There’s a lot going on in and around Vancouver during the holiday season, but Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge just might take the cake for most festive (and fun!) Although the Cap Suspension Bridge is often thought of as a tourist playground (which isn’t exactly un-true during the spring/summer time), Canyon Nights transforms the park into a “winter wonderland” that locals (and toursits) alike are sure to appreciate. To avoid long lineups and a crowded park, I’d recommend checking it out on a weekday evening. With hundreds of thousands of lights decking out the park, suspension bridge, cliff walks, cafes and shopping areas, it truly is a sight to see.
It’s crazy to think how much time and effort must go into setting up for Canyon Lights, but it’s well worth the admission price ($32.95) – which may seem a bit steep, but if you’re a BC resident the admission price actually gets you a multiple-use pass that’s good year-round! It’s a great way to spend an evening with friends, family or a special someone. After you’re done taking a walk through the park and throughout the canyon walks, you can grab a spiked hot chocolate (Baileys & hot cocoa) or a craft beer at the outdoor cafe (reasonably priced at about $6 per drink!) There’s also plenty of food and snacks available, as well as gingerbread decorating for the kids (or young at heart). There was a live band performing in front of the souvenir shop when we checked it out last week as well (so festive…)
The Sociables recommends you check out Capilano Suspension Bridge’s Canyon Nights before it closes on January 3rd! For full details and more info, check out Capilano Suspension Bridge’s website.
Ah, November… that month between Halloween and Christmas, where your neighbours to the left still have rotting pumpkins on their porch, and your neighbours to the right had their Christmas lights turned on the second the clock struck midnight on November 1st. Lucky for us, there’s plenty of fun events, festivals and fairs happening around town for the next four weeks – check out our (growing) list of Things to Do in Vancouver: November 2013 edition. Sound off in the Comments section and let us know of any other events we may have missed that you think should make the list! If you’ve attended any of these events last year, we’d love to hear your feedback on them as well!
Every Friday Night – Friday Night Late Movies at the Rio
November’s Late Night schedule was just released, and every Friday this month, you can catch 80s and 90s classics at the Rio – The Lost Boys, Thelma & Louise, Drop Dead Fred and Heathers (in that order).
Every Saturday from 10am-2pm - Vancouver Winter Farmers Market
Check out the Winter Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario (Nat Bailey Stadium) for some fresh, local, organic eats.
November 7th – 10th – Vancouver Asian Film Festival
VAFF brings 40 films from local, American and international filmmakers to Vancouver this fall, including one on “Linsanity” with Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin; a cop thriller with Those Asian Guys from “Dexter” and “Twilight Saga”; a North Korean comedy (yes, really) about a trapeze artist; a Japanese documentary on being “hafu” (mixed race); and a chiller about an Asian serial killer with a very particular angle. All screenings take place at (my favorite theatre in town) Cineplex Odeon Tinseltown.
November 7th – 11th – Circle Craft Christmas Fair
Yep, it’s November, which means it’s basically Christmas. Vancouver Convention Centre West plays host to this year’s Circle Craft Christmas Fair, where you can check out everything from glass blowers to toy makers to sculptors and jewellery designers. Admission is only $10 (or $6 if you go after 5PM).
November 7th – 14th – Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival is the longest running Jewish film festival in Canada. We have an established track record and we are proud to bring the best and most current films to our Vancouver communities. The Festival is inclusive and encourages multi-cultural interaction and presents high quality entertainment. Comedies, feature dramas, thrillers, hot and timely documentaries and whimsical shorts are programmed to appeal to a wide audience base.
November 11th – 17th, 2013 - Hopscotch Festival Vancouver
Vancouver’s premium whiskey, beer and spirit festival is celebrating its 18th year in 2013 (that’s right, if the festival were a person, it could legally drink in Alberta!) Renowned as one of the best drinking festivals in the world, Hopscotch Festival boasts over 100 booths, 300 products to taste, as well as a slew of master classes and satellite events. Prep those livers, Vancouver!
November 11th, 2013 - Remembrance Day at Victory Square
This Remembrance Day, take a moment to stop and pay your respects at Victory Square in Gastown. Their annual Remembrance Day celebration and parade takes place from 10am-12pm (I work right across the street, and every year I make a point to leave the office and check it out)
November 14th – Yoga with the Beluga Whales
Vancouver Aquarium will be hosting Yoga with the Beluga Whales from 8:30-9:30am on the 14th, where participants will be able to enjoy the serenity of the underwater beluga exhibit while doing the most Vancouver thing possible… yoga. Tickets are $31.50.
