Jul 7, 2017 - one year ago
By Supply Post
Canada150 at Canada Place drew over 1.5 million to the festivities
More than 1.5 million people took part in the various events at Canada150 at Canada Place across two days, including five performance stages, a citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, Canada150 Parade, pancake breakfast and a two-barge fireworks display.
“This year was a landmark year in Canada’s history, having marked 150 years as a nation,” said Gillian Behnke, Manager of Community Relations & Communications at Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We were thrilled to see so many people join us to celebrate our incredible country, its diversity, culture and spirit.”
The free family-friendly festivities were more comprehensive than ever before with performances including Sam Roberts Band, FEFE, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette, Emerson Drive, Madeline Merlo and The Matinee. Highlights from this year’s celebration included a Canada150 exhibit highlighting Canadian sport, culture and innovation achievements, a performance by Hong Kong Airlines Ambassador Jackie Chan, a site-wide singing of O Canada and a spectacular fireworks show off of barges in both West Vancouver and Coal Harbour.
“We are still getting confirmed numbers from the City of Vancouver, but we are estimating over 750,000 people visited the grounds over the two days and 500,000 watched the fireworks across three municipalities. We estimate over 250,000 people came down for the parade on July 2. This incredible success was all only possible due to our production team, volunteers and sponsors,” said Behnke. “With their support, we were able to make this a safe, family-friendly Canada Day event larger than any that Vancouver’s seen to-date.”
The annual Canada Day at Canada Place celebrations are presented by Port of Vancouver and funded in part by the Government of Canada. The event is made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including National Partner CIBC, the Canadian Forces, Coast Capital Savings, Safeway, Air North Yukon’s Airline, Hong Kong Airlines, Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, City of Vancouver, Parks Canada, Seaspan, Steam Whistle Brewing, West Park, District of West Vancouver, Vancouver Convention Centre, Via Rail Canada, Subway. Media partners include, Global BC, Rock 101, CKNW, CFOX, CTV, Virgin Radio, QMFM, Vancouver Sun, 24HRS Vancouver, CBC, CBC Radio-Canada, JRfm, 102.7 THE PEAK, Virgin Radio, CHMB, and OMNI.