Bring your eh-game to Granville Island on July 1 for fun and (mostly) free patriotic pleasures to mark our nation’s birthday. A parade set to live jazz; kiddie fun within a multicultural melee; ripe culinary adventures; inspiring craft demonstrations; retro inspired disco and more add up to dawn-to-dusk merriment. Making it easy and affordable to get to the party, those decked out (head-to-toe) in red and white can take advantage of False Creek Ferries and the Aquabus’s offer of 2-for-1 ferry transport.
Join bike artist and educator Red Sara at the False Creek Community Centre Sports Court (10 am to 1 pm) and add some colour and sparkle to your wheels. Bikes, trikes, strollers and helmets are all fair game. Decorated bikes are invited to join the 13th Annual Canada Day Parade on Granville Island (1:30 pm – 2 pm starting at Ocean Construction), featuring The Carnival Band, spectacular stilt dancers, and lion dancers.
Belt out the National Anthem during the Official Canada Day Ceremony (2 pm – 2:30 pm at Ron Basford Park) and enjoy Canada Day cake for kids, compliments of the Dockside Restaurant. MELA! Festivals International Pavilion (located beside Emily Carr University of Art and Design) boasts a lively bazaar, music, dance and food from around the world.
Cue the Band
From various locales across the Island – including the Market Stage, Performance Works, Railspur District Stage and Ron Basford Park Stage – jazz fans can fashion their fix listening to musical acts that include Debra-Jean and the Dreams, Mike Allen Quartet, Whiskey Chief, Skyla J and the Vibes, among others. Programming is free of charge, thanks to CMHC-Granville Island and the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Discover mouth-watering fare around every corner of the Island. Kicking off the day, the Truly Canadian Pancake Breakfast aims to please early birds with hot cakes, maple syrup and Canadian bacon for just $8 — with partial proceeds going to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Dockside Restaurant’s Great Canadian BBQ (a la carte), The Lobsterman Cookout (Tip: Those wearing Canadiana couture will reap special discounts), A la Mode’s offer of 30% off one pie with six different flavoured slices, and Artisan Sakemaker’s complimentary sake tastings, will ensure appetites are satiated.
For the Kids
From noon to 5 pm, the Children’s Pavilion showcases complimentary multi-cultural entertainment, including: The Jocelyn Pettit Band – new-trad Celtic and World music and dance; Kokoma African Heritage Ensemble – high-energy and interactive performances featuring the ancient rhythms and dances of Africa; and Pastiche – a potpourri of west coast originals with traditional songs from Quebec and France. In addition, the Children’s Market will host the Little Paws Agility Show and VOKRA (learn to foster/adopt orphaned kittens), as well as activities ($5 and up) that include sand art, henna tattoos, and balloon twisting.
Various artistic disciplines will be on display throughout the Island including: Contemporary Craft Demonstrations – offering artist demonstrations and hands-on workshops for families to get creative with contemporary Canadian craft (Free. 10am – 4pm at Crafthouse); Mini glass-making workshops ($35 per person at New Small and Sterling Glass Studio); Canadian Frame(lines) will showcase an interactive experience exploring Canadian Identity through Film Craft (Free. 10 am – 7 pm. Between False Creek Community Centre and Arts Umbrella): Bicycle Spin Art – create your own custom spin art T-shirt on the Make People Powered Spin Bike. Wear or carry your spin-art home with you as a souvenir of Granville Island ($10 per shirt. 10 am – 4 pm outside Make). And much more!
All ages and all abilities are invited to get down, old-school disco-style in an all-day dance party dedicated to the queen of disco, Donna Summer. 10:30 am – 5:30 pm, Railspur District.
Granville Island Public Market and The Net Loft are open until 7 pm, seven days a week.