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Sit down and enjoy a latte. Have a slice of cheesecake. Listen to some extraordinary musical entertainment in one of downtown Vancouver’s most popular coffeehouse venues. Our cafe at 450 Granville Street continues to feature some amazingly talented artists this month. Open mic Thursdays and Live Music Fridays are the go-to nights for any local music fan’s schedule. On October 31, we’ve got the dark and eclectic Brian O’Brien performing, along with Tom Gamble and our city’s unofficial king of the blues, John Pippus. We caught up with Brian this week to get a closer look at his musical style:
TO. You’ve done metal to rap to acoustic. What kind of range should we expect the night you perform on Oct. 31? (more…)
Canadians love their coffee. Putting aside tap water, coffee is actually the most popular beverage in the country. Sixty-five percent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 79 would say they drank coffee yesterday, according to a recent study by the Coffee Association of Canada. Actually, Canada is second only to Italy for the percentage of coffee we drink outside the home. Of course, folks love coffee all over the world. That’s why we’ll be celebrating International Coffee Day on Monday, September 29.
Celebrate with us! On International Coffee Day, September 29, enjoy a $1 tall coffee and $2 tall latte at any of our Trees Organic Coffee locations in Vancouver and Richmond.
A Special Day to Recognize Coffee Growers and the Benefits of Fair Trade Coffee
Coffee is an incredibly diverse product grown in many regions far removed from where it was originally discovered in the untamed wilderness of Ethiopia (Read about the Story of Coffee). Cultivated in Africa, South America, Asia and beyond, coffee is grown around the world in rich varieties that evoke distinct flavors catering to an equally diverse international market. (more…)
The leaves on the trees are just starting to change colour in the fall — and that means your favourite seasonal cafe drinks are back. Starting September 15, treat yourself to a Pumpkin Latte, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte or a Chai Latte — or even better, treat a friend! These drinks will keep you toasty on a cool fall day. Inspired by the sweet, spicy drinks you cherished growing up, these beverages will put a smile on your face.
But that’s not all; returning September 29, our fan-favourite Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake is back! A sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream on the side help top off this tasty fall dessert, infused with fresh pumpkin straight from the seasonal harvest. If you like pumpkin pie, you’re going to love this cheesecake — and if you’ve never tried it, then you are in for a good time ahead. Enjoy a slice of sweetness with lunch; reward yourself after a hard day’s work; enjoy the fun of the big city as a tourist or newcomer — or just take a decadent dessert home to go with dinner (Our cheesecakes come by the slice, or in 6″, 8″ and 10″ sizes). You’ll be glad you did.
Continuing this fall, Trees Organic’s flagship Granville Street cafe offers more musical entertainment for you to enjoy with a slice of cheesecake and your favourite coffeehouse drink. One of our upcoming acts on Friday, September 19 is Winsome Kind, including the local multi-talented musician Scott Perrie performing and the formidable singer Leora Joy, a member of the Juno-nominated Vancouver Chamber Choir. This husband-wife duo is making quite a splash on the Indie folk/pop scene. We caught up with Scott this week for our latest coffeehouse musician profile:
TO. You’re not just a musician — you’re also a talented theatre performer. How has that affected your musical performances?
Scott. It’s certainly a part of who I am, and I think they compliment each other. Being on stage as a theatre performer requires a lot of discipline and hard work and I think that motivates me and carries over into being a musician and getting my music out there.
That’s the really cool thing about Winsome Kind, because my wife Leora Joy has also been performing in the theatre for the last ten years, and is currently a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. We both have a wealth of experience and are very comfortable onstage, sharing our stories and our music with our audiences.
TO. You’ve performed at Canadian Music Week, Pop Okanagan, SummerFest, The Harmony Arts Festival, Khatsalano, toured around… what’s next for you, tour-wise? And are you working on new material?
Scott. I have been very fortunate to perform at those festivals, but one of my favourite experiences was performing on VIA Rail last fall with my wife, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax. That trip resulted in us creating Winsome Kind, and we’re really excited to be releasing our album this October. We’ve got plans right now for a cd release party in Vancouver, and a small Western Canada tour, with shows in Regina and Winnipeg. Then we get to ride back home from Winnipeg on VIA Rail, performing along the way.
TO. What influenced your “crooner” music style?
Scott. Well, I’ve always been a singer first. I started singing in choir when I was 9 years old, and it’s just something I love to do. The crooner style is what comes out naturally, I always try to sing from my most authentic self. It brings me so much joy, and being able to sing with my wife and share our music with the world is something I’ve never experienced before. It really feels like our voices are meant for each other, and every time we sing together, I love it.
TO. In a Georgia Straight review of Everything Gives, they said your music “resembles an intimate coffee-shop set, with Perrie utilizing a traditional folk setup of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and stomp box”. Seems like a perfect fit for our coffeehouse scene!
Scott. You bet. I love the intimate setting, and I’ve been honing my craft in this type of environment for years. With Winsome Kind, we’re totally comfortable playing with a full band or just as a duo. I play guitar and mandolin, and instead of a stomp box these days I’ve got a small tambourine on my foot. Leora Joy plays the melodica, and sometimes the ukulele, and everything we sing is filled with harmony. Sometimes I sing the lead part and sometimes she does, we take turns and we have a lot of fun together.
