertainers to grace the Expo 86 stage and she returned this year to co-headline Canada Day.

A large crowd gathered as the Scottish-born songstress took the stage. Under the hot afternoon sun, Ms Easton appeared onstage looking much younger than her self proclaimed 57 years.  While she may not have hit the airwaves in a few years, the charismatic singer hasn’t stopped performing and recording. The experience shows as she’s so comfortable and affable onstage the audience, young and old, were attentive throughout the hour-long show, in spite of the outdoor distractions.  Like me, many were fans from the 80s and we weren’t disappointed hearing all of her hits, like 9 to 5 (Morning Train), We’ve Got Tonight, Sugar Walls, Strut, U Got The Look, For Your Eyes Only as well as medley of Motown covers dueting with her backing singer Philip.  Her voice has matured a bit since the 80s, making for some slight adjustments to the arrangements in some of her early pop songs, but the richness in her voice fits with her seemingly natural affinity for R&B/Soul sounds.

Even if it has been 30 years between her Expo 86 visit and now, the time melted away for many in the audience as they sang along to Ms Easton’s hits.  A great way to reminisce about Expo 86 and celebrate Canada Day

 

O Canada! Where to Celebrate Canada Day

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This Friday, don your red & white and get ready to celebrate Canada Day.  Whether you’re planning small family festivities or taking part in one of Canada’s largest celebration, Metro Vancouver has plenty of options to celebration Canada Day.

Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day at Canada Place: 10am – 6pm Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
Western Canada’s largest celebrations feature the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Expo 86 memorabilia, plus the Canada Day Concert with Aaron Pritchett, Sheena Easton, Barney Bentall, Bear Mountain, and more.

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (north east), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: 10am – 6pm Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Friday.  First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more. 

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
Spend Canada Day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Japanese Taiko Drummers, Metro Vancouver Firefighters Band, Acadamie Duello, Parade and Cupcakes.

Canada Day at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with performances, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family plus “pick a box” silent auction.

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Stawberry Tea, Science World Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage headlined by Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, wrapping up the day with Fireworks at approximately 10:15pm

 

 

NYE Vancouver 2016

Fireworks_IMG_0183It’s been years since Vancouver has had public event to ring in the New Year. After an attempt last year was postponed due to budget constraints, 2016 marks the debut of NYE Vancouver, a free public event centred at Jack Poole Plaza.

Inspired by the annual Canada Day celebrations, Jack Poole Plaza, Canada Place Way and Canada Place concourses will be filled with revellers.

NYEVAN_2015-12-28 21.33.27Starting at 6pm, the Main Stage hosted by 102.9 The Peak will be featuring free family entertainment and concert performances all evening. The schedule for the Main Stage is:

6pm: DJ with MC Welcome
6:30: First Nations Welcome
6:35: DJ
7:30: Kin Fung Athletic Group
8pm: Peak Performance Winners: Bed of Stars
8:40: Vancouver Okinawa Taiko
9pm: Early Evening Fireworks
9:15: The Matinee
9:55: We Are The City
10:40: Dear Rouge
11:25: Current Swell
12am: Midnight Countdown Fireworks.

The short 9pm early evening fireworks, coinciding with the Eastern Time Zone’s midnight countdown, allows those with youngsters or anyone needing to get on their way to bed or another event.
The main event Midnight Countdown Fireworks last 11 minutes and closed up NYE Vancouver with a bang.  While the ticketed all-ages CF Pacific Centre Viewing Lounge is sold out, there’s great places around the Canada Place / Convention Centre waterfront for the public to view.

With a dry forecast, it’s looking like a perfect night to head out and enjoy some of the free family at NYE Vancouver. Hopefully we’ll see the start of a new Vancouver tradition.

Follow #NYEVan on social media to see what’s happening during the night! TwitterInstagram: @NYEVancouver and Facebook.com/NYEVancouver

Roam Expo 2015 inaugural show

This past weekend the inaugural Roam Winter Expo went off at Vancouver Convention Centre, bringing together Adventure, Travel and Fitness providers and enthusiasts to find out what’s new and upcoming for winter 2015.

