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See the CelticFest Vancouver 2013 Schedule below

 

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TICKET INFORMATION

Advance tickets to our events
Brendan Grace, A Whisky Kiss, St. Pat’s Rocks with The Town Pants and the CelticFest Ceilidh available online on this page, or by calling Tickets Tonight at 604-684-2787, and in-person at Tickets Tonight outlets Vancouver Convention Centre – East, 999 Canada Place
&
Tourism Vancouver Satellite Visitor Centre, 800 block Robson Street (beside the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Open 7 days a week 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
(sorry, no cash or debit card sales)

Tickets for Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIssac and Maeve Mackinnon March 14,Vogue Theatre available online on this page, or by calling the Vogue Theatre Box Office 604-569-1144, and in-person at the Vogue Theatre 918 Granville St.

Service charges apply on advance ticket purchases.

Festival Pick Festival Highlight
Music Music Food & Beverage Food & Beverage Dance Dance Workshop Music Workshop Kids / Family Kids Family
DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Saturday March 9

Saturday March 9
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

12:00 pm North Shore Celtic Ensemble
1:15 pm SwingReel
2:30 pm Blackthorn
3:45 pm Vagabonds

Festival Pick Music Food & Beverage Kids / Family

Celts on the Creek
A special FREE kick-off celebration event

For the second year CelticFest is proud to present a special FREE kick-off celebration on March 9 at the Village on False Creek (the former Olympic Village). It’s a family-friendly afternoon of free Celtic music, dance, food and fare featuring artists from CelticFest including: The North Shore Celtic Ensemble, SwingReel, Blackthorn and Vagabonds.

Look for The Green Man, an eight-foot gentle and mystical storytelling giant. There'll be face painting, food booths, Celtic jewelers and much more!

Bring the family and help kick-start CelticFest 2013!

The Village on False Creek
Plaza by Manitoba Street & Athlete’s Way

Free

Saturday March 9
7:00 pm

Festival Pick Food & Beverage

Celtic Comedy Night featuring Ireland's
Brendan Grace

Brendan Grace, Ireland’s Grand Master of Comedy, makes a highly-anticipated visit to CelticFest 2013!

This genial and beloved comic and singer celebrates 41 years in comedy with a special show featuring some brand new material along with classic favourites from his vast and entertaining repertoire.

Famous for his schoolboy character Bottler, the role of Murphy in the 1995 movie Moondance, and his show-stopping role as Father Fintan Stack in the popular 1990s Irish TV sitcom, Father Ted, Grace has also scored a number of Irish hit singles, including a #1 UK hit song.

More popular now than ever before, tickets for Brendan Grace are sure to fly out the door – so don’t wait a second to make sure you’ll be in the house to see this brilliant entertainer live!

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville St.

Advance tickets $30
$35 at door

19 years +

Buy Tickets Here
Service charges apply.

Saturday March 9
11:00 pm

Music

Vagabonds

Vagabonds are a cover band whose members all hail from Ireland. They met in Vancouver in 2010 and discovered a common love for all things music, with a wealth of experience and at least ten different instruments between them. They’ve become a popular fixture on the local gig scene, playing everything from traditional Irish favourites to modern folk and classic rock.

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville Street

$10 at the door

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Sunday March 10

Sunday March 10
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Sloe Gin Sideshow

Sloe gin is a heady distillation made from the fruit of the blackthorn, so expect an intoxicating mash-up of traditional Irish sounds and more as this dynamic sideshow of veteran Blackthorn member, Michael Viens (vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion) and Damanta member Elegwen Ó Maoileoin (vocals, bodhran, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, whistles) team up with the incomparable Jenny Bice (vocals, fiddle).

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Monday March 11

Monday March 11
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Lewis Kane

Raised in the Scottish Highlands, young Lewis Kane has been playing Celtic and folk music since he was a bairn. Trained at the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, his contemporary take on traditional accordion-playing includes self-penned pieces and lively versions of tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Tuesday March 12

Tuesday March 12
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Lewis Kane

Raised in the Scottish Highlands, young Lewis Kane has been playing Celtic and folk music since he was a bairn. Trained at the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, his contemporary take on traditional accordion-playing includes self-penned pieces and lively versions of tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

Tuesday March 12
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

Bruce Coughlan & Nolan Murray
of Tiller’s Folly

Intense and unplugged. From Tiller’s Folly, award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray (electric Mandocaster, fiddle, mandolin, guitar) and acclaimed singer/songwriter Bruce Coughlan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, DadGad guitar) moonlight to deliver your best-loved classic R&B, rock, pop, country, bluegrass and Celtic tunes.

