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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).



West Vancouver Chamber Gala 2009

Posted: June 15, 2009  - As published in:

West Vancouver Chamber Gala 2009 A beautiful sunny night greeted business owners and community members last week as the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held their 2009 Annual Presidents Dinner and Business Excellence Award. Stunning views, superb food, silent auction items and more helped make the evening memorable for all the right reasons. ...more

22nd Annual Women’s Media Golf

Posted: June 8, 2009  - As published in:

22nd Annual Women’s Media Golf Sure, it’s all about the fun and the fairways, but when it comes time to making a kids’ dream come true, these gals go for the green. West Van’s Wendy Cocchia is the powerhouse behind The 22nd Annual Women's Media Golf Classic and she knows firsthand how hard it can be to raise a child with special needs. The after reception party, which was held at her and husband Sergio’s Beyond Restaurant and Lounge in the Century Plaza Hotel, ...more

Jazz in the Park for Adoptive Families BC

Posted: June 1, 2009  - As published in:

Jazz in the Park for Adoptive Families BC Live jazz, celebrity blackjack, martini and whiskey tastings and fabulous food. It was a celebration to remember this past weekend as the Adoptive Families Association of BC held their gala fundraiser in the history Stanley Park Pavilion. Fabulous auction items helped raise even more money, the most popular of which was a custom Fire in the Kitchen package cooked and served by some of the city’s most handsome firefighters. ...more

Blue Water Cookbook and Red Cross Gala

Posted: May 25, 2009  - As published in:

Blue Water Cookbook and Red Cross Gala Kermit the Frog said it best - It’s not easy being green. However, thanks to some new sustainable programs (like the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program), Vancouver chefs are responding with enthusiasm. Such was the case at Blue Water Cafe last week. West Vancouver owner Jack Evrensel, along with his talented team, launched a new seafood cookbook focusing on “Spare the Ocean, Spoil the Palate”. The restaurant also played host to the Red Carpet Soiree - a toast to the ...more

Brian Jessel BMW Cabriolet 2009

Posted: May 18, 2009  - As published in:

Brian Jessel BMW Cabriolet 2009   It was time for cocktails, cars and catwalks at the 4th Annual Brian Jessel BMW Cabriolet Charity Fashion Gala. Benefitting BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation and the VGH & UBC Hospital for prostate research, the evening featured fashions by Hugo Boss and Harry Rosen as well as a fabulous martini / wine bar, four-star food by some of Vancouver’s top restaurants and more beautiful accessories than you can imagine. Va Va Vroom! ...more

Vancouver Leo Awards 2009

Posted: May 11, 2009  - As published in:

Vancouver Leo Awards 2009 The Leo Awards, BC’s version of the Oscars and Emmys, took place last weekend at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. Produced by the North Shore’s own Sonny Wong and Walter Daroshin, celebrities from both TV and movies walked the red carpet in style before being honoured by their peers at the gala awards show and dinner. Star spotters, autograph hunters and paparazzi galore made this a real Hollywood in Vancouver moment to remember.           01 - Tina Thorndycraft (wife of Leo Awards ...more

Nite of Hope – Shoot for the Stars

Posted: May 5, 2009  - As published in:

Nite of Hope – Shoot for the Stars West Vancouver's Capilano Golf and Country Club was decked out in pink and silver sparkle this past Tuesday night as the Nite of Hope - Shoot for the Stars Gala Dinner and Fashion Show took place. MC Vicki Gaberau joined members of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation in welcoming guests who were treated to a night of fabulous food, entertainment and fashion shows featuring styles from West Vancouver’s Phoenix and Romantique boutiques. ...more

Zen Sushi Oceanwise in West Vancouver

Posted: April 27, 2009  - As published in:

Zen Sushi Oceanwise in West Vancouver Sushi is one of my favourites. But when you savour that melt-in-your-mouth sashimi -  it’s sometimes easy to forget about the impact it has on today’s aquaculture. So now, thanks to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Conservation Program, we can all learn to make smarter choices. West Vancouver’s Zen Sushi is leading the way by becoming Metro Vancouver’s first Ocean Wise sushi restaurant. During a special event last week, Aquarium reps joined chef Nobu and staff to feature hand ...more

