4 More Years of Canada Sevens

As Vancouver prepares to welcome the world to BC Place for the 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens tournament, Rugby Canada announced that World Rugby has awarded Canada Seven 4 more years, taking the tournament to 2023.

During the announcement at the Celebration of Rugby at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) dozens of Rookie Rugby kids were mentored by Rugby Canada players, John Moonlight, Ghislaine Landry, Justin Douglas and others. Representing the grassroots growth and recognition in the sport Canada Sevens has brought to rugby in BC and across Canada, these youngsters will get to grow up with a world class event in their backyard.

In its’ first three years, HSBC Canada Sevens has raised the bar for rugby in Canada, sparking greater awareness and growth while generating more than $60million in economic activity The city hosts teams from 16 competing nations, including Canada, in addition to fans from near and far, booking more than 2,300 hotel room nights. Teams spend five days in Vancouver prior to the tournament, and visiting schools, community centres or First Nations during their stay to further promote the sport of rugby in the community.

Rugby Canada, Sponsors & Fans at Celebration of Rugby

“The HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament has been a game changer on so many levels, and we’d like to thank World Rugby, HSBC and the global Series partners for the opportunity to once again host this great event for another 4 years,” said Allen Vansen, CEO of Rugby Canada. “The success of this event is due to so many people and organizations.  From the world’s best athletes and fans who shine on and off the field of play, to the dedicated partners and sponsors who are critical in bringing the event to life, to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event world class – a heartfelt thanks to all for their collective commitment to excellence.”

Sandra Stuart, HSBC Bank Canada President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “The Sevens Series in Canada has quickly become one of the most anticipated events each year. We’re excited to renew our partnership with Canada Sevens to further grow and celebrate the sport at all levels for years to come.”

Canada Sevens at BC Place

The 2019 HSBC Canada Sevens hits the pitch at BC Place, Saturday March 9th and March 10th, 2019. Limited general admission tickets are still available, book a ticket, grab a costume and cheer on your favourite team!

If you can’t make it to BC Place this weekend, head across the water to take in the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC (outside Victoria) May 11 – 12, 2019.


Canada Sevens 2018 brings out a record crowd

The 2018 edition of HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver wrapped up with a record attendance of 77,096 coming through the gates at BC Place this weekend.   If you haven’t attended Canada Sevens or any other stop on the Sevens Series, it’s hard to imagine just how much fun the fans have at the stadium.  Fancy Dress, costumed groups of supporters fill the stadium (and the city) from 8:30am until after 7pm for two days to watch two days of quick, high scoring, action-packed matches of Rugby Sevens.  With sixteen teams from around the globe competing, it feels like the world comes to BC Place for the tournament, even Marvel hero Thor got into the spirit and dressed up as Chris Hemsworth when he stopped by the stadium on Sunday.

Chris Hemsworth starts the countdown for the final

After 45 exciting matches over the two days, Fiji came away with their second win of then 2018 HSBC Seven Series.  The crowd packed in all 39,000 seats on a sold out Saturday, not an empty seat was had for the home team’s debut against Australia. A thrilling match that Canada pull even with Oz on the final play.  A hard fought match against the USA ended in a loss on a last minute turn over before wrapping up the day on a convincing 47-5 win over Uruguay.  Combined with an Australian win over USA on Day 1’s final match meant Canada finished 3rd in Pool A and wouldn’t advance to play for the Cup on Day 2.

A sunny Sunday brought more fancy dress wearing crowds and more action-packed matches.  A Canadian loss to Scotland early on Day 2 meant the home team wouldn’t challenge for the Challenger Trophy and at the end of the day one more win and loss meant 14th place for Canada.
The audience was far from disappointed with Canada’s good play over all their matches but Rugby Sevens moves so quickly one play can change the outcome in a snap.  The final set up to between Kenya and Fiji, both teams with large contingents of cheering fans.  Team Fiji has so many supporters in BC Place that it felt like a home match for them.