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Wednesday March 13

Wednesday March 13
Doors 5:30 pm
Tasting 6:00 pm

Festival Pick Food & Beverage

A Whisky Kiss
7th Annual Scotch Tasting

Whether you’re a whisky enthusiast, a newcomer to the world of the dram, or just looking for an evening out at one of CelticFest’s most popular events, A Whisky Kiss is for you!

Indulge your senses with five high-end whisky samples in the good company of fellow spirit explorers. Enhance your appreciation of the world of whisky with Scotch Educator, Mike Nicolson. From a long line of distillers, whisky is in Mike’s blood. He’s worked with the world’s most prestigious brands, and will pass some of his fascinating insider knowledge on to you.

Come celebrate the ‘water of life’.
Reserve early. This event sells fast!

(Afterwards, head upstairs to Doolin’s to catch the Pat Chessell Duo)

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. @ Nelson St.
(below Doolin’s)

Advance Tickets $30
$35 at the door

Includes 5 premium scotch/whisky samples & appetizers.

19 years +

Buy Tickets Here
Service charges apply.

Wednesday March 13
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Lewis Kane

Raised in the Scottish Highlands, young Lewis Kane has been playing Celtic and folk music since he was a bairn. Trained at the Scottish National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, his contemporary take on traditional accordion-playing includes self-penned pieces and lively versions of tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Canada.

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

Wednesday March 13
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

Sloe Gin Sideshow

Sloe gin is a heady distillation made from the fruit of the blackthorn, so expect an intoxicating mash-up of traditional Irish sounds and more as this dynamic sideshow of veteran Blackthorn member, Michael Viens (vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion) and Damanta member Elegwen Ó Maoileoin (vocals, bodhran, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, whistles) team up with the incomparable Jenny Bice (vocals, fiddle).

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Wednesday March 13
9:30 pm – 1:30 am

Music Food & Beverage

Pat Chessell Duo

He’s been called “a force to be reckoned with,” by Canada’s top Celtic publication The Celtic Connection, who recommends you check Pat Chessell out now, so you can say you knew him when. He’s recognized for his passionate, smoky vocals, high energy performances, guitar skills, and a Celtic-fueled sound influenced by roots, blues and country. Fiddler Andrea Taylor joins Pat at some of his CelticFest shows.

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

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Thursday March 14

Thursday March 14
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Sloe Gin Sideshow

Sloe gin is a heady distillation made from the fruit of the blackthorn, so expect an intoxicating mash-up of traditional Irish sounds and more as this dynamic sideshow of veteran Blackthorn member, Michael Viens (vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion) and Damanta member Elegwen Ó Maoileoin (vocals, bodhran, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, whistles) team up with the incomparable Jenny Bice (vocals, fiddle).

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

Thursday March 14
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Mairi Rankin

This is your first chance at at this year’s CelticFest to hear Mabou, Nova Scotia’s Mairi Rankin. This fiddler, singer and step-dancer is from the legendary Rankin family, and while influenced by the best Cape Breton traditional musicians around, has developed her own special style, She’s toured internationally and now resides among us here on the west coast. You can also catch Mairi at the CelticFest Ceilidh Saturday night, and co-hosting the CelticFest Session on Sunday afternoon.

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

19 years +

Thursday March 14
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

The Whiskeydicks

This BC-by-way-of-Whitehorse band are cowboy Celtic Gypsy Punk Rockers who have spent the better part of a decade cultivating a rowdy disposition and building a rep for delivering one hell of a good time. They move between traditional and modern music and across cultures with glee, playing songs that tell stories of good times past or that make you want to stomp and dance.

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Thursday March 14
Doors 7:00 pm
Concert 8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music

Cape Breton’s Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
and Scotland’s Maeve Mackinnon
in a special double-bill

Here’s an Atlantic-spanning double-bill you just have to see! It delivers Celtic heart and soul, powerhouse artistry and the music of three extraordinary women from both sides of the pond.

CelticFest presents the brilliant musical partnership of Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, as well as a rare visit from Maeve Mackinnon, twice-nominated Scotland’s "Gaelic Singer of the Year”.

Considered one of the leading Scottish folk musicians of her generation, Maeve Mackinnon is a gifted song interpreter who performs traditional, contemporary and original material in Scots, Gaelic and English. She’ll open the evening, accompanied by Ross Martin (guitar) and Brian McAlpine (piano, accordion).

The second half of the concert features two of Cape Breton’s favourite daughters who have forged a celebrated two-decade musical partnership borne of a shared passion for traditional Celtic music. The mesmerizing vocals of Mary Jane Lamond and the superb musicianship of fiddler Wendy MacIsaac envelope their audiences in the sheer beauty of their music-making.

Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St.

Advance Tickets $30
$35 at the door

Buy Tickets Here
Service charges apply.

Thursday March 14
9:30 pm – 1:30 am

Music Food & Beverage

New Fish

The New Fish quartet play Irish and East Coast music along with some rock and folk – favourite tunes people just love to hear. Band members are veteran multi-instrumentalists who create a heady ‘back home’, good-time vibe that gets feet a-tappin’, making every night out in their company a special occasion.

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

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Friday March 15

Friday March 15
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Sloe Gin Sideshow

Sloe gin is a heady distillation made from the fruit of the blackthorn, so expect an intoxicating mash-up of traditional Irish sounds and more as this dynamic sideshow of veteran Blackthorn member, Michael Viens (vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion) and Damanta member Elegwen Ó Maoileoin (vocals, bodhran, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, whistles) team up with the incomparable Jenny Bice (vocals, fiddle).

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.

19 years +

Friday March 15
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Halifax Wharf Rats

More than your everyday Celtic band, Brian Flanagan, Michelle Carlisle, Rick Chapman and Robert Graves are also the kind of lively folks you want to invite home for dinner. With lots of Celtic and Maritime music in store, along with a friendly kitchen-party feel, please come early and stay late – just like a true Haligonian.

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

19 years +

Friday March 15
5:30 pm

Music Dance Food & Beverage

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced Shannon) Irish Dance Academy presents a high-energy show combining grace, technique and a joyful passion for dance. These lively young dancers are trained in both traditional and modern Irish step dance – part of that proud tradition for a decade. Come be inspired by their philosophy to ‘dance like no one is watching’! 

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

19 years +

Friday March 15
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Timothy Hewitt

Tim is an East Coast native with a flair for good time tunes. Think “lively” and “entertaining”! Performing everything from traditional Celtic tunes to modern classics with a twist as a one-man-band, he incorporates looping technology to create a rousing big, all-enveloping sound. Tim also performs as a duo with a fiddling sidekick.

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

19 years +

Friday March 15
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Sloe Gin Sideshow

Sloe gin is a heady distillation made from the fruit of the blackthorn, so expect an intoxicating mash-up of traditional Irish sounds and more as this dynamic sideshow of veteran Blackthorn member, Michael Viens (vocals, guitars, harmonica, percussion) and Damanta member Elegwen Ó Maoileoin (vocals, bodhran, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, whistles) team up with the incomparable Jenny Bice (vocals, fiddle).

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

19 years +

Friday March 15
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

Folk n’ Reels

Meet Vancouver’s newest traditional Irish band. They’ll make you want to sing and dance! County Mayo’s Alan Walsh shares some of Ireland’s rich fiddle traditions, joined by Greg Schnider (pipes), Michaela Cunningham (concertina) and the Sabir Sister’s Roxanna Sabir on fiddle and vocals.

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Friday March 15
Doors 7:00 pm
Concert 8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Food & Beverage

St. Pat’s Rocks with The Town Pants

Known for delivering rollicking shows full of rebel passion and spirit, The Town Pants brand of Celtic music is some of the most dynamic and innovative you’ll find just about anywhere. They combine Irish traditional, folk rock and roots Americana music with signature dual lead vocals to create a unique brand of high energy "West Coast Celtic" that remains in the heart and head long after the last note ends.

Vancouver-based, the band has garnered enthusiastic fans everywhere after a decade of concerts in hundreds of cities and in over a dozen countries, headlining roots, rock, world and Celtic festivals and sold out shows at venues from New York to Norway. They’re bringing their special Celtic roots rock back home to CelticFest fans in this special show.

This audience favourite is sure to deliver the sizzle to jump start St. Pat’s weekend. Put on your dancing pants and get ready for a night of all-out fun!

Venue
881 Granville St.

Advance Tickets $20
$25 at the door

19 years +

Buy Tickets Here
Service charges apply.

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Saturday March 16

Saturday March 16
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Blackthorn

Since 1988, this Vancouver-based Celtic folk group has been celebrating the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland, and the folk music of English and French Canada to wide and enthusiastic acclaim. From lively jigs and reels to heart-wrenching airs and ballads, their melodies and intricately woven harmonies bring this music to life in a new way – always delivered with good humour and fun.

