Vancouver Symphony Orchestra celebrates Canada Day in Whistler

Published on : Sunday, July 3, 2016

celebrates Canada DayWhat better way to celebrate Canada Day than with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Whistler?


Whistler welcomes guests to help celebrate the country’s national holiday on July 1, with a day of festive activities including a pancake breakfast, parade, street entertainment, family activities and a carnival – all capped off with a magical evening mountain performance by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


The Canada Day festivities at Whistler begin with a pancake breakfast at Florence Peterson Park from 9 – 11 a.m., followed by a parade at noon through the town centre and a ceremony (with cake) at the Town Plaza Gazebo at 1:15 p.m. Street entertainment and family activities will also be featured throughout the day.


New this year, the Westin Resort and Spa, Whistler will host a Canada Day carnival outside the hotel, at the public outdoor plaza, from noon – 3 p.m. The carnival will feature a bouncy castle, giant games, face painting, Canada Day crafts and treats like cotton candy, popcorn, cupcakes, maple toffee and handcrafted ice cream. Entry is by donation with 50 per cent of the proceeds benefiting Whistler Community Services Society.


Complete your Canada Day by making a date with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Whistler Olympic Plaza.


The VSO performance at Whistler Olympic Plaza has become synonymous with Whistler’s annual Canada Day celebration. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and relax on the grounds of Whistler Olympic Plaza, where the VSO, conducted by Bramwell Tovey will perform the following:

Lehar – Gold and Silver Waltz, Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture, Lavalle – O Canada, Morawetz – Carnival Overture, Tchaikovsky – Variations in a Rococo Theme (featuring soloist Albert Seo) and Tchaikovsky -Gold and Silver Waltz. The Canada Day concert takes place at 8:30 p.m.


On Saturday, July 2, Whistler Olympic Plaza will once again host the VSO at 2 p.m. with the program including: Wagner – Die Meistersinger: Overture, Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, Op. 67, C minor (I Allegro con brio, II Andante con moto, III Allegro, IV Allegro).


In addition to the VSO performances, the Whistler Institute Orchestra is presented by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Institute at Whistler in partnership with the Resort Municipality of Whistler. From June 26 – July 5, 90 students participate in an intensive orchestral program with performances throughout Whistler Village, led by Maestro Tovey and a faculty of VSO musicians. The program culminates with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday, July 5 at Whistler Olympic Plaza. This second annual concert features Richard Strauss’s Don Juan, Aram Khachaturian’s Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.


The Whistler Farmers’ Market is also in full swing. Stop by the Upper Village Stroll on Sundays (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) until early October and Wednesdays (3 – 7 p.m.) beginning July 6 and explore the bounty of local produce, artisan foods and beverages, artwork and entertainment.


Also in July, Whistler celebrates the Whistler Longboard Festival (July 1-3), hosting one of only two North American World Cups. The longboard events take place on the Whistler Sliding Centre access road with all skate events open to spectators. The event’s charity partner, the Whistler Skateboard Association, will accept admission by donation with proceeds supporting the Whistler Skate Park rejuvenation project.



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