ON THE TOWN
No-nonsense promoter Frances Hui hits milestone
There’s nothing new about Frances Hui throwing a party. As the founder of FHS Events and dedicated brand ambassador, she’s been planning, plugging and promoting other people’s special occasions as well as their various products for almost a decade now. That said, it’s rare that Hui is the guest of honour at her own bash. But such was the case last week, when the host with the most invited her core group of supporters to the Cabana Lounge to help celebrate her event management company’s seven-year anniversary.
Never one to put on airs, Hui doesn’t really cater to the high-roller set. So her events tend to be pretty down to earth — such as no free-flowing champagne). But she does do a bang-up job of jam-packing her social gatherings with plenty of sights and sounds from local artists. For example, at this shindig she booked a live musical performance by soul singer Warren Dean Flandez, a fashion show featuring Element 7 Body Chain Jewelry, and plenty of live painting courtesy of several brush masters, including Bill Higginson and Olga Rybalko. These two paint together on the same canvas. It’s amazing – you gotta see it to believe it. Happy anniversary, FHS events.
Ice, ice baby
Birks was the place to be last Thursday. That’s where the Canadian Diabetes Association hosted its third annual Baubles for Banting fundraising gala. Surrounding by a stunning array of fine jewels and an amazing selection of silent auction items, guests enjoyed gourmet appies and bottomless wine. The highlight of the night was a jazzy instrumental version of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky (a.k.a. 2013’s song of the summer). Oh sunshine, where art thou?
The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicked off with a special screening of Karen Lam’s latest horror flick, Evangeline. After that, movie buffs gathered in the Vancity Theatre lobby to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, a non-profit that supports and promotes Canadian women in film. Festivities included cake-cutting, canape-grazing, wine-sipping and a whole lotta shop talk.
Party On: Upcoming events in and around Vancouver
- Vancouver Foodster presents Tasting Plates Fraser Edition on March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For info, visit vancouverfoodster.com.
- Vancouver artist Jimmy Cummins is hosting a great big art show at his studio (857 Beatty St.) on March 15 between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- Celebrating B.C. Scottish and Chinese culture through art and food, Gung Haggis Fat Choy will take place March 16 at Floata Restaurant.