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Opening of Fox Cabaret gives Vancouver a much-needed venue for live music

Sarah Rowland

By Sarah Rowland, 24 hours


A new hot spot has hit town and no, it’s not another upscale meat market for millionaires and the luxury-label hounds who love them. It’s a much-needed music venue. That’s right — the defunct Fox porno theatre has been given new life as the Fox Cabaret. To celebrate this highly anticipated occasion, the new owners (a.k.a. the creative crew behind the Waldorf revival) hosted a VIP open house. And judging by the paint fumes, it was no easy feat getting the room ready in time for this sneak peek, but they did it.

Sporting a pink and red makeover, the retro-inspired Fox Cabaret is one funky venue and it’s not even finished yet. Aside from the main room and balcony, there are plans for a lounge upstairs that will be open every night regardless if there’s an event. This cool little watering hole will have its own entry at the side of the building and will no doubt become east Van’s premier hipster hangout. As one guest pointed out, the Fox Cabaret is the kind of gritty gem you stumble upon in an American city and think to yourself, “I wish Vancouver had more venues like that.” Well, now we do. Happy days.

Fuzz festivities

Mayor Gregor Robertson, musician Jim Byrnes and condo king Bob Rennie were among some of the many VIPs spotted on the Night Patrol Gala’s “blue” carpet. Like everyone else in attendance, these notables were there to help the Vancouver Police Foundation raise money for essential policing services and community outreach programs. Held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, guests mingled in the main foyer before heading into the ballroom for a sit-down dinner, a lively mock terrorist takedown followed by a mini-concert courtesy of Sarah McLachlan and the Vancouver Police Pipe Band. When all was said and done, the charity event raised a whopping $2.3 million. Well done.

Palate party

The Vancouver International Wine Festival kicked off with a quiet launch at Joey Bentall. Then it was time for some of the main events, including the International Festival Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre on Thursday — that’s where the major league wine aficionados could be found sipping and swirling the night away. Good times.

Party On

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival runs from March 6-9 at VIFF’s Vancity Theatre. For more info, visit womeninfilm.ca.

The FHS Events anniversary celebration is on March 6 (6:30-9:30) at the Cabana Lounge. For tix, email frances.hui.events@gmail.com.

The 2014 Chutzpah! Festival, a celebration of Jewish performing arts, continues until March 9. For event details, visit chutzpahfestival.com.


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