CelticFest Begins Today! by Granville Street

Did you hear? CelticFest has begun today and will be filling city streets, concert halls, and pubs with the vibrant Celtic spirit. From March 10 - 17 the festival welcomes Irish music legends such as The Irish Rovers. For only one very special evening on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, The Irish Rovers will be at the Vogue Theatre celebrating their 50th Anniversary, and their final world tour. The band promises a great evening full of your favorite Rovers' tunes, and a chance to meet them after the show. What better way could you spend St. Paddy's Day?

Don't miss your chance to cheer CelticFest's official kick-off at Doolin's Irish Pub tonight! Come raise a glass amidst the rousing tunes of Halifax Wharf Rats. Doolin's also hosts three nights of whisky tastings on March 14, 15, 16. Find your level of expertise, and enjoy the educational experience! 

The free Celtic Village takes over Granville Street between Robson & Nelson on the weekend of March 12 and 13, with great Celtic bands on Doolin’s Music Stage, dynamic swordplay in the Celtic Kids' Zone, and workshops and shows at Tom Lee Music. 

The fabulous St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 13 starting at 11am. The route heads north on Howe from Davie, and ends at Georgia and Granville. Get there early for a good place to view! 

Click here for more information about CelticFest!

Vancouver, Future City of Bridges by Granville Street

Sept. 4, 1909 Vancouver World story on the opening of the second Granville Bridge.

Sept. 4, 1909 Vancouver World story on the opening of the second Granville Bridge.

September 4th, 1909 Vancouver World wrote an article about the newly opened Granville Bridge - the second edition. The first edition was built only three years prior but proved to be insufficient as the city rapidly grew. The second bridge took 18 months to build and only cost $500,000.  

So did Vancouver fulfill the prophecy of "City of Bridges"?

Well, the Cambie Bridge opened in 1911, the first Second Narrow Bridge opened in 1925, the Burrard Bridge opened in 1932, and the Lions Gate Bridge opened in 1938. 

Despite it's many bridges Vancouver, far from the "City of Bridges" compared to the City of Pittsburgh which is home to 446 bridges.

The third Granville Bridge opened in 1954 and cost $16.5 million. The same women was the first to drive across both the second and third Granville Bridge - both times at the wheel of a brand new Cadillac.

For more information check out this Vancouver Sun article.