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Yelloween Veuve Clicquot: The Annual Halloween Party

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

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.  

 

The Sociables Guide to… Halloween Weekend

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
The Promotion People - JetSet Crew Halloween Party
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

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.

 

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Opening Show

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Opening ShowMarch 21, 2013

Vancouver Fashion Week has officially started!  Fashion lovers from all over streamed in to the Chinese Cultural Center to bask in the modern expression of culture and style.  Produced by Jamal Abdourahman and featuring a solid lineup of designers, it is guaranteed to be a show you don’t want to miss.  The shows will continue on until March 24th on Sunday, so make sure to come out!

The opening show included Eik Design, Mirae Kim, Emily Hart, QiQee Designs, Pandora
from Crystique
, Papillon Eastern, Nikki Babie, and a solid closer by the local Shelley Klassen of Blushing Boutique!

Keep coming back for more photos and an in depth review as The Sociables will be there to cover the event all week!

(Photographer’s note: See the full set of images -yeah there’s more- at my FLICKR!)

Mark Your Calendars: VEUVE CLICQUOT Vegas-Style Brunch Party

Back in February, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot hosted a Vegas-style brunch party at Killjoy Barbers in Yaletown – because what better way to spend your afternoon than with a glass of champagne in hand, surrounded by Vancouver’s liveliest crowd? The doors opened at 1:00PM, but if I wasn’t wearing a watch, I could’ve sworn it was 2:00AM – from the lighting to the music to the lively crowd – it was safe to say they pulled off a daytime party for the books. Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted with champagne, and a brunch buffet – and sure enough, debauchery ensued!

After the overwhelming success of the initial event, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot are aiming to make the Vegas-style brunch party a monthly occurrence – as they should! Not only that, but beginning in April, CanThrill will be presenting a different “spectacular” every Saturday – so be sure to check out www.canthrill.com for future event details.

Mark your calendars, Sociables! CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot will be throwing the second Vegas-style brunch party on Saturday, March 9th, again at Killjoy. Doors open at 1:00PM, but be sure to get your tickets in advance at www.ticketzone.com/canthrill – they’re currently going for $25 a pop. Ticketholders will be greeted with a glass of champagne, a brunch buffet, and an exclusive pair of Veuve Clicquot shades! Prepare to get your day drunk on, Vancouver!

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building – February 14, 2013

Don’t have someone to give you chocolates and flowers on Valentines Day?  Well just go out to a fabulous nightlife event.  ‘La Saint Valentin’ was a full featured evening of art, culture and fashion, and far more than just an excuse to get away from the couple-focused Valentines event.

This spectacular event was hosted at The Waterfall Building, an excellent and classy choice of venue.  The evening’s itinerary were presented by Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace and Hennessy Cognac and hosted by FashionTV’s Mandy Ross.  The fabulous (normally skylit) glass enclosure called the Waterfall Building sparkled under the night sky and was adorned by a gallery of visual arts by Miriam AroesteStacy Sakai, and Liza Lee.

Professional fashion apparel operators strutted the wares of their respective designers.  The fashion show lineup included Nicole BridgerNancy Perreault with Hive Mind Millinery, Designs by Guylaine Theriault, Sans Soucie and Pretty Bstard, including accessories by Mishe Jewels and Smitten Designs.  These shows were interspersed by live musical performances featuring Jim Cummins, Jan Sam, and Sarah K.

The evening wasn’t over when the shows ended.  The guests had a chance to chat with the artists and models, including many photo opportunities.  All this amounted to a perfect night of beauty and art for those who were looking for more than a romantic night for two.  What does it mean for the rest of the people?  As far as I’m concerned the true secrets of Valentines day can be found with mini cupcakes.  And cognac.

Beauty Night Society Fundraiser

Beauty Night Society “Luxury Travel, Art & Beauty Fundraiser” by LuvNGrace, Artistrun Collective & Golden Brush Art Events - November 26, 2012

Imagine the Ultimate Vancouver Fundraiser Variety show at the most fantastic venue and the perfect fusion of music, visual arts, fashion, and charity.  Well, stop imagining, because it already happened.  The event took place at the fabulous Fortune Sound Club and organized and hosted by Beauty Night SocietyVernard Goud: a curator of fantastic events in ever changing locations,  Kirsten Larsen of the Artistrun Collective, and Golden Brush Art Events.

They were daring enough to run the event competing with the concurrently performing Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen concerts.  Even with the tag-team of heavy hitter opponents such as those, the fundraiser still drew in quite a crowd, and anyone who didn’t make it definitely missed out.  The fundraiser was in association with Beauty Night Society, a Canadian charity that assists women in poverty via promoting self esteem and wellness by providing many essential services including makeovers and life skill development.

The show was presented by the Vancouver Television host Mandy Ross.  The lineup included a painting competition, fashion shows, live musical performances by Jody Quine and Diane Reyes, body art by Kristen Grant, Visual slide photography show by Disposable Landscapes, and DJ Boy Meets Girl.  It also included silent auctions (for the fundraiser) and booths giving product demonstrations for health and beauty products and services.

Live Battle of the Brush painting competition was held by Golden Brush Art Events.  Three teams of  two talented artists (with Bill Higginson + Jamil Keyani, Olga Rybalko + John Shaw, and Raymond Chow + Arlana Green) battle it out live and on location and under a time limit, and to be judged by the guests at the event for the ultimate win.  This prestigious award went to Olga Rybalko and John Shaw with the Swans, and in addition to the coveted victory, they also won a trip to Las Vegas for their awesome work.

