Vancouver is a main seaport and coastal city in southwestern British Columbia's lower Mainland, Canada. The name Vancouver is derived from a British explorer, Captain George Vancouver.
Vancouver is home to several performing arts organizations comprising the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, that has programs such as Tea and Trumpets, Kids Koncerts, Pops and different masterworks series. There are numerous works and series to please classical music lovers to novice concertgoers. The Arts Club Theatre Company offers theatre productions, particularly ten to fourteen new work, musicals, comedies, and classics. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is held on Vanier Park starting 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 twenty five years have done 500 alternative performances. The Vancouver International Festival is North America's largest 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 offers theatre, visionary music, hybrid and dance performances. The Vancouver Opera is the 2nd largest opera company which provides conventional opera favorites and new productions. The Full Circle: First Nations Performance Talking Stick Festival provides theatre, music, performance, dance, 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 Canadian Football League champions, the BC Lions. Every year, nine Canadian teams compete starting from June to November in a battle at the Grey Cup Championships. Canadian football is also played with three downs on a wider and longer 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 has one of the biggest industrial hubs within Canada. This is because of its location on the Pacific Rim at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental highway and rail routes. Among Canada's largest and most diversified trading locations is at the Port of Vancouver. Vancouver city is likewise the head office of mining and forest products companies. Recent years have shown the city gradually making an influence within the software development, film trade, and biotechnology business.