November 16th – 17th – Eastside Culture Crawl
The 17th Annual Eastside Culture Crawl – Vancouver’s 3-day visual arts, design and crafts festival. This event involves more than 15,000 people visiting artists in their studios in the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue in Vancouver, Canada. I would argue this is one of the most exciting events of the month – it’s a great place to admire all of this city’s dedicated local talent, soak up some culture, and hopefully spark some of your own creativity!
November 17th – Deck the Dark
Deck the Dark is a Strathcona Community guerilla event to bring light to dark spaces, will be happening in MacLean’s park on Sunday November 17th at 4pm. Lights, equipment, and warm drinks will be provided for the community to come together and sporadically light up the space during the beginning of the dark winter months. Residents are welcome to bring their own lights and equipment to add to the display.
November 22nd – 24th – Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week (VALT)
VALT provides Vancouver’s wildly explosive alt-fashion scene with a unique departure from more traditional runway shows. This multi-day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and fashion designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT 2013 blends music, art, technology, culture and fashion into a fully interactive and immersive experience over 3 nights of futuristically-themed revelry. This year’s theme is broken up into three components – Utopia, Dystopia and Techtopia. Check out VALT 2013 at the Centre for Digital Media. Tickets are $25/night, or $60 for a weekend pass.
November 23rd – Ugly Sweater Run
Trendy marathons seem to be the thing to do these days in Vancouver, so rummage up the Ugliest Sweaters you can find and celebrate the Holidays by participating in “the best 5k of the year.” Join thousands of runners and walkers from around North America at a local Ugly Sweater Run near you. If you’ve never run a 5k before, this is a great way to burn some calories before receiving hot chocolate and beer. Cost is $39 if you’re running solo, or $34 if you’re in a group of 4 or more – all proceeds benefit The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
November 23rd – CandyTown: A Yaletown Christmas Festival
We checked out CandyTown last year, and it was good ol’ fashioned holiday fun. Mainland street was lined with booths that were selling snacks, hot beverages and Christmas ornaments/decorations, there were ice sculptors putting on live shows, a skating rink built by the Skytrain, horse-drawn carriages, and (the best part of the entire day in my opinion) an adorable one-antlered reindeer. Cool to see that the event will now be an annual occurrence on Mainland Street!
November 30th, 2013 – January 4th, 2014 - Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge
I actually just made a trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge this past weekend (my first time going in about 6 years) and I absolutely loved it – The bridge itself still terrifies me, but it’s a great way to spend an hour or two and enjoy the great outdoors. When I went, I noticed a ton of staff lurking in the trees hanging Christmas lights (in prep of Canyon Lights). For some outdoor holiday fun, be sure to check out this annual event, where the entire park is decked out in thousands of twinkling lights. Yes, admission to the Bridge can be a bit pricey, but you’ll feel good knowing that proceeds will be donated to the BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund.
November 30th – Christmas on the Drive
The event is on November 30th, 2013 from 1pm- 5pm in Grandview Park (between Charles & Williams Street on Commercial Drive). Santa Claus will be at the Park (BYOCamera), Horse & Carriage Rides, Ice Sculptures, Photo Booth, The Vancouver Opera will be singing, Kids Activites, a goody bag for the first 200 hundred people and the lighting of our huge Christmas tree in the park around sunset. All activities are free or by donation with the donations going to The Kettle Friendship Society.
It was a packed house at the Terminal City Club on Saturday, as Veuve Clicquot and JetSet Crew threw their annual Yelloween party. The sold-out event drew in hundreds of costumed partygoers who came out to see and be seen at one of the city’s busiest Halloween parties (in large part due to the PR work of The Promotion People).
The venue was decked out head-to-toe in all things Halloween, and accented with colorful lighting. A film production crew had been hired to handle all of the decorations and lights, which clearly paid off – the room had plenty of atmosphere. Music-wise, DJ Swete and DJ Leanne took to the tables playing a solid mix of house, electronic, top 40 and some classics. The dance floor area was packed for the better part of the night, as were the lineups for the two bars that were serving up Belvedere cocktails and glasses of Clicquot.
I love Halloween, and it’s always great to see so many people put so much effort (and creativity) into their costumes. There were actually very few duplicate costumes in the room this year, which made for some great people watching. Although there were literally dozens of amazing costumes, a few standouts (for me) included the Jamaican bobsled team, Karl Lagerfeld (cat and all), a Yeti, a scotch-sipping Ron Burgundy, a couple who came dressed as a fork and a knife and a snake-haired Medusa.
