February, 2010


The free events of Vancouver 2010 are spreading the Olympic fever to every part of the city. Vancouver is in full swing and exceeding all expectations! Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics seem much more like the Summer Olympics…and I’m not saying this just because of the weather. The whole city seems to be engulfed in the Olympic spirit, there are so many family friendly free events in the city that everyone is having such a great great time!
My good friend Austin Nairn at the Vancouver Board of Trade shared this extensive list of ‘free events’ happening during the Olympics in Vancouver. I must say that this is by far the most comprehensive listing I have seen so far!

Cultural Olympiad Free Shows: February 12 – 28th
* ALL showtimes are PM
* TBC is to be confirmed, the act hasn’t been announced yet.
* There are more shows in and around Vancouver, but these are the free ones!
Fri Feb 12th – Venice Queen – 10:15 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 12th – Bedouin Soundclash – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Fri Feb 12th – Blue Rodeo – 9:15 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Matthew David – 3:15 @ Ozonever
Sat Feb 13th – Jet’s Overhead – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Five Alarm Funk – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Daniel Wesley – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 13th – Califone! – 7:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 13th – Hey Ocean – 8:00 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Bedouin Soundclash – 9:30 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 13th – Jessie Farrel – 10:00 @ Livecity Downtown
Sat Feb 13th – Default/Wilco – 6:15/10:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Keisha Chante – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sun Feb 14th – Mother Mother – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Rich Hope – 8:00 @ Livecity Downtown
Sun Feb 14th – Daniel Wesley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sun Feb 14th – Elliot Brood – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Sun Feb 14th – Serena Ryder – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Mon Feb 15th – Sloan – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Mon Feb 15th – Serena Ryder – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Mon Feb 15th – Jet’s Overhead – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Mon Feb 15th – Matisyahu – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Fresh IE – 7:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Tue Feb 16th – Alexisonfire – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 16th – Buck 65 – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Tue Feb 16th – Eliot Brood – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Tue Feb 16th – The Trews – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 17th – DRUM! – 5:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – Corb Lund – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 17th – The Arkells – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Wed Feb 17th – Hawksley Workman – 9:30 @ Ozone
Wed Feb 17th – Hot Hot Heat – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Thur Feb 18th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Thur Feb 18th – Keisha Chante – 8:00 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 18th – Corb Lund – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Thur Feb 18th – Rumba Calzada – 9:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Thur Feb 18th – The Arkells – 8:30 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 18th – Our Lady Peace – 9:45 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 18th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – Deadmau5 – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Fri Feb 19th – DRUM! – 8:00 @ Ozone
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Fri Feb 19th – Jully Black – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – The Arkells – 7:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – Dan Mangan – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 19th – Sam Roberts – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – The Arkells/ Sam Roberts – 6:30/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 20th – Marianas Trench – 9:30 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 20th – Mother Mother – 10:00 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – DRUM! – 6:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 20th – Hey Ocean – 8:30 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – The Odds – 7:30 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – 54-40 – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 21st – Jully Black – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Mon Feb 22nd – Colin James – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Tue Feb 23rd – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Wed Feb 24th – Wintersleep – 10:30 @ Atlantic Canada House
Wed Feb 24th – Damian “Jr.Gong” Marley – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Illscarlett – 6:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Thur Feb 25th – Wintersleep – 9:30 @ Ozone
Thur Feb 25th – Inward Eye – 11:30 @ Livecity Downtown
Fri Feb 26th – Tokyo Police Club – 9:45 @ Ozone
Fri Feb 26th – Inward Eye – 6:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Illscarlett – 8:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – Marianas Trench – 9:00 @ Holland Park
Fri Feb 26th – TBC – 8/9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – The Stills – 10:15 @ Ozone
Sat Feb 27th – Illscarlett – 10:00 @ Ontario Pavillion
Sat Feb 27th – Blue Rodeo – 9:30 @ Livecity Yaletown
Sat Feb 27th – Wide Mouth Mason – 9:30 @ Holland Park
Sat Feb 27th – Tokyo Police Club/Wintersleep – 9/10:00 @ Holland Park
Sun Feb 28th – Five Alarm Funk – 9:30 @ Ozone
Livecity Yaletown:
David Lam Park, Vancouver
Livecity Downtown:
Cambie St between Dunsmuir St and W Georgia St, Vancouver
Holland Park:
13428 Old Yale Rd., Surrey
Ozone:
Minoru Park, Richmond
Ontario Pavillion:
Concord Place, False Creek, Vancouver
Atlantic Canada House:
Granville Island

Teg Brar

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics officially open today and World do we have a show for you! For most of us that live in Vancouver, there has been a flood of activity over the past few months. Construction, street closures and most lately transportation delays, reroutes, you name it! I thought I had seen it all when living in Sydney during the Summer Olympics of 2000…but I guess I had not! One of the really striking things in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics is the number of free events planned throughout the lower mainland. Here are my top favorite 5 freebies…
1. BC Pavilion, Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Square, Robson & Howe Streets) This is the downtown hub for Olympic activity and live performances. Vancouver art gallery is open to visitors for free during the Olympics. You can skate at the GE Plaza open skating rink (skate rentals at $3). The International Media broadcasts will also take place from this venue. This location is also home to Ziptrek where visitors can zip midair six stories high over downtown Vancouver. Watch video. Quite amazing, I expect the lines to be long!
2. Celebration Village 2010 at the Edgewater Casino (750 Pacific Boulevard) Free daily entertainment and also features Chinese New Year festivities with lots of food vendors and shops.
3. Live City Yaletown will be abuzz with activity. Laser and waterworks show promises to be a treat. Water spurted high into the air will become a backdrop for a spectacular show. Watch video.
4. Granville Island has been transformed into the French Quarter. Visit it in heritage style by taking the shining new Bombardier street car from the Olympic Village Station on the Canada line. Watch video.
5. The state of the art will be demonstrated at the Ontario House (Concorde Place, Stadium Skytrain Station). Experience the power of innovation and imagination. Do the unthinkable and control the lights on CN tower and Niagara Falls! Watch video. Teg Brar

Free events Vancouver 2010