At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver last night (October 22), urbanist Richard Florida and technologist and inventor Ray Kurzweil talked about the future.

Florida came up with the concept of the “creative class”, a term he used to describe how the modern workforce is more creative and knowledge-based than in past generations.

If you're still experiencing withdrawal symptoms and existential distress due to the Vancouver International Film Festival wrapping up on October 10 (what—we're just supposed to carry on with our lives?), here's a little bit of post–VIFF chatter to keep you afloat.

They're calling it a denim baptism: dutil (303 West Cordova Street) is throwing "the last pool party of the season" on Friday (October 24) to launch the much-anticipated jean collaboration between IDC (International Design Collective) and Pure Blue Japan.

In other words, they're giving a live demonstration of how the shrink-to-fit denims work, and things may get wet. The IDC x PBJ XX007 is a slim-straight style crafted on PBJ's shuttle loom in limited quantities in Okayama. The untreated fabric is slubby, irregular, and full of character, evolving to fit the wearer through washing and use.

Denim fans can head down to dutil at 12:30 p.m., take in summer jams, and watch shrink-to-fit go live.

For all those diehard Black Sabbath fans who saw the band in concert last year and went, "Man, that was wicked, but how cool would it have been with Bill Ward!", there is still hope.

According to Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, the British metal legends intend to record one final album and embark on one final tour. And this time, instead of just featuring himself, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and hired drummers Brad Wilk (on record) and and Tommy Clufetos (on tour), the lineup could possibly include original skin-basher Ward.

Needless to say, it's not every day that Jennifer Lopez shows up as a surprise performer at an event attended by Vancouver students.

That's what happened at We Day Vancouver, held at Rogers Arena on October 22.

The annual event was created to inspire young people to become involved in local and international social issues. We Day events are held across Canada, and in the U.S. and the U.K. It's organized by Free the Children, a charity founded by Canadian children rights activist Craig Kielburger, and features a combination of speakers and performances.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Seattle-based EDM duo Odesza at Venue. Shelby MacRitchie was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Odesza at Venue on October 22, 2014. Thanks Shelby.

Retired tradesperson Peter Mattoo is hoping to be the first person of colour elected to Delta municipal council. (Yes, Delta really hasn't passed that milestone yet.)

Disgustingly, it appears that someone or a group of someones wants council to retain its all-white composition after the November civic election.

Mattoo, an independent candidate who was born in India, says his campaign signs are being targeted by vandalism while other candidates' nearby signs remain untouched. He put out a news release today (October 23) claiming that he also found racist slurs on his signs in a "few instances".

The Blue Dot Tour: An evening with David Suzuki and friends arrives at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street) on November 9 at 7 p.m.

The national tour will stop at 20 cities from Newfoundland to Vancouver. The goal of the tour is to gain support for the right to live in a healthy environment.

Joining Suzuki on his tour is Neil Young, Feist, Barenaked Ladies, Hey Ocean, Margaret Atwood, Raine Maida, Shane Koyczan, Raffi, Robert Bateman, and Wanting Qu.

Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online in advance.

The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 30.

The one-night screening of independent short horror films by local filmmakers attracts over 1,100 horror fans and film industry insiders. Five giant screens will showcase gore-soaked indie cinema and DIY savagery.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online in advance.

The Firehall Arts Centre presents Urinetown: The Musical from November 1 to 29. This all-new production of the Tony Award-winning musical features 16 local performers and five musicians at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).

Urinetown imagines a future with drastic water shortages and a large corporation with a monopology on all toilets forces citizens to have to pay for the privilege to pee. The dark dystopian vision of our future is offset by writers Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis’ delightfully witty and irreverent humour which sends up everything from evil tycoons to musicals themselves.

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