Dîner en Blanc VS Ce Soir Noir, in photos

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As I was sitting at home in sweatpants tonight I came across this Michael Mann piece which you should spend some time with. In it he breaks down two events that were happening: Dîner en Blanc and its answer, Ce Soir Noir. Favouring neither he refers to Ce Soir Noir as the “Cynical East Van Hipster Edition” of Dîner en Blanc and Dîner en Blanc as “a below average Instagram opportunity at best”. If he were to write something quotable about those of us (of which I am lumping he and myself) who tend to stay at home in their sweatpants during these events he might have similarly unflattering things to say, but he spared us.

If you’re not familiar with Michael’s work with Ion and the Georgia Straight his writing is pointed and pointy and more often than not it’s on-point, and the point of my including him and this long-winded introduction is that his piece inspired me to create this gallery of Instagram photos of the semi-opposing forces who were out tonight in black and white. Here I present some photos from the #debvan hashtag with their counterparts at #cesoirnoir…

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Crowd in black with thing floating in the air:

A photo posted by Robert Morrisey (@weileway) on

Crowd in white with thing floating in the air:

Pets in black:

Pets in white:

A photo posted by zhaghzhagh (@zhaghzhagh) on

Food in black:

A photo posted by Lauren Elbe (@ouest_coat) on

Food in white:

A photo posted by Rebeka H. (@rustyhaloprod) on

Bikes in black:

A photo posted by Robert Morrisey (@weileway) on

Bikes in white:

A photo posted by Anton Rogozin (@tutanh) on

Kids in black:

A photo posted by Bendix Sanders (@jaysandles) on

Kids in white [there were no photos of kids found in the #debvan hashtag].

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Selfie in black:

A photo posted by Glenn Leira (@1stgab) on

Selfie (of selfie) in white:

And in the end, black or white (or grey sweatpants)…