Notable Now Vancouver: March 15, 2013

Good Cause: Art for Orphans (Lost+Found Cafe)
Make your way down to the Lost+Found Cafe located at 33 West Hastings Street this Friday and partake in a silent auction for a worthy cause. Well over 30 different artists have donated work for the event and a charity fashion show is also set to take place (featuring Timeline Boutique and Next Models strutting the runway). This special fundraiser aims to send 100% of the proceeds to relief campaigns for the FREE-Syria Organization to support efforts to care for orphaned children.

Enjoy a Dram: Whisk(e)y Tasting at The Shebeen (210 Carrall Street)
Education your palate and fill your belly at Saturday’s whiskey tasting with authentic Irish meals taking place at the Irish Heather’s infamous Shebeen. You’ll enjoy a tasty home-cooked meal complete with colcannon, corned beef and all the fixings, a flight of Jameson whiskies, and plenty of rowdy company to keep the party going. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Coming Up: Vancouver Fashion Week (March 19th to 24th, 50 East Pender Street)
Be sure to ink the return of Vancouver Fashion Week on your calendar next week and nab tickets to public shows, fall/winter 2013 previews and plenty more (taking place at the Chinese Cultural Centre).  This multi-day event showcases the diverse looks brought to life by award-winning local and international designers (25 in total) and is one of the well-attended series of events in the city. Review the full line-up of shows, participating designers and more here

Theatre: 2 Pianos 4 Hands: Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage, 2750 Granville Street)
Harbouring a hankering for some live theatre? 2 Pianos 4 Hands is just the ticket and starts this weekend (March 14th until April 14th). Enjoy this humorous autobiographical story that has wowed audiences across Canada and is now in its farewell run. Starring creators Ted and Richard, enjoy a poignant-funny telling of stories centred on childhood piano lessons and inevitable frustrations that go with being very good failed musicians. For info and tickets visit them online

Worth Noting: TEDxStanleyPark (March 16th (9am – 5pm)
Though tickets have sold out already for this inaugural Vancouver event taking place at Robson Square, the organizers have arranged for a live feed of TEDxStanleyPark talks to be streamed at Nelson The Seagull in Gastown (315 Carrall Street). Engaging speakers participating in TEDxStanleyPark aim to offer conversation-starting insight through a series of presentations. What better a way than to take in the talks while sipping a cup of espresso? Click here for details. 

9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday, March 17th at 11am)
Sunday will see the streets of downtown Vancouver overflowing with green as the 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade all but takes over. Join thousands of others as you take in the Irish charm. The Celtic spirit is guaranteed to be alive and well (and definitely entertaining) with hundreds of participants, an open-air stage at Doolin’s Irish Pub and more. Parade starts at Howe and Davie streets, winding its way down and along West Georgia Street toward Granville. For full details, click here

Photo courtesy Vancouver Fashion Week