What’s Buzzing in Vancouver

There’s no shortage of buzz and murmurs in Van City on the day-to-day. There’s always something to talk about, so we’ve looked at the topics that made the rounds this week in Vancouver, and have a few things you need to know about…that is, if you didn’t know already…

The Commodore Ballroom Named one of North America’s 10 Most Influential Clubs
We knew it was only a matter of time before some big-shots announced the Commodore Ballroom is as amazing as locals – and even other Canucks the country-wide – knew it was. In Billboard’s most recent issue, they named the Commodore Ballroom alongside such notable spots as LA’s Music Box and New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Note it: Not only is the Commodore the oldest on the list, it’s also the only Canadian entry.

Save-On-Meats is Back and Better than Ever
Since reopening on June 22nd at 43 West Hastings, Vancouverites have been buzzing about the great new restaurant (a 40-seat restaurant was added) and menu added to this landmark butcher shop. If you haven’t gone back the improved location, you definitely need to check it out this weekend.

Anthony Bourdain is Coming to Vancouver
Celeb Chef Anthony Bourdain is doing a one-night-only talk at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts on October 29th. It’s no surprise that we’re buzzing about it early: Bourdain is an amazing chef and really, who doesn’t love No Reservations? Tickets go on sale July 15th.

Dale MacKay named Canada’s Top Chef
Speaking of top chefs, BC’s feeling the pride with Dale MacKay’s win Monday night on Top Chef Canada. Vancouver’s newest celeb chef beat out 15 other competitors to win the title. Interesting note: Toronto was buzzing that the winner was chef Rob Rossi because of his announcing his departure from Mercatto restaurants. Guess you can’t always trust the word on the street…

Whole Foods Parking Lot the Music Video
We had no clue it was “gettin’ real in the Whole Foods parking lot.” Released just under a month ago, this satirical rap song by Fog and Smog Films (based out of San Francisco) is, well, interesting. It’s already amassed over 2,000,000 views on YouTube, and is a trending video in Vancouver today.