Kelly Clarkson performs as Microsoft Canada opens Burnaby, BC store

Microsoft opens third Canadian store

Microsoft Canada opened its third retail store in Canada last week, on the West Coast in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby, BC. It joins stores in Toronto and Edmonton, and a 4th location has been announced for Mississauga, Ont.


All images courtesy Microsoft Canada

Go Canada!

New Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy shows off her Canadian spirit during the opening ceremonies. Microsoft says seven new locations will be announced soon, but many/most could be holiday season pop-up kiosks.

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Supporting the United Way

With each Microsoft store opening, Microsoft Canada has donated hardware and software to support local charities, including this donation worth $250,000 to the United Way of the Lower Mainland.


Supporting Big Brothers

Making a donation of hardware and software worth $125,000 to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver are, from left, Microsoft North America president Judson Althoff and Microsoft Canada president Janet Kennedy.


Supporting the YMCA

A donation worth $100,000 was also made by Microsoft to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.


Dancing in the halls

While waiting for the curtain to rise (or fall, actually) on Microsoft’s Burnaby store, Xbox Kinect had them dancing in the halls.


Who wants an XBox 360?

Some product giveaways also generated some excitement from the waiting crowd — here, Microsoft store employees tempt the crowd with an Xbox 360.


Pump it up

Microsoft store employees pumped up the crowd as the curtain on the Burnaby location came down, opening the doors on the first West Coast store, and the third in Canada.


Checking out the wares

With the curtain down, the crowd quickly rushed in to check out the latest hardware and software offerings from Microsoft and its OEM partners, including the new Surface 2 tablet.


Have a guitar

And the prize giveaways weren’t over. Several lucky attendees also went home with guitars signed by Kelly Clarkson, who headlined a concert that evening to mark the store opening.


Kelly Clarkson ends the day

Recording idol and American Idol Kelly Clarkson finished off the day’s festivities with a Microsoft-sponsored conference down the road at Burnaby’s Swanguard Stadium.


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Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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