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The North Shore Outlook newspaper is a publication of Black Press. Catherine’s “Cat’s Eye” celebrity/society column has been features here in print for over ten years and has contained stories about all kinds of celebrities and charity functions. With a weekly circulation of 60,000, this newspaper caters to two of Canada’s wealthiest communities (West Vancouver and North Vancouver).



Vancouver’s Best Gala and Charity Events Part Two

Posted: January 6, 2013  - As published in:

Vancouver’s Best Gala and Charity Events Part Two Get out your date books because it's time for Part 2 of my look ahead to 2013 and all the best Vancouver gala events and charity fundraisers. So as you get ready to pencil in your glam plan remember the following: 1 - Every little bit helps when it comes to charity giving. 2 - Even if you can't give money, you can give your time as all organizations need volunteers and helpers. 3 - Silent auctions make a great ...more

Vancouver Upcoming Gala Events for 2013

Posted: December 27, 2012  - As published in:

Vancouver Upcoming Gala Events for 2013 Happy New Year everyone! And just as you're finishing putting away the holiday decorations, it's time to take out your date books and pencil in some spectacular events for the upcoming year. There's never a shortage of things to do all across the North Shore and charity events are always on the list. The summer months are bursting with community fun and festivals but you'll want to book off lots of time during May, June, October and November as these ...more

A Look Back at Christmas 2012

Posted: December 20, 2012  - As published in:

A Look Back at Christmas 2012 It has been an eventful holiday season with events almost every day here on the North Shore. Charity luncheons, gala evenings and lights, lights, lights everywhere you look. Here's hoping you and your family shared in some of these great times and even though Christmas Day is over, there are still lots of activities and events still going on in our neighbourhoods. Don't forget to take in some of the fun and carry the good cheer with you into the ...more

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Crystal Ball

Posted: December 17, 2012  - As published in:

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Crystal Ball It's one of Vancouver's best black tie affairs, and one of this province's best causes. The 26th annual Crystal Ball was held this month in support of the Campaign for BC Children and the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Over $1.1 million was raised as prominent North Shore supporters made their way to the ballroom to join over 400 invited guests at the Four Seasons Hotel for a night of glitz and glamour. This brings the total to $155 million of ...more

Family Services of North Shore Christmas Celebration

Posted: December 9, 2012  - As published in:

Family Services of North Shore Christmas Celebration For over 60 years now, Family Services of the North Shore has been raising money and helping people in our community. Out of work, family distress, counselling and more are all part of what they provide to people in need. Needless to say, the holidays are an extra special time and being there to support families is very important. That's why the great people at Family Services created the Christmas Bureau section just for this very cause. Last week, at ...more

All That Glitters Gala with 54-40, Canoe Diamond and Penthouse History

Posted: December 3, 2012  - As published in:

All That Glitters Gala with 54-40, Canoe Diamond and Penthouse History Sometimes it's hard to decide if we're still in the gala season (end of November) or the start of holiday season (beginning of December). Either way, it really doesn't matter because with Christmas just around the corner, there's still so many events to talk about. And whether you're raising money for your cause or remembering to donate for the season, please remember to give generously. Let's take a look back at a few great faces from last week. 01 - Lugaro ...more

Mission Possible Gala Tackles Vancouver Downtown Eastside Homelessness and Poverty

Posted: November 27, 2012  - As published in:

Mission Possible Gala Tackles Vancouver Downtown Eastside Homelessness and Poverty Homelessness and poverty are a very real issue in our city, especially in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). Thankfully, the folks at Mission Possible are out to improve life for those burdened with the hardships of living in one of Canada's toughest communities. The agency, which aims to provide both opportunities and jobs, administers programs through four separate entities (Community, Maintenance, Recycling and StudioWorks). The end goal is to allow participants to gain dignity and purpose thus ending dependency and breaking ...more

Global TV’s Deb Hope Hosts Amica Rock n Roll 50s Gala

Posted: November 19, 2012  - As published in:

