KNOWSHOW Vancouver Events


It’s that time of the year again, when the lifestyle reps, skateboarders, snowboarders, culture editors, and related connoisseurs of cool descend upon our city for Canada’s biggest lifestyle tradeshow, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  Beyond scanning the aisles of booths during the 3-day tradeshow, there are a number of events during the week that are not to be missed.

One of my favourite nights last year was a bus trip up Grouse Mountain for a night of ice skating followed by beers in the pub (can we do that again please?) but the agenda for the 2014 KNOWSHOW has plenty to keep the week full, so here are a few of my top picks for what to do:

After the media preview tomorrow afternoon, head on down to Fortune for Hip Hop Karaoke (a weekly staple), followed with a performance by Grandmaster Flash.  Sorry, let me repeat that one more time.  GRANDMASTER FLASH of the Furious Five, first hip hop artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he who brought us The Message.

jody morris

In between hip hop karaoke and the Grandmaster, head on down to Fortune’s Projects Space (middle floor) for a photo exhibition and book release by Jody Morris, whose photographs will take you under bridges, over airplanes, and all over the world.


Thursday will be a goodie as well, with our local heroes Lifetime Collective launching the 6th issue of their Free Thinkers zine, a biannual collection of interviews, photographs, and other influences that inspire the brand and creative thought.

And just a reminder, if you’re tweeting or instagramming any events, be sure to use the #KNWSHW tag so you’re thrown in the loop.  Enjoy!


Obakki Warehouse Sale

obakki warehouse sale

It’s back! The most wonderful time of the year: the Obakki Warehouse Sale, always a sale of the most epic proportions.

This sale will offer Fall/Winter items from last season, as well as the recent Spring/Summer pieces from 2013.

While you count the minutes to the sale, head on over to see what the Obakki Foundation is up to these days. Their initiatives to bring clean water, agricultural stability, and educational support to communities in Africa have provided over 400 water wells and brought water to more than 500,000 people.

The Foundation is also currently running a competition through their Facebook page where you can vote on their next #goodlove scarf colour until November 8! For every 500 scarves sold, a village in South Sudan can be provided with clean water.

Tempt Cider Contest & Giveaway

Tempt Cider Giveaway

Tempt Cider is a new alcoholic cider from Denmark that has recently launched in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Ontario only so far), featuring notes of strawberry and lime.

We’re running a fantastic contest to introduce you to this tasty new beverage – all you have to do is tweet me how you release your inner temptress (your Halloween costume idea/ date ideas..what you’ll buy with your $50 Victoria’s Secret gift card..your favourite music to get down and dirty to..totally open to interpretation here!), and I will select a winner at 5pm (PST) on November 2 to take home this killer prize pack:

·         A case of Tempt Cider (24 cans)

·         A mask

·         A $50 gift card to Victoria Secret

·         Two Tempt Cider branded glasses

·         A Tempt Cider branded iPhone case

·         A Tempt Cider branded chapstick.

Now get tweeting to @tpotratz with the hashtag #temptress, and go ahead and like their Facebook page as well – it’s full of tempting ideas and fun dares for you to pull off once your cider buzz kicks in.

Jennyfleur Moving Sale

Jennyfleur Final Party

A message from the Yaletown retailer, Jennyfleur:

“After 3 years in our Yaletown Location at 1058 Mainland Street #110 – we have decided that it is time to move on at the end of this month. We have not found another location that is suitable for us yet, so for now we will remain online. You may see us in the future “popping up”.. we haven’t disappeared – all our instagram, twitter, facebook phone number will all still remain and we will be accessible.”

Items in store are currently on sale so you can pop in any time this week to take advantage of great discounts, even on newly arrived styles.

Best of luck to these ladies on finding a new location!

12th Annual Whistler Writers and Readers Festival

whistler readers and writers

The Whistler Writers and Readers Festival is coming into it’s 12th year, but my own sojourn up to Whistler for the October 18-20 weekend will be a first. Though undoubtedly popular, the Whistler fest is the quieter nearby relative to the Vancouver Writer’s Festival – and if there’s anything that will get my bags packed and out of the big city, it’s a quaint little festival in a small town.

The evening reading events are sure to be a hit on both nights, but after so many years of the CBC keeping me company on country roads I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Jian Ghomeshi interview Will Ferguson on Saturday evening. Accompanied by live music and wine, the event should be a great cap-off to a day of engaging, hands-on workshops.

I’m signed up for two workshops on Saturday morning, including History to Story: Writing Historical Fiction with Ania Szado, and Memoir Writing with Jane Silcott (now sold out). Post-workshop summaries will follow after the festival, but in the meantime there are still tickets left for most events!

See you in the Village!

Bare Essentials: Vancouver Facial Bar


I recently had the opportunity to visit the freshly opened Bare Essentials, a skincare and facial bar that has adopted an “on-the-go” service philosophy that so many niche Vancouver salons have succeeded upon (Blo Hair, Bombay Brow Bar, Noir Lash Lounge, I could go on..)

When I arrived for my appointment I had prepared myself to forgo my most favourite spa rituals: this facial meant business, as I was promised to be in and out within a span of about 30 minutes. I did not expect lavish treatment or relaxation, and as I walked into the open concept storefront my expectation appeared to redeem itself when I eyed the reclining bed in front of the window.


However, my prejudgements ended there. After filling out a questionnaire, my “skintender” was quick and efficient in her analysis of my skin and the treatment we were going to pursue. I was relaxed for the entire 3o minutes, and glad that a gentle conversation was maintained throughout the treatment – I was fully aware of all her actions, but still took a time out with my eyes closed.  A short temple and facial massage added a nice element of that “lavish” quality I love in traditional spas.

After the treatment you can get a list of recommended Dermalogica products for your skin if you opt for it, but I appreciated that I wasn’t forced into a sales pitch or felt pressure to buy – had I been in a hurry, I may have wanted to simply pay and go.

When I did walk out the door I felt refreshed and energized, and my face felt fantastic. I wore my own bare skin around the city all day, and with glowing pride.

A 30 min facial at Bare Essentials is $45 and they exclusively use Dermalogica products.

790 Richards Street, Vancouver, (604) 428-0091

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