B.C.’s largest beachside festival releases musical lineup for Vancouver shows


While the main attraction to the Honda Celebration of Light is the electrifying fireworks display, the event also features a diverse list of musical acts.

Including local and international talent, the performances take place over three festival days on the Park Stage at Second Beach and the Z Fest stage on the Bathhouse Roof in English Bay.

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The Park Stage at Second Beach will feature a range of diverse musical acts including Virginia to Vegas on July 27, The Boom Booms July 31 and The Funk Hunters August 3.
The Park Stage at Second Beach is a free, family-friendly festival site open at 2 p.m. daily, featuring live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license. As such, guests may enjoy entertainment for a full-day of entertainment prior to the fireworks shows.

Other acts joining the line-up for the Park Stage at Second Beach include:

  • En Karma
  • Tonye Aganaba
  • Quarterback
  • Alexandria Maillot
  • Small Town Artillery
  • Old Soul Rebel
  • Bitterly Divine
  • Big Easy Funk Ensemble
  • Fintan, Kimmortal + guests
  • Theatre Under the Stars.

The August 3 lineup will also include special guests Shine with Pride. Curated by the Vancouver Pride Society, a special set will feature a family friendly LGBTQ2S+ celebration with performances from SNAP dance, Kendall Gender, Raye Sunshine, and pride anthems spun by DJ Krista.

Honda Celebration of Light also partnered with Music BC to offer winning musicians the chance to take the stage on one of the evenings. Two local winners, Biawanna and Adrian Chalifour, were selected from more than 100 submissions to perform on the Park Stage at Second Beach Wednesday, July 31.

Radio partner Z95.3 are also presenting a crowd favourite, Z Fest, on The Keg Lounge stage overlooking English Bay. This will take place on all three nights of the festival, beginning at 7 p.m.

Taking the stage in 2019 are:

Saturday, July 27 

  • Vidya Vox
  • Khanvict
  •  More to be announced

Wednesday, July 31 

  • Scott Helman
  • Tyler Shaw
  • Famba

Saturday, Aug. 3

  • Kardinal Offishall
  • Maestro Fresh Wes
  • More to be announced

The Honda Celebration of Light is B.C.’s largest public event and the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world; it attracts up to 400,000 spectators along the shores of English Bay each night.

The 2019 fireworks lineup will feature dazzling displays from India, Canada, and Croatia. This marks the first year both India and Croatia will perform their pyrotechnics in Vancouver for the Celebration of Light.

The fireworks will take place rain or shine, beginning at 10 p.m. each night.