Canada Place Hosts Fête Francophone and UNITE!, A Celebration of Multiculturalism

June 22, 2017

World-class talent and Canada 150 light show will highlight Canada 150 programming

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver today released details on three elements of the Canada150 at Canada Place programming. UNITE! A celebration of Canadian Multiculturalism, Fête Francophone and a special Canada 150 light show on the Canada Place Sails of Light, will celebrate Canada’s culture, history and diversity.

Fête Francophone will feature ILAM with “World Music Fusion,” a collaboration of artists from Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver’s artists in residence program. The program brings together artists from Quebec and British Columbia to create collaborative space for musical and creative talent.

Fête Francophone takes place at Canada Place on Saturday, June 24, and will celebrate Francophone culture and heritage with live music, children’s entertainment, and traditional Francophone cuisine. The event is at the North Point of Canada Place from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will feature musical entertainment throughout the day.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our first ever event for Multiculturalism Day,” said Gillian Behnke, community relations and communications manager at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “We’ve put a strong focus on creating programming that’s fun for all-ages with singing, drumming, dancing and demonstrations happening throughout the day.”

Taking place on June 27, UNITE! A celebration of Canadian multiculturalism, will offer the opportunity for guests to participate in a variety of experiences demonstrations and performances. The celebration will take place at the North Point of Canada Place, from 10:00a.m. – 8:00p.m. A free musical concert featuring Alex Cuba and Delhi 2 Dublin will conclude the day’s events.

Unique to this year and complementary to Canada 150 programming at Canada Place, the Canada 150 light show will showcase a series of lighting sequences which will focus on themes central to Canada. The show is rooted in three segments, landscapes, diversity and the150th celebration. It will be illuminated on June 22 through to the end of July. The display will be viewable from the west side of Canada Place, with prime viewing locations being Stanley Park, the Coal Harbour seawall, the Vancouver Convention Centre West and the surrounding waterways.

UNITE! is funded in part by the Government of Canada, through the Canada 150 Fund. All Canada150 at Canada Place events are presented by Port of Vancouver and supported in part by volunteer program partner Safeway. For a full schedule of the events, 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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