One day in Vancouver: country singer Taylor-Rae

The up-and-coming country talent walks us through her go-to spots for food and cocktails around Vancouver

Growing up with a strong affinity for the sounds of classic country music and a knack for sincere, heartfelt storytelling, it was only a matter of time before Taylor-Rae made a name for herself in the music industry. 

After moving from Edmonton to Vancouver to attend university and pursue her musical career, the aspiring musician wasted no time making her dream a reality. After winning the 2018 BCCMA Breakthrough Project competition, Taylor-Rae went on to release her debut album, Backseat Driver, which rose to no. 6 on the iTunes Country Chart. 

Backed by the versatile harmonies and instrumental prowess of her accompanying band, The Backseat Drivers, Taylor-Rae’s first two singles, "Take Me Out Dancing" and "Nashville" have settled into regular rotation across Canadian country radio while garnering plenty of praise from fans and critics alike. 

The talented musician has captivated crowds across the continent with multiple memorable live performances, including the 2017 JUNO Awards, the Bluebird Cafe, the Big Valley Jamboree, and a record-breaking crowd at Osoyoos Music in the Park. 

Despite completing her Western Canadian Backseat Driver Summer Tour only a few months ago, Taylor-Rae continues to make waves in the Canadian country music circuit. If the speed at which her upcoming performance at The Blue Jay Sessions sold out is any indication of her rising star power, we can’t wait to see what’s next. 

We recently had a chance to chat with the up-and-coming country musician, who filled us in on all of her go-to spots for food and cocktails around Vancouver. 



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Mary’s on Davie is hands down my favorite place for brunch or all-day breakfast because, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? Whether you want to start the day light with a classic breakfast or dive into some comfort food like the cereal sprinkled French toast, they have something for all of your moods.

The staff is the best and the decor makes it feel a little more tropical, which is a huge plus in rainy Vancouver.



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The Boathouse in Kits has an awesome patio right on the beach and the seafood is incredible! In the summer, this patio is one of the best spots to grab midday appies and drinks.



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I. Love. Pasta.

I said it, La Pentola is amazing. The majority of their pastas are homemade and they change the menu seasonally so you can always switch things up. To be honest, I rarely get anything other than the tagliatelle Bolognese. It’s always on the menu for a reason, and that’s because it’s the best pasta I’ve ever had. Sorry Mom.

If you like Italian, you will love La Pentola and the classic boutique feel to it.



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The Ballyhoo Public House. This gem is pretty new, but with an awesome list of craft beers and a solid happy hour menu, I was sold. It’s definitely quaint, so it can fill up pretty quickly, but it’s the perfect stop if you’re wandering through downtown.

Watch: Taylor-Rae's Nashville (Official Music Video)