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Little Grayson McGill helps kick off the Festival of Trees 0

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


You don’t know cute until you’ve seen Grayson McGill and his two doting dads. The sweet little cherub, who has a rare metabolic disorder, was this year’s guest of honour at the annual Festival of Trees reception in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. The family friendly ceremony, which was held at the Park ballroom in the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, was packed with excited kids running around and partaking in the open (juice) bar. Miraculously, MC Sonia Beeksma (from Global BC’s morning news) was able to hush the room long enough for Chad Farquharson (Grayson’s dad) to get up and share his son’s story with everyone. Then it was the moment we’d all been waiting for as Grayson lit up a giant Christmas tree with the wave of a “magic” wand. Like I said, too cute. For more details on the Festival of Trees, visit bcchf.ca/festival-of-trees.

Uniquely beautiful

Sorry Jennifer Aniston fans, but not everyone subscribes to Maxim magazine’s idea of “hot.” That’s why I’m such a fan of Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week[end]. The three-day runway festival celebrates non-traditional ideas of beauty and style. Which brings us to the recent opening gala at Club 560. True to form, there was an eclectic mix of sexy live art and design on display. There were also some stunning dance performances by Sierra Tasi Baker and House of La Douche – a super fun troupe not to be missed.

Lauding the listed

For 13 years in a row, Vancouver Magazine has published a lofty list of what it regards as the city’s most influential people in its big Power 50 issue. To celebrate these VIPs and help create some buzz, the lifestyle publication throws a prestigious preview party. This latest schmooze fest was held at the grand Vancouver Club. That’s where movers and shakers quietly mingled until the winners were announced. Coming in at No. 1 was our very own perma-grin premier – odd, considering Vancouver–Point Grey MLA David Eby only ranked No. 42 and he actually beat her during the general election.

Party On

The house wine anniversary party is Nov. 28 (7-9:30 p.m.) at 130 West 4th Ave. Dress code: something red. For more info, visit housewine.ca.

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 26th annual Crystal Ball is Nov. 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. For more info, visit bcchf.ca.

A Movember to Remember fundraising party is Nov. 29 (9 p.m.-2 a.m.) at the Imperial. For tickets, visit moustachegravy.com/shop.


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