The Christmas spirit is alive and well in downtown Vancouver’s Gastown district, which is getting ready to light it up in an all new way.
Gastown Business Improvement Association (GBIA) has partnered with the Vancouver Film School (VFS) to illuminate the Leckie Building with a projection light and sound show, part of Gastown’s Not-So-Silent Night festivities.
The historic building is located at 220 Cambie Street — the southeast corner of the intersection of Water Street and Cambie Street, kitty-corner from the Gastown Steam Clock.
This will be a 120-ft high and 60-ft wide animated video projection playing every 30 minutes, synchronized with the chime of the Steam Clock on select nights over the coming weeks — playing every 30 minutes from 5 pm to 8 pm.
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According to the GBIA, the holiday production features elves and other whimsical characters that have been “busy decorating the streets of Gastown, coming to life on the historic building.” It entails a two-minute show, followed by an additional 28-minute animation loop.
The production was designed by the graduating class of Classical Animation at the Vancouver Film School.
Aside from the projection show, there will also be other activities at the intersection, including carolling by various choirs in the city. All donations go towards charitable causes selected by the choirs themselves.
When: Every 30 minutes, synchronized with the Gastown Steam Clock chime, from 5 pm to 8 pm on December 12, 13, 19, and 20.
Where: Leckie Building — 220 Cambie Street, Vancouver (intersection of Cambie Street and Water Street)