Celebration of Light Fireworks

Vancouver’s most anticipated spectacle will return to light up the skies above English Bay for the 27th year this summer. Participating countries in the 2017 Honda Celebration of Light include Japan (Saturday, July 29), United Kingdom (Wednesday, August 2), and Canada (Saturday, August 5).
Each team will be represented by a fireworks production company from their own nation. Fireworks will represent Japan, Jubilee Fireworks for the United Kingdom, and Royal Pyrotechnie will be putting on the fireworks display for Canada.
The Honda Celebration of Light sparks togetherness and celebrates the spirit of our city as Vancouver’s premier event, said Paul Tilbury, co-chair of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, in a press statement.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, each competing team will be required to incorporate an iconic Canadian song into their fireworks display. This is where it gets interesting: the public will be engaged to decide which Canadian tune will be included in the firework performances. Voting takes place through April 2 on the Honda Celebration of Light Facebook page. Here is the full list of the Canadian song choices:
2Leonard Cohen Hallelujah
2The Tragically Hip Ahead By A Century
2Chantal Kreviazuk Surrounded
2Michael Bublé Haven’t Met You Yet
2The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face
2Celine Dion River Deep, Mountain High
2Bryan Adams Summer of ‘69
2Shania Twain Up!
2Justin Bieber Where Are Ü Now
2Spirit of the West Home For A Rest
The 25 minute fireworks performances will begin at 10p.m. each night, rain or shine. Accompanying music can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and from the festival’s mobile app. The winning team will be announced on August 8. Those who don’t want to brave the crowds on various beaches can opt for a seat in the special viewing platforms and lounges, with the advance purchase of tickets. Ticketed areas include The Keg Lounge, The Inukshuk Lounge, YVR Observation Deck, and YVR Business Class Cabanas. The Honda Celebration of Light is the largest free and public event in Vancouver. Last year’s festival attracted 1.2 million people over a span of three nights, with the final fireworks display (United States represented by the Walt Disney Company) breaking attendance records.
SHOREFEST Concerts
In addition to music broadcast on radio to accompany the fireworks, live bands perform in the afternoons and evenings.
The concerts used to take place at Sunset Beach and English Bay Beach, but as of 2017 they’ll be in Stanley Park near Second Beach. Each day there is a variety of bands, with a special feature performance on the main SHOREFEST Stage leading up to the fireworks each evening. In 2017 free afternoon and evening concerts include the following:
Saturday July 29th Bands
4:00 – 4:45 pm: Feature band to be confirmed
5:00 – 5:45 pm: Mazacote
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Katari Taiko & DJ Oshow
7:00 – 7:45 pm: Dawn Pemberton & Band
8:00 – 9:00 pm: Julian Taylor Band
10:00 pm: Fireworks displays by Team Japan
Wednesday August 2nd Bands
4:00 – 4:45 pm: Special Programming
5:00 – 5:45 pm: David Morin
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Kutapira
7:00 – 7:45 pm: Feature band to be confirmed
8:00 – 9:00 pm: The Boom Booms
10:00 pm: Fireworks displays by Team UK
Saturday August 5th Bands
3:00 – 3:45 pm: Showstoppers
4:00 – 4:45 pm: Murray Porter
5:00 – 5:45 pm: Feature band to be confirmed
6:00 – 7:45 pm: Coco Jafro
8:00 – 9:00 pm: DJ Shub, DJ Kookum, James Danger Jones, Love Medicine PowWow Drummers
10:00 pm: Fireworks displays by Team Canada.

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