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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and to bring us together in a time of social distance, we revive a perennial favourite from year’s past. Of course, with a virtual twist. 

From 2013 to 2016, Candlelight Club celebrated fine food, great drinks and beloved friends within the sanctuary of a radiant candlelight glow. Unplugged, conversing to the melodic sounds of acoustic entertainment, the dinner dialogue was rich and abundant. We felt like the timing was right to bring back the haven of light, reconnecting us to those amorous vibes on a day that is also about our Earth. 

After over a month in quarantine, have you had a romantic candlelight dinner party yet? We feel it’s time to romantically unite, intimately virtual. 

On Earth Day 2020, April 22nd, from the comforts of our homes, we aim to create the largest virtual candlelight dinner our city has ever experienced. Connect to our live streamed entertainment, join our dinner dialogue thread and let’s celebrate how great it is to be together, while apart. 

Aside from an optional donation to one of our charities, all we ask is a little effort. Design a candlelight dinner experience that you will be proud of, so much so that you are willing to show it off. 

#ItsMoreFunInTheDark #Candlelight Club #EarthDay50

 

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(Your participation is carbon negative: read how)

To participate, your “Candlelight Commitment” is simply the following.

The Commitment: 

  • Register for free and join the 5-hour entertainment livestream; OR 
  • Choose to donate to one of our three timely charities to engage more deeply with the experience

The Meal: 

  • Prepare or purchase a multi-course meal that will last 3 hours 
  • Avoid beef in your meal to support climate change action 

The Setting: 

  • Set a unique and intimate tablescape that represents your style, with at least one unlit candle
  • Get your candles this weekend! Vancouver Candle Co is hosting a sample sale from their local studio. Found out more here (they also offer free shipping on regular online orders over $100): https://www.vancouvercandleco.com/pages/sample-sale
  • Be prepared to turn all of your lights off at 8:15PM, and to collectively light our candles together

The Technology: 

  • Display the Candlelight Club entertainment live stream (both audio and video) on a larger device within your home
  • [Optional, access by donation only] Each participant in your household joins one of our “cloud cocktail tables” and dialogue chat thread with their mobile device or secondary computer.

The Action: 

  • Register and prepare your meal, your setting and your technology before April 22nd at 6:30PM
  • Join in on the Healthcare Heroes Cheer at 7:00PM, from a window or a balcony
  • Take a photo of yourselves and your meal prior to turning the lights off for the 3-hour dinner and share to Instagram #CandlelightClub #ItsMoreFunInTheDark #EarthDay50. Follow-and-tag @TSC_Agency and @vancouvercandleco to be entered into a contest to win
  • Host your own “cloud cocktail table” or Dinner dialogue conversation thread. We encourage all attendees to gather their closest friends and host their own virtual social space (via video conference technology) and/or their own conversation thread (via chat application). Make it public and allow new friends to join! We will share a list of all those who are willing to invite new people into their social spaces.

Here is your complete guide to your commitment and preparations.

You can join for free, or you can choose to make a donation in these times of crisis to the hospitality industry through Mind the Bar, to the planet through Oceanwise or to food security through the Giustra Foundation. Learn more about each charity and what they mean to us, below. 

Complimentary Registration includes: 

  • Participation in the “Candlelight Commitment”, a bit of preparation before #EarthDay50
  • An opportunity to support one of our restaurant partners by purchasing a multi-course meal from them (more information below);
  • Access to the @TSC_Agency Candlelight Club DJ Live Stream, led by Man About Town Entertainment;
  • Access to the social contest #Hashtag campaign 

Donation Registration includes: 

  • Participation in the “Candlelight Commitment”, a bit of preparation before #EarthDay50
  • An opportunity to support one of our restaurant partners by purchasing a multi-course meal from them (more information below);
  • Access to the @TSC_Agency Candlelight Club DJ Live Stream, led by Man About Town Entertainment;
  • An invite link for each person in your household to the @TSC_Agency “cloud cocktail lounge” (via Zoom) and the master dinner dialogue thread (via WhatsApp)
  • An opportunity to host your own “cloud cocktail table” for friends and strangers
  • Access to a comprehensive list of other open attendee-driven virtual social spaces
  • Access to the social contest #Hashtag campaign and additional giveaway campaigns in the cloud cocktail lounge

     

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(Your participation is carbon negative: read how)

The virtual social space is evolving fast in this new world. In the past weeks we have learned that virtual experiences requires participation. And we encourage you to participate by hosting your own virtual social spaces to connect with friends and strangers during this experience. 

How this would work: 

  • You set up a Zoom, Whereby, Houseparty or other virtual video space that is able to long stream and include multiple friends 
  • You setup a WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram or other virtual conversation thread to host chat conversation during the experience
  • You choose to make these spaces either private (your friends only) or public (open to anyone attending Candlelight Club)
  • For those who choose to open their spaces to other attendees, please share your invite links with us and we will securely publish this list to all attendees. You might meet a few new friends over the course of the evening!

The Social Concierge has partnered with four local restaurants we hold near-and-dear to our hearts. As we all know, hospitality has been deeply impacted by this pandemic and we want to show love for a few teams that we cherish!  Instead of preparing your own multi-course meal, choose to support one of four local restaurants by ordering a multi-course meal from Belgard KitchenChambarWildebeest or Cactus Club Cafe

Each candlelight club menu and ordering links are found below: 

Belgard Kitchen Menu

Ordering Link: http://www.belgardkitchen.com/to-go 

Chambar Menu 

Ordering Link: https://www.chambar.com/take-out-delivery/pick-up/ 

Wildebeest Menu

Ordering Link: https://www.exploretock.com/wildebeestrestaurant

Cactus Club Cafe Menu

Ordering Link: https://www.cactusclubcafe.com/order-online/

The experience will last for five plus hours. All event times are published in Pacific Time (PDT). 

