The city of Vancouver is a major seaport and coastal city situated within southwestern BC, and is part of the Lower Mainland. The word Vancouver was derived from the sea captain, Captain George Vancouver, who was a British explorer.
The city of Vancouver is popular for its performing arts organizations. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has programs such as Tea and Trumpets, Kids Koncerts, Pops and various great works series for classical music lover to whichever novice concertgoer. The Arts Club Theatre Company provides theatre productions, particularly 10 to 14 new work, musicals, classics and comedies. Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is held on Vanier Park from June to September. There are free lecture series, fireworks, and Operas and Arias programs. The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is held every month of September, and for twenty five years have done 500 alternative performances. The Vancouver International Festival is the largest film event in North America. TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival is proud of its "10 days, 1,300 global musicians and 400 concerts." PUSH International Performing Arts Festival offers visionary music, theatre, hybrid and dance performances. The Vancouver Opera is the 2nd largest opera company that provides new productions and conventional opera favorites. The Full Circle: First Nations Performance Talking Stick Festival offers music, theatre, performance, dance, and visual arts of the international, local and national Aboriginal artists. Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings grassroots artists to Jericho Beach.
The BC Lions of the Canadian Football League has their home here within the city of Vancouver, playing their home games at BC Place Stadium. Each season, there are 9 Canadian teams which start competing from June to November to battle for the Grey Cup. Canadian football is also 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 Vancouver Canadian Professional Baseball Club play at the Nat Bailey Stadium.
Vancouver city has one of the biggest industrial centers in Canada. This is due to its location on the Pacific Rim at the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental rail and highway routes. Among Canada's largest and most diversified trading places is at the Port of Vancouver. The city is also the headquarters of mining and forest products businesses. Recent years have shown the city slowly making an influence within the biotechnology trade, software development and film trade.