Real Housewives hit the party circuit

The party circuit was a veritable sea of puffed-out pouts, freshly sanded cheekbones and suspiciously perky breasts. Yep, you couldn’t swing a martini glass without hitting one of the Real Housewives of Vancouver this past weekend.

At HousexGuest restaurant in Gastown, for example, the statuesque Ronnie Negus appeared to be talking through clenched teeth and frozen lips — it looked painful. Also in attendance was former RHOV cast member Reiko MacKenzie. She was all aglow and seemed to be in pretty good spirits — definitely a lot chattier than she’s been in the past.

The two reality TV stars were there to celebrate the launch of Remy’s Bracelet, a collaborative fundraising venture between Alden Rae Jewelry and Negus. If you didn’t make it to the party, I highly recommend checking out these reasonably priced jewels online. The designs are beautiful and partial proceeds from every bracelet sold goes to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, so win-win. For more info, visit

East Vancouver saints

At the Vancouver Art Gallery, TV personality Preet Banerjee and restaurateur-entrepreneur Mark Brand hosted a hugely successful launch party for A Better Life Foundation – a new charity organization with a mission to “relieve hunger and facilitate job opportunities to those who live in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.”

Guests in attendance were well-fed and well-quenched, thanks to the generosity of the Donnelly Group and VCC Culinary Arts. Supporters of this great cause were also entertained thanks to a performance by Mother Mother’s Ryan Guldemond andHannah Georgas.

Some notable guests included Ioulia Reynolds from, you guessed it, the RHOV. And on the way out, I bumped into none other than RHOV’s Jody Claman, who was proudly rocking her new perm — you go girl!

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Stars of the stage

Vancouver thespians recently gathered at the Vancouver TheatreSports League Improv Centre on Granville Island for the 31st annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations party. It was a fairly low-key afternoon event with a nice warm vibe to it, as everyone in attendance seemed to be genuinely happy for all the incredibly talented nominees. The actual awards show is on June 24 at the Commodore Ballroom. For ticket info, visit

Party On

The HSBC City of Bhangra Festival runs May 30 until June 8 with a lineup of local and international performers. For more:

BC Hospitality Foundation’s Dish n’ Dazzle 2013 is on May 30 at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel. For tickets, visit

Correction: In Community unites against homophobia (24 hours, May 21) Olympic gold medallist Ben Rutledge was incorrectly referred to as gay.

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