5 Ways to Cruise into View of Honda Celebration of Light

The 2019 Honda Celebration of Light is upon us and expected to bring more than a million spectators to the shores of English Bay July 27th (India), July 31st (Canada) and August 3rd (Croatia).

The audience gathers early around the shores of English Bay to take in the live performances at the Park Stage, listen to Z-Fest and watch The Pete McLeod Airshow presented by Red Bull Air.

If standing amongst the masses to witness the fireworks spectacular isn’t your cup of tea, why not take it to the water and board a boat to view the fireworks from a different perspective, here are a few boat cruise companies putting on special evening package for the Celebration of Light;

Harbour Cruises: July 27, July 31, August 3, Boarding 7:30pm each night – 3 hour cruise
– Dinner Cruise includes; buffet dinner, DJ/dancing, fireworks viewing, $145/person.
– Fireworks-only 2 hour cruise, July 31st only, boarding 8:30pm, $70/person

V2V Vacations: July 27, July 31, August 3, Boarding 8:45pm each night, 2 hour cruise – two classes of service;
– Royal Class: limited to 50 passengers, 19+ years only, includes access to upper observation deck, complimentary snacks, sparkling wine toast, cash bar – $160/person
– Premium General Admission: 100 person capacity, first come / first served seating, access to outer viewing decks, cash bar – $125/person

Vancouver Water Adventures: July 27, July 31, August 3, Departs 7pm each night, 4 hour dinner & fireworks package
– departing Granville Island, boat to dinner at Rustique on Bowen Island, then back to English Bay to watch the Celebration of Lights fireworks

Magic Yacht Charters: August 3, Boarding 8pm, sailing 9pm – midnight
includes; buffet dinner with one drink, DJ/dancing, outdoor viewing deck – $129/person

Spirit Cruises: July 27, July 31, August 3, Boarding 7pm each night, 4 hour cruise
includes; buffet dinner with one drink, DJ/dancing, outdoor viewing deck – $139/person July 27 & August 3, $129/person July 31

Wherever you find to watch the Celebration of Light, enjoy the festivities!

The above cruise company’s listings are for information only, I have no first-hand experience with these specific events.


Honda Celebration Of Light Lines Up Music & More

Honda Celebration of Light is more than just spectacular fireworks from India, Canada & Croatia, organizers have also lined up three nights of entertainment for two stages during the fireworks festival. 

The Z Fest stage, at the Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay, presented by Z-95.3, welcomes the internationally renowned Canadian world-music group Delhi 2 Dublin, plus Khanvict, and Vidya Vox on Saturday, July  27th.
Wednesday, July 31st finds Scott Helman, Tyler Shaw, and Famba taking the Z Fest stage.
On the final evening, Saturday August 3rd, Multi Grammy award winning artist Speech, founder of the legendary hip-hop group Arrested Development, joins Canadian hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall and Maestro Fresh Wes. 

If that isn’t enough entertainment the Park Stage at Second Beach offers free, family-friendly festival site featuring more live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license.  The Park Stage, features more than a dozen musical acts including Virginia to Vegas, The Funk Hunters, and The Boom Booms.  In partnership with Music BC, Honda Celebration of Light, is pleased to present two new artists, Biawanna and Adrian Chalifour, on the Park Stage at Second Beach.

It’s not all music during the festival, entertainment takes to the air too. The Pete McLeod Airshow Presented by Red Bull returns, by popular demand, with his jaw-dropping aerial show every night at 7:45 pm over the shores of English Bay.

Keep track of all of this entertainment on The official Honda Celebration of Light Mobile App, available for download from both iTunes and Android App Stores. The app includes a complete list of events, maps and other festival details, as well as a music simulcast of the fireworks show.  Rain or shine, the fireworks will begin at 10:00 p.m. from the barges located in English Bay. In addition to the app stream, music simulcast can be also be heard on Z-95.3, and the Breeze 104.3 FM  

If Z Fest and the Park Stage at Second Beach isn’t your scene, Honda Celebration of Light offers plenty of ways to make the most of all that the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world has to offer, from the prime viewing & listening at The Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk or with guaranteed family friendly seating at the YVR Observation Deck. 

