5 Fireworks Shows for NYE 2018

The New Year’s Eve forecast is cloudy but mainly dry, so it looks good for an evening outdoors watching fireworks to ring in 2019.

Here’s a few spots to catch a New Year’s Eve celebrations with year-end fireworks displays;

Concord’s NYE Vancouver: In a few short years Concord’s NYE has grown to be Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration. Catch the festivities and TWO fireworks shows, at 9pm and midnight, around Canada Place and at Vancouver Convention Centre.

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration: End the year at the winter wonderland of Grouse Mountain, from 5pm entertainment and activities surround the skating pond with a special family-friendly 9pm fireworks show.

Family First Night: Mt Seymour presents the North Shore’s longest running family NYE event with tobogganing, snowshoeing, magic, fire pits and fireworks for the whole family.

Whistler New Year’s Eve: the ultimate aprés ski evening, highlighted by a special edition of Fire & Ice show plus fireworks capping off a family-friendly event.


Five Canada Day 2018 Celebrations

Canada Day is upon us, after last year’s 150 celebrations it’s easy to think 2018 will be more subdued but there are still plenty of great ways to celebrate your Canadian Pride.

Canada Day Fireworks

Here’s a selection of celebrations from around Metro Vancouver:

Canada Day at Canada Place : The hub of Metro Vancouver’s celebrations starts with a citizenship ceremony at 10am then entertainment and activities begin at 11am. Canada Day wraps with a bang, as a fireworks show illuminates Burrard Inlet at 10:50pm.

Steveston Salmon Festival : Since 1945 the community of Steveston has celebrated Canada Day and the bounty of Steveston’s rich waters and farms. Beginning at 6:30am with a pancake breakfast with a 10am Canada Day Parade then entertainment, food and fun all through the day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Surrey Canada Day : Amusement rides, food trucks, strawberry tea and headliners Serena Ryder and Brett Kissel bring something for all ages to Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre from 11am until a 10:30pm fireworks show.

Canada Day #onRobson Street : From Noon to 4pm, Robson Street sidewalks between Burrard and Denman will be filled with giveaways, promotions and treats from local merchants, plus entertainment and music from Krystal Dos Santos, Diamond Crew, DJ Static, Dueling Pianos and more.

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum : Celebrate 1920s style at the historic village museum with multicultural entertainment, carousel rides, a parade, Red Serge RCMP, and roaming costumed characters.

This is just a few of the many Canada Celebrations happening this weekend, look in your neighbourhood for other events, plan your own celebrations with family and friends, or check out Jazz Festival, Vancouver Canadians Baseball, Vancouver Whitecaps.

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

5 Lunar / Chinese New Year 2017 Events in Vancouver

Chinese LionFor millions of Chinese around the world, today is New Year’s Eve as tomorrow we begin the Year of the Rooster.   Food and family are hugely important during the Chinese New Year celebrations, here are a few of the entertaining and indulgent activities to do while ringing in Year 4714.

Fly Over Canada – a spectacular double bill ‘flies’ over Canada and through the peaks and valleys of Chinas vibrant landscape in the Flight Of The Dragon, until February 26th

Lunar Fest 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza welcomes the whole family with entertainment, exhibits, crafts, markets and a search for the Golden Roosters contest, Jan 27-29.

Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden hosts the Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year Exhibition until February 24, 2017 as well as the Year of the Rooster Temple Fair on January 29th.

International Village Mall and other Shopping Centres all around Metro Vancouver will host Chinese New Year events. International Village hosts one of the biggest and busiest events.  Exhibits, Craft & Flower Market, Stage Performances, Dragon and Lion Dances, Kids Activities, Prizes and more fill the Mall through until Sunday afternoon.

Chinatown Spring Festival, rings in the new year with a bang as firecrackers light the route of the 44th Chinatown Parade from 11am, along E Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets. After the parade watch for ‘the Lions’ as they visit and perform for local Chinatown businesses to bring good fortune through the new year.

Picks of the New Year : What’s On NYE 2017

As 2016 ticks to a close, lets find some ways to send it on its way and welcome the new year with a hearty cheer!