The 2019 Canada Sevens men’s tournament is set for next spring but this year Vancouver is bidding to bring 4 more years of Canada Sevens to the city from 2020 – 2023.  If you missed out this year make sure to get your tickets for next year’s HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver.  For more great Sevens action,  catch Canada’s Olympic Bronze medal winning Women’s team at HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford (Greater Victoria) May 12-13, 2018 and catch the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco July 20-22, 2018.

Picks of the Week : March 7, 2018

It’s already the second weekend of March and the city is brimming with activities to choose from for our picks of the week.

VTSL : Lady Power

Women: To celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th, Vancouver TheatreSports League highlights the talented women of VTSL on stage and behind the scenes, with all-female casts for the 7:30pm & 9:15pm shows . Plus first-come, first-served Free admission (available starting at 6pm) to the 9:15pm #noFilter show on Thursday night.

Lila Downs

Pop: Continuing a focus on strong women, Grammy award winning Mexican-American songstress Lila Downs brings her immense talents to the stage at The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, on Saturday night.

Comedy: Laughter continues throughout the city as JFL Northwest brings the best and funniest comedians, like Bill Burr and Trevor Noah, plus Film Festival to Vancouver until March 10th

Kiwi: Rogers Arena will be filled with music fans as Lorde takes the stage on Thursday evening

Dance: Vancouver International Dance Festival brings global rhythm to the stages around the city until March 24th

Heaven: Relive those fumbling, exciting and confusing moments of youth as Eternal Theatre brings the award-winning Seven Minutes In Heaven at Studio 16 until March 10th

HSBC Canada Sevens

Sevens:  If you seen groups of outrageously costumed revellers around downtown, it’s not a timewarp to Halloween, it’s the the HSBC Canada Sevens filling BC Place with the excitement of Rugby Sevens on Saturday and Sunday.

Theatre: The Arts Club has the Tony award winning Fun Home at Granville Island Stage running until March 10 and Forget About Tomorrow, from a creator of Mom’s The Word, is onstage at Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until March 25

Ice: The Vancouver Canucks take to the ice on Wednesday to host Arizona then on Friday hosting Minnesota at Rogers Arena

Electronic: One of the Greatest DJs of all time, Tiesto hits the decks at Harbour Convention Centre (former Edgewater Casino) on Friday night

 

 

Canada Sevens Early Bird Tickets On Sale Soon

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has announced the early bird on-sale dates for the 3rd annual Canada Sevens tournament.  If you’ve only witnessed the energy of Canada Sevens fans leaving BC Place the last couple years this is your chance to get in on the excitement.

Canada Sevens 2017 takes place March 11 – 12, 2018, at BC Place in downtown Vancouver.  Fans can sign up now for Early Bird access to tickets going on sale September 12th at 10am PT.   Early Bird members will receive an exclusive ticketmaster code on September 11th authorizing a seven day pre-buy window before tickets go on sale to the general public September 19th.

The sevens rugby tournament includes 192 athletes from 16 nations playing 45 matches over the two days with a global audience from 149 countries.  If you’ve not been to a Sevens Series tournament it’s hard to describe the inexplicable energy that takes over the stadium from the thousands of fans.  Morning until night of thrilling rugby matches, food, drink and fancy dress all build up for an amazing weekend. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series audience has been steadily growing with Canada Sevens only in its third year, the local tournament has surely contributed to the growth.

Don’t miss out on this year’s excitement; book your tickets, get your gang together and start planning your #SoFancy7s costumes. See you at BC Place in March!

Fall for Rugby Canada v Maori All-Blacks

Over the last two seasons, Vancouver has fallen in love with Rugby Canada Sevens as it’s taken over BC Place each March.  This year, rugby fans don’t have to wait until Spring for great International Rugby action, in November Rugby Canada men’s fifteens team hosts New Zealand’s Maori All Blacks for the first time in Vancouver.  As noted by their name, the Maori All Blacks, are an all Maori team with a long tradition of Rugby in New Zealand and internationally.  The initiators of the famed haka, that is also now performed by all the Kiwi teams, Maori All Blacks have beaten Canada in all five of their prior meetings.

