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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL PREVIEW EVENTS:
Saturday, March 10

Saturday March 10
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

12:30 pm Lorne Warr and The Streels
1:45 pm The Gothard Sisters
3:00 pm Good For Grapes
4:30 pm Jocelyn Pettit Band

Festival Pick Music Dance Food & Beverage Kids / Family

Celts on the Creek

Our first-ever Celts on the Creek sneak peek festival preview was a huge success, with a good time had by the throngs of people who attended. It was a family-friendly afternoon of free Celtic music, dance, food, fare and fun!

Thanks to everyone who performed, attended and volunteered to make the day so wonderful!

Here are some images from the day, along with an amazing video to see some of the day for yourself!

 

Celts on the Creek - March 10 2012 Celts on the Creek - March 10 2012

Presented by

The Village on False Creek

The Village on False Creek Plaza
Manitoba St. & Athlete’s Way

Free

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
WEDNESDAY MARCH 14

Wednesday March 14
Doors 5:30 pm
Tasting 6:00 pm

Festival Pick Food & Beverage Music

A Whisky Kiss 6th Annual Scotch-Tasting

One of CelticFest's most popular events!

Newcomers and veteran scotch and whisky-lovers alike will enjoy a congenial evening devoted to exploring the fine art of distillation. Immerse yourself in the rich scents and flavours of five high-end Scotch samples, including single malts, and yummy appetizers. Enjoy the company of fellow aficionados and award-winning Whisky educator Mike Nicolson, whose impressive depth and breadth of knowledge will expand and enhance your tasting experience.

Click here to check out the great Scottish single malts at this year's tasting.

This event sells fast! Early reservations are advised.

(After the tasting, be sure to head on upstairs to Doolin’s where the WhiskyDicks will be rockin’ the house)

Classic MaltsThe Cellar

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. @ Nelson St.

Advance Tickets $30
$35 at the door
(includes 6 fine Scottish single malt samples & appetizers)
19 years +

(Sold Out)

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
THURSDAY MARCH 15

Thursday March 15
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Kids / Family

Lunch Time Concert
Ivonne Hernandez & Jeremy Walsh

A multiple award-winning fiddler and an acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist combine forces to produce new century Celtic-Canadian music. Ivonne is a five-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion and Canadian traditional fiddle music maestro. With her Maritime/Chilean roots, she brilliantly embodies a new and multi-cultured vision of folk music.  Jeremy Walsh’s powerful, expressive vocals were at the forefront of seminal Canadian Celtic band Scruj Macduhk during their hey-day, and has been described as "one of the finest Canadian folk singer/songwriters of his generation".

Together? Well, they’re just a bit of magic.

Presented by Pacific Centre

Plaza @ Pacific Centre
Georgia St. & Granville St.

Free

Thursday March 15
Doors 7:00 pm
Show 8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Dance

From Texas to Tipperary

A hot-licks homage to the rich roots tradition of Celtic-Americana. On stage together for the first time, some of Canada's finest musicians play the music that's flourished since Irish and Scottish immigrants settled in Appalachia. Follow the tuneful path of "old-country" music in the new world, where it gave birth to the soulful, raw sounds of "new" old-time acoustic music. Always alive, the Celtic-Americana sound is thriving anew today!

For this one-night-only CelticFest premiere, join us on a music journey from Galveston to Galway, Nashville to Newcastle, Austin to Armagh featuring: Jim Byrnes, Roy Forbes, Steve Dawson, Babe Gurr, T. Nile, Fish and Bird, The Matinée and Farrell Spence. Our very own CelticFest House Band performs throughout the evening, and includes some of Celtic music's brightest stars: Adrian Dolan, Keona Hammond, Kalissa Hernandez, Darren Parris and the inimitable leader of the Paperboys, Tom Landa.

From heartrending Irish ballads to rousing good-time songs to original Americana roots tunes with a decidedly Celtic twist, From Texas to Tipperary showcases why Celtic music's intoxicating influence endures and thrives across borders and time. In the hands of a kicking roster of music maestros, a once-in-a-lifetime concert beckons - a night that lovers of great Celtic, acoustic and roots music simply cannot miss.

