Celebrate Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Live on April 6

Jack Poole Plaza & the Olympic Cauldron, site of the Vancouver 125th Birthday Live

Vancouver turns 125 this Wednesday, April 6, 2011, and the city is celebrating with a big, free event downtown at the Jack Poole Plaza (the outdoor plaza at Thurlow and Canada Place).

The event, called Birthday Live, is a party worthy of the city’s 125th birthday—and everyone is invited! Festivities include an official birthday ceremony—complete with a huge birthday cake, the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron, and a visit from Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson—as well as family-friendly games, food, street arts, and live music performances including 54-40, Bend Sinister, and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

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Celebrate Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Live on April 6

125 Favourite things to do in Vancouver

Aquabus on the water

Vancouver’s 125th anniversary and year as Cultural Capital of Canada will be celebrated throughout 2011 with Vancouver 125: a year-long program of anniversary initiatives and events.

We are compiling a list of 125 favourite things to do in Vancouver, and we need your help.

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125 Favourite things to do in Vancouver

Nominate a Place in Vancouver That Matters To You

To celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is asking for the public’s help to identify and mark 125 sites commemorating people, places and events that have shaped our city.  This project, called “Places That Matter”, will focus on marking places, people and events that have not already been recognized by other plaque programs.

From now until March 15, you can nominate your favourite sites on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation website.

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Nominate a Place in Vancouver That Matters To You

Vancouver is at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery in more ways than one.

It’s a mash up of exhibits between Vancouver’s home-grown, internationally known artist, Ken Lum and We: Vancouver – 12 Manifestos for the City.

This week I took a walk through the gallery with the curators from each exhibit. While I can enjoy letting art speak for itself; it is a whole other memorable experience to have the magic of art be revealed in hearing the details. The gallery hosts tours every Thursday and Saturday if smoke and mirrors are not for you.

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Vancouver is at the Vancouver Art Gallery