J-Horror at The Cinematheque

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‘Tis the season for scary movies and the lineup of J-Horror at The Cinematheque is the perfect way to satisfy your cravings for a good fright.

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J-Horror at The Cinematheque

Where: The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St, Vancouver)
When: October 23 to 31, 2020
Tickets: Available online now

There is a haunting lineup of four films that have new restorations, with a digitally refurbished Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) receiving its North American theatrical debut. Here’s the schedule for your nightmare fuel this season:

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News from the Naramata Inn

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They say great cooking come from the heart, and that’s just one of many reasons why John and I always jump at the chance to feast on Chef Ned Bell‘s dishes. We did so recently when we were in the South Okanagan, paying a visit to the historic Naramata Inn where PR powerhouse Kate Colley and Chef Bell reimagined and reopened the iconic destination this summer. I hear there’s nary a day that the dining room isn’t full, and for good reason.

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Memories from our lovely dining experience on Naramata Inn the porch in August

Located at the top of the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley, the Inn’s restaurant offers a thoughtful, creative and ambitious hyper-local menu, drawing on the talents of the region’s farmers, artisans and producers. The wine program — led by Emily Walker — showcases the best of the Okanagan and beyond, while David Levesque’s innovative cocktail list is as local at the food. 

With a great location, great people and great support from local producers, it’s the number one place you should add to your next Okanagan itinerary. Here’s some of the latest news from the Naramata Inn:

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Success Luncheon for DFS Vancouver

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Dress for Success Vancouver (“DFSV”) will host their annual Success Luncheon virtually on November 4th. Each year the event offers the DFSV community of sponsors, supporters, ambassadors and champions the opportunity to connect, share a meal and hear from inspirational women within the organization and the community.

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Success Luncheon for DFS Vancouver

Where: Online (with lunch delivery)
When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:45am to 1:00pm
Tickets: Available online now

This year, lunch from the Lazy Gourmet will be sent to homes around Vancouver so guests can enjoy a meal together, even though attendees will be connecting through the screen.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Oct 16-18

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It’s time for pumpkin patches, haunted corn mazes, and Grave Tales as we creep up to Halloween. There is also quite a bit of online arts and culture program to enjoy, which won’t involve a blustery stroll or muddy boots. Check out all of these events and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend below:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, October 16, 2020
What a Blast! Surrey City Orchestra
The Chan Centre: PIQSIQ
The Boom Booms at the Massey Theatre
Connecting Children to Nature
Beaty Biodiversity Museum 10th Anniversary
Roedde House Speakeasy Style Fundraisers
Vancouver Art Book Fair
Monkey Beach (Fifth Ave Cinemas, International Village)
Firehall Arts Centre: I Walked the Line
Halloween Fun at the PNE, Slayland
Grave Tales at Fort Langley for Halloween
Virtual Korean Culture Week in Vancouver
Maan Farms Haunted Halloween

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Spark Animation Film Festival 2020: Win Tickets

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The 12th​ annual Spark Animation Film Festival has moved online in 2020 with an expanded program running over 11 days from October 29th to November 8th. The virtual festival ― produced by Vancouver-based Spark Computer Graphics (Spark CG) Society ― is powered by​ ​Eventive​, a technology platform designed by independent film lovers specifically to enhance virtual cinema screenings.

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Spark Animation Film Festival

Where: Online (available worldwide, some programs geo-blocked)
When: Thursday, October 29 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
Tickets: The 2020 Festival Pass provides full access to films, programming, and speakers for the single festival pass price of $25 (plus taxes and fees). Some programs may be available to limited markets and territories, which will be noted on the festival website.

The programming team, led by Festival Director Marina Antunes, is pleased to present a wide-ranging, diverse line-up of films and filmmakers available to screen and meet online in 2020. She adds, “Along with a program of edgy and award-winning short and feature films, we will have director Q&A sessions, live presentations, and opportunities for festival pass-holders to network with filmmakers virtually.”

Festival Highlights

This year’s showcase of the world’s leading animators includes anniversary-themed celebrations of film.

“The Women of Toy Story​ honours the 25th-anniversary of this beloved film from the perspectives of the women who helped in its creation. Hollywood Producer ​Bonnie Arnold​, who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Spark CG Society in 2019, will be joined by other women from the production. The session will be moderated by author, film historian, and filmmaker ​Mindy Johnson​.

To mark the 20th​ anniversary of the Academy Award-winning short film ​Father and Daughter​, an “In Conversation”​ session with London-based Dutch Director ​Michaël Dudok de Wit ​will be moderated by educator and film historian ​Keith Blackmore​ and will include a screening of this masterful short film​.

Popular Films and Programs Returning in 2020

​Female filmmakers’ talents are on display during the “Mothers of a Medium” program. ​Films by Canadian filmmakers are celebrated with a “Made in Canada” showcase. ​The “Spotlight on France” includes award-winning French shorts and features. ​Experimental films provide fuel for “Late Night Snacks” screenings.

The Spark Animation 2020 Celebration features award-winning film selections by this year’s prestigious jury of producers, directors, educators, and independent studio founders.

Enter to Win

I have three tickets to give away to the Made in Canada program, sponsored by Miss604. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Follow Spark on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more info.