The sky turned blue with occasional clouds, with lots of sunshine for the Vancouver 125 Celebrations, marking the 125th birthday of the City of Vancouver. Fresh snow decorated the local mountains, yet the Jack Poole Plaza was a warmish 9 degrees in the sunshine. The concert stage opened at 4pm with Uzume Taiko, followed by Mmm-HoP, and Leela Gilday. The 6pm ceremonies featured a birthday singalong by the Vancouver Bach Choir, of which city councilor Heather Deal is a singer.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson with Vancouver 125 Team city employees Kathy Bengston and Todd Wong. The Mayor was dressed for ball hockey and he played with some of the teams, then later posed for pictures with the youth teams. Wong works for the Vancouver Public Library and wore the Fraser Hunting Tartan kilt, because April 6th is also Tartan Day throughout Canada, and because the Fraser Hunting Tartan has the similar blues and greens of the Vancouver Tartan. Bengston was part of the City of Vancouver Host team and was stationed at the Downtown Live City venue during the Olympics.
My role for the Vancouver 125 Team was to help out with the ball hockey games. During my breaks, I walked around the Jack Poole Plaza and saw the music performances that featured some of my friends. Bonnie Mah is part of Uzume Taiko. Ndidi Cascade was one of the performers of Mm-HoP: Hop Jump Jive.
Uzume Taiko blends the traditonal and contemporaryarts into a great cultural fusion using Taiko drums, traditional Japanese masks…. and bagpipes!
Here is the bagpiper for Uzume Taiko wearing Japanese styled outfit.
A large screen projected rap singer Ndidi Cascade into a large image for the crowd, as she performed with Mm-HoP: Hop Jump Jive
It was a picturesque day with fresh snow on the mountains, and all the people creating a happy crowd.