For a complete schedule of events visit hondacelebrationoflight.com/

6 Spots for 2019 Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day 2019 is here to wrap up the first long weekend of summer, with plenty of great fun to help 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, featuring performances including DiRTY RADiO, Blonde Diamond, Dehli 2 Dublin and more. Canada Day at Canada Place wraps with a bang, as a fireworks light up the skies over Burrard Inlet at 10:50pm.

Steveston Salmon Festival : Since 1945 the community of Steveston has celebrated Canada Day with the bounty from Steveston’s rich waters and farms. Beginning at 6:30am with a pancake breakfast, then a 10am Canada Day Parade kicks off a day filled entertainment, food and fun before wrapping up with fireworks at 10:15pm

Canada Day At Canada Place

Surrey Canada Day : Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will be filled with amusement rides, food trucks, strawberry tea and entertainment from more than two dozen performers including headliners Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace, plus a 10:30pm fireworks show.

West Vancouver Canada Day : Starting with a 2pm Citizenship Ceremony through to 10:30pm fireworks, West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park is filled with family-friendly activities, entertainment and music. Evening fireworks from two barges in Burrard Inlet are also viewable from Ambleside & Dundarave Parks.

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, from 11am to 4:30pm

O Canada Day at Granville Island : A Parade, Food, Entertainment, Music, Crafts, Activities and so much more fill Granville Island on Canada Day

This is just a few of the many Canada Day Community Celebrations happening this weekend, look in your neighbourhood for other events, plan your own celebrations with family and friends, and don’t forget to check out Vancouver Jazz Festival, Vancouver Canadians Baseball, and other weekend activities.

Picks of the Week – June 26, 2019

It’s already the end of June but brings us to the first long weekend of Summer and all the entertainment that Canada Day brings to the week’s picks.

Wu Tang Clan plays Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Jazz: The 34th Vancouver International Jazz Festival runs until July 1st with hundred of artists, performances and events, many free, taking place all over downtown Vancouver’s parks, theatres, restaurants and other venues

Arts: The 11th Annual Queer Arts Festival continues through June 28th at Roundhouse Community Centre

Dance: Let’s Hear It For Yaletown brings free Jazz and Dancing to Bill Curtis Square from noon – 2pm & 5-7:30pm Monday to Friday, the perfect way to spend your lunch time or relax after work.

Musical: Adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel about the precocious, pint-sized, imaginative student, Matilda the Musical is running at Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until July 14th.

Moms: A play you and your mom can enjoy Mom’s The Word 3 – Nest Half Empty, is playing at The Arts Club Granville Island Stage, until July 20th

Pride: Surrey Pride is celebrating 20 years with Pride Party on the Plaza, a family-friendly festival at Surrey Central City, Saturday June 29th 3pm-8pm

Bard On The Beach
Bard On The Beach

Tents: The 30th season of Bard on the Beach is underway at Vanier Park with Taming of the Shrew and Shakespeare in Love playing in repertoire through the summer

Diva: Thursday, stage legend & Golden Globe-winning actress Bernadette Peters joins the VSO, at the Orpheum, for a show filled with classic Broadway tunes, delivered in Peters’ unique and inimitable style.

Queen: The VSO presents a 100th anniversary gift to the community with a free outdoor concert, featuring Queen Latifah alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Saturday at Deer Lake Park.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Symphony In The Park

Park: On Sunday, June 30th the VSO and Music Director Otto Tausk return to Deer Lake for its 32nd annual free summer performance Symphony in the Park

Bats: Vancouver Canadians host a 6 game home stand against Spokane and Hillsboro from June 28 – July 3, including Fireworks nights on June 29 and Canada Day.

Puppets: Museum of Anthropologie’s Shadows, Strings and Other Things features a broad array of puppets, old and new, from 15 countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas until October 14

SoapOpera: Vancouver TheatreSports presents its newest show, Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s.

Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Dominion: Celebrate Canada Day at any of the community celebrations around Metro Vancouver; including Canada Day at Canada Place, O Canada Day at Granville Island, Surrey Canada Day at Bill Reid Millenium Amphitheatre, Steveston Salmon Festival, West Van Canada Day at John Lawson Park, Historic Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum, to name just a few of the events.

