IV Prize

The Interesting Vancouver Prize

Each year we invite Metro Vancouverites to nominate someone for an IV Prize who they think deserves recognition for doing something particularly interesting. One winner each year is presented with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind award, a cash prize, and an invitation to share their story with the IV audience.

As part of Interesting Vancouver, which strives to expand the collective vision of what is uniquely possible in Vancouver and done by Vancouverites, the IV Prize builds on our heritage of sharing and enabling interestingness.

Created by Eclipse Awards, this unique trophy keepsake is salvaged from a local wind-fallen tree, milled locally, specially cured to retain its bark edge, and then custom engraved. Along with this unique memento, the recipient also receives a cash prize of $1,000 to help them further pursue their passion, hobby or action worth celebrating and invited to share their interesting story with the audience on the Interesting Vancouver stage.

Nominate Someone

Call for 2017 Candidates

Who is THE most in·ter·est·ing person in Vancouver?

As with last year there are many impressive people in our city quietly going about doing what they do. It is a great collection of the wonderful, worthy, and wacky. Nominate someone today!

The selection committee is now reviewing the nominations through the selection criteria amd will narrow down a shortlist of nominees who will be asked a couple follow up questions, primarily on how the IV Prize would help move forward a specific project.

Then on November 10 (get your tickets here) we will announce the winner at the live event. The reason for the IV Prize is purely to help enable interestingness itself. Where IV the night is about sharing experiences, perspectives and projects the IV Prize is about helping someone do something that contributes to our city through its innate interestingness.


Call for Entries Deadline – October 14, 2017
Finalists Contacted – October 21, 2017
Winner Announced – November 10, 2017

Selection Committee Members

Toby Barazzuol – Dream Leader, Eclipse Awards
Brett Macfarlane – Founder, Interesting Vancouver
Johnathon Vaughn Strebly – Director of Creative Services, HCMA
Mark Busse – Producer, Interesting Vancouver & Director of TILT Curiosity Labs, HCMA
Christina Potter – Opportunity Maker, Board Member BC Entertainment Hall of Fame
Bruce Campbell – Media and Information Technology Consultant

Past IV Prize Recipients

The first ever IV Prize was awarded in 2015 to grief counsellor and hospice worker Gaby Eirew for her project RecordMeNow, an app designed for parents to leave messages of hope and love for their children

In 2016, the IV Prize winner was Robert Chaplin for his work as an artist, sculptor, illustrator, author, publisher, and all around wingnut. Among other pursuits, Robert made “Royal Canadian” into a brand of beautiful silver jewelry by selling snowflake sponsorships, to individuals making one snowflake at a time.

We look forward to hearing more about Robert’s recent projects at the November 10th event, where he will be one of the many interesting Vancouverites sharing their stories on our stage.