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Mar 28, 2024 11:00 - 14:00
Bill Curtis Square, 1198 Mainland St

As spring unfurls its colourful tapestry across the city, we’re delighted to announce our partnership with Yaletown in celebrating the enchanting arrival of cherry blossoms.

Join us at Bill Curtis Square on Thursday, March 28th from 11:00AM-2:00PM for our pop-up event that captures the essence of spring. Immerse yourself in the rhythmic beats of live Taiko drumming, marvel at the grace of Chinese fan dancing, and bask in the ambience of Yaletown’s iconic pink parasols, mirroring the delicate petals of cherry blossoms.

Experience an array of captivating performances and celebrate the blooming beauty of cherry blossoms with a symphony of culture, rhythm, and vibrant energy. In partnership with Yaletown Business Improvement Association.


  • VCBF Info Booth and Games
  • ABLOOM Art Installation

Event Schedule

11:00AM – Opening

Kagami-biraki (Sake Breaking Ceremony) led by the Deputy Consul General of Japan, Okagaki.


11:15AM – Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has been performing in numerous festivals, charity functions, and anniversary events for nearly two decades. The group’s mission is to promote and preserve Okinawan-style drum-dancing Eisa and to share Okinawan cultural heritage. Its membership includes a diverse range of generations to represent grassroots folk art. They aim to convey the Okinawan spirit through the rhythm of its drums and the harmony of its dance.


11:30AM – Phil Puxley

Phil Puxley, a captivating singer-songwriter, blends bluegrass, country, folk, and rock into his original songs. Based in Vancouver, BC since the mid-2000s, Phil’s musical journey evolved after a soul-searching hiatus in 2013, leading him to embrace music wholeheartedly. He’s garnered acclaim, including four BCCMA banjo player of the year awards, and contributed to several Canadian country radio hits. In 2022, he released his debut single, “The Hole in the Mountain,” marking a new chapter in his career. Phil’s music, infused with a sense of adventure and love for good times, resonates with audiences. Performing with his band, Phil Puxley & the Truth, he recently showcased his talent in Nashville, supporting his friend Chris Buck. Visit www.philpuxleymusic.com for more.


12:30PM – Chinese Fan Dance

Presenting Jessica Yue, a talented Chinese Fan Dancer who brings the essence of Chinese cultural dance to life. With the graceful movements of silk fans, meticulously crafted choreography, and vibrant costumes, Jessica embodies themes of beauty, love, and celebration.





12:45PM – Teapot in the Tuba

Teapot in the Tuba is an orchestral acoustic duo with Mike WT Allen on clarinet and Katheryn Petersen on accordion. Their repertoire mingles Jazz, Roma, original and pop repertoire in combinations that fit together unexpectedly well (like a teapot wedged in the bell of the tuba). Worlds of ceremony, fable, spectacle, passion and intrigue emerge through their colourful and fluid performances.



1:15PM – DJ O Show

Orene Askew, known as DJ O Show, infuses every event with her dynamic energy and expertise. Specializing in hip hop and R&B, she keeps the dance floor buzzing with her curated beats and infectious passion. With her friendly demeanor and professional approach, DJ O Show collaborates closely with clients to tailor unique playlists for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and more, ensuring unforgettable experiences from Vancouver to Toronto and beyond.

As an Afro-Indigenous member of the Squamish Nation, DJ O Show draws inspiration from her diverse background, infusing her work with cultural teachings and pride. Her influence extends beyond the DJ booth, as she’s an accomplished speaker, former Squamish Nation Council member, and has shared stages with renowned figures like Kevin Hart and Russell Peters.

Recipient of prestigious awards including the 2022 International Indigenous Hip Hop Award for DJ of the Year, DJ O Show continues to captivate audiences and make a lasting impact on the music industry and beyond.

Programs subject to change. All event titles are protected trademarks of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.