CelticFest Vancouver – March 9 – 17, 2013
CelticFest Vancouver is coming to concert halls, clubs, pubs and streets in and around downtown Vancouver from March 9 – 17, 2013 to deliver music, dance, comedy, revelry and a healthy dose of that magical Celtic spirit. For lovers of Celtic culture in all its many expressions (and who isn’t?), 2013 is already looking to be one of the most exciting years yet.
Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store!
“This year we celebrate our Celtic roots with a special March 14 double-bill at the Vogue Theatre. This concert features the acclaimed musical partnership of two brilliant artists from Cape Breton, Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, as well as a rare visit from the stunning Maeve Mackinnon, twice-nominated Scotland’s “Gaelic Singer of the Year”. An audience favourite, our ever-popular CelticFest Ceilidh is back at the new Vancouver FanClub on Granville St. (March 16), and dance the night away at the Venue on March 15 at St. Pat’s Rocks with The Town Pants, performing their own unique brand of high energy ‘West Coast Celtic,’” said Director of Programming, Ross Powell.
And there’s more! The festival features the popular annual Whisky Kiss scotch-tasting (March 13 at The Cellar), the traditional CelticFest Sunday Session and a range of fascinating (and free) music workshops at Tom Lee Music, a Celtic Comedy Night featuring one of Ireland’s best-loved comedians, Brendan Grace, at the Vancouver FanClub (March 9), and other exciting events and activities.
Returning for its second year by popular demand is our special FREE kick-off celebration event on March 9 at The Village on False Creek called Celts on the Creek. Celts on the Creek is a family-friendly afternoon of Celtic music, roving characters in costumes and lots of other fun activities.
The wildly popular 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by Pacific Centre takes to the streets on Sunday, March 17. This massive, fun and colourful spectacle starts at 11am in downtown Vancouver. Over 200,000 people come out each year to see almost a hundred parade entries with upwards of 2,000 participants, including award-winning pipe and drum bands, marching Colour Guard, Celtic musicians, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and fire brigades, acrobats, vintage cars, Irish & Scottish youth dance and music groups, multi-cultural organizations and much more.
On March 16 & 17, the Mahony & Sons Celtic Village and Street Market fills Granville Street with laughter, fun and all forms of free entertainment. It’s a big St. Pat’s weekend street fair offering an array of Celtic treasures, food and fare, gifted artisans, stories, continuous free music performances and interactive activities for people of all ages. Friends and families gather to soak in that special Celtic ambiance all weekend long.
Participating pubs in downtown Vancouver’s Entertainment District will also be rocking throughout the festival, with great music and dance groups on tap to perform.
CelticFest’s new Executive Director, Ian McAteer says, “As someone who is extremely proud of his own Celtic heritage, I am thrilled to be a part of CelticFest Vancouver, excited to play a role in this much-loved event as we look toward its 9th year. From the workshops to the concerts to the parade, we’ve got a great festival in store with something for everyone – I can’t wait! Stay tuned as we roll out the details in the coming weeks and months. I look forward to seeing everyone there.”
CelticFest Vancouver is the proud recipient of the DVBIA’s 2007 Annual Appreciation Award and in 2005, was recognized with Vancouver’s BEST Special Event Award, by the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Spirit of Vancouver.
For full information and to purchase tickets for all events, visit: www.celticfestvancouver.com
Photo: CelticFest Vancouver