Toasting the holidays





With his eye on the ball, Team 1040 and Sportsnet star Don Taylor keeps his fellow radio personalities in line.


Yep, it’s that time of year again. Time to toast the holidays with friends, family, clients and business partners. Last week, here in the Metro newsroom, things got underway as we turned our hustling, bustling office into a chic, after-work cafe complete with canapes and cocktails for all.

Down on Burrard, the good folks at Beyond restaurant and lounge raised a glass in celebration of their first-year anniversary at the Century Plaza Hotel.

And over at CFUN 1410 Radio and Team 1040, some well-known, on-air personalities set out to remind us that if you’re going to drink alcohol, you need to drink responsibly. Under the watchful eye of the breathalyzer-toting Vancouver Police, radio hosts participated in a drinking and driving counterattack show where they downed a one-ounce cocktail every 15 minutes. Just like in the old WKRP in Cincinnati TV show, they managed to tipple and giggle their way through their shifts, proving what we all too often forget — that it doesn’t take much to start losing control. But most importantly, the big message came across loud and clear — PLEASE DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!

Beyond chef Julian Bond helps guests decorate a stylish gingerbread man or woman for the tree in the entranceway.

Media Expert’s Gemma Turner chats with Vancouver Pride president John Boychuk at the Metro Client Party.

Remember Kyle MacDonald? He traded his way up from one red paperclip to a house. Seen here at the Metro party, he’s now traded the experience into a book.

Going to the mat, David Pratt, left, (Team 1040 sports commentator) downs his drinks as Vancouver police Const. Jeff Schwenneker stands by with the breathalyzer results.

Dylan Labelle, left, with Eminata Group’s Sharon Cabezon and Colin Mountain and Metro Vancouver publisher Maryse Lalonde at the newspaper’s client party.

Congrats to Beyond/Century Plaza Hotel owners Wendy and Sergio Cocchia, left, seen here with friend Connie Spear, on their one-year anniversary of the new ultra lounge restaurant.

Insight Films’ Chris Smith, left, Channel 10’s Suzanne Smith and Blenz Coffee’s Paul Charlebois are among the VIPs at the Metro client party.

What a bunch of “Touls.” Metro sports columnist Scott Rintoul hams it up with the editorial department’s Jeff Hodson, left, and managing editor Fernando Carneiro at the Metro client party.

Jack FM host Pam Stevens, left, and CFUN 1410’s Jenn Thomson sip champagne at Beyond’s one-year anniversary.

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