Updated: Jan 15, 2019
It’s been a wild and eventful 2018, Soju friends.
Now we’re settling down for a short and well-deserved winter’s nap, and we won’t be coming out of hibernation until January 8, 2019. So, we thought that until then we’d give you your Soju fix with our Greatest K-Pop Hits of 2018. Let's take a look.
The More the Merrier
We started 2018 as four and ended it as a Soju team of 12 (I'm also counting in our head graphic designer Dejan aka 'Cereal Killer' and photographer John aka 'Fiji Water Connoisseur' who are not featured on our website (yet)). I am so grateful to have so many wonderful people on our team; behind those cute faces are even cuter humans that are an absolute pleasure to work with and to be around.
Our little Soju clan will grow once more as we will be adding four more team mates very soon. Maybe it's you?
A Website Refresh
One of our goals this year was to update our website as the old version was in a dire need of a facelift. We added new features such as:
Blog - now you can keep up with the exciting world of K-Pop while commuting to/from work/school 👀
K-Pop in Vancouver - don't miss another cool K-Pop event ever again 🙌
FAQ - get all the answers to your burning questions right away 😉
Chat Bot - do you have an inquiry that needs our immediate attention? We got you fam 🤗
Newsletter - get all Soju news + special Soju discount codes straight to your inbox! No more scrolling through Facebook feed to look for those special discounts 👌
K-Pop's Top Choreographers Worth 1Million
Back in May we partnered up with THEHOUSECON to bring K-Pop's top two choreographers Sori Na and Bongyoung Park to Vancouver's Scotiabank Dance Centre. Both Sori and Bong used to dance at 1Million - a Korean powerhouse studio based in Seoul that opened four years ago and quickly gained popularity online by posting dance routines and tutorials on YouTube for their 13 million YouTube subscribers. Sori Na and Bongyoung Park were absolute sweethearts and it was our utmost pleasure to have them here for a day filled with dance workshops and meet + greet topped with a live performance at Venue. We definitely stepped out of our comfort zone with this venture but we are so glad we were able to offer something completely different from what we usually do.
Vancouver's Got More (Korean) Talent
It's safe to say that Sori and Bongyoung jumpstarted our desire to introduce more Korean talent to our Soju audience. We continued this trend by bringing two Korean talents BROOKLYN and KEEZY to Venue stage shortly after.
After all this 'Bringing Korean Talent to Vancouver' practice, we were definitely reddy for Reddy when Astro Entertainment reached out to us with the collab opportunity.
Not only did we have Reddy performing at Soju Sunday, Soju Sunday also ended up in Reddy's Stand by You MV and we were definitely not reddy for that (but it certainly was a very nice surprise 😍). Say whaaat!!!
Love + Boos + Ho Ho Hos
2018 was also about new Soju Sunday themes. We proudly organized our first Pride Soju Sunday (and we will definitely do so again in 2019 while donating a chunk of profit to an organization supporting LGBTQAI2S+ community).
In October we turned into avid Halloween revelers and threw a Spooky Soju Halloween Party for the first time away from our usual Venue nightclub location, this time at MIA in Gastown.
We also embraced Christmas 2018 spirit by organizing a holiday themed Soju Sunday with all the usual perks that got Christmas makeover - Christmas themed drinks, Christmas themed balloon drop and also BTS Christmas tree ornaments you could take home with you to add lil K-Pop vibe to your Xmas vegetation.