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Expressions In A Glass: Vancouver Arts Organizations As Drinks (Part 5)

DH Vancouver Staff Apr 16, 2014 9:25 am

Easter weekend invariably leads to more drinking. Here are a few inspired drink personalities to help you find your way. This week’s Expression in a Glass! Salut!

Vancouver’s arts community boasts some distinct characteristics and rich personalities. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to see past the advertising speak and press images. I challenged arts organizations of all types and sizes to come clean by asking them one fundamental question:

What drink best describes your company’s personality and body of work?

Force Battle


Image Source: West Coast Geeks vs Nerds

Who: West Coast Geeks versus Nerds
What: Blue Curacaco, Banana Liquer, Raspberry Sourpuss, dropped into a rock glass filled with your favourite flavour of Pop Rocks

Why: Like West Coast Geeks versus Nerds’ monthly shows, a lot of elements come together as two teams duke it out, it’s fun, it’s sassy, it’s explosive, and no matter the outcome, everyone wins. A bubbly and sweet drink that plays out like a love letter to your geekdoms. You can get this drink at EXP Restaurant + Bar!

Black Velvet

ACTC_Black Velvet

Image Source

Who: Arts Club Theatre Company
What: Guinness and Champagne

Why: The beer represents our roots as a local, boutique theatre created by artists on Seymour Street. The Seymour Stage sat atop a bar where artists gathered, and that legacy lives on with our two Granville Island theatres and the adjacent Backstage Lounge. Now finish the cocktail off with a splash of champagne as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Champagne also represents the sparkle of our third stage, the historic Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, and its iconic gold embellishments.

Canadian Bloody Whiskey

Bloody Whiskey

Image Source: Cinematheque

Who: The Cinematheque
What: Canadian Whiskey, Worcestershire, ground peppercorn, Tabasco, salt, tomato juice, spritz of lemon, menacing bean

Why: In honour of our month-long retrospective dedicated to Canada’s reigning Baron of Blood, David Cronenberg, we offer up a Canuxploitation concoction that’ll blow your mind (Scanners-style).

Consensual Sex On The Beach


Image Source: Cloud Front

Who: shameless hussy productions
What: Vodka, chambord, cranberry juice, pineapple

Why: Because everything tastes better with consent! shameless hussy is a highball of a theatre company dedicated to satisfying a long tall thirst for provocative women’s stories. Drink us in – next thing you know you’re dismantling the patriarchy whilst dancing on the table.

Classic Martini

martini with green olives

Martini with Green Olives image via Shutterstock

Who: Bard on the Beach
What: Woodford reserve, maple syrup, lemon (Kentucky version)

Why: It’s classy and well established; rooted in the public conscience; sometimes it has a little twist and sometimes it’s a little bit dirty. Bard can be an acquired taste, but those who like it take to it with gusto. It’s world renown, and while there are many permutations, there’s only one original.


Now venture out and make some new friends. Are you a Vancouver-based arts organization with a mix to share? Tweet me at @cecilialu and let me know what you’re drinking!


Feature image: Cocktails on bar image via Shutterstock

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