Food Talks Vol 15 coming November 7th

One of the most interesting food events in the city returns this November, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks.

Themed “From Your Roots”, Food Talks Vol 15 takes place November 7th at Pacific Restaurant Supply. Meet and mingle with other food fans and spend the evening listening to notables from Vancouver’s food scene.

Speakers at Food Talks Vol 15 include;

Jason Gilron – President, Pacific Restaurant Supply
Gilron shares his years of experience in food preparation

Ian Bruce – Founder, Umaluma Gelato
Umaluma brings a healthy alternative to the ice cream scene with their non-dairy gelato

Brian Turko – Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee
Turko uses brings his family’s rich coffee history in his pursuit of the perfect blend

Paul Grunberg – co-owner L’Abbatoir and Osteria Savio Volpe
Restaurateur and host brings his experience at some of the city’s top dining rooms to his own properties.

Caren McSherry – Founder, The Gourmet Warehouse
A fixture in Vancouver’s food scene, McSherry has been instrumental in bringing gourmet food to the general public.

After the speakers talk, host Richard Wolak, Founder of Vancouver Foodster, Tasting Plates and Food Talks will lead the panel for a question and answer session.

Food Talks Vol 15 “From Your Roots” takes place November 7th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, at Pacific Restaurant Supply, 1020 E Cordova St. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite.

Speaking Of Dance Conversations 2017-18

Speaking of Dance Conversations
 is a series of free public dialogues and roundtable conversations about the world of dance. Presented by Dance House with SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, the series is a study of the place dance holds within culture and society.  Moderated and presented by noted local writers, artists and creative thinkers, Speaking of Dance Conversations is a platform for everyone to share and develop their own observations and interpretations, and engage in conversation.

All of the series’ conversations are free, open to the public, and are scheduled to be held at Djavad Mowafahian World Art Centre, within SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings, Vancouver. 

The first of the Speaking of Dance Conversations is coming up next week on October 24th at 7pm. 

Cultural Policies in a Global World: a Comparison

The evening will be moderated by Janet Smith, Arts Editor at The Georgia Straight,  in conversation with Jarkko Lehmus (Tero Saarinen Company, Circo – Center for New Circus, Finland), Charlie Wu (ACSEA-Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, TAIWANfest Managing Director), and others.

The upcoming events in the series are;

Marshall McLuhan: Global Village
Date: 21 November 2017, 7pm
Moderated by Richard Cavell (Founder of Bachelor of Media Studies at UBC, Author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography)

Vancouver and Toronto’s Cultural Scenes in the 70s: A Comparison
Date: 20 February 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Pia Lo (Globe Dancer) 

Creative Arts Therapies: Arts and Health Care
Date: 13 March 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Peta Schur (Cofounder of the Expressive Arts Therapy Training Program, Langara)

Tap Dance and Jazz Music: the Evolution of an Art Form
Date: 10 April 2018, 7pm
Moderated by Sas Selfjord (Vancouver Tap Dance Society)

The complete list of speakers and guests will be announced in advance of each Conversations date, check for details at

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Gains Perspectives

As The Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre reaches middle age, the landmark has partnered with Vancouver Heritage Foundation for a collaboration series; Perspectives.

In conjunction with its 40th anniversary, Perspectives, is a series of talks that explores Vancouver’s thought-provoking history that has shaped the city’s present.  Inspired by the rich history surrounding the Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver Heritage Foundation planned five unique speakers to present on the diverse history of Vancouver.  From the unique vantagepoint offered by the Lookout, guests will enjoy fascinating talks on Indigenous stories and context, South Asian history and immigration, architectural development and change, Vancouver music scene and nightlife, and the city’s seedy criminal history.

Four Perspective events in the series remain;

Cultural Landscapes: Vancouver’s South Asian Community –
Saturday October 7th 9:45 – 11:30am

Historic Crime: Early Forensic Investigations –
Thursday October 19th 6:15 – 8pm

Heritage From Up High –
Sunday October 29th 9:45 – 11:30am

Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene
Thursday November 16th 6:15 – 8pm

Tickets for all talks are available online at

All talks take place at the Vancouver Lookout, located at 555 West Hastings Street.  Arrive 15 minutes early to take the elevator up to the Lookout.

Social Media Camp 2016 coming soon

smc-logoIn just a few weeks, hundreds will descend upon Victoria Conference Centre to learn from, be inspired by and network with Social Media pros and enthusiasts.

The 7th annual Social Media Camp takes place May 5 – 7, 2016. Since its inception, Social Media Camp (SMC) has introduced and connected 1000s of people, beginners to professionals, to the ins and outs of Social Media, learning and sharing a wealth of knowledge of social media marketing.  Entrepreneurs, bloggers, social media managers and those with any interest in learning about the realm of social, SMC packs in 3 days of workshops, panels, keynotes and networking that are always inspiring and worthwhile.

The SMC organizers have assembled a line-up of speakers to bring you “knowledge you can use”; relevant, up-to-date insights and best practices, and case studies aimed to help build and maintain your social media strategies. SMC prides itself on being not just about “marketing” but also delves into the cultural impacts of social media, its effects on politics, society and its security and safety implications.

Social Media Camp is designed to provide you with the insights & knowledge to improve your social media efforts and achieve your company’s business goals.  You can choose from relevant case studies, interactive workshops, riveting keynote talks, speaker panels, one-on-one coaching, trade show and of course, lots of inspiring networking opportunities.

The 7th Annual Social Media Camp takes place at Victoria Conference Centre May 5-7, 2016, registration is open now.

Friday Finds: Portmanteau Stereo Co

Portmanteau_IMG_4265I’ve been following Portmanteau Stereo Co for a while on social media but until recently I’d not seen one of the unique speakers in person.  At Eco Fashion Week at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, the DJ’s beats were pumping out of a pair of Portmanteau speakers. The vintage suitcases are repurposed into the most unique boombox you’ll ever see and hear.Portmanteau_IMG_4263
Designed and built in Vancouver by the team of Jeff McConnell & Jay Demerit, the custom-made speakers are reinforced and wired for sound with high end speakers, rechargeable battery and input/output jacks.  The inputs can be connected to your iPhone, DJ decks, or any music source, outputs can connect to headphones or other speakers.
With no two suitcases being alike not two Portmanteau Stereos are alike either. Even if you were to find a pair, the customized contents would ensure your version is one-of-a-kind. From what I heard coming from them, you can rest assured that only premium sound is pumping from your Portmanteau.

Shop for Portmanteau Stereo Co online or enquire about a Custom Design Consultations: (778) 989-8040

Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite

Vancouver International Writer’s Festival 2014

viwfThe next six days will be filled with literary brilliance as the 2014 Vancouver International Writer’s Festival fills the city with events.

Centered around Granville Island the Festival kicks of today and funds until October 26th. Now in its 27th year, the Festival celebrates the story, through a series to readings, workshops, presentations and more featuring authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists from around the world.  Find events with James Ellroy from the US, William Gibsons from BC, Miriam Toews from Quebec, Anne Kennedy from New Zealand, Karl Ove Knausgaard from Norway and many more.

The festival’s events bring together readers and writers of all backgrounds with something for adults, children, educators and anyone who enjoys the written word.

The full festival schedule and tickets are available now at