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OPUS Vancouver + Music Direction present…

After the hit of Music Direction’s summer playlist, we’ve enlisted their music knack to ease in autumn’s chill. Press play before you throw up leaves, dance in front of a fire, and pop a bottle of red.

OPUS Hotel ~ Autumn ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

Tap the Phone - Francis and the Lights

Don’t Call it Love - Zero 7

Give You Up (feat.KLP) - Le Crayon

Adalita (feat. Chela) - Goldroom

Coffee (Cousin Cole & Nacey Edit) - Misun

A World Alone - Lorde

Speed of Dark - Emiliana Torrini

Feelings - The Ballet

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

A Haunted Halloween

Halloween seems to have lost its eerie nature amongst the superhero, fairy, and cowboy costumes that roam the streets for one night every October. But rather than dress up as your favourite character or fantasy, wouldn’t you rather infuse some scare into your night of ghouling?

Get in the spirit with chilling movies, such as American Mary (by the Vancouver-based Soska twins), The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Ringu (the Japanese film that inspired The Ring), or Mama. Find an Ouija board to conjure up the dead. And while Ryan Gosling’s not all that scary, his band, Dead Man’s Bones, will leave you haunted.

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

OPUS Bar’s Fall Cocktails

I can already see my breath. Summer has officially departed. And the crispness that has arrived can only be combated with something that warms you from the inside.

OPUS Bar has revealed its fall offerings. A list of fluids that act as a furnace when consumed.

On one of these early autumn evenings, I was treated to a taste from bartender Martin Corriveau, who shook and stirred a Val Venosta and Castelletto for me.

With one sip of the green Val Venosta I found myself in an orchard of apples. The martini (42 Below Vodka, Apple Brandy, Lime Juice, Basil, Apple Juice) is equally balanced with flavours – the basil and apple complement and caress each other like lovers spooning. I wanted to savour each sip. Tasting the elements individually.

Once this mixture had disappeared, I moved on to the Castelletto, named after the red light district in Venice in the 14th century. The crimson potion (Martini Rosso, Grappa, Smoked Plum Syrup, Acid Phosphate, Absinthe) bites like the inhabitants of its namesake – sweetly, with affection and arousal. I wanted more.

Come into OPUS Bar for one of these new concoctions. Visit on one of the following dates to accompany your cocktail with music.

Friday, October 11, 7 – 10pm – Colin Bullock
Saturday, October 12, 7 – 10pm – Luca Fogale
Friday, October 18, 7 – 10pm – Martin Acosta
Friday, October 25, 7 – 10pm – Greg Neufeld
Saturday, October 2, 7 – 10pm – Ali Milner

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Ziggy Lives

Have you caught it yet? The fever. It’s infectious. With one note, one glimpse, one listen.

David Bowie fever first broke four decades ago and it’s still spreading and affecting people around the world. His music has stayed relevant throughout the disco, rock, pop, and electronic eras, and this year he released his first new album in 10 years proving his music can still go viral.

But it’s not just the music that draws people in, it’s him. His energy, sexuality, fashion, intelligence, eccentricities arouse and magnetize. Nobody is safe. All are susceptible.

This is why we love David Bowie…

1. His painted face in Labyrinth was more desired than Jennifer Connelly’s makeup amongst women of the 80s everywhere. And despite his creepy character, the sex appeal oozes out of him.


2. Bowie’s Space Oddity number made it outside earth when Chris Hatfield covered it from the International Space Station. Ziggy Stardust would be proud.


3. He reads. Volumes and volumes of books. Start checking off page turners from his top 100 list.


4. Bowie’s the subject of an exhibit that originated in London’s Victoria and Albert museum and has now made its way to Toronto’s AGO. His costumes, art work, instruments, and music are all on display for hungry fans. 


5. He’s a trained mime and he turned down a knighthood from the Queen. Need we say more?

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Fashion Soundtracks

The biannual quartet of fashion weeks has almost come to an end. New York, London and Milan catwalks have shown their Spring/Summer treats in lead up to the Paris finale, which closes on October 2nd. While all eyes will be on the clothes as they stream through our screens, ears present at the shows were privy to the sounds that each designer paired with their collection.

Here are some of our favourites…

Burberry Prorsum
Budapest by George Ezra


3.1 Phillip Lim
Barracuda by Heart


Diane von Furstenberg 
Lose Yourself to Dance by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams


House of Holland

Werkin Girls by Angel Haze


Thom Browne
It’s Oh So Quiet by Bjork


~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Burberry Prorsum, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane von Furstenberg, House of Holland, Thom Browne

Live Music Series at OPUS Bar

Over the next few weeks you may hear melodic tunes escaping from the windows and doors of OPUS Bar. We’re excited to announce a new live music series that will be taking over our space on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Bring your friends and socialize to the beat of these talented musicians.

