Vancouver Shines Bright on the 25th Anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light

April 1st, 2015 by Honda Celebration of Light

March 31st, 2015

VANCOUVER SHINES BRIGHT ON THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

 

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Vancouver is going to shine brighter than ever for the 25th anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival set for Saturday July 25, Wednesday July 29 and Saturday August 1.

The Honda Celebration of Light kicks off Saturday, July 25th with the return of Team China – the modern birthplace of fireworks.  We are pleased to welcome Team Brazil on Wednesday, July 29th – with Rio 2016 just around the corner, we expect quite a show.  Rounding out the event is repeat winner and home favourite, Team Canada on August 1st.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light is a testament to the lasting relationship this festival has with the residents of Metro Vancouver,” said the Hon. John D. Reynolds, Chairman of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.  “We are the largest public event in British Columbia and continue to reach out to engage and entertain another generation of fireworks fans.  We have invited three winning pyro teams to celebrate this special occasion in style.”

New for the 25th Anniversary – Building on the success of The Keg Lounge and the YVR Observation Deck, the festival is launching the new, licensed, Inukshuk Lounge. Located on the peninsula at English Bay, the Inukshuk Lounge offers a quieter hosting experience for discerning guests.  Also new is the Sunset Beach Bistro, a family- friendly, licensed area in Sunset Beach Park – no tickets required!  The Sunset Beach Bistro will bring back the ever-popular Salmon BBQ to the park and will offer a front row view of the SHOREFEST stage entertainment.  Honda Celebration of Light is pleased to announce that Stanley Park Brewery will be the official beer partner of the event offering Stanley Park beer, Okanagan Spring cider and Mark Anthony wines in the Sunset Beach Bistro, Inukshuk Lounge and YVR Observation Deck.

Tickets go on sale for all ticketed viewing areas on April 1 through the festival website.

The Honda Celebration of Light continues to grow year over year thanks to the generous support from Title Sponsor Honda Canada, the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Province of BC; Major Partners The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Concord Pacific, CIBC and LG 104.3 FM; Community Partners YVR, KLM, McMillan LLP, West End BIA, Port Metro Vancouver, Seaspan and Vancouver Pile Driving.

“The Honda Celebration of Light showcases Vancouver on the world stage and continues to be one of Vancouver’s best-known and most popular summer festivals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The festival has become a signature summer event for residents and visitors alike and is a huge boost to our vibrant local economy. I look forward to this year’s 25th anniversary of the Honda Celebration of Light being the best year yet!”

Fireworks

The 2015 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10:00pm each night, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on LG 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Tuesday, August 4th.

  • Saturday, July 25 – China; Team Lidu
  • Wednesday, July 29 – Brazil; Group Vision Show
  • Saturday, August 1 –  Canada; Archangel Fireworks

SHOREFEST presented by LG 104.3 FM

The SHOREFEST concert series at English Bay and Sunset Beach returns with free musical performances, including Platinum Blonde on the LG 104.3 Stage in The Keg Lounge.  There will be continuous live entertainment on the Sunset Beach stage beginning at 2pm each day.  More performers will be announced soon.

“LG 104.3 is thrilled to once again bring our free concert series – SHOREFEST – to the shores of English Bay and Sunset Beach for this summer’s Honda Celebration of Light,” said LG 104.3 Promotions Director, Crosby McWilliam. “This year we have an exciting mix of classic Canadian artists like Platinum Blonde, who will have crowds singing along to their hits, and some of Vancouver’s top emerging talent like Bend Sinister – ready to light up the beach before the fireworks! It will be three amazing nights of music.  Watch for many more names in the coming weeks on our website at LG1043.com “

The Keg Lounge

Located on the Bathhouse Roof in English Bay with a prime view of the fireworks, The Keg Lounge continues to offer a hip, rock ‘n’ roll VIP lounge experience with side stage viewing of performances on the SHOREFEST English Bay Stage.  With capacity of only 450, The Keg Lounge sells out each night.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $149 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com.

Regular priced tickets will be $169 after June 1st.

The Inukshuk Lounge

Located on the peninsula at English Bay, the Inukshuk Lounge provides the perfect environment to network and chat, with the added benefit of the closest water view of the fireworks spectacular. Featuring guaranteed seating, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities and a laid back vibe, the Inukshuk Lounge is the fresh new place to be.

Early bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $119 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com.  Regular priced tickets will be $139 after June 1st.