Listen to Winsome Kind’s debut album on Soundcloud! Trees Organic’s Granville Street cafe features live music every Friday. See the full schedule of talented musicians performing at our cafe this month
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has such a simple, yet brilliant premise: two funny people drive around in head-turning automobiles in search of coffee and conversation. The car product placements pay for the show and the zing in their coffee helps turn those casual conversations into hilarious improvised bits of fun.
We weren’t the first to tune into epic comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s webisodes, but we were definitely not the last. Something happens every time that reminds us of the almost magical effect of coffee to turn an everyday dialogue into memorable performance art. (more…)
Once again, the live music night venue at our Granville Street cafe brings you the best coffeehouse tunes you’re going to get anywhere from Vernon BC to Nashville, Tennessee — which just happens to follow the musical trajectory of the talented Raquel Cole. This young BC-born guitarist with a distinctive country style recently picked up Best New Artist of the Year from the BC Interior Music Awards and has been writing, playing and recording some amazing tunes across Canada and the USA. She’s playing alongside the Winter Buskers and Cece Caroll and the Fab this Friday — so enjoy some soulful, mellow tunes this week as you kick back with a coffee and cheesecake!
We actually got a chance to chat with Raquel about her music and where she’s headed. She is our latest coffeehouse musician profile:
TO. What inspires your music and songwriting? (more…)
We’re celebrating National Cheesecake Day on Wednesday, July 30th!* To celebrate, our cafes are offering all our cheesecakes, in all flavours, by the slice and whole cheesecakes, for half price on July 30!
You read that right: Trees Organic cheesecake for ½ price July 30. Bet you wish National Cheesecake Day came around a lot more often than once a year.
We’re known for our top-rated cheesecake, that time after time has been voted as the best cheesecake in Vancouver. At the end of this month you can choose from a variety of different flavours, including our summertime fan-favorite, Mango Splash! Take in the ambiance of any of our friendly neighborhood coffeehouses as you take on your decadent dessert.
Make sure to check in on social media and say hello while you’re here – and don’t forget to tell your friends about National Cheesecake Day at Trees Organic. They’ll be grateful you did.
Choose from any of our delicious flavours:
New York Cheesecake. The “classic” cheesecake; creamy with a refreshing hint of citrus.
Blueberry Cheesecake. Plump blueberries mixed in the cheesecake burst in your mouth with juicy, sweet flavour.
Maple Walnut Cheesecake. Sweetened with pure maple syrup and accented by the earthy, soft crunch of walnuts.
The Sin Cheesecake. Made with real Belgian dark chocolate and sour cherries. It’s sinfully delicious!
Key Lime Cheesecake. A symphony of citrus in your mouth. Tart lime flavour with a lemon undertone.
Raspberry White Chocolate. Sweet and rich white chocolate balanced by tart raspberries.
Chocoholic Cheesecake. For the serious chocolate lover. Layers of Belgian dark chocolate and milk chocolate will satisfy any craving.
Mango Cheesecake. A summer specialty that combines tropical flavour and old-fashioned cream cheese goodness.
Strawberry Cheesecake. There’s just something about cheesecake and strawberries going so well together.
* National Cheesecake Day may not be recognized as an official holiday, but for those of you that need an excuse for a little sweet indulgence, this is your chance. Celebrate the awesomeness that is cheesecake by eating a slice (or two).
Offer valid on July 30 only. Not valid with any other promotional offer. Promotional price not valid on pre-ordered cheesecakes.
Photo Credit: Raine Hamilton
Live music nights at our flagship Granville Street coffeehouse are always a good time, with talented performers, welcoming cafe culture and of course, plenty of plates of our famous cheesecake all around. The lineup of musicians this month is as good as ever, with a mix of singer-songwriters and instrumental aficionados to keep your toes tapping. On July 18, Raine Hamilton takes the stage — we chatted with this unique talent known for her inventive melodies, sage lyrics and quick wit. With a new EP out and a Western Canada tour underway, we’re pleased as punch that she was able to make our music venue:
Trees Organic. You’ve been described as “a cross between a shorter, more musical Tina Fey, and a shorter, funnier Joni Mitchell”. How does your humour impact your performance as a musician? (more…)
If you’ve ever visited our flagship Granville Street café, you’ve certainly seen our big coffee roaster right in the store. That coffee roaster isn’t just decorative; every day, we roast our organic coffee beans in-house, creating the flavourful coffees that you know and love.
You already know that the flavour of your coffee depends on where the coffee is grown around the world, and how and when the coffee beans are harvested. There’s literally a world of coffee flavours available for tasting. One of the biggest factors in the taste of your cup of coffee comes from how it is roasted! The flavour of green coffee beans is utterly different from what you get after you apply the heat – it’s all in the chemical reaction that brings out the best in the beans! (more…)
As usual, we’ve got some amazing musical lineups at our music nights at our flagship Granville Street cafe. This Friday, the talented Tessa Mouzourakis performs at our coffeehouse stage. Winner of the international musical competition, Your Voice in the Park for her video, The Kid in Me, this local singer-songwriter has garnered plenty of radio play and presence at local venues like the Mix and the Cellar night club. She’s our latest coffeehouse musician profile.