2014 VNA Industry Panel   

Hello Everyone!

We’re proud to announce the 2014 Vancouver Nightlife Awards industry panel, a diverse group of nightlife industry veterans. These panelists help us determine the best of the best in Vancouver. The final round will be calculated based on 60% industry panel input and 40% public weighting, which we find balances the calculation of award winners. Industry panelists do not vote for categories with which they have a conflict of interest or bias.

We’ve selected this year’s VNA industry panel based on the following criteria:

  1. Length of time working in the Vancouver Entertainment Industry
  2. Balance between all nightclub groups featured in the awards
  3. Nightlife activity (ie the panelist still goes out)

  Adam Hurstfield

President, XOXO Entertainment Corp.
Adam has been a leading presence in the music industry for the past twenty years running. He is a visionary staying ahead of the curve by leading trends in today’s music industry. Adam H. co- founded the hit record label RockSTAR Music Corp., which had an imprint label partnership with Universal Music Canada. With great anticipation Adam has now launched his new record label and TV/Film production company XOXO Entertainment Corp. XOXO Entertainment Corp. has introduced a modernized concept to the music industry. The company is a representation of its founder, proving to be innovative and progressive much like Adam H. He proudly supports emerging artists, and is continuously working to “break” new talent.
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  Alan Goodall

Marketing Director / Owner, Barcelona Nightclub
Alan is currently the managing partner/owner of Barcelona (VNA 2010 Nightclub of the Year) and home to Love.Life. Saturdays (VNA 2011 Best Electronic Night). Alan first entered the Vancouver nightlife scene back in December of 1999 when he thought he’d take a year off from university working at the newly opened Au Bar Nightclub. He moved his way up the ladder from his days as a busser to barback, bartend, bar manage, promote and DJ, essentially performing almost every position in the nightclub industry. His most successful nights as a promoter were his Envy Fridays house night at Crush Champagne Lounge which lasted over 2 years and his Plush Mondays industry night which lasted over 3 years seeing 1200+ people through the doors every Monday.
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  Allen Trottier

Ticketing Specialist, MyZone Media
2013 marks Allen’s 10th year with and the Vancouver nightlife industry. After 2 years of street promo (getting paid in alcohol), Allen moved into the clubZone office at an entry-level marketing position. From there he has moved into the realm of sales and account management, working closely with top industry professionals across North America, focusing on Vancouver, San Francisco, Miami and New York.
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  Anthony Pratt

Owner, The Alexander / Brooklyn
Anthony received his first “REAL” taste of the nightlife scene 11 years ago in Toronto as the General Manager of Loft. Loft was the first breakout concept that set the path for the back then new King West Entertainment District. After that there was no turning back accepting the roll of Operations Director at the Distillery District and then making the move to Vancouver. In Vancouver Anthony had the opportunity and privilege of having some of the best teachers in the business with time spent with The Glowbal Group, 100days and The Donnelly Group. Most recently Anthony opened up The Alexander & Brooklyn in Gastown, is the Controller for Playboy Energy Canada and is involved in the launch of the much anticipated VAGABOND, an Italian Supper Club opening mid summer also in Gastown.
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  Aussie Jiwani

Key Account Manager, Molson Canada
Aussie has been a staple in the Vancouver Nightlife industry for many years repping the largest beer brands including Canadian, Heineken, Coors Light, Corona, Strongbow and Newcastle.
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  Barry Rabold

Cultural Director, Blueprint Canada
An eighteen year veteran in the nightclub industry having created memorable and detail oriented experiences for Vancouver’s party people.
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  Casey Mackay

District Manager, Corby Distilleries
Casey grew up in Vancouver and has been working in the hospitality industry for over 10 years. He’s spent time working at Earls Restaurants, Cactus Club Cafe and The Donnelly Group in a variety of roles. Currently he is the on-premise District Manager for Corby Distilleries in Vancouver & Whistler.
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  Chris Ball

Owner, Promosa
Chris is a big believer in having the right people in the right places
and has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years building a foundation
for success. Founded in 2001, Chris has helped build Promosa to what
it is today primarily on word-of-mouth. His passion for music, arts
and entertainment led Chris into the production management field. With
tremendous business acumen and industry leading technical abilities,
Chris’s enterprise mindset has helped foster Promosa’s continued
growth over the past few years.
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  Craig Stowe

