Our Pavilion Stage will again be the central point of the market offering entertainment for all ages. Throughout the 33 market days, the Vancouver Christmas Market will offer a kaleidoscope of performances, ranging from traditional European choirs and dance performances, world class string ensembles, worldly gospel choirs and festive carol singers to mention only a few.
Vancouver's very own Bing Crosby is crooner Jeffrey Victor, star of the Arts Club hit, "White Christmas." Allow him take you back in time to the nostalgic Christmases like you used to know. And special guests on December 19, the singing quartet known as the "Gingerbread Men.
Monday, December 9 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Thursday, December 19 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Maria Ho Trio
Maria is a vocalist, live performer, band leader and recording artist. A regular performer at The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, BC Children’s Hospital, The Cellar Jazz Club, The Dragon Boat Festival and other special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics celebration at Robson Square, she is delighted once again to be part of this year’s Vancouver Christmas Market.
Her début album Where or When, featuring the solos of Richie Cole, Warren Vaché, George Robert, Krishna Booker and Phil Dwyer, is receiving airplay on NPR in New York and Denver, CBC Radio throughout Canada, and DR P8 Jazz in Denmark. Two new singles from Maria this year, "Poinciana" and "The Things We Did Last Summer," are receiving airplay in New York, Denver, and on CBC Radio.
Inspired by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Cole and Stevie Wonder, Maria’s engaging and spellbinding stage presence, along with a smile in her voice, will uplift your mind and spirit to brighten your day. She is drawn to this genre of music for its beautiful melodies and lyrics that are witty, intelligent, poetic and subtle. This festive season, The Maria Ho Trio will take you on a musical journey of jazz standards, sambas, bossa novas and Christmas classics.
Sunday, November 24 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 8 7:00pm - 9:00pm
VanDeca is a fully auditioned musically eclectic vocal ensemble that celebrates the strengths of its members. VanDeca performs multi-genre material from a broad range of composers and arrangers, encourages and supports the Canadian fine arts, promotes professional conduct in a fun and positive environment, and supports local musicians as they make the transition from educational to professional careers.
Current Members: Eric Biskupski, Courtney Blake, Anuar Chain-Haddad, Homer Concepcion, Marco Del Rio, Alyssa Espiritu, Elyse Kantonen, Grant Kowalewski, Stephanie Lam, Maggie Ma, Troy Martell, Tess Meckling, Ainsley Christine Reid, Linzi Voth, James Whitlock
Sunday, November 24 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 3 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 22 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Cat Thomson & Jessica Lee (CASSICA)
Opportunity didn’t come knocking for Jessica Lee, it blew the door in. The 21 year-old Ottawa native was invited by Josh Ramsay to duet “Good to You” on arguably the most venerable stage in Canada. Lee actually surprised herself a little at Massey Hall, discovering that she felt perfectly comfortable on stage. One month after the revelations of Massey Hall, Lee was in Vancouver recording a fresh version of “Good to You” and flexing her front-of-camera chops in the epic video that went with it.
The rest is history in the making. Cruising on the same ready confidence she brought to Massey Hall, Lee accepted the offer and set aboutwriting and recording a debut album with a small team of collaborators including Fake Shark’s Kevvy Maher, Tino Zolfo and Marten Tromm—both fresh off their work with Adaline—plus Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Tug of War” co-writer Ryan Stewart, and Ramsay himself.
Given the strength of her own personality and drive, Lee’s music feels genetically related to the music that inspires her (Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry—basically the female powerhouses) while being very much her own. She mentions that “even retelling the story makes you realize how lucky you are,” but sometimes nature has a way of adjusting itself. It was just a little nudge from the universe(and a couple of highly intuitive guys) that put Jessica Lee exactly where she’s meant to be.
Cat Thomson is a classic triple threat. Equally at home behind both the piano and the mic, she has the range, power and depth that you’d expect from an opera trained vocalist. But Thomson is also a songwriter of remarkable sensitivity, with a natural feel for the plush contours and emotional edges of sophisticated adult pop music.
Those talents converge on her debut album. Recorded in Vancouver with producers Kevvy, Steve Bays and Colin Janz (with input from allies such as Louise Burns), Puzzle is an album as deep and rich as the voice behind it that could sit somewhere between FionaApple, Florence and the Machine, and Mariah Carey without being diminished by any of them.
Thursday, November 28 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, December 18 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For 18-year-old Vancouver singer/songwriter Kate Kurdyak, music has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Kate made her first foray into song writing at the age of 12. In 2012, Kate and her band won Youthink Magazine’s BC’s Best Teen Band Contest and later went on to play in the Summer Playland Festival at the PNE. She also participated in The Cultch’s Ignite! Songwriting Mentorship Program and has worked with local artists such as Aidan Knight, Kathryn Calder and Shaun Verreault. In 2012, she was a finalist in VanCity Idol. In 2010, Kate helped record the strings tracks in the Young Artists for Haiti’s “Wavin’ Flag”. Kate plays the piano, guitar, violin, viola and studies voice and music composition.
Sunday, November 24 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tuesday, December 24 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dal Richards Big Band
For more than seven decades, Dal Richards & his Orchestra have delighted Canada with memorable dance music. A Vancouver legend, Dal continues to swing - leading his orchestra of talented musicians in a blend of unique sounds that capture the best of the big band era, along with jazz, rock and pop standards from the 1930s to today. He's played small towns and big cities throughout the province - and continues to bring his unique sound to British Columbians from White Rock to Whistler, New Westminster to Inuvik and beyond.