YVR Observation Deck

The YVR Observation Deck is custom built bleacher-style seating in the heart of the action at English Bay. This all-ages, licensed area offers reserved seats with prime sightlines to the fireworks, musical simulcast of the fireworks soundtrack, cash bar service, private washroom facilities, food service and giveaways.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now until June 1st for $39 and can be purchased at www.hondacelebrationoflight.com

Regular priced tickets will be $49 after June 1st.

YVR Business Class Cabanas in the YVR Observation Deck

New this year! Looking for the perfect location to host guests or for a private party?  The YVR Observation Deck now offers Business Class corporate cabanas on the concourse level.  Each 10’ x 20’ private hosting area holds 24 guests and offers comfortable seating and complimentary appetizers.  Inquire for more details.

Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge

Registration is open now for this year’s Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge.  Families and friends can put together teams and engage in fun activities along the seawall for a chance to win over $10,000 in prizing for themselves and their schools courtesy of Concord Pacific.  Click through the festival website to concordsocial.ca to register.

For more information please visit www.hondacelebrationoflight.com for up to date information and tickets.

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Suggested Tweet: #vanshinesbright with fireworks @celeboflight China July 25, Brazil July 29 and Canada Aug 1

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About the Honda Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light is BC’s largest public event and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world.  It attracts up to 400,000 spectators along English Bay each evening.  Owned and planned by the volunteer, not-for-profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2015 represents the 25th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $37 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year.   The pyrotechnic competition is produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics, with the Honda Celebration of Light event produced by Vancouver-based brand.LIVE Management Group.

For more information, photos and/or interviews please contact: Randy Clegg, Communications Director, brand.LIVE rclegg@shaw.ca  

HONDA RENEWS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

March 4th, 2015 by Honda Celebration of Light

HONDA RENEWS TITLE SPONSORSHIP OF CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT SHINES BRIGHT FOR 25 YEARS!

VANCOUVER, BC – March 3, 2015 – Honda Celebration of Light will be bigger and better in 2015, as it celebrates its 25th year in Vancouver on July 25th, 29th and August 1st.  Honda Canada has agreed to kick it all off by renewing their partnership for another three years as the title sponsor of BC’s largest event.

“Honda Canada is very happy to renew our support of the Honda Celebration of Light,” said Jerry Chenkin, President and CEO, Honda Canada Inc. “For 25 years the event has been a part of Vancouver’s summer calendar and we are proud to sponsor this amazing community event.”

“We are so proud that Honda has continued their partnership with this iconic festival.” said Heather Sharpe, Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society Producer, “We can now continue to build the legacy of the last 25 years – making this festival the best summer festival in BC.  We have some very exciting plans for our 25th anniversary.”

Not only will fans be treated to some of the greatest fireworks displays on earth, they will also be able to take in three days of cultural programming, sponsor activations and some great Canadian music throughout English Bay and Sunset Beach.  In addition to The Keg Lounge and licensed seating at the YVR Observation deck, another VIP Lounge is being offered on the Inukshuk Peninsula and families are invited to enjoy food trucks and a licensed area in Sunset Beach this year.

The Honda Celebration of Light saw over 1.2 Million fans this past year coming from communities across the Lower Mainland and throughout BC.

Competing countries for the 2015 event will be announced at the end of March and tickets will go on sale for all VIP viewing areas on April 1st.

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About the Honda Celebration of Light

 

The Honda Celebration of Light is the longest running annual offshore fireworks competition in the world.  Owned and produced by the volunteer not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2015represents the 25th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $40 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year. The pyrotechnic competition is produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics, with the Honda Celebration of Light produced by Vancouver based brand.LIVE. www.hondacelebrationoflight.com/

 

For more information or media inquiries, contact:

 

Randy Clegg

Communications Director, Honda Celebration of Light

rclegg@shaw.ca

TEAM JAPAN WINS 2014 HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

August 5th, 2014 by Honda Celebration of Light

- Vancouver shines bright for over 1.2 Million spectators at English Bay and Vanier Park -

VANCOUVER, BC – August 4th 2014 – Vancouver’s summer heat wave prevailed for the final night of the 24th annual Honda Celebration of Light with team Akariya from Japan winning top honours narrowly beating out teams from the USA and France.

“Japan deserved the win” said Kelly Guille, Sirius Pyrotechnics producer, “they did really well building their scenes and maintaining a theme throughout the show while still creating varied emotional responses.  The judges and the public had a hard time deciding the winner because it was so close but in the end it was a few points that made the difference.”

Not only were fans treated to some of the greatest fireworks displays on earth, they were also able to take in three days of cultural programming, entertainment and sponsor activations throughout English Bay and Sunset Beach.

