Because of the coronavirus, North Vancouver is celebrating Canada Day with an online event showcasing local artists, places and community organizations.
Gatherings involving more than 50 people cannot take place in the summer of 2020 thanks to COVID-19. As a result, instead of the city’s usual Canada Day Festivities at Waterfront Park, this year local Rotary Clubs hosted a virtual Canada Day event on July 1st starting at 1:00 pm.
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North Vancouver on Canada Day in 2020
Canada Day in North Vancouver usually involves a pancake breakfast and parade in the morning followed by family-friendly festivities at Waterfront Park near Lonsdale Quay in the afternoon. The breakfast and parade are hosted by the Lions Club and the afternoon festivities are put on by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate (so two totally different service clubs).
In 2020, instead of the usual afternoon activities, the Rotary Club hosted a virtual Canada Day event on July 1st. The celebrations ran from 1:00 until around 2:10 pm and the event took place on a number of different social media platforms including the Rotary Club of Lions Gate’s Facebook Page.
The purpose of the 2020 event was to celebrate Canada Day, but also to help the community in general. The event featured North Shore community organizations, places of interest, businesses and local musical talent. Local VIPs including North Shore mayors and Indigenous dignitaries took part, and the entire region was showcased. It was entertaining, educational and uplifting.
Also happening on Canada Day, and unrelated to the virtual event in the afternoon, the local Lions Club hosted its annual pancake breakfast in 2020 (although in a drive-thru-style format). The free event took on the morning of July 1st from 8:00 until 11:00 am outside the Lynn Valley Legion. Participants were encouraged to dress up and decorate their cars, so it was a bit of a parade too! For details click 2020 Canada Day Breakfast.
2020 Canada Day Schedule
The virtual production hosted by the Rotary Club included official welcomes by the local Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, greetings from the City and District of North Vancouver mayors, and music by some of the North Shore’s top musicians. It was a very entertaining event!
When you tuned in at 1:00 pm you could expect to be entertained by some of North Vancouver’s top talent, and to see North Shore scenery, people and places. You also saw folk from the community and visual highlights of the region.
The 90-minute show was divided up into short segments of between around 2 and 5 minutes each. It was MC-ed by a past CBC anchor, Kevin Evans, and produced by a professional production company, a professional film maker (Shaun Finn) and dozens of volunteers. Vancouver’s Best Places also contributed a lot of the video and photo content too.
North Vancouver Canada Day Performers
North Shore musicians performing at the virtual event included the following:
- Andrea Superstein – a well-known local Jazz musician.
- Adam Woodall – a popular North Vancouver singer and guitar player.
- The Benders – a local band that plays Classic Rock.
- Brockton School World Music Program – an impressive group of percussionists and other musicians from Brockton School in North Vancouver.
- Early Spirit – a local band made up of Will Chernoff (on bass), Jay Knutson (on guitar), Gabriel Dubreuil (on violin) and Ben Kelly (on drums).
- Jared Suitor – a talented North Shore singer and guitar player.
- Kevin Driscoll – a piano player who is also a member of the Rotary Club of Lions Gate.
- Melanie Dekker – a musician from Deep Cove who performs around the world.
- North Shore Celtic Ensemble – a local group of talented youth fiddlers.
Canada Day Order of Appearances
The order of people and musicians appearing at the virtual Canada Day event were the following:
- Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Welcomes)
- Early Spirit (Band performance)
- Jonathan Wilkinson, MP (Greeting)
- Melanie Dekker (Music performance)
- Brockton School’s World Music Program (Band performance)
- Mike Little, Mayor, District of North Vancouver (Greeting)
- Jared Suitor (Music performance)
- Andrea Superstein (Music performance)
- Linda Buchanan, Mayor, City of North Vancouver (Greeting)
- Adam Woodall (Music performance)
- North Shore Celtic Ensemble (Band performance)
- The Benders (Band performance)
- Stan van Woerkens (President of Rotary Club of Lions Gate)
- MC Kevin Evans (MC) (Closing remarks and virtual fireworks)
The video below features photos of a number of the musicians performing at the virtual event in 2020. In order of appearance in the video they are Adam Woodall, Brockton World Music, Jared Suitor, Melanie Dekker, Andrea Superstein, the North Shore Celtic Ensemble and Early Spirit. Members of the North Shore Celtic Ensemble also appear once again at the end.
These groups are some of the North Shore’s finest! North Vancouver is home to lots of other amazing musical talent of course. It’s too bad not all of them could be included in the 2020 show, but there are just too many. Maybe next year instead!
* The above photo and one used in the video of Andrea Superstein is by David Niddrie. The photo of Adam Woodall in the video is by Sarah Jane Photography.
Fundraising Auction and Donations
The virtual Canada Day event was free to watch. For those that wished, there was an opportunity to make donations during the show. Funds raised went to local charities and projects of the Rotary Club of Lions Gate. Also during the show, there was a fundraising auction.
Auction items included art (by the artists showcased during the event) and gift basket items by Helly Hansen. The auction ran for 7 days starting on July 1st and proceeds went to charities (as well as a bit to the artists we understand). For details click 2020 Canada Day Auction.
Canada Day Sponsors
North Vancouver’s Virtual Canada Day celebrations were hosted by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate and the Rotary Club of North Vancouver. The Canadian Government and both the City and District of North Vancouver were also primary financial supporters.
Sponsors of the online event included Vancouver’s Best Places as well as a number of local businesses and organizations including Adaptive Marketing, Village Dental Group, BlueShore Financial, RE/MAX Crest Realty, Stong’s Market, Neptune Terminals, Western Stevedoring, the Cooperators and Lonsdale Quay, among others.
Other main supporters and contributors included North Vancouver Recreation & Culture, Vancouver’s North Shore, The Campbell Agency, Peak Technologies, Rockwood Adventures, Helly Hansen, Olde World Confections, Smiles by Pocock and the Port of Vancouver to name just a few.
The organization that hosts North Vancouver’s main Canada Day event at Waterfront Park each year is the Rotary Club of Lions Gate. The service club also organizes Operation Red Nose for the North Shore around Christmas time and supports various charities both locally and around the world.
Canada Day Video
To give you an idea of what to expect from the event in 2020, check out the following video. The above video shows you pictures of some of the musicians who perform. This next video though tells you a bit about the event, plus shows scenes of some of the people and places that are featured in this year’s production.
As you’ll see in the video, Vancouver’s Best Places is a proud sponsor of the event, but also proud to be Canadian and fortunate to be based in North Vancouver and to be part of that community.
To learn more about the organization putting on the event see the Rotary Club of Lions Gate‘s website.
To learn about what happens in the community on a typical Canada Day (when there isn’t a pandemic), see our article about North Vancouver on July 1st.
To learn about similar events in other parts of the Lower Mainland click Metro Vancouver on Canada Day.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s June and July Calendars
- Lower Mainland Festivals & Events
- Vancouver on a Budget
- What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver?