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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)

Wednesday March 14
9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Music

The WhiskeyDicks

These Celtic-Gypsy-Punk-Rockers have a reputation for delivering a raging good time, with something up their sleeve for every music lover. From original good-time songs to familiar tunes, you’ll be up and dancing in a heartbeat (if you can find room on the dance floor). 

The band bridges traditional and modern popular music with an eclectic and contagious enthusiasm that knows no bounds. They began playing in front of a Liquor Store (hence their name), and with nearly a dozen music degrees under their collective belt, band members have taken what they learned both on the street and at uni and brought it to the stage to create something special. The instrumentation is simple: violin, cello, guitar, drums and vocals – but their music mixes and combines influences that simply galvanizes audiences to dance!

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

19 years +

Wednesday March 14
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music

Bedlam Corner

Tucked into a snug corner in one of the most authentic Irish bars in Vancouver is a small table that, on Sunday evenings, is surrounded by as many musicians as can wedge themselves in. This band of merry musical men and women is led by hosts Elegwen O’Maoileoin (Damanta, Corset) and Michael Viens (Blackthorn) – both singers who, between them, play uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar and harmonicas.

Musical friends from near and far regularly drop in to share in the mayhem at Bedlam Corner, and the craic is always mighty. The music they play is well-steeped in the Irish tradition but they aren’t afraid to explore and push the boundaries a bit.

Bedlam Corner is more than just a place, a group of musicians or a state of mind – it is a dynamic musical experience best shared with friends, preferably over a pint of Guinness.

You are welcome to partake in the revelry of Bedlam Corner at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug throughout CelticFest.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

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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
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music

Bedlam Corner

Tucked into a snug corner in one of the most authentic Irish bars in Vancouver is a small table that, on Sunday evenings, is surrounded by as many musicians as can wedge themselves in. This band of merry musical men and women is led by hosts Elegwen O’Maoileoin (Damanta, Corset) and Michael Viens (Blackthorn) – both singers who, between them, play uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar and harmonicas.

Musical friends from near and far regularly drop in to share in the mayhem at Bedlam Corner, and the craic is always mighty. The music they play is well-steeped in the Irish tradition but they aren’t afraid to explore and push the boundaries a bit.

Bedlam Corner is more than just a place, a group of musicians or a state of mind – it is a dynamic musical experience best shared with friends, preferably over a pint of Guinness.

You are welcome to partake in the revelry of Bedlam Corner at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug throughout CelticFest.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville Street

19 Years +

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 +

Thursday March 15
9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Music

Halifax Wharf Rats

The Halifax Wharf Rats aren't your common everyday Celtic band. Brian Flanagan, Michelle Carlisle, Rick Chapman and Robert Graves are exactly the kind of folks you'd want to invite home for a kitchen party, a barbecue or to meet the family. With loads of Celtic and East Coast tunes along with contemporary music and good times in store, it's always best to come early and stay late when they’re around – just like they do “down home”. We won't go into each individual musician’s multiple talents; their music speaks for itself. Come and hear!

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

19 Years +

Thursday March 15
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Music

Ivonne Hernandez

This talented musician has five Grand North American Fiddle Championships among other honors to her credit. In demand at concerts and festivals around the world, her music incorporates both traditional influences and 21st Century multiculturalism to create a fresh, dynamic sound of her own.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

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
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music

Bedlam Corner

Tucked into a snug corner in one of the most authentic Irish bars in Vancouver is a small table that, on Sunday evenings, is surrounded by as many musicians as can wedge themselves in. This band of merry musical men and women is led by hosts Elegwen O’Maoileoin (Damanta, Corset) and Michael Viens (Blackthorn) – both singers who, between them, play uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar and harmonicas.

Musical friends from near and far regularly drop in to share in the mayhem at Bedlam Corner, and the craic is always mighty. The music they play is well-steeped in the Irish tradition but they aren’t afraid to explore and push the boundaries a bit.

Bedlam Corner is more than just a place, a group of musicians or a state of mind – it is a dynamic musical experience best shared with friends, preferably over a pint of Guinness.

You are welcome to partake in the revelry of Bedlam Corner at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug throughout CelticFest.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

Friday March 16
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music

Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell has gained a loyal fan base due to his exceptional acoustic guitar playing, warm, passionate vocals and his engaging stage presence. His voice has been described as a mix between Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. Pat has been gifted with the ability to win over any audience by providing them with an eclectic mix of Irish and Canadian folk music, making them feel like they’re sitting in a tiny pub on the coast of Donegal sipping on a beer.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 years +

Friday March 16
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Music

Copper Sky

This band has been delighting audiences around the Lower Mainland for a decade with their dynamic brand of Celtic, Maritime and fiddle tune gems. Copper Sky includes the multi-talented Paul Evenden (vocals, guitar, whistle, bodhrán and other instruments), Jennie Bice (vocals, fiddle) and Ernie Higgins (vocals, vocals, guitar, mandolin and bodhrán).

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

19 years +

Friday March 16
5:00 pm

Music Dance

Sionnaine Irish Dancers
and Scott Young, Piper

The joy of the dance meets the wail of the pipe in this special performance that brings together some of our finest dancers with a piper that electrifies the stage with his playing.   

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 years +

Friday March 16
6:00 pm

Music

BC Regiment, Irish Pipes & Drums

The BC Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums is comprised of 28 proud civilian volunteers, and is one of only five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world. These enthusiastic and talented musicians’ soul-stirring sound will make your toes tap and your heart swell!

They appear under the direction of Pipe Major, Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of Lt. Col H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 years +

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 +

Friday March 16
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Followed by Dr. No at 10:00 pm

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.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $12
19 Years +

Friday March 16
9:30 pm – 1:00 am

Music

Chris Greve

This London ex-pat has travelled the world playing the Celtic and Maritime music he loves. Chris performs solo on guitar, guitar, bodhrán, tambourine, those “shaky-egg things” and spoons, usually played on his head.

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

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
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Music

The WhiskeyDicks

Whether this cheeky 5-piece band is playing blazing fiddle tunes, stomping out Celtic classics or original tunes, they are raging crowd-pleasers. The WhiskeyDicks have filled dance floors and beer glasses at some of Canada’s most prestigious venues.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

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 – 3:30 pm

Music

Copper Sky

This band has been delighting audiences around the Lower Mainland for a decade with their dynamic brand of Celtic, Maritime and fiddle tune gems. Copper Sky includes the multi-talented Paul Evenden (vocals, guitar, whistle, bodhrán and other instruments), Jennie Bice (vocals, fiddle) and Ernie Higgins (vocals, vocals, guitar, mandolin and bodhrán).

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

Admission $15 all day
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
1:00 pm

Music

Scott Young, Piper

Scott has been piping since the age of seven. He’s performed with the Penticton Pipe Band and played competitively around the world. Now he performs solo and with bands, the wail of the pipes rocking the house at various local establishments. Now, Scott’s pipes are calling you!

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

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
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Music

New Fish

New Fish play traditional Irish and East Coast music along with some folk-rock, originals and other tunes people love to hear. All band members are multi-instrumentalists who can deliver jigs and reels with a ‘night back home’ kind of feel.

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. @ Nelson St.

Admission $15 all day
19 Years +

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
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Music

Timothy Hewitt

A mainstay of the Vancouver music scene, Tim Hewitt has been performing with some of Canada’s best known bands for the past 20 years. His acoustic solo act is lively and entertaining, covering everything from current hits to Celtic tunes to the classic songs we all love.

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

Admission $15 all day
19 Years +

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
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Music

Nellie Quinn

Canadian folk fiddler Nellie Quinn is quickly gaining attention as an outstanding musician and captivating performer. She is a versatile interpreter of Canadian traditional music: Cape Breton, Québécois, Métis and Old Time music, nurturing an individual style that draws from all these traditions whilst creating something exciting and different.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
5:00 pm

Music Dance

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced “Shannon”) Irish Dance Academy has been a part of the proud tradition of Irish dance for a decade. They promote the appreciation of Irish culture and dance through the performance of both traditional and modern Irish step dancing, hardshoe and softshoe, as well as ceili (group) dancing and choreographies. 

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
5:30 pm

Music

BC Regiment, Irish Pipes & Drums

The BC Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums is comprised of 28 proud civilian volunteers, and is one of only five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world. These enthusiastic and talented musicians’ soul-stirring sound will make your toes tap and your heart swell!

They appear under the direction of Pipe Major, Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of Lt. Col H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
6:00 pm

Music

Scott Young, Piper

Scott has been piping since the age of seven. He’s performed with the Penticton Pipe Band and played competitively around the world. Now he performs solo and with bands, the wail of the pipes rocking the house at various local establishments. Now, Scott’s pipes are calling you!

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
7:00 pm

Music Dance

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced “Shannon”) Irish Dance Academy has been a part of the proud tradition of Irish dance for a decade. They promote the appreciation of Irish culture and dance through the performance of both traditional and modern Irish step dancing, hardshoe and softshoe, as well as ceili (group) dancing and choreographies. 

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Followed by Dr. No: 10:00 pm – 2:00 am

Music

Tim Hewitt

A mainstay of the Vancouver music scene, Tim Hewitt has been performing with some of Canada’s best known bands for the past 20 years. His acoustic solo act is lively and entertaining, covering everything from current hits to Celtic tunes to the classic songs we all love.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

Saturday March 17
7:30 pm

Music

BC Regiment, Irish Pipes & Drums

The BC Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums is comprised of 28 proud civilian volunteers, and is one of only five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world. These enthusiastic and talented musicians’ soul-stirring sound will make your toes tap and your heart swell!