“We couldn’t have asked for more perfect conditions,” said Heather Sharpe, Producer of the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light, “It is so wonderful to see so many people enjoying all the festivities.”

The Honda Celebration of Light saw over 1.2 Million fans this year coming from communities across the Lower Mainland and throughout BC.

Dates for the 2015 event will be announced by the end of September.

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About the Honda Celebration of Light

The Honda Celebration of Light is the longest running annual offshore fireworks competition in the world.  Owned and produced by the volunteer not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society, 2014 represents the 24th consecutive year of the event, which contributes in excess of $40 million in incremental tourism and hospitality spending each year. The pyrotechnic competition is produced by Sirius Pyrotechnics, with the Honda Celebration of Light produced by Vancouver based brand.LIVE. www.hondacelebrationoflight.com/

 

For more information or media inquiries, contact:

 

Randy Clegg

Communications Director, Honda Celebration of Light

rclegg@shaw.ca

VANCOUVER SHINES BRIGHT FOR THE 24TH ANNUAL HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

May 2nd, 2014 by Honda Celebration of Light

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Vancouver’s beaches and skies will shine bright for the 24th annual Honda Celebration of Light fireworks festival set for, Saturday July 26th, Wednesday July 30th and Saturday August 2nd.  Once again Vancouver will be given the opportunity to shine on the international stage during the largest and most prestigious event of the summer, featuring fireworks performances by teams from the United States, France and Japan.  Guests will come together on Sunset Beach and English Bay with a weeklong festival of culture, food and of course pyrotechnical displays from some of the best in the world.

“We are very happy to see the growth in programming this year.” said the Hon. John D. Reynolds, Chairman of the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.  “Now, there’s even more to bring friends and families together during the summer.  The Honda Celebration of Light will truly be when Vancouver Shines Bright.”

The Honda Celebration of Light continues to grow thanks to the generous support from the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation; Title Partner Honda; Major Partners The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Concord Pacific and Shore 104.3 FM; as well as Community partners Tourism Vancouver, the Vancouver Airport Authority, Seaspan and Vancouver Pile Driving, Port Metro Vancouver, Shaw, Clearly Contacts and the West End Business Improvement Association.  We are pleased to welcome KLM as our official airline partner and CIBC as our official financial partner.

“Honda Canada and the British Columbia Honda Dealers are very excited to be a proud supporter for this truly outstanding festival,” said Steve Hui, General Manager-Western Canada, Honda Canada Inc. “The event is enjoyed by all walks of life and we are thrilled to be back as the Title Partner.”

“The Honda Celebration of Light showcases Vancouver on the world stage and continues to be one of Vancouver’s best-known and most popular summer festivals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The festival has become a signature summer event for residents and visitors alike and is a huge boost to our vibrant local economy. I look forward to this year’s Celebration of Light being our best yet!”

Fireworks

The 2014 Honda Celebration of Light competition will begin promptly at 10:00pm, rain or shine, from the barges located in English Bay. Music simulcast can be heard on SHORE 104.3 FM and through the festival’s mobile app. The winning country will be announced Monday, August 4th.

  • Saturday, July 26USA; Pyrotecnico
  • Wednesday, July 30France; F.C. Pyro
  • Saturday, August 2Japan; Akariya Fireworks

 SHOREfest presented by Shore 104.3 FM

The SHOREfest concert series at English Bay and Sunset Beach returns with free musical performances, including The Sheepdogs on the SHOREfest stage.  Organizers also plan to include community and cultural entertainment on the Saturday afternoons on the Rogue Stage at Sunset Beach.  More performers will be announced soon.

The Keg Lounge

The Keg Lounge presented by The Keg Steakhouse and Bar will once again be located on top of the Bath House Roof at English Bay for the festival. The Keg Lounge offers guests prime viewing opportunities, delicious food offerings, and intimate music experiences from the English Bay SHOREfest stage. Proceeds from The Keg Lounge benefit the not for profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $149 and can be purchased at: www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com.

YVR Observation Deck

Fans of the fireworks can secure reserved seats at the YVR Observation Deck located at English Bay. These convenient seats offer simulcast of the fireworks, prime viewing and dedicated services. Limited Early Bird tickets are on sale now through www.hondacelebrationoflight.com and are priced at $39.  Regular priced tickets will be $49 after June 1st.

Hotel packages with YVR Observation Deck tickets can be purchased through our partners at Tourism Vancouver.  Click on www.HondaCelebrationofLight.com for more information.

