Vancouver’s perennial favourite Summer event, the “Celebration of Light” international fireworks competition, held each year in the West End’s English Bay is over for another year.
As with the previous couple of years, the event almost didn’t take place as the result of tough economic times and lack of support from sponsors. Luckily however, as was also the case last year, a handful of fantastic sponsors (Shore 104, The Keg, London Drugs, HSBC & Conchord Pacific) ponied up the funds needed to pull the spectacle together for another year.
And boy were the thousands upon thousands that gathered on the water, and the shores of English Bay, False Creek, Kitsilano Beach and beyond, dazzled over the course of 4 nights, by professional teams from the USA, Spain and Mexico.
One of the principal nightly sponsors for this year’s event was again the wonderful folk from Shore 104.3FM. In the hours leading up to the colourful explosions each evening, the radio station presented “SHOREfest” – a free Summer concert series performed right in front of the English Bath Houses. Touted as the largest free music festival in Vancouver, SHOREfest involved 2 stages over 4 nights and featured the following 26 talented and largely local artists:
Shore 104 have now taken the brilliant step in posting a number of songs from these performances, professionally filmed and edited, on YouTube for everyone to enjoy. Not only do you get the chance to hear some great tunes from artists that you may or may not have heard of before, but you can get a real sense from the scenery of how much fun everyone was having under the Summer sun at these events.
Below I’ve posted the performances that they have released, for your viewing convenience. Enjoy.
Jets Overhead – “Weathervanes”
Wil – “Honey Pie”
Kuba Oms – “Beautiful Uncertainty”