In this corner...
Last night, the Canadian team won the Vancouver Celebration of Light fireworks competition, for the first time in a few years, beating out the Italians and the previous champions from Spain.
If you like, you can compare the Spanish (new today) and Canadian pyrotechnics in the two fireworks photo galleries I've posted here, taken from the vantage point where my band was playing at the English Bay Bath House. Although photos are vastly different from seeing fireworks in person, you'll discover that while the Spanish team had more colours, the Canadians put on a more varied and interesting show.
Of course it's really just an excuse for 400,000 people to have a party at the beach anyway.