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Things to Do in Vancouver: November 2013 Edition

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 NightFriday 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 – 10thVancouver 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 – 14thVancouver 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, 2013Hopscotch 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, 2013Remembrance 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 14thYoga 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 – 17thEastside 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 – 24thVancouver 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 23rdUgly 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 23rdCandyTown: 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.

Jarder Productions Launch and Network Event Preview

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 DesignsHummelle 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.  

 

Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 Closing Day: International Designers

Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 Closing Day: International Designers –September 21st, 2013

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!

 

 

Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism

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

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 2013 Photos

Vancouver Pride Parade 2013 Photos - August 4, 2013

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.

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 3

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 3 - April 24, 2013

Eco Fashion Week came to a close yesterday with a solid collection of shows. The first set included Hey Jude and My Sister’s Closet.  Hey Jude features the designers Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow, and their particular brand is a vintage style collection made from upcycled materials from markets and thrift stores.  My sister’s closet was created by the Battered Women’s Support Services formerly from East Vancouver.  Their colorful style featured both women and men’s wear.

The next set was called the Collectif Ethik-BGC followed by Qispy Kay Beachwear.  Collectif Ethik-BGC featured Mama Rawa, Awaj Warmi, Aywira, World Hippie Originals.  Qispy Kay’s unique swimwear by Peruvian Designer Sandra Jazmin Higueras teamed up with adornments by Isla Found in a combination show.

The last set of Eco Fashion Week was Circle Craft Collective.  This final set included Adhesif, Vanessa T. Cunningham, Sans Soucie, and bags by FIVELEFT that Lincoln Heller personally detailed on the runway and handed to the crowd.

Find the full set with even more pictures at Flickr!

Keep checking back for more fashion shows throughout this Summer!

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 2

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 2 - April 24, 2013

Tuesday featured another great lineup of designers at Eco Fashion Week.  As the second day of the fashion shows, a variety of creative fashion artists got a chance to display their ingenuity in crafting with eco-friendly and sustainable materials.  It was great to so many talented designers from across the globe promote environmentalism and ethical lifestyle.

The featured designers included BHANA Design Co., Couture Therapy, War Paint, Sally Omeme, Svensk, Evan Ducharme, Merely Me, Rise and Elroy.

See even more photos from this set at Flickr!

Keep watching for more coverage of Eco Fashion Week by The Sociables!

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 1

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 1 -  April 22, 2013

Eco Fashion Week kicked off its 6th season in Vancouver this Monday at Robson Square.  Eco Fashion Week promotes sustainable innovations in fashion and encourages the green and environment friendly atmosphere always present in Vancouver.  This is one of the biggest fashion show productions in town and a must for all Fashion lovers.

The first day started off with a set of Fashion Shows presented by Value Village, promoting second hand wears as a trend toward future for self styling and personal expression of creativity.  The first series included the Thrift Chic Challenge, where each Stylist/Designer were presented with the task of creating 15 unique and complete looks with a budget of $500.  Considering that one (1) Louboutin Shoe costs about that much, creating unique styling to show off to the fashion conscious public without being boo’ed off the stage would be a considerable and complex challenge.  These stylists had enough grit to go through with this challenge, and created unique sets of styles for their budget.  Sara Gourlay diplayed a set of classy black dresses, Sandy Karpetz with her Pretty Secrets line showed a colourful gypsy style, and Jasmine Zhu finished the series with her flowery vintage looks.

The Next show was a long series of designs showcased for the “68 pound challenge“.  The 68 pound challenge corresponds to the amount of clothing material trashed by an average American every year.  Kim Cathers was tasked with creating another set of high fashion looks using 68 pounds of discarded Value Village fabrics and clothes.  Kim had been through this challenge before and no doubt had a strong strategy to tackle this mission.  The end result was 30 looks made with the refuse piles no one would ever see, turned in to a beautiful creative and unique set that will encourage the public to do some styling of their own and motivate the reuse of second hand fabrics and clothes.

See the full set of photos at Flickr!

Keep coming back for more coverage of Eco Fashion Week by The Sociables!

Gastown Tattoo Celebration Art Show

Gastown Tattoo Celebration Art Show – April 20, 2013

Gastown Tattoo Parlour hosted a 2 year Anniversary Celebration Art show this weekend.  This was an open and local community event.  Everyone was welcome, with food and refreshments on the house.  The evening included live music, and was a very chill and relaxed atmosphere commonly found at a trendy lounge.

We were in Gastown Tattoo Parlour previously as part of our research in to the process of tattoo removal a few weeks ago (see it here at our previous article!).  Breaking away from the image of a stereotypical tattoo parlour, the venue is open and airy, well lit and clean. Showcase of their talent is shown on the walls and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere definitely helps put one at ease.

Watch for Gastown Tattoo Parlour to be represented at Vancouver Tattoo Show @ the Vancouver Convention Centre coming April 26 – 28th!