November 2 – 7th 2010 marked the 10th Annual Vancouver Fashion Week.
Celebrating established and upcoming local and international designers; a full house of fashionistas, buyers and media converged on the runway at the Empire Landmark Hotel in downtown Vancouver for 5 days of shows highlighting the work of some 30+ designers from Vancouver and around the world. This year’s shows featured designs from the fashion centres of New York and London as well as far away ateliers in Korea, Norway, Trinidad and Hawaii. As with all fashion there were hits and misses amongst the pieces shown, some very wearable for our West Coast style others definitely suited for more fashion forward cities. All were entertaining and well presented. As well as the main event fashion shows the days also included seminars on the fashion business and each evening was wrapped up with after parties at venues around town, giving Vancouver’s fashionistas a chance to celebrate themselves and another season of the local fashion industry.
Thursday night’s tweetup was hosted at The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe (@thecornersuite) by @TheSassyFiles and @SoniaStirling Welcomed with a glass of champagne by Steve, owner and bartender extraordinaire, we instantly felt at home. Great company and conversation flowed easily all night. Steve was a calm hub of activity behind the bar serving us drinks and knowledge about the beverages, food and life. It’s great to see a restaurateur with such an intimate knowledge and care of everything that’s coming into, out of and happening in his establishment. The Tweet up drink special was very tasty…and the appetizer Croque Mademoiselle that I had was a perfect bite. In fact, everything on the menu looked fresh, local and mouthwatering.
This time it took us out of town…all the way across the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver! Beachside Forno (@beachside_forno) is in the heart of the Ambleside neighbourhood, easily located on Marine Drive so my friend, Brian (@br_webb) and I decided to take Transit. This was our first visit but the restaurant is instantly warm & inviting and although it was dark we could tell that there would be a great view from the back patio, overlooking the water and Stanley Park beyond.
The Beachside crew has tasting bites of their great pizzas for the guests to sample…with ‘Forno’ in your name your pizzas better be good and these lived up to the name. Crispy, simple and very tasty! Skyy Vodka & Granville Island Brewery kindly donated some of their product so the minimal charge for drinks was donated to support Movember for Prostate Cancer awareness. I’d also ordered a ‘Beachside chicken burger’ which was very nicely topped with pesto, portobello mushrooms and provolone, accompanied by a very nice salad of mixed greens. All the food from the menu looked excellent.
Organizer Jennifer Kemshaw (@jkemshaw) did a great job of getting the word out to a variety of Tweeps and Facebookers to come down, get a taste of the Beachside Forno experience and meet each other. Besides meeting Jennifer for the first time, I got to meet @604homesguy @AliciaHollywood @rezg23 @HeadtotheNet @brandanprice and reconnect with @jessebowness@Lev_ivy again. We all look forward to catching up again at the next tweetup. Perhaps another at Beachside Forno?
Check out the Rockin For Research On-line Auction! Supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) the Rockin For Research Gala has earned over $6 million, via its live/silent auctions, since it’s inception in 2000. For the first time, some of this year’s most exclusive items; including guitars signed by Sarah McLachlan, Chad Kroeger and April Wine, have been put on-line to allow everyone the opportunity to take part. Visit the auction site before November 27, pick up a great gift and feel great helping support the JDRF.
JOSH RITTER – Commodore Ballroom – November 4, 2010
Josh Ritter stopped by the Commodore Ballroom or should I say ‘stomped by’ as everyone in the crowd was definitely stomping along to his country/rock/folk style. This was my first Josh Ritter show and I was impressed by the audience being so excited for each and every song. For someone relatively young his vocals and musical style hearken back to another era…Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and even a little Elvis seemed to be mixed into his DNA. Whether playing with his backing band or on his own he commanded the room and certainly looked like he was enjoying himself. I’ve not seen many artists smile and laugh so heartily throughout their performance, this was infectious as the audience smiled and laughed along with him throughout his set. Everyone had a great time!
Stars brought their infectiously catchy indie-pop to the historic Vogue Theatre in Vancouver. A nearly sold out audience was completely entranced during their set, dancing, bouncing, swaying and singing along as waves of melody (and bubbles) washed over the auditorium. With a vast catalogue of tunes to choose from a Stars show is always full of variety, in tempo, sounds and vocals as they alternate between the great Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan on leads. The Vogue was a great setting to match the Stars style which can range from laid back and mellow or upbeat and raucous just as the audience in the Vogue can sit for a while then stand up and dance…and in the area I was in, dance, they did! Fun!
I had to cut my experience a bit short of the whole set to see another show but that definitely left me looking forward to their next gig in Vancouver!