Stand Up for Mental Health Vancouver

Posted: April 20, 2009  - As published in:

Stand Up for Mental Health Vancouver   Curing mental illness has a lot to do with overcoming the stigma that comes with it. Thanks to the good folks at Stand Up for Mental Health (SMH), they’re teaching people that laughter is the best medicine by turning patients into performers and empowering them through stand-up comedy. The self-healing, scene-stealing program is spreading like wildfire across both Canada and the U.S. and, last week, the group celebrated with a pre-show reception at Vancouver’s lavish new Shangra-La Hotel. Afterwards, it ...more

London Air Services and CBC’s Rick Mercer

Posted: April 9, 2009  - As published in:

London Air Services and CBC’s Rick Mercer Two high profile events helped round out the last week as some high flyers and some high achievers put on the ritz to celebrate. First up, London Air Services, celebrated their 10th Anniversary with the opening of their new avation centre in YVR’s south terminal and the christening of their newest bird - an impressive Challenger 605 that is first class luxury all the way. Next, the stars were out at the Vancouver convention centre for Inclusion Works ’09 - ...more

Athletics for Kids Boxing Gala

Posted: April 6, 2009  - As published in:

Athletics for Kids Boxing Gala   It was time for bow ties and boxing gloves as the 7th annual Athletics for Kids (A4K) Boxing Gala was held last Friday at Hollyburn Country Club. Rock 101 FM’s Bro Jake “The Champ” Edwards had them rolling in the aisles as he helped MC the evening which included a glamorous martini reception, big steak dinner and five rounds of Olympic sanctioned boxing. Helping raise money for kids who can’t afford to play sports is the goal of these go-getters, ...more

Juno Week in Vancouver 2009

Posted: March 31, 2009  - As published in:

Juno Week in Vancouver 2009   The Juno Awards, Canada’s music equivalent to the Grammy’s, came to town last week and the lead up to the red carpet awards night was nothing short of spectacular. Hotel hospitality suites were filled with rock stars and celebs and just about every club in town got in the act with live bands and more. Music moguls Bruce Allen and Sam Feldman held one of the more exclusive events in town with Juno nominees getting a surprise performance from the ...more

Vancouver Waldorf School Festival of the Arts 2009

Posted: March 24, 2009  - As published in:

Vancouver Waldorf School Festival of the Arts 2009 The prestigious Vancouver Waldorf school (located in North Vancouver) offers a private education like no other. With emphasis on the arts, the students here get a chance to develop their talents to their full potential - often with amazing results. This past week at Centennial Theatre, friends and family helped celebrate these achievements during their annual Festival of the Arts. Congratulations to everyone involved.     01 - Music/orchestra teacher Robin Streb, left, prepares with Grade 7 violinist Jessica Ahn and cellist Emily ...more

Women in Film Vancouver and Confessions of a Shopaholic Handbag Event

Posted: March 14, 2009  - As published in:

Women in Film Vancouver and Confessions of a Shopaholic Handbag Event It was pure girl power this month for a couple of big reasons. First, the beautiful ladies at Expert Recruiters hosted a private showing of “Confessions of a Shopaholic” at the Scotiabank Theatre to launch their new designer handbag rental venture called “It’s Your Secret”. Next, the Women in Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) toasted their own during their gala film festival which honoured achievement among their peers. ...more

Vancouver Playhouse Wine Toast

Posted: March 9, 2009  - As published in:

Vancouver Playhouse Wine Toast The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, which officially starts March 23, got an early start last week at two separate events. First, it was a six-course, 17 glass dinner at the Vancouver Club as the Grandi Marchi dinner welcomed delegates and winemakers from Italy. Next, at The Shore Club, it was the official Festival Toast which took place prior to the opening night performance of “Toronto, Mississippi”. Don’t miss the next one - tasting tickets on sale at <playhousewinefest.com>. ...more

