Posted March 11, 2013 by Adam Toren in Blogs

Top 10 Harlem Shake Videos: Made in Vancouver

If you spend any significant amount of time browsing the Internet (especially YouTube) you’ve likely heard of the Harlem Shake video meme that has spread like wildfire throughout the web.

If you’re unsure what it’s all about, here’s the basics:

“Harlem Shake”, not to be confused with the hip hop dance style, is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the song spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group. Despite what the name suggests, the videos present a wide range of hip hop dances, including the Bernie, Twerking as well as improvisations.

Read more about how it all started at Know Your Meme.

The Harlem Shake video meme became so wildly popular that over 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos were being uploaded to YouTube daily by all walks of life including big brands and celebrities.

The people of Vancouver were in on it too.

Here are the Top 10 Harlem Shake Videos That Have Been Created in Vancouver: 

The Harlem Shake: Vancouver Whitecaps Office Edition

We’d all love to know if that is a real SkyTrain attendant approaching the one with the laundry basket on their head (seemingly to ask them to take the thrusting down a notch?). While this Harlem Shake video is definitely entertaining, it would have been amazing if the attendant was part of the crowd in the second part!

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: Vancouver Whitecaps



Harlem Shake Video: The Vancouver Sun

While we would have liked to see more costumes and a better angle to see more of the seemingly large staff participating in the background, The Vancouver Sun deserves to be in the top 10 for a valiant effort. The guy with the box on his head that starts the Shake, REALLY gives it EVERYTHING he has during the second part of the video. He had to be sore the next morning after whipping his body around like that! Kudos to you, box on head guy.

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: The Vancouver Sun



The Harlem Shake: BCIT Vancouver Edition

You gotta give it up for BCIT, they look they’re having a ridiculous amount of fun and they have a few of the most (*ahem*) unique costumes in the vancouver Harlem Shake videos. We also like how the proudly represent the Canadian flag in the background.

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: BCIT Vancouver



The Harlem Shake: Whistler Edition

How could we not include a Harlem Shake video that is representing Whistler? These guys also get props for originality and getting beautiful shots of the mountains in amongst the madness.

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: N/A



Harlem Shake Video: North Vancouver Fountain Edition

This crazy mob did their version of the Harlem Shake at the North Vancouver Lonsdale Quay Water Fountain. We would have loved to see a closer angle of some of the participants, but nevertheless this was an awesome performance and looks like it would have be a blast to be there in person when this one went down.

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: N/A



The Harlem Shake Video: Vancouver T-Birds Juvenile Hockey Team

What would a list of Vancouver Harlem Shake videos be without a hockey version? It just wouldn’t be Canadian without this one. These guys really go hard, and what a great way to celebrate a victory!

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: Vancouver T-Birds Juvenile Hockey Team



Harlem Shake on the Translink SkyTrain in Vancouver

Not sure if this person works at the Whitecaps office in the mascot outfit on a regular basis, but sure glad he/she was there on this day. The guy on the right taking repeated beak nips to the head is definitely the highlight of this video!

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: Spandy Andy



Harlem Shake on Granville Street, Vancouver

Yes, we know it’s the same bunch of crazies doing the Harlem Shake here as on the SkyTrain (we recognize the tight n’ bright spandex and the striped laundry basket). But, we feel like it deserves to be on the list. However, we now know that the copy/SkyTrain attendant was likely part of the set up. Oh Spandy Andy, you crazy mofo, you.

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: Spandy Andy



Harlem Shake Video: Vancouver Style by West Trek

When these guys named their Harlem Shake video “Vancouver Style”, we think they meant in the rain. This one is great and we especially like the debris flying out of the guy’s pockets and smashing on the sidewalk. He looks concerned for a second, but nothing is going to stop him from nailing his part in this Harlem Shake!

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: West Trek Tours



Harlem Shake Video: UBC Vancouver

UBC Vancouver weighs in with their massive version of the Harlem Shake. Not only is it the one with the most participants, but it is also the most popular with over 150k views on YouTube (at the time of posting this article). Way to go UBC Vancouver!

Who’s behind this Harlem Shake video: The Calendar UBC and Hollis Mason



Which Harlem Shake Video On This List Was Your Favorite?

Let us know in the comments below!

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.