Saturday, November 23 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 22 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Phat Santa Swing
One of the best things about the holiday season is the Christmas music. From traditional Christmas Carols to popular Christmas songs, Phat Santa Swing plays Christmas music you know and love Get everyone into the Holiday Spirit at your event with live seasonal music that swings!
Saturday, November 23 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday, December 6 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Polish Zgoda Polonez Dance Troupe
Beautiful traditional costumes and entertaining cultural dances – The Polish Zgoda Polonez dance troupe will be back for another great performance this year! Dancers from the Polish Friendship "ZGODA" Society Dancers have been sharing their love of Polish traditions and culture through dance for over 60 years! The centre started with a small number of enthusiastic members who arrived to Vancouver after the Second World War. The first dancers from Zgoda started performing in 1948. Since then, the Polish centre on Fraser Street has hosted many dance troupes, from Karpaty, to Zgoda and now Polonez. The dance group's current name Polonez or Polonaise, has its roots in a peasant walking dance and which through transformation is now recognized as one of Poland’s’ National dances. The current group Polonez, has been in existence for the past 21 years and has between 20-26 dedicated members. The dance instructors/choreographers are Marysia Filipowska and Carol Coulson. The dance troupe has a number of national and regional dances in its repertoire, from Polonez, Kujawiak, Mazur and Krakowiak to regional dances from Lublin, Nowy Sacz and the Kurpie region. The folk costumes have been either imported from Poland or made locally here in Vancouver.
Wednesday, December 4 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vancouver Bach Choir
The Vancouver Bach Choir is an award-winning, 150-voice symphonic choir committed to offering vibrant and culturally diverse choral experiences to its audiences. As one of the largest choral organizations in Canada, VBC explores a wide range of repertoire from the past to the present with passion and commitment. On Dec. 15, 2012, VBC presents the Canadian premiere of John Adams' profoundly illuminating nativity oratorio "El Nino (The Infant)." A "Messiah" for the modern age, the wondrous musical achievement is a poetic retelling of Christ's birth from one of the world's most vital and prolific living composers. To tell its tale, the oratorio weaves text from pre-Christian prophets, canonical and Gnostic gospels, and mid-20th century Hispanic poetry into a powerful and staggeringly beautiful score.
Friday, November 29 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Vancouver Christmas Market 'Nation Days' are special days dedicated to European communities and cultures. This year, Vancouver’s European community groups will again bring a piece of home and their culture right to our market. Visitors will be given the opportunity to immerse themselves in different European cultures by watching traditional performances on stage and will have a chance to get to know more about Vancouver’s European community groups.
Austrian Nation Day – Saturday, November 30
Austrian Nation Day
The AVC Edelweiss Dancers began as a cultural group in 1975 and are still members of the Austria Vancouver Club. Most of our dancers are of Austrian/German heritage and we continue to bring to life the folkdances that originated in the mountain villages throughout the Alps.
Italian Nation Day – Sunday, December 1
Great Britain Nation Day – Saturday, December 7
Croatian Nation Day – Sunday, December 8
Czech Republic Nation Day – Saturday, December 14
German Nation Day – Sunday, December 15
|The Concordia Choir
The Concordia Choir, Vancouver is a mixed choir which performs under the direction of conductor Sergio Pires and with pianist Tanya Frank. The choir was founded in 1976 with the purpose of keeping German folksongs and traditions alive. To this day the choir still sings in German, as well as in many other languages. The membership consists of about 30 singers, primarily German-born and German-speaking, but also includes singers with other nationalities that enjoy choir singing. Throughout the year the choir holds concerts at the Vancouver Alpen Club and also performs at many community events such as the European Festival, the PNE, and at Christmas time at the Vancouver Christmas Market and the Festival of Lights at Vandusen Botanical Gardens. We always welcome new singers to our fun group! www.concordiachoir.ca
Estonian Nation Day – Tuesday, December 17
Slovenian Nation Day – Sunday, December 22
The X-Mas Factor
Another great returning favourite for entertainment at the Vancouver Christmas Market will be the X-Mas Factor singing competition, sponsored by Studio Cloud 30 Entertainment. Every Friday evening from 6:00pm to 6:30 pm, contestants will take to the stage to give their interpretation of Christmas classics. The finale will take place December 21 from 2:00 pm
See the the contestants here
Vancouver’s only downtown Christmas Carousel is back for another year to bring even more joy to your Christmas season! The entire family can enjoy this most anticipated, one of a kind item. A Carousel is a treat for kids of all ages, and it is always SO much fun!
The Vancouver Christmas Market is happy to introduce a fun and educational ‘Christmas Traditions Scavenger Hunt’ for all visiting kids. At various stations around the market we are presenting different Christmas traditions from Europe and beyond.
Depending the level of difficulty chosen, the challenge will be to find the stations and either collect individual stamps or answer questions about Christmas traditions. While adding some extra learning and fun to your visit, particpants will also have a chance to win a great prize as part of our weekly draws.
This year the market will have a marvelous tall Christmas Tree with fairy lights which creates a unique Christmas atmosphere surrounded by dozens traditional wooden booths, performance stages and festive decorations.
Colourful décor. Authentic gifts. Family entertainment. Tasty authentic food. The aroma of mulled wine. A truly enchanting atmosphere.
Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city with a rich history of hosting world-class events. The Vancouver Christmas Market will change the way Vancouverites celebrate the Christmas season.
Christmas markets are a delightful way to begin holiday festivities. The crisp, cold air fills with the fragrance of sizzling sausages, sweet pastries, spices and hot spiced gluhwein. Booths sell sweet treats, such as chocolates, cakes, pastries, cookies and candies. Music of Christmas fills the air, in preparation for Christmas.