Festival

Festival Program & Schedule

Blessing Ceremony

Friday Night Kickoff

Main Stage Entertainment

Family Fun Zone

Creekside Stage

CircusWest

Beginning on Thursday afternoon with the colourful Eye-dotting Ceremony and followed by the Friday kick-off opening concert, the festival continues with two more days of non-stop entertainment on the World Beat Stage, fabulous food, children’s activities, art installations, interactive circus performances, shopping, and of course, dragon boat racing of the highest caliber.

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Admission is free to the general public. Plan to come down to the waters of False Creek and celebrate with us!

Located at Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park and the waters of False Creek, near Science World. Nearest SkyTrain Station is Science World. Intersection of Quebec Street and Terminal Avenue in Vancouver.

Festival Program & Schedule

Thursday, June 22
Blessing Ceremony 5pm
Dragon Boat Gala 6pm
Friday June 23
Friday Night Opening Kick Off 6pm
Visiting Team Welcome Party 6pm
Feature Race: TBA 6:30pm
Saturday, June 24
Races start 8am
Concord Pacific Fan Zone Open 8am
Family Fun Zones Opens (Featuring Climbing Wall, Wipe Out Game & Obstacle Course) 10am
World Beat Stage Entertainment begins 11am
Creekside Stage Entertainment Begins 11am
Granville Island Brewing Beverage Garden Opens 11am
Circus West POP-up Performances Begin 12pm
Concord Pacific Champion Race Series 12:30pm
Featured Race: Concord Pacific International Cup
Featured Race:  Grand Dragons Cup
Featured Race: U24 Cup
Featured Race: CIBC Breast Cancer Survivor Race
Featured Race: Guts and Gory Women 5pm
Festival Site Closed 7pm
Sunday, June 25
Races start 8am
Concord Pacific Fan Zone Open 8am
Visiting Team Race 8am
Family Fun Zones Opens (Featuring Climbing Wall, Wipe Out Game & Obstacle Course) 10am
World Beat Stage Entertainment begins 11am
Creekside Stage Entertainment Begins 11am
Granville Island Brewing Beverage Garden Opens 11am
Circus West POP-up Performances Begin 12pm
Featured Championship Divisional Races 12pm
Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden opens 11am
Championship races begin (time approximate) 12pm
Welcome Remarks from World Beat Stage 1:30pm
Featured Race: Concord Pacific Guts and Glory (Mixed) 5pm
Paddlers and Volunteer Send Off begins in the Granville Island Brewing Beer Garden 5pm
Festival site is closed to the general public 6pm

Blessing Ceremony

Awakening the Spirit of the Dragon

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Dotting the eyes takes on a whole different meaning when on Thursday, June 16th at 5 pm  (note: this is a new time) when we Awaken the Dragons – the official kick-off event for the 2016 Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival.

Each year Festival honours the ancient Chinese tradition of dragon boat racing with an Eye Dotting and Dragon Blessing Ceremony. We invite priests and members of the congregation of the Evergreen Taoist Church to the waters of False Creek to conduct this ancient and colourful ritual.

The priests set up their altar right on the dock from which paddlers will board dragon boats the next morning. The dragon boats – “dressed” with ornate dragon heads and tails – are lined up. The chanting begins. The priests invoke the Goddess of the Sea, the Saints and the Immortals through chanting, invocation and burning joss sticks. This cleanses and blesses the racecourse, the competitors and their boats and charges all with the strength of the Dragon.

The priests make offerings to the five elements and directions: joss sticks representing wood for the east, flowers representing metal for the west, candles representing fire for the south, water representing its elemental self for the north and fruit representing the earth for the centre.

The climax of the ceremony is the eye dotting ritual, which officially awakens the Dragon. Ancient Chinese dragon mythology has it that the Dragon sleeps in the mountains and travels to the water when it is awakened. Guest dignitaries assist in this rite, dipping brushes in pots of red cinnabar paint and dabbing the eyes on the boats’ dragon heads.

At the end of the ceremony the priests nourish and appease other souls that might be present by throwing them 18 coins and coloured beans representing the five elements and directions. Taoism is one of the world’s oldest religions, originating in ancient China. Members of the Evergreen Taoist Church are devotees of the Complete Reality School – Dragon Gate Sect and follow the teachings of the Immortals, master Lu Sun-Young, Master Wong Chung-Young and his disciple Master Yau Cheung-Chun.