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kids / Family

Face Painting
by Marie-Hélène Babin

Getting their faces painted can make a great day even more special for kids of every age! Marie-Helene is a professional face painter, makeup and visual artist like no other. She creates amazing and intricate designs that paint and illuminate faces in a fabulous and fun-filled way.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Saturday March 16
12:00 pm

Music Kids / Family

SwingReel

SwingReel is Vancouver’s hottest swing/acoustic roots band. Their music blends and draws from sources as varied as Django and Grappelli, Motown, Hank Williams, and traditional Celtic and North American fiddle styles. Renowned Vancouver guitarist, Craig McGregor and 3-time Canadian Fiddle Champion, Mark Sullivan are joined by veteran musician Paul Bergman on double bass.

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
12:00 pm

Workshop

Gaelic Work Songs (Orain Luaidh) Workshop
with Maeve Mackinnon & Ross Martin

“Waulking” songs - in Gaelic Scottish orain luaidh (pronounced or-ine loo-ie) - were rhythmic songs made up to accompany the communal women’s work of beating woven wool or tweed into cloth for household use. In this fascinating workshop, Scotland’s Maeve Mackinnon and Ross Martin focus on the origins and forms of these work songs. Maeve is an acclaimed vocalist with a repertoire spanning Gaelic and English-language material. Guitarist Martin is renowned for his intuitive accompaniment of Gaelic songs.

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

Free

Saturday March 16
12:00 pm

Dance Music Kids / Family

Royal Scottish Country Dance Team

You don’t have to be Scottish to be a Scottish Country dancer. Of all the different types of national dance, Scottish Country Dancing is one enjoyed by peoples around the world. The Team showcases Scotland’s colourful social dancing, a musically irresistible, healthy workout for mind and body. They were established over 50 years ago and represent the Vancouver Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (roving)

Kids / Family

The Green Man

The Green Man is an eight-foot tall, gentle and mystical storytelling giant who creates a captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanting characters for his listeners. Rooted in Celtic lore, The Green Man weaves family-friendly stories that travel up, out and beyond into the hearts and minds of children of all ages.

Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (roving)

Kids / Family

Sean "The Canadian" Leprechaun

Have you ever seen a leprechaun? Here’s your chance! Sean "The Canadian" Leprechaun is making his first appearance at CelticFest, You might catch him handing out lucky charms or frolicking in the parade. He could be making balloon animals or regaling listeners with his funny hard luck stories, accompanied by a lively tune on his recorder, And if you like poetry and Irish Blessings, just go up to him and ask!

Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Pick Kids / Family

Irish Gaelic Trivia Quiz / Tráth na gCeist
with Scoil Gaeilge Vancouver’s Conor O’Reilly

Come participate in a Gaelic Pop Quiz! Trath na gCeist  as Gaeilge! Glac part agus bain sult!!!

Here’s a fun event for those with a special interest in Ireland’s vibrant Gaelic language and culture, as well as for folks with a thirst for learning and trivia. Come test your Gaelic knowledge, but you don’t have to speak Gaelic to attend. Happy Bliain na Gaeilge 2013! (Irish Gaelic Year, 2013.)

Presented by Scoil Gaeilge Vancouver (Irish Gaelic Language School), who have been teaching Gaeilge to a growing number of students for over 5 years.

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

$5 at the door (only)

Saturday March 16
1:00 pm

Workshop

Gaelic Dance Music (Puirt à beul) Workshop
with Maeve Mackinnon & Brian McAlpine

This workshop focuses on the cheerful, percussive style of traditional singing known as "mouth music", or in Scottish Gaelic, puirt-à-beul (translated: tunes from the mouth). This rhythmic style of singing often accompanied Gaelic dances. While disputed, some think it arose out of a ban on musical instruments that followed the 1745 Jacobite rebellion. Whenever it began, Scotland’s great singer Maeve Mackinnon and accordionist Brian McAlpine will demonstrate and discuss this elemental and influential vocal artform.

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

Free

Saturday March 16
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kids / Family

Academie Duello International Centre for Swordplay

Academie Duello is the world’s largest centre devoted to the study and practice of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Academy members will introduce you to this fascinating medieval and renaissance world with a demonstration of the traditional use of legendary weapons, including rapiers and long-swords, from battlefield warfare to gentlemanly dueling.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
1:30 pm

Music Kids / Family

Qristina & Quinn Bachand

Hailed as “the most exciting act to come along in the world of Celtic music since… anyone you care to mention”, these young BC-based siblings have quickly risen to the top of the international Celtic music world. Qristina is an expressive musician who captivates with both her voice and fiery fiddling. Equally-gifted Quinn has been called Canada’s top Celtic guitarist. Put them at the top of your must-see list!