Presented by

Edgewater Casion

Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino
750 Pacific Blvd. S.
Plaza of Nations

Advance Tickets $20
$25 at the door

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY MARCH 16

Friday March 16
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Kids / Family

Lunch Time Concert
Vazzy

Embark on a musical voyage across oceans and time with Vazzy. The duo plays quiet ballads and lively, toe-tapping tunes from the past and present; music from Québec, France, Acadia and the Celtic world. From medieval melodies with hints of Arabic and Breton influences to vivacious French-Canadian fiddle tunes, Vazzy’s performances are fun and engaging.

Presented by Pacific Centre

Plaza @ Pacific Centre
Georgia St. & Granville St.

Free

Friday March 16
Doors 7:00 pm
Show 8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Dance

San Patricios Concert
From Galway to Guadalajara

An evening with The San Patricios - From Galway to Guadalajara

Blistering rhythms, lilting melodies, infectiously danceable tunes - these are just a few things that Irish and Mexican music have in common. But in this unique and exciting concert experience, they are just a few of the surprising connections in store.

Join us for a night when Ireland and Mexico come together in a sizzling lineup featuring Mariachi Los Dorados, Locarno, The Paperboys and The CelticFest House Band (Adrian Dolan, Keona Hammond, Kalissa Hernandez, Darren Parris and Tom Landa).
Mariachis and Celts join forces for a rambunctious evening of brilliant music, revelry and high-steppin' dance.

The history of the San Patricios serves as inspiration for this special gathering. Back in 1846, Irish immigrants in the US army chose to desert and join the Mexican army rather than fight fellow Catholics. They called themselves the St. Patrick's Battalion - the San Patricios. These Irish deserters found common ground with their Mexican cousins - and that common ground bears new fruit when Vancouver's hottest Celtic bands perform with Canada's premier mariachi orchestra on the CelticFest stage.

Don't miss this rousing night of Mexican and Irish music where jigs and reels meet huapangos and sones, Celtic melody meets hot Latin rhythms, and boleros meet bodhráns. This unique collaboration offers great musicianship, a vast range of rhythms with brilliant brass and blazing fiddles and a packed dance floor - all the necessaries for a spectacular night. Kilts and sombreros will be a-flying!

Presented by

Edgewater Casion

Stadium Club @ Edgewater Casino
750 Pacific Blvd. S.
Plaza of Nations

Advance Tickets $20
$25 at the door

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
SATURDAY MARCH 17         Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saturday March 17
10:00 am

Festival Pick Workshop

Celtic Cello Workshop 'Groove it up'
with Lea Kirstein

This is an experiential workshop for all bowed instrumentalists: bring your instruments and participate. All ages are welcome, but a year of playing experience is recommended. You’ll explore new techniques in ‘the art of groove’ – making your violin, viola, cello or bass dance with groove-accompaniment and percussive, extended techniques as they can be applied to Celtic music. Lea Kirsten is a creative and resourceful string player from Victoria.  She holds a BMus specializing in music education and classical viola performance from UVic.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Saturday March 17
11:00 am

Festival Pick Workshop

Bagpipe Workshop
with Edward MacIlwaine

Bagpipes 101: An introduction to the Scottish Bagpipe, its workings, its music and some of its fascinating history. The workshop will include an introductionto Scottish classical or art music, known as Piobaireachd.

Ed McIlwaine started his piping career with the White Spot Pipe Band in 1986. Since 2001, he’s been a dedicated student and teacher, particularly of piobaireachd, and is a frequent competition prize-winner in Scotland. He is also a Past President of the British Columbia Pipers' Association.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Saturday March 17
12:00 pm

Festival Pick Music

Nellie Quinn & Lea Kirstein

Twenty year-old folk fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician and a versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional music. Lea Kirsten is a groundbreaking string player (viola, cello) with an eclectic musical spirit. You want to be there when these two young virtuosos combine forces!

