Vancouver Pride Parade Route and Info 2022

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The Vancouver Pride Parade is the highlight of summer in Downtown Vancouver, a tradition for the last 44 years, and the largest parade of any kind in Western Canada! We are so excited that it’s back and in person Sunday, July 31st as a part of Vancouver Pride’s incredible lineup of inclusive events celebrating 2SLGBTQAI+ communities.

DJ O Show Vancouver Pride Parade
2019 Grand Marshall DJ O Show – Vancouver Pride photo

Vancouver Pride Parade Route and Info 2022

Where: Downtown Vancouver along Robson Street, Denman, and Beach Ave
When: Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

The parade will travel down the road from Thurlow, down Robson St towards Denman. It will turn left on Denman all the way to Beach Ave and flow into the Sunset Beach Festival. The public can gather anywhere along the route to view and enjoy the parade from the sidewalk.

This year’s Grand Marshals are: Annie Ohana, Tiyáltelut Kristen Rivers, and Dogwood Monarchist Society’s Empress Fancy Pants and Emperor Victor the Victorious.

  • 11:50am Dykes on Bikes ride the Parade Route to signify that the Parade is starting soon
  • 12:00pm Parade begins at Robson and Jervis
  • 12:45pm First float reaches the end of the Parade at Pacific and Jervis
  • 2:15pm Last float leaves the Parade staging area at Robson and Jervis
  • 3:00pm Last float reaches the dispersal area at Pacific and Jervis, Parade is finished

Pride Parade Hosts Along the Route

  • Safeway at Denman & Robson – Conni Smudge & Yogi Omar
  • Denman Place Mall at 1037 Denman Street – Caryl Dolinko & Kyra Philbert
  • Craft Beer Market at 1795 Beach Avenue – Joan-E & Kendall Gender
  • Bidwell & Beach – Jaylene Tyme, Fiona Forbes, Angus Praught, and Barb Snelgrove
  • Beach and Broughton – Shanique Kelly and Kona Katranya

Be on the lookout for Toonie Brigade led by Safeway Canada and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. The Toonie Brigade carries a giant rainbow flag where folks can throw in their toonies, which go towards making Pride what it is today.

Vancouver Pride Parade Road Closures

  • Full Closure 7:00am – 3:30pm
    • Robson St. between Jervis St. and Burrard St.
    • Alberni St. between Bute St. and Burrard St.
    • Thurlow St. between W. Georgia St. and Nelson St.
    • Bute St. between Alberni St. and Haro St.
    • Jervis St Between Eihu Lane & Rosemary Brown lane
  • Local Access Only Until 11:30am, No Access 11:30am-4:00pm
    • Robson St. between Jervis St. and Denman St.
    • Denman St. between Robson St. and Beach Ave.
    • Beach Ave. between Denman St. and Jervis St.
  • Local Access Only until 12:30pm, No Access 12:30pm-3:30pm
    • Pacific St. between Jervis St. and Thurlow St.
    • Beach Ave. between Jervis St. and Thurlow St.

If you are unable to make it in person, you can tune in live online.

Enjoy the Sunset Beach Festival during and after the parade and consider donating to Vancouver Pride Society so they can continue to support the community and host wonderful events like these throughout the year.

The Big BC Bingo Live at the Pacific Coliseum for Six BC Nonprofits

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BC’s largest ever charity bingo event, the Big BC Bingo, has just been announced for October 1-2, 2022 and will feature up to $1 million dollars in cash prizes and appearances by beloved TV game show icon, Vanna White!

The Big BC Bingo will support Variety BC, the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, CKNW Kids’ Fund, Coast Mental Health Foundation, Italian Cultural Centre and West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation.

Big BC Bingo Ad

“I’m looking forward to raising ‘Big Money’ for these organizations and the great work that they do. I hope to see all of our Vancouver and British Columbia fans there,” says Vanna White.

The Big BC Bingo

  • When: Saturday October 1 & Sunday October 2, 2022
  • Where: Pacific Coliseum at the PNE in Vancouver
  • How to Join: Get tickets online now or by calling the ticket hotline 604-252-3700.
    • A single session (15 games plus bonus game opportunities) for $139.50 or for a full three-session day pass $350.00 (45 games plus bonus game opportunities)

“Variety is pleased to be partnering with our colleagues in the not-for-profit sector and jointly coming together to present this fun and exciting two-day event.”, said George Pitman, Variety BC Board Chair.

The event will be like no other bingo event you’ve seen with amazing jackpots, celebrity hosts, live entertainers, great food and beverages, and a TV game show icon. All for six amazing causes! Don’t miss out on this exciting fundraising experience – where you could also win big.

Presenting sponsor Hastings Racecourse, Platinum sponsor White Spot, Venue sponsor The Pacific National Exhibition, and Miss604 is the proud social media sponsor of the Big BC Bingo for BC charities

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Win Canadian Championship

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Whitecaps FC won the 2022 Canadian Championship tonight after a thrilling penalty shootout victory over Toronto FC at BC Place. The team hoisted the Voyageurs Cup in front of a record-breaking Canadian Championship crowd in Vancouver (of 24,307 fans).

The win secures the Whitecaps’ spot in the 2023 Concacaf Champions League, the annual continental club competition featuring the best 16 teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Win Canadian Championship

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Win Canadian Championship

Here’s how the match played out:

The ‘Caps opened the scoring in the 19th minute when forward Brian White headed in his third goal of the tournament to make it 1-0. Toronto FC would look to build momentum in possession, but Vancouver’s compact defending fended off every opportunity.

