Dear Rouge, Mother Mother among headliners at this year’s SingItForward

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The annual SingItFwd charity event has announced the lineups for both nights.

Typically, the artists for the concerts – at the Vogue Theatre – aren’t announced until the day of the shows. But for this year’s, the final instalment, the names have been released early. And the roster is impressive.

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Dear Rouge, Mother Mother among headliners at this year’s SingItForward

Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final

Barate2If you like fun boozy charity fundraisers, then make a note in your diary for Monday 26th October when BC’s biggest bartender contest reaches its last lap at Republic on Granville Street with the grand finale of the Barate Kid Bartending Tournament. Running since March with seven qualifying events across Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria, Barate has the largest cash prize of any contest of its kind in Canada and is a serious test of bartenders’ speed, skill and drinksmanship. We spoke with Gez McAlpine of the Keefer Bar, co-organiser of the event to find out more.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve run the Barate Kid and this year is definitely the biggest so far. Initially we had an invite-only event but it took off and so many wanted to be involved we opened it up to all-comers. Unlike most other bartending contests, this is a lot of fun for the audience too: you won’t find people chatting in hushed voices about bespoke ingredients here, this is all about bartenders competing head to head to make classic cocktails as fast as they can. You don’t even need to wait to see who wins each heat as it’s a tournament-style event with a ‘sudden death’ outcome. Instant gratification!” Continue reading:
Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final

Capes and Spandex the dress code at 2nd Annual Superhero Ball

Bombshell || Photocredit: Flickr/Florbela

Bombshell || Photocredit: Flickr/Florbela

Do you secretly dress in a cape or don spandex to appease your superhero alter ego? If you muttered, ‘Yes, how did you know?’ Then fly, teleport or walk to the 2nd Annual Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel Superheroes Ball October 24.

Just like superheros they admire, fans often like coming to the rescue of those who need it most: enter the 2nd Annual Superhero Ball. Wannabe Batmans and Bombshells, Supermen and Hawkgirls will coverage on the Renaissance’ 19th floor event space Vistas 360 to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The dance runs from 7:00 p.m. to midnight and will put the F-U-N in fundraising with drinks, dancing, amazing views and a silent auction.

Last year the sold-out event raised $15,000 for the hospital. This year organizers have raised the stakes and set the fundraising goal at $18,000.  Continue reading:
Capes and Spandex the dress code at 2nd Annual Superhero Ball

Dining Out for Life Vancouver – March 29, 2012

Mussels at Chambar, one of the 250+ restaurants participating in Dine Out for LIfe. Photo: Chambar Belgian Restaurant

Is there anything better—or easier—than giving to a worthy charity just by dining out at one of your favourite Vancouver restaurants? That’s the premise behind B.C.’s largest restaurant fundraiser, the annual Dining Out for Life Vancouver, during which 250+ participating restaurants donate 25% of their sales to the HIV/AIDS charities A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Dining Out for Life Vancouver (and Whistler) happens for one day only on March 29, 2012. Participating restaurants run the gamut from high-end to family- and budget-friendly, and represent a huge diversity of cuisine, from the fashionable comfort food at North Vancouver’s Beachside Forno to the amazing mussels at Gastown’s Chambar Belgian Restaurant to Kitsilano’s casual Mexican cantina Las Margaritas.

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Dining Out for Life Vancouver – March 29, 2012

Chip’s NOT dead yet, so look alive, Vancouver!

chipThe following are two lessons I’ve learned in the past 5 years:
1) Vancouverites are extremely passionate about their local community.
2) Life’s greatest memories often occur in costume.

Odd pair, I know, but they are complimentary lessons in the case of Chip’s Not Dead Yet! Dubbed as “The Funnest Charity Race Alive,” Chip’s Not Dead Yet is a BC Children’s Hospital Fundraiser that expects to bring together approximately 5000 people on Saturday June 20th for themed races, live entertainment, a beer garden, and the summer’s biggest street party! Not to mention the prizes! Ohh, the prizes.

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Chip’s NOT dead yet, so look alive, Vancouver!