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BC Place gives back during the holiday season

December 10th, 2018

BC Place and Centerplate staff celebrated the 2018 holiday season by giving back to the community on Sunday night. Over $3,200 was donated to programs benefiting at-risk youth, while 20 boxes of non-perishable food items were collected for the food bank.

Aunt Leah's Trees

By purchasing centerpieces through Aunt Leah's Trees, BC Place is proud to have contributed $1755 towards funding programs that help foster youth who are at risk of homelessness and mothers in need.

For over 20 years Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lots have been raising money to fund programs that help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and young mothers from losing custody of their children. To learn more, visit www.auntleahs.org/social-enterprise/tree-lots.

Kids Up Front Foundation

A 50/50 raffle raised $1460 for Kids Up Front Vancouver.

The Kids Up Front Foundation provides entertainment, educational and recreational opportunities to children through the distribution of unused tickets and by creating special events that help to heal, bond and unite. For more information, visit www.kidsupfrontvancouver.com.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

BC Place and Centerplate staff collected over 20 boxes full of non-perishable food items to donate to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides assistance to over 27,500 people weekly. Of that group, 44% are children and seniors. To learn more, visit www.foodbank.bc.ca.

CONTACT 2018 Spotlight: Local talent

December 10th, 2018

Returning to BC Place for the seventh consecutive year, CONTACT Winter Music Festival showcases some of the biggest names in electronic music. The 2018 lineup includes Grammy-Award winning artist Skrillex and chart-topping duo The Chainsmokers, among many other talented acts. While the festival is a draw for international superstars, it is also an opportunity for rising stars and local artists to shine on the same stage.

Check out some of the artists with a local connection:


CRAY, short for Cheney Ray, is a Vancouver-born, LA-based DJ, singer and producer. Her genre-defiant and energetic sets have made her a rising international star, most recently having toured Japan, alongside Skrillex, and Australia. CRAY hits the stage for Day 2 of CONTACT on December 29th.

Listen to CRAY here.


Julian Ching, who goes by the pseudonym Juelz, is a hip hop and electronic music producer from Vancouver. Classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Juelz played violin and guitar before experimenting with contemporary music. Juelz performs at CONTACT on December 28th.

Listen to Juelz's music here.


Morgan Lily, known as MYNXY, is a Vancouver-based DJ, singer, songwriter and producer. Her sound is described as ranging from vibey and sultry to room-shaking bass tracks. MYNXY plays the festival stage on December 29th.

Listen to MYNXY here.


Known by his stage name of TAILS, Vancouver Island-native Spencer Reid is an electronic producer and songwriter. His music is described as forward-thinking and empyreal, and has caught the attention of international artists like Diplo, Louis the Child and RL Grime. TAILS performs on Day 2 of CONTACT on December 29th.

Listen to TAILS here.


Vancouver-based production duo, WE ARE FURY, is made up of Joachim Speidel and Stuart Brooks. Since forming in 2016, the group has amassed over 20 millions streams on various platforms. WE ARE FURY play CONTACT on December 28th.

Listen to WE ARE FURY's music here.

CONTACT, Canada's largest winter music festival, takes place on Friday, December 28th and Saturday, December 29th at BC Place. Tickets can be purchased here.

CONTACT 2018 Spotlight: The Chainsmokers

December 7th, 2018

Grammy-nominated DJ duo The Chainsmokers bring their genre-blurring music to BC Place for Canada's largest winter music festival on Saturday, December 29th.

Made up of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, The Chainsmokers are known for mixing indie, dance, and pop sounds into hits like "Closer," "Don't Let Me Down" and "Something Just Like This." With their music continuing to top the charts and garnering hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, The Chainsmokers skyrocketing success shows no signs of slowing down.

Here are some facts you may not know about the duo:

  1. Alex and Drew met on a business blind date arranged by Alex's manager in 2012. Alex was moonlighting as a DJ and Drew was making beats in his bedroom at his parents' house.
  2. Their breakthrough hit "#Selfie," which mocks Instagram culture, was released as a free track to promote an upcoming show, but ended up going viral and leading to a record deal in 2014.
  3. The Chainsmokers produced two songs, "Erase" and "Rookie," with Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra.
  4. Their 2016 hit single "Closer" featuring Halsey spent a record-tying 32 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10, matched only by LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" in 1997-98.
  5. The Chainsmokers made an estimated $45.5 million this year, making the duo the second highest-paid DJs in the world.

The Chainsmokers headline Day 2 of CONTACT Winter Music Festival 2018 on December 29th. Tickets can be purchased here.