Celebrate the Opening of the new Tom Lee Music Vancouver Store

This weekend, June 3 & 4, 2017, is the Grand Opening event for the new Flagship Tom Lee Music store in downtown Vancouverat 728 Granville Street. 

Tom Lee Music
Photo credit: Jeremy Cook

To celebrate the unveiling of its new location at the busy intersection of Granville & Georgia, Tom Lee Music will offer workshops, door crasher deals, exclusive & limited edition products, and prize draws, as well as live performances by acclaimed artists Jenny Lin, Shawn Verreault, Michael Kaeshammer, Don Alder, Ian Parker and more.

The latest evolution of Tom Lea Music finds a new, state-of-the-art facility in the revitalized Vancouver Centre Cinemas featuring top brand musical instruments and equipment, the latest advancements in digital music technology, interactive displays, integrated sound and video technology, as well as acoustically designed spaces with soaring ceilings to inspire music making.

“Since we opened our doors in Vancouver 30 years ago, the way we make music – from the instruments we play on, to the tools we record with – has evolved dramatically,” says Graham Blank, Vice President, Director, Tom Lee Music. “We have proudly created a new space that responds to these sweeping changes and redefines what a music store can and should be. Whether an aspiring musician or a professional artist, when stepping into our new store, customers will find the products and tools they want more easily at their finger tips, moving through departments seamlessly with the modern flow and smart layout of our innovative facility.”

In addition to carrying all categories of musical instruments and equipment the new flagship Tom Lee Music Vancouver store features an collection of rare and one-of-a-kind instruments including signature edition guitars, custom art case pianos, boutique music technology products and acoustic folk instruments.

Within the busy heart of downtown, above London Drugs and conveniently situated near transit and abundant parking, Tom Lee Music is now better positioned to offer a superior customer experience, and remain one of North America’s largest musical instrument retailers.

Friday Find – Hungry Guys


While fast food is plentiful in the Granville Entertainment District, finding something satisfying and healthy is a little less easy.  The recently opened Hungry Guys Kitchen solves that dilemma.

The menu of Burritos, Salads and Bowls sounds simple but the combinations of flavours are endless.   We’ve already visited a few times since they opened, in December, and been able to find plenty of variety by mixing different combinations in the burritos and bowls. Each visit finds the comfortably stylish eatery a little busier as more people discover Hungry Guys.

HungryGuysGreensEach Burrito, Bowl (starting at $8.89) and Salad ($6.50+) has a base selection of ingredients; brown/white rice, fresh greens,  beans, chicken, tofu, steak or pork carnitas, topped with salsas, corn, sour cream.  Change up your menu by adding any of the other fresh vegetables and ingredients.

HungryGuysThe rustic decor elevates the Hungry Guys Kitchen above other quick food places. Cool music, free wi-fi and conveniently located power outlets make it a handy place to grab and bite and do some work too.

Hungry Guys Kitchen is located at 988 Granville Street,  open from 11am – 10pm


Find The Bottleneck on Granville Street

The Bottleneck

A disused storage space underneath the famed Commodore Ballroom has been transformed into one of Granville Street’s newer and unique dining venues, The Bottleneck.  Nearly hidden between retail shops and the Commodore’s doors, entering The Bottleneck the brick and wood interior create a warm and inviting room, as welcoming for a business lunch as for after work cocktails.
The Bottleneck kitchen has created a great quick lunch menu including sandwiches, burgers, wraps and salads. The evening menu features light bar snacks like Crispy Chick Peas and Chorizo Meatballs or  heartier Spring Salmon or Flat Iron Steak. The bar turns out some great classic cocktails and beers but their forte is an amazing Caesar that’s a meal to itself.The Bottleneck Located at 870 Granville Street, The Bottleneck is open from 11:30-6pm weekdays for lunch, and Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 6pm-2am with live music and events including  Wednesday night Trivia.  The space is also available for private hire for parties and special events.
Find out more about The Bottleneck online or on Twitter @BottleneckVan and Facebook


The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack  IMG_6426    With a name like The Fish Shack and a slogan “Hook It & Cook It”, evoking a dockside fish monger, you’d better have a great seafood menu to live up to the name, this latest entry from The Glowbal Group indeed lives up to it.
One of the first things that greets guests as they walk in the door it the huge ‘fresh’ wall listing all the fresh catch of the day. A fresh sheet with your menu lists what’s currently available. Oysters from the local West Coast waters abound along with a few from the Atlantic shores, visit before 5pm for Buck-A-Shuck Oysters andIMG_6422 try them all. Fish are listed along with their origins IMG_6427so you can make an informed decision on your choices.
On a recent visit we started with Popcorn Shrimp, a light and crispy batter enveloping each tasty bite, 6 each of the fresh Kusshi and Caraquet oysters on the half shell, served on ice with a lemon and cocktail sauces.
Main course brought a us salmon fish & chips and a mussels and clam steamer pop. The salmon was battered lightly so the IMG_6428taste of the fresh salmon wasn’t masked, the chips reminded me of a proper British chip shop. The steaming pot of shellfish were in a Thai brew of coconut, thai basil and lemongrass, creating a IMG_6429beautifully fragrant and flavourful broth.
A great selection of cocktails, like the Vancouver Island Iced Tea or the Bull Dog, add to the meal. To round off the experience desserts like the Sticky Toffee Pudding provide a sweet finish.
The casual, relaxed atmosphere lends itself to being social, we found we ended up chatting with the ladies at the next table as we all compared notes on cocktails and entrees for our next visits. There will definitely be a next visit, possibly during Dine Out Vancouver this month, for The Fish Shack’s $18 Dine Out MenuIMG_6432

The Fish Shack is located at 1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Call 604.678.1049 or visit The Fish Shack online for reservations