102nd Grey Cup Festival announces full line-up of festival events
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival Organizing Committee announced today the full program of events and performers for the 4-day Festival held in conjunction with the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game. This yearâ€™s Grey Cup Festival will take place November 26-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in the heart of Vancouver. Tickets for Canadaâ€™s largest annual sport festival will range from $20-$350, with many free activities appealing to music and sports fans of all ages.
â€œVancouver has emerged as a world class host city for major cultural and sports events, and we are excited to once again welcome visitors from all across Canada for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival,â€ said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. â€œWith events and activities for everyone, the Grey Cup Festival is renowned for its festive atmosphere and will be a fantastic celebration of both football and Vancouverâ€™s vibrant local arts and culture scene.â€
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival will feature a 3-day nightly concert series presented by Global BC and The Province and headlined each night by some of Canadaâ€™s brightest stars, including Canadian country talent Tim Hicks, popular Vancouver-based folk band Hey Ocean! and â€˜Canadaâ€™s greatest party bandâ€™ Trooper. Three-day passes for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival Concert Series go on sale Friday, September 19 at ticketmaster.ca for an early bird rate of $90, with passes going for $102 after October 15.
In addition to the Concert Series, the 3-day TELUS Street Festival will include FREE live music daily on the PlayNow.com stage, featuring a rotation of talented local artists, including Delhi 2 Dublin, The Matinee, and The Boom Booms.
“We have worked very hard to deliver events that appeal to both families and fans and we believe we have the right mix of ticketed and free programming,â€ said Jamie Pitblado, General Manager for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival.
â€œThe Grey Cup is a special event for Canadians,â€ said David Braley, Owner of BC Lions Football Club. â€œIt represents the very best of football in this country and is a Canadian tradition unlike any other.â€
The Festival will also include the inaugural Edgewater Casino Night at the Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as the Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon, where CFL legends of past and present will raise funds for the CFL Alumni Support Fund to assist former players with medical challenges. The Save-on-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade will take place Saturday November 29 and will wind through downtown Vancouver with the Grey Cup and other memorable acts.
â€œAn event of this magnitude would not be possible without strong community support, which we have through key partnerships with our sponsors, and we thank them for supporting the great tradition that is the Grey Cup Festival,â€ said Dennis Skulsky, President & CEO of BC Lions Football Club.
â€˜The committee has been hard at work planning a spectacular line-up of events for this yearâ€™s Grey Cup Festival,â€ said 102nd Grey Cup Festival Organizing Committee Co-Chair, Michael Graydon. â€œWe have an army of over 725 volunteers signed up and raring to go for November to make this Canadaâ€™s biggest football party.â€
The Festival builds on a long-standing tradition of celebrating Canadian football and creates a high-energy atmosphere in advance of the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game on November 30 at BC Place. Tickets for the game are available at ticketmaster.ca/greycup.
Key 102nd Grey Cup Festival events:
Â· Grey Cup Festival kickoff (Wednesday, November 26)
Â· TELUS Street Festival featuring the PlayNow.com stage (Thursday, November 27 â€“ Saturday, November 29)
Â· Nissan Family Zone featuring the Canadian Direct Insurance Family stage (Thursday, November 27 â€“ Saturday, November 29)
Â· Team Parties (Thursday, November 27 â€“ Saturday, November 29)
Â· Grey Cup Festival Concert Series, presented by Global BC and The Province
o Thursday, November 27 â€“ New Music night, presented by The Peak 102.7
Headliner: Hey Ocean!
Supported by: Family of the Year, The Gay Nineties
o Friday, November 28 â€“ Country Music night, presented by 93.7 JRfm
Headliner: Tim Hicks
Supported by: Tebey, One More Girl
o Saturday November 29 â€“ Classic Rock night, presented by Rock 101
Supported by: 54.40, Sass Jordan
Â· Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon (Friday, November 28)
Â· Edgewater Casino Night (Friday, November 28)
Â· Save-on-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade (Saturday, November 29)
Â· Cheerleader Extravaganza (Saturday, November 29)
Â· Rock and ROAR Gala (Saturday, November 29)
Â· Grey Cup Fan March (Sunday, November 30)
Â· Pre-Game Tailgate Party (Sunday, November 30)
Â· 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game (Sunday, November 30)
Full event listings, including times and ticket information can be found at 102greycupfestival.ca.