On June 1, 2014 people of all ages filled Victory Square Park for a delicious barbecue lunch, live music from local musicians, and a celebration of what it means to be a neighbour.

The 8th annual Fair in the Square, hosted by Central City Foundation with presenting partner Vancouver Community College, brought approximately 2,000 neighbours to Hastings and Cambie in downtown Vancouver on a spring day that couldn’t have felt more like summer.

Jennifer Johnstone Central City Foundation

“Fair in the Square is our annual celebration of Central City Foundation’s mission to build hope in our community,” says Jennifer Johnstone, President and CEO. “We continue to host this inner city  event with our partner Vancouver Community College because our neighbours tell us how much they appreciate the opportunity to connect.”


Among the Fair’s many memorable moments were inspiring performances by Project Limelight, a free theatre program for kids, and the Portage Freedom Fighters, young musicians from Portage Keremeos at the Crossing, the only long-term residential addiction treatment centre for youth in BC.

Fair-goers were encouraged to share what makes them a neighbour while posing for the camera from Photobooth Vancouver and CCF volunteers roaming the park. Central City Foundation’s new #imaneighbour photo gallery makes it clear that Vancouverites are eager to redefine what it means to be a neighbour in the 21st century.

In the Kids Zone, children expressed themselves in paint and pastel, while the nearby cupcake table saw a constant flow of people ready for something sweet.

Central City Foundation would like to thank everyone who made this year’s Fair in the Square a success, especially our amazing volunteer crew and, new this year,the student volunteers from Vancouver Community College’s culinary arts program.

Thanks also to the incredible musicians Coldwater Road, Bodhi Jones, Christine Magee, Project Limelight, the Portage Freedom Fighters, and, of course, the Fair’s infectiously enthusiastic host, the CBC’s Lien Yeung.


Fair in the Square wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors Ames Tiles, Colourtime Printing and Digital Imaging, Connor, Clark & Lunn, the Hastings Crossing BIA, London Drugs, Lonsdale Event Rentals, Nesters Market, Opus Art Supplies, Photobooth Vancouver, Vancity, Vancouver Courier, and Visual Systems.

We’re also thrilled that so many community partners and social enterprises seized the opportunity to share invaluable information and sell their wares in the sun.

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See 2014 Fair in the Square Photo Gallery