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
2:00 pm

Workshop

Contemporary Scottish Folk Band Workshop with Maeve Mackinnon, Ross Martin & Brian McAlpine

Scotland’s traditional music and dance have always been a focal part of Scottish cultural identity at home and abroad, influencing the music of other cultures and lands. Folk music has remained a key part of Scottish music into the modern era, with times when that popularity surged. This workshop is a reflection on the current strong and healthy contemporary Scottish folk music and song scene, with three acclaimed scene-stealers: Maeve Mackinnon (vocals), Ross Martin (guitar) and Brian McAlpine (piano, accordion).

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

Free

Saturday March 16
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Saturday Jam Session with Rob Montgomery

A central figure on the local music scene for over 30 years, guitarist, vocalist, musical director Rob Montgomery is well-known as the leader of rock, blues and soul band Incognito. Rob’s regular Saturday blues/rock jam session takes a decidedly Celtic turn this week, when Rob will be channeling his inner Celt and jamming with other musicians doing the same, all gathering in the downtown core for CelticFest. Drop by and check out some hot musical fusions in the making!

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville St.

Free

19 years +

Saturday March 16
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Music Kids / Family

British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums

The pipes, the pipes are calling! The British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums are one of five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world, an all-volunteer 28-member band comprised of civilian women, men and youth from diverse ethnic origins. They appear under the direction of Pipe Major Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of LCol H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC. Bagpipes and drums will make your CelticFest experience complete!

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
3:00 pm

Music Kids / Family

Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE

Victoria’s Oliver Swain eats, sleeps and breathes folk and traditional music. He has a pure, finely-tuned voice, an astonishing range, and an undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, From early years with The Bills and Celtic powerhouse Scruj MacDuhk (The Duhks) to Outlaw Social and his current solo project, Oliver has fused Celtic, Canadiana and Americana music into a signature brand of BC roots music.

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
3:00 pm

Workshop

Fiddle and Guitar for the Irish Session Workshop with Qristina & Quinn Bachand

The “session” is the heart and soul of traditional Irish music, and anyone, from beginners to professionals, can join in and play at these gatherings. Although participating can be a rewarding experience, players should be aware of some Irish session dos and don’ts. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be familiar with basic session etiquette and understand how to put tune sets together. The Bachands will also discuss tune choice, distinguishing between some overplayed session tunes and cool and hip ones. Apply what you learn at CelticFest’s Sunday Session tomorrow!

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

Free

Saturday March 16
3:00 pm

Music Dance Food & Beverage

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced Shannon) Irish Dance Academy presents a high-energy show combining grace, technique and a joyful passion for dance. These lively young dancers are trained in both traditional and modern Irish step dance – part of that proud tradition for a decade. Come be inspired by their philosophy to ‘dance like no one is watching’!

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kids / Family

Academie Duello International Centre for Swordplay

Academie Duello is the world’s largest centre devoted to the study and practice of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Academy members will introduce you to this fascinating medieval and renaissance world with a demonstration of the traditional use of legendary weapons, including rapiers and long-swords, from battlefield warfare to gentlemanly dueling.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Timothy Hewitt

Tim is an East Coast native with a flair for good time tunes. Think “lively” and “entertaining”! Performing everything from traditional Celtic tunes to modern classics with a twist as a one-man-band, he incorporates looping technology to create a rousing big, all-enveloping sound. Tim also performs as a duo with a fiddling sidekick.

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
4:30 pm

Music Kids / Family

Vagabonds

Vagabonds are a cover band whose members all hail from Ireland. They met in Vancouver in 2010 and discovered a common love for all things music, with a wealth of experience and at least ten different instruments between them. They’ve become a popular fixture on the local gig scene, playing everything from traditional Irish favourites to modern folk and classic rock.

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Saturday March 16
6:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums

The pipes, the pipes are calling! The British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums are one of five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world, an all-volunteer 28-member band comprised of civilian women, men and youth from diverse ethnic origins. They appear under the direction of Pipe Major Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of LCol H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC. Bagpipes and drums will make your CelticFest experience complete!

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
7:00 pm -10:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

SwingReel

SwingReel is Vancouver’s hottest swing/acoustic roots band. Their music blends and draws from sources as varied as Django and Grappelli, Motown, Hank Williams, and traditional Celtic and North American fiddle styles. Renowned Vancouver guitarist, Craig McGregor and 3-time Canadian Fiddle Champion, Mark Sullivan are joined by veteran musician Paul Bergman on double bass.

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
8:00 pm – 12:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

Lorne Warr & The Streels

A streel is a slovenly person in Newfie-speak, but there's nothing shabby about these transplanted East-Coasters who sing and play an eclectic repertoire of original, Maritime, and Celtic tunes – think jigs and reels that make you want to dance, and ballads that make you want to hold loved ones close. The band includes singer/songwriter Lorne Warr and Tom Neville on fiddle.

