The day started in a noisy way with the non-stop racket of helicopters flying overhead non stop for a long time. Of course we KNEW something was up, and were able to ascertain some hooligans were out on Robson and Georgia. Better that we were not out in the neighbourhood. We stayed in and watched skating and women's moguls and saved up our energy for the evening.
Although there was some rain, it didn't dampen the spirits of fans and tourists and locals alike. We head downtown to the LiveCity Downtown site first and checked out the Canada Pavilion and the Manitoba pavilion for a preview of the new Human Rights Museum there, among other things. Not too much going on there, so we head over to Robson Square which was happening!
First thing we caught some of Andrew Allen's show. Then we came across an incredible moving party called a "Decentralized Dance Party". These guys were commissioned by a street festival to bring their movable party around town last night. They have a DJ with an iPod and an FM transmitter in his backpack, and they broadcast to at least 60 boom-boxes they bring along, and the party and the music can travel along. They were positioned on the steps by the Robson Square skating rink with the Art Gallery in the background, and we could all have a good look. You have to check out these videos! So fun. Really, so spontaneous and mad-in-Canada. These kids were all dressed in Red and White and would often shout out GO-CANADA-GO... I heard a few choruses of Oh Canada breaking out around us last night.
How do these kids know the words to these oldies??
Who said Vancouver was a No-Fun City?
Afterward, we were able to take in a performance by Jeremy Fisher, local Surrey musician,
which was terrific, before calling it a night.