‘Character’ Makes Us Who We Are

The heading of this blog entry resonates strongly with us at the Vancouver Moda Hotel. One of the defining characteristics of this Vancouver boutique hotel is its landmark tie to Vancouver’s history.

If you have read our History page, you know that the Vancouver Moda Hotel was formerly known as the Dufferin Hotel, built in 1908 and named after the Governor General of Canada, Lord Dufferin. It was designed by famed, local architects, Parr and Fee, whose other noteworthy buildings include The Manhattan Block, and Hotel Europe in Gastown. During its 100 years of existence, it had fallen into some disrepair and had lost its luster and life.

One of our key goals when we purchased the property was to breathe life back into this wonderful, ‘old soul’ of a building to be shared, appreciated and enjoyed by all. As part of this endeavour, there was a tricky balance of modernizing the property with all the conveniences that present travelers require, but maintaining the character that defines the building. We freshened up the outside of the building with a new coat of paint, but kept its beautiful original brick façade and cornice detail. We exposed original hard wood, terrazzo and tile floors and wood beams wherever possible; we kept rooms sizes and layouts pretty much as we found them; and brought ceiling back to their original heights. Interiors were modernized, and given a contemporary feel that today’s travelers seek out.

The end result, we believe is a hotel that has its own character, style and personality. The building has its minor quirks – remember it is over 100 years old – but we love them! And if you value ‘character’, we are sure you will too!


Events in Vancouver and Around Town

Although the weather lately would beg to differ, SUMMER IS NOT OVER! We’ve created a list below of great events in vancouver and attractions around town to attend. Enjoy!

April 30 – September 25 – Playland at the PNE

Playland offers rides to excite every fairgoer from the most timid children to the most extreme thrillseeker. The midway games offer a different kind of fun and so do the amazing variety of food venues! For those who do like a wild ride, check out this year’s new ride, ATMOSFEAR!

www.pne.ca

May 20 – September 11 – Chinatown Night Market

No need to travel to Richmond, the street market in one of North America’s largest Chinatowns awaits you with booths of different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD’s, VCD’s, DVD’s, delicious snacks & ethnic food. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

www.vcma.shawbiz.ca/home_e.htm

June 1 – October 5 – Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market is exceptional at this central location, offering a great selection of everything from produce, to meat and cheese, baked goods, flowers, ready-to-eat delights, chef demonstrations and more! Find the market vendors lined up along the sidewalk on Station Street. Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm.

www.bcfarmersmarket.org

June 2 – September 24 – Bard On The Beach 2011 – 21st Anniversary Season

Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, the classic drama THE MERCANG OF VENICE, the triligoy of Henry VI blended into a single play, HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES, and RICAHRD III. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-air performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.

For schedule and ticket information visit www.bardonthebeach.org

June 4 – October 22 – West End Farmers’ Market

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End on the 1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm.

www.bcfarmersmarket.org

June 4 – September 18 – Robson Square Artisan Market

Visit the Robson Square Artisan Market for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more. FREE LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT every weekend – see the schedule on their website of amazing performances & come enjoy a show in the sun with a latte & healthy snack from the concession! Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

www.robsonsquaremarket.com

July 4 – August 26 – CBC Musical Nooners: 40 Free Outdoor Concerts in 40 Days

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners offer an amazing FREE concert on their outdoor stage from noon to 1 pm everyday! Listen to some of the West Coast’s favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to the New Pornographers’ Kathyrn Calder. Just grab your lunch and head down to the outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.

www.cbc.ca/bc/community/blog/2011/07/cbcs-musical-nooners-40-free-outdoor-concerts-in-40-days.html

July 8 – August 20 – THEATRE UNDER THE STARS present BYE BYE BIRDIE AND ANYTHING GOES

Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents its 65th season with two award-winning family musicals under the stars at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park! This season, watch Bye Bye Birdie, a hilarious musical about an Elvis-like rock star named Conrad Birdie set in the 1960’s. Also showing is Anything Goes, a romantic comedy about an unusual group of passengers sailing from New York to England on the S.S. American.