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Please join us for this engaging ritual:

When: Thursday June 16th, 5pm
Where: Dock at the foot of Ontario Street, just south of the Science World dome

Further information for media:
Anita Webster, Media Relations
Phone: (604) 732-7035
Cell: (604) 313-6568
Email: media@dragonboatbc.ca

Friday Night Kickoff

At 6pm, the Festival kicks off with a live performances on the World Beat Stage.

Grab a drink during the performances and make sure to visit our food trucks and marketplace vendors.

Visiting Teams Welcome Party

Out of town teams and their hosts are invited to attend this special event that coincides with the Friday night opening BBQ.  Invited paddlers enjoy free food and a drink with their teammates and new friends.

If your team would like to attend, please email racersservices@dragonboatbc.ca

 

2017 Main Stage Entertainment will be announced shortly!

2016 Main Stage Entertainment Lineup included:

The 2016 Vancouver Boat Festival festival kicks off with a special Opening Night concert on Friday evening, followed throughout the weekend by non-stop entertainment. Music ranges from jazz to funk, bluegrass to hip hop. The World Beat Stage features local musicians from the West Coast and top entertainers from far off and abroad.

Saturday, June 18
11:00-11:45The Palomars
12:00-1:00Ezra Kwizera
1:30-2:30John Welsh Band
3:00-4:00Los Duendes
4:30-5:30Gabriel Palatchi Trio
6:00-7:00Buckman Coe
Sunday, June 19
11:00-11:45Boy Breaking Glass
12:00-1:00Compassion Gorilla
1:30-2:30MudFunk
3:00-4:00Midnight Mangoes
4:30-5:30Lapis
6:00-7:00Adam Shaikh & Outworld Orkestra

Adham Shaikh Outworld Orkestra

Adham Shaikh

Representing ancient musical influences and contemporary Electronic dance music,
Adham Shaikh’s World Fusion project features Ben Johnson, Shine Edgar Gemma Luna, Michael Fraser and special guests as festival and location permit. Fusing traditional instruments from around the globe with pulsing electronic beats, synthesizers, live looping and a good measure of improvisation, the show is complimented by a custom designed visuals by Onbeyond Metamedia, and Contemporary inspired folk dance performances of Slava Doval and Guests. This is a rich audio / visual journey thru the Middle East, Tibet, Australia, Brazil, Africa, India, Russia and Balkans.

Adham Shaikh is a Emmy and Juno nominated world fusion composer and electronic artist with 25 years experience rocking dance floors around the globe with his unique blend of natural and electronic sounds. With releases on labels such as Interchill, Black Swan and his own imprint Sonic Turtle Records, Shaikh’s discovery covers ground from the ambient to the floor filling uptempo. His collaborative projects DreamTree, and Outowrld Orkestra, bring together musicians of diverse talents and skills and blends them ino captivating and inspiring live performances.


Boy Breaking Glass

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Boy Breaking Glass started as a duo recording project created By Joe Mantell and Alex Scott. After recording Vesta, they recruited Rob Leishman and Dimitar Karabov. The four have quickly meshed together a sound that is deep but approachable, unique but familiar Joe Mantell – songwriter, vocalist, Bass. Alex Scott -synth and samples. Rob Leishman – guitar and synth footpedals.

 


 

Buckman Coe

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Roots music with a global world beat. Drawing from soul, folk, Americana, rock, and reggae, Buckman Coe and his band craft and perform uplifting and conscious music for the people.

His recent release Malama Ka ’Aina (pr:  Ma-LA-ma  kah-AY-nuh) – a Hawaiian phrase meaning to respect the land and live in harmony – is a gorgeous and downright infectious manifestation of the artist’s spiritual nature and passion for social justice.

With the masterful production by global/electronic artist Adham Shaikh and musician-activist Jason Kechely, Coe creates ethereal, soul-drenched vocals that soar over arrangements celebrating the awakening of social consciousness and global unity.

Malama Ka ’Aina is a danceable album filled with positive vibes. Its strength is its ability to thematically bridge participation in civil society and celebrate life, love, and humanity. It deals with the destructive nature of capitalism and corporate media while reflecting on the importance of community and the natural environment. The stories in Malama Ka ’Aina are told over spirited melodic builds, soulful harmonies, and powerful horn arrangements.


