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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.

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.

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 F/W 2013: Accessible for the Public

Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2013: Accessible for the Public - March 27, 2013

Vancouver Fashion Week came to a close this season after showcasing a grand total of 55 local and international designers.

The venue was the Chinese Cultural Center, a high ceiling performance hall which has been hosting the VFW shows for the last few seasons. The venue continues to see improvements as chairs were provided in place of the benches that were used last year and the upper viewing gallery expanded to accommodate more guests. The event also continues to become less exclusive and more open to public, becoming more accessible to the masses who wanted to check out some of the shows.

VFW’s inclusive format is a tremendous opportunity for new and emerging designers – it’s a networking opportunity that creates endless possibilities for emerging designers to branch out and meet new potential buyers and clients.

VFW typically employs dozens of interns from local fashion schools, giving those students an opportunity to get their foot in the door. The media coverage also included everything from newspapers to small unknown blogs.  This solid counter-elitist attitude brings out Vancouver Fashion Week as an accessible form of art and entertainment to the masses.

In case you have missed the shows or want to find out more about the designers, a list of links have been compiled for you to follow!

List of Designers with Links:

Day 1 : Opening Show – March 21, 2013

Eik DesignMirae KimEmily HartQiQee DesignsPandora 
from Crystique
Papillon EasternNikki BabieShelley Klassen of Blushing Boutique.

Day 2 : Emerging Designers – March 22, 2013

LaSalle College (Byron Abad, Jesper Annerstedt, Maggie Chow, Oriana Galvan, Diana Le, Annabelle Shabani, Ivan Yu and Maryam Zamani) Vivid Haiku combined with MaLina Kay Summer BootsEvan ClaytonTaste Makers Clothing by Trish PetrovichMelissa KicksGita OmriElik + Afsi, Lauren RebeccaDandilion Wind Opaine.

Day 3 : Established Designers – March 23, 2013

Angel Eye Fashion , Goldie London with hats from the Hive Mind Millinery, Fever LondonZareen FashionLucy Loves EthelVeejay FlorescaCarole McClellanTheresa Chen,  Pouneh Askarian.

Day 4 : International Designers – March 24, 2013

LUVON by Liu LuNina AthanasiouNova Chiu,Linda SipilaLila NovaHatice Ipek TohumcuJacob KimmieCamilla SalgaardAdriana Santa CruzRoksolana Bagutska.

Day 5 : More International Designers – March 25, 2013

ALDIESEspinelaBlankspot by Shivaji DuttaKoH T by Taisuke KohjiGBD – Green Black DressLaend Phuengkit with an accompanying film Miss LannaShiamak Dance, Well Groomed, Eva Chen, Jaya Misra.

Photo gallery for the entire show can be found at Flickr.

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!)