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HEADS UP | The Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF (September 25 – October 10)

September 22, 2014 


by Chris Mason Stearns | 16 days. 9 screens. 365 films from 70 countries. With so much on offer at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the possibilities can be overwhelming. What to catch? What to skip? Where to start? Thanks to recent improvements like a comprehensive (and free) viewer’s guide, as well as more straightforward ticket sales, navigating your way through the festival isn’t the labyrinth that it was in years past. But the central problem remains: what should you see?

Never fear. We’ve searched through everything on offer and singled out 9 films that should make your shortlist. (Omitted are films you’ve heard about everywhere else, and those which will see a mainstream release in the coming year). Read on for trailers and an introduction to each of the 9, and we’ll be see you soon in a darkened room soon… [ Keep reading ]

WELCOME | “Terra Breads” Bakery & Cafe Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

September 22, 2014 


We’ve invited Vancouver’s excellent Terra Breads to join the Bakeries & Cafes section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to break bread. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.


ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To Right Now

September 22, 2014 


by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; The Gig – the “must-see show”; and The Glance – which details the best gigs on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… [ Keep reading ]

GOODS | BC Seafood-Savvy Chefs Gathering For “Slow Fish Mystery Supper” On Sept. 27

September 22, 2014 

Th Fish Counter is located at 3825 Main Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-876-3474 | www.thefishcounter.com

Th Fish Counter is located at 3825 Main Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-876-3474 | www.thefishcounter.com

The GOODS from The Fish Counter

Vancouver, BC | Join the Slow Food / Slow Fish movement and eight mystery chefs on Saturday, September 27th at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, just off Granville Island, for a Slow Fish Mystery Dinner. Start your evening with canapés and libations, and then move though the school’s eight professional teaching kitchens to meet mystery chefs, visiting from BC and beyond, who will each offer a tasting-sized portion of sustainable and lesser-known local seafood delicacies for you to try.

Chefs’ Table Society member, Slow Fish member, and Fish Counter co-owner/chef Robert Clark has been evangelizing sustainability in seafood since 1998 and is spearheading this event along with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts executive chef, and Chefs’ Table Society member Julian Bond. At its heart the event is intended to raise awareness for Slow Fish and its role in protecting our oceans. The Chefs’ Table Society has a mandate to support BC producers and sustainable food production, and is happy to present this event.

Tickets are available here for $79 +fees, and include the reception, samples and beverages, and the chance to interact with eight acclaimed chefs, who will only be revealed to you once you are there. There are only 100 tickets for sale, so seafood lovers are advised to act now and not miss what is sure to be an exciting and delicious affair. [ Keep reading ]

SMOKE BREAK #1124 | Understanding How And Why Tree Leaves Change Colour In Fall

September 22, 2014 


(via) Fall officially arrives tomorrow. If you want to understand the chemistry behind the imminent turning of Vancouver’s leaves, study this handy chart by Compound Interest. Short version: “Leaves are green because of chlorophyll, yellow because of a combination of carotenoids and flavonoids, red because of carotenoids combined with anthocyanins, and orange when only carotenoids are present. The chart is presented with detailed explanations of each of the different pigments.” The more you know…


GOODS | The Kopecky Family Band Is Set To Play September 26 At The Biltmore Cabaret

September 22, 2014 

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward St. in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward St. in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, BC | The Kopecky Family Band isn’t a family in the traditional sense – rather than being bound by blood and heritage, this band of six young musicians is connected by circumstance, miles on the odometer, and the songs they have crafted over the years. It is the Kopecky Family Band’s music that has brought them widespread attention and critical acclaim – the New York Times giving the recommendation that “If You Like Fleetwood Mac, Try the Kopecky Family Band”. (This is a great reminder to both check out KFB and give Rumours a spin on the turntable tonight).

Original founding member Kelsey Kopecky is also bringing something non-traditional on tour with the band – her love of yoga. Vancouver has (of course) been selected as a city to be a part of “Yopecky,” Kelsey’s pre-show, mixed level vinyasa yoga class! Just bring a mat and a spirit of adventure for some heart opening and movement. Kopecky Family Band and guest Avid Dancer play the Biltmore Cabaret Friday September 26 – advance tickets available online, at Red Cat, Zulu Records & the Biltmore. Learn more about the Biltmore after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

COOL THING WE WANT #444 | The New Local History Book ‘Vancouver Confidential’

September 19, 2014 


Local writer Stevie Wilson, the very same who pens the popular DIG IT and YOU SHOULD KNOW columns on Scout, has been busy contributing to a new book of local history called Vancouver Confidential. It’s a “collaboration of artists and writers who plumb the shadows of civic memory looking for the stories that don’t fit into mainstream narratives …. [shining] a light on the lives of Vancouverites that have for so long been ignored.” Within its pages, you’ll read…

