May 27

Follow the Flower Crowns

Chances are if you were in East Vancouver last night and saw a pack of 20-something girls wearing flower crowns, they were going to the Lana Del Rey concert.

With a sold out crowd of roughly 7,000 fans, Lana Del Rey rocked the PNE Amphitheatre last night performing hits like “Young and Beautiful”, “Born to Die”, and “Blue Jeans.” In typical Vancouver fashion, the crowd was unfazed by the rain, and stuck it out through the entire 15-song set. Fans were lined up as early as midnight on Sunday morning to guarantee the best seats in the house. Although Lana may sing mostly ballads, she was able to enthrall the crowd with her distinct voice, and even donned a Canadian flag for a portion of the performance, much to the crowd’s delight. Part-old world soul, part-modern bravado: If there’s one thing we know after last night’s concert, it’s that Lana Del Rey’s unique style is a tour de force on stage. Here are some of the highlights that we pulled from social media:

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May 7

EAT. SLEEP. RAVE. REPEAT. – Armin van Buuren delights fans with his show at the Pacific Coliseum

Intense is an apt way to describe Armin van Buuren’s “Armin Only: Intense” show Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum.  The Dutch DJ played a 5-hour set to a sold out crowd with an amazing spectacle of dancers, acrobats, trampoline performers, confetti cannons, pyrotechnics and an ever-changing video wall.IMG_20140503_213650

Van Buuren is an internationally acclaimed DJ who has been a fixture in the EDM scene since the mid 90’s, known for his style of progressive and uplifting trance.  He is also the host of a weekly radio show, A State of Trance and has earned the top spot in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 5 times.

In a set ranging from classics to new material, van Buuren delivered a high-energy show from start to finish.  The packed house of 6,500 went crazy when hometown singer, Trevor Guthrie hit the stage to perform the Grammy Award Nominated and Juno winning single, “This Is What It Feels Like”.

Produced to perfection, Armin van Buuren’s “Armin Only: Intense” show was an unforgettable, world-class EDM experience.  The fans sang, danced and jumped in unison with hands waving in the air for a night of music truly not to be missed.

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For more information on upcoming shows at the PNE, click here.

Feb 13

The Other 350 Days

Ask any PNE Manager what the reaction is when they tell people they work at the PNE and they will all say the same thing… “Is that a part time job?” Or “Well, what do you do the rest of the year?”  For the last 15 days of the summer, we are all working day and night at the Fair at the PNE, but make no mistake, this is absolutely a full time job.

Did you realize that while you are touring the PNE Prize Home, we are already making plans for the next one?  Or that while you lose your lunch on Atmosfear our Playland Team is working behind the scenes to get ready for Fright Nights?

While The Fair certainly is the best part of summer, the PNE is constantly in full swing all year round. Between planning the next big event up to a year out, maintaining the 114+ acres of public parks and gardens and managing our seven on-site buildings, we’re busy hosting a variety of concerts, sporting and community events, tradeshows and private parties.  In March alone you can enjoy the following events:

LADY ANTEBELLUM

Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will bring their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR to the Pacific Coliseum on March 10, 2014.

Seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will bring their headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR to the Pacific Coliseum on March 10, 2014.

INSOMNIA

An experience incomparable to any other as we take you through a journey of illusion and mystery as you dance the night away at the Pacific Coliseum on March 15, 2014.

An experience incomparable to any other as we take you through a journey of illusion and mystery as you dance the night away at the Pacific Coliseum on March 15, 2014.

MAYDAY

A chance to witness the first ever Vancouver appearance of Asia's most popular and influential rock groups in the Pacific Coliseum on March 17, 2014.

A chance to witness the first ever Vancouver appearance of Asia’s most popular and influential rock groups in the Pacific Coliseum on March 17, 2014.

LEARN TO FISH

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Catch the fun and learn about fish identification, conservation, safety, proper fish handling, tackle, rod rigging, casting and an hour of hands on fishing!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Catch the fun and learn about fish identification, conservation, safety, proper fish handling, tackle, rod rigging, casting and an hour of hands on fishing!

ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET

Come to the PNE Forum for your chance to buy, sell or swap all sorts of Motorcycle parts and accessories.

Come to the PNE Forum for your chance to buy, sell or swap all sorts of Motorcycle parts and accessories.

VANCOUVER GIANTS

Calling the Pacific Coliseum home, the Vancouver Giants are playoff bound and ready to have you cheer them on.

Calling the Pacific Coliseum home, the Vancouver Giants are playoff bound and ready to have you cheer them on.

And in amongst all of this, we are also getting ready to launch another exciting season in Playland complete with new Bumper Cars and before you know it we will all be enjoying those exciting fifteen days of the Fair at the PNE (which we are already knee deep in planning for).

So to answer your question…yes this is a full-time job. And while we are chatting…no, although it is an important job, I am not the one who makes cotton candy!