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Saturday March 16
8:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Food & Beverage

CelticFest Ceilidh

One of CelticFest’s hottest events returns, with all the crucial ingredients in place for a night of pure delight: great music, fantastic company and even a few snappy Celtic dance moves in store.

The charming Tim Readman hosts the evening, welcoming a sizzling line up of talent on stage including: two of Celtic music’s fastest-rising stars, Qristina & Quinn Bachand, powerhouse fiddler, singer and step dancer Mairi Rankin, in-demand accordion-master and vocalist Allan Dionne and the great Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE (with Oliver Swain (bass, banjo, vocals), James Whital (mandolin, guitar) and Patrick Boyle (trumpet, slide guitar)) plus some other surprise guests who just might pop in to jam. This night is always full of unexpected delights!

Get ready for everything from jigs and reels to polkas, ballads and even sing-a-longs – everything from on-the-spot creation to favourite dance tunes from around the Celtic world.

Tickets are sure to sell fast, so don’t wait to get yours!

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville St.

Advance Tickets $25
$30 at the door

19 years +

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Saturday March 16
9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Music Food & Beverage

The Whiskeydicks

This BC-by-way-of-Whitehorse band are cowboy Celtic Gypsy Punk Rockers who have spent the better part of a decade cultivating a rowdy disposition and building a rep for delivering one hell of a good time. They move between traditional and modern music and across cultures with glee, playing songs that tell stories of good times past or that make you want to stomp and dance.

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

19 years +

Saturday March 16
After Celtic Ceilidh

Music Food & Beverage

Cornshed

A diversely-inspired band with small town roots, Cornshed combines country, folk and bluegrass influences with marching bands, a love for singing shanties in seaside pubs, training in music theory and the driving force of a punk band. Andrew Mueller (guitars), Marc Lovisa (drums), Tegan Ceschi-Smith (fiddle) and Drew Sexsmith (mandolin) deliver a stomping, hollering, forget-about-work-tomorrow experience.

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville St.

19 years +

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DATE / TIME EVENT VENUE TICKET INFO
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Sunday March 17 - Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sunday March 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kids / Family

Face Painting
by Marie-Hélène Babin

Getting their faces painted can make a great day even more special for kids of every age! Marie-Helene is a professional face painter, makeup and visual artist like no other. She creates amazing and intricate designs that paint and illuminate faces in a fantastical and fun-filled way.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Sunday March 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Qristina and Quinn Bachand

Hailed as “the most exciting act to come along in the world of Celtic music since… anyone you care to mention”, these young BC-based siblings have quickly risen to the top of the international Celtic music world. Qristina is an expressive musician who captivates with both her voice and fiery fiddling. Equally-gifted Quinn has been called Canada’s top Celtic guitarist. Put them at the top of your must-see list!

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
11:00 am

Festival Pick Music Dance Kids / Family

9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

It’s the best way to truly celebrate March 17th! Head down to the 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and join thousands of happy celebrants, all gripped by a love of the Irish! Dress up in green, grab your loved ones and come to the parade, where the happy Celtic spirit of fun prevails.

You’ll see colourfully-costumed participants, pipe bands, marching Colour Guard, Irish & Scottish dancers, stilt-walkers, musicians, resplendent floats, vintage cars, maybe even a lucky leprechaun, and more!

The St. Pat‘s Day parade is the best free fun for the whole family you’re likely to find anywhere. See you there!

Parade route begins at Howe St. @ Davie St. and proceeds north on Howe St. to Georgia St., ending at Georgia & Granville.

Free

Sunday March 17
12:30 pm

Music Kids / Family

The Malarkeys

Welcome Kelowna-based Celtic rock band, The Marlarkeys! With a set-list of Irish pub songs, original songs and their own unique “Celtic mash-ups”, they create an entertaining and fun experience for audiences of all ages. The band is Karl Hourigan (vocals, guitar), Gail Hourigan (vocals, bass) and Jay Dallamore (drums). They’ll be joined by fiddler Roxanna Sabir at CelticFest.

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Kids / Family

Academie Duello International Centre for Swordplay (Demo)

Academie Duello is the world’s largest centre devoted to the study and practice of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Academy members will introduce you to this fascinating medieval and renaissance world with a demonstration of the traditional use of legendary weapons, including rapiers and long-swords, from battlefield warfare to gentlemanly dueling.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Copper Sky

Copper Sky has been delighting audiences around the Lower Mainland for over a decade with their lively take on Celtic, Maritime and fiddle tune gems. The duo includes the multi-talented Paul Evenden (vocals, guitar, whistle, bodhrán and other instruments) and guest fiddler Annie Brown.

