Vancouver Weekender: November 4th through 6th, 2011


We hope you’ve had enough time to dry out your liver after days of costumed shenanigans, because this weekend packs a serious punch of activities happening around town. We’re offering up a buffet of options…

Kicking things off in high-style gear is Toast to the Coast that takes place at the Vancouver Aquarium in the heart of Stanley Park. We think you should don your best cocktail attire and head over to support this great cause (proceeds from this event go directly towards the organization’s conservation, research and educational efforts). Hob-knob with more than 500 wine and food lovers as you taste your way around BC as DJ Leanne gets the party going.

Speaking of Covet, we think art-minded Notables ought to check a one-night-only collective photographic exhibition taking place at the Chapel Arts Gallery. Covet is a free event that aims to bring together the captured inspirations of more than 20 local talents (each contributor will supply a valued piece featuring a muse, friend or person of inspiration as part of the show).

FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery happens this Friday night, too, and is the perfect pop-up party for art-lovers looking for an upscale locale to mingle while sipping cocktails and grooving to DJ beats. This popular, affordable event always sells out on select Fridays as it transforms the Vancouver Art Gallery into a truly unique adult-only event that goes until 1am.

Also happening this Friday, the World Kindness Concert comes to town to celebrate its 11th year of gathering global performers banded together to promote a united message of kindness, love, peace and compassion. Click here to review the line up of artists taking the stage and don’t wait to purchase tickets.

Start off your Saturday with a trek down to one of our favourite go-to spots on Granville Island for a quick waterfront brunch at the Dockside Eatery before strolling over to score some sweet finds at Emily Carr’s 38th Annual Student Art Sale. This is a prime opportunity to pad your collection (or start one!) while supporting young, budding artists and designers. Admission is free and the event runs all weekend from 12pm to 5pm with plenty of paintings, photographs, prints and much more to choose from.

As a warm up to TEDxVancouver’s upcoming event (November 12th), whet your philosophical appetite at this weekend’s TEDxCapU after-party event taking place at Capilano College. Tickets are only $25 and available here. Though the daytime seminar is sold out, the after-party will still offer you insider access to mingle with thought-provoking speakers and attendees.

Feeling musically inclined Saturday eve? We offer you a few options that are guaranteed to liven up your groove-seeking soul…

Uh Huh Her takes the stage for one night only at Venue starting at 7:30pm for some serious electro-pop sounds. Or how about a trip to the classically-cool, hipster hideaway The Backstage Lounge to catch R&B/Soul inspired songs from The Deep End (joined by Montreal’s own one-man band, Armen at the Bazaar) for a groove-induced night guaranteed to be full of funk.

Enjoy a relaxed Sunday and make use of what is looking like a clear (if not crisp) day and enjoy one of the many local parks and paths. Grab a friend and head out toward UBC and check out the meandering trails within the sprawling Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Next, be sure to swing by the University Golf Club’s Westward Ho! Public House and Grill Room for a casual, late afternoon lunch. We love it because the portions are huge, they’ve always got sports on their massive HDTVs and the atmosphere is laid-back cool. This place hits the spot and is perfectly suited for unwinding after a culturally-packed weekend.