Global TV’s Deb Hope Hosts Amica Rock n Roll 50s Gala Remember the days of poodle skirts, drive-ins and 50s style rock n' roll? Then good for you Peggy Sue, because you would have fit right in at the fourth annual Amica Helping Hands Gala. Guests dressed in their nostalgic best at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver to rock the night away to raise funds for the program which helps supports seniors in need, especially during the upcoming holiday season where a gift basket full of food and essential items could ...more

JDRF Rockin’ for Research Gatsby Glamour Gala

Posted: November 12, 2012  - As published in:

JDRF Rockin’ for Research Gatsby Glamour Gala Flappers and fringes, jazz and joviality. It was time to put your best foot forward this month for the 13th Annual Rockin' for Research, Gatsby Glamour gala night. Benefitting the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), this perennial event was founded by local rock band Loverboy in an effort to find a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes. Today, it is one of Vancouver's premiere charity nights. Also honoured at this year's gala were media giants Canada Wide, CTV, Global TV, ...more

West Vancouver Library Gala 2012 Passport to Spain

Posted: November 5, 2012  - As published in:

West Vancouver Library Gala 2012 Passport to Spain The West Vancouver Memorial Library Foundation held its signature gala event last week. A Passport to Spain was the theme as guests mixed and mingled among the books enjoying tapas, live entertainment, fabulous food and fashions. One of the main highlights included a live Flamenco performance by dancers from the Karen Pitkethly Flamenco group. Overall, the event raised close to $82,000 which will go to support the many programs and services at the library. Congrats to all involved. 01 - Realtor ...more

Actor Ed Begley Jr Goes Green at Real Estate Awards and Gift of Time Gala

Posted: October 29, 2012  - As published in: ,

Actor Ed Begley Jr Goes Green at Real Estate Awards and Gift of Time Gala You might remember him best from his role in St. Elsewhere or from his comedy roles in Christopher Guest movies like This is Spinal Tap, but actor Ed Begley Jr is also a lean, green, environmental machine who says that his biggest responsibility is helping out Mother Nature. Speaking at the Real Estate Foundation of BC's 2012 Land Awards last week, the Hollywood star was the toast of the night. Award winners, guests and VIPs enjoyed a gala dinner night ...more

North Shore Rotary Food and Wine Festival

Posted: October 23, 2012  - As published in:

North Shore Rotary Food and Wine Festival The 11th Annual North Shore Rotary Food and Wine Festival took place last week at Park Royal North in West Vancouver. This local event, which featured favourite restaurants paired with BC wine distributors, is always a hit as it gives guests a chance to sup and sample from some of the best local offerings. Live music, displays, entertainment and lots of socializing helped round out the night which helped raise funds for the North Shore Youth Safe House and North ...more

West Vancouver Pumpkin Festival

Posted: October 15, 2012  - As published in:

West Vancouver Pumpkin Festival It was time to celebrate the harvest last week as the West Vancouver Community Centres Society held their annual Pumpkin Fest at the West Van Recreation Centre. Held over two days, this ultimate family event included fun displays, games, races, live entertainment and more. Contests for best jams, jellies, pumpkins, scarecrows and more were also part of the mix and on Sunday, awards were handed out for best in show. Still, no one left empty handed as everyone who ...more

Vancouver International Film Festival Parties 2012

Posted: October 8, 2012  - As published in: ,

Vancouver International Film Festival Parties 2012 The 31st Annual Vancouver International Film Festival wraps up this week after 16 days of memorable films, fun and faces. Known for being a festival of substance, the event featured over 380 films from all over the world organized into series like Canadian Images, Dragons & Tigers, International Shorts and Cinema of our Time. Still, no festival is complete without a few red carpet parties and premiere galas. Check out a few of the familiar faces below as Vancouver's more ...more

Singer Sarah McLachlan and Canucks VP Michael Doyle Star in September Events

Posted: September 30, 2012  - As published in:

Singer Sarah McLachlan and Canucks VP Michael Doyle Star in September Events Fall season is upon us and events are in full swing. First up, a unique West Vancouver event spearheaded by West Vancouver Chamber VP Jason Black. Held at the Tap House in Park Royal, this networking event was targeted for the Under 35 business mind. Featuring Vancouver Canucks VP Michael Doyle, the new Face 2 Face program promises to deliver high profile keynote speakers as well as a chance to socialize with fellow young entrepreneurs. Next, West Vancouver's most famous ...more

