This year’s Last Candidate Standing is a co-production of the Vancouver Public Space Network (VPSN) and UBC’s School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. LCS will take place on Sunday, November 6, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at UBC Robson Square.
How it Works
As with the 2008 event, the 2011 edition of Last Candidate will be open to all mayoral and council candidates. It functions is a ‘mixer’ that allows incumbents and new nominees, independents and party-affiliated candidates to share the same stage.
The event is hosted by an MC, features a panel of local journalists, and is supported by a house-band and buskers, both of which provide musical interludes.
Structured as a series of rotating debates, the event starts with the names of all candidates are put into a drum. Groups of three names are drawn at a time, and each ‘set’ of candidates has a question posed to them by a panel of local journalists (last time the event featured Frances Bula, Trevor Boddy and Jackie Wong – this year’s panel is still being finalized).
The best two answers from each set – as determined by a combination of journalist votes and audience applause – earn a pass to the next round. The next set of three names is drawn and the process repeats itself until all participants have had a chance to answer a question. A musical interlude takes place and the next round begins. The event continues through several rounds until there’s one last candidate standing. The ‘contest’ – such as it is – is all in good fun and is designed to encourage a lively atmosphere, good civic engagement, and the chance for audience participation.
Creativity is encouraged and participants are allowed to bring props for their time on stage.