President, JetSet Crew
Craig is the President of JetSet Crew which organizes Vancouver’s most exclusive independent parties.
He is also the President of the Chinese Restaurants Awards and Sales Director of Caesars Entertainment Player Services.
Craig is Past director of Pernod Ricard, the second largest wine and spirit company in world in sales.
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  Gary Tennant

DJ Johnny Omega
Johnny started out as a dj in the early 90’s, He started out in a small town nightclub opening and playing with artists such as Snow, Meastro Fresh Wes, Jeff Healy, Alana Myles and the list goes on. With his drive to be one of the top DJ’s in B.C. Johnny has made a solid name for himself over the last 20 years and has become a household name in and around Vancouver playing every size of venue. The sound that he is known for can’t be cataloged into one genre as he has proven himself to be very diverse in his events and bookings.
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  Jay Wallace

DJ Jay Swing / Nation of Millions / Donnelly Group
Jay Swing has spent the last decade and (then some) blowing the roof off clubs, rocking’ on the radio, breaking records, promoting concerts and making your favourite mix tapes. Most recently, Jay has added the title of Talent Buyer to his resume booking and promoting shows as part of the Donnelly Group team and for his own Nation Of Millions Events. If Jay isn’t posting the latest in Rap Nerdery at, or DJ’ing Canucks games as part of the Official Canuck DJ duo ‘Vanroc’ with Marlon J English, then you’ll find him elbows deep in a dusty record store somewhere digging for records that will get him one step closer to his goal of owning every record ever made!
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  Jonathon Gray

Sales and Marketing Director, Five Sixty
Born in Vancouver, Jono brings with him a wealth of experience in brand management and the hospitality/entertainment industry. He has been a key player in re-branding FIVESIXTY as a unique destination venue.
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  Karm Sumal

Editor, Vancity Buzz
Karm is the Co-Founder of Vancity Buzz. His love for the city he grew up in led him to find his true passion in life, blogging. Find him on twitter @VancityBuzz
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  Kimberly Fraatz

Marketing and Promotions Manager, Granville Entertainment
This vivacious queen of the nightlife has been in the industry for 12+ years. As the Marketing & Promotions Manager at the Cellar Nightclub, she is an expert party planner and has recently been dabbling in large scale charitable events, such as the Dunks for Dreams charity basketball event for Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. Passionate about DJs, entertainment and good times, Kim has worked with every nightclub, DJ and promoter in the city. Find her out and about town almost any day of the week with a Heineken in hand.
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  Kraig Docherty

VP Marketing, Twisted Productions
Kraig has been a part of the Vancouver nightlife scene since 1999 both as a promoter and DJ. He’s part of the team at Twisted Productions who have hosted, produced and promoted over 500 events ranging in attendance from 200-6000 people spanning all genres of music. Kraig is personally one of the biggest supporters of Breakbeat and Funk, and is one of the few still throwing events that support that sound. He and the expanding Twisted crew are on track to produce nearly 150 events in 2013 including two weekly nights: Socielle Fridays at ginger62 and SoundLab Saturdays at Five Sixty.
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  Laurent Munier

Owner, Way Doper Events
Laurent has been a long-time Vancouver nightlife industry insider, helping to launch two large Vancouver nightlife websites Clubvibes and Clubzone, running the sales and marketing for Donnelly Group’s nightclub Pop Opera and now hosting his own events at Way Doper Events Company.
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  Mark Rasta

Owner, PI Entertainment / Terracotta
Mark Rasta is one of the most prominent club night and concert producers in Vancouver and Managing Partner of Terracotta in Gastown. Over the last decade, he has brought acts ranging from Armin Van Buuren, to Ne-yo to Young Jeezy and many more! Also notable, Pure Image have the longest running Long Weekend in Vancouver’s history currently at Barcelona. Most recently, Mark was a guest along side comedian Russell Peters and Mix Master Mike of the Beastie Boys on the Joe Rogan Experience, the world’s #1 rated comedy podcast.
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  Nate Sabine

Marketing Director, Blueprint
Nate has spent his career as a lifestyle marketer and proponent in diverse sectors. His roles have ranged from artist management within entertainment to brand building and programming within hospitality. Culturally relevant initiatives and concepts interest him most.
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  Nicholas Simon

Bacardi Canada
When he isn’t acting, producing, or out on the town with Sean Young, Nick can be found drinking Grey Goose. Nick is no stranger to Vancouver’s Nightlife scene, having bartended everywhere from the burbs to East Van, to Yaletown. Nick is one of Vancouver’s finest gentleman, and yes ladies…. he’s single.
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  Paul Stoilen

