It is gala season in Vancouver and last week was one of the biggest ever with almost too much to mention. A time for tuxes and ball gowns for sure last Friday at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s (VAG) Monet to Dali Ball where, for $500 a person, guests sipped champagne then dined at a five-star dinner and Chanel fashion show at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.


Saturday night it was time to celebrate life at the Sutton Place Hotel with the MPS Cup Fantasy Hockey Game and Gala. Former NHLers came out fighting to raise money for the battle against this rare and devastating disease. But don’t put the glitter and gowns away just yet, because next week there’s even more to come.




NHL hockey hero Garry Valk, seen here with wife Tanya at the MPS Hockey Gala, played for both Vancouver and Toronto before retiring to a career in broadcasting.

Finding a cure for MPS and help for their son, Nicklas, is top of the list for former NHL player Todd Harkins and wife Kirsten who organizes the MPS Fantasy Hockey Game and Gala.

Former Edmonton Oiler turned NHL scout BJ MacDonald, left, at the MPS Hockey Gala alongside Gill Olesen, BJ’s wife Lisa MacDonald and star endodontist, Dr. Mark Olesen.

Sipping champagne in the Monet-inspired gardens at the VAG Ball are Lumiere restaurant partner Manjy Sidoo, left, and guest Kim Nevar.

Vancouver Canucks assistant captain Trevor Linden admires the Monet to Dali exhibit with other VIPs at the VAG Ball.

B.C. Minister of Transportation Kevin Falcon and mountain biking buddy Jessica “Snippy” Elliott didn’t let an earlier mishap on the mountains keep them away from the VAG Ball.

Delta Group CEO Bruce Langereis, left, and his new Private Residences at the Hotel Georgia are sponsors of the VAG reception. Seen here with restaurateur David Aisenstat of Hy’s and Keg fame.

Such big bling for a little thing like CTV-9 news anchor Mi-Jung Lee, who is easily one of the most glamorous ladies at the VAG Ball.

Handsome hulk Gary Nylund, a former Toronto Maple Leafs star, is now a firefighter in Delta. He and wife Sandra make the perfect couple at the MPS Hockey Gala.

Samba Brazilian Steak House’s own Desmond Chen celebrates the restaurant’s fifth anniversary with a party last Tuesday, which featured food, friends and feathers.