Canada Day 2016

Canada Day 2016 on Granville Island

Granville Island is bursting at the seams with culturally diverse national pride! Around every corner you’ll find entertainment, artwork and food, inviting you to wrap yourself in the flag and embrace the rich tapestry of our multicultural nation.


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Bike Decorating Workshop & Parade

July 1, 2016

Add some colour and sparkle to your wheels, bikes, trikes, strollers and helmets and join the 1:30pm parade at Ocean Concrete. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies provided. 
10 am - 2 pm, Ocean Art Works  

Official Canada Day Ceremony

July 1, 2016

Show Canada some love! Join the The Arnt Arntzen Quintet in singing our anthem, hear greetings from the Government of Canada and bring your kids for a piece of Canada Day cake, compliments of the Dockside Restaurant.

2pm – 2:30pm Ron Basford Park, Johnston Street



Dye Your Own Yarn!

July 1, 2016

$20 per skein of yarn

Mini drop-in workshop to hand-dye your own yarn! All supplies provided.

Required time for each participant is 30-60 minutes.

11am – 3pm Fibre Art Studio, Anderson Street

Ocean Kayak Demos

July 1, 2016

The free Canada Day Kayak Demonstration is an excellent opportunity to try your hand at paddling.  Friendly, professional staff are on hand to guide you through your first paddling experience, passing on knowledge and answering your questions.  Demos held in the sheltered waters of False Creek.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Public Docks in Alder Bay

Lobster Man Cookout  

July 1, 2016

Come enjoy freshly boiled lobster
10am -3:30pm (while quantities last), The Lobster Man, Mast Tower Road


Maple Leaf Mural

July 1, 2016

Come get arty with the Federation of Canadian Artists for Canada Day 2016. Decorate a maple leaf and stick it to the pop-up mural on our outer gallery walls. Each year we have hundreds of visitors contributing to this fun, free collaborative art project.

10 AM – 5 PM

Federation Gallery, 1241 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, B.C, V6H 4B7

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Canada Crafting & Selfie Station with MAKE

July 1, 2016

Celebrate Canada Day with Make! Jump into free Canada Day crafts where you can make your very own wearable Mountie Hats or Maple Leaf Crowns, make Canada-themed buttons and fun props to pose in our Canada Day Selfie Station. Get in the spirit and take some mega-awesome photos, eh!

10am-4pm 1648 Duranleau St (right in front of our store)

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Granville Island Buskers

July 1, 2016

Witness one-of-a-kind local and international talent in unique outdoor locations. If you enjoy what you see, please be generous.
10am – 8pm See map for locations


July 1, 2016

Have your face painted with funky colours and designs!

10am – 5pm Railspur Alley




Family Pavilion

July 1, 2016

Noon  – 5pm, Picnic Pavilion

Noon – 1pm

Alex Wells, Lil'Wat Nation Hoop Dancer
Alex Wells is a member of the Lil’wat Nation from Mount Currie BC and performs the Hoop Dance, a magical story of the creation of life. He is a three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and gives the performance of a lifetime using up to 22 hoops.

Preview of New Works’ All Over the Map summer dance and music series at

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2pm – 3pm

V'ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers

V'ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers perform traditional and contemporary Métis dance with live music.,


4pm - 4:45pm Picnic Pavilion 

Las Estrellas Mariachi and Caudillos del Sur

Formed during the summer of 2014, Mariachi Las Estrellas is Vancouver's only all-female Mariachi Band and is made up of a diverse and talented group of women from backgrounds including classical, jazz and world music.




July 1, 2016

Get your Maple Leaf tattoo at the Canada Day Tattoo Centre.
10am – 5pm Between False Creek Community Centre and Arts Umbrella, Cartwright Street & Railspur Alley (West)

Roving Performers

July 1, 2016

Mortal Coil’s spectacular stilt horses and daring disco queens are back with their brilliance. Duh Hockey Guys play road hockey with Canada’s young hockey heroes.