Mosquito Creek Boat Show in North Vancouver

Posted: September 24, 2012  - As published in:

Mosquito Creek Boat Show in North Vancouver Is this North Vancouver or Monte Carlo? It was hard to tell the difference as the sun beamed down on 2,000+ feet of luxury sailboats and power yachts at the opening night of The 6th Annual Boat Show at the Creek. "The end of the summer is a perfect time for a new boat", proclaimed Mosquito Creek GM Donny Mekilok as he welcomed guests and VIPs to the opening night celebration party. Held aboard Paul Cheung's stunning Celebration on Water ...more

KidSport Dinner in the Park Gala Vancouver

Posted: September 17, 2012  - As published in:

KidSport Dinner in the Park Gala Vancouver   Last week, I had the honour of returning from Europe aboard the same flight as our Canadian Paralympians fresh from their London 2012 experience. Little did I know that later that same week I would have the chance to dine with them and their Olympic compatriots at the first annual KidSport Dinner in the Park gala fundraiser. Gold, silver and bronze medals were everywhere as guests got a chance to get up close and personal with our country's athletes as ...more

Coho Festival in West Vancouver

Posted: September 11, 2012  - As published in:

Coho Festival in West Vancouver For over 30 years now the Coho Society of the North Shore has been celebrating the return of the Coho salmon to our local rivers and streams. This annual event, which takes place every September, is marked by a community wide celebration at Ambleside Park which includes the Coho Walk / Run and the very popular salmon barbecue. Delicious for all the right reasons, community leaders are only too happy to volunteer their time to come on out and cook ...more

Lash Fabulous Extensions Opening Party West Vancouver

Posted: August 12, 2012  - As published in:

Lash Fabulous Extensions Opening Party West Vancouver False eyelashes have recently made a huge comeback in the fashion world. But take heed ladies, because when it comes to "falsies", these are not your grandmother's lashes anymore. Extensive leaps and bounds in the technology means that not only can you leave those tacky latex glues behind - now you can keep them on night and day. Enter Mara and Lisa - two enterprising West Vancouver ladies who realized that there was a big need for the service here on ...more

Vega Club 23rd Annual Picnic North Vancouver

Posted: August 12, 2012  - As published in:

Vega Club 23rd Annual Picnic North Vancouver Nothing says summer like a good old fashioned show-and-shine car event. And while car owners everywhere pull out the Turtle Wax to spit polish their collector chrome, a small select group of enthusiasts gathered in North Vancouver to toast one of the rarer breeds of automobiles. The Lower Mainland Vega Club got a perfect sunny day for their 23rd Annual Vega Club Picnic event at Waterfront Park. And as they popped their hoods and fired up the grill, it was ...more

Vancouver’s Opus Hotel Summer Street Party

Posted: August 12, 2012  - As published in:

Vancouver’s Opus Hotel Summer Street Party   The 10th Annual Opus Bar Street Party kicked things into high gear recently as Vancouver's hipsters, and a few from the North Shore, hit the see-and-be-seen circuit to shake things up in the sun. Venice Beach Heat was the theme as the hotel closed down the streets outside to hold the mega party crowd. Sponsored by Caya, the event included cocktails and live performances. The big ending was a chic fashion show and the chance to socialize with the Real ...more

Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver Celebrates 22 Years

Posted: August 12, 2012  - As published in:

Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver Celebrates 22 Years Last week the District of West Vancouver celebrated 22 years of the Harmony Arts Festival. A lot has changed over the years, including the addition of even more arts and crafts, live music nights, a second stage feature and an outdoor wine garden that has quickly become one of the most popular features of the whole festival. Record crowds came out to help celebrate and take in the various lectures, art displays and outdoor activities that lined the waterfront and ...more

Vancouver Open Tennis Featuring Martina Hingis

Posted: August 3, 2012  - As published in:

Vancouver Open Tennis Featuring Martina Hingis Wimbledon, London 2012 Summer Olympics, and now Hollyburn! If you're a tennis fan, then the last few weeks have certainly been a feast for the senses. Still nothing beats seeing it live right from home court. Such was the case last week as the 10th Annual Odlum Brown Van Open Tennis tournament took place at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club. An elegant opening night reception was held on the club's sun filled patio deck to welcome dignitaries and VIPs. Hosted ...more

Go Canada Go Rally for London 2012 Olympics

Posted: July 31, 2012  - As published in:

Go Canada Go Rally for London 2012 Olympics Olympic fever has returned! But this time, instead of cheering our athletes on from our own backyard, we'll have to shout a little louder to make ourselves heard all the way across the Atlantic. That was the sentiment last week as West Vancouver's Park Royal Shopping Centre held a special "Go Canada Go" pep rally and parade in celebration of the start of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Drummers assembled in south side village to start the march ...more

Whistler Film Fest Attracts Local Celebs

Posted: July 23, 2012  - As published in:

Whistler Film Fest Attracts Local Celebs It was lights, camera, action on the North Shore recently as local celebs, actors, directors and more came out to the Whistler Film Festival's "On Location" gala. Held at the North Shore Studios in North Vancouver, the evening included a glamorous red carpet arrival, food, cocktails and live entertainment by Cover Me Canada finalist and Whistler singer Ali Milner. But take out your calendars because you won't want to miss the actual film festival which takes place in Whistler later ...more

North Vancouver’s 6th Annual Party at the Pier

Posted: July 15, 2012  - As published in:

North Vancouver’s 6th Annual Party at the Pier Summer is here which means there's lots of upcoming family festivals to fill your hot summer days and nights. Kicking things off this past weekend was North Vancouver’s 6th Annual Party-at-the-Pier. Produced by the Lower Lonsdale Business Association, this event has gotten even more stylish over the years as the pier itself has continued to develop into an overall locals scene complete with new restaurants and buildings. Featuring marine-themed activities and displays, along with entertainment on the Shipbuilders’ Square stage, ...more

Night at the Aquarium 6th Annual Gala in Vancouver

Posted: July 9, 2012  - As published in:

Night at the Aquarium 6th Annual Gala in Vancouver The penguins weren't the only ones dressed in tuxedos recently as the Vancouver Aquarium held its' 6th annual Night at the Aquarium gala fundraiser. The champagne and caviar were also plentiful, as were the offerings from many of Vancouver's top restaurants and wineries who all came out to support the many programs and services offered by one of Vancouver's most popular places. A live mermaid greeted guests at the door and later on, even the dolphins and whales got in ...more

West Vancouver Chamber Presidents Dinner and Business Awards

Posted: June 25, 2012  - As published in:

West Vancouver Chamber Presidents Dinner and Business Awards The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held their President's Dinner and business awards this month at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club. The evening was an elegant affair where business owners, council members and friends got a chance to socialize and enjoy a formal night out. An elegant buffet dinner, followed by the awards ceremony was also marked by a special presentation in honour of West Vancouver's 100 centennial and an additional tribute to long-serving West Vancouver citizen Jim McCarthy. 01 ...more

CeeLo Green Headlines Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala

Posted: June 24, 2012  - As published in: ,

CeeLo Green Headlines Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala It was a night of full throttle glitz and glamour last weekend as the 7th Annual Brian Jessel BMW Charity Gala "Cabriolet" was held. Featuring a live performance by "The Voice" star and musician CeeLo Green, the evening helped raise funds for Arts Umbrella, Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation and the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Lots of North Shore folks were in attendance to lend their support as they enjoyed a night of food, cocktails, auction items and socializing. 01 - ...more

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Headline Kay Meek Centre Gala

Posted: June 17, 2012  - As published in:

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Headline Kay Meek Centre Gala Last week it was a toast to The Meek at one of West Vancouver's best gala events. "Two Men, No Script: An evening with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood" was held to celebrate the Kay Meek's Centre annual gala fundraiser. A Champagne reception, followed by an evening of laughter and comedy improv, had everyone smiling. VIP guests were treated to a special meet-and-greet following the show where the two stars were more than happy to pose with patrons. MC and ...more

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