According to this year’s sales figures, the most popular costumes of 2013 included Walter White of ‘Breaking Bad’, the minions from ‘Despicable Me’, foxes in general (both men and women – in large part due to the Ylvis song), and, to nobody’s surprise, the Miley/Robin Thicke costume combo (I only recall seeing one Walter White, a couple of foxes and one Robin Thicke (he was sans Miley.. so maybe he was actually just dressed as a Foot Locker manager?))
Be sure to check out a handful of additional photos in the gallery below. So what’s next for JetSet Crew? Their annual James Bond-themed soiree takes place on November 16th at the Vancouver Club. For more deets and to purchase tickets, check out http://www.jetsetcrew.com/events.
Jarder Productions Launch and Network Event Preview –October 24th, 2013
“I want to start by changing the culture in our industries in Vancouver. If you put all of your resources, assets, and networks towards a similar goal, things will change” -Mark Jarder 2013
Coming this Saturday of October 26th, Mark Jarder, a well established local media producer will be launching his new brand Jarder Productions, setting a new “standard in business and professionalism” (from official press release October 2013) hosted at the Waterfall Building.
Included in the event lineup is a network event offering connection opportunities for media and entertainment professionals in Vancouver, and a keynote speech from CEO and Founder Mark Jarder followed by words from the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders and features a set of fashion shows presented by Hive Mind Millinery, Darius John Designs, Hummelle Design. Those going will also be treated to a giveaway of about $3000 worth of discount offers and raffle prizes.
Doors are at 7:30, and the tickets can be ordered online at Eventbrite for $25 or on location for $30.
Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, which asks the age old question, “Do I go out the weekend before, the weekend after, or just say “screw work” and hit the town on a weekday?” Well, regardless of what you choose to do, we’ve got you covered. Check out The Sociables’ Guide to Halloween Weekend (but if you choose to stay in, eat an entire bag of candy and watch ‘Hocus Pocus’ on repeat, we won’t judge you). Below is just a fun-size sample of what’s going on in town
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 2013
Yelloween Veuve Clicquot: The Annual Halloween Party
837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
This annual party has been eight months in the making, and will be taking place at the exclusive Terminal City Club on West Hastings. The team behind the event has hired a film production crew to turn the venue into a haunted hide-away, complete with visual effects, spooky lighting, haunted decor and props, VIP loungers, and (most importantly) plenty of bars! There will be enough music to wake the dead, with DJ’s Swete, Leane and a special guest DJ taking to the tables. VIP tickets start at just $50, and include a complimentary cocktail, appetizers, access to a candy buffet (I’m sold), coat check, and VIP service. I’ve heard from many people that last year’s event (at the Tea House) was one for the books – so grab your costume and tickets (while you still can!) @ www.jetsetcrew.com
Halloween @ The Burrard Hotel
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Okay, so this is one event that I’m kind of kicking myself for not getting a ticket to earlier on. The recently renovated Burrard Hotel (one of the funkiest boutique hotels in town) will play host to literally one of the biggest Halloween parties I think this city has ever seen. The ENTIRE hotel has been rented out (that’s 72 rooms, spanning 4 floors for 1000 guests), and each room will have a unique theme. That’s right – so if you get bored of one room or don’t like the crowd, no problem – just head to the room next door! Tickets are available at http://www.xsocialseries.com/
UPDATE: The party (unsurprisingly) sold out almost instantly. There is currently a wait list to get tickets!
Celebrities Nightclub – PLAYHOUSE Halloween
1022 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
Celebrities Nightclub, Blueprint Events & Grey Goose present PLAYHOUSE Halloween – a themed take on the club’s weekly event. Resident DJ’s Timeline, Yurie, Mattilda Ho & Mar!no will all be there, playing a mix of house anthems and club hits. I spent last Halloween at Celebs (when the Perry Twins were DJ’ing), and it was probably the most fun I’ve had on Halloween at a club/bar ever.. and that was before they made any renovations/upgrades! If you’ve been to Celebs since, you know that it has one of the best sound systems in town, and the interior/layout is unparalleled with its floor to ceiling LED lights. They had some pretty wild decorations and great live acts last year, so I imagine this year will only trump the last. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.celebritiesnightclub.com
UPDATE: Event is now sold out.