 

Compassion Gorilla

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This worldbeat powerhouse will liberate feet and catapult audiences into a whole-hearted dance entrancement. Infused with elements of Latin, African, and Balkan music, Compassion Gorilla combines tight, eclectic instrumental arrangements with songs and story telling. The result is an engaging show, fun for all ages, that leaves the audience wanting more.


Ezra Kwizera

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Ezra Kwizera is an international artist, music producer and community leader. Ezra’s music style is richly multi‐cultural – a zesty yet soulful mix of Reggae, Soca, East African Bongo, and Pop. With linguistic agility, Ezra fluidly sings and raps in English, Kinyarwanda, Luganda, Zulu and Swahili. Growing up as a refugee in Uganda before moving back to his home country Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, Ezra has a powerful motivation to support Rwandans through his music to rebuild their country. His music conveys the spark of an overcomer and the passion of a community leader with a vision to inspire change in his generation. He currently lives in BC, Canada.


Gabriel Palatchi Band

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Gabriel Palatchi’s latest release “Trivolution” was selected as the Gold Medal Winner on the Composer/Album categories and on the TOP TEN 2015 of the “Global Music Awards”. It was featured in the “Emerging Artists” section of the April 30th 2016 issue of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE.

Gabriel Palatchi was born on August 3, 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 8, he started his first piano lessons. He then went on to study classical music at the conservatory Manuel de Falla school in Argentina. His studies led him to a Musical Production degree from the ORT High School. He further expanded his studies with a degree in music from the Berklee international School from Argentina. During this time he studied under many great maestros of Blues, Tango, Jazz and Latin Jazz such as Alvaro Torres, Ricardo Nole and Ernesto Jodos.

After graduating in 2008, he packed up his piano and started to travel to expand on his musical studies and experiences.  It was in Cuba where he met and studied with several maestros including the master “Chucho” Valdez. He continued his travels to Mexico, where he continued to expand on his musical studies and experience. These travels continue today. Gabriel’s experiences led to the composition and production of his first solo CD entitled “Diario de Viaje” (Travel Diary) in 2010, and was chosen as one of the best Latin Jazz albums of the year by JAZZ FM Toronto. His second album, ‘Caja Musical’ (music box) was recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2013. Both productions feature musical arrangements from over 20 accomplished musicians from Latin America.

Gabriel’s music its an original blend of different genres such as Latin Jazz, Tango, Funk, Klezmer, Gypsy, Reggae, Samba and Electronic, a representation of the many cultures which have influenced his music.


John Welsh Band

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With a guitar in one hand and a suitcase in the other John Welsh has been performing his eclectic style of music for audiences around the globe for the past 10 years. He draws influences from artists such as Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Sam Roberts and Joel Plaskett. His songs are often inspired by his travel experiences, blending elements of folk, surf rock, reggae and latin.

John has also performed at hundreds of parties, shows and events throughout the greater Vancouver area, sharing stages with artists such as the Boom Booms, Current Swell and Daniel Wesley. More recently he was selected to perform at 2015 Tinhorn Creek Concert Series, 2015 Sunshine Music Festival and as an opening act at Vancouver’s iconic Commodore ballroom.


LAPIS

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LAPIS is the result of worlds colliding and heading together in a new direction. Pushing the edge of cultural hybridity, their sound is informed by the traditional music of South Asia, Dub, Hip Hop and Electronic Music. Lapis is comprised of sitarist Mohamed Assani, vocalist and electronic musician, Rup Sidhu and percussionist, Curtis Andrews. They are known for their love of improvisation and original compositions with unexpected sonic pairings such as wave drums and sitars, freestyle rap and mridangam, mbira and beat boxing.

Having been classically trained in both Western and Hindustani music, Mohamed Assani brings unique compositions and a sophisticated melodic sensibility to the group. Rup Sidhu releases raw expression and refined aesthetics through electronics, beat boxing and rapping. To round out the sounds of Lapis, Curtis Andrews shares his dynamic grooves and rhythms from South India and West Africa.

Think of them like a 7 layer dip of intercontinental music – you never know what you’ll get next but you just keep reaching for more. Lapis is based in Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories.


Los Duendes

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Vancouver’s very own Psych Latin Fusion group! Performing various styles of music from Latin America. Infectious tropical rhythms intertwined with spicy Latin melodies designed make people get uplifted and groove.

The term “Psych cumbia” has found its place in Latin America as a way of referring to various different styles of tropical Latin American music. And here it is! Los Duendes performs topicalized Andean guitar, Cumbia, soulful house and Latin Jazz giving birth to a whole new danceable musical universe.

 


Midnight Mangoes

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Midnight Mangoes is a world fusion band with a jazzy progressive rock edge. Their sound is both dark and vibrant, featuring distinctive Arabesque melodies, African rhythms and prog rock textures. Their colourful instrumentation is a soundtrack to a journey deep into folklore, with lyrics inspired by mythology, fairy tales, sagas and literature from around the world. They also love featuring unusual instruments like the bass flute, shakuhachi and PANart hang.

Midnight Mangoes musical scope ranges from the Ethiopiques-inspired “Anansi Eyes” to the dark folk tune “The Juniper Tree” and from the rock-opera style cover of the famous Arabic tune, “Habaytak Bissayf” to the saxophone-heavy “Double Crown” trilogy that gave the band’s debut album its name.


Mud Funk

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Mudfunk is a 9-piece funk/soul ensemble hailing from Vancouver, BC, Canada. A uniquely West Coast take on classic Motown, Muscle Shoals, R&B and neo-soul grooves, Mudfunk takes the music that inspired them and shape it in their own way. “Funk don’t gotta be clean – we like it a bit dirty!” says bass player Paul Steffes. The members of Mudfunk are united in their love of good music, good friends, and great times. Sharing this love through music is their mission. Driven by the passionate vocals and lyrics of lead singer Adriana Parejas, Mudfunk will melt your heart, heal your soul and keep you grooving all night long.


The Palomars

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The Palomars are a rockabilly and hillbilly swing combo made up of some of the stalwarts of Vancouver’s roots scene. Taking high energy rockabilly, mixing in some uptown hillbilly jazz, and film noir, the combo will get you jumping in no time. Since releasing their “Out Of  The Past” Album and subsequent singles, the Palomars have received international interest, plays and reviews reaching fans across North America to Europe. “Your album is brilliant, one of the best of the year, will be at the top of our radio” says DJ Chema Valbuena (Spain). When The Palomars are performing you can always guarantee a packed dance floor.


 

 

CircusWest is excited to be back at the Dragon Boat Festival bringing its unique Westcoast brand of circus arts to the stage. Watch BC’s top circus talent celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with a blend of aerials, acrobatics, and circus prowess. Based in Vancouver, CircusWest is a circus school and performance group working with ‘children of all ages’ since 1984.

This area includes interactive entertainers and workshops. stop by to watch a hoop performance, learn how to juggle or perform with the Taiko drummers. There will also be a rock climbing wall, wipeout elimination challenge and an inflatable obstacle course.


CIRCUSWEST – JUGGLING WORKSHOP  

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Saturday & Sunday 11:30am  / 1:00pm  / 3:30pm

Join the Circus! Join the Fun! Try you hand at juggling, plate spinning, diabolo or even handstilts in this ‘no experience necessary’ workshop. All you need is a desire to learn and Western Canada’s premier circus program, CircusWest, will teach you the basics to start you on your journey to the Big Top. CircusWest runs a comprehensive circus arts program for ‘children of all ages’, and offers a wide range of specialty aerial and fitness classes for adults. CircusWest regularly performs at fairs, festivals, and corporate events and produces original circus spectacles throughout BC. CircusWest is pleased to work with Dragon Boat this year to produce onsite entertainment, workshops and pop up performances.


VANCITY ACROYOGA  – ACROYOGA WORKSHOP

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Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm & 2:00pm

At it’s very root, AcroYoga is a practice of trust, it is our basic human need to be able to put your faith into another human being. AcroYogais a dynamic partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing. Join this workshop to explore the fundamentals of movement and partner balance. 


ARIEL AMARA – HOOP PERFORMANCE / WORKSHOP

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Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm / 1:30pm / 3:00pm

Ariel Amara is a multi-faceted performer specializing in extreme tallness, elaborate costuming and engaging character. She is often found obsessing over circles and playing with burning objects. Her primary goals in life are to delight peoples senses and inspire a twinkle in the eye, enticing childlike joy, mischief and more…

Based on the North American West Coast, Ariel has been performing for nearly 15 years as a Hooper, 

Fire Spinner, Clown and Stilt Walker.


TETSU TAIKO – LEARN TO DRUM

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Sunday 3:00pm

Learn basic Taiko drumming skills from the performers of Tetsu Taiko. Try your hand at creating basic rhythms and Japanese taiko drum technique in this 25 minute workshop. Feel the power of creating powerful taiko music with a new group of friends.


POP UP ART

Ian Morris - Chalk artist

Saturday & Sunday 11:30am to 2:30pm by Science World

The Dragon Boat is excited to have a 3D sidewalk chalk artist design a special work for this year’s festival.

Ian Morris has been a full-time chalk art busker in Victoria for over 12 years. He also has taken part in Chalk Art Festivals in Canada and the US, including the Sarasota Festival in Florida where in 2015 he participated in a collaborative effort to create the world’s largest 3D image, a project designed and directed by Kurt Wenner, the artist who invented the technique.


SHAO LIN HUN GAR KUNG FU LION DANCE

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Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm & 3:30pm

The Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team is based in Vancouver and is well known to the community. The team has participated in the Chinese New Year’s parade in Chinatown for over 10 years and also participated in many charitable events, such as taking part in the “Walk with the Dragon” in Stanley Park, visiting old folks’ homes and fund raising for the flooding victims in China. Founded by Sifu Raymond Cheung in 2004, these teams have entered in lion dance competitions, received many special awards and performed demonstration in many big events and martial arts tournaments. They have also been invited to do the performances for many major malls, public markets, schools, universities, and the grand opening of stores and businesses throughout the lower mainland.


Wipe Out

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One of PartyWorks’ Newest interactive game. Participants stand on a coloured peg and jump up to avoid the swinging arm as it circles around. Designed to provide the most spills, face plants and Wipe Outs!


Fire Escapade!

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See if you can be the hero we all know you are. Race through flames, climb a building and jump out through the fire. Lots of fun to be had with this huge obstacle course featuring a huge climbing wall and giant drop zone but first you have to make your way through the flaming obstacles.


Climbing Wall

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Tiki Island uses actual climbing rocks that are featured on hard-surfaced walls and this themed climbing wall is awesome!

Saturday, June 18
11:00AMKaya Kurz
12:30PMGroup Truva
2:00PMCelery Sticks
3:00PMRoyal City Swing lessons
3:30PMThe Palomars with Royal City Swing
5:00PMDrive Street Band
Sunday, June 19
11:00AMCelery Sticks
12:00PMTimothy Lambert
12:30PMStringz Aloud
2:00PMDrum Sindicate with Royal City Swing
3:30PMFiddle Club

The Celery Sticks

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The Celery Sticks are an elastic group of musicians performing around metro Vancouver as a duo, trio, or quartet. The groups repertoire centres around jazz standards and classics, but also includes latin music as well as jazzed up versions of popular music. The group is well suited to a variety of performance contexts, performing regularly in restaurants, private functions, clubs and outdoor stages.


The Drive Street Band

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The Drive Street band is a community band based in East Vancouver. They rehearse every Sunday at the Britannia Community centre. They have been performing for 8 years now.Led by Cory Sweet on the Helicon and Trevor Whitridge on Trumpet. It includes musicians of all ages from around Vancouver, BC. They play a variety of music from jazz, dixieland, old timey tunes, latin, tango and some funk too! Find them at festivals and special events around Vancouver. Bring your dancing shoes and join this party.


Drum Syndicate

Drum Sindicate

Drum Syndicate is a world percussion group that presents a dynamic and interactive performance. Part concert, part workshop, we invite the audience to join in the excitement.Playing high-energy traditional music from Africa, Brazil or Cuba. Drum Syndicate brings tropical heat to anywhere they perform!


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Kaya Kurz

The Kaya Kurz Trio is made up of students from the Capilano Jazz program, with Kaya Kurz on vocals, Adrian Sowa on guitar, and Riley Poystila on bass. They play a mixture of jazz standards, indie/alt, and classic rock.