They appear under the direction of Pipe Major, Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of Lt. Col H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC.

Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Admission $20 (from 3:00 pm onwards)
19 Years +

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
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Food & Beverage Music

Pre-Parade Breakfast

Ceili’s Irish Pub is home of the Official CelticFest Parade Breakfast. A hearty Irish breakfast will be served along with your favourite libations from 10:00 – 11:30 am. Space fills quickly so reserve your place at the table now!

Space fills quickly so reserve your place at the table now!

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

Breakfast $15
For Reservations, call 604.697.0990 ext 21 or email hayley@ceilis.com
19 Years +

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 – 3:30 pm

Music

Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell has gained a loyal fan base due to his exceptional acoustic guitar playing, warm, passionate vocals and his engaging stage presence. His voice has been described as a mix between Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. Pat has been gifted with the ability to win over any audience by providing them with an eclectic mix of Irish and Canadian folk music, making them feel like they’re sitting in a tiny pub on the coast of Donegal sipping on a beer.

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

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Music

Murphy’s Lagh

High energy Irish and Maritime favourites are on tap with guitar and fiddle duo Damian Brennan and Moritz Behm. This is music you can listen, sip and dance to!

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Music

Halifax Wharf Rats

The Halifax Wharf Rats aren't your common everyday Celtic band. Brian Flanagan, Michelle Carlisle, Rick Chapman and Robert Graves are exactly the kind of folks you'd want to invite home for a kitchen party, a barbecue or to meet the family. With loads of Celtic and East Coast tunes along with contemporary music and good times in store, it's always best to come early and stay late when they’re around – just like they do “down home”. We won't go into each individual musician’s multiple talents; their music speaks for itself. Come and hear!

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. @ Nelson St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
1:00 pm

Music

Scott Young, Piper

Scott has been piping since the age of seven. He’s performed with the Penticton Pipe Band and played competitively around the world. Now he performs solo and with bands, the wail of the pipes rocking the house at various local establishments. Now, Scott’s pipes are calling you!

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

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 & 6:00 pm

Music Dance

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced “Shannon”) Irish Dance Academy has been a part of the proud tradition of Irish dance for a decade. They promote the appreciation of Irish culture and dance through the performance of both traditional and modern Irish step dancing, hardshoe and softshoe, as well as ceili (group) dancing and choreographies. 

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

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

Sunday March 18
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music

Pat Chessell

Pat Chessell has gained a loyal fan base due to his exceptional acoustic guitar playing, warm, passionate vocals and his engaging stage presence. His voice has been described as a mix between Johnny Cash and Bing Crosby. Pat has been gifted with the ability to win over any audience by providing them with an eclectic mix of Irish and Canadian folk music, making them feel like they’re sitting in a tiny pub on the coast of Donegal sipping on a beer.

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music

B.C. Regiment, Irish Pipes & Drums

The BC Regiment, Irish Pipes and Drums is comprised of 28 proud civilian volunteers, and is one of only five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world. These enthusiastic and talented musicians’ soul-stirring sound will make your toes tap and your heart swell!

They appear under the direction of Pipe Major, Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of Lt. Col H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC.

Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music

Roolya Boolya

This power Celtic duo features local fiddler extraordinaire Mary Brunner and Irishman Mark Downey on guitar, bodhrán and vocals. Their name is an Irish word meaning ‘hurley burley’, and they’re definitely creating a ruckus on the local scene. Roolya Boolya’s repertoire ranges from stirring ballads to romping songs and rocking tunes.

Doolin’s Irish Pub
654 Nelson @ Granville St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
5:00 pm onwards

Music

Bedlam Corner

Tucked into a snug corner in one of the most authentic Irish bars in Vancouver is a small table that, on Sunday evenings, is surrounded by as many musicians as can wedge themselves in. This band of merry musical men and women is led by hosts Elegwen O’Maoileoin (Damanta, Corset) and Michael Viens (Blackthorn) – both singers who, between them, play uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhrán, bouzouki, guitar and harmonicas.

Musical friends from near and far regularly drop in to share in the mayhem at Bedlam Corner, and the craic is always mighty. The music they play is well-steeped in the Irish tradition but they aren’t afraid to explore and push the boundaries a bit.

Bedlam Corner is more than just a place, a group of musicians or a state of mind – it is a dynamic musical experience best shared with friends, preferably over a pint of Guinness.

You are welcome to partake in the revelry of Bedlam Corner at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug throughout CelticFest.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 Years +

Sunday March 18
9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Music

New Fish

New Fish play traditional Irish and East Coast music along with some folk-rock, originals and other tunes people love to hear. All band members are multi-instrumentalists who can deliver jigs and reels with a ‘night back home’ kind of feel.

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

19 Years +

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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.