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Warner Home Video Release, Grey Goose Arbitor of Cool Contest, Contac Services Party.

Oct 30 and 31, 2007

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Luxury vodka and vodka tasting bars are fast becoming the latest hip, international trend. So Sex in the City girls better beware, because the Cosmopolitan martini is so OVER! This is the news according to some of Vancouver's hottest mixologists who were put to the test last week as part of Grey Goose Vodka's Arbiter of Cool 2007 contest. All three regional finalists were equal to the task in my opinion, but it's West restaurant's David Wolowidnyk who took top honours and is now on his way to France to shake it up with the big boys. Meanwhile, a toast to Warner Home Video Canada who put on the ritz at a very VIP video launch last week at Lucy Mae Brown's Opium Den. Blade Runner look-alikes and Sopranos characters helped tout the new titles coming out on HD DVD next year. Check them out if you want a little lights, camera and action on a cold, winter's night.

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Contac_Services  016 The Contac Services gala at the Wall Centre Hotel sees the new generation celebrate in style. From left: Hussain Dhanani, Asiyya and Serena Pisani (daughters to Contac president Riaz Pisani), and Jameel Vaghela.
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Contac_Services  017 Contac consultant Ray Torresan and party organizer and sales manager Tanya Topolniski at the Wall Centre gala.
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Grey_Goose_Bartender  003 Blue Water Cafe's Ron Oliver and his Blue Monday cocktail are big contenders at the Arbiter of Cool contest.
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Grey_Goose_Bartender  004 Bacardi Canada's Michael Trimble, left, chats with competitor Trevor Kallies at the Granville Room after the Arbiter of Cool contest.
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Grey_Goose_Bartender#10003 David Wolowidnyk of West is leaving on a jet plane for France thanks to his first place "Jolicoer" cocktail at the Arbiter of Cool contest.
warner_video  001 Warner media gals Jennifer Alsop-Lee, left, and Rachel Texton show-off the new titles coming to HD DVD.
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warner_video  002 Blade runner replicants and models Colette Hills, left, and Lucia Oskerova help decorate the Opium Den nicely at the Warner party.
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warner_video  004 See the latest in HD DVD at the Warner party thanks to PR man Chris Lewchuck, left, product manager Dyan Eaton and marketing's Larry Zolob.
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warner_video  006 Danny, left, Marco, Atine and Jules hand out money bags and more as they play the part of the Sopranos at the Warner party.
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warner_video  007.jpg* CTV movie critic Jim Gordon and lovely Leeta Liepins, of Opera Pro Cantanti, are among the VIPs at the Warner party.
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