Icebreaker: Our high-flying Canucks took a break from their schedule to front their annual off-ice gala. Nearly 1,000 fans filed into the Convention Centre for the boys’ 13th annual Dice and Ice Gala. Each player was let loose on games table at the Canucks Casino prior to the dinner and auction. The super important sat down with goalie Roberto Luongo in the VIP poker room. No pucks flew but rest assured the bucks did—all in support of the Canucks Autism Network, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Festival uncorked: As far as A-list global wine events go, the Playhouse Festival is regarded by most producers, importers, journalists and wine-loving consumers as the best show in Canada and among the best in North America. Festival director Harry Hertscheg kicked off the 34th edition (Feb. 27 to March 4) with a pre-toast and VIP tasting at the Shore Club. Tickets for this year’s events are on sale now.
In the know: Next Lululemon? Rest assured you will be hearing and seeing a lot more of Vancouver brands Native, Lifetime and Herschel Supply Co. as they make a name for themselves on the world stage. The fledgling companies revealed their fall lines to retailers who converged at the Convention Centre for the KNOWSHOW, Canada’s premier trade show of lifestyle fashion and action sports retailers.
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