Vancouver, B.C. – Celebrate ocean wonders on Friday, October 19 at the Toast to the Coast fundraising event in support of Ocean Wise® and the Vancouver Aquarium®, presented by CIBC. This anticipated annual event connects food and drink connoisseurs with ocean conservationists for a lively cocktail reception in honour of our ocean. Joined by some of B.C.’s finest culinary creators, guests will sip and savour their way through the evening, from reception to silent auction to after party.
As guests connect with charismatic aquatic creatures and ocean conservation opportunities, they will delight in delectable bites crafted by Ocean Wise Seafood champions, including ARC Restaurant, Diva at the Metropolitan, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, Market by Jean-Georges, Minami, and Notch8 Restaurant, as well as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell’s outstanding culinary creations. Guests will pair their canapés with pours from the province’s top wineries, breweries, and distilleries, including Clos du Soleil, Stags Hollow, Long Table Distillery, Postmark Brewing, Stanley Park Brewing, Salt Spring Coffee, and Walter Caesar. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, The Pointe at Wickaninnish Inn, and Uno Gelato will tantalize taste buds with dessert.
Toast to the Coast’s silent auction is another highlight of the evening. Guests can bid on an impressive array of auction items that appeal to adventurers, arts and culture buffs, fashionistas, sports fans, luxury travelers, and gourmands. Prizes include a one-week stay for up to six guests at a villa in Mérida, Mexico, an inflatable stand-up paddleboard from Thurso Surf, as well as a bespoke suit from Indochino.
The evening culminates on the dance floor with an after party led by DJ Sherry Freeze from Girl on Wax.
The Vancouver Aquarium, one of the world’s most-loved aquariums, provides a dynamic aquatic backdrop for this evening soiree. Toast to the Coast guests will have special access to Vortex, a new major art installation by acclaimed artist and author Douglas Coupland that immerses visitors in the ocean plastic pollution crisis in a provocative, contemplative, and transformative way. Vortex is an imaginative interpretation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and an exploration of the artist’s evolving relationship with plastics.
“With ocean plastic pollution awareness mounting, conversations about ocean health are becoming more prevalent. It’s an exciting time to bring people together in support of ocean conservation,” said Dr. John Nightingale, president and CEO of Ocean Wise. “Toast to the Coast is going to be a great celebration of our ocean and our community of ocean supporters.”
Travelling to and from the Aquarium for Toast to the Coast is part of the experience. The Vancouver Trolley Company will run its vintage-looking trolleys every 15 minutes between Waterfront Station and Vancouver Aquarium, starting at 7:30 p.m. with the last trolley leaving the Aquarium at 12:45 a.m.
Toast to the Coast would not possible without the support of Ocean Wise sponsors: CIBC, Open Road Auto Group, SCA North America, Delta Group, raffle sponsors Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge, Sysco as well as local drink and food purveyors, event partners, and media sponsor Vancouver Magazine.
Tickets may be purchased individually ($150) or as a package for 10 ($1,400); VIP tickets include an exclusive pre-event reception and can be purchased individually ($200) or as a package of 10 ($1,900). This event sells out quickly and tickets should be purchased early to avoid disappointment. To view full event details and to purchase tickets, visit vanaqua.org/tttc.
Toast to the Coast proceeds directly support Ocean Wise’s many conservation programs including Ocean Wise Seafood, the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Plastic Wise, Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Vancouver Aquarium and its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
Ocean Wise is a not-for-profit organization whose vision is a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing. ocean.org
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