Opinion Column

From Brilliant!, Mother mother, to Fashion Week.


Kudos to the producers of Brilliant! - A Show of Love for Mental Health. Selling out the Commodore Ballroom for a charity event (without the aid of big-name rock band) is no easy feat. But that's exactly what this wildly successful gala did on Saturday. The numbers haven't been tallied up yet, but you can be sure this festive occasion raised thousands of dollars for its three beneficiaries: St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Mental Health Units, Michael Schratter's Ride Don't Hide and the Vancouver Native Health Society.

And proceeds didn't just come from ticket prices. There was both a silent and open auction, which was conducted by the incomparable Dawn Chubai.

The main event was an elaborate fashion show in which throngs of models rocked the stage like they were in highly conceptual music videos. It was definitely entertaining. But for my money, the highlight of the night had to be when special guest Margaret Trudeau talked about her life with bipolar disorder. With humour and heart, the former first lady of Canada didn't hold anything back - she even touched on the manic behavioral patterns that led to her infamous night with the Rolling Stones.

Mother Mother, May I Listen to Your New Tunes

Their new single Lets Fall in Love has been on heavy rotation for a bit now, but Mother Mother didn't officially release their latest studio album, The Sticks, until last week. And to help promote / celebrate / give back to the fans, the Vancouver indie rock-pop quintet performed a special acoustic in-store set at Zulu Records. The place was jam-packed and the sound was amazing.

Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off its spring / summer 2013 showcase with an opening gala at Five Sixty. Like years past, there were lots of international photojournalists snapping away as well as lots of avant-garde designers showcasing their wearable works of art. Was it is a place for trend forecasting? Not so much. But it was a great place for people watching.

Email: sarah.rowland@sunmedia.ca