Tom Carter on Vancouver’s Entertainment Czars, Aaron Chapman on Vancouver’s WWII Towers and our “Fear of the Outside World”; Jesse Donaldson explores the case of the Lovers’ Lane Marauder, James Johnstone revisits old Strathcona through the eyes of long-time resident Lucille Mars; Lani Russwurm investigates the “Red Shadows” and the 1930s communist scare with a spy’s eye view of Vancouver; Eve Lazarus probes the 1928 Lennie Commission into police corruption and all of its ensuing ramifications; Diane Purvey addresses the strange case of Viola Woolridge and how the mores and legal system of 1947 resulted in Viola (or at least her character) being put on trial for her own murder; Catherine Rose takes us back to the Dirty ’30s and shines a light on the “unholy trinity” of Police Chief John Cameron and gangsters Joe Celona and Shue Moy; Rosanne Sia looks at a 1931 Pender Street café murder/suicide that resulted in a ban on the hiring of white waitresses in Chinatown restaurants; Jason Vanderhill reveals the little-known story of Joseph Kennedy Ltd. and the liquor interest in 1920s Vancouver; Stevie Wilson on the staggering unemployment, relief camps, and Hobo Jungles of 1931; Will Woods on Mayor Gerry McGeer’s transformation from iron moulder and labour activist to controversial mayor and reader of the Riot Act; Terry Watada on Etsuji Morii, the “Al Capone of the Japanese community,” and the Black Dragon Society of Japantown, and John Belshaw pays tribute to early Vancouver street photography and the work of James Crookall.

Vancouver Confidential was made available at bookstores on Monday, September 15th. The official launch goes down at 6pm this Sunday, September 21st at the Emerald Supper Club in Chinatown.


GOODS | Katherine Huie’s Handcrafted Foe & Dear Sapphire Collection Now At Cavalier

September 19, 2014 

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | Ready or not, Fall is here! Sapphires are the birthstone for September as well as the traditional gift for 5th and 45th wedding anniversaries. While blue is the gemstone’s traditional colour, they also come in stunning hues of pink, yellow, orange, purple, and even green. So if you’re in the market for a memorable gift, or just want to treat yourself to a fall statement piece, stop on by Cavalier to check out offerings from our handcrafted, ethically sourced sapphire collections. We are also featuring an exclusive Foe and Dear Sapphire Collection. Featuring rough blue sapphire gemstones set in 14K gold fill. Not only is each piece affordable, they are also unique and handcrafted by Vancouver’s own Katherine Huie. [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Joint Agreements & Free Bartenders Serving Tainted Alcohol

September 18, 2014 


by Sean Orr | “Rocks out” should be in quotation marks: Stephen Harper rocks out at Calgary nightclub. “Taking care of business and working overtime at your second part time minimum wage job with no benefits that you need to feed your family because of Canada’s deep and persistent income inequality, work out!”

I wonder if the above show sold out like how Harper just sold out the country: Harper sell out to China will be locked in.

Also, is it just me or does he seem a little stiff these days? Perhaps he could use a visit to everyone’s favourite dominatrix: Dominatrix expelled from Senate hearing after mentioning ‘proof on politicians’. For a second I thought this was a Marg Delahunty bit from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

Speaking of loosening up: Christy Clark reaches deal with teachers just 24 hours after Dana Larsen mailed her pot. “We’ve come to a joint agreement,” indeed.

How to conflate the right to housing and the right to own property in one easy step: Politicians shouldn’t meddle with the housing market. “You want a house? Work hard and buy one — or move somewhere cheaper…” And if that doesn’t work, you could always call upon the meddling CHMC.

Related tweet of the century:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: City says more than 100 unregulated recovery homes shut down in Surrey. Get those people on the streets immediately! And if they should so happen to mosey on down to a certain poorest postal code then so be it! They are truly free now.

Whipsers Only: $3000 / 1br – 1000ft² – Super Charmer. “If you are professionally employed and working 9-5 please apply for this amazing opportunity to be in Vancouver’s oldest and coolest neighbourhood”. Stop, stop, Strathcona’s already dead.

A city guide that isn’t completely awful: The HYPEBEAST City Guide to Vancouver. Not one single mention of the word ‘gritty’ when referring to Gastown. There is this, however: “In 2014 the neighboring Chinatown and Main Street areas are seeing notable expansion”. I had no idea that they were getting bigger…

Bonus: If you want a little more depth, here is a map of every single (known) performance space in Vancouver.

