He sings, he scores: Burnaby boy Michael Bubl‚ scored big with kids and hockey fans matching the $100,000 raised at Kevin Bieksa's charity hockey game. The crooner took on coaching duties for the Bieksa's Buddies team. The sold-out game at UBC's Doug Mitchell Arena saw the UBC Thunderbird men's hockey team lose 8-7 in an once-in-a-lifetime matchup. Bubl‚ and Bieksa were joined by Canucks Ryan Kesler, Jason Garrison, Alex Edler and former Canuck Willie Mitchell. The $200,000 will support Canuck Place Children's Hospice, the Canucks Autism Network and the Canucks Family Education Centre.
New kids in the hall: The Courier's food and wine writer Tim Pawsey was among 10 individuals feted at the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association's Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, the only such hall in the world. Six hundred industry leaders gathered at the Italian Culture Centre to celebrate those who have achieved excellence in B.C.'s restaurant industry.
Musical mosaic: A capacity crowd filed into the Cultch for the third annual Festival MOSAIC fundraising event and celebration. Yours truly and Cal Koat emceed the showcase of world music benefitting MOSAIC, a non-profit organization that helps 70,000 immigrants settle in B.C. annually. President Karimah Es Sabar and executive director Eyob Naizghi welcomed guests including Minister of Multiculturalism John Yap to the agency's signature soiree.