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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

Glamour is back

We love old Hollywood glamour. Those days when women spent hours on their hair and makeup, and always left the house looking like a lady. They were femme fatales, mysterious and coy, and wore their sultry curves with pride. Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, and Ingrid Bergman defined that era of strong women with their attention to detail and confident appearance.

Who wouldn’t want to channel their bewitching energy for a night?

Set your calendars for July 19th or 20th to revive the look of those alluring ladies with a vintage hair do. On both Friday and Saturday nights, Rock, Paper, Scissors, a pop-up hair salon, will have a booth at the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market, where stylist Michelle Grimm, a New York native who has worked with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, can add some glamour to your life.

Think Betty Boop, Dita von Teese, Marilyn Monroe, or Rita Hayworth as you let her set your hair into bouncing curls and shiny waves. Dress the part in a vintage frock, draw on liquid liner, paint on red lips, and order yourself a classic cocktail at The Keefer Bar.

~ 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.

OPUS Hotel celebrates pride

Vancouver is a city brimming with diversity and coloured with vibrancy. We embrace people and preferences with wide arms and warm smiles. The city’s gay community is celebrated most in the West End at Davie Village, just a few blocks away from OPUS Hotel.

Everyone should have the honour of enjoying equal rights and we are passionate advocates of bringing awareness and support to the LGBTTQ community. As a proud sponsor of the Vancouver Pride Society and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, we are a long-standing member of TAG and IGLTA, travel organizations that encourage acceptance and inclusion of LGBTTQ guests in the travel industry.

When you reserve here, we’ll donate a portion of your room rate to Vancouver Pride Society and we’ll spoil you with our best rate, late check-out, breakfast for two in La Pentola, and complimentary valet parking.

Come see what makes our city so inclusive.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

LISTEN

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Legend of film: Sofia Coppola

Responsible for the fanciful scenes in Marie Antoinette, the trauma of The Virgin Suicides, Hollywood hotel living in Somewhere, and the connection of strangers in Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola has wooed us with her cinematic eye for years.

This month, she continues the affair with The Bling Ring – a tale of celebrity obsession, the extravagances of youth, and a true-life burglary gang. The real criminals stole over $3,000,000 of cash and belongings in 2008 and 2009 from the homes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan, and Megan Fox.

In case you need more reasons to love Sofia, here are a few…

1. At the tender age of fifteen, she interned with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. And went on in later years to be Marc Jacobs’ muse.

Letting everyone down would be my greatest unhappiness. ~ Marie Antoinette

2. Continuing a love of fashion, she launched a clothing line, Milkfed, with friend Stephanie Hayman, and in cooperation with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Stop searching… it’s only available in Japan.

The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you. ~ Lost in Translation

3. She directed Natalie Portman in a Miss Dior Cherié commercial – a short story depicting a young girl’s dreamy life.

We knew the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love, and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them. ~ The Virgin Suicides

4. She appeared in Madonna’s indulgent Deeper and Deeper video as one of the Material Girl’s friends.

For everyone, there are those moments when you have great days with someone you wouldn’t expect to. Then you have to go back to your real lives, but it makes an impression on you. ~ Sofia Coppola

5. Filmmaking is in her blood and her family tree reads like a list of Oscar nominees… Father: Francis Ford Coppola. Brother: Roman Coppola. Cousins: Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. She’s also the granddaughter of Oscar-winning composer, Carmine Coppola. One can only imagine how her young daughters will express their creativity.

Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic. ~ Sofia Coppola

6. Making a mark as a woman in a Hollywood man’s world, she was the third female ever to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards, and won Best Original Screenplay for Lost in Translation. Not to mention, her films have appeared at Cannes, Sundance, and Venice Film Festivals.

That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see. ~ Sofia Coppola

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

 

Let OPUS Hotel spoil your furry friends

For most pet owners, pooches or felines are counted as family members and most loyal companions. Let’s face it, besides the occasional bark or meow, pets can be the drama-free versions of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and spouses. In other words, the perfect traveling partner.

At OPUS Hotel, we welcome all members of your family, including your furry ones, and we don’t charge extra. Your dog will be welcomed with a water bowl, a bag of treats, and Modern Dog Magazine.