 


Royal City Swing

Royal City Swing

Royal City Swing has been in operation for over 5 years, making swing-dancing a reality for residents of New Westminster and the Lower Mainland every Friday night. With weekly social dances and frequent workshops and summer festival appearances, the team at Royal City Swing continues to share their love of swing-dancing with anyone that will listen. We look forward to seeing you out soon!


The Stringz Aloud Trio

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The Stringz Aloud Trio is composed of Susan Vigneux on Guitar and Vocals,Don Kellett on guitar, mandolin and steel guitar, and Joe Bourchieron bass. Since 2008 the group has been performing at a variety of public venues including coffee houses, clubs, and local farm markets. Their repertoire ranges from swing and gypsy jazz to Brazilian choros and classic Hawaiian music.


Timothy Lambert

Timothy Lambert

Timothy has performed and recorded in a variety of locations around the world. He specializes in cocktail piano and small jazz ensembles for private parties, corporate events,and country clubs. Over the years,  he has taught privately on Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute. He has a BA in Theatre and an MA in Performing Arts. He has lived in San Francisco, New York City, Vienna (Austria), Miami Beach and has recently relocated to the Vancouver area.

 


Truva

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Group Truva is a Turkish folk music band that was formed in 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia. For the past 7 years Group Truva has been performing at various festivals, events and concerts with one main aim in mind, which is “to introduce and raise awareness about the Turkish Folk Music throughout North America.” With the great support of its fans and the popularity that it’s gained Group Truva is now focusing on reaching out to a wider audience outside of Greater Vancouver region and been successful in taking the stage at numerous cultural events in the United States.

CircusWest is proud to present a series of Pop Up Performers on the festival site. Since 1984, CircusWest has been a circus leader in training and performance inspiring children of all ages through circus arts. Based at the PNE Gardens, CircusWest offers comprehensive programming from 3 years to adult to professional circus development. CircusWest is excited to work with Dragon Boat to bring performances to the World Stage, Creekside stage, through Pop Up Performances and through a series of Workshops.


 

Unicycle Dragon

Saturday and Sunday  2pm & 3pm

Watch CircusWest’s young unicycle performers animate a 45-foot unicycle dragon all throughout the Dragon Boat Festival grounds while riding unicycles. Get your cameras ready!


Bouncy Boy Jugglers

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 & 1:30

Be amazed at the juggling prowess of Elliot and Merlin as they pass juggling clubs from one to the other all while bouncing on acrobatic stilts. This is something you do not see every day.


Poi Sisters

Saturday 12:00 & 1:30 and Sunday 12:30 & 1:30

Kaia, Rose and Chloe blend dance and juggling in an intricate display of coordination and precision manipulating poi — and having a great time while doing it!


The Lost Paddlers

Saturday  1:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:30pm and Sunday 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm

Keep an eye out for some lost Dragon Boat Paddlers in a makeshift boat and plans of mischief on their way to the starting line.


Acrobatica

Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm & 1:00pm

Ashara and Georgia will delight onlookers with their unique blend of acrobatics, partner balance and choreography as they traverse the Dragon Boat boardwalk. Be sure to say hi and be amazed at their acrobatic prowess.


Partner Pyramids

Be entranced by the daring artistry of Anthony and Daisy as they build human pyramids and perform precarious balances with one another.

Throughout the Dragon Boat Festival there will be numerous pop up performances to entertain an delight. Keep your eyes peeled for a 45 foot unicycle dragon, a ceremonial Lion Dance, and a who lot more.


 

SHAO LIN HUN GAR KUNG FU LION DANCE (Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm & 3:30pm)

The Shao Lin Hung Gar Lion Dance Team is based in Vancouver and is well known to the community.  The team has participated in the Chinese New Year’s parade in Chinatown for over 10 years and also participated in many charitable events, such as taking part in the “Walk with the Dragon” in Stanley Park, visiting old folks’ homes and fund raising for the flooding victims in China. Founded by Sifu Raymond Cheung in 2004, these teams have entered in lion dance competitions, received many special awards and performed demonstration in many big events and martial arts tournaments. They have also been invited to do the performances for many major malls, public markets, schools, universities, and the grand opening of stores and businesses throughout the lower mainland

© 2017 Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society