Vancouver Weekender: November 6 through 9, 2014

This is your last weekend.

Okay, maybe not your last weekend ever. But certainly your last official one before holiday season starts and your social calendar is suddenly filled with fundraisers, shopping parties, and personal gatherings. 

Which is why we suggest you spend the next four days wisely. 

What used to be The Cellar on Granville Street re-opened doors as the Belmont Bar last week – and tonight marks the official Grand Opening. The re-invented space will bring in a variety of live music, collaborative parties, and a new menu from Chef Joel Ochsendorf.

Yaletown’s Killjoy is kicking off Underkill Popup Month with a launch party tonight. The new series will feature collaborations with local artists and businesses that result in nights spent shopping, mingling and listening to music. Tonight is the Street Style Edition and will see Cocoa Tanning, I See Noise Prints, and Beauty Blvd all under one roof. 

$5. All you can eat pancakes. Artists. America’s largest underground pop-up art show. This is The Pancakes and Art Booze Show. With only two stops in Canada, this art party movement has already made an impression stateside, and we suspect it’s going to leave its mark tonight in Van. 

Morning learning is a good thing. And Robert Chaplin is going to prove it as the speaker of choice at the latest edition of Creative Morning Vancouver, a lecture series more invigorating than a double macchiato.

While you may have visited Whistler, you haven’t had the full experience until you’ve done ski and snow town “the Cornucopia way”. Luckily, Whistler’s wine and food extravaganza, Cornucopia, is kicking off today. Look for tastings, special dining events, parties, and more. 

Advance Voting is how people who hate lines vote. Open from 8am until 8pm daily before official Election Day; you can exercise your civic right before everyone else does.  

A pair of Vancouverites ventured down to Mexico and while there opened up a little Cafe, artisan bakery, and weekly farmers market. Talk about living the life. Baja Beans Roasting Co. has made their way back to Vancouver to re-connect with their original community for a three-part event, Baja Beans pop-up Cafe to celebrate the launch of their coffee beans on The event also includes fundraising to support efforts to rebuild the community of Pescardo, Mexico (hit by Hurricane Odile) and an after party at Aura Nightclub. 

Planning for a baby in your near future? Don’t be afraid by breast pumps, long nights, apps that allow you to monitor your baby on-the-go, and every other responsibility that comes bringing a new life into this world. Whether it’s you, your wife, or your best friend with the bump, head over to the Vancouver Baby & Family Fair to discover the latest trends. 

The annual La Quercia White Truffle Dinner returns this year with two seating options for their five-course (indulgent) dinner. Featuring truffles from the Alba region, this $170 (per person) meal should be worth every penny, and could easily be a contender for dinner of the year. 

If you’re the only Vancouverite who hasn’t tried yoga skip the stigma and gain the benefits – for free. The new flagship Lululemon Robson store offers complimentary classes and workshops including Sunday morning yoga class. There’s no commitment and you get to learn your moves from some of the best teachers in the city.

Sign up (individually or with a team) for Bubble Ball Soccer and help the Canadian Cancer Society and students from the SFU Beedie School of Business Project Management class beat cancer in the funniest way possible. Seriously, in case you’re unaware, this is what bubble ball soccer looks like. We know, it’s amazing.  

This one is for the ladies – Fortune Night Club hosts Ladies Night with Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees. The smooth singer will serenade as you sing along to your favourite hits from your teenage years as he gives an up close and personal performance. 


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Top photo courtesy Baja Bean Roasting Co.