After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Metabridge and Digby host SXSW VIP lounge, North of 41 Canadian party

L-R: Quinn Best (media producer, Metabridge), Dave Sikora (CEO, Digby), Steve Wandler (founder, Metabridge), Luis Banuelo, Dan Lowden (VP marketing, Digby).

Canadian industry leaders and VIP guests filled Metabridge and Digby’s VIP lounge, North of 41, yesterday at the Old School Bar and Grill on Austin’s famous 6th Street.

Flamenco guitarist, Luis Banuelos.

Guests were welcomed by a brilliant performance from Flamenco guitar player, Luis Banuelos, and a steady supply of complementary Molson Canadian beer.

Guests browsing start-up companies showcasing their products and services.

L-R: Official SXSW app builder, Jeff Sinclair (Co-founder, Xomo) with Ethan Anderson (CEO, OfferSlot)

Zulfi Sadeque (consul and senior trade commissioner, Dallas, TX, Goverment of Canada).

Steve Wandler and Dan Lowden interviewing Luis Banuelo.

The event also held panel talks on successful Canadian companies and why Canada is the best place to grow a tech company. The evening ended with more networking and music. 

Panel presenters (L-R): Robert Fine (director, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission); Jon Soberg (principal, Blumberg Capital); Justin Cannet (head, business development, Diversified Industries, TSX & TSX Venture); Chad Bayne (Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP); Nathan Robinson (business development manager, Wavefront); Karolyn Hart (VP, community development & strategic initiatives, Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation).

More in SXSW Adventures

SXSW for newbies: 10 great tips and lessons on how to rock the mega-festival like a pro

It is not mere exaggeration when you hear people say that South by Southwest (SXSW) is one crazy festival. Last year was our first time attending so we felt the need to read as many articles on how...

Said the Whale, The Sheep Dogs, Rich Aucoin, and more at the SXSW Canadian Blast Showcase

We couldn’t help but feel proud of our Canadian musicians who were showcasing their sound at SXSW this year. Here’s a photo recap of some acts we managed to catch at the Canadian Blast BBQ presented...

Getting to know Bob Marley

Marley, the first family sanctioned documentary on Bob Marley, had its North American premiere at SXSW, and we were fortunate enough to attend it. With a running time of 144 minutes, the film was...
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.