If you’re a Vancouverite, you know December in this city looks like something out of the film Blade Runner – a blanket of grey and nonstop down-pours. The weather alone is enough to make anyone feel a little sad and lonely, and it’s only heightened around the holidays, if you’re far from loved ones or fabulously single.
The goal of this legendary battle is not only to earn industry bragging rights, but most importantly, to raise dollars for local Vancouver charities that directly impact our community.
The evening began with the gathering of 14 competing teams, filled with nerves and excitement, ready to take the big stage at The Imperial. The always hilarious host, Scott Patey, warmed up the crowd and introduced the guest celebrity judges, Kendall Gender – Winner of Vancouver’s Next Drag Superstar 2017, Jay DeMerit – Former Whitecaps FC Captain and Kaitlyn Bristowe – Former Bachelorette.
The stage was set, performers were on deck, and there was an encouraging buzz from the audience. The first 7 teams set the bar high with their quick costume changes, set design and serious dance moves. Among them were – BroadbandTV, Plenty of Fish, A Thinking Ape, Clio, Long View Systems, Stellar Recruitment and Samsung.
Act 2 proved to be just as strong as Act 1 with 7 more performances from Mobify, ACL, Cymax, Allocadia, Hootsuite, Hyperwallet, and Trulioo. Performance styles ranged from a beautiful tribute to legendary music icons, to the 24K magic of Bruno Mars.
The evening was a huge success and all 14 companies raised a grand total of $33,000 for Vancouver charities.
Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place Champions – ACL raising for Aunt Leah’s Place charity
2nd Place Champions – A Thinking Ape raising for Strive Living Society
3rd Place Champions – Stellar Recruitment raising for Wigs for Kids