With the popularity of Canada Sevens, USA Sevens in Las Vegas and the upcoming 2018 Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, the West Coast is becoming a Sevens mecca but this is a chance to see world-class Fifteens rugby and support the #rednation.  Fifteens rugby or Rugby Union is a more tactical, aggressive longer form of rugby than the fast paced, quick matches that Vancouverites see on the pitch during Canada Sevens.  As Rugby Canada still hopes to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, and with a change in coaching, any chance to play against quality opponents helps gain Team Canada’s experience before they take on Uruguay in January world cup qualifying.

Tickets are on sale now, and selling record-fast, with more than 65% of tickets being sold in the first three days.

Rugby Canada vs Maori All Blacks takes place at 7pm on Friday, November 3rd at BC Place.
Let’s all #RISEasOne and cheer on our Rugby Canada players.

HSBC Canada Sevens burns up the BC Place

Canada Sevens burned up the pitch this weekend bringing in nearly 80,000 fans to BC Place. In its second year the HCBS Canada Sevens tournament, Vancouverites have really taken to the the exciting sevens rugby game. Excitement on and off the pitch creates a buzz like no other sporting event in town.

Packing 45 high-scoring, fast-paced matches into the 2-day tournament keep the field in play morning to night. In the on-field action, a battered Team Canada’s gutsy performance saw them improving 2 places from last year to finish 7th overall. The excitement of North Vancouver’s Adam Zaruba scoring a hat trick on day one to push the team into the Quarterfinal round was dampened by injury and losses on day two, leaving the players disappointed but the fans stood firming behind the hosts.
No matter what happens on the field, nothing seems to interrupt the cheering, for every team, and the festival-like atmosphere of the Sevens tournament in the stands, concourse and streets brought electricity to downtown Vancouver throughout the weekend.  Coordinated costumes bring flashes of colour to the stands; lively Fijian fans drumming and singing around the stadium, the bagpiping Scottish fans, mixed with Bananas, Lumberjacks, Minions, Mounties and the other brightly coloured suited and booted. The breaks between rounds throughout the 10 hour days allowed for much socializing and this year the in and out privileges from BC Place were extended spreading the colour and excitement into downtown throughout the day.

In the final match, England triumphed over top-ranked South Africa to and exciting Cup win. Plans are already underway for Canada Sevens 2018 and with the increased interest this year, year three is bound to be even bigger.

If you don’t want to wait until 2018 for more Sevens Rugby, get your tickets for HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens coming to Langford, BC in May

Canada Sevens – After Hours

In just over a week, the 2nd annual Canada Sevens men’s tournament kicks off at BC Place. The line up of evening entertainment for the March 11 & 12 Rugby tournament is sure to make the weekend is filled with excitement from morning to late night.

Saturday March 11th : The Prop House After Party 
If you’re looking to continue the fun after Saturday’s matches, head to The Prop House After Party at the Commodore Ballroom. Presented by The Social Concierge the official after party is a throwback to the best of 90’s Video Dance Parties.  Bring your Fancy Dress gang or find your best Electric Circus style to dance the night away.
Prop House After Party opens at 7pm March 11th at Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $25 online

Sunday March 12th : HSBC Canada Sevens Player’s Party
Close out the Canada Sevens Weekend at Central City Brew Pub across from BC Place with the first Player’s Party. Canadian Men’s 7s Team players will join the party to sign autographs and enjoy the fun with fans in what will hopefully be a celebration of their success at the Tournament.  Proceeds from the Players Party and live auction support the sevens legacy fun.
HSBC Canada Sevens Player’s Party starts at 7:30pm March 12th at Central City Brew Pub  Tickets are online for $125