There’s plenty of club parties and dinner specials seatings around the city to help say so long to 2016.

Here’s 5 events to inspire your NYE 2017 celebrations

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration began last year with a bang, becoming Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. This year kicks up the activities, in addition to the free events; 9pm and midnight Fireworks, live music and entertainment, the event expands along Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and Vancouver Convention Centre West, with a second stage. Inside the Centre, True North – Vancouver Official NYE Party welcomes The Sheepdogs, Yukon Blonde, Dehli 2 Dublin and more.

NYE 2017 @ Telus World of Science
Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event welcoming 1200 people to Science World with 2 rooms of music on 2 floors, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 4th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre
A variety show like no other as comedian MC Patrick Maliha welcomes headliner Christina Walkinshow stand-up comic, live Acro-Yoga Performers, Burlesque from Burgundy Brixx, Glow Dancing with Barbara Beal, Magician James Hanson and the Gentlemen Hecklers; Eric Fell, Shaun Stewart and Maliha.

NYE 2017 Waterfront Gala Ball
Grey Goose and Fairmont Waterfront host an extravagant gala where you can dress to the nines for the red carpet welcome then sip exclusive Grey Goose cocktails and dance the night away in two ballrooms with top DJs.  For a truly luxurious New Year’s Eve, book in for night with a New Year’s Eve on Fairmont Gold package; including a room on the Fairmont Gold Floor, viewing of Concord’s NYE fireworks from the Gold Terrace, festive refreshments at midnight and live music in case you want a break from the Gala down in the ballrooms.

Waldorf Hotel NYE 2017 
Space + Time presents an All-Access Hotel Party. Five-Rooms each with their own themes from different DJs and producers. From surprise headliners in The Trap Basement,  funk and fun in the Tiki Bar, Khalifa Lounge with hooka den and more. There’s no chance for boredom as you roam from room to room to ring in 2017

Lunar New Year 2015

Chinese New Year_LionToday, February 19th, Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world welcoming in the Year of the Goat (or Ram).  Asian families will be visiting and paying homage to family, feasting, and taking part in traditional events with Dragon and Lions dances, parades and much more.

In Vancouver, we’re lucky to have a diverse and dynamic Asian community.  Celebrations take place all around Metro Vancouver, with the Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival being its peak.  This year’s Chinatown Festival and Parade takes place on Sunday February 22, 2015.

Chinatown New Year Parade Route

Starting at the Millenium Gate on Pender Street, near Taylor, the Parade follows Pender to Main, turning south on Main then west on Keefer, wrapping up at Carrall Street.  The parade is once of the largest in the city and always draws tens of thousands of spectators, so head out early to find your viewing spot.  After the parade the Lion dancers bring luck and good fortune to Chinatown’s businesses.  International Village Shopping Centre welcomes the crowds with exhibitions, prizes and markets all around the mall throughout the weekend.
Everyone is welcome to take part in or learn about the Lunar New Year so get out and enjoy the celebrations.

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Historic Anniversaries lead up to Canada 150.

Last Saturday June 28, 2014 marked 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that led to the beginning of World War I.

In the lead up to the 2017 Canada 150 celebrations, there will be a number of similar milestone anniversaries of events that are of historic importance to Canada and Canadians.  The bicentennial of the end of The War of 1812, the centennial of World War I and 75th Anniversary of World War II, 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown and Quebec conferences that lead to the formation of Canada, the 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag, the 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup and Centennial of the NHL and in 2017 the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the formation of the Dominion of Canada.

On this Canada Day, while celebrating Canada’s 148th birthday it’s a perfect time to start thinking about how the nation will celebrate the formation of the nation.  A nation not formed in revolution but in peaceful negotiation and consensus, a trait that lives on in the national psyche.

Heritage Canada is encouraging Canadians to learn about these events and the history of the country on Canada 150 website. Other not for profit organizations like Canada150.com are collecting Canadian’s family stories to retain legacies in an age of disposable communication.

Follow @Canada150th on Twitter for events and information leading up to the 2017 sesquicentennial celebrations (yes, I just wanted to use the big word).