Halloween Costume Ball @ Telus World of Science
1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC
In its 7th year, the Halloween Costume Ball has become a legendary Halloween tradition. This year’s festivities will include 2 rooms of music spanning 2 floors, a “hell-raising” sound and lighting system, 8 DJ’s & performers, 5 fully licensed bars and an 1100 person capacity. Science World has played host to some of the biggest and best parties in town, and I’m sure this one will be no different. Grab your tickets at www.twisted.ca or visit Beat Street or Eastside Urban Eyewear.
Pacific Coliseum – Dooms Night
100 N Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC
Pacific Coliseum will be playing host to one of the biggest parties in town with Dooms Night – a two-day party featuring over 30 DJ’s including Tiesto and Markus Schulz. This is the only party to span two days (with, of course, a few hours in between so you can… um… sleep). Saturday’s event kicks off at 10pm and goes until 6am Sunday morning, with a 13 hour “break” until Sunday’s festivities begin at 7pm (and go until 1am). Party on, Wayne…
Tickets available at http://www.ticketzone.com/event/Oct-26-and-27-DOOMS-NIGHT/194391
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2013
Halloween Thrilla 2013 @ Club 560
560 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Another party that’s celebrating its 8th year anniversary is the Halloween Thrilla, taking place at Club 560 on Seymour Street. The event listing says it will feature “the crazy shit Vancouver never sees” which includes fire dancers, a Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ zombie dance show, Sin City burlesque performers, an MJ impersonator, and giveaways for best costume. The event will also feature DJ Flipout, Kenya & TBA special guests spinning top 40, hip hop, party rock, classic & house all night long. I haven’t been to 560 in (almost) two years, but I gotta say, it’s one of the best venues in town. If you haven’t been, it’s an old A&B Sound that’s been renovated into a massive three-level club (seriously, there’s a DJ and a bar right next to the washrooms – it rules). Snag your tickets at http://www.ticketzone.com/event/Halloween-Thrilla-2013/181584
Celebrities Nightclub – Liberace: Back from the Dead
1022 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
These guys most really love Halloween! Their weekly Liberace event (held every Thursday) will also have a Halloween spin, with a “Back from the Dead” theme. Head down (in costume, of course) on Thursday night for music by DJ Grind, Del Stamp, and live performances by Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstars Iona Whipp and Anita Wiglit. Best costume takes home $100 (beer money!) so come dressed to impress. Grab your tix at www.celebritiesnightclub.com or stop by Priape on Davie Street.
The Bacardi Boohaha
868 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
DJ Flipout will be spinning today’s best hits and everyone’s Halloween favourites all night long, with prizes will be awarded throughout the night plus the chance to win $1,000 for best costume! The venue’s huge, and tickets are reasonable at $20.00 a pop, available at www.livenation.com and www.ticketmaster.com
The Resurrection: A Hip Hop Halloween x YEEZUS After Party
881 Granville Street
Remember that time Kanye cancelled his Vancouver concert FIVE HOURS before the show because the crew was apparently having issues at the border? I call bullshit, but it is what it is, and I chose to refund my ticket to the show. Regardless, whether you’re out on Thursday for a costume-clad good time, or heading out after the Yeezus show, head on over to Venue on Granville for The Resurrection: A Hip Hop Halloween x YEEZUS After Party featuring DJs C-Stylez, Rawkus, Lazyboy, and Aung. Tickets at the door, or at http://www.clubzone.com/events/685333/vancouver/venue/the-resurrection-yeezus-afterparty
OCTOBER 31ST, 2013 & BEYOND…
If you thought Halloween ended on the 31st, you were right… but that doesn’t mean the parties have to! Plenty of bars, pubs and clubs in the GVA will be hosting festivities all weekend long, including The Pint, Bimini’s, Lamplighter, Hooker’s Green, Three Brits, Portside, Butcher and the Bullock and Electric Owl. For a full list of venues and to purchase tickets, check out http://www.clubzone.com/halloween1/november/1/2013/vancouver-halloween-parties
The Sociables were fortunate enough to catch this season’s closing day for Vancouver Fashion Week. The last day of the fashion week featured many accomplished international designers. The closing shows included 2HB (Singapore), Kamila Gawronska (Poland), Lilla Csefalvay (Hungary), Lava Woman (South Korea), Celestial (Mexico), Hong Kiyoung (South Korea), Ha Sang Beg (South Korea), and Kaye Morales (Phillipines).
See below for the photos! Make sure to catch more photos from this set at The Sociables Facebook page!
