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Catherine began writing for the Vancouver Sun Newspaper in March 2013. Here she again brings her famous celebrity and society columns to life along with new added features like people profiles and luxury lifestyles articles. Also watch for her newest video segments as well.



Deighton Cup 2014 at Hastings Park Vancouver

Posted: July 27, 2014  - As published in:

Deighton Cup 2014 at Hastings Park Vancouver It has to be one of the most colourful and fashionable events in Vancouver. Add in the bow ties, fanciful hats, champagne VIP lounge, luxury cars and horse racing and it's easy to see why it's also one of the hottest parties of the summer. The Deighton Cup, produced by the good folks at The Social Concierge, was held last weekend at Hastings Park. Local celebs and socialites were easy to find as they placed their bets from luxury sky ...more

Vancouver Pride Opening Reception TD Bank Group

Posted: July 23, 2014  - As published in:

Vancouver Pride Opening Reception TD Bank Group Time for this town to get a little crazy. Vancouver Pride is upon us and the parties have already started. First up is the TD Bank Group's opening reception party. Hosted for the fourth year by the amazing folks at the TD team, and headed up Mauro Manzi, senior vice president of TD – Pacific Region, it was time to kick up your heels and hoist a glass at the Junction Pub last night where guests were treated to food, ...more

Canada’s Bartender of the Year 2014 in Vancouver

Posted: July 13, 2014  - As published in:

Canada’s Bartender of the Year 2014 in Vancouver What does it take to become Canada's Bartender of the Year? Well, you must know your spirits and mixes for starters. A knowledge of basic ingredients also helps. Then there's the whole science of muddling things. And, if you want to impress, you must have a flair for the dramatic too. Last week ten of the best from across the country came together to compete in Canada's most prestigious contest in a two day, two city event that dazzled the ...more

Vancouver BMW Store i8 Electric Car Launch Party

Posted: June 24, 2014  - As published in:

Vancouver BMW Store i8 Electric Car Launch Party It's an electric car star already, and it just hit the road. So what better way to welcome a celebrity vehicle than with an all-out, over the top, glamorous garage party. The BMW Store in Vancouver pulled out all the stops to turn their vehicle warehouse into a nightclub/ultra-lounge to welcome the new BMW i8 onto the scene. Guests were treated to food and libations as well as fun and frisky live entertainment and music - all in honour of ...more

River Rock Resort Celebrates 10 Years in Vancouver

Posted: June 23, 2014  - As published in:

River Rock Resort Celebrates 10 Years in Vancouver It's a month long party out in Richmond as the River Rock Casino Resort holds their Diamond Celebration and 10 year anniversary party. A special VIP evening was held last week as dignitaries, politicians and invited guests were treated to a glamorous evening at the conference centre. The birthday theme included gourmet food and extra special party items like hot dogs, cotton candy and a full ice cream sundae station. There was also a special tribute to the many artists ...more

Rick Mercer Headlines Kay Meek Centre Gala

Posted: June 17, 2014  - As published in:

Rick Mercer Headlines Kay Meek Centre Gala The Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver is a community gem. Loved for its plays and performances, it has become a place that supports the professional arts and the people in a small community known for its close-knit nature. Last week, it was time for the annual gala fundraiser. This year superstar Canadian comic Rick Mercer headlined the event with his one-man show and lots of laughs. The evening also included a garden reception complete with food and drinks and ...more

Heart and Stroke Golden Heart Gala Dinner

Posted: June 16, 2014  - As published in:

Heart and Stroke Golden Heart Gala Dinner The Heart and Stroke Foundation's Golden Heart gala dinner was held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver last week. A black tie affair, the night featured live and silent auction items, entertainment and a five-star dinner all served in the hotel's lavishly decorate ballroom.   - - - 01 - Gala chair and Olympian Charmaine Crooks and husband Anders welcome guests to the reception. 02 - Honourary chairs Jane and Peter Scott. 03 - Stéphane Mouttet, of the Shangri-La Hotel, poses with volunteers Tracy Lee, ...more

Lift the Children Gala for Africa

Posted: June 16, 2014  - As published in:

