You Gotta Be in BC, my friend

British Columbia’s You Gotta Be Here TV ad is simply stunning

As we gear up for the Big Event, we’re going to take some time here at to profile and review many of the events, venues and sites around Metro Vancouver. We’d like to start with one of the venues we’re most excited about, our own British Columbia Pavilion located at the Vancouver Art Gallery at Robson Square. Without question, there will be a real "buzz" at this location.

Robson Square will be bustling with exciting, B.C.-focused, free entertainment every day and night during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Visitors of all ages will find something to enjoy from the mascot ice shows and street entertainers to the zipline and nightly pyrotechnics.

Beginning February 12, daily entertainment at Robson Square includes:

  • BC Live – showcasing unique B.C. musicians and artists
  • BC Spirit: Music! Culture! Community! – highlighting local cultural performing groups, and community and established B.C. musical ensembles
  • BC Street Jam – with engaging performers on Robson Street
  • BC Kids – featuring children’s entertainers and the renowned CircusWest
  • Aboriginal Showcase – presentations highlighting Aboriginal life in B.C.
  • First Nations Carving Exhibit – showcasing carving demonstrations by Musqueam artist Susan Point and Coast Salish artists
  • Meet the Mascots on Ice  – featuring the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots
  • Ignite the Dream – a spectacular, one-of-a-kind pyrotechnic and light show

Robson Square will feature live entertainment, sport demonstrations, and large video screens to watch all the action of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Adventurous visitors will also enjoy impressive views on the more than 170 metre (over 550 feet) urban zipline.

The revitalization of the ice rink at GE Plaza has brought over 115,000 visitors to Robson Square to enjoy ice skating, concerts, and other special events. The ice rink opened Nov. 23, 2009, thanks to a partnership between the Province and GE.

Robson Square is the Province’s signature celebration site during the 2010 Winter Games and home to the ice rink at GE Plaza, the BC International Media Centre, and the BC Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Featured programming at Robson Square during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games (Feb. 12-28) includes:

Aboriginal Showcase – A showcase of the talents, traditions and contemporary expressions of B.C.’s Aboriginal people with performers including three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Alex Wells, the Yinka Dene Drum Group, Métis Cultural Dancers, Le-La-La Dancers, and the Nisga’a Ts’amiks Dancers.

When: Daily at 12:30 p.m.

First Nations Carving Exhibit – Located in a temporary gallery on the northeast side of the Georgia Street Plaza, will feature Musqueam artist Susan Point and Coast Salish artists demonstrating their creative skill.

When: Daily from noon to 8 p.m.

BC Kids – Fun programs with B.C.’s best children’s performers including Bobs and Lolo, Rick Scott, and The Kerplunks. In addition, there will be amazing acrobatic, circus and theatrical arts shows by Vancouver’s CircusWest.

When: Weekends at noon and 1 p.m.; CircusWest daily at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

BC Live – Showcasing B.C. musicians and artists representing all regions and cultures with family entertainment to world-beat fusion to B.C.’s best indie bands. Performers include Jim Byrnes, Mother Mother, Hey Ocean, Alex*Cuba, The Left, Jaydee Bixby, Said The Whale, and the Paperboys.
When: Nightly at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

BC Spirit Showcase: Music! Culture! Community! – Featuring local community and multicultural performers, as well as established, amateur and up-and-coming musicians from B.C. Performers include M’Girl, Shari Ulrich, Pastiche, Gypsalero, Tiller’s Folly, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Showstoppers, Ache Brasil, Strathcona Chinese Dance Company, and Il Voce.

When: Various showtimes daily

BC Street Jam – Engaging performances on Robson Street showcasing the unique talents of the best of B.C.’s street artists, including the Stunt Superstar Aaron Gregg, the Checkerboard Guy, Junkyard Symphony, and the Bigger Balloon Guy.

When: Various showtimes daily and nightly

Meet The Mascots On Ice – A fun, family show featuring the Vancouver 2010 mascots and their friends as they skate, dance and sing in celebration of the Games.

When: Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Ignite the Dream – A spectacular and innovative evening show that will light up the sky featuring specialized lighting, pyrotechnics, lasers, projected images, and performers high above the ground.

When: Nightly at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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  • Christian

    Thank you so very much for this wonderful site. It would be fantastic if there was a map(s) actually showing the locations of the free venues. Nothing too fancy, just a map with red dots for the free venues. Visual presentations of info are often the best. Is there such a map? Maybe on another site perhaps? I am trying to plan itineraries for guests / visitors. Keep up the superb work!Cheers! Go Team Canada!

  • John

    Christian, the map is at this link:
    Just scroll down to where it says “Need a map to find the venue? Then click the Google Maps icon to the right.”
    The little Google icon will open a map.
    Go Team Canada!

  • LisaB

    This map also shows the location of all the pavilions and venues (with the details provided by CityCaucus):,-123.050308&spn=0.207538,0.43396&z=11

  • terry

    These are GREAT ads. Wow, something the province actually got right. This is a great way to profile our province. Go Canada G0!!!! Or should I say GO BC GO!!!

  • Liz

    Great site – we’re coming over from the UK and can’t wait!