Expanded Programming

The festival and the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA) have partnered up again, working with businesses to create an even more dynamic and inviting experience for people en route to the fireworks.  WEBIA will host a series of roaming performances along Davie and Denman, as well as collaborating with area businesses to showcase the neighbourhood’s impressive culinary and retail offerings.

Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge

Registration will open shortly for this year’s updated version of the Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge.  Families and friends can put together teams and engage in fun activities along the seawall for a chance to win over $10,000 in prizing for themselves and their schools courtesy of Concord Pacific.

Food Truck Festival

The Honda Celebration of Light will be capitalizing on the current Food Truck phenomenon to offer guests a variety of culinary experiences from the conveniently located Sunset Beach parking lot.  Be sure to come down early and enjoy dinner at the beach.

Mobile App

The Honda Celebration of Light mobile App will once again allow festival goers to keep informed of artist schedules for SHOREfest, search through an interactive map and vote for their favourite pyrotechnic team.

For more information please visit www.hondacelebrationoflight.com for up to date information and tickets.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram; @celeboflight, Facebook; www.facebook.com/celebrationoflight

Suggested Tweet: #vanshinesbright with fireworks @celeboflight  USA July 26, France July 30 and Japan Aug 2 

Missed the fireworks? Watch on Shaw Video On Demand

August 12th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

If you didn’t have a chance to join the 1.2 million spectators over the 3 days of this year’s Honda Celebration of Light, you can check out the all of the action on SHAW TV Video On Demand or follow the links below:

Honda Celebration of Light – USA Night

Honda Celebration of Light – France Night

Honda Celebration of Light – Japan Night

CANADA WINS 2013 HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

August 7th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

 

CANADA WINS 2013 HONDA CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
- Over 1.2 Million spectators take in three day event at English Bay and Vanier Park -

VANCOUVER, BC – August 7th 2012 – Vancouver’s summer heat wave returned for the final night of the 23rd annual Honda Celebration of Light with team “Fireworks Spectacular” from Canada winning top honours and wowing fireworks fans with a thrilling show on day two of the three day event narrowly beating out teams from the United Kingdom and Thailand.

“We had terrific weather for all three nights, with many coming down earlier to take in SHOREfest music series at Sunset Beach and English Bay” said Andrea Dowd-Dever, Producer of the 2013 Honda Celebration of Light, “It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying this amazing event and we can’t wait for next year.”

New for 2013 was Concord Pacific’s Seawall Challenge which took place on the first day of the event.  Over 20 teams competed in a number of physical, creative and mental challenges from Concord Pacific to Sunset beach for a chance to benefit from a $5,000 donation to the school of their choice for afterschool programming and / or equipment. Team “Wolf Pack”, led by Leon He, won the competition, receiving the top prize of $1,500 cash and designated Concord Pacific’s $5,000 donation to go to Vancouver’s Chief Maquinna Elementary.

“Donations like this one, from Concord Pacific, really go a long way in making for a better school experience for everyone.” said Maquinna School’s PAC Chairperson, Anthony Wong. “We’re appreciative and definitely thankful to the winning team for considering our school.”

The Honda Celebration of Light saw over 1.2 Million fans this year coming from communities across the Lower Mainland and throughout BC.

Dates for the 2014 event will be announced by the end of September.

Significant Closures at the Willingdon Avenue Interchange

July 30th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

Team UK – Pyro 2000

July 27th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

The company motto “Big enough to cope small enough to care” is a commitment to our patrons big and small, the same level of expertise, care and attention that is expected at the highest levels of business is also lavished on the smallest enterprise. From the huge pyro-musicals to the smallest private function PYRO 2000 are the professionals.

Setting a spectacular firework display to music.

PYRO 2000 have provided the choreographed firework displays for many events such as the Performing Arts Management Symphony, who organised events at over 30 stately homes around the UK. Each display was carefully balanced, choreographed and synchronised so as to create a visually stunning accompaniment to the many varied pieces of live music enjoyed by the thousands who attended these concerts.

The historic backdrop of Edinburgh castle provides PYRO 2000 with one of its most prestigious events on the international calendar, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The esplanade at Edinburgh castle is steeped in Scottish history and arguably the grandest open air stage in the world.

Don’t miss Pyro2000 light up the sky Saturday, July 27 at 10PM!

 

Honda Celebration of Light Theme:

Our mission, a LICENCE TO THRILL, will be to illuminate the sky above

English Bay, ‘NOBODY DOES IT BETTER’.  Our cocktail of fireworks will leave you shaken not stirred.