To see the schedule and reserve your seat, visit www.tuts.ca

July 10 – August 28 – Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is a series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Event is every Sunday afternoon in July and August!

www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com

July 10 – August 28 – All Over the Map

All Over the Map brings you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. Experience exhilarating local dance and music with roots from all around the globe. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – these lively, all-ages performances have been known to get the crowd moving! Sundays, 2pm performances, Ron Basford Park, Granville Island (Excluding July 31).

www.newworks.ca

July 23 – July 24 – Caribbean Days

The Caribbean Days Festival is a family event full of exuberant fun-lovers parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine in North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park at Lonsdale Quay. Enjoy a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival & culture as only the Caribbean can offer.

www.caribbeandays.ca

July 30 – August 6 – Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s summer signature event – the city’s annual free musical fireworks festival is a competition held over four evenings at English Bay. The 2011 event is scheduled for July 30, August 3, and August 6 with Performances by China, Spain, and Canada respectively.

http://www.celebration-of-light.com/

Aug 5 – August 14 – MusicFest Vancouver

Concert venues throughout Vancouver play host to unforgettable musical experiences that bring enthusiastic and adventurous music lovers together with some of the most talented artists in the world playing classical, jazz and world music. Ten days, over 40 concerts and events, and diverse musical repertoire that spans both the centuries and the planet: MusicFest Vancouver offers you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the broadest range of live music performed with passion, skill and creativity.

Details at www.musicfestvancouver.ca. Tickets at Ticketmaster.

Hope you enjoy these Events in Vancouver! If you are planning on staying in the city, be sure to check out our great specials at https://search.iqrez.com/specials/themodavancouverhotel/ . Summer only comes once a year so don’t miss out!

Wedding Parties at Moda Hotel Vancouver

Your wedding day is one of the most significant days of your life and one that will be remembered forever. At Moda Hotel Vancouver, we want to make your wedding planning experience as simple as possible. To help you with the planning process, we offer customized options and benefits to help you plan your special day.

Our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook is happy to work together with you in welcoming your guests and achieving your vision for your special time. We are able to offer a number of flexible options to customize photography requests around our hotel property, your private dinners, meetings and any other gatherings to prepare for the big event. Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll try our best to accommodate.

GROUP BOOKING BENEFITS

We would be honoured to host you and your guests on your special day. For group bookings, we have plenty of benefits such as the following:

  • Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary local and 1-800 calls in guest rooms
  • Covered secure guest parking at guest rate $14 per day + tax
  • Complimentary favours handling for group guests
  • Complimentary personalized group reservations link

For more information, contact our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook today at 604.683.4251 or chantel@modahotel.ca.

MEMORABLE WEDDING AND HONEYMOON PACKAGE – FROM $369.00*

The team at Moda Hotel understands the importance of your special day and want to make it as memorable as possible. This special package includes:

  • Luxurious comfort: Deluxe accommodations for one night. Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite at no additional cost (based upon availability at check in time)
  • Decadence upon arrival: Champagne from Viti Wine and Lager Store and a chocolate treat by famed chocolatier Thomas Haas
  • Taking things slow: Too tired to pack right away? You’re in luck, late checkout privileges are extended until 3 p.m. (based upon availability)

For more information, contact our Sales Manager, Chantel Cook today at 604.683.4251 or chantel@modahotel.ca.

VANCOUVER WEDDING RESOURCES:

International Artists Join Us at Moda Hotel

On behalf of the entire Moda Hotel Vancouver team, we are ecstatic to welcome Tobi and Andy Fraser to Moda this weekend. These talented artists are coming to Vancouver during their national tour to raise awareness for the well respected cause, “Artists Support Japan.” We welcome the entire Mctrax group to Vancouver! Join us to support this cause and to meet the artists!

Mega hit songwriter Andy Fraser, along with Mctrax recording artist Tobi as they embark on a National Tour to raise awareness for “Artists Support Japan

Monday June 27, 2001
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

MODA Hotel
900 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

In Uva Wine Bar

“I am honored to be asked to contribute to Artists Support Japan who I believe will keep fundraising and supporting the Japanese people long after the event has disappeared from our news headlines.”

After Mctrax recording artist TOBI made this statement having contributed the song and video “There’s Always Hope,” Mctrax CEO bassist and mega-hit songwriter Andy Fraser made it official that they intended to further support the “Artist Support Japan” cause by taking the message on a US/ Canadian promotional awareness tour.

