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SHOREFEST, presented by LG104.3 FM is Vancouver’s largest free community concert series and it’s on the beach!

As part of the Sunset Beach Festival, SHOREFEST showcases some of Canada’s top musical acts in one of Vancouver’s most picturesque settings on the shores of English Bay. Come down early to the Sunset Beach stage for live music all afternoon. Then move on over to English Bay to catch our feature performers on the stage in The Keg Lounge. This stage plays to the beach – to you the fans – with rock and roll starting at 7:30pm.

SHOREFEST Keg Lounge Stage Schedule


English Bay


For more than 30 years, LOVERBOY has been “Working for the Weekend” performing in over 100 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Their success made them the first Canadian group ever to earn Columbia Records’ exclusive Crystal Glove Award, celebrating the sale of over five million albums outside their native country.

The group was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame at the Juno Awards at the 2009 show at GM Place in Vancouver, BC, where they joined the likes of Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and David Foster.

Our full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks!


Sunset Beach Festival

The Sunset Beach Festival comes alive on event days, so come for the festival and stay for the fireworks! Everyone is invited to come down early to enjoy the entertainment, activities and free giveaways, and the new Sunsetter Lounge by Stanley Park Brewing licensed area.


Sponsor and vendor activations are open with free giveaways at 2:00pm each day. Be sure to check out the Sunsetter Lounge by Stanley Park Brewing that opens at 2:00pm as well.

Nightly cultural performances are scheduled on the Sunset Beach Stage at 7:30pm.

Download the Honda Celebration of Light App to get the most up to date scheduling, information, and more! 


The Stanley Park Brewing Sunsetter Lounge is a comfortable, all-ages area, where you can enjoy a bite to eat with a refreshing beverage or two – all while you listen to great live music from the stage. Bring your family and friends down early to enjoy the park, games and refreshments. The Stanley Park Brewing Sunsetter Lounge is open from 2:00pm until 9:00pm. Space is limited so come early!

The fireworks

Our Pyro Teams

The Honda Celebration of Light is an annual musical fireworks competition held every summer in Vancouver, Canada since 1990. Three companies representing their country perform a 25 minute fireworks display set to accompanying music. This competition is cited as being the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is broadcast over the radio station LG104.3 FM.

The competitors are judged by a panel comprised of industry experts, sponsor representatives and celebrities, using the following criteria:

  • Sizing of the Show: 10 Points
  • Overall Design and Artistry: 30 Points
  • Synchronization:  20 Points
  • Originality of Effects: 15 Points
  • Quality of Soundtrack: 15 Points
  • Quality of Fireworks: 10 Points

On the overall score, the Technical Director can penalize any country to a maximum of five points if the invited team showed lack of professionalism, sloppy installation techniques or disregard towards the local level of safety precautions.

Meet this year’s competitors of the Honda Celebration of Light. Three companies will represent their countries.


Founded in 2008, the Royal Fireworks have grown to be a well recognized company producing beautiful fireworks shows in the Philippines, China, and Dubai. They are eager to expand and become a key player in the industry. In 2015 they can 2nd place in the China Changsha International Pyro-Musical Fireworks Competition. We are very excited to have them as a participating country in the 2016 Celebration of Light.


This famous Australian fireworks family found their spark back in 1922. Since then they have produced dazzling fireworks displays on national and international levels. Most recently receiving a gold medal for their display at the 2015 Da Nang International Fireworks Competition. Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics is one of the best-known fireworks artists and producers in the world. We are happy to have them here and participating in this years competition.


The Walt Disney Company has been producing fireworks since the 1960’s when Disneyland Park opened in California. The Fireworks shows have grown through the years, they now produce 11,000 pyrotechnic events every year in 7 parks and 4 cruise ships. Walt Disney Company sets a standard for delivering highly specialized, choreographed fireworks presentations that tell a story for all to see. We can’t wait to see the magic they will bring this year.


Do the
Fireworks Start?

The Honda Celebration of Light competition begins at 10:00pm sharp each night, rain or shine, on the following dates:

  • Saturday, July 23
  • Wednesday, July 27
  • Saturday, July 30

We have partnered with radio station LG104.3 FM to broadcast the music simulcast.

The music will be played through speakers from The Keg Lounge, Inukshuk Lounge and YVR Observation Deck. If you are sitting near these venues, you should be able to hear the music.

If you won’t be near these venues, you can play the music through our mobile app or through a portable radio.

Mobile App will be available for download in the App Store early July 2016.  appstore

Do I Hear
the Music?

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