Celtic Fest 2009 – Downtown Vancouver / by Granville Street




March 11th – 15th, 2009

Hosted by the Edgewater Casino, CelticFest Vancouver is Western Canada’s biggest annual Celtic festival. A celebration of all the different Celtic nations’, the festival showcases Celtic music, dance, language, film, food and fare and of course, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 15th, 2009.

Below is a brief outline of all events happening on Granville Street. For further information on the locations, performer’s bios & acts, all the festival's lineups & venues and tickets, check out: www.celticfestvancouver.com.

Wednesday March 11th:

12:00 –1:00pm
Lunch time concert with The Splinters at the Music Stage Granville Square Plaza (200 Granville S. at Cordova); free event

8:00pm – 11:0pm
Mark Downey at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug (1033 Granville St)

8:30pm & 9:00pm
Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy & Murphy’s Lagh at Doolin’s Irish Pub (654 Nelson St at Granville)

Thursday March 12th:

12 noon – 1:00pm
Lunch time dance with Eire Born Irish Dancers at the Music Stage Granville Square Plaza; free event

5:00pm
A Whiskey Kiss – 4th Annual Scotch Tasting at Morrissey Irish House (1227 Granville Street). Tickets are: advance $30.00; at the door $36.00 – includes 7 premium samples & appetizers

9:00pm
Halifax Wharf Rats at Doolin’s Irish Pub

9:00pm – 1:00am
Clumsy Lovers at Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (670 Smithe St at Granville St

Friday March 13th

12 noon – 1:00pm
Lunch time concert with Mad Tradition at the Music Stage – Granville Square Plaza; free event

4:30pm
Mark Downey at Doolin’s Irish Pub

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Murphy’s Lagh at Doolin’s Irish Pub

7:00pm – 10:00pm
Mark Downey at Ceili’s Irish Pub

7:30pm & 8:30pm
Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug

Saturday March 14th:

12 noon– 1:00pm
Fiddle Workshop – Roxanna Sabir At the Tom Lee Music City Stage, Lobby level (929 Granville Street); free event.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Celtic Guitar Workshop – Craig McGregor at the Tom Lee Music City Stage; free event.

2:00pm – 6:00pm
Battle of the Bards – a Literary Pub Crawl and Grand Finale.
Pub Crawl:
Round 1: 2:00pm @ Doolin’s Pub
Round 2: 2:45pm @ Ceili’s Irish Pub
Round 3: 3:30pm @ Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug
No admission charge @ pub crawl venues – free event

Open Mic & Finale Event at the Cellar (1006 Granville St) 4:25 to 6:00pm $5.00 at the door for Open Mic and finale

2:00pm & 4:00pm
King O’ Men – a Robbie Burns Stage Play & 250th Birthday Tribute
2 shows happening at 2 and 4 at the Tom Lee Music Hall – 3rd floor (929 Granville St). Tickets are $12.00 at the door.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Piano Accordion Workshop – Mary Ross at the Tom Lee Music City Stage – Lobby level (929 Granville Street); free event

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Pat Chessell Acoustic Guitar at Doolin’s Irish Pub

7:00pm, 8:00pm
Big St. Pat’s Night Out! Featuring Ashley MacIsaac & Opening Act Lunasa at the Vogue Theater (918 Granville Street). Tickets - advance $25; at the door $32

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Murphy’s Lagh (Trio) at Ceili’s Irish Pub

5:00pm
BC Regiment Irish Pipe & Drums at Ceili’s Irish Pub

7:00pm – 10:00pm Paul O’Brien at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug

7:30 & 8:30pm
Sionnaine Dance Academy at Ceili’s Irish Pub

Sunday March 15th:

9:00am – 11:30am
Pre-Parade Breakfast featuring Ballyhooley at Ceili’s Irish Pub - Home of the Official CelticFest Parade breakfast. No minors allowed; need reservations. Contact Ceili's Irish Pub for more information.

12 noon
Murphy’s Lagh at Doolin’s Irish Pub

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Irish Bouzouki Workshop with Paul O’Brien at the Tom Lee Music City Stage, Lobby Level (929 Granville Street; free event

2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Great Big Session with Paul O’Brien at the Tom Lee Music Hall, 3rd floor (929 Granville Street). Admission: $5.00 at the door.

1:15pm & 5:00pm
BC Regiment Irish Pipes & Drums at Ceili’s Irish Pub

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Ballyhooley at Ceili’s Irish Pub

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Celtic Harp Workshop with Alys Howe at the Tom Lee Music City Stage, Lobby Level; free event

2:00pm
In the Heather at Morrissey Irish House

2:00pm – 4:00pm
Michael Viens & Rosie Carver at Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug

2:45 pm
Chrissy Crowley at Ceili’s Irish Pub

3:00pm – 4:0pm
Bones & Spoons Workshop with Paul Evenden & Guest Fiddler Jennie Bice at the Tom Lee Music City Stage, Lobby Level; free event.

3:00pm
Mark Downey at Doolin’s Irish Pub

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Tiller’s Folly at Ceili’s Irish Pub

6:00pm
Copper Sky at Doolin’s Irish Pub

6:30pm, 7:40pm &
Sionnaine Irish Dance Academy at Ceili’s Irish Pub

Busy busy...