Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

It’s Canada’s 148th birthday. And Vancouver is ready to celebrate.

Bashes across the city, not to mention the big parade and fireworks, will commemorate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1. Here’s a look at where you can join the excitement:

Canada Day at Canada Place
The city’s biggest party – and the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa – is Canada Day at Canada Place, a full day of live music, food and entertainment downtown. Musical headliners this year on the big stage include local singer Hannah Georgas and Latin-inspired group Rumba Calzada. A separate stage features a beer garden and performances by local favourites Watasun and the Hairfarmers.

There’s also plenty of street food and interactive games, as well as a display by the Vancouver Circus School and, of course, the annual Canada Day citizenship ceremony for new citizens. Also stop by the Vancouver Convention Centre’s open house, where you can learn about its six-acre living roof, enjoy a brew on the Pacific Terrace and even see the Olympic Cauldron lit for Canada Day. Activities start at 10 a.m. Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza.  

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Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The biggest music series of the summer is coming to Vancouver this June. And hundreds of concerts are completely free.

Nearly half a million music lovers are expected to turn out for two solid weeks of jazz, blues, world music and more as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1. Now in its 30th year, the festival is bringing a host of headliners to the city, including hip-hop legends The Roots, blues guitar icon Buddy Guy, jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke and vocal powerhouse Lisa Fischer.

But in addition to ticketed performances, the festival also offers fans literally hundreds of free concerts throughout the city. Here’s a quick preview of when and where to catch just some of the free shows: Continue reading:
Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
End June with a bang!  Celebrate this Friday through Sunday (and Canada Day) with everything from circus and markets to salmon festivals and busking.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Top 5 Canada Day Parties in Vancouver for 2013

dayReady to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday in style?

Vancouver comes alive with celebration on July 1, 2013, in honour of Canada Day.  Here are five free parties, celebrations and street fests you shouldn’t miss.

Canada Day at Canada PlaceThe biggest birthday bash outside of Ottawa features 13 hours of family fun on the Vancouver waterfront.  Some 250,000 people will gather along the Burrard Inlet for 25 music and dance performances on three stages, extreme sports displays, street food and – of course – the Canada Day Parade. Waterfront Party, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Canada Place and surrounding streets.  Canada Day Parade, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., starting at Georgia and Broughton Streets.  

Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks ShowThe above party is capped off with one of the summer’s best fireworks shows.  Two barges – one in Coal Harbour and one in Dundarave – light up the night sky with a pyrotechnic extravaganza visible from throughout Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver.  Best viewing is from Canada Place and the Coal Harbour seawall, which will be jam-packed with revelers.  10:30 p.m.-11 p.m., visible from locations throughout the city. Continue reading:
Top 5 Canada Day Parties in Vancouver for 2013

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012