This past weekend, Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace Affair put on a fashionable event at the Waterfall Building with the theme ‘Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism’ – the second event of its kind this summer. The evening consisted oftwo fashion shows – the first by Blushing Boutique, and the second by swimwear company Qispi Kay Swimwear (both brands have been staples at several of Vernard’s previous events). What made the shows so special and memorable were the models – all of whom were in their 30s/40s/50s. In a world where (seemingly) 98% of models are in their teens or early twenties, it was a refreshing and (much welcomed) change to see mature talent walk (and rock) the runway. The event drew a large, diverse crowd with plenty of familiar faces to the Vancouver fashion scene.
Proceeds from the evening supported Beauty Night Society (a great cause that Vernard is quite fond of). The organization builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty through streams of programming wellness, life skills development and makeovers. “Changing the world one life-makeover at a time” is their mantra. Since their inception 12 years ago, Beauty Night has helped with 26,000 life makeovers, thanks in large part to their 500 volunteers! A silent auction also took place, with donations from the likes of Bella Garnet, Lashfabulous, Skin By Lisa Marie and The Beauty Boutique at Shopper’s Drug Mart.
The Deighton Cup: A Weekend at the Races
Photo courtesy www.the-sociallife.com (Photo by Viranlly Liemena)
Although The Deighton Cup is now in its fifth year, this was my first time attending… and boy, have I been missing out! Every August, the who’s who of Vancouver make their way out to the Hastings Race Course for a weekend of fashion, food, cocktails, cigars, and (of course) horse races. The Deighton Cup is comprised of three nights – the first being The Big Smoke on Friday, followed by the Thoroughbred (the “big” event) on Saturday, and concluding with The Julep on Sunday.
The Big Smoke sets the standard for the Deighton weekend, where one can puff away on a fine cigar, swirl around a tumbler of scotch like you’re part of the ‘Mad Men’ cast, enjoy a nice dinner with beautiful people, and of course, throw down some bets on the races! And this is just the beginning…
The Thoroughbred is the main event of the weekend, where Vancouver’s finest are dressed to the nines. At the Thoroughbred, you wouldn’t believe that you were in “one of the worst-dressed cities in North America,” because my God, Vancouver – you looked GOOD! The people watching alone was worth the $75 ticket price – women looked gorgeous in big hats, bigger sunglasses, gloves and fascinators, while the gents looked dapper in bowties, blazers, suspenders and newsboy caps. It felt like I was at a summer party in the Hamptons and the Kentucky Derby all at the same time! The event was a fun excuse to get dressed up, but anyone who knows me well, knows that my closet is comprised of black, white and grey… Color is strange and foreign to me, so naturally I went for a retro black-and-white outfit for the day.
After a few glasses of Veuve Clicquot and a beer or two from Whistler Brewing Co (side note: I’m now addicted to their Whiskey Jack Ale), I decided it would be a good idea to place a few bets. Fast forward ten minutes later, when I lost every single bet I placed due to the fact that I know absolutely nothing about horses… or gambling, for that matter! So naturally I went back to the bar. The rest of the afternoon was spent smoking cigars, sipping champagne, taking in some live music, mingling and enjoying the sunshine – so basically if you like well-dressed people, good cocktails, cigars, food and music (which should be all of you) – you really need to get a ticket to next year’s Thoroughbred! We also hit up the after party, The After Track at Imperial Club (put on by CanThrill Move The Crowd). Not gonna lie – that part of the day’s a bit of a blur! But it certainly was nice to see everyone in a bit of a more laid back environment, cutting loose and having fun!
The Julep (Sunday’s event) is more of an industry event, where mixologists and bartenders compete in a cocktail competition for a cash prize (and, of course, bragging rights!) The Mint Julep is a popular summer drink that Kentucky Derby-goers are familiar with – so the competition pitted Vancouver’s finest bartenders against one another to put a new “spin” on the classic cocktail. Ultimately Sean McGuigan of The Clough Club took home top honors for his drink called The Guiterrez’.
The Deighton Cup is easily one of the most important social weekends of the summer in Vancouver. This may have been my first time making it out, but it most certainly will not be my last! Keep an eye out on www.deightoncup.com for updates and announcements about 2014′s festivities!
Vancouver Pride Parade is the largest, inclusive and most internationally renowned all inclusive LGBTQ parade. This year was the 35th anniversary of this special event and over 650,000 crowded in to downtown Vancouver to take part in this occasion.
The Waterfall building was venue to a very special fashion show this weekend. Presented by LuvnGrace & Beauty Ink, a collection of elegant and mature models walked the runway that night. It was a celebration of fashion and style for the “older” generation as ex-models and mothers strutted in support of Beauty Night Society. The event was hosted by Mandy Ross and included live performance by Sarah K.