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Top party picks for 2014

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


Fox function

The creative peeps who did such a bang-up job reviving the Waldorf have transformed the old Fox porn theatre into a nightclub. To celebrate the launch of this new venue, they’re doing what they do best, throwing a party – think late January/early February.

White night

Last year’s Diner en Blanc Vancouver was such a success, organizers are planning to expand their 2014 white-clad picnic to 3,200 guests. As with 2013, the location is a secret until the day of, but I can tell you to keep your bleach on standby for Aug. 21.

Green glam

Arguably the city’s most respected style event, Eco Fashion Week is mixing things up a bit this year. Instead of hosting the opening night festivities at Robson Square, EFW will kickstart with a party at the Charles Bar in Woodward's on April 27.

Derby do

Need an excuse to bust out your glad rags? Then head to Hastings Racecourse on Aug. 9. That’s where you’ll have your choice of two fab derby parties: 1Karma’s A Day at the Races fundraiser and the Deighton Cup.

Brightlight bashes

Paging all aspiring actors and filmmakers, if there’s one guest list you should be on this year, it’s the Brightlight Pictures Red Carpet Party at CinCin Ristorante + Bar in September during VIFF.

Gourmet grazer

Foodies, mark your calendar. The 11th annual Passions Gala, benefiting the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, is on Sept. 14 (location TBA). Look forward to some of the finest grape and grain this province has to offer.

The sweet life

Livingspace’s annual indoor-outdoor La Dolce Vita fundraiser has been blessed with beautiful weather for the last couple of years. Here’s hoping that lucky streak continues on Aug. 13. I mean fashion and food trucks under the stars — does it get any better?

Summer sizzler

The Indian Summer opening gala at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a guaranteed feast for the eyes and stomach. This year’s party is scheduled for early July — stay tuned for more details.

Seafood soiree

The Night at the Aquarium fundraising gala at the Vancouver Aquarium on June 19 is sure to be a spectacular evening of eating, drinking and star-gazing (and by “star,” I mean the otters!).

Rolling Stones rager

Dirty rock n’ rollers won’t want to miss out on Keithmas — A Foodbank Fundrager on Dec. 19. This is where local bands crank out renditions of their fave Rolling Stones songs.


Party On — upcoming events in and around Vancouver

  • The Vancouver Italian Film Fest starts Jan. 10 with a gala at the Vancity Theatre. More info: viff.org/theatre/series/italian-film-festival.
  • Hey Ocean!, Mother Mother, The Sheepdogs will perform at the #SingItFwd benefit concert at the Vogue Theatre on Jan. 9. Info: singitfwd.com.
  • Women and Wine Part Thrice – a “super casual” party for ladies to network and toast the new year – is at the Distillery Bar on Jan. 10.



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