Another California Wine Fair Fundraising Success

On April 25, Vancouver’s California Wine Fair raised over $70,000 in support of Arts Club Theatre Company’s many artistic programs and initiatives.

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Entrance to the East Ballroom, just prior to our guests’ arrival.

Guests sampled over 400 wines from 150 top producers for an unparalleled wine tasting experience, and silent auction bids brought in more than half of the evening’s proceeds—thanks to our largest selection of packages to date!

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One of the many friendly suppliers who served unique and premium wines to our guests.

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Artistic Director’s Circle members Leslie Lee and John Murphy (R) with their friends.

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Artistic Director’s Circle members Lyrica and Jack Bradshaw, reviewing the 400 wine selections available for sampling.

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The Arts Club’s Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd with California Wine Fair’s Rick Slomka.

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Arts Club staff processing sales from our largest silent auction to date!

Thanks to all who made the event one of our biggest and best fundraisers of the season!

This successful fundraiser was also made possible thanks to generous donations from our presenting sponsor BFL Canada, and additional sponsors A&B Rentals, California Wines, Konet Systems, Siena Restaurant, U.S. Consulate General Vancouver, William Hill Estate Winery, and Winestains Wine Academy.

All photos by Mark Halliday. Click HERE for the full event photo album.

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California Wine Fair: Silent Auction Sneak Peek

Our annual California Wine Fair is less than a week away and we’re excited to announce our largest lot of silent auction packages to date!


Guests seeking the perfect spring getaway can bid on hotel packages near and far. Las Vegas, San Diego, Whistler, and Tofino are only a few travel destinations featured at the 2016 California Wine Fair. For fun experiences a little closer to home, bid on lots from Vancouver Tourism, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and family packages to attractions like the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the PNE.


Looking to take home a treat at the end of the event? Swarovski jewelry, premium cookware, local pottery, spa treatments, and over 30 wine packages give guests a chance to experience some of life’s little luxuries.


Limited tickets are still available! Visit our website to reserve your spot to our largest fundraiser of the year!

All photos by Mark Halliday.

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Monday Mourning ONEGIN

It’s the moment we’ve all been dreading: the day after Onegin closing.

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Marina Hasselberg, Andrew McNee, and Lauren Jackson. Photo by David Cooper

This explosive new musical burst open audiences’ hearts with an unprecedented scale of response. Two hold-overs sold out within hours, a four-star review in The Globe and Mail capped-off the critics’ raves, and multiple performances were viewed by patrons who called themselves Twogins, Threegins, even Sixgins; making Onegin the hottest ticket in town!

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Smart fans saw it in previews. Lauren Jackson (Olga) responding to patron pride for catching Onegin before it caught on fire.

Audience’s affections couldn’t be contained! The love spilled from the Goldcorp Stage and onto the sidewalks and social media. Fan art circulated online, patron feedback felt like reading love letters to the artists, and our cast’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts had a flurry of followers once fans found beautiful behind-the-scenes moments like this and this.


Artist and Onegin fan Roan Shankaruk (yellow dress) hand delivering her show artwork to the cast.


One of the many beautiful Onegin paintings by Roan Shankaruk


Graphic design from Onegin fan Markian Tarasiuk. Photo by David Cooper

As Colin Thomas said in his Georgia Straight review, “You’re lucky to be alive right now … because you get to see Onegin.” Here’s to the lucky ones who did.

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