West Van Taphouse with Chef Rob Feenie

Posted: March 3, 2009  - As published in:

West Van Taphouse with Chef Rob Feenie The big lighthouse in Park Royal’s Village is shining a light on something new thanks to some funky changes and an innovative menu designed by famed Vancouver chef Rob Feenie. Since taking over the former Steamworks location, the gang at the Cactus Club’s West Van Taphouse has reinvented the space making it unique by offering their 20/20 beer menu, entertainment and more. Last week all was revealed at a special media tasting event that proves this group has tapped into ...more

V is for Variety – Earls Yaletown Event

Posted: February 23, 2009  - As published in:

V is for Variety – Earls Yaletown Event V is for Variety, The Children’s Charity that is. But V is also for Vodka, Vancouver and Va-va-va-voom. At least that’s the way I’d describe the new Earls hotspot in trendy Yaletown. West Vancouver’s Fuller family has done it again by re-inventing style in the upper loft of their newest location. Designed for private parties and a more “upscale” experience, the room is nothing short of spectacular. “Vodka is at the heart of V,” explained general manager Ryan Emmerson who ...more

Wear Else Spring Fashions at Park Royal

Posted: February 3, 2009  - As published in:

Wear Else Spring Fashions at Park Royal It was a Fashionista Wine and Cheese event at Park Royal’s stylish Wear Else boutique shop this month. Fashion reps from Milly and Tracy Reese clothing lines were on hand with glamorous models to show off their wares as gal pals from the North Shore got a chance to sip and sample and shop till they dropped. Bring on spring - we’re dressed and ready to go. ...more

Liberty Wines Taste of BC

Posted: February 3, 2009  - As published in:

Liberty Wines Taste of BC Liberty Wines, who was known for their famous annual oyster festival each January, has got a whole new look. They’ve shucked off the old shell and now are getting rave reviews for their new annual Taste of BC event at the Hyatt hotel. Lots of North Shore faces in the crowd got a chance to sip and sample from a wide range of wineries and dineries and all for a very good cause - BC Children’s Hospital. ...more

Fifty Fabulous Women at Shangri La Hotel

Posted: February 3, 2009  - As published in:

Fifty Fabulous Women at Shangri La Hotel Vancouver’s newest skyscraper, The Shangri-La Hotel, opened it’s doors to the public last week. The multi- million dollar marvel is sure to wow visitors and locals alike as it attracts big name celebs and chefs to its doorstep. But thanks to socialite Christy King and 50 of her fabulous lady friends, the gals got a chance to see things prior to opening night and to share in a fundraiser that goes to support kids and the United Way. ...more

Virgin Radio Launch at Kits Watermark

Posted: January 26, 2009  - As published in:

Virgin Radio Launch at Kits Watermark They’ve been called Z95, then Crave radio - but as of this month, when you turn your dial to 95.3 FM, you’ll hear the wild and wonderful sounds of Virgin Radio. Working off the brand made famous by Sir Richard Branson, the staff and management celebrated the launch of their newest image in an all-out, blushing red light / red carpet party at Kitsilano’s Watermark restaurant. Fire dancers on the beach, and some full frontal nudity, made this a night ...more

BC Chef’s Society Dinner

Posted: January 19, 2009  - As published in:

BC Chef’s Society Dinner   It was billed as the dinner of a lifetime. North Vancouver’s own Pino Posteraro, of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill fame in Yaletown, played host to an elite group of famous foodies at his restaurant earlier this month to serve a $500 a plate, 12-course feast in support of the BC’s Chefs’ Table Soiety (CTS). The "Senza Frontiere" (without borders) dinner helped raise funds for the creation of bursaries and scholarships for young, emerging, student chefs. Vancouver’s finest chefs shared kitchen duty ...more

Rutledge Run for Zajac Ranch

Posted: January 12, 2009  - As published in:

