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January 16 2020

Gastown In January


Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots. ~ Gardening Saying.

Good to know.

Welcome to a new year and to your January. This month brings to the neighbourhood lots of lovely live music, Dine Out Vancouver, art shows, a feature on Bia Boro Gastown, and a new owner at Heathers The Flowershop.

Here’s what’s happening.



The 2nd Floor at the Water Street Cafe

If you haven’t yet been to The 2nd Floor, the 20 steps up from the Water Street Cafe are well worth the climb. This is a true hideaway. A New York city and art deco inspired jazz club, intimate and warm with only so many seats, so it’s wise to get there on time before the first set. With live jazz, soul, and blues most nights, patrons can enjoy the full menu from the restaurant with the option of enjoying 2 full sets of music, or a small digestif at a candle lit table for two.

First Seating 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm – Second Seating 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm.

Full 2nd Floor music calendar.


Food + Drink

Dine Out Vancouver 2020
January 17 to February 2

It’s now January and time for our city’s annual foodie festival – Dine Out Vancouver. The festival brings together hundreds of chefs, more than 200 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, suppliers and more for 17 days of dining, food-forward events, and experiences designed to give local and visiting culinary enthusiasts the opportunity to taste the best flavours of the city.

This years event includes 12 delicious locations within Gastown, each bringing curated set price menus to the table. Choose from lunch, brunch, dinner, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

Participating Gastown restaurants and bars include:



The Charles Bar

The Clough Club


La Mezcaleria


Old Spaghetti Factory


The Flying Pig

The Greek Gastown

Tuc Craft Kitchen

Water Street Cafe


Arts + Culture

Topography at KI Atelier
Opening: Thursday Jan. 16, 5:00-7:00 pm

Exhibition runs Jan 16 – 24 (By Appointment)

Curated by Mini and Michael Gallerists at KI Atelier

Featuring works by Michael Lee, Milk DoNg, Mini Choi, Paul Spilsbury, and Samuel Lee

An art exhibition redefines the elements of landforms. We look at the world around us with a sense of meaning and emotion. Artists’ genuine sensitivity to the existing landscape brings a new perspective to natural scenery and abstract art. Whether the work is a departure from more traditional approaches to landscapes or a reflection of contemporary developments in photography, it is a perfect moment to extricate oneself from the city and experience stillness.Through painting, illustration, photography, and multi-media art, artists illuminate the atmosphere and push further the viewer’s imagination.

Watch the video here.

Event page.

Small Treasures 2020 at Inuit Gallery
January 25 – February 14

Opening 10:00 am Saturday, January 25
Preview: January 18th.

2020 marks the Inuit Gallery’s 17th annual Small Treasures exhibition and once again, participating artists continue to delight with original new art works. Like the earliest Inuit carvings, most works in this year’s collection are small enough to sit comfortably in your hand.

Included are works from across the Arctic, including Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake), Kugluktuk (Coppermine), Uqsuqtuuq (Gjoa Haven), Pangnirtung, Nunavik, and many others.

Art Social at Liquid Amber Tattoo
Friday January 31, 7pm-9pm

Showcases by local artists:
– Kathryn McPhee: Kat McPhee’s Gallery
– Lisa Atterbury: idotdots
– Averill Victoria: Averill Victoria Art
– Justina Kervel: IG @justinakerveltattoo
& short-film screenings by Vancouver filmmakers.

Art Social is a FREE ongoing monthly event from 7-9pm on the last Friday of every month hosted at Liquid Amber Tattoo & Art Collective. Immerse yourself into an evening of art and discover local Vancouver businesses all while enjoying a drink at the cash bar and exploring this tattoo studio turned art gallery.



Heather’s The Flowershop – Under New Ownership

Recently taken over by new management, Heather’s The Flowershop offers expanded services for the new year. With a revamped design, the current selection of flora & fauna is pleasing to eye and the nose. We are happy to welcome new owner Azin Taj to the neighbourhood.



Proprietor; Bahram Djam of Bia Boro Gastown


Bia Boro Gastown: Remade and Reborn

Once a mixed gender boutique selling a rich variety of earthy, soft clothing and underwear, has now become one of the best menswear shops in Gastown.

We could wax poetic, extolling virtues, repeating some blah-blah about how you can find this, that, and so on but none of it would do this gem of a shop justice.

Allow the pictures to bear evidence of how awesome this store is and how a secret like Bia Boro Gastown can’t stay hidden for very long.

View the pictures here.