WELCOMING COMMUNITIES: For four decades, settlement service agency MOSAIC has been empowering newcomers to fully participate in Canadian society. The organization marked its milestone anniversary at Festival MOSAIC, its annual fundraiser. Yours truly emceed the magical evening of music, food and dance. Staged at the Roundhouse Community Centre, this year’s multicultural program featured performances by DJBFAD, Katari Taiko Drum Group and Kesseke Yeo and the Kiss of Africa. Steered by board chair Dr. Mehran Kiai, executive director Eyob Naizghi and chief fundraiser Ninu Kang, the benefit generated $70,000 to support some 25,000 individuals who access MOSAIC’s employment, English, housing and interpretation services and programs.
GIFT OF LAUGHTER: Canadian comic Cathy Jones of This Hour Has 22 Minutes fame headlined a Firehall Arts Centre fundraiser in celebration of its 34th season. The Gemini award-winning actress returned to the stage with her third one-woman show Stranger to Hard Work, a mix of stand-up and sketch comedy. In advance of the play’s two-week West Coast premiere, Jones, along with artistic director Donna Spencer and general manager Laura Efron, fronted a special preview performance and post show cocktail and canapé event in support of the venerable arts organization in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Fans mixed and mingled with Newfoundland’s comedic treasure while supporting the theatre company’s production and presentation programs.
FINE MEXICAN: Friends and influencers were on hand to raise a glass and celebrate the official launch of La Mezcaleria’s second location. The Mexican restaurant took over the former Nicli’s Next Door space on East Cordova in Gastown, transforming it into a replica of its widely popular eatery on the Drive. Owners Ignacio Arrieta and Marcelo Ramirez — also owners of the popular chain of taco shops La Taqueria — welcomed attendees to their newest addition. The wet weather didn’t dampen party spirits as guests dug into authentic Mexican appetizers, sipped on regional inspired cocktails while enjoying the party sounds of mariachi band Mariachi Del Sol.
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