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Liven UP – Coal Harbour brings musicians, opera, storytelling, and fire shows to waterfront parks and Canada Place

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Jazz, soul, and R&B artist Krystle Dos Santos is one of the musicians who will perform at Harbour Green Park during Liven UP – Coal Harbour.

A new, monthlong event will brighten up the seawall between Canada Place and Cardero Park. Liven UP – Coal Harbour will present more than 150 musicians from December 1 to 31, as well as speakers, fire performers, walking tours, and lighting installations.

It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday (December 1) with interdisciplinary artist, educator, and ethnobotanist T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss telling stories at the Komagata Maru Memorial at Harbour Green Park.

Meanwhile, Ember Arts Fire Society will perform that evening at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at Canada Place Plaza. In addition, Alaisdair Butcher will deliver a talk and lead a walking tour, starting at the Komagata Maru Memorial, at 6:30 p.m. Wyss will then offer a welcome to the entire event at 6:55 p.m. at Harbour Green Stage, which will feature performances later that evening by Shawn Bullshields and Leo D.E. Johnson.

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Ember Arts Society performers will be at Canada Place on Friday and Saturday evenings in December.

Over at Cardero Park, Liven UP – Coal Harbour will present Winter Serenade: Opera and Holiday Classics at 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. on Friday.

The fire performers and live opera will continue on every Friday and Saturday night at the same locations throughout December. Butcher will speak and lead tours every Friday in December, starting at the Komagata Maru Memorial. However, there will be new storytellers at that location every Saturday night, with visual and media artist Henry Tsang scheduled to speak at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. on December 2. Tsang’s recent book, White Riot: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

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Ginalina’s recent album, Going Back, is a collection of modern remixes of folk songs from the Far East.

Musicians will Liven UP Harbour Green Park

The following Saturday (December 9), Vancouver family folksinger and songwriter Ginalina will tell stories at the Komagata Maru Memorial at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. The three-time JUNO nominee has recorded songs in English, French, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

Playwright and poet Carolyn Nakagawa (December 22) and author and artist Naomi Steinberg (December 16, 23, and 30) are also scheduled for storytelling at the memorial.

Plus, the Ginalina Holiday Trio is among a long list of musicians performing on the Harbour Green Stage. She will be there at 5:30 p.m. on December 23. Others include the Cory Weeds Organ Quartet (8:30 p.m. on December 2), the Krystle Dos Santos Trio (8:30 p.m. on December 9), and Kristin Fung (8:30 p.m. on December 23).

Kristin Fung
Kristin Fung’s newest EP is “In the Garden”. Photo by The Pauhaus.

Moreover, anyone who walks the seawall from the Vancouver Convention Centre to the Westin Bayshore in December can see the Luna the Whale and Davie the Grizzly Bear lighting installations.

The Vancouver Hotel Destination Association is presenting Liven UP – Coal Harbour with the following event partners: Vancouver Convention Centre, Port of Vancouver, Canada Place, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Parks Board, Destination Vancouver, MK Illumination, and EventLAB.

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Pancouver editor Charlie Smith has worked as a Vancouver journalist in print, radio, and television for more than three decades.

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