Vancouver Weekender: October 23 through 26, 2014

As much as we know Vancouverites like to use the weather as an excuse to hide under the rock, we suggest you face the stormy winds, give your best boots a few coats of protective spray, and own the social scene this weekend. We bring you everything you need to step up your life outside the 9-5. 

THURSDAY
We love a good pop-up shopping party – especially one that brings a new level of pretty all in one spot. Yes, this will the girliest of girly bashes. Recent Yaletown newcomer Sweet Bake Shop joins the PartySkirts girls as they introduce an exclusive new colour, Leah Alexandra Jewellery and The Collective You at The Cross Décor & Design from 5-7pm. Take a twirl, get snapped in a magical moment with photog Dennis Gocer, and taste some of the best goodies in town. 

Join the Ballet BC Up Young Patrons group at their Season Launch Party at The Scotiabank Dance Theatre. Pop in right after work for an in-studio sneak preview of their upcoming production beginning next month, No. 29. Then it’s over to The Morrissey for drinks and appies.  

Members and guests of the Vancouver Club can join in on a Champagne launch party to celebrate their newest vintage addition: VC Private Label Champagne from Champagne de Venoge. If you haven’t made an attempt to saber Champagne before, this Blade and Bubbles event will be your chance. Along with a photographer to capture the moment.

FRIDAY
Officially making Vancouver a mainstay today, Versace Home opens to the public in Gastown at 310 West Cordova Street. What is now the first Canadian flagship location, the global powerhouse design group’s full collection of luxury interior furnishings, fixtures and fashions can be found here. Be sure to watch for our event recap coming from the exclusive opening party. 

Local denim institution Dutil will set up a sidewalk spectacle starting at 12:30pm with their staff hopping in a tub. Don’t worry – they’ll be dressed. To celebrate the exclusive launch of a special collaboration between International Design Collective and Pure Blue Japan, a makeshift shrink station will demonstrate the custom fitting process. Hoping to demystify the shrink to fit process and ideology, those who feel like taking a dunk will receive a special discount on the new release.

The Spark Animation Festival is showing the one animation that stood out to us (and many other notable film-fest goers) the most: Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet. What is said to be the writer and philanthropist’s best work is brought to life on screen through vibrant characters, voices, and a musical score guided by the same director of The Lion King, Roger Allers and producer/actress Salma Hayek-Pineault. This is the ultimate grown-up cartoon movie – expect to be taken on a series of spiritual stories while you munch on popcorn.  

SATURDAY 
Wake up on your day off and go hard with the raddest crew you can get fit with. Juice Truck x Tight Club Saturdays start at 11:30am (not too painful of a start time) offering up a one-hour combo of IHIIT and core class. If you aren’t in the know, Tight Club is a lifestyle for heightened individuals who value active bodies, creative minds and balanced lives. This must be where YPs go to sweat. If you end up sleeping in past noon, Booty Luv, Tabata and Fight Club are worthy of dropping in to throughout the week. 

From the history, culture, food, fast-paced everything, shopping, art and much more, New York City is a place that everyone should discover more than once – as a child and adult. Every experience in the city that never sleeps is a different than the last. And this is a great excuse to go back. Sons and Daughters Eyewear and VCAD’s fashion students bring forth City Kids: an afternoon dedicated to creating a child-sized NYC at Make Studios to inspire the kids of tomorrow. All proceeds will benefit Arts Umbrella and include activities for all ages.

It’s the last game of the season for the Vancouver Whitecaps. While soccer-inspired man buns won’t disappear, the fun that happens at BC Place on game day will. Put on your blue scarf and cheer on the boys as they take on the Colorado Rapids in one of the most fun sporting vibes the city has to offer. Swing into the new Boston Pizza Stadium District location boasting the biggest screen around and a new concept design for pre-and-post brews. This BP is made for YPs. 

SUNDAY
New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein makes a stop at the Chan Centre on her This Changes Everything book tour. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate digs deep into how industrial moves will one day affect the world we live in. You’ll be in for a potentially debatable conversation, dependent on one’s own views. Hear from the woman who is brave enough to share her opinion.       

Open for just a week, wind down for a dinner date or fam jam dinner at The Keg’s newest and highly anticipated Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver location. You’ll find the usual food and wine favourites on the menu along with seasonal additions. All about the ambience and amazing service, this new location matches the luxurious feel of its landlord and Yaletown-cool counterpart.

If something a little more rustic and sweet is what you’re looking for, trek out on the Gastown cobblestone for the perfect fall evening at Jules Bistro. The Jules’ Live Piano Nights with Kurt Von Hahn from 7-9pm is a recent addition to the program. Hailing from Paris but making roots in Vancouver, Owner and Chef Emmanuel Joinville is sure to be around serving up his dishes of traditional French cuisine blended with a West Coast touch.

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Top photo courtesy the Vancouver Club