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HSBC Celebration of Light

The annual HSBC Celebration of Light musical fireworks competition draws a crowd of an estimated 1.5 million viewers over the four nights, and people swarm over various viewing points in the city to enjoy the show. A team of pyrotechnic experts from Canada, as well as two other countries (it differs each year) wow the crowds with their spectacular firework displays set off from a barge anchored in English Bay, and the incredible explosions are perfectly co-ordinated to music (which can be picked up on local radio station Rock 101, 101.1 FM in simulcast). The event is free and it is advised to go early because the beaches fill up, particularly at English Bay, Vanier Park, Jericho Beach and Kitsilano and negotiating the crowds can be difficult.

Venue: Various viewing points, fireworks in English Bay

Date: 2013 dates TBA

Website: www.hsbccelebrationoflight.com