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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

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.

LISTEN

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.

LISTEN

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.

LISTEN

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

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

Big hearts at the CampOUT gala

Beauty is not only found in art, fashion, nature and faces, and it’s not about facades, textures, and surfaces. Beauty lives inside people, exposed by a simple action or expression of love. And nothing is more beautiful than the act of giving.

Last week, inside the airy downtown residence of John Evans, co-owner of OPUS Hotel, dozens gathered to raise funds for CampOUT, a summer program supported by UBC that encourages queer, trans and allied youth to be themselves, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, and embrace diversity.

With the walls bulging from our expanded hearts, we listened to the sincere words of John Evans, Louise Cowan, VP Student Services UBC, Fred Lee, Reiko Mackenzie, and Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf and John James Wilson, representing Face of Today. Everyone expressed what the charity means to them, stressing the importance of the program and touching our hearts with warmth.

While nibbling on savoury treats from C Restaurant and drinking wine provided by Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Wineries, the crowd showed their generosity by sponsoring multiple campers and bidding on an enticing array of silent auction items. As the moon shone and the sun set, and the sweeping view became more radiant, people exchanged stories and memories of camp and acknowledged their proud association with the cause.

When the evening ended, everyone left with the captivating look of inspiration in their eyes.

Find out more about CampOUT.

Images by Joshua McVeity

~ Sandra O’Connell