The Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration is an annual event at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond’s Steveston Village.
The free event normally happens in early May and features live music, dancing and storytelling. In 2020, however, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the event was postponed until September. Also, instead of being a live event, all the performances took place online.
The event didn’t happen in 2021 either, at least not in its usual in-person format. In 2022, instead of the Pull of the Net event, the Cannery hosted a Welcoming the Sun event on July 23rd.
Richmond’s Pull of the Net Event at the Cannery in Steveston Village
The Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration features Indigenous dancers, Japanese drummers and other performers of various cultural backgrounds. It’s normally a one-day event both inside and outside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston Village at the beginning of May. In 2020, however, it was a weeklong virtual event with performances taking place online every day in September.
Virtual Celebrations in 2020
In 2020, the Pull of the Net: A Multicultural Celebration took place during the week of September 21st to 27th.
At the virtual event last year there was a Lion Dance and Indigenous singing and dancing. There were also calligraphy demonstrations and other multicultural activities.
Similar to previous years, performers in 2020 included dancers from the Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts Club as well as the Coastal Wolf Pack. The Japanese drumming was with Uzume Taiko. There were also workshops on both Chinese and Japanese calligraphy, environmental activities hosted by Ocean Wise, and a number of other interesting things to watch and do.
The Live Event in 2019 and Other Years
To give you an idea of what to expect in years when there isn’t a global pandemic, below is the schedule of events from 2019.
- 12:15 pm – Fan Dancing (with Jessica Yue)
- 1:00 pm – Highland Dancing
- 2:00 pm – Sea Shanties (with Greg Meloche)
- 3:15 pm – Steveston Drumming Circle
- 11:00 am – Opening Ceremony
- 11:30 am – Lion Dance (by the Northern Shaolin Traditional Martial Arts Club)
- 12:30 pm – Coastal Wolf Pack (a Musqueam Nation Dance Group)
- 1:30 pm – Zougla (a Greek Band)
- 3:00 pm – Japanese Drumming (with Tetsu Taiko)
- 3:30 pm – Eagle Connection Dancers
To learn more about the venue and surrounding area, check out the following:
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery
- Gulf of Georgia Cannery Events
- Steveston Village
- City of Richmond
- Official Gulf of Georgia Cannery Website
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Festivals and Events Calendar
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Culture & History in Vancouver
- First Nations in the Lower Mainland
- Indigenous Peoples Day in Richmond