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm

Workshop

Cape Breton Fiddle Workshop
with Mairi Rankin

Join one of Nova Scotia’s musical treasures, Mairi Rankin, as she demonstrates and discusses the Cape Breton style of fiddling. In this workshop, Mairi will talk about the 3 main techniques that give Cape Breton fiddle its distinctive sound: grace notes, cuts and drones. She’ll also focus on the main types of tunes most commonly played at home, and even teach a couple of them to workshop participants. She’ll demonstrate by ear, but will have sheet music handy if folks need. Grab your fiddle and come on down!

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

Free

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (roving)

Kids / Family

The Green Man

The Green Man is an eight-foot tall, gentle and mystical storytelling giant who creates a captivating forest inhabited by whimsical and enchanting characters for his listeners. Rooted in Celtic lore, The Green Man weaves family-friendly stories that travel up, out and beyond into the hearts and minds of children of all ages.

Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (roving)

Kids / Family

Sean "The Canadian" Leprechaun

Have you ever seen a leprechaun? Here’s your chance! Sean "The Canadian" Leprechaun is making his first appearance at CelticFest, You might catch him handing out lucky charms or frolicking in the parade. He could be making balloon animals or regaling listeners with his funny hard luck stories, accompanied by a lively tune on his recorder, And if you like poetry and Irish Blessings, just go up to him and ask!

Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Pat Chessell

He’s been called “a force to be reckoned with,” by Canada’s top Celtic publication The Celtic Connection, who recommends you check Pat Chessell out now, so you can say you knew him when. He’s recognized for his passionate, smoky vocals, high energy performances, guitar skills, and a Celtic-fueled sound influenced by roots, blues and country.

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Sunday March 17
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Music Dance Kids / Family

Irish Dance Showcase

Join us at the Kids’ Celtic Corner when local Irish Dance groups join together to kick up their heels in a mass dance, followed by performances by each individual school.

This showcase is organized by Leslie Wilson of the De Danaan Irish Dancers.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

New Fish

The New Fish quartet play Irish and East Coast music along with some rock and folk – favourite tunes people just love to hear. Band members are veteran multi-instrumentalists who create a heady ‘back home’, good-time vibe that gets feet a-tappin’, making every night out in their company a special occasion.

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. (below Doolin’s)

19 Years +

Sunday March 17
2:00 pm

Music Kids / Family

The Rakish Angles

The tranquility of the Sunshine Coast has conjured up an assured quartet inspired by all sorts of music. They weave an inspired tapestry of mostly-original instrumental “old-time/Latin, Gypsy-grass” tunes, and their honest, natural sound is striking a chord with audiences everywhere. The Angles are Serena Eades (violin), Simon Hocking (mandolin), Boyd Norman (bass), and Dan Richter (guitar).

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
2:00 pm

Workshop

Singing Celtic Music Workshop: From Ornamentation to Following the Narrative
with Oliver Swain

Oliver Swain has been singing in some of North America’s most loved folk and Celtic bands for 15 years, including The Bills and The Duhks. This workshop will focus on the rich traditions of Celtic singing. Great singers like Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Cathy Jordan seem to know exactly when to add that triplet or slur, and always save something for the climax or the refrain. Every song demands a unique approach, but Oliver will walk you through some simple ornaments you can start using in your own singing, along with strategies for how and when to apply these moves.

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

Free

Sunday March 17
2:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums

The pipes, the pipes are calling! The British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums are one of five serving Irish regimental pipe bands in the world, an all-volunteer 28-member band comprised of civilian women, men and youth from diverse ethnic origins. They appear under the direction of Pipe Major Alistair Pattison, and by the kind permission of LCol H.S. Sajjan, CD, AdeC. Bagpipes and drums will make your CelticFest experience complete!

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Kids / Family

Academie Duello International Centre for Swordplay

Academie Duello is the world’s largest centre devoted to the study and practice of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Academy members will introduce you to this fascinating medieval and renaissance world with a demonstration of the traditional use of legendary weapons, including rapiers and long-swords, from battlefield warfare to gentlemanly dueling.

Kids’ Celtic Corner on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
2:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Halifax Wharf Rats

More than your everyday Celtic band, Brian Flanagan, Michelle Carlisle, Rick Chapman and Robert Graves are also the kind of lively folks you want to invite home for dinner. With lots of Celtic and Maritime music in store, along with a friendly kitchen-party feel, please come early and stay late – just like a true Haligonian.