Lift the Children Gala for Africa Can you imagine having no schools or hospitals? How about no crops or food? Sadly, this is real life for entire populations of people living in Africa. It is also the life many children are born into with little hope for the future. Lift The Children is trying to change all that. With 10,000 children in more than 80 orphanages, Lift The Children is an organization "dedicated to seeking out the world’s most destitute children and providing them with the ...more

Love Her Ovarian Cancer Gala Vancouver 2014

Posted: June 10, 2014  - As published in:

Love Her Ovarian Cancer Gala Vancouver 2014 It was a celebration of women, fun and fashion at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel last week as guests gathered to join in the fight against ovarian cancer. Still considered the most fatal of all women's cancers, the 2014 Lover Her Gala celebrated the memory of those we've lost while helping to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada (the only national charity dedicated solely to overcoming ovarian cancer). Despite the solemn nature of the cause, laughter and smiles were still ...more

Brian Jessel 2014 Cabriolet Gala

Posted: June 8, 2014  - As published in:

Brian Jessel 2014 Cabriolet Gala Brian Jessel may be known for his luxury car dealerships, but he is also known for throwing some of Vancouver's best charity parties. The Cabriolet Gala is one of the hottest parties of the year and in the past has featured names like Jay Leno, CeeLo Green, Colin James and the Barenaked Ladies. This year it was time for high fashion to take centre stage as designer Gianni Maanaki showed off his spectacular haute couture line. It was also a ...more

Harry Hamlin, Terrence Howard, Billy Baldwin Headline Celebrity Variety Car Rally in Vancouver

Posted: May 30, 2014  - As published in:

Harry Hamlin, Terrence Howard, Billy Baldwin Headline Celebrity Variety Car Rally in Vancouver Hollywood celebrities, sports stars and some of Vancouver's most beautiful people were all putting the pedal to the metal last weekend as the Variety for Kids rally hit the streets of town. Headed up by honourary co-chairs Kyle & Janelle Washington, the two-day adventure saw each team/car raise $25,000+ each to support the kids. Then, it was time to draft your celebrity driver and head out on the highway. Think "Amazing Race" meets scavenger hunt. The big kick-off party was ...more

North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament

Posted: May 27, 2014  - As published in:

North Shore Mayors’ Golf Tournament The sun was out and the greens were ready at Seymour Golf and Country Club last weekend as the 7th Annual North Shore Mayors' Golf Tournament took place. Foursomes started swinging early to enjoy a day on the links with friends and guests all in support of the new Turning Point Recovery Society and their new Women's Recovery House located in North Vancouver. Every golfer also got an opportunity to try to "Beat the Mayor" on three different specialty challenge ...more

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Grand Finale Campaign Reception

Posted: May 22, 2014  - As published in:

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Grand Finale Campaign Reception It was a who's who of Vancouver business leaders, movers and shakers last week at a special reception held by the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to celebrate the grand finale of their long-reaching $200-million campaign for a new hospital. At an elegant stand-up reception, invited guests, major donors and VIPs marked the end of the fundraising road, and the beginning of a new future for BC kids everywhere in need of medial care. The evening included speeches by foundation leaders, ...more

UBC CampOUT Fundraising Event 2014

Posted: May 14, 2014  - As published in:

UBC CampOUT Fundraising Event 2014 CampOut 2014, a UBC initiative supporting queer, trans and allied youth in B.C., is celebrating its fifth year. With a mission to "create an empowering camping experience by providing practical, social, spiritual, educational, health and leadership tools in an inspiring and welcoming space", the program invites young people aged 14 - 21 from all over the province to meet like-minded individuals and enjoy a safe and fun outdoor environment. Yesterday, at the palatial home of West Vancouver's Heidi and Richard ...more

Glowbal Group’s New Trattoria Opening Night

Posted: May 13, 2014  - As published in:

Glowbal Group’s New Trattoria Opening Night West Vancouver's Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub are well known for their Glowbal Restaurant Group. With names like Italian Kitchen, Black and Blue, Coast and more, this yummy enterprise has achieved great success in Vancouver over the last few years. Now it's time to add another member to the family with the opening of their newest venture - Trattoria. Located at Park Royal as part of the shopping centre's extensive and stylish renovations, this is also the first North ...more

Samba Till Sunrise Gala for Kids

Posted: May 12, 2014  - As published in:

Samba Till Sunrise Gala for Kids Spring is gala season! So what better way to celebrate than to raise money for your school. That was what the parents at West Vancouver's Ecole Pauline Johnson did last week via their talented Parents' Advisory Committee (PAC) with the Samba Till Sunrise fundraiser and art auction. Hollyburn Country Club was decked out in colours as everyone got into the theme. But what made this event extra special was the many professional art items put up for bid which were ...more

Athletics for Kids Boxing Gala

Posted: May 9, 2014  - As published in:

Athletics for Kids Boxing Gala The Athletics for Kids (A4K) annual boxing gala was held last week at West Vancouver's Hollyburn Country Club. Helping raise money for kids who cannot always afford to play sports, the association's annual event is a glamorous affair complete with Las Vegas theme, sit-down dinner, auction items and live sanctioned boxing bouts. Famous sports names, glamorous showgirls and some knock 'em sock 'em action are all part of the fun. Congrats to all involved who are putting up a fight ...more

Heart of Gold 2014 Pre-Gala Reception

Posted: May 7, 2014  - As published in:

Heart of Gold 2014 Pre-Gala Reception The Heart of Gold Gala, held in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation - BC and Yukon chapter, will hold its 10th Anniversary fundraising event later next month. In preparation for the big night, a private VIP reception for donors, committee members and guests was held yesterday at the super chic downtown home of Janelle and Kyle Washington. The stunning views and sunlit patios were the perfect backdrop for the invite-only reception which included canapes, cocktails and speeches. Sadly, ...more

Art of A Woman Breast Cancer Gallery Show

Posted: May 4, 2014  - As published in:

Art of A Woman Breast Cancer Gallery Show The Art of a Woman, a special art unveiling dedicated to breast cancer, took place last week at the Bau Xi gallery on Granville. Sponsored by Diane's Lingerie as part of their new rebranding campaign, the evening included a first time glimpse of very unique artwork created by a list of Vancouver's most prominent women. Each participant was covered in body paint and a canvas imprint was taken which then was turned into an amazing work of art. Anonymity was ...more

Mission Hill Anthony Von Mandl at Vancouver Board of Trade

Posted: April 29, 2014  - As published in:

Mission Hill Anthony Von Mandl at Vancouver Board of Trade The Vancouver Board of Trade is well known for its speaker series and business events that attract the most prominent people in Vancouver. Last week, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Mission Hill owner/proprietor and Mark Anthony brands' own Anthony von Mandl was at the podium to speak to a near sell-out crowd about his history and the BC wine business. A riveting performance with all the elements of a best-selling novel, von Mandl spoke of the early naive days, political ...more

Regency Lexus Luxury Gala Opening

Posted: April 27, 2014  - As published in:

Regency Lexus Luxury Gala Opening Vancouver's Ahamed family is well known for their generosity and philanthropy with many charity events in Vancouver. They are also well known for their Regency automobile empire which includes brands like Toyota, Volkswagen, Infiniti, Nissan and Lexus. Last week, at the opening of their new Regency Lexus flagship store on Burrard, the family welcomed dignitaries, celebs and VIP guests to share in the special event. Black tie butlers greeted guests as everyone was handed a special passport card to tour ...more

Canadian Sommelier Association BC Launch at Hawksworth Vancouver

Posted: April 16, 2014  - As published in:

Canadian Sommelier Association BC Launch at Hawksworth Vancouver Champagne was flowing and glasses were clinking at the celebration launch of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in British Columbia. President Michelle Bouffard welcomed guests to the private room at Hawksworth Restaurant (in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia) and introduced the BC association and its board members. Wine experts alike agree that the new association will help bring big opportunities to the province and members are happy to now be affiliated with the prestigious Association de la Sommellerie Internationale ...more

Gotham 15th Anniversary Soiree Attracts Local Celebs

Posted: April 13, 2014  - As published in:

Gotham 15th Anniversary Soiree Attracts Local Celebs Gotham Steakhouse is a well known celebrity hotspot in Vancouver. With big wines, a glamourous cocktail lounge and famous faces - it is a see-and-be-seen kind of place that has held some legendary parties and charity events over the years. Celebrating its 15th anniversary last week, owner Neil Aisenstat invited friends and VIP guests to help mark the milestone. Cheers and congrats! - - - 01 - Lovely ladies are alway part of the mix. From left: Shannon Marler, makeup artist Bree-Anna ...more