Our schedule includes…

Thursday, August 8, 7pm – 10pm: TÉA
Friday, August 9: Private event.
Saturday, August 10, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Andrew Mockler
Thursday, August 15, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta Duo
Friday, August 16, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Mark Fossen
Saturday, August 17, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Greg Neufeld
Thursday, August 22, 7pm – 10pm: Ali Milner
Friday, August 23, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Tonye Aganaba
Saturday, August 24: No music tonight.
Thursday, August 29, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta
Friday, August 30, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Kristopher James
Saturday, August 31, 8:30pm – 10:30pm: Neal Ryan

All musicians presented by Musos Entertainment

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Téa, Andrew Mockler, Colin Bullock, Ali Milner, Martin Acosta, Jon Shrier.

Music coloured red and white

We are a country of enormous musical talent. Hip hop, rock, pop, rockabilly, indie, blues… we’ve got all of it echoing through the mountain passes, skimming on the lakes, and breezing along the prairies. In honour of our country’s birthday this month, we’ve compiled a few tracks by Canadian musicians to crank up during your moments of summer bliss.


Originally from London, Ontario, Juno-winning rapper, Shad, now calls Vancouver home. His voice is like molasses. Trickily, sticky, and delicious.

We, Myself & I


Hannah Georgas

Hannah Georgas’ sound is hypnotic, soulful, and able to submit anyone within earshot into a trance. You’ll find her albums on repeat.




Described as “art rock”, Braids is a Calgarian band now based on Montreal. They create the kind of music that should accompany frolics in the grass.

In Kind


Arcade Fire

One of our greatest musical exports, Arcade Fire has been on the scene for over a decade. With pockets full of Juno’s and Grammy’s, they continue to light up our lives with their music. Psst… new album coming soon.



~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Opus Vancouver + Music Direction present…

A soundtrack is just as important as pictures when it comes to reminiscing iconic summers. We remember the music that accompanies us on boat decks, lake docks, beach sand, and wooden patios as vividly as the images behind our eyes.

We’ve invited Music Direction to conjure up a flirtatious summer companion for all your sun moments. Even on the darkest of days, you’ll bring sunshine back when you listen to one of these tunes. Thank you, Music Direction, for the intoxicating tracks!

Coconuts - Van She
California Sunset - Poolside
Sun (Gigamesh Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club
Get Lucky (Radio Edit) - Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Losing You - Solange
Forever - Haim
Hurricane (Chvrches Remix) - MSMR
Peanut Butter - (Moon Boots Remix) - Alison Valentine
Shine - Wild Belle
Fifteen - Goldroom (feat. Chela)
Ocean Love - She Said Disco

Opus Hotel ~ Summer Sounds ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

We’ve got the jazz

The sound can hit your body like a tumult of hard, electric rain or lightly tickle your skin with the dance of a feather. It makes you tap your foot, nod your head, and shake your rump.

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, and Chet Baker were the parents and grandparents of jazz. While the greats have long past, generations of musicians will keep it alive forever. Particularly if events like the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival keep happening.

From June 21st to July 1st, our city celebrates icons and aficionados of the musical genre at the 28th annual festival.

Here are our top five picks for the eleven days of jazz:

1. The Vancouver Art Gallery, from Georgia Street to south of Robson Street, will be home to four music venues. You won’t even have to leave to get nourishment… a food and artisan market will be set up on Howe Street. Even if the music can’t be heard, we’re sure musical notes will be seen floating in the sky from miles around.

2. Macy Gray and her gravelly, sultry voice will be performing with the David Murray Infinity Quartet at the Vogue Theatre on June 27th.


3. Red Baraat have fused a bhangra and jazz beat together to create music that will get under your skin and make your body move. Catch them at the Vogue Theatre on June 28th.


4. You won’t believe that Nikki Yanofsky is only 19 when you hear the sweet, powerful voice fall out of her mouth. She’ll be at the Vogue Theatre on June 29th.


5. Los Angeles group Orgone sounds as smooth and rich as creamy peanut butter - a blend of funk and jazz that should be played in a dark and smoky basement bar. They’ll be on the Georgia Stage on June 22nd at 7:30pm.


~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

What we’re listening to this May

Turn these up. Spin around your room. Close your eyes tight.

Wild Nothing – Paradise

Watch video above.

This track by Wild Nothing takes you (and Michelle Williams) above the clouds to a time when we listened to cassette tapes, read hard cover books, and when Pet Shop Boys reigned. Pay attention to the words Williams speaks from A Word Child and try to make out pictures in the clouds.

Jessie Ware – Running

Watch the video.

Can we take a moment (a rather long moment) to dream about the vivacious Jessie Ware? Her voice lingers on in our ears for hours after the music stops. The South London raised woman may give Adele a run for her money…

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up

Watch the video.

There is no telling what your body may do while listening to this soulful song from the debut solo album of Fever Ray. Recognize the sound? That’s because it’s Karin Dreijer Anderssonby of The Knife. As you listen, your spine may twist and your teeth may bite your lower lip. No promises… but maybe…

~ Sandra O’Connell