The first fashion show featured the Numa Models displaying the crafty design skills of One Piece Vancouver with The Optical Boutique, and Rogue Designs.  The first show was featuring One Piece Vancouver with their awesome locally handmade indie boutique scarves, coupled with the unique eye ware from The Optical Boutique for a one-two accessory combo. This was later followed by a second show with the strong, bold and unique Rogue Designs.  Read more about Rogue Designs Fashion at our previous coverage!

All the while, Brent Ray Fraser was giving a performance in composite visual arts, combining painting with live-action abstract performance art that was a show in it self.  It involved candles, a banana and stripping (i.e. clothes).

Read about the products that were demonstrated (note: I’m not endorsed by any of them at all, and all of this is unsolicited), and scroll down to see more photos!

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Trisko & Principals Talent HEROES & VILLAINS Party

Trisko & Principals Talent HEROES & VILLAINS Party

Fortune Sound Club was filled with an overflow of great energy and talent last night as actors, casting directors, agents, producers, performers and many others came to support each other and grace the venue with their characters (pun intended). It was great to see so many people commit to the theme, dressed up head-to-toe in costumes like Batman and Robin, Ace Ventura, Enrique Iglasias, Zorro, Dark Winged Duck and even a Probiotic Pill.

While Dylan from Trisko (dressed up as Ryan Gosling from ‘Drive’) was up on stage, in character of course, announcing the best costume results, I had tracked down Principals Talent owner, Jason Ainslie (dressed up as Zorro), and had a few moments to talk to him about this popular event.  It had never dawned on me to ask in the latter years why the two agencies came together to host one of the most talked about parties in the city, but with the intention to start a convo and get some answers Jason was more than happy to share his thoughts.  “ It’s good to show camaraderie in this industry, it’s not just all about competitive spirit”.  And let me just say that as an actor, last night was a perfect example of just that, another reason of why I am so proud to be from Vancouver.

It truly was “a good social event where all walks of life from the industry come together to celebrate the year we just had.” Jason couldn’t have put it better; some got up on stage with host DJ FlipOut and hip hop karaoked for us showing off their skills and others ( like myself and local artist Andrew McKeachie) walked around photobombing while staying in character.

I think it was one of most fun filled nights the Vancouver film community has had this year.  But when you have a room full of people (all vying for the spotlight), interesting situations are bound to happen. But what better way to network, share stories and get to know your competition a little better than over a few drinks, karaoke and standing in a wonderful costume representing that inner hero or villain we all have.

Jason Aislie summed up the event with three simple words: “…a great success!”

LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

If there’s anything cooler than Vernard Goud’s hair, it’s the events he throws. Vernard is a veteran event planner & promoter in town, putting on events that incorporate anything and everything from fashion showsto charities to live performances and everything in between. He has his finger on the pulse of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene, with his company, LuvnGrace Affair, throwing events on a (near) weekly basis.

Hosted at the uber trendy Chinois (located in Yaletown), the restaurant was transformed into an intimate runway where Carola Bun, Jennyfleur Loves and Rogue all launched their latest collections. The event was emceed by Mandy Ross, who is no stranger to hosting – she can currently be seen on Vancouver Television, and the soon-to-be-launched Fashion Television.

Jewelry designer Carola Bun proudly launched the updated collection of her BUN line. “The new collection is like nothing we’ve ever done before,” she began. “It’s edgy, it’s sexy, it’s kind of racy, whereas our previous collections are perfectly symmetrical and elegant and classical.” Carola says the new collection came naturally to her, being inspired by her own go-with-the-flow, free-spirited mentality. I’m a big fan of Carola for a few reasons – first and foremost, she’s a true entrepreneur, having built Bun from the ground up. She makes high-quality, gorgeous necklaces that stand the test of time – I bought my sister a BUN necklace as a wedding gift, and she ended up wearing it as she walked down the aisle (and still wears it whenever she can).

Jennyfleur Loves is another local company that showcased their line at the event. The boutique is located in the heart of Yaletown (right across the street from Chinois) and carries a unique array of womenswear. Owned and operated by a mother/daughter combo, they only sell clothes that they personally love – and clearly, these ladies have goodtaste! Womenswear or not, I want the Vlieger & Vandam iPad case they carry… but I guess I should buy an iPad first, shouldn’t I?

Rogue made their big Vancouver debut, launching their line of hard edge couture. I’m no fashion connoisseur, but the line was pretty badass. Rogue incorporated lots of leather, metal and period pieces, giving off a very steampunk vibe. Some of the looks reminded me of the amazing wardrobe in Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’.
Here’s the thing I love about Vernard’s events –they bring out such a wide range of people with varying passions, professions and backgrounds that you’ll get the opportunity to meet and mingle with anyone and everyone. I met a woman named Helen Siwak, who runs online dating sites strictly for smokers and people with tattoos (awesome), all the while running Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet – a vintage shop specializing in designer clothing. Check them out – they’re local and they support  great causes (10% of all sales go toward local animal charities). The Sociables will be at Helen’s upcoming Animalicious Art & Animal Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 8th! Stay tuned for more on that.

In the meantime, check out the full photo gallery (below)!