Vancouver Weekender: October 16th through 19th, 2014

What? It’s almost Friday? That’s the thing we actually favour about short weeks – a hard working whirlwind followed by an even more glorious weekend off that we more than welcome. Here’s what you need on your social calendar over the next four days…

What? It’s almost Friday? That’s the thing we actually favour about short weeks – a hard working whirlwind followed by an even more glorious weekend off that we more than welcome. Here’s what you need on your social calendar over the next four days

Fall promises an even larger evening combining some of best fashion and food you can find in the city from the ‘hood that is constantly being touted as Vancouver’s best. Gastown is better now than ever with no signs of slowing down and the people making these cobblestone streets so good are back with the Gastown Shop Hop. This time around over 40 businesses from the boutiques to restaurateurs are participating to ensure your walk around the block is more than maxed out. Expect DJs, bump-ins from familiar faces, pop-up shops, collabos, and of course, some exclusive one-night only specials.

If street art entices you, swing by Gallery Gachet for their workshop focused on just that. Starting now and running every other Thursday, this workshop led by peers and facilitated by Greg Stone is three hours of theories, practices and perceptions of street art. Be prepared to get dirty and make an attempt at your own masterpiece.

It’s opening night at the Vancouver Home & Design Show. We like going in early to get inspired for the weekend to come. (A subsequent trip to Home Depot normally happens whether we like it or not). Whether you’re in the midst of renovations, planning for that soon-to-be dream home, or just looking for a little inspo for a DIY update, BC Place is filled to the brim with the best of everything that can go under your roof. Happening until Sunday, be sure to check out the Samsung Tag Team Challenge and BC Hydro Power Smart Pad amongst all the other culinary and visual delights.

Are you in an entrepreneurial rut? Thinking of starting a new venture? Small Business Month is happening now – the perfect time to look for advice and seek answers from seasoned pros. Enter the first-ever Advice-a-Thon, presented by Benchmark Law Corporation, an all-day event of speed networking if you set your cards up right. Book complimentary 20-minute consultations with an expert or a few. 

Man Up Grooming is calling for all North Vancouver entrepreneurs for their first invite-only Texas Hold ‘Em event in partnership with Digital Fluency. A $200 buy-in, food and drinks – there may be a few spots left if you’re looking for a new version of guys night in – this event might just be kicked up a notch. Aside from working on your poker face, you’ll also be in for some serious networking.

Toast to the Coast is happening at the Vancouver Aquarium, making it the Friday night place to be. Event-goers can look forward to a new after-party lounge introduced this year, so plan ahead to keep mingling until late against blue water-lit walls with all the city’s top YPs. Being the naturally beautiful city that we are, the importance of this sold-out event supports the efforts to ensuring our oceans are preserved.  

It’s the big day for TEDxVancouver. President of TEDxVancouver Jordan Kallman (he’s also the guy behind Diner en Blanc) promises the speakers and overall experience will be the most engaging and expansive to date in the city. Performances, literally mind-boggling pieces of art like the harmonograph swing set, and a line-up of notable talks from Elaine Lui a.k.a Lainey Gossip, CTV News anchorwoman Colleen Christie and Chip Wilson of Lululemon/Whil – everything is focused around this year’s theme Tilt.

If once in a while you like to act your shoe size, Arts Umbrella’s 32nd annual Splash Art Auction and Gala should be your location of choice come Saturday night. Encouraging you to forget how old you are and instead #ActYourShoeSize, it’s really an order. The event is in line with what the Arts Umbrella mandate is all about: Supporting children to tap into their creativity by accessing a quality art education when they are their most imaginative. The next step? Pairing your best kicks with your gala gown or tux is mandatory.

A table full of thinkers and doers coming together to ‘get full on good’. The Feast Worldwide, a global movement, comes to Vancouver on Saturday night bringing entrepreneurs and the business-minded from all different industries and backgrounds together to connect and spark thought on ideas and issues that the new generation can change. Happening in over 40 cities with a common manifesto – we like what’s on the menu.

Taste of Yaletown is here and 2014 marks it’s 10th year, promising to offer even more to those who eagerly await this time of year. Starting this weekend and lasting until the end of the month, it’s one the busiest times to visit your favourite restaurants in this chic lifestyle neighbourhood. Special prix-fixe menus and boozy offerings let you sample more than what you may normally – and support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank while doing so. From the usual go-to suspects Provence Marinaside, Society, La Terazza, and Cactus Club Cafe to newcomers like Good Wolf Kitchen & Bar and Saladworks, there is something for every appetite.

Think you and your ego can make it trapped in a house with 10 or so roomies playing mind games, hawked by viewers, and become a small screen star? It’s survival of the fittest as Big Brother Canada auditions are going down today. The open casting call is happening at the Westin Bayshore – if you have nothing better to do, why not give it a shot? It might just be your opinions and potentially crazy side that we tune into come Spring 2015. You never know! Plus, $100K doesn’t hurt.

If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, register for the SFU Young Innovators Crawl where Vancouver’s 30 and under innovators will welcome anyone interested in learning more about their creative worlds. Completely free, expect to experience an idea jam, food trucks to keep your hunger at bay, pop-up exhibits, and of course, inspiring conversation. The tour will take you through different hubs all over the city and there’s even an after-party. 


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Top photo courtesy Taste of Yaletown