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Vancouver’s got blogs

There’s so much information zooming and zipping through the internet that it’s hard to know when and where we should reach out our hands (or click our finger to the mouse) to grasp onto a succulent piece of knowledge.

To assist you in your surfing, here are a few Vancouver-based bloggers we like to check in with:

Erin Ireland

Not only is she the founder of To Die For Banana Bread, a heavenly phenomenon that has swept across the city, Erin Ireland knows anything and everything with a culinary twist, including the best restaurants, cafes and bars in town.

Expect salivating upon clicking… itstodiefor.ca.

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

A beautiful and whimsical collection of décor, fashion, and lifestyle treasures are housed within the pages of Kate Horsman’s Bullet with Butterfly Wings.

Your eyes will light up… bulletwithbutterflywings.ca

Booooooom

When we need a little (or a lot) of creative inspiration, we open up Booooooom, curated and designed by Jeff Hamada, for an onslaught of music, film, photography and all things artful.

There’s no telling what you’ll create after a visit here… booooooom.com

Look for the Girl

Magical words of poetry, whispers of literature, and provocative images are captured at Look for the Girl – dedicated to the dreamers, lovers, and the mysterious woman behind the site.

Cue heart swoons and language lust… lookforthegirl.com

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Creative Wine Bottles

With so many wines lining cellars, shelves, and coolers, our eyes are drawn to those labels that capture attention and cause us to pause in our perusing. Wineries are becoming quite cunningly artistic when it comes to marketing their reds, whites, rosés, and bubbles.

Which are your favourite wine labels?

From left to right, top to bottom:

Lascala (via Lovely Package), Botanica (via Simon Frouws), Matsu (via Lost at E Minor), Elk and Wolf Chardonnay (via Coolist), Jolie-Laide (via Dr Vino), Killibinbin (via Under Consideration), Skulls (via Eat Magazine), Return of the Living Red (via Coolist), Vitis Vinifera (via Trend Hunter

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Miami Fever

The pulse in Miami beats to a Latin rhythm that’s harmonious with chic hedonism, while the city’s palm trees sway with the spicy creativity of music and art. Life is heated, hot, and glistening in this vivacious part of Florida.

We’ve picked a few of our favourite things in the city…

STAY:

SLS Hotel South Beach

A whimsical experience that will open up your curious eyes to details you never dreamed of.

EAT:

Cecconi’s Miami Beach

An effervescent Venetian dining experience.  

DO:

Wynwood: Treat your creative longings to urban art. The area is also home to over 50 galleries and several cafes and restaurants.

South Beach: Watch the scene pass you by before stepping into the self-indulgence yourself.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

90s Replayed

The 90s may have occurred forever and a day ago, but the fashions from that decade doused in hip hop and grunge are still repeating themselves today. Neon reminiscent of the Fly Girls and plaid once reserved for Seattle bands have been rejuvenated for 2013. Time to dig deep in your closets and watch old episodes of My So-Called Life, In Living Color, and Beverly Hills, 90210 for inspiration.

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Lip Service

Perhaps it’s no surprise that the mouth and lips are frequently featured in art and photography. They are vessels of words, expressions of love, and sensual icons. These are our favourite mouths creatively captured.

From left to right, top to bottom: Matthew Cusick; unknown; Irving Penn; Irving Penn; Tyler Shields; The Rolling Stones; Hugo Barros.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

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.

Vancouver Pride Weekend!

As a devoted supporter of the LGBTQ community, OPUS Hotel couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Pride festivities in Vancouver. For one weekend each year, people from around the world come to our city to celebrate at a variety of colourful parties that culminate in one of the largest parades in the world.

Here are a few events to catch over this long weekend that marks the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Pride Parade…

Friday, August 2nd

Davie Street Party: From Broughton to Burrard Streets, cars are barricaded and pedestrians are given free rein to dance, cavort, and revel in their uniqueness.

Saturday, August 3rd

Vancouver Dyke March & Festival: The 10 year anniversary begins at noon at McSpadden Park, followed by the festival at Grandview Park at 1pm.

Sunday, August 4th

The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival kicks off at noon. Follow the winding parade as it marches from Robson to Denman to Pacific.

OPUS Bar will be hosting a live music night with Ali Milner and DJ George V from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Wrap yourself in colour, douse your body in glitter, and dance away the weekend celebrating diversity.

Find more events at www.vancouverpride.ca and www.mydavievillage.com.

Images via The Vancouver Sun.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

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.

Shad

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

We, Myself & I

VIDEO ABOVE

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.

Elephant

LISTEN HERE

Braids

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

LISTEN HERE

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.

Rococo

LISTEN HERE

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The French (Canadian) 75 at OPUS Bar

On a sweltering summer day, our heated bodies need to be cooled down. Popsicles, icicles, fans, anything with some modicum of “chill” to turn down the furnace under our skin.

OPUS Bar has an item to add to your list of summer coolants… The French (Canadian) 75.

Presented in its own petit bottle, the almost traditional cocktail contains Blanche de Chambly, a Quebec white ale, instead of champagne. Barman Martin combines Plymouth Gin, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Simple Syrup within the bubbles of the wheat coloured beverage.

Expect your tongue to fizzle with vibrant and sweet citrus flavours as your body reaches a more desirable temperature. You may even swear you’re in the middle of an orange grove if you close your eyes tightly.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Fashions in Yaletown

Checkered amongst the deliciously scented restaurants and desirable bars of Yaletown, there lie a selection of boutiques carrying treasures for your body and trouble for your wallet. Window displays will lure you in against your will and clothes will leap off the racks and into your hands.

You may find yourself leaving one of these fabulous Yaletown boutiques juggling a cluster of shopping bags:

Basquiat

Upon entering this spacious and bright store, your head will become woozy with fashion intoxication. Beautiful items from A.L.C., Barbara Bui, J Brand, Jenni Kayne, Line, and Preen will want to be yours as you float from hanger to hanger and shelf to shelf.

1189 Hamilton Street

Fine Finds

When in need of a gift, it is known across the city that one will snap up that perfect trinket at Fine Finds. Shiny jewelry, unique clothing, baby accessories, and quirky cards fill the shop. Warning: You’ll leave with more than a gift.

1014 Mainland Street

The Cross

Once you cross the threshold of this décor boutique, you may not emerge for hours. There are too many items of fancy and picturesque books to fondle and eye… ideal for satiating your curiosity.

1198 Homer Street

Brooklyn Clothing Co.

Men (and girlfriends) will have all of their denim dreams answered at this trendy store on the edges of Yaletown. If it’s made of denim or goes with denim, you’ll find it here. Don’t be scared by the huge selection of brands and styles… the staff will pull out exactly what you’re looking for.

418 Davie Street

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider