Start your summer off with a tribute to Canada’s beloved diversity at these multicultural celebrations
There are more than a few fireworks on the horizon at Canada Place this summer. Vancouver’s favourite events venue plans to kick summer—and national pride—into high gear with a few especially exciting celebrations. Their summer programme starts with a nod to National Aboriginal Day on June 20, as Canada Place transforms with traditional music, spectacular regalia and beautiful artwork, including drum-making, jewelry and dreamcatchers. “Our celebration showcases artists and performers from several of Canada’s Aboriginal communities,” tells Evangeline Englezos, Director of Community and Aboriginal Affairs. Notable performers include Alex Wells, Andrea Menard and Sister Says—although captivating artisanal workshops along The Canadian Trail will compete for your attention. Up next the emphasis moves east to our French roots, just in time for Saint-Jean Baptiste Day on June 24. Quebec’s fête national, celebrating Saint-John the Baptist, was a popular national holiday in ancient regime France that migrated overseas centuries ago. The modern-day version includes all sorts of French Canadian culture from live music and children’s entertainment to traditional Francophone cuisine (yes, that means poutine and Montreal smoked meat). Last, but certainly not least, is Canada Day itself. The annual affair at Canada Place has been recognized as a world class event by several organizations, including the International Festival and Events Association. So what’s all the hype about? Well for starters, a daytime waterfront party featuring the best local acts and a touching citizenship ceremony, before Vancouverites follow the parade of the year from the corner of Georgia & Broughton. “A sea of smiling faces donned in red and white gives our team a huge feeling of gratitude,” says Gillian Behnke, Manager of Community Relations and Communications. New this year is a family-friendly licensed lounge on Canada Place’s sun-kissed North Point. Kick back in a Muskoka chair to enjoy port city views and a cold beverage while you listen to performances by the Hairfarmers, Watasum, Bellwoods and more. The city’s only 2-barge firework extravaganza caps off 13 hours of free fun. Get tickets to the Hudson Bay Fireworks Viewing Zone for prime viewing, easy washroom access, entertainment and much more at ticketstonight.ca. More event info available at canadaplace.ca.