Canada Place announces Crystal Shawanda to Headline at National Aboriginal Celebration

June 14, 2017

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver today announced Canadian country music artist, Crystal Shawanda, will headline at this year’s National Aboriginal Celebration on Saturday, June 17. The celebration will honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

“Having a dedicated day to recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of Aboriginal people in Canada is symbolic both for Canada’s past and future,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We are honoured to host this celebration at Canada Place.”

Canada Place is located within the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples. The National Aboriginal Celebration will take place at the North Point & West Promenade at Canada Place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Programming will begin with a traditional Coast Salish welcome followed by a wide variety of Aboriginal performances including traditional dances, drumming, musical acts, storytelling, artist demonstrations, workshops and a salmon BBQ.

To further accent the celebration, the Sails of Light at Canada Place will feature the “Story of Life” artwork by renowned Coast Salish artist Susan Point. The original 130-metre mural artwork was created as part of the Low Level Road construction project in North Vancouver, and the imagery reflects on the aspects of the area’s past, the continued change of the site, and the natural site itself. The artwork will be illuminated each evening from June 17 through to June 21 and viewable from the west side of Canada Place, with prime viewing locations including Stanley Park, the Coal Harbour seawall, the Vancouver Convention Centre West and the surrounding waterways.

The National Aboriginal Celebration events are presented by Port of Vancouver and made possible thanks to the sponsor partners TD and Safeway. For a full schedule of events throughout the day, please visit:

About Canada Place Corporation

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is an internationally-recognized landmark and venue for world-class events and inspirationally Canadian experiences. For the last 31 years Canada Place has served as a hub for national celebrations, including the National Aboriginal Celebration and Canada Day at Canada Place. Canada Place is also homeport to the Vancouver-Alaska cruise, 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 the Canada Place.

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