Port of Vancouver

Port of Vancouver

May 19, 2016 13:30 ET

Canada Place Announces Lineup and New Talent Competition for Canada Day

Aaron Pritchett to Headline Canada's Birthday Celebration

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - The Port of Vancouver will present the 29th annual Canada Day at Canada Place event on July 1, the largest Canada Day celebration in the country outside of the nation's capital. The event will also mark the 30th anniversary of Canada Place, built for Expo 86.

This year's event will feature special memories of Expo 86 including '80s fashion, arcade games, pogo sticks, and Red Robinson's Expo Theatre.

Expo 86 welcomed the world to Vancouver, and Canada Place had the honour of sharing the very best of this country as the Canada Pavilion. This year's concert program will include both legends of the 1980s and today's favourites with headliner acts Aaron Pritchett, as well as feature entertainers including Barney Bentall, Mo Kenney, Bear Mountain, Rococode, Twin Kennedy, Willa and more.

New this year is the Flashback Fever 1986 band contest. Musicians from across the country will have the chance to win $500 and perform live, on stage at the event on July 1. To enter, artists must upload a video of themselves performing a cover of a popular 1986 track. The winner will be determined through public voting and a panel of judges. Flashback Fever will be accepting applications now through May 31. Public voting will be open on June 1 through June 14 and the winner will be announced on June 22.

"Canadians from across the country show their pride in their history, culture and achievements on Canada Day and each year we are pleased to welcome guests from far and wide to celebrate here at Canada Place," said Tom Corsie, President of Canada Place Corporation and Vice President of Real Estate at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The full day of free family fun, live music and performances will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 1 at Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and on the surrounding streets. Highlights will include the Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone, extreme pogo stick demonstrations, a family-friendly licensed area on the North Point of Canada Place, food carts, street hockey, the Canadian Forces Zone and the traditional citizenship ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians.

The festivities will continue into the evening with the popular Canada Day Parade presented by Port of Vancouver, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Georgia and Broughton, and the Canada Day Fireworks Show at 10:30 p.m. in Burrard Inlet.

The 29th Annual Canada Day at Canada Place event is presented by Port of Vancouver and made possible thanks to the generous support of partners including the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada, the Canadian Forces, Coast Capital Savings, CN, Nature's Path Foods, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Vancouver Convention Centre, City of Vancouver, WestPark and Seaspan. Media partners include Global BC, Vancouver 24 Hrs, Shaw, OMNI Diversity Television, Vancity Buzz, CHMB AM1320, The World Famous CFOX, News Talk 980 CKNW, and Rock 101.

About Canada Place:

Canada Place at Port of Vancouver is an internationally-recognized landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences. For the last 30 years Canada Place has hosted a number of celebrations, including National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean Baptiste and Canada Day at Canada Place. Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation and, located in the heart of Vancouver's waterfront, Canada Place is perfectly positioned to serve as a hub of celebrations on the west coast with an incredible year of programming. Canada Place is also homeport to the Vancouver-Alaska cruises, and houses Vancouver Convention Centre East, Pan Pacific Hotel, FlyOver Canada, World Trade Centre and WestPark. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages the Port of Vancouver and is the owner and operator of Canada Place. The Port of Vancouver is Canada's largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America, facilitating Canada's trade with more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada's west coast, port terminals and tenants enabled the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods in 2015, generating an estimated 100,000 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act.

More information is available on the Canada Place website

• Canada Day at Canada Place celebrations: www.canadaplace.ca

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