Notable Now Vancouver: November 16, 2012

The Original James Bond Tribute Party at The Vancouver Club (915 West Hastings)
On Saturday, November 17th, dress as your favourite 007 character to celebrate 50 years of James Bond. Get ready to party the night away at one of Vancouver’s oldest and most distinguished private clubs. The Vancouver Club will be transformed into an exotic spy-worthy underworld complete with Secret Agents and Bond Girls dolling out the perfect Belvedere martini. Enjoy VIP service, DJ SKLA’s beats and plenty of special effects to add to the theatrics. Tickets start at $50. Click here for more info.

Eastside Culture Crawl (Vancouver’s Eastside neighbourhood’s) November 16 to 18
The Eastside Culture Crawl is a free annual 3-day November event that has grown to encompass more than 300 artists on Vancouver’s Eastside who open their studio to the public. The event, which has attracted more than 15,000 attendees, involves painters, jewellers, potters, glassblowers, writers, printmakers, sculptors, musicians and more. For more information click here.

Hopscotch Grand Tasting Event (November 16 to 18) 2901 East Hastings St.
This weekend marks the finale of one of Canada’s largest beer, whiskey and scotch events with its signature tasting taking place at The Grand Tasting Hall, located at the PNE Forum on Friday, November 16th, and Saturday, November 17th from 6-10pm. Taste your way around the world as you visit 65 booths and try 250 different selections of spirits, beer and whiskey. Don’t wait: hop-scotch to it! Tickets start at $40.

40th Annual Christmas at Hycroft (November 15 to 18) 1489 McRae Ave
Get started on holiday shopping and attend this four-day event at the UBC Women’s Club of Vancouver’s stunning manor. This annual holiday fundraiser helps support the club as it aims to promote education through programming, scholarships and bursaries while promoting rights and opportunities for women through advocacy. Take in live music, decor and a gift market inspired by the Edwardian setting as you get into the Christmas spirit. Tickets are $13 at the door. For more info click here.

Coming up: Whistler Mountain opening early!
Dust of your ski bum and get geared up for another season full of pristine powder days. In true west coast style, Whistler has announced it will be opening early this year (this weekend), with Blackcomb set to follow suit on November 22nd. Head up to one of Canada’s best spots for winter adventures where recent snowfall and more than 70 million gallons of water converted to snow awaits. For full details and conditions click here.

Just opened: Purple Olive Grill (850 Thurlow)
Stating that ‘Good food doesn’t have to be expensive,’ the Purple Olive Grill boasts a substantial menu of appealing options and invites guests to put that notion to the test. The former home to Ensemble has been given a bright and welcomed facelift – well-timed given Vancouver’s penchant for grey winter weather. With everything from burgers to salads, pastas to fall-off-the-bone-style ribs, the emphasis is definitely geared toward comfort food and no one’s complaining. Review the menu here

Photo courtesy Purple Olive Grill