March 18, 2020
Dear Urbanity Publishing Customers,
With great regret and a heavy heart, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 print publications for Gem City Guide due to the current coronavirus pandemic. We are living in unprecedented times, and the effect on the hospitality industry, small business and workers in these businesses is truly devasting.
This will come to an end and eventually things will get back to normal. It may be a new normal, but things will stabilize, and life will go on. We look forward to breathing life back into the Gem City Guide print edition in 2021.
In the interim, why not take a moment to explore our new digital lifestyle magazine with a focus on distilled products at InsideSpirits.ca or check out our digital version of Gem City Guide at our website gemcityguide.com.
We wish you all the best in these trying times and encourage everyone to find ways to support each other and take care of yourselves.
For those advertisers who have already purchased space for Gem City Guide 2020/2021 due to publish in Spring 2020, you will receive a full refund of your purchase immediately.
July 24, 2019
Urbanity Publishing is very proud to launch our newest edition of Gem City Guide. The guide, now in its fifth year of publication, continues to deliver a great selection of luxury and VIP Shopping, Dining, Hospitality, Beauty, Fashion, Home Design and concierge in Vancouver. Featuring original editorial stories from Jim Tobler, Anthony Gismondi, Mark Taylor and Aleeza Khan.
The 2019 Guide is the definitive publication for luxury retail in Vancouver, complete with maps and expert essays to set the scene for luxury shopping. Look for your hard copy in shops, cafes, office towers and hotels in Vancouver. You can also read the digital magazine version online.
July 24, 2018
Our own Curator, Mark Taylor, was featured in the first segment of the BNN Bloomberg TSN 1410 radio show, B.C Food and Wine, on July 5. Hosts Anthony Gismondi and Kasey Wilson were clearly enthusiastic about the release of the 2018 GemCity Guide, and Taylor answered their questions with insight and aplomb.
Many of Gem’s clients were mentioned in the show, along with the first-ever pure editorial story telling in the Guide, new for 2018, under Taylor’s curatorship. For a great, informative insight into the Guide, please go to the podcast, and enjoy. It seems Mr. Taylor may have a future in broadcasting, as well as in publishing.
June 9, 2018
The exciting, newly re-imagined Gem City Guide is here. 2018 is the first edition under the Urbanity Publishing banner for Publisher Mark Taylor, and features original editorial stories and enhanced feature profiles. The 2018 Guide is the definitive publication for luxury retail in Vancouver, complete with maps and expert essays to set the scene for luxury shopping.
September 29, 2017
In it’s first move to improve an already excellent reader experience with it’s Gem City Guide Vancouver publication, Urbanity Publishing Inc. will be adding new editorial content to the upcoming 2018/2019 Issue. The new content will consist of editorial articles published at the front of each Feature Profile section (food & hospitality, fashion & accessories, beauty & home design) with authoritative content related to each section.
Anthony Gismondi, the most influential wine writer in Canada, is already on board to help readers find the best of wines to drink while visiting the city. Anthony has been wine writer for the Vancouver Sun since 1979, and also provides a massive list of wine tasting notes, interesting articles, videos and podcasts on his website www.gismondionwine.com. Jim Tobler, former Editor of MONTECRISTO Magazine (arguably Canada’s most luxurious magazine), has joined Urbanity as Senior Editor and will also be contributing new editorial content to Gem City Guide. Kasey Wilson, is an award-winning food and travel writer, broadcaster and author. She is a columnist for The Vancouver Sun and regular contributor to Taste magazine. Kasey’s insider perspective on Vancouver will be both intriguing and informative for Gem City Guide readers. Other writers already signed on to contribute include: in the fashion & accessories section Little Fashionisto, M’cKenneth Licon – littlefashionisto.com, and in the food and wine section Gem City Guide’s own Curator Mark Taylor. Other writers focused on beauty, health, home decor and other sections of the guide are in the works.
We are extremely excited for the new content additions to the Gem City Guide and expect the upcoming issue to be more compelling than ever. It will deliver an even better reader experience and help VIP and luxury visitors to Vancouver fully enjoy their stay.
August 10, 2017
Urbanity is a new lifestyle magazine and digital publishing company with a focus on food and beverage. “We look forward to continuing to deliver a beautiful, luxurious Gem City Guide and making it the city guide of choice.” – Mark Taylor, Urbanity Publishing Inc.
Gem City Guide: A hard copy booklet, the guide presents the best of Vancouver’s Food & Hospitality, Fashion & Design, Beauty & Health and Gem Concierge to the city’s most influential residents and visitors. Guiding savvy visitors and Vancouverites to luxury living in four key categories, each issue showcases up to 100 of Vancouver’s most essential locations. Coverage includes eight exciting neighborhoods: Yaletown, Gastown, Downtown, Chinatown, the West End, South Granville, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant. With incisive profiles, gorgeous layouts, and additional highlights in Chinese text for international clientele, Gem City Guide has become and influential authority for Vancouver’s hottest spots. “Gem City Guide has been a huge success at the hotel. Our guests love taking it with them to explore the city.” – Kristyna Vogel, Manager, Marketing & Public Relations, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.