Virtual Arrival / Logging on Period: 6:00PM – 6:30PM
Virtual Connection Begins: 6:30PM 
Healthcare Heroes Cheer: 7:00PM 
Dinner Begins: 7:15PM
Candle Lighting Ceremony: 8:15PM
Dinner Service Ends: 10:00PM
Social Distance Candlelight Dance: 10:00PM – late

Attendees are encouraged to join from any location, but timing likely works best for those located on the west coast of North America. 

The entertainment lineup for the evening includes: 

Man About Town Entertainment (Candlelight Club Live DJ)

A leading force in the Vancouver entertainment scene, Michael of Man About Town Entertainment has been working in the industry for over 15 years. Never one to be boxed in, Michael’s diverse sound is truly what sets him apart. Best known for his live DJ sets at events like Dîner en Blanc – Vancouver, Harvest Haus, and the Urban Grind, Michael has now taken the online live stream world by storm, hosting over 5000 people from around the world in just 4 short weeks. Tune in to his sets 90’s at Noon, FUN-raiser Fridays & Social Distance Dance Party every week on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/themanabouttowndj

David Morin 

Morin’s unique fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz… That voice: melodic and as smooth as honey, reminiscent in sound and vibe to the likes of D’Angelo and John Legend. A guitar virtuoso with a knack for making a solo performance sound like a whole band.  Morin’s riffs bring to mind the licks of blues and funk masters. Playful hints of disco and pop add retro flavour to a contemporary pop aesthetic that’s as accessible as it is seductive. Listen to his many channels here: https://davidmorinmusic.com/

Shylo Sharity 

Country Singer Songwriter. A mix of Confetti, Caffeine and Adventure. Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSYpubof1oI

Rozie

A blooming singer songwriter whose sun tinged R&B sound seeks to convey the best aspects of her bubbly personality. Subconsciously drawing influences from artists like Erykah Badu, Tom Misch, SZA, The Internet, Sade, and Alicia Keys;  Rozie blends multiple sounds together while injecting a brand new spin all her own. Check out her music here: https://www.officialrozie.com/

Tonye Aganaba

Tonye Aganaba is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and facilitator residing on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Their new album ‘Something Comfortable’ is an intentional and devotional endeavour inspired by their battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Check her out here: https://tonyeaganaba.bandcamp.com/

The following charities have been selected by Jordan and Tyson at The Social Concierge to achieve three goals: 

  1. Support the struggling food and beverage hospitality industry (Mind the Bar); 
  2. Support a food program that promotes planet sustainability (Oceanwise); and 
  3. Support low-income resident food security (Giustra Foundation)

Below you will find a short description of each charity. If you choose to donate, you may pick one of the charities for your donation, or spread your donation equally over all three. 

Mind the Bar

At its core, Mind The Bar is a mental health resource, information & support system, and community hub designed for the hospitality industry. The organization focuses on the major issues of depression, anxiety, addiction & workplace harassment. Mind the Bar’s goal is to ultimately dismantle the negative stigma associated with mental health by changing the way we discuss, address & cope with it.

Giustra Foundation

“In response to the COVID-19 crisis, The Giustra Foundation has been working with the private sector and other non-profits to establish an emergency feeding program that provides healthy meals to low-income women and children, vulnerable seniors, and others in need in our community. Many of us are in the position to lend a helping hand. Now is the time to step up and do our part.” Donate HERE

Ocean Wise 

Ocean Wise Seafood is deeply touched by the restaurant community coming together in such a meaningful way during these uncharted times.  The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a bright light on the fact that we are all tightly interconnected; with each other, the planet, and the food systems that nourish us. The Candlelight Club event is a wonderful example of positive action that is being taken to bring people together in creative and delicious ways. Bravo!” – Sophika Kostyniuk, Manager, Ocean Wise Seafood

 

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Passion for the details of a celebration often drives as much conversation as the overall experience. The elements that make the heartbeat of a culture are both our curiosity and our inspiration.

The Social Concierge lifestyle is rooted in creative design, spontaneous moments and spirited by a knowledgeable amount of food and champagne. Over the years we have gotten to know some fascinating people with sophisticated perspectives. If you like a good story with beautiful pictures, read on.

SUMMER SOIRÉE | AUGUST 20th 2020

The Social Concierge continues to design reimagined experiences for this unique time in history. Once again reviving a fan-favourite, we bring you a virtual summer soirée edition of Candlelight Club.

What is Candlelight Club, you ask? A “can’t miss experience” that is:

A Collective Evening: one massive, nationally-connected socially distant dinner party;
An Interactive Show: a virtual broadcast in multiple time zones that celebrates music, cuisine and each other by way of candlelight;
A New Social Experience: beyond Zoom video rooms, this event brings you new gathering technology that you do not want to miss;
A Live Memory: meant to be experienced in the moment, unable to view it later with both participatory, surprising and collective interactions;
An Event for Food Lovers: integrating top restaurants, introducing chef personalities and bringing together a cuisine-focused experience;
A Chance to Give Back: non-profit fundraiser for two local charities;

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As the Social Concierge prepares to host our upcoming special Social Distancing edition of Candlelight Club, we are committed to ensuring that the climate costs of bringing people together digitally for the 50th anniversary Earth Day celebration are not only fully offset, but negative.

By bridging the distances erected by critical social distancing with Zoom calls, Whatsapp threads, and Twitch streams we want to ensure that each person’s participation will be CARBON NEGATIVE. Therefore, all required electricity, connectivity, and meal costs incurred for this special evening will be offset by our purchasing of carbon credits at $11.00 per ton of CO2 via the Gold Standard.

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