Vancouver favourites Hey Ocean! headline North Shore party

Hey Ocean! headlines Capilano University’s 50th anniversary celebration.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Capilano University is throwing a party. On Sept. 22, CapFest will feature food trucks, a family-friendly beer garden, and live music‚ topped off by a performance by Vancouver indie-pop band Hey Ocean!

Read more below.

In 1968, Capilano University was founded as Capilano College by the school boards and residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Howe Sound. In 1973, the college opened its permanent 13.76 hectare (34-acre) campus in the Lynnmour area of North Vancouver. In 2008, the provincial government changed Capilano College’s designation to Capilano University. The school annually services over 8,300 students in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses and is known for the scenic beauty of its campus.

Hey Ocean!, one of the featured acts at CapFest, formed in Vancouver in 2004. In 2013, the band was nominated in the Breakthrough Group of the Year category at the Juno Awards. The trio has released four albums, including 2016’s The Hurt of Happiness. Lead vocalist Ashleigh Ball has voiced characters in several animated movies and television series, including the Barbie film series, Bratz, Johnny Test, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Other live performers at CapFest include Five Alarm Funk, a Vancouver party band, and Company B Jazz Band, featuring Cap U alumni.

Speaking of alumni, they’ll have a chance to rub shoulders in a homecoming tent. An Alumni Music Showcase highlights the talents of Cap U grads in the Blue Shore Theatre.

Other attractions include An Experience Fair. The Centre for Sports and Wellness will exhibit more than a dozen displays and activities from faculties and programs across CapU. Visitors can also tour studios in the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation and check out some new murals.

Activities for children include storytelling, dance, and the opportunity to clear an escape room. And, of course, there will be food trucks, including Mr. Bannock.

Mr. Bannock’s Paul Natrall.

CapFest runs from 2–9 p.m. Admission is free of charge and the first 500 people to arrive by bicycle or transit will be greeted with a gift.

See more details about the event at capilanou.ca/capfest.

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