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!”
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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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.
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