Week Ahead: Vancouver Curling Club turns 100; We Day and Eco Fashion Week
100 years of curling
Curling began in Vancouver in 1912 when Lester and Frank Patrick built the Denman Arena, affectionately known as “the Pile”, ushering hockey into the city as well. The sport was suspended at the start of WWI, until 1931, when it resumed at the newly built Forum in Hastings Park. In 1936, hockey took over the forum and squeezed curling onto one sheet of ice that was 12-feet short of regulation length. Plans for a new, bigger facility were halted until after the war when, in 1949, the storied Dinmont Avenue Vancouver Curling Club opened its doors (pictured). Thirty-nine of the club’s 48 provincial championships were won there, despite the annual springtime heaves in the ice. Last August, the club moved to a new eight-sheet facility — the legacy curling facility from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games — in the Hillcrest Centre (4575 Clancy Loranger Way). To celebrate its centennial, the VCC has a weekend of events planned, including a gala dinner on Oct 12; a “celebrate the decades” Funspiel on Oct 13, open to all levels of ability, where curlers sign up to play a position for the day and then play with different teammates each game (registration required); and a historical open house the same day. Go to VanCurl.com/100years for more information.
Singer-songwriter (and X Factor judge) Demi Lovato, Sir Richard Branson’s daughter Holly and basketball legend Magic Johnson will be inspiring the thousands of young people who will gather at Rogers Arena on October 18 to “be the change”. We Day celebrates what can happen when youth get together and work towards creating a better world. Organized by Free the Children, it’s a day of celebration and inspiration so that the energy that’s created lasts long after the stadium empties. The Vancouver event will be hosted by musician Jesse Giddings, a former MuchMusic VJ who grew up in Langley. WeDay.com
Eco Fashion Week
Earth-friendly fashion continues to strike a chord globally, with the most recent Vancouver Eco Fashion Week packing stars such as Unlokk, La Isla, Standing Armed, SNAP by F as in Frank, Fiveleft leather and Adhesif onto the runway. Whether you want it upcycled, recycled (see TIMELINE story), vintage, local, organic or “waste coutured”, the era of reducing the fashion industry’s impact is upon us, and the world looks to Myriam Laroche and her non-profit Eco Fashion Week to lead the way. The Spring/Summer 2012 EFW runs from Oct. 16 to 19. Be sure to catch Kim Cather’s fun 68 lb challenge (the average weight of clothes individually thrown away each year) on Oct. 17 — a runway show curated from 68 lbs of clothes that Value Village deemed unfit to sell. For tickets to the shows and for info on the free seminars, go to EcoFashion-Week.com.