11am – 5pm All over Granville Island



Canada Day with Arts Umbrella

July 1, 2016


Children and adults alike can join Arts Umbrella artists in celebrating the animals of Canada!  Create your own "Canadian Critter Crown” to wear proudly, celebrate the 4-legged and winged creatures of our country, and scurry, fly, or scamper in the parade with your own piece of animal art!

10am – 5pm     West of Arts Umbrella, Cartwright Street


Disco Party

July 1, 2016


What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to shake your Canadian bacon! This is i.e. creative's farewell dance in their Railspur Alley location. They will soon boogie down to their new studio next to Performance Works. Come by and celebrate the end of an era! All ages, all abilities.

10:30am - 5:30pm i.e. creative, Railspur Alley


Artisan Market

July 1, 2016

Experience a diverse array of BC’s finest in artisan created craft and food! Everything here is made in BC, Vancouver or Granville Island! Truly a home-grown shopping experience.

9am – 6pm Triangle Square, Johnston Street & Railspur Alley (West)

Big Print Project 2016

July 1, 2016


A team of volunteers, artist and professional printmakers will celebrate the art of large-scale woodcut printing using a steamroller as a press. Elevating relief printmaking to an epic art form, twelve artists will be engaged in reflecting themes of music and the city. The artists will carve the blocks, and the works will be printed in small editions in a public performance atmosphere. The resulting suite of unique 4x8 foot woodprints on cloth and on paper will be displayed on-site, as they come off the press.

10:00am – 6:00pm

Outside Micon Industries, Cartwright Street


Kids Market Canada Day

July 1, 2016

Little Paws Agility Shows: 11am, 1pm & 3pm | FREE

The dog days of summer are back! Check out these speedy little canines as they bob, weave and jump for Canada Day joy.

Kids activities: toy demonstrations & arts & crafts | FREE

Face painting, sand art and balloon twisting | $5 AND UP

Food concessions: Beanstalk Bistro (hotdogs & drinks). Ribbits (cold treats & popcorn)

10am – 6pm

Kids Market, Cartwright Street, activities outside by the pond



Pins and Flags

July 1, 2016

Pick up a free flag and pin from many of our Granville Island merchants.
10am – 6pm All over Granville Island

MELA! Festivals Under the Flag Pavilion and Stage.

July 1, 2016

Live music, colourful bazaar and mouth-watering food from around the world. A plethora of hand-crafted artisan crafts and clothing. Savour a fusion of world cuisine and be captivated by our wonderful lineup of musical acts. Our mission is to bring together various communities of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to experience the richness of global arts & culture in a fun filled celebration of music, dance, clothing and food. We intend to be at the forefront of creating new and unique cultural collaborations that transcend the barriers of language, race and religion.

Be sure to check out:

The flare and passion of traditional Eastern European melodies with swingin' jazz harmonies... and a little Egyptian percussion for good measure.


A versatile and diverse music style that covers various genres of music including funk, jazz, blues, 80's pop, and Top 40 Hits.

For performance schedule go to

11am – 8pm Under the Yellow Crane (east of Emily Carr University of Art and Design)



BEST Bicycle Valet

July 1, 2016


Leave the car behind!

9am – 9pm Ocean Construction, Johnston Street

Sponsored by Ocean Construction


9am – 9pm Tennis Courts at False Creek Community Centre

Sponsored by Granville Island Business & Community Association and False Creek Community Centre

Jazz on Canada Day

July 1, 2016

courtesy of CMHC–Granville Island and the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Performance Works:

12:00 PM The Boys of BenRiach 

2:00 PM Benoit Delbecq with François Houle/Gordon Grdina/Kenton Loewen 

3:45 PM Anat Fort and Ayelet Rose Gottlieb 

5:30 PM Rachel Therrien Quintet 

7:30 PM Christine Tobin

9:30 PM Laila Biali

Public Market Stage:

12:00 PM Trevor Whitridge Quintet

Railspur District Stage:

12:30 PM Robin Layne Quartet

3:00 PM Speeding West

5:30 PM Anita Accleston

8:00 PM Big Fate

Ron Basford Park Stage:

12:00 PM The Arnt Arntzen Quintet

2:30 PM Brejera

5:00 PM Jon Korsrud’s Latin Ensemble