According to a press release from the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, BC Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat, of the British Columbia Government, the Robson Square of Vancouver will be the scene for B.C.-focused, free entertainment every day and night during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Beginning February 12, daily entertainment at Robson Square includes:
- BC Live – Nightly at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.; Showcases B.C. musicians and artists representing all regions and cultures with family entertainment to world-beat fusion to B.C.’s best indie bands. Performers include Jim Byrnes, Mother Mother, Hey Ocean, Alex*Cuba, The Left, Jaydee Bixby, Said The Whale, and the Paperboys.
- BC Spirit Showcase: Music! Culture! Community! – Various showtimes daily – Features local community and multicultural performers, as well as established, amateur and up-and-coming musicians from B.C. Performers include M’Girl, Shari Ulrich, Pastiche, Gypsalero, Tiller’s Folly, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Showstoppers, Ache Brasil, Strathcona Chinese Dance Company, and Il Voce.
- BC Street Jam – Various showtimes daily and nightly – Engaging performances on Robson Street showcasing the unique talents of the best of B.C.’s street artists, including the Stunt Superstar Aaron Gregg, the Checkerboard Guy, Junkyard Symphony, and the Bigger Balloon Guy.
- BC Kids – Weekends at noon and 1 p.m.; CircusWest daily at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. – Features children’s entertainers Bobs and Lolo, Rick Scott, and The Kerplunks and the renowned CircusWest
- Aboriginal Showcase – Daily at 12:30 p.m. – Presentations highlighting Aboriginal life in B.C. showcasing the talents, traditions and contemporary expressions of B.C.’s Aboriginal people with performers including three-time (guests: World Champion Hoop Dancer Alex Wells, the Yinka Dene Drum Group, Métis +Cultural Dancers, Le-La-La Dancers, and the Nisga’a Ts’amiks Dancers)
- First Nations Carving Exhibit – Daily from noon to 8 p.m. – Located in a temporary gallery on the northeast side of the Georgia Street Plaza, will feature Musqueam artist Susan Point and Coast Salish artists demonstrating their creative skill.
- Meet the Mascots on Ice – Daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Featuring the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots and their friends as they skate, dance and sing.
- Ignite the Dream – Nightly at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m – A spectacular and innovative evening show that will light up the sky featuring specialized lighting, pyrotechnics, lasers, projected images, and performers high above the ground.
Other interesting things to see in Robson Square are the ice rink at GE Plaza, the BC International Media Centre, and the BC Canada Pavilion at the Vancouver Art Gallery.