Happening in conjunction with The Canadian Ski Patrol’s Vancouver, Winter Extreme New & Used Equipment Sale, Roam Expo invited visitors to take a break at the Oktoberfest Craft Beer Garden, shop for new gear from Helly Hansen, Hitcase or Destination Slope Outfitters, take in a fitness class with Good Life Fitness, Steve Nash Sports Clubs or Tight Club, get the kids warmed up for winter in the Burton Piglet Park, or see what the BC Ski Resorts, Tofino & Ucluelet adventurer providers and holiday companies have in store for winter 2015/16.  Speakers on the Adventure Travel Stage gave insight into top destinations, travel skills and more.

If you missed this first Roam Winter Expo, watch for it to return next year so you can keep up to date on what’s up with winter.

Fly Over Canada & AboveUSA for Spring Break

FlyOver_Logo_RGB_smSpring Break is upon us and lots of families will be looking for activities or getaways.  With the dropping Canadian dollar, a trip south of the border may not be in the budget but this month Fly Over Canada has made it possible to explore all of North America.  AboveUSA
March 6 until April 6, 2015 visitors experience a double feature at Fly Over Canada.  Start off by taking a bi-plane trip “AboveUSA” then stay seated an take off again as you “Fly Over Canada” all for the same $19.95 (adult)price. As an added bonus from March 9-20, save 25% on children and youth fares so you can take your whole family of a Spring Break flight!

Find more information and buy tickets online or at the Ticket Booth outside Canada Place

Top 6 Christmas Light Displays 2014

Christmas wishes 2012As the Holidays draw near, the City begins to have an added twinkle as people and places light up their businesses and homes. Some of the brightest and most festive displays are opening to the public in the coming weeks, here’s a list of a half dozen spots to enjoy the twinkle of Christmas Lights:

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital – For 16 years, St Paul’s Lights of Hope have illuminated the West End helping to raise much needed funds for the hospital. The 2014 Lights Of Hope will light up on November 27th with a public event featuring fireworks, food trucks and family entertainment at St Paul’s Hospital on Burrard Street. – Free Admission

Bright Nights, Stanley Park Christmas Train– November 27, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening hours vary for Matinee and Night Trains. Two million lights twinkle throughout the plaza and Miniature Train. Ride the train, watch the dozens of festive displays while strolling the plaza sipping a hot cocoa. – Matinee Train tickets are $6 for all ages, Night Train tickets are $11(Adults) or $8(Children/Seniors). Admission Bright Nights Train Plaza only, is by donation (suggested $4, proceeds to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund)Holiday Bear_IMG_5694

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park open November 29th, 2014 and run until January 3rd, 2015. Thousands of lights spread throughout the Park, highlighted by the tallest living Christmas Tree. – All-day Adult park admission is $32.95, includes the holiday activities, crafts and entertainment beginning at 4pm each day.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden run December 10th, 2014 to January 4, 2015 opening at 4:30pm. Hundreds of thousands of lights, carolers, dancing gnomes and the ever popular Dancing Lights show (on the half hour) make this one of the city’s most popular Christmas Light displays so think about buying tickets in advance. – Adult Admission $15.00

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – Heritage Christmas, celebrating the Holiday traditions of a century ago, is on now at Burnaby Village then on December 13, 2014 the village invites you to stay later as the Village is illuminated with thousands of lights, until January 2, 2015 – Free Admission

Christmas at Canada Place – Now in its 27th year, Port Metro Vancouver presents the annual Christmas at Canada Place holiday event. From December 13-31st, 2014, stroll The Canadian Trail (west promenade) to see the festive fun, glimpse the iconic Woodward’s department store holiday windows, Christmas movies at Rudolph’s Theatre, take in the Christmas fun at Fly Over Canada and don’t forget to look up to the Canada Place Sails of Lights. – Free Admission