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Saturday March 17
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Jade Dragon Pirates

Join the Jade Dragon Pirates as they demonstrate what is needed to survive on their ship. An entertaining show that will delight all ages, volunteers will be “liberated’ from the audience and taught the fine art of being a pirate. This is a chance to get in touch with your inner Captain Jack!

In cooperation with The BC Renaissance Festival

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free

Saturday March 17
12:00 pm

Festival Pick Workshop Dance

Percussion in Traditional French-Canadian Music Workshop
with Vazzy

Explore the various forms of percussion traditionally used to accompany French-Canadian fiddle music and songs. In French-Canada, feet are not just used for walking. Discover some of the history behind the instruments, the connections across time and to other cultures and traditions as well as some performance “how to’s” while enjoying snippets of Vazzy’s lively music.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Saturday March 17
1:00 pm

Festival Pick Workshop

Jaw Harp Workshop
with Deirdre Morgan

Ethnomusicologist Deirdre Morgan explains and demonstrates the pocket-sized Jaw Harp (AKA the Jew’s Harp and Mouth Harp), one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Played around the globe amongst various cultures, this resonating mouth instrument has a fascinating story.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Saturday March 17
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Magic by Travis Bernhardt

Magician Travis Bernhardt is known for his amazing one man show, Things That Never Happen,his work with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and for being one of Canada's top street magicians. Prepare to be astounded!

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free (donations welcome)

Saturday March 17
1:30 pm

Festival Pick Music

Skellig

Skellig is an extended family band playing original Celtic Rock with influences ranging from Irish folk to Led Zeppelin, U2 and beyond. This Vancouver Island-based musical clan sings and plays from the heart, connecting with people young and old and, most of all, having fun.

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Saturday March 17
3:00 pm

Festival Pick Music

Jocelyn Pettit Band

One of the hottest new artists on the scene, Jocelyn Pettit is an outstanding 15-year-old fiddler, step dancer, singer, guitar player, and composer. She’s blazing a new trail for Celtic fiddle with a mix of original, contemporary and traditional music, funky rhythms and lots of groove.

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Saturday March 17
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Dance Kids / Family

Celtic Transformations

Presented by
The North Shore Celtic Ensemble

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble is an acclaimed group of culturally diverse young musicians from the Greater Vancouver region.

"Celtic Transformations" is a unique blend of original composition, creative arrangements and dance that showcases the talent, energy and passion of the ensemble and their collaborators. With a spirited “no-boundaries” repertoire, get ready for a new kind of musical experience.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music Hall
3rd Floor,
929 Granville St.

Tickets $5 at the door

Saturday March 17
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Jade Dragon Pirates

Join the Jade Dragon Pirates as they demonstrate what is needed to survive on their ship. An entertaining show that will delight all ages, volunteers will be “liberated’ from the audience and taught the fine art of being a pirate. This is a chance to get in touch with your inner Captain Jack!

In cooperation with The BC Renaissance Festival

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free

Saturday March 17
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Magic by Travis Bernhardt

Magician Travis Bernhardt is known for his amazing one man show, Things That Never Happen,his work with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and for being one of Canada's top street magicians. Prepare to be astounded!

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free (donations welcome)

Saturday March 17
4:30 pm

Festival Pick Music

Mairi Rankin with Adrian Dolan & Jenny Ritter

A member of Mabou, Nova Scotia’s famous musical family, Mairi Rankin’s DNA and training have combined to create a fiddler and step dancer with her own style, who does the rich musical culture of Cape Breton proud. She’s joined by the well known roots artist Jenny Ritter (vocals, strings) and one of BC’s most in-demand musicians, Adrian Dolan (fiddle, accordion, and piano).

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Saturday March 17
Doors 7:00 pm
Show 8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Dance

BIG St. Pat’s Night Out!
Featuring Delhi 2 Dublin
With special guests
Dream Catcher (from Luxembourg)

This is THE place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

CelticFest Vancouver 2012 is thrilled to present the 6th anniversary concert of a band that was created on the stage at CelticFest 2006 - and has since gone on to international stardom! Delhi 2 Dublin returns to celebrate their birthday at the BIG St. Pat's Night Out! Opening the concert is Luxembourg's Dream Catcher.