Rutledge Run for Zajac Ranch   Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If you did, and you’re finding it hard to stick to some of them, then maybe this can be an inspiration. West Vancouver’s Don Rutledge, who is better known for his involvement in race cars, the hospitality industry and investment portfolios, made a pledge last year. It was time to give something back to himself, and others. So he started to train, and with the help of some very influential friends, ...more

A New Year’s Toast to 2009

Posted: January 5, 2009  - As published in:

A New Year’s Toast to 2009   Let’s raise a glass to old and new, and all the things we say and do. Sometimes, it passes oh so fast - but thanks to photos, it can last. The parties, full of fun and cheer - helped us ring in a brand new New Year. And the faces say it all so well, plus there’s always a great tale to tell. So thank you for your smiles so bright, and inviting me to share each night. Without you ...more

The 45th Annual Scottish Ball

Posted: December 19, 2008  - As published in:

The 45th Annual Scottish Ball It was a Christmas delight to behold at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on December 14th as West Vancouver’s Gleneagles Scottish Counry Dance group played host to guests from near and far at the 45th Annual Scottish Ball. Close to 200 guests, some of them coming from as far away as Washington state, took to the ballroom floor to enjoy a formal afternoon of traditional dancing to the sounds of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. They’ve come a long way from their ...more

Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Christmas

Posted: December 15, 2008  - As published in:

Pandora’s Vox and Espiritu Vocal Christmas I’ve been a HUGE fan of the lovely ladies of West Vancouver’s Pandora’s Vox for close to 15 years now and I can’t say enough. Performing this past week at the Kay Meek Centre in “Gifted” with their partner vocal ensemble Espiritu, the group has grown into one of the most entertaining and professional choir organizations in the country. From impressive pieces like “Lux Aurumque” (my fave) to silly seasonal songs like “Fruitcake”, this group never fails to deliver. Choir ...more

AllWest Insurance gives its best for Christmas

Posted: December 9, 2008  - As published in:

AllWest Insurance gives its best for Christmas With the state of the economy this year, and everyone counting their pennies more closely, it could be an unexpectedly tough holiday season for some. But the good folks at AllWest Insurance refused to give in to the bah-humbugs and not only decided to celebrate the season in style, but also did a little fundraising in the process. West Vancouver’s Paul and Devina Zalesky, owner of AllWest, honoured staff with a glamorous dinner party and awards banquet at Beyond Restaurant ...more

Jade Bell – A Heroin Hero?

Posted: December 2, 2008  - As published in:

Jade Bell – A Heroin Hero? In 1997, a handsome 23-year old Vancouver waiter named Jade Bell injected himself with an overdose of heroin and cocaine (a speedball). It took paramedics 15 minutes to bring him back to life, but that life was now forever diminished. He awoke after a two month coma to find himself blind, unable to speak and paralyzed primarily from the neck down. His efforts to come back from such a nightmare to fulfill what he now calls "his dream" are both ...more

Vancouver Doormen’s Dinner

Posted: December 2, 2008  - As published in:

Vancouver Doormen’s Dinner They know where all the best restaurants are, where all the movies stars stay and can probably help you get front row tickets to just about any event in town. They are Vancouver's doormen, and without them, we'd be a city without a face. Last month, at the 18th Annual Doormens Dinner, these ambassadors were honoured for their great service and hard work. Sponsored by Grace McCarthy's CH.I.L.D (CHildren with Intenstinal and Liver Disorders) foundation, and held at Vancouver's Four Seasons ...more

Whistler’s Cornucopia Festival

Posted: December 1, 2008  - As published in:

Whistler’s Cornucopia Festival Celebrating it's 12th year of food and wine, Whistler's Cornucopia once again provided a weekend to remember. Featuring gala wine tastings, winemakers' dinners and after parties that continued well into the wee hours - this celebration of all things indulgent is well worth the price of admission. Several North Shore faces were spotted sipping famous label wines and dipping into plates created by some of the world's top chefs. The only hard part, is keeping up the pace for four ...more

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