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Signature Events

July 22 - 30, 2017

The Drum is Calling Festival

Are you into music, film, fashion, food, literature, spoken word, or sport? Then join us at our cornerstone event of Canada 150+. The Drum is Calling Festival is a nine-day, immersive festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture. It is not to be missed. Free, family-friendly and fun! From the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie, to Inuktitut alt-country rising starts the Jerry Cans, to award-winning music producer and title-earning DJ Shub, you’ll find music for every taste and activities for every interest. Plan to come down to Cambie at Georgia to enjoy something new every day!

Location: Most of our activities will take place at Larwill Park unless indicated otherwise by (QET), (PT), or (VPL).

• Main Festival Site at 688 Cambie + Georgia
• Vancouver Playhouse theatre (PT)
• Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby (QET)
• Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
• Vancouver Public Library (VPL)
Program subject to change.

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July 14, 2017

Gathering of Canoes

This summer, you are invited to witness a traditional landing of the Pulling Together Canoe Journey. During a 10-day journey along traditional highways from the Sunshine Coast to the City of Vancouver, up to 30 canoes—with First Nations, Public Service Agencies and youth paddlers—will request permission to land on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Location: Journey from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver with a landing at Vancouver’s Vanier Park.

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September 24, 2017

Walk for Reconciliation

Join tens of thousands of Vancouverites in this second-ever Reconciliation walk. In 2013, over 70,000 people of all Nations, ages, abilities, communities, and faiths walked together. The brainchild of the inspirational Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C., the walk was originally conceived as a healing tool among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in light of the legacy of Indian residential schools.

Location: The Walk follows a 2km route starting at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on the corner of West Georgia and Cambie, and will cross the Georgia Viaduct to end in Strathcona Park.

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Plan your Visit

If you can, leave your car at home and walk, bike, or take transit to our Canada 150+ Events. Most event locations are near Skytrain stations, transit hubs, or along the 28 km-long Seaside Greenway, the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path.

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