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Festival Pick Music Kids / Family

CelticFest Sunday Session

A session or seisiún is a gathering of traditional musicians for the purpose of celebrating their common interest in the music by playing together in a relaxed, informal setting. Someone starts a tune, and those who know it join in. The music-making is most of all an experience for players to share, although non-players just wanting to listen are welcome.

Join session leaders Tim Readman and Mairi Rankin for this afternoon of warm and friendly music-making. If you’d like a primer, check out Qristina & Quinn Bachands’ "Fiddle and Guitar for the Irish Session Workshop" on March 16 at 3:00 pm.

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

$5 at door (only)

Sunday March 17
3:00 pm

Music Dance Food & Beverage

Sionnaine Irish Dancers

The Sionnaine (pronounced Shannon) Irish Dance Academy presents a high-energy show combining grace, technique and a joyful passion for dance. These lively young dancers are trained in both traditional and modern Irish step dance – part of that proud tradition for a decade. Come be inspired by their philosophy to ‘dance like no one is watching’!

Céili’s Irish Pub &smp; Restaurant
670 Smithe St. @ Granville St.

19 years +

Sunday March 17
3:00 pm

Music

Vagabonds

Vagabonds are a cover band whose members all hail from Ireland. They met in Vancouver in 2010 and discovered a common love for all things music, with a wealth of experience and at least ten different instruments between them. They’ve become a popular fixture on the local gig scene, playing everything from traditional Irish favourites to modern folk and classic rock.

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville Street

$10 at the door

Sunday March 17
3:30 pm

Music Kids / Family

The Whiskeydicks

This BC-by-way-of-Whitehorse band are cowboy Celtic Gypsy Punk Rockers who have spent the better part of a decade cultivating a rowdy disposition and building a rep for delivering one hell of a good time. They move between traditional and modern music and across cultures with glee, playing songs that tell stories of good times past or that make you want to stomp and dance.

Doolin’s Stage on Granville
@ Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Free

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Live Celtic Music

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Sunday March 17
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Pat Chessell

He’s been called “a force to be reckoned with,” by Canada’s top Celtic publicationThe Celtic Connection, who recommends you check Pat Chessell out now, so you can say you knew him when. He’s recognized for his passionate, smoky vocals, high energy performances, guitar skills, and a Celtic-fueled sound influenced by roots, blues and country.

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

The Whiskeydicks

This BC-by-way-of-Whitehorse band are cowboy Celtic Gypsy Punk Rockers who have spent the better part of a decade cultivating a rowdy disposition and building a rep for delivering one hell of a good time. They move between traditional and modern music and across cultures with glee, playing songs that tell stories of good times past or that make you want to stomp and dance.

The Cellar
1006 Granville St. (below Doolin’s)

19 years +

Sunday March 17
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Timothy Hewitt Duo

Tim is an East Coast native with a flair for good time tunes. Think “lively” and “entertaining”! Performing everything from traditional Celtic tunes to modern classics with a twist as a one-man-band, he incorporates looping technology to create a rousing big, all-enveloping sound. Tim performs tonight as a duo with a fiddling sidekick.

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

19 years +

Sunday March 17
7:00 pm

Music

Vagabonds

Vagabonds are a cover band whose members all hail from Ireland. They met in Vancouver in 2010 and discovered a common love for all things music, with a wealth of experience and at least ten different instruments between them. They’ve become a popular fixture on the local gig scene, playing everything from traditional Irish favourites to modern folk and classic rock.

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville Street

$10 at the door

Sunday March 17
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Eire Born Irish Dancers

Eire Born Irish Dancers are comprised of top dancers from 8 to 17 years of age from the Nora Pickett Irish Dance Academy. Every Eire Born dancer has achieved a championship level of Irish dance. On stage, they produce an energetic and awe-inspiring show, with dance styles ranging from the traditional to more modern Riverdance and Lord of the Dance

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

Sunday March 17
8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Music Food & Beverage

Live Celtic Music

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing, 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

19 years +

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Festival Venues

Outdoor Venues
CelticFest

Doolin's Stage
Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Granville Street (at Robson)

CelticFest

Kids’ Celtic Corner
Mahony & Sons Celtic Village

Granville Street (at Nelson)

The Village

The Plaza
Village on False Creek

Manitoba St. & Athlete’s Way

Official Festival Venues
FanClub

Vancouver FanClub
1050 Granville Street

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

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.

Venue

Venue
881 Granville Street

Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

Mahony & Sons Public House
Burrard Landing
1055 Canada Place, Unit #36

Doolin’s Irish Pub

The Vogue Theatre
918 Granville St.

Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug

Johnnie Fox's Irish Snug
1033 Granville St.