Fortune Sound Club is undoubtedly one of the best venues in Vancouver. The brainchild of venerable tastemakers Garret Louie and Rob Rizk, Fortune is not your run of the mill venue. Fortune delivers an eclectic mix of events from art openings and film premieres, to fashion shows and after-parties, to community gatherings and live events in all genres.
Fortune was the first establishment of its kind in Chinatown, which led to the cultural rebirth of the area that is now a hot bed for new trendy restaurants and retail spots. What was once the infamous Ming’s Chinese Restaurant, Fortune has transformed the space by focusing on innovative eco-friendly design, bringing pieces from local and international artists such as Shepard Fairey, and investing a quarter of a million dollars on the crown jewel of sound systems, Funktion One.
“We could have taken this venture to another part of town but we wanted to support the revitalization of this area. We wanted to create an authentic space where Vancouverites can experience something different from the usual Granville Street clubs,” said Rizk.
In the last year, the Gman and Rizk duo have made some very bold business moves. They officially joined forces with Bill and Chris Kerasiotis and Alvaro Prol of Blueprint, a decision that was based on a deep mutual respect and friendship borne from a history of working side by side for over twenty years. They also bought the building that houses Fortune and are in the process of restoring its heritage features.
“Buying the building we’re in was a natural next step for us because we really believe in Chinatown and see so much potential in the area. We were also looking to expand Livestock, our retail business that we co-own with Gary Bones, so securing our newest retail location at the bottom of Fortune was a no brainer,” said Louie. “Next to Fortune’s entrance, we have a space available for lease. We feel that we’ve created a space and vibe that is truly unique so we’re looking for a tenant that shares our vision and compliments what we do.”
Now celebrating their fifth year in business, Fortune is throwing an epic anniversary party on Thursday, January 22. To get in for free RSVP here and arrive before 11 p.m.
As with past Fortune anniversary parties, there will be a special performance from a surprise guest, which they announced Sunday night.