Vancouver Whitecaps FC host second annual Vaisakhi Night at BC Place on Saturday

At last year's Vaisakhi Night at BC Place by Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Photos: Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Performances from Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club, Jugpreet Bajwa, and DJ Heer, alongside the Sikh Motorcycle Club and more


VANCOUVER Whitecaps FC will look to extend its four-match MLS unbeaten streak when it hosts Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers on Vaisakhi Night at BC Place on Saturday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Vancouver and Surrey Vaisakhi parades are regularly among the world’s biggest outside of India, attracting over 350,000 people annually.
Here are a few important things to note as Whitecaps FC celebrate the South Asian community on Saturday:

Whitecaps FC Vaisakhi Night Timeline

  • 6:15 p.m. PT – Supporters March to the Match leaves from the corner of Granville and Robson, featuring the Sikh Motorcycle Club and Dhol drummers
  • 6:30 p.m. PT (approximate) – Supporters March to the Match arrives at Terry Fox Plaza
  • 6:30 p.m. PT – Gates open at BC Place
    • DJ Heer performing on the concourse at section 227(Gate C).
    • Henna at section 209.
    • Limited edition Vaisakhi scarves and shirts for sale at sections 205, 222, 233, 249. Partial proceeds donated to Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen.
    • BC Place is donating $1 from every sale at Bombay Kitchen (section 220) to Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen. Whitecaps FC will match donations.
  • 7:20 p.m. PT – Pre-match bhangra performance on the field from the Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club
  • 7:25 p.m. PT – Special Kid Captain recognition
  • 7:30 p.m. PT – Jugpreet Bajwa sings the national anthem
  • 7:38 p.m. PT – Kid Captain leads a stadium-wide WHITE/CAPS chant before kickoff
  • Halftime: Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club returns for another performance

Whitecaps FC Vaisakhi logo
Whitecaps FC are bringing back the Vaisakhi logo designed by local artist Sandeep Johal.
Since working with the ‘Caps last year, Johal has also gone on to work with the Vancouver Canucks, designing their Diwali logo this season.
Vaisakhi Merchandise
Limited edition Vaisakhi shirts and scarves will be available for sale sections 205, 222, 233, 249. Partial proceeds donated to Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen.
March to the Match
Supporters will once again be teaming up with the Sikh Motorcycle Club, as well as dhol drummers from the Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club, for a spectacular and colourful March to the Match. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to meet at the corner of Granville and Robson at 6:15 p.m. PT. To learn more about the Sikh Motorcycle Club, visit Arts Club
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early, as the Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club will be returning for a spectacular pre-match bhangra dancing performance. They will also be back at halftime to thrill fans at BC Place. To learn more about the Shan-E-Punjab Arts Club, visit

Jugpreet Bajwa
Acclaimed and award-winning Bollywood singer and performer Jugpreet Bajwa returns to BC Place to sing the national anthems for a second straight season.
DJ Heer
Whitecaps FC welcome DJ Heer to Saturday’s match. The acclaimed DJ has also performed at Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions games, and traveled around North America and India. Recently, he also performed at a Dallas Stars game.
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen
Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen will have an information booth at section 215.
GNFK was founded in 2006 by like-minded individuals who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of residents from the Downtown EastSide Vancouver (DTES) and the Lower Mainland. With the basic principle of Sikhism, “Sarbhat da Bhalla” (well being of all), the organization established its motto as, “Love All Feed All” and began serving cooked meals for those in need. For more information, visit