Who knew back in 2006 that an experimental one-off live concert collaboration put together by CelticFest's former artistic director, Dugg Simpson, would serve as the birth of an international phenomenon? That concert was called Delhi to Dublin, and was so well-received that requests for more led to the official formation of the band. Six years on, they are one of Canada's hippest and most talked-about groups, performing in major venues around the globe. Their kick-ass fiddle players rock out with a kilt-wearing Korean and two electrifying Bhangra percussionist, fronted by a vocalist who looks like he would be equally at home in a Bollywood music video.

Luxembourg's Dream Catcher opens. Their high-energy multilingual songs (in English, French and Luxembourgish) cover a range of styles, from English pop to Celtic/French chanson.

The band wows crowds wherever they perform.

Known as the "United Nations of rock ‘n' roll", Delhi 2 Dublin's spectacular mash-up of bhangra, Celtic, dub, reggae and electronica with global rhythms and club beats will set the stage aflame. This concert is sure to be the hottest St. Patrick's Day ticket in town!

Presented by

CTV

The Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St.

Advance Tickets $30
$35 at the door

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY MARCH 18

Sunday March 18
10:00 am

Festival Pick Music

Pre-Parade Concert
with Thereafter

A perfect opening to a day celebrating the Celtic spirit!

With a mix of original songs and beautifully-arranged instrumentals, this band of talented artists led by vocalist and guitarist Neil Hammond offers a fresh and inventive take on traditional music. The band includes Keona Hammond (flute, vocals), Shanto Bhattacharya (cello) and Annie Brown (fiddle).

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Sunday March 18
11:00 am

Festival Pick Music Dance Kids / Family

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day PARADE

Join thousands of happy celebrants, all seized with Irish fever! Dress up is green, grab your loved ones and head down to the parade where the happy spirit of fun prevails. You’ll see a bagpiper riding a unicyle, colourfully costumed participants, pipe bands, dancers, acrobats, stilt-walkers, musicians – and maybe even your neighbour! The St. Pat’s Day Parade is the best free fun for your whole family you’re likely to find anywhere. See you there!

Presented by

Pacific Centre

Parade route begins at Howe St. @ Drake St. and marches north on Howe to Georgia St. ending at Georgia & Granville St.

Free

Sunday March 18
12:30 pm

Festival Pick Music

Tiller’s Folly

The brilliant musicians of Tiller’s Folly have been captivating audiences with their music, stories and dynamic live shows for over a decade. The CelticFest favourites continue to expand and refine their potent mix of acoustic and electric Celtic-influenced Canadiana, Americana, Newgrass – and beyond.

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Sunday March 18
12:30 pm

Festival Pick Workshop

Newfoundland Button Accordion Workshop
with Lorne Warr

Join Newfoundland native Lorne Warr for a Sunday afternoon workshop featuring the button accordion played in the traditional Newfoundland style. When the Celts settled on the East Coast they brought more than just their desire to start a new life, they also brought their love of music. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. Lorne learned to play the button accordion from his grannie, who played well into her nineties. The button accordion in Newfoundland is akin to the fiddle in Ireland – and no kitchen party would be complete without it.

At this workshop, you’ll learn tips on this unique style of play, hear a few songs accompanied by the accordion and be entertained by Lorne's East Coast charm.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Sunday March 18
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

King Henry VIII & Queen Catherine of Aragon

If you see King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon walking around CelticFest, you are not imagining things. Just prepare to bow or curtsey as they pass by. The royals will be escorted by some of the residents of the Village of Steller's Grove (BC Renfest's “village”). Don't be afraid to approach them and introduce yourself, but make sure to accord them due respect, especially if you envisage a title in your future!

In cooperation with The BC Renaissance Festival

Celtic Village
Granville Street
(From Georgia St. to Smithe St.)