However, Toronto would find an equalizer in the second half. Following a corner, a short pass placed by Nelson connected to Federico Bernardeschi, who’s curled cross found Lukas MacNaughton inside the area, with the defender heading in the equalizer in the 75th minute to make it 1-1.

As the play progressed, White sent in a short pass to substitute Tosaint Ricketts, who’s strike was strongly saved by Alex Bono, sending the match to a shootout. Vancouver would hit all five of their shots in the shootout, with only Toronto’s Jonathan Osorio hitting the post. Defender Tristan Blackmon would then score the shootout winner to give the ‘Caps their second Voyageurs Cup in club history!

Whitecaps FC qualify for the 2023 Concacaf Champions League

Whitecaps FC qualify for the 2023 Concacaf Champions League

This will mark the third time in club history that the ‘Caps play in the Champions League, after first qualifying for the 2015-16 edition, before making a run to the semifinals in the following 2016-17 tournament.

The Concacaf Champions League is the regional competition to crown the best club in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean – similar to the UEFA Champions League in Europe – sending the victor to the FIFA Club World Cup.

Teams that have already qualified for the 2023 Concacaf Champions League include:

Liga MX (Mexico)

  • Atlas FC (2021 Apertura and 2022 Clausura champions)
  • Tigres UANL (best ranked team on aggregate table)
  • Club León (2021 Apertura runners-up)
  • CF Pachuca (2022 Clausura runners-up

Caribbean (Haiti)

  • Violette (2022 Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship champions)

Still to qualify for 2023 are the champions of the U.S. Open Cup, as well as three guaranteed teams from MLS including the winner of MLS Cup, the Supporters Shield, and the Eastern or Western Conference regular season champion who does not win the Supporters Shield. The final six qualifiers will emerge from the 2022 Concacaf League.

2023 will be the final year of the current format for the Concacaf Champions League, featuring 16 teams in a knockout format. Starting in 2024, a revised format will be introduced featuring 27 teams with additional qualifying pathways from the Leagues Cup (a tournament that will include every club from MLS and Liga MX), the Central American Cup, and the Caribbean Football Union Cup.

Nchem?u?s Day at Presentation House Theatre

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The public is invited to a fun day of sharing with Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders, artists and storytellers on August 25th for Nchem?u?s Day at Presentation House Theatre (“PHT”) in North Vancouver.

Nchem?u?s Day - Original artwork by Xwalacktun
Nchem?u?s Day – Original artwork by Xwalacktun

Celebrating “people coming together”, this free annual community event features artwork unveilings, a carving demonstration, traditional and untraditional storytelling, stand-up comedy, and the chance to join in some friendly rivalry in the ancient Indigenous game of Slahal.

This year’s event offers a public glimpse into the deep ongoing work taking place at PHT to strengthen relationships with neighbouring Indigenous communities, and to learn, unlearn and decolonize company practices and procedures.

Participating Squamish Nation leaders and artists include Chief Ian Campbell, Chief Janice George and Willard “Buddy” Joseph, Elder Lisa Lewis, Elder Sam Seward, Keith Nahanee, Knowledge Keeper Rebecca Duncan with Spakwus Slolem, Xwalacktun, and Swalklanexw Dallas Guss

Over the years, PHT has worked with each of these artists individually developing collaborative projects and commissioning artwork for its spaces. Nchem?u?s Day marks the first time all of the artists will come together at the theatre

Nchem?u?s Day at Presentation House Theatre

  • When: August 25, 2022 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Where: Presentation House Theatre (333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver)
  • Admission: Free! Register online in advance, walk-ups welcome

The event‘s open house format allows people to move between various sessions and activities at their own pace.

Beanstock Coffee Festival in Vancouver

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Canada’s leading independent festival of third-wave coffee, Beanstock Coffee Festival, makes its long-awaited return to Vancouver on August 20-21. The festival invites coffee enthusiasts from Vancouver and beyond to connect with local specialty coffee roasters, sample some of the best specialty coffee in Western Canada, and learn about the importance of socially responsible brews.

Beanstock Coffee Festival in Vancouver
Beanstock – Photo submitted.

Beanstock Coffee Festival

  • When: August 20 & 21, 2022
    • Morning 8:00am to 12:00pm; Afternoon 1:00pm to 5:00pm
    • Beanstock Happy Hour with Absolut and Kahlua 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Where: Roundhouse in Yaletown (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available online now for $33-55.
    • Regular tickets include: All you can drink coffee, a Beanstock ceramic tasting cup, entrance to the Beanstock Happy Hour, two 100g sample bags of coffee. The Weekend Pass includes access to both days, both sessions, and the happy hour.

Following sold-out events in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Toronto and Vancouver, this year’s festival will feature specialty coffee roasters like Vancouver’s Pallet Coffee Roasters, House of Funk, and Nemesis Coffee, among others.

For all festival-goers interested in learning more about the best way to brew exceptional coffee at home, Beanstock’s Home Brewing Demo, presented by Breville Canada, offers hands-on learning from pro baristas and an up-close look at the latest in home brewing equipment.

At the Greenhouse Stage sponsored by Danone’s Silk plant-based products, guests can also expect in-depth conversations in coffee exploring coffee producers, origins and sustainability, as well as a vibrant marketplace, an outdoor lounge, food trucks and a Cold Brewery sampling station.

The weekend also marks the Specialty Coffee Association’s Canadian National Barista Championship Finals where Canada’s representative for the World Barista Championship will be chosen.

Beanstock Coffee Festival brings together artisans and industry professionals from the specialty coffee industry for an action-packed weekend of unlimited coffee tastings and coffee know-how. Unique one-of-a-kind specialty coffees are prepared by pros for sampling, and paired with educational workshops, demonstrations and competitions.