After Lassie has indulged in treats in the room, take him or her exploring outside. In either direction, the Seawall is a puppy’s dream, but head east to reach doggie-friendly Coopers’ Park and let your pooch run amok with the dogs of Vancouver. Your dog isn’t the only one who can socialize at the park… perhaps you’ll find a man or woman to join you for a cocktail when the dogs have been put to bed.

Once you’ve made your mark in the fashionable boutiques of Yaletown, spoil your four-legged love at Barking Babies located just around the corner from OPUS on Homer Street. Everyone deserves a souvenir when they travel.

Next time you stay at OPUS, we hope to meet your pup too.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Best Brunches in Yaletown

Brunch should be a food group - one of those essential components of nutrition that make our bodies function at the most optimal level. A weekend brunch reignites us after a long week and prepares us for the work days ahead. They are luxurious meals that condone sleeping in, socializing with friends, and cocktails before noon. Honestly, what’s not to love?

We’re lucky at OPUS Hotel to be surrounded by an abundance of delicious restaurants in Yaletown that cater to this decadent meal hour.

La Pentola: Located just an elevator ride away for guests, this Italian eatery is rich with a variety of brunch delicacies, including the traditional Northern Italian pancake, Kaiserschmarrn, colourful three egg omelets, and the refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktail.

350 Davie Street

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Kaiserschmarrn at La Pentola

Glowbal Grill: If you’re a sucker for mini donuts and bustling patio people-watching, this is the dining spot for you. Drink mimosas and pick from one of four Eggs Benedict options.

1079 Mainland Street

Provence Marinaside: With the sight of boats bobbing in the marina visible over your Baked Eggs Florentine, it’s hard to leave this idyllic brunch spot even after you’ve finished eating.

1177 Marinaside Crescent

Elbow Room Café: The best cure for a hangover after a fabulous night in Vancouver resides at this tasty greasy-spoon diner. Not only will the staff berate you for not finishing all the food on your plate, but they will collect a donation to support the AIDS charity A Loving Spoonful.

560 Davie Street

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL at OPUS Hotel

Everyone’s wedding should be a unique experience – an event that stands out and splashes across unblinking eyes with brilliant colours and captivating imagery. Heads should continue to turn long after the remarkable day.

Contemporary artist Alana Rothstein, a self-professed lover of hotel rooms, is recreating moments of celebration for brides, grooms, wedding parties, and anyone else staying at OPUS Hotel with the ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL package. Think dashes of rock and roll, sprinkles of Studio 54, zests of decadence, and flavours of seduction fused together into a freestanding art creation of memories.

Using a collection of images, taken either by the group or by her, she captures a morsel of the guests’ lives to digitally transform onto Plexiglass. After collaboration with guests to ascertain style and vision, she layers the pictures with artfully-placed, vibrant colour.

The chic keepsakes are contemporary and personal, ideal for guests or as cool gifts. Show off a provocative boudoir side, dance off single life with girlfriends, or bond with a best man over scotch.

And if it’s not your wedding, celebrate you and life with an original piece of Plexi-art by Alana Rothstein. We’re so excited at OPUS to be working with her on this unique project.

Q&A with Alana Rothstein:

OPUS: Where did you find inspiration for ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL?

ALANA: ART+IDENTITY+TRAVEL is the result of traveling and taking pictures that never saw the light of day. My work is usually large format, colourful, high-concept art combining multiple images and transforming them digitally onto Plexiglass. I came up with the idea of PLEXI-ART, a mini version or travel size, for the person that loves hotels. It is a souvenir, if you will, that is personal and attractive enough to keep on display in your home or office – not your average snow globe. I immediately knew that OPUS Vancouver was the perfect hotel for the project.

OPUS: What do you love about the project?

ALANA: It brings me in contact with people from all over the world.  In interviews with the guests, I get to experience their time in Vancouver through their eyes.  Their personal photos give me a glimpse into their world through their lens, and, in turn, it opens my eyes wider.

OPUS: What has been your favourite moment?

ALANA: One of the best projects was a bride-to-be from Vancouver and her bridal party of eight that came in from all over the world. Each one decided to dress as a favourite icon and we created a Vanity Fair-style cocktail party for the shoot in the DEDE suite. It was a night to remember…  And yes, there was champagne.

Find more info on the package here!

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider