Vancouver is a major seaport and coastal city within southwestern British Columbia's lower Mainland, Canada. The word Vancouver is taken from a British explorer, Captain George Vancouver.
Vancouver is recognized for its performing arts organizations. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has programs like Tea and Trumpets, Kids Koncerts, Pops and different masterpieces series for classical music lover to whoever novice concertgoer. The Arts Club Theatre Company offers theatre productions, specifically 10 to 14 musicals, new work, comedies, and classics. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is held on Vanier Park beginning from the month of June to the month of September. There are free lecture series, fireworks, and Arias and Operas programs. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is held each September, and for 25 years have done 500 alternative performances. The Vancouver International Festival is North America's biggest film event. TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival takes pride in its "10 days, 1,300 global musicians and 400 concerts." PUSH International Performing Arts Festival provides theatre, visionary music, hybrid and dance performances. The Vancouver Opera is the 2nd biggest opera company that offers traditional opera favorites and new productions. The Full Circle: First Nations Performance Talking Stick Festival offers music, theatre, dance, performance, and visual arts of the local, national, and global Aboriginal artists. Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings grassroots artists to Jericho Beach.
BC Place Stadium is home to the BC Lions, the Canadian Football League. Each year, nine Canadian teams compete from June to November in a battle at the Grey Cup Championships. Canadian football is likewise played with three downs on a longer and wider field compared to American football. Vancouver Canucks are Vancouver's favorite hockey team. Their home games are played at the GM Place. The Nat Bailey Stadium hosts the Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Club.
The city of Vancouver is among Canada's biggest industrial hubs because of its location on the Pacific Rim at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes. The Port of Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified trading places. The city is also the head office of mining and forest products companies. Recent years have shown the city gradually making an influence in the biotechnology industry, software development and film industry.