“Both Tobi and I are honored, ready and willing to do our part, Fraser states “there are so many other things that keep us distracted, the world needs reminding.”

The Artist’s Support Japan website gives celebrity musicians of all genres the opportunity to contribute improvisational material for their fans. The first artist to post material to the website was the Tom Hollister Trio, and has since received contributions from a wide variety of such celebrity musicians as Glenn Hughes, Ron Sexsmith, Paul Rodgers, Rosanne Cash, George Winston and LA Guns, among others. “We’ve got 60 videos on Artists Support Japan yet Andy and Tobi have been able to create something that is unique, magical and a video that particularly appeals to younger Japanese people” states co-founder Graham Thomas. “Their message is imbued with sympathy but is uplifting and full of hope; it goes without saying that the song “There’s Always Hope” is beautiful and masterful.”

For more information please go to the following:
www.modahotel.ca
www.mctrax.com
www.artistssupportjapan.com
Andy and Tobi contribute “There’s Always Hope”
www.tobiofficial.com

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ABOUT ARTISTS SUPPORT JAPAN

Artists Support Japan” originated from former Satchi and Satchi CEO Graham Thomas and former Guns ‘n Roses manager Alan Niven and his partner Heather. The idea was to find a way to utilize the Internet in order to bring more awareness to the Japan tragedy. “Together we formulated the idea of a site where artists could post both messages and music in support of those in need,” states Niven. “The response has been amazing, and we thank all those who have contributed from the bottom of our hearts.”

Thank you – Vancouver Will Thrive Again

After a sad ‘Stanley Cup Hockey Finals’ loss (but a magical and memorable 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs), we unfortunately faced devastation to the downtown core of our beautiful city last night.

On behalf of the staff at Moda Hotel, Red Card Sports Bar, Cibo Trattoria, Uva Wine Bar and Viti Wine Lager Store, we thank the Vancouver Police Department, the City of Vancouver and the thousands of volunteers who are helping to clean up downtown Vancouver today. We have also encouraged all of our staff to join the many volunteers today if possible and become the positive force that makes Vancouver such a wonderful place to live.  All of us at 900 Seymour really do love Vancouver, and want it to be restored as quickly as possible to what we are known for – the most beautiful city in the world.

On our block of 900 Seymour Street, we wanted to take a moment to praise and give a heartful thank you to our employees, security and the police crews last night for doing their very best in providing safety to our customers and visitors to the city.

In closing – Let’s all unite for a better, and brighter future for our beloved city of Vancouver. And, as true Vancouverites, we know “Vancouver will thrive again”.

A few statements we wanted to share as well:

Canucks Sports & Entertainment year-end statement

Thursday, 16.06.2011 / 2:06 PM / News
Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – On behalf of the players and the entire organization, Canucks Sports & Entertainment would like to thank our fans for the pride and passion you demonstrated throughout our 40th Anniversary season and the Stanley Cup playoffs. It’s what makes playing and living in Vancouver special and is something we are all grateful for.

Canucks Sports & Entertainment encouraged our fans all season long to Celebrate Responsibly. The pride our fans showed in our team throughout the regular season and playoffs was incredible and we are very grateful for that support. The destructive actions and needless violence demonstrated by a minority of people last night in Vancouver is highly disappointing to us all.

As an organization we would like to thank the law enforcement agencies, fire and rescue workers who displayed courage and expertise during a very difficult situation. We are proud of the city we live and play in and know that the actions of these misguided individuals are not reflective of the citizens of Vancouver or of any true fans of the Canucks or the game of hockey.

A Message from Tourism Vancouver

The people of Vancouver are both deeply disappointed and saddened by the actions of a minority that caused damage to both property and our reputation after the Stanley Cup finals.  This was an aberration for which there is no excuse.  It is also not representative of who we are as a city.

Today, we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off to ensure that visitors to Vancouver feel welcomed and safe, and that their experience here is both enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons.

Tourism Vancouver would like to thank the men and women of the Vancouver Police Department, ambulance and fire services , RCMP, as well as medical personnel, City of Vancouver employees and service providers from surrounding municipalities who worked diligently to restore our city to order.

Tourism Vancouver
http://www.insidevancouver.ca/