August may be prime beach time but, for Vancouverites, the biggest party of the summer happens after the kids go back to school. September 12 marks Davie Day 2009, the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA)’s sixth annual celebration of the history, culture and creativity of Vancouver’s West End.
Sponsored by TD Canada Trust, the community festival sees the downtown artery closed to traffic between Burrard and Broughton, making room for roaming entertainers, six outdoor patios, a movie theatre, exhibitors and two performance stages. The event runs from 11:00 am until 8:00 pm, with over 40,000 residents from the community attending last year.
The day-long event showcases the richness and diversity of the West End with food kiosks, street vendors, artists and local merchants offer a taste of the neighbourhood’s flavours and finds. A welcome by the Chinook Songcatchers kicks off the entertainment. MC’d by charismatic West End favourite Joan-E, the all-day lineup includes Kim Kuzma, Jerome Mandrake, Bob Liley and acoustic duo Romeo’s Crush. A community stage features up-and-coming performers. Additionally, The Peak and Virgin Radio will be broadcasting live from the event.
Main stage schedule
12 noon – Chinook SongCatchers
1:00 – Romeo’s Crush
2:15 – Jerome Mandrake
3:00 – Kim Kuzma
4:15 – Robert Liley Jazz Quintet
5:30 – Rolf Kempf
6:25 – Childsplay followed by Jessica Davidson
7:00 – Kim Kuzma
“Davie Day is a summer tradition for the people in our community, and throughout Greater Vancouver,” says Lyn Hellyar, WEBIA’s Executive Director. “We have fun, free activities for people of all ages.”
Davie Day 2009
12 September 2009 @ 11am – 8pm
Davie Street between Burrard and Broughton