Operating Partner, Donnelly Group
Paul Stoilen, Operating Partner with The Donnelly Group for the past six years, Labatt Breweries before that. Born and Raised in Tsawwassen, went to SFU, played 2 minutes with the BC Lions. Favourite places internationally are Tokyo and London. Favourite places in North America are NYC, Miami, LA and of course, Vancouver.
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  Pedro Serra

Owner, SoulGood Events
Deep in the trenches of Vancouver’s urban nightlife scene.. Pedro is a prolific & positive nightclub promoter winning the Best Urban Promoter award thus far 4 times with Soulgood. His current weekly nights under his belt are 2011 & 2012 Best Urban Night; Jo’Rich Thursdays at Joseph Richard, GOOD Fridays at Five Sixty & iShine Saturdays at Shine Nightclub.. With busy nights week in & week out Pedro’s nights are sure shots if your an urban music fan. Pedro is also a advocate in the fight against Cancer.. After losing his long time friend & partner Shaun G to a fight against Angiosarcoma Cancer in October 2011.. Shaun’s legacy continues on with his friends such as Pedro.
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  Peter Girges

President, Rocksglass
Peter moved to Vancouver in 2004 from Toronto where he was born and raised. He started working in the business when he was 13 yrs old at his father’s cafe and catering company in Toronto. Peter opened his first place when he was 19. It was called Brownstone. He then sold it and moved here with his uncle Emad Yacoub to open up all the Glowbal Group restaurants. After cashing out two and a half years ago, he travelled the world then came back and opened up 100 days then Chinois and Pierres. The rest is history!
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  Ray Staniscia

Owner, Sip Resto-Lounge / The Refinery
Raymond Staniscia has been in the hospitality industry for 12 years. Winner of 8 nightlife awards, Ray and his SIP crew, pride themselves in making sure everyone in the industry feels welcome and loved at SIP & The Refinery. Whether you like it or not, a warm shot of Stoli is what you will probably receive!
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RedMed / The Rascalz
Red1 of The Rascalz with his partners DJ Kemo and Fit have become iconic figures in the Canadian hip hop world since their 1993 debut “Really Livin”. Over a span of ten years and five albums later, the critically acclaimed Vancity crew has helped pioneer Canadian hip hop. They have garnered numerous MuchMusic Video Awards, Urban Music Awards, certified gold records, NO.1 singles on MusicMusic, and three Juno Awards (They famously declined a Juno in 1998 to protest the show’s policy, which excluded urban music from the televised broadcast).
Red1 is now the owner of RedMed Canna Clinic, Vancouver’s premier dispensary and continues to work on music with local and international urban artists.
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  Sara Steer

Killjoy / Level Furnished Living
Sara started her nightlife industry career 7 years ago at the Wild Coyote. During that time she also worked at The Roxy and Tunnel.
She was with Barcelona from it’s opening till its closing for renovations in early 2014. During her tenure at Barcelona she won the
Vancouver Nightlife Award of Best Server 3 times. Currently Sara is working at Level Furnished Living as a guest services manager while
continuing to sling bottles at KillJoy. In 2014, Sara legally changed her name to “Sara Steer Server of the Year”.
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  Saverio Loria

Owner, Status Nightclub
Saverio is no stranger to the nightlife industry and has been an Owner/Manager for over two decades now. Sav has owned and operated 12 Nightclubs. It is not only his career but his passion that he truly loves and has done virtually every job there is to do within the industry! He has also won the Vancouver Nightlife Awards 2010 & 2011 for Manager Of The Year.
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  Tyson Villeneuve

Partner, The Social Concierge
Tyson has been in the nightlife industry for 13 years. His resume includes representing Goldclub Series, Kokanee, Stella Artois, Bacardi and Grey Goose brands. Currently resident DJ for LOVE/LIFE Saturdays at Barcelona (2011 VNA Electronic Night of the Year) and Fridays at O Lounge. Been a DJ for 9 years and played almost every room in the city. Tyson is a mixology and spirits specialist. Designing, promoting, producing events in Vancouver for 12 years including the original White Party at Caprice. Hosted the Vancouver Nightlife Awards 6 times and voted the ‘Face of Nightlife’ in 2007/08 by the City of Vancouver & Board of Trade. Founder/Partner in experiential branding and marketing agency The Social Concierge.
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