Global Glitterati at Bar None Vancouver

Posted: April 3, 2014  - As published in:

Global Glitterati at Bar None Vancouver There was glitter everywhere. But then again, that's the point behind the Global Glitterati party night at Bar None. Last week the Yaletown hot spot was decorated with mirror balls hanging from the ceiling and unicorns standing guard at the door. There was even a throne fit for the queen of the party - birthday girl and celebrity stylish Crystal Carson. As a driving force behind the Global Glitterati company, she has helped style and fashion some of this ...more

Duelling Arts Swords and Rapier Gala Event

Posted: April 2, 2014  - As published in:

Duelling Arts Swords and Rapier Gala Event En Guarde! It was a night of cultural cocktailing at the Vancouver Club last week as the sounds of swords clanged and clashed in a night of competitive duelling. Vancouver based party planners The Social Concierge put together "The Duelling Arts" event - a series of Victorian era championship duels in a legitimate rapier tournament that delighted invited guests and revellers. Challengers were dressed in full formal wear for each battle and the entire location was decked out in armour, ...more

Children’s Wish Foundation Inaugural Gala at Vancouver Art Gallery

Posted: March 14, 2014  - As published in:

Children’s Wish Foundation Inaugural Gala at Vancouver Art Gallery The Children's Wish Foundations of Canada, BC and Yukon Chapter, held their inaugural gala this past week in spectacular surroundings at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Entitled simply "Wish", the night was a wonderland of light and glamour as invited guests enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails and canapes in the gallery's top floor terrace. After it was time to proceed downstairs for an elegant dinner by Hawksworth Restaurant. Live and silent auction items helped round out the night which raised over $80,000 which ...more

Golden Globes 2014 – Cat Calls

Posted: January 13, 2014  - As published in:

Golden Globes 2014 – Cat Calls The first big awards show of the 2014 season, the Golden Globes, is officially over. As always, everyone was talking about the red carpet hits and misses, the big winners, and the big sinners. American Hustle walked away with the most hardware and Cecil B. DeMille honouree Woody Allen didn’t show up, but the gossip doesn’t stop there. Here’s how this Cat called it: Too Many Shots of U2’s Bono I seriously think the camera crew was in love as they cut ...more

Deighton Cup Dresses Up Vancouver at Hasting Race Course

Posted: August 19, 2013  - As published in: ,

Deighton Cup Dresses Up Vancouver at Hasting Race Course Champagne, hats, fascinators, cigars and horses. The Deighton Cup, held last weekend at Hastings Park, was truly the best looking event of the summer. Billed as a "good old fashioned day at the races", this three-day event included a Friday night "Big Smoke" cigar lounge and Sunday afternoon "Julep" day. But the big Saturday event - entitled "Thoroughbred" - was a stylish feast for the eyes as Dapper Dans and pretty ladies everywhere went the extra mile to win, place ...more

Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala 2013 with Colin James – Part Two

Posted: June 27, 2013  - As published in:

Brian Jessel Cabriolet Gala 2013 with Colin James – Part Two In years past, Brian Jessel has welcomed names like Jay Leno and CeeLo Green. No wonder his annual BMW Cabriolet Gala is one of Vancouver's most sought after and entertaining fundraisers. This year marked the 8th annual event and, as expected, all of this city's best dressed were on hand to enjoy an evening of celebration and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Posh live and silent auction items tempted supporters to bid their best as go-go ...more

Leo Awards 2013 Vancouver Film – Part II

Posted: June 14, 2013  - As published in:

Leo Awards 2013 Vancouver Film – Part II For 15 years now, the Leo Awards have helped shine the spotlight on hundreds of talented people working in BC film and television. And yet, after all these years, it happily continues to mix glamour and humility into a perfect combination that seems to get only better with age. The actual Leo Awards gala event, held this past Saturday at Vancouver's Westin Bayshore Hotel, is an annual "Oscar" style evening complete with red carpet, champagne reception, live music, gourmet dinner and, ...more

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