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22.02.14

The 2nd Annual CELTIC PERSON / ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT
10th Anniversary CelticFest Vancouver March 8 – 16, 2014 Announcing The 2nd Annual CELTIC PERSON / ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD RECIPIENT and ST. PATRICK’S DAY HONOURARY GRAND PARADE MARSHALL CelticFest Vancouver is pleased to announce that the recipient of the second annual Celtic Person / Organization of the Year Award is The Irish Sporting and more

10.02.14

CelticFest Promotions
There already a variety of amazing deals and promotions you can take advantage of to enhance your CelticFest experience! Ticket-holders for A Whisky Kiss will receive a 20% discount coupon to enjoy a meal at Doolin’s Irish Pub before or after A Whisky Kiss on March 12. Ticket-holders will be contacted by Doolin’s more

29.01.14

Tickets are on Sale!
Last week tickets went on sale for the biggest Celtic events in music to hit Vancouver this year! We are beyond thrilled about the performers that we will have the pleasure of hosting for our 10th Anniversary year. From big international names, to revered local talent and a plethora of bustling events in between - more

30.12.13

Ringing in 2014 - Celtic Style
Why not ring in 2014 with a whole lot of fun and a touch of Celtic traditions? We are taking a look at a few historic Irish New Years customs as well as the most festive of local Vancouver happenings! The Irish can be a superstitious bunch with traditions steeped in symbolism. They like a clean more

Welcome to the 10th Annual CelticFest Vancouver

The CelticFest Society is proud to attend the 11th Western Canadian GAA Championships, August 2/3, 2014, at Capilano Rugby Club

On the August Long Week-end, at Capilano Rugby Club in North Vancouver, the ISSC hosts the Western Canadian GAA Championships at Capilano Rugby Club, in North Vancouver. It will be the largest tournament staged in the history of the Division, and it is expected that there will be 8 Men’s teams, and 5 Ladies teams competing for the Division’s bragging rights.

The Key Details again are as follows:

  • Hosts – Irish Sporting & Social Club of Vancouver (ISSC Vancouver)
  • Where - Capilano Rugby Fields, Klahanie Park, North Vancouver, BC
  • When – 9am to 4pm – Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3, 2014
  • What – Western Canada Gaelic Games Championships Week-end/ Vancouver ISSC Festival
  • Details – Annual Competition in Gaelic Games, enhanced with Sports demo’s, Music, Irish Dancing, Novelty displays, Irish/ Celtic Business Promos
  • Who’s Coming – Teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Lower Mainland BC (Approx 250 playing participants) (Also their families & the local Irish community)
  • With such a large gathering, the CelticFest Society of Vancouver is proud to attend this event where they will be selling early bird tickets to their upcoming Concert featuring  Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones - Early Bird Tickets will be on sale August 2nd and 3rd. So make sure that you look for the CelticFest Tent  in Klahanie Park, 305 Klahanie Court West, North Vancouver and secure your Early Bird ticket (Early Bird $30 / Door $35). We expect to sell out as we have only 300 tickets available

    This is a one night only opportunity to see Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones,( these boys have been selling out stages all across the USA and Ireland . So “come along and sing along as this will be their first and only show  in Vancouver  on November 1, 2014  at The Ukrainian Hall, West 16th Ave, Vancouver). Looking forward to seeing you all there. Tickets on sale  10am – 3pm

    The 10th Anniversary CelticFest Vancouver has left the building, but the amazing memories live on!

    Ballads were sung, flings were flung, we toasted and tasted, joined in the chorus, thrilled to flame-spouting bagpipes, cheered the pipe and drum bands, loved the parade, applauded till our hands hurt – and generally had the best time at CelticFest 2014.

    THANKS TO EVERYONE!

    Our thanks to everyone who attended, bought tickets, participated, volunteered and supported CelticFest Vancouver 2014.

    You all helped make our 10th anniversary very special and a great success.

    See a small selection of the amazing festival photos taken by our photographer, Donald McKillican, and by Brendan Flynn, below, along with other festival info.

    For more 2014 images, see Festival Photos.

    CHEERS TO THE VOLUNTEERS!

    CelticFest volunteers are just the best! Their talents, enthusiasm, hard work and team spirit helps make the festival possible – and makes it fun, to boot.
    Cheers and thanks to all the festival volunteers for a job well done!

    Celts on the Creek

    Saturday, March 8 @ The Village on False Creek

    Spirits were high and the music and dancing flowed despite the uncooperative weather at Celts on the Creek.
    We didn’t need the sun to have a good time!

    The Irish Edge

    Saturday, March 8 @ The Rickshaw Theatre

    Ireland’s Hermitage Green and Vancouver’s own Vagabonds delivered a fabulous show to kick off CelticFest.

    A Whisky Kiss

    Wednesday, March 12 @ The Cellar

    A full house of happy samplers enjoyed a range of high-end drams of scotch and whisky on Wednesday night. Guiding them through the tasting process were Brand Ambassadors Simone Kelly (Jameson), and Keith Trusler (Glenlivet)

    Ceili's Kitchen Party

    Thursday, March 13 @ Ceili's Modern Irish Pub

    Some great cooks were in the kitchen on Thursday night! On stage was a full roster of great musicians for the first ever Kitchen Party, hosted by The Paperboys' Tom Landa, and fiddler Kalissa Hernandez.

    CELTICFEST 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

    Friday, March 14 @ The Vogue Theatre

    It was an amazing night of music!
    The Once, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project, Hermitage Green and The Paperboys tore up the stage at the gala, delivering a concert and a night to remember.

    CelticFest Ceilidh

    Saturday, March 15 @ Vancouver FanClub

    Crikey Mor (in photo above) led a powerhouse lineup at another full-to-the-brim house at the Ceilidh. They were joined by fiddlers Nellie Quinn & Chris Meredith (Punters Reunion), Jayme Stone's Lomax Project  (also shown above) and Mad Pudding.

    Celtic Village & Street Market

    Saturday & Sunday, March 15 & 16 downtown

    Oh what fun we had! Amazing Celtic bands like Mad Pudding (shown here) performed on Mahony & Sons Music Stage, there were dancers and sword fighters, unicycling bagpipers (also shown here), great food, shopping and so much more along Granville Street and at Robson Square all weekend long.

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Sunday, March 16 on Howe St.

    The bagpipes set our hearts a-flutter, we loved the beautiful dancers, the leprechauns, The Green Man, the sounds, the fabulous get-ups worn by folks on the street, and so much more!

    The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is all about celebrating, and the infectious spirit of fun and joyful goodwill that pervades the parade put smiles on the faces of participants and spectators alike.

     

    THE LAST NOTE HAS BEEN PLAYED AT CELTICFEST 2014 AND THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT FOLKS TO THANK FOR MAKING THE FESTIVAL POSSIBLE!

    Please join us in acknowledging and thanking the Funders, Sponsors, Supporters and Partners whose various contributions to CelticFest Vancouver help make the festival possible.

    We could not put this festival on without their assistance, so please click HERE to see all of the groups, businesses and organizations that help us bring this festival to you.

    To everyone who participated, who joined with us, who gave us advice and assistance, who opened their hearts and their doors to the festival, and to those amazing and talented people who shared their music, art and culture with us – thank you!

    And last, and most important: thank you for coming to CelticFest’s concerts, shows and events throughout the festival’s nine amazing days.

    We’ll see you all again for the 11th Annual CelticFest in March 2015!