For only the second time in Canada, the NOH8 Campaign came to Vancouver on May 8th for an open photo shoot. Founded in 2009 by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley as a silent photographic protest against California’s Proposition 8, aimed to eliminate the right for same-sex couples to marry, NOH8 has grown from a grassroots localized event to spread all across the continent. As the number continues to grow, so far over 20000 people have taken part in the campaign, emblazing their cheek with the now familiar black and red NOH8 and placing duct tape over their mouths. Vancouver added another few hundred to the project at the shoot at The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside. It was great to see a large turnout including a cross section of Vancouverites; young, old, gay, straight, couples, singles and friends plus local celebrities from radio and television like the cast of Real Housewives Of Vancouver – Reiko MacKenzie brought a couple of her luxury sports cars to help draw attention from the street, came together to help support the cause. While Canadians are not directly affected by Proposition 8, having had same-sex marriage rights since 2005, it is still important to help raise awareness for all people, everywhere.
For nearly 20 years, chefs & brothers Eric & Bruce Bromberg have been New York City culinary icons with their Blue Ribbon Restaurant. Having grown to 11 properties throughout the city they recently added a 12th to the Blue Ribbon family by joining with Renaissance Hotels to introduce their Blue Ribbon Classics menu into select hotels throughout the chain. One of the latest to recieve the Blue Ribbon menu is the Renaissance Hotel Vancouver’s P2B restaurant. Featuring classic bites from their New York menu like BBQ Pork Sliders, White Bean Hummus Toast, Northern Fried Chicken Wings, Sauteed Calamari and Grilled Chicken Burger with a price point from $8-$12 each. All the items are simple, tasty and just the right size portion for an easy lunch or light dinner. At the Vancouver menu launch Chef Bruce Bromberg was excited to be introducing the Blue Ribbon brand and their menu to the area, their first location outside of the United States. Taking some time to explore the city he said he felt “Vancouver had an exploding culinary scene” with an abundance of great ingredients and chef talents. If you’re looking for a quick and tasty meal while downtown Vancouver stop by P2B Restaurant in the Renaissance Hotel Vancouver.