We rolled up in style (alongside hundreds of other invited guests and party-goers) and made our way into the massive 12,000-square foot party space (which turned out to be Autoform) that had been redone just for the occasion. White washed walls were the perfect canvas for the neon light show that was in full effect, helping to create a pretty spectacular atmosphere.
The room was filled with an eclectic mix of people – we spotted plenty of the city’s fashion elite mingling with those of the finance crowd, just as we spotted up-and-coming artists conversing with cultural trailblazers, city planners and lawmakers. It was definitely apparent that this Vancouver-based print publication has cultivated quite the list of loyal followers.
Since their establishment as a local go-to source for all things art, fashion and culture-related, ION has worked hard to successfully expand to Toronto and Montreal. To celebrate its decade-long existence, they had opted to host joint ‘birthday’ celebrations across Canada (three parties in three days at various venues).
With free-flowing nibbles, complimentary wine and beer upon arrival and plenty of great people watching to be had, YVR’s event was indeed exceptionally entertaining. To up the ante on this, special guest (and headlining DJ/musician) Robert DeLong got the crowd amped up for a night of fun. DeLong wooed us onto the dance floor with his unique MIDI technique that employs keyboards, game controllers, a full drum set, pads, guitar and more to fuse groove-worthy beats.
In between songs, we made sure to squeeze in a little networking with other Van-savvy YPs in attendance; chatting with such a varied crowd translated to lots of new contacts made, not to mention interesting conversation (sans any trace of attitude). We notably approve of that.