THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Pennylane Shen

The Girl/Guy Next Door  |  04.22.2014  |  

Each month, we introduce you to one of the talented lovelies that The Burrard is lucky enough to call a friend. As you know, local artists’ collective Phantoms in the Front Yard is holding its next exhibition, “Everyone I’ve Never Known” at The Burrard on Friday, April 25. The day-long show will feature miniature works by The Phantoms, all for sale for between $200 and $500, which makes them cheaper than your average Friday night, and will last a whole lot longer too. AND, if you happen to be in Vancouver on April 25, you can enter their social media contest to win a piece of your choosing on the night, along with a two-night stay in one of our modern retro hotel rooms.

But we digress. Curating this show is the multi-talented Pennylane Shen, who also has her finger in a whole lot of other art-pies, so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to galleries and good-times. Take it away, Pennylane!

Pennylane Shen

Pennylane Shen

Where do you work and what do you do?
I’m an associate curator of the Bau-Xi Gallery and an instructor at Langara College. I also run a business, Dazed and Confucius Consulting, that offers advisement to emerging artists and curating/promoting local exhibitions. Included in this business, is the management and curation of the figurative artist collective Phantoms in the Front Yard.

How did you find yourself doing this?
After working in the arts in Toronto and New York for nearly 10 years, I came back to Vancouver (my home town) and made it my base. It was important to me to foster the fine arts in Vancouver, both in the public and private sector, as I felt they were lacking at the time. I began working at high-end art galleries full time while actively coordinating alternative, emerging and non-profit exhibitions.

What’s on your art must-see list right now?
Myfanwy MacLeod: Or There and Back Again at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Or Fan Fiction at Gallery Jones.

Morning-after strategy?
Easy morning tunes (Ron Sexsmith, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn) + Fiction section of the New Yorker + Late brunch at a greasy spoon (Nice Café, Slickety Jim’s, Jethro’s).

Thing that you love about Vancouver?
That it’s a small enough city for individual voices to be heard; ideas to be visualized; events to be attended and supported.

Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
That it’s a small enough city to be stuck in its ways; radical thinking is considered radical, and that growth moves at a snail’s pace.

Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
Visiting the South Granville (Bau-Xi, Kimoto, Initial) and Brewery Creek galleries (Monte Clark, Winsor, Hot Art Wet City) and stopping at the local breweries in between (Brassneck, 33 Acres, R&B). Dinner in Gastown or Chinatown, and maybe dancing at the Biltmore.

Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Both. The backpack is more versatile and convenient for day trips and exploring off-the-beaten-path parts of a city. The wheelie is incredibly necessary for bringing back delicate mementos and gifts.


SELFIES: New Special deals for our special friends (that’s you guys)

Selfies  |  04.15.2014  |  

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We’re big fans of you people. You’ve given us a lot of support over the past few years and we really appreciate it. We’ve asked you how we can thank you, and you said things like, “with diamonds,” or “How about sponsoring my immigration to Canada?” Those answers really weren’t very helpful. So we asked again, and some of the more realistic among you told us that you’d like to come and stay with us more often. You’d like park your car without hassle, and you wouldn’t mind a sweet little discount when you’re willing to make an advance commitment to stay with us. Others said, “We like to party.”

So we’ve put together a new collection of special Vancouver hotel deals and packages for our friends! There’s our Parking Included rate featuring an overnight stay for both you and your wheels, and a Non Refundable Special that gives advance-bookers 10 per cent off our best rate as long as you reserve two days before you arrive. And for the partiers among you, our “We’ve got PRIDE every day of the year ” package brings together everything you need for a heck of a night out, plus a hangover brunch to get over it the next day. So thank you, friends! Hopefully we’ll meet again soon.


Front Desk Agent & Night Auditor

Careers  |  04.12.2014  |  

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Front Desk Agent with Night Audit experience. This position is full time including 2 Night Audit shifts starting at 11pm and ending at 7am and the remaining Day Shifts will vary.

Job Summary

Front Desk Agents will be required to service guests including check in, check out, requests, complaints, and reservations and all candidates must have prior front desk experience. Knowledge of PMS systems is required. Welcome and acknowledge all guests according to company standards; anticipate and address guests’ service needs; assist individuals with disabilities; thank guests with genuine appreciation. Speak with others using clear and professional language; prepare and review written documents accurately and completely; answer telephones using appropriate etiquette. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with others; support team to reach common goals; listen and respond appropriately to the concerns of other employees.

Check figures, postings, and documents for accuracy. Record, store, access, and/or analyze computerized financial information. Control and secure cash and cash equivalents for property according to cash handling policy and procedures. Organize, secure, and maintain all files and records in accordance with document retention and confidentiality policies and procedures. Prepare, maintain, and distribute statistical, financial, accounting, auditing, or payroll reports and tables. Audit statistical, financial, accounting, auditing, or payroll reports and tables. Audit and reconcile all revenue postings.

Follow all company safety and security policies and procedures; report accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to manager; maintain awareness of undesirable persons on property premises. Follow all company policies and procedures; ensure uniform and personal appearance are clean and professional; maintain confidentiality of proprietary information; protect company assets; protect the privacy and security of guests and coworkers. Comply with quality assurance expectations and standards. Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 10 pounds without assistance. Perform other reasonable job duties as requested by Supervisors

Submit your resume and cover letter to We would like to thank everybody for their applications but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



INDECENT EXPOSURE: Paper Label Sleepwear Shoot at The Burrard

Indecent Exposure  |  04.08.2014  |  
Photo Credit: Paper Label/Gordon Nicholas

Photo Credit: Paper Label/Gordon Nicholas

Now, there are those who say the best sleepwear is none at all. They say there’s nothing comfier than your own birthday suit, and nothing’s sexier on someone else than theirs. But we’re not those people. We like a little mystery, a little support, and OK, sometimes “things” can get a little drafty when you’re in the all-together. There, we said it. And spiffy pajamas are especially welcome at a hotel – ask anyone who’s ever worked in housekeeping or room service…

So at The Burrard, there were fist-pumps all round when Vancouver-based sleepwear designers Paper Label chose to shoot their Spring 2014 collection in one of our retro hotel rooms. In fact, we think their line is a perfect match for us – modern shapes with vintage touches, a designer look with practical comforts, not to mention top-notch value. And don’t even get us started on those pink floral leggings – we can’t guarantee they won’t make an appearance while grocery shopping. While you’re in Vancouver, might as well pick up something from Paper Label at Hudson’s Bay and call it a souvenir.


VANCOUVER SPECIAL: “Everyone I’ve Never Known”

Betty, Vancouver Special  |  04.04.2014  |  

Here at The Burrard, we’re always excited to team up to support our interesting neighbours. So we’re thrilled to host a short-and-sweet exhibition of miniature works with local artists’ collective, Phantoms in the Front Yard on Friday, April 25. Called “Everyone I’ve Never Known,” the show asks questions like, “Where do we know others, or not know them? In our fantasies? Our memories? How are we impacted by people we have never met?” It’s no coincidence that these are questions we ask ourselves all the time in a hotel!

So come down and pay us a visit on April 25 in the courtyard from noon till 8pm, or join us for a reception in our coffee shop/bar, Betty from 6pm to 8:30pm that evening. But in the meantime, we’re also teaming up with the group on a contest where you could win one of the works, along with a two night stay in one of our updated, retro hotel rooms. You can enter via Instagram or Twitter – just check out the Phantoms’ website for details.