August 2: Top 5 things to do today

By Kirsten Neil

Hear that? It’s the thrilling sound of competition mixed with exciting cultural showcases and artistic performances. It’s the best of all things Canada Games in one friendly province. With a little help from a few songs, here’s where you need to find yourself today…

1. Kick it!

You wake up in the morning and you need to get on that Soccer flow. You ask your mom to join you, and she says “of course, let’s go!” You don’t miss the bus and you hit the Ralph Cantafio complex. You’re just in time to watch the ladies show off their athletic prowess.

The Placing Rounds start at 1:30 p.m., the Medal Rounds start at 4:30 p.m.  Get your tickets here. Photo: Steve Carmichael.

2. Whispers of the north

And we can ride away to The Forks, we can dance all day at the Festival, we can behold the fireworks as they fly high in the night sky.

Tanya Tagaq, The Jerry Cans, Digawolf and Traditional games of the NWT are awaiting you at today’s Northern Territories showcase. Photo: Damian Frazee.

3. They’re playing basketball…

...We love that Basketball. Please don’t interupt me when the game is on. I like the slam dunk, taking it to the hoop, my favorite play is the alley-oop. The pick-and-roll, the give-and-go, it’s time to head out and catch it all.

Women’s starts at 10:30 a.m., Men’s start at 12:45 p.m. Get your tickets here. Photo: Marcel Druwe.

4. Good volleyball vibrations

We’re pickin’ up good vibrations. Beach Volleyball is giving us huge excitations. It’s hot, so please remember to keep up with your hydration. Good, good, good, good volleyball celebrations.

Men’s and Women’s Placing and Quarter Finals are today. Action starts at 2:00 p.m. Get your tickets here.  Photo: Ian McCausland

5. They’re pin trading wizards

Ever since I was a young dame, I’ve played the pin game. From Halifax to Vancouver, I thought I was the biggest pin mover. But I ain’t seen nothing as good as these Canada Games pins at any event at all. These wizards sure play a mean pin trade.

Follow @ineedpins for all your pin-trading needs or find them at the Festival site from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Photo via @ineedpins.

What to stream

Can’t make it out to an event today? Don’t miss a second of the action on the live streams:

  1. DIVING | 3:30 PM (F), 5:15 PM (M)
  2. BEACH VOLLEYBALL (M) | 2:00 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:45 PM, 7:00 PM
  3. BEACH VOLLEYBALL (F) | 2:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:45 PM, 7:00 PM
  4. SOCCER (F) | 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM
  5. BASKETBALL (M) | SEMI-FINALS | 5:15 PM, 7:45 PM
  6. BASKETBALL (F) | SEMI-FINALS | 5:15 PM, 8:08 PM

The games are here for a good time, not a long time, so you don’t want to miss a minute! Get your tickets before it’s too late.