The tribute to one that inspired us, the speeches worth remembering and the performances that blew you away.
WE Day Vancouver had all the feels! From a moving tribute for the late Gord Downie to the thoughtful words of activist and actor Martin Sheen to the fantastic performance by America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal.
And of course, there were surprises, including a dance off between Wonder actor, Jacob Tremblay and This is Us star, Lonnie Chavis. We heard inspiring speeches from people including filmmaker and author, Alexandre Trudeau; Olympian, Karina LeBlanc; anti-bullying advocate, Carol Todd and so many more. Then there were the performances! Between the Kenyan Boys Choir, hip-hop’s SonReal and Hedley, the on-stage talent had everyone up on their feet.
Below, the highlights that you shared, tweeted and loved!
The preparation for WE Day started the day before, but it wasn’t just us getting ready. Grace VanderWaal was all energy during rehearsals, which meant we were all dancing.
— Grace VanderWaal (@GraceVanderWaal) October 18, 2017
The morning of WE Day, students and teachers across B.C. came from near and far. (Nice group pic, Pen High!)
— PH Global Awareness (@global_ph) October 18, 2017
After a high energy welcome, the audience paused for a moment of silence in memory of Canadian legend, musician and activist Gord Downie. R.I.P. Gord Downie, may we carry on your legacy and your desire for a better Canada.
— Jennifer Fernandes (@jfernj) October 18, 2017
WE Day fan favourite Jacob Tremblay joined us on stage, not only to talk about kindness, but also… are you ready for this?? To have a dance off with Lonnie Chavis from This is Us! Check out those moves!
— Jacob Tremblay (@JacobTremblay) October 18, 2017
Speaking of first-time WE Day speaker, Lonnie Chavis, it must be noted that he immediately won over the WE Day crowd. This includes finding a friend in fellow WE Day speaker and Canadian Olympian, Karina LeBlanc.
— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) October 18, 2017
Later in the morning, we received some wisdom from Alexandre Trudeau on what it means to be brave and how to always keep learning.
— Brandee F. (@theonecrazykid) October 18, 2017
Even better than her incredible rehearsal session, Grace VanderWaal rounded out the first half of the A.M. with an unforgettable performance that left us wanting more.
— Grace Newman (@grace_newm) October 18, 2017
When you’re at WE Day, expect excitement at every turn. Even the arena concourse was buzzing thanks to a surprise visit from Fin, the mascot from the Vancouver Canucks.
— FIN (@CanucksFIN) October 18, 2017
With the second half of the show underway, WE Day veteran and actor Martin Sheen challenged us all to stand up for what we believe in.
— Hannah Alper (@ThatHannahAlper) October 18, 2017
For some students in the audience, this means standing up against bullying in their schools and online. We’re behind you!
— Scott Stinson (@10stinson) October 18, 2017
The Kenyan Boys Choir brought everyone to their feet with a beautiful rendition of Bob Marley’s “One Love.”
— Marie Anne MacRae ✈️ (@adventureista) October 18, 2017
And then Hedley took the stage and brought down the house with a musical finale. Three songs, including “Anything?” Yes, please!
— Amber Hartwell (@Amber_Hartwell) October 18, 2017
Now, if you’re so completely in awe of the WE Day Vancouver that you can’t even think of the words to describe your experience, borrow inspiration from Lonnie Chavis, who encapsulated the day perfectly.
— Lonnie Chavis (@LonnieChavis) October 18, 2017