Join the Celebration - Vancouver's 125th Birthday Live!

April 4, 2011 | Arts and Culture

Join us as we celebrate the City of Vancouver's 125th birthday on Wednesday, April 6th with a free, all-ages event at Jack Poole Plaza, site of the Olympic Cauldron.

Birthday Live will run from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature a fun-filled day of music, street hockey, video art, a dance party, and official ceremonies including a Coast Salish Witness Ceremony, speeches by Mayor Gregor Robertson and other dignitaries, Olympic Cauldron Lighting and a giant birthday cake.

You can even get a Sneak Peek at what it takes to make a cake for thousands of people at VCC the day before on April 5th.

Activities include:
STREET HOCKEY: 2 to 5:15 p.m.

Adult Teams Drop-In
From 2 to 3:30 p.m., join Five Hole For Food for street hockey benefiting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Bring your gear and food bank donations.

Youth Exhibition Games From 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., youth groups (ages 9-12) from the Thunderbird, Sunset, West End, Britannia, Riley Park and Killarney communities will face off. Everyone is invited to watch and cheer them on.

OFFICIAL CEREMONIES: 6 to 7 p.m.
Official ceremonies to mark Vancouver’s 125th anniversary will include: Coast Salish Witness Ceremony by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations; speeches by Mayor Gregor Robertson and other dignitaries; and Olympic Cauldron Lighting and Birthday Cake.

MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES: 4 to 10 p.m.

The Birthday Live event will include free performances by: 54-40, Leela Gilday, Bend Sinister, Uzume Taiko, Vancouver Bach Choir and mmHop Dancers with MCs Jacob Cino and Ndidi Cascade.

‘TIME DRIFTS’ VIDEO & LIGHT ART INSTALLATION: 8:20 p.m.
Time Drifts by Berlin-based multi-media artist Phillipp Geist will flood Jack Poole Plaza and the surrounding buildings with stunning visual imagery. Geist works internationally using video, performance, photography and painting.

Click here for a detailed information sheet (PDF) containing schedules, event locations and performer profiles.