• First music festival of its kind comes to Kitsilano

    Jul 28 • Eats, Entertainment • 1104 Views

    The soulful sounds of Vancouver’s musicians have been echoing from stage of Charqui Grill for the past year, and the owner is giving back. Musicians from all over British Columbia have traveled to be a part of this small venue in Kitsilano’s Northern East side. Sanjay Pandey, owner and bartender of Charqui Grill has opened his restaurant to talented musicians in a variety of genres. From folk to hip hop, to jazz and reggae, Sanjay welcomes all musicians, all the time.Charqui Bar

    With the help of VanMusic and a string of regular “barflys”, the restaurant has immensely grown in popularity over the past year. Many of the artists that perform know of each other, but rarely get a chance to share the stage. “I wanted to allow the artists to play together and jam in a local festival” said Sanjay when asked why he wished to travel this road.

    Sanjay will endeavour to connect with his guests by proudly boasting his local drinks, local bands and locally sourced food. If you ask what the specialties are, you’ll hear him always say “happiness and good times.”

    Charqui-logoThe Charqui Fest will celebrate it’s first ever music festival this Saturday, August 2nd from noon to midnight.  12 hours of live music in a place that holds 75 people both inside and out.  Artists that could potentially make an appearance are: Blake Havard, Brent Grassie, Brian Africa, Ian Is, Sonya Jean, Rom Auld, Angie Faith, Gypsy Underground, The Usual Suspects, Lisa Di Fonzo, Garry Chaulk, Don Alder, Joni Miller, Doug & Linda, Caroline Allatt, Rick Eden and many, many more.


    Currently, Charqui Grill is offering a Happy Hour special:

    Ladies 2 for 1 Appy & $4 glass of wine
    Monday – Friday (6pm-7pm)

    Happy Hour
    $3 Drinks
    Monday – Friday (3pm-6pm)
    (* Some restrictions may apply)


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  • Tinder Tuesdays!!

    Jul 16 • Entertainment • 3815 Views

    Many of you know or have heard of the hottest, most talked about dating application on the market these days. The dating app in town that appears to be “swiping” the nation is none other than Tinder. Along with other things sweeping the nation, Tinder, the online dating application originally designed by Whitney Wolfe, Sean Rad, Justin Mateen, Jonathan Badeen and Christopher Gulczynski has since been picked up by IAC (InterActiveCorp). What began as a pilot dating experience on college campus is slowly penetrating our pop culture (pun intended) around the world. IAC is a major player in the online application world, owning businesses/website such as UrbanSpoon, Vimeo, Match.com, College Humour and OK Cupid. This corporation is no stranger to changing the ways of pop culture, and have done it again with Tinder.
    The phrase “Swipe Left” is making it’s way into every day conversation as a term for rejection. “Swipe right” and you’ve got your self a chance for a match, or a “keeper.”

    A few years back when I was babysitting my little cousin, I kept hearing “Swiper, no swiping” from her preferred babysitter, Dora The Explorer. Every time I hear of guys and gals talking about Tinder, I can’t help but think of “Swiper.” Swiper Now, I’m not implying that people using Tinder are creepers, but you may find out that “keepers” are not really what they appear to be. We all creep on the “catalog” in hopes of finding someone worth our time, don’t we?

    So what is Tinder Tuesday anyway? Well, as I sat in my living room this past Monday and overheard some chatter about Tinder in the other room, I couldn’t help but develop this theory. Tinder Tuesday is where a girl or guy goes “hunting” for their Friday night dates. If you start “swiping” on Tuesday, you’ve got a great chance of lining up your Friday night “TinderFest.” What’s a TinderFest, well this is just a term we’ve come up with where you could potentially have a Tinder teaser before a Tinder date….which could lead you to being “Tinderized.”  I’ll let you figure out what being Tinderized is all about, it’s not hard to piece together.

    What’s your take on Tinder? Have you been Tinderized as of yet? Please leave your comments below as we’d love to hear from you.


     If you’re looking to “Get Tinderized” you can download the application on iTunes or Android for your smartphone or tablet.

    Tinder works hand in hand with Facebook so you can see if your friends are connected to your “keepers.”


    3344127_xl Here’s another take on Online Dating by the very entertaining Jon Lajoie


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