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Stunning images of BC Place's Northern Lights Musqueam artwork display

February 14th, 2022

This past Friday saw the launch of Vancouver Mural Festival’s Blanketing the City: Lighting the Way project, which includes a special design by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) weaver Debra Sparrow shown on BC Place's Northern Lights.

Scroll down to see some stunning images of the Indigenous artwork illumination, and make sure to catch it every night until February 27.

Also, check out the timescape of the show on this Instagram reel.

For the complete Northern Lights schedule this month, please click here.

Image credits: VMF (IG/mavreendavid, Gabe Hall, IG/higherpotency, IG/higherpotency)


January 31st, 2022

Occasion marks the first time a local Coast Salish master-weaver is using large-scale programmable lighting on building facades to share Indigenous designs

Render image credit: VMF

VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbians will be treated to a one-of-a-kind illumination show this February, as a special design by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) weaver Debra Sparrow headlines the BC Place Northern Lights display schedule for the month.

Part of the Vancouver Mural Festival’s Blanketing the City: Lighting the Way project, the stadium will feature a special roof lighting show designed by the acclaimed artist from February 11 to 27, marking the first time a local Coast Salish master-weaver has used large-scale programmable lighting on building facades to share Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh designs with the city of Vancouver.

Other iconic landmarks participating in the project are Canada Place, Science World, and Bill Curtis Square in Yaletown.

In addition to the Indigenous artwork display, the Northern Lights schedule for the month features special animations for Black History Month, 2022 Canadian Winter Olympians, Valentine’s Day, and Variety the Children’s Charity Show of Hearts telethon.

Other community initiatives to be amplified using the stadium’s illumination show are:

  • Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day
  • 211 Day
  • Wear Red Day for Women’s Heart Health
  • Covenant House Sleep Out: Champions Edition
  • World Encephalitis Day
  • World Thinking Day for BC Girl Guides
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Rare Disease Day

Follow the stadium’s social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram for the latest on the Northern Lights display.

Below is the complete Northern Lights Display schedule for February (subject to change).

Monday, January 31: red for Lunar New Year's eve
Tuesday, February 1: purple for Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Wednesday, February 2: Special animation for Black History Month
Friday, February 4: Special animation for Canadian Winter Olympians
Monday, February 7: red for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week
Thursday, February 10: red for 211 Day (February 11)
Friday, February 11 to Sunday, February 27: Coast Salish artwork for VMF Blanketing the City with Light Project
Sunday, February 13: red for Wear Red Day for Women's Heart Health
Monday, February 14: Special animation for Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 16: blue & gold for Sleep Out: Champions Edition (February 17)
Monday, February 21: red for World Encephalitis Day (February 22)
Tuesday, February 22: blue for World Thinking Day for BC Girl Guides
Wednesday, February 23: pink for Pink Shirt Day
Saturday, February 26: Special animation for Show of Hearts 2022
Monday, February 28: pink, green & blue for Rare Disease Day

Northern Lights Display - January 2022

January 3rd, 2022

The stadium's Northern Lights Display is recognized around the world as a landmark of Vancouver’s skyline. BC Place is honoured to be able to help bring awareness to events, charities, and non-profit causes that are important to communities in British Columbia.

Click on the links below to learn more.

January 4 - blue for World Braille Day
January 11 - blue for Alzheimer's Awareness Month
January 15 - green, orange, blue for Intestinal Malrotation Awareness Day
January 23 - purple for Family Literacy Week
January 26 - blue for Bell Let's Talk Day
January 27 - yellow for International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 28 - purple for Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome Awareness Day