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Event Details

Date: Thursday December 7, 2017
Time: 6pm to approximately 8:30pm
Where: Water Street between Carrall and Cambie

Event Timeline

Opening Act: 6pm
Event kick-off: 6:30pm
Street carolling: 6:30-7:15pm
Parade of choirs to the main stage: 7:15pm
Main Stage Program begins: 7:30pm
Choir sing-offs and award presentations: 8:00-8:30pm
Event close: 8:30pm

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if it rains? Yule Duel is an outdoor event, rain or shine. The event begins at 6pm and should wrap up around 8:30pm. Be sure to prepare for the weather. Each choir will be performing under a tent, but we recommend bringing an umbrella if the weather is wet. It will be handy when you’re walking around the event site and waiting for action on the Main Stage. Dress warmly. You’ll be outside the entire time.

2. What should I wear? Dress warmly and for the weather. You will be outside the entire time.

3. What should I bring? Your camera and smartphone – be sure to tag all pictures with #yuleduel2017.  Bring very little except what you can wear / carry on your person. There is no designated area to securely store belongings. Be sure to bring cash if you want to purchase a button and ballot to vote for your favourite choir (see item #4 below).

3. What can I expect? Expect to see over 20 choirs singing along Water and nearby streets from about 6:30-7:15pm, plus an event main stage that will host our event finale from about 7:30-8:30pm. You may want to watch one choir the entire time, or listen to one choir for a few minutes, then move on to other choirs. Two groups of judges will also be circulating, adjudicating in two categories: Most Creative Performance and Best Vocal Performance.

4. How can spectators can support choirs? Spectators can purchase a Yule Duel button for $5 from button sellers throughout the event site – all proceeds go to May’s Place, a hospice in the Downtown Eastside. Spectators who buy a button get a ballot – they should fill out the ballot and return it to the voting booths at the northwest corner of Carrall and Water Streets. The two choirs with the most votes will duel later for the People’s Choice Award. Supporters can also donate in support of any choir online before the event, through your choir page on yuleduel.com. The choir that raises the most money as of 11:59pm on Wed Dec 6 will win the Top Fundraising Choir Award.

5. What happens after carolling? At 7:15pm, the Carnival Band will lead a procession towards the Main Stage. Choirs will finish singing and follow them! Marcus Mosely will sing a few holiday tunes for everyone. Then MCs Christopher Gaze and Samantha Falk will announce the finalists in our categories and invite them to the main stage for their duel.

Awards and Duel Categories

  • Top Fundraising Choir
    Award presentation and short performance by winning choir
  • Most Creative Performance
    Duel by 2 finalist choirs as selected by judges; winner selected by judges.
  • Best Vocal Performance
    Duel by 2 finalist choirs as selected by judges; winner selected by judges.
  • People’s Choice Award
    Duel by 2 finalist choirs as selected by judges; winner selected by audience applause.


Spectators are strongly encouraged to take public transit.The two closest skytrain stations to the event site are Waterfront Station and Stadium Station.
Many buses run on the streets parallel to Water Street (W Cordova, Hastings, Pender).Check Translink for information on how bus routes may be affected by road closures.


Water St. to Abbott: from 2:30pm – 4:00pm – partial closure – one lane only
Water St. to Cambie Street: from 4:00pm to approximately 10:00pm – full closure
Carrall St from Cordova to Water: 4:00pm – to approximately 10:00pm
Abbott St. from the Lane South of Water to North Alley: 5:00pm – approximately 8:00pm
Alexander from Main St. to Water St.: from 2:30pm – approximately 10pm


Closet parking to event venue: Water Street Parkade – 160 Water Street & 151 W. Cordova Street.
Water Street entrance will be closed at 4:00pm until approximately 10:00pm.
Water Street exit will remain open.
After 4:00pm, please use the Cordova Street entrance to enter the parkade.


A limited number of public portable toilets will be set up at the bottom of Carrall Street.