Vancouver Weekender: November 13 through 16, 2014

We just threw our biggest party in Vancouver last night – The Western Canada #NotableAwards.

‘Cause that’s how we do it on a hump day.

And now you only have one more day to get through before the weekend officially arrives. Of course, unofficially it’s already here.

Luckily, we’re here to help guide you through the next four days with all the hottest events Vancouver has to offer.


If you can do wonders with a glue gun, head over to the Holiday DIY Workshop at West Elm. Bri Emery, the lady behind designlovefest, will spearhead the session and you’ll leave with your very own unique holiday garland. Pinterest lovers, this one’s for you.

We love when we see an atypical business emerge simply by adding a new spin. That’s what local YP, Hector Cabrera, has introduced with his new Frontier Concept Series platform. Tonight’s first ever function is the student night edition where Jamie Banifield of Jamie Banifield Design – an award-winning firm – will speak with all attendees and the works of students will be showcased. More than just luxury flooring, the Frontier Concept Series will be a night of social exploration for people from all backgrounds and industries to connect.

How does Google come into play when talking about the changing landscape of Vancouver retail? Well, that’s what you’ll find out at Retail Spark with Google at CBC. Key leaders will chat about the way technology is changing the business of retail and customer behavior, whether you run a brick and mortar business or you’re exclusively online – or both – this one’s for you.

ROAM Art Gallery is hosting the opening night for their latest group show featuring artwork from local emerging artists. Expect a holiday theme with food, drinks, and visuals all in the 24”x 24” square format – ROAM’s specialty is group shows. This is one particular art event that will be far from silent observations with wine in hand.  


Warning: Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE is FOMO inducing. In alignment with the VAG’s current Forbidden City exhibition, the theme for this edition of FUSE will be a mash up of old traditions meeting new party ideas.

Over on the North Shore, family-run Greek restaurant, Anatoli Souvlaki is getting in the spirit and having their Mealshare Day. Haven’t heard about Mealshare and how mouthwatering good this Greek spot is? Well, just order any food item on the menu and someone else in need will get that meal too. It’s simple. Greek. Good. Food. For All.

Taking us back to a spot we know all too well, this is an OPUS Bar revival. The iconic location in the heart of Yaletown is officially ready tonight, after a little facelift, for more memories and amazing nights. The renewal has been kept slightly on the down low but we still expect the space to packed. And don’t forget to tell them Notable sent you.


It’s the last Hawkers Market of the year. This edition will focus on collaborative dim sum and loud music starting at 6pm. Don’t know exactly what that means? Well, take part and you’ll find out. Converge in East Van where local food entrepreneurs will make sure you abide by the Hawkers Market rule of Eat, eat, eat. Repeat.

Want to keep your innovation and brainstorming going well into the weekend? It’s Start Up Weekend – and the Dinner & Networking event is not to be missed. The brightest of idea generators and entrepreneurs come together for stimulating conversation that is sure to bring on future success. Oh, and Google is running this one too.


Sundays were made for shopping. The NLA Sample Sale moves to a bigger location packed with the best stock and samples from coveted lifestyle brands. In the past, we’ve picked up slick Nikes at a fraction of the normal price and the coolest one-off pieces that don’t make it to production but stand out in your closet and become instant conversation starters. 

Get a head start on your inspirational and social events for next week. On our radar? Sign up for the FWE Breakfast Talk with Sleep Country Canada’s Christine Macgee at the Vancouver Club on Tuesday morning. Or come Wednesday, top chefs will go head-to-head as the Chowder Chowdown kicks off in Vancouver. Cast your vote for your favourite chef while supporting Oceanwise.

Stretch it out and run. Take part in The Grand Banana Race presented by MEC. The sunny but cool weather, (aka the best November weather we could ask for), means you’ll have to bundle up as you choose from the 5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon for just $15. Aside from live post-race results, top finishers in each category will be awarded with a medal, and all runners are invited to a personalized shopping experience at the Vancouver MEC store. Bananas will also be included along the way. Naturally.


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Top photo courtesy OPUS Hotel