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The ARThritis Soirée will be at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Thursday, May 17

Arthritis Soiree for Arthritis Research CanadaHosted by Arthritis Research Canada, the ARThritis Soirée is an evening designed to attract the city’s business and community leaders, philanthropists, doctors, scientists, healthcare professionals, and those who have an appreciation of art and a desire to support arthritis research.

Research has shown art adds to one’s well-being and therefore is a great element in managing chronic diseases on a holistic level. Moreover, art adds an extra factor of excitement and depth to the Soirée each year with the introduction of a different art form.

This year’s event will take place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at The Roof – 15th floor at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The evening’s entertainment will feature Colin James with a guest appearance by RBC Olympian Spencer O’Brien. Fred Lee, CBC, Vancouver Courier and The Province’s Man About Town, and Sonia Deol, Global BC Reporter and Anchor, will be co-emcees for the event. Click here to purchase tickets.

For those attending, remember to participate in the live and silent auction and raffle. The raffle will be for Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic watch, donated by Golden Tree Jewellers. Live auction items include:

  • Coast Restaurant, Chef’s Table for 6
  • LA Experience
  • Le Crocodile dinner for 8 with wine pairings from a private cellar
  • Lawrence Gowan autographed acoustic guitar
  • Private dinner for ten with wine pairings

For a preview of the silent auction items, please click here.

The evening will include:

  • gourmet hors d’oeuvres coupled with fabulous champagne and Tinhorn Creek wines provided by the award-winning Miradoro Restaurant
  • oyster and caviar bars compliments of Coast Restaurant and Northern Divine Caviar
  • Complimentary valet parking, sponsored by Crossborder Vehicle Sale

About Colin James

From the prairies of Saskatchewan to the stages of the world, sharing his talent with some of the greatest and most influential musicians of all time, Colin James has quietly and steadily established himself as one of Canada’s greatest musicians.

For his 18th album, Blue Highways, Colin pays tribute to some of his long time blues idols including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Freddie King, Jr. Wells & Buddy Guy, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and William Bell to name a few.  In the spring of 2015 after wrapping up his Hearts on Fire Tour, Colin was loving playing with his band and really happy with the sound they had created on stage.

What better time to make a record!  Especially the record Colin had been itching to make for years – a collection of some of his favourite blues tracks.  In less than a week Colin was recording in The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver and in just two days, Blue Highways was born.

About Spencer O’Brien

British Columbia’s very own Spencer O’Brien was the reigning world champion in slopestyle snowboarding heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics. Months before the 2014 games, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which she’d only managed control with medication just before the Olympics began. O’Brien competed despite intense pain and finished 12th. For the 2018 Winter Olympics, O’Brien competed in the slopestyle Big Air podium.