You will wish the DIAMONDS in the sky ARE FOREVER and James Bond has made a spectacular display FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. The GOLDFINGER shooting THE GODLEN GUN will ignite the myriad of colours and awe inspiring effects to produce a SKYFALL and will leave everyone wanting to LIVE AND never LET the extravaganza DIE.

Thousands expected to take in Honda Celebration of Light

July 27th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

City of Vancouver

Information bulletin

July 26, 2013

 

Thousands expected to take in Honda Celebration of Light

Participants urged to respect neighbours and stay safe

Vancouver’s downtown skies will light up on Saturday when the 2013 Honda Celebration of Light kicks off the first of this year’s three fireworks shows over English Bay.

 Thousands of spectators are expected to take in the shows on July 27, July 31 and August 3 from vantage points on and around English Bay, the Kitsilano beaches and throughout the West End.

Taking transit, cycling or walking is always your best bet to get to the fireworks as many street closures will be in effect. Motor vehicle access will be restricted, beginning at 6:30 p.m. for Kits Point and 7:30 p.m. for the West End, to residents with parking decals for the neighbourhood or those whose vehicle registration displays a neighbourhood address. Pedestrian exit routes will be posted in the West End: Burnaby Street for the Burrard and Waterfront Stations, Beach Avenue for Yaletown Station, and Guilford Street to access Georgia Street bus routes. Those on two wheels can take advantage of the complimentary bike valet at Sunset Beach.

The City of Vancouver is working to make the Honda Celebration of Light a zero waste event, and has set up recycling and garbage bins on the beach. Those taking in the show are asked to pack out what they pack in, clean up their garbage, and respect residents who live in the area by keeping noise to a minimum as you leave.

Open alcohol is prohibited on Vancouver’s beaches, streets and parks. Please help keep this year’s celebration a family-friendly event by limiting alcohol consumption to licensed establishments.

Beach marker signs will be placed along English Bay to help you find your friends and family. If you’re hoping to take in the show from the beach this Saturday, July 27, please be aware that a high tide will peak at 12.2 feet at 9:49 p.m. Signs will be posted on the beach and Parks staff will be on hand to ensure your viewing spot is not below the high tide line.

Boaters are reminded to follow safe boating guidelines and carry their boating license at all times.

For detailed information on vehicle access points and other information, go to www.HondaCelebrationoflight.com.

Media contact:

Corporate communications

604-871-6336

media@vancouver.ca

 

More than one quarter of residents in the Lower Mainland plan to attend Celebration of Light

July 25th, 2013 by Honda Celebration of Light

 

 

 

 NEWS RELEASE

 

More than one quarter of residents in the Lower Mainland plan to attend Celebration of Light

Vancouver B.C. – July 25, 2013 – Twenty-seven per cent of Lower Mainland residents surveyed say they will attend this year’s Honda Celebration of Light festival. This number does not include tourists or those who attend multiple shows. The festival will be held in Vancouver’s English Bay July 27th, 31st and August 3rd.

The survey indicates 90 per cent awareness of the festival with 80 per cent of respondents having a favourable impression of the popular Vancouver event. Sixty-three per cent of respondents said they had attended the event at least once in the last five years. Almost 40 per cent were aware that that bleacher tickets were available for purchase, a surprise given this is only the third year reserved seating has been available.

“This shows a strong interest in the festival, which has become an iconic Vancouver tradition and one of the most popular fireworks displays in North America,” says Brian Owen, CEO of NRG Research Group. “With the high level of awareness and support indicated by the survey, this year’s event could well attract record crowds.”

Thirty-five percent of respondents said they will take public transit (21 per cent of Vancouver residents and 42 per cent of those living elsewhere in the Lower Mainland) and 18 per cent will walk (48 per cent of Vancouver respondents and 3 per cent from elsewhere in the Lower Mainland).

An average of only two per cent of those surveyed indicated they would bike to the event. Surprisingly, one third of the respondents say they plan to drive (20 per cent of Vancouver respondents and 39 per cent of those living elsewhere in the Lower Mainland.)

The telephone survey by NRG Research Group and Peak Communicators consisted of 400 respondents and has a confidence interval of +/- 4.9 per cent 19 times out of 20. It is weighted to be represented by age, gender and whether from Vancouver or elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. It was conducted on July 22nd and 23rd.

 

NRG Research Group is a leading Canadian public affairs and market research company, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Peak Communicators is the largest independent full-service PR agency in Western Canada with a specialty in media relations, communication strategy, media training and digital media.

For more information contact:

Brian Owen

NRG Research Group

Ph: 604 676 5646

bowen@nrgresearchgroup.com                                                                                    mlowry@peakco.com