5 Big Bashes for NYE 2018

The year is coming to a close. If you’re still looking for a fun way to send 2018 on its way, here’s a few of the city’s NYE bashes for the big night

Concord’s NYE Vancouver : Vancouver’s Official New Year’s Eve celebration has become one of Canada’s largest New Year’s Eve event. Live music and entertainment, outside on Canada Place Way to Jack Poole Plaza and inside Vancouver Convention Centre West  highlighted by 9pm and midnight Fireworks.

NYE 2019 at Telus World of Science :  Twisted Productions, Hollywood Promotions, and John Donnelly & Associates present a stellar 19+ event at Science World with 3 rooms of music, 6 top DJs, 5 licensed bars, and spectacular lights and sound.

Patrick Maliha’s 6th Annual Naughty Little New Year’s Eve at the Rio Theatre:  a variety like no other, comedian Patrick Maliha hosts a cavalcade of performers to ring in the New Year at the Rio Theatre with drinks and dancing into the night

NYE 2019 Waterfront Gala Ball:   Glenfiddich and Nude Vodka present a deluxe New Year’s 2019 gala at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. Celebrate in style in two ballrooms with top DJ, dancing, drinks and a magnificent view of the Midnight countdown Fireworks at Canada Place from the Glenfiddich Lounge.

Frozen in Time NYE: Harbour Event Centre (former Edgewater Casino) will be  transformed to a winter wonderland for a night of stunning visuals and sound from 4 DJs

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.


Picks of the Week – August 1, 2018

How did July fly by so quickly? Here we are at the start of August, with a long weekend and Vancouver Pride ahead to give us plenty to keep busy in these picks of the week

Icons: Tonight and Thursday, comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short entertain the audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Bach Festival

Bach: Early Music Vancouver’s 3rd Bach Festival is underway bringing the sounds of the composer to Christ Church Cathedral and Chan Centre for Performing Arts until August 10th

Pride: As Vancouver Pride is in full swing, there’s plenty of pride parties, events and dances to appeal to every niche the community, plus there’s free Pride events too.

Arts: West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival gets underway Friday bringing nearly two weeks of food, fun and entertainment to Ambleside

Bard: Make your picks between a brilliant Beatles themed version of As You Like It,  now extended until September 28, or the dramatic Macbeth on the Mainstage, and find Timon of Athens or Lysistrata on the Howard Family Stage at Bard on the Beach 2018

View from Keg Lounge

Lights: The Honda Celebration of Light continues Aug 1 and Aug 4, with presentations by Sweden and South Korea, respectively, lighting up the skies above English Bay

Laugh: Get a good laugh at those millennials and a whole lot more at Vancouver Theatresports League when you check out the fun at Avocado Toast or stay for the late night show WTF – What The Fun!, and enjoy a the views and cocktails at the Neil McRae Bar between shows.

SkyHigh: Take your dining experience to new heights with Dinner In The Sky, high above the shore of West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park Aug 4 – Sep 3.

Stars: The stars and future stars come out as Theatre Under The Stars opens its 2018 season of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and 42ND Street on alternating nights at Malkin Bowl.

Abba: You’ll have a hard time not singing along at the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the Arts Club Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre Stage, until August 12th

Gili Roskies & Adrian Glynn McMorran
photo: Emily Cooper

Irish:  Once is not enough to see, the final show of the 2018 Arts Club Theatre Company season, ONCE, now extended until August 5th at the Granville Island Stage.

Midway: Enjoy summer excitement at Playland opens daily from July 29th for all your family’s summer excitement, or leave the kids at home for Playland Nights, Fridays from 7pm to Midnight

Music: The CBC Musical Nooners are back for another year, bringing lunch time music to the outdoor CBC Plaza on Hamilton Street

Exhibit: Get away to the cabin at the Vancouver Art Gallery as Cabin Fever a new exhibit tracing the history of the North American cabin as an architectural form and a cultural construct, on view until September 30, 2018.
As well, David Milne: Modern Painting  on until September 9th, offers highlights of Milne’s half-century career, which took him from New York City, to the battlefields of Northern  France and Belgium, and back to the wilderness of Canada and the US.

Stage: The Ensemble Theatre Company Summer Repertory Festival continues until August 17 with a trio of plays running through August: Dark Road by Ian Rankin, A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin & The Beauty Queen of Leenane