Free

Sunday March 18
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Jade Dragon Pirates

Join the Jade Dragon Pirates as they demonstrate what is needed to survive on their ship. An entertaining show that will delight all ages, volunteers will be “liberated’ from the audience and taught the fine art of being a pirate. This is a chance to get in touch with your inner Captain Jack!

In cooperation with The BC Renaissance Festival

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free

Sunday March 18
1:30 pm

Festival Pick Workshop

British Isle Fiddling Workshop
with Nellie Quinn

Ever wondered how Canada got its distinctive fiddle style? Join Canadian folk fiddler Nellie Quinn to learn about how the British Isles influenced Canadian fiddling. This is an all-ages workshop for both musicians and those just coming down for a listen (maybe bring a recorder and join in!). This is a great chance to ask any questions or even record some new tunes.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level,
929 Granville St.

Free

Sunday March 18
2:00 pm

Festival Pick Music

Lorne Warr and The Streels

A 'streel' is a slovenly person in Newfie-speak, but there's nothing shabby about the East Coast charm of this band of virtuosos who sing and play an eclectic repertoire of original, Maritime and Celtic tunes. Led by the rich baritone of Newfoundland native Lorne Warr, you’ll be swept along with their energy, great sound and fun they have playing together.

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

Sunday March 18
2:30 pm

Festival Pick Music Kids / Family

Bad to the Bow

Under the musical direction of Chelsea Sleep,
Bad to The Bow is a group of 25 school-aged fiddlers with parents and community volunteers making up the accompaniment section on bass, cello, piano, guitar, penny whistle and percussion.

http://badtothebow.com/

Kids Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Smithe

Free

Sunday March 18
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Festival Pick Music

Great Big Session
With Session Leaders Tim Readman and Jennie Bice

The Session (seisiún) flows from the heart of Celtic tradition. Musicians of all instrumental and vocal persuasions gather together to sing and play, and even dance to, the music they love. Sessions are informal and spontaneous, just come with your instrument of choice, grab a chair and join right in. Whether you’re a music maker or a music appreciator, you’re welcome. You’re in fine hands with the likes of virtuoso musicians and amicable hosts and session leaders Tim Readman and Jennie Bice.

Presented by Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music Hall
3rd Floor,
929 Granville St.

Tickets $5 at the door

Sunday March 18
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Magic by Travis Bernhardt

Magician Travis Bernhardt is known for his amazing one man show, Things That Never Happen,his work with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society and for being one of Canada's top street magicians. Prepare to be astounded!

Kids’ Tent
Celtic Village
Granville St.
near Smithe St.

Free (donations welcome)

Sunday March 18
3:30 pm

Festival Pick Music

Good for Grapes

This young folk / harmonies band formed in late 2010 after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria to busk. They’ve been drawing enthusiastic crowds and raves ever since, winning national competitions and hearts with their sound and stomping, energized performances. A must see.

Presented by

Shore 104

Music Stage
Celtic Village
Granville St.
@ Georgia St.

Free

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Festival Venues

Outdoor Venues
CelticFest

Music Stage
Celtic Village

Granville Street (at Georgia St)

Pacific Centre

Performance Stage
Lunch-Time Concerts
Plaza @ Pacific Centre
(Georgia & Granville)

CelticFest

Kids Tent & Area
Celtic Village

Granville Street
(Smithe to Robson)

The Village

The Plaza
Village on False Creek

Manitoba St. & Athlete’s Way

Official Festival Venues
Edgewater Casino

Stadium Club at Edgewater Casino
750 Pacific Blvd South
(at Plaza of Nations)

Doolin’s Irish Pub

Doolin’s Irish Pub
654 Nelson St.@ Granville St.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville
Home of the Official CelticFest Pre-Parade Breakfast

The Irish Cellar

The (Irish) Cellar
1006 Granville St. @ Nelson St.

Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
City Stage
Lobby Level - 929 Granville St.

Tom Lee Music

Tom Lee Music
Music Hall
3rd floor - 929 Granville St.

Doolin’s Irish Pub

The Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St.

Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.