GOODS | Menu Revealed For Special “Tutto” Dinner At Campagnolo Roma On Sept. 24th

September 18, 2014 

Campagnolo Roma is located at 2297 East Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-569-0456 | campagnoloroma.com

The GOODS from Campagnolo Roma

Vancouver, BC | After spending 3 months living in Italy, Chef Joachim Hayward, fondly referred to as Chef Jojo by his kitchen brigade, has grown a great admiration for family-style cooking that honours the ingredient as a whole. On Wednesday, September 24th, please join Chef Jojo in celebrating the whole ingredient at Campagnolo ROMA’s Tutto. Tickets are $79 inclusive of tax, gratuity and beer crafted by the experts at Bomber Brewing. Menu and details after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

DIG IT | On Vancouver’s Maritime Museum, A Stunning Icon Of Mid-Century Modernism

September 18, 2014 


by Stevie Wilson | Opened in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the most gorgeous pieces of mid-century modernist design in the city, not to mention one of the most comprehensive displays of this Pacific Northwest’s storied maritime history.

The site was built to coincide with provincial centennial celebrations the year before, commemorating the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858. The main building was designed by C.B.K. Van Norman & Associates, including Australian architect Raymond O. Harrison, who’s personal interest in the development of this site subsequently led him to pursue a long career as a museum administrator and director across Canada.

The stunning A-frame design features bright wood-shingled siding and large floor-to-ceiling triangular fenestration providing those who pass by a glimpse of what’s inside. The shape of the building is no coincidence, for inside sits the main exhibit: the 80-ton St. Roch, a 1928 RCMP arctic patrol ship.

Savour the last bit of summer and check out one of their other all-ages exhibits Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, on until November 2nd. Take note, too, of the beautiful totem pole just adjacent to the museum, carved by famed BC artist Mungo Martin.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Gastown’s Rowan Sky On The Hunt For Dedicated Shoe Lover

September 18, 2014 

Gastown’s Rowan Sky is located at 334 Cordova Street West in Vancouver BC | 604.568.2075 | www.rowansky.com

The GOODS from Rowan Sky

Vancouver, BC | We’re looking for a fashion savvy part-time sales associate who is detail-focused and passionate about footwear, bags, and jewelry. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is motivated to achieve sales goals and has the capacity to work one on one and successfully in a team. Dedication to being on time and working efficiently are musts, as is computer experience (Mac OS, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and the ability to further our social media presence. You will also need to climb ladders and lift up to 25lbs. Extra languages spoken will be helpful. We can offer proper training to excel within our company and in the fashion business, sales incentives after probation period, employee discounts on all merchandise, and education on maintaining our blog and website. Pay negotiable based on experience. Send resumes to info [at] rowansky.com. [ Keep reading ]

AWESOME THING WE ATE #923 | Proper Pizza & Polpette At East Van’s “Via Tevere”

September 18, 2014 


Together with a sparse handful of precious pizzerias around town, Via Tevere in East Van follows a long list of strict Neapolitan pizza-preparation rules that has landed the eatery the much-prized “Vera Pizza Napoletana” certification. This, for starters, means they employ a wood-burning oven – and a lovely, light blue-tiled one at that – baking at around 800 degrees. They also use all the proper ingredients, everything from “00″ flour and San Marzano tomatoes to fresh basil, bufala mozzarella, and Fior di Latte cheese. The results are uniformly delicious; raised-edged pies with only the slightest of fire-blasted char. They easily “libretto” (fold, like a book), and famously suck at traveling (no VPN joint that we know of would ever dare to deliver). Pictured above is a beautifully char-pimpled sausage and rapini pizza; the polpetta della Nonna (meatballs in tomato sauce); a tiramisu slab, and a pizzaiolo working his magic.

1190 Victoria Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604.336.1803 | www.viateverepizzeria.com


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | La Mezcaleria Is On The Lookout For An Assistant Manager

September 17, 2014 

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is a fast-paced, upbeat restaurant on Commercial Drive with a fantastic group of staff and a heart of gold. We are a passionate family looking for the right fit to fill the demanding position of Assistant Manager. Your duties will include day-to-day service, team management, administration, and general maintenance of the restaurant. We are seeking a professional who has excellent communication skills and can think on their feet. We need someone who is innovative and level headed, a strong leader with a drive to succeed and learn. A love of Mexican culture and what we offer here at La Mezcaleria is a must. 5+ yrs in the industry and prior management experience essential. If this sounds like you and you feel ready for a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a wonderful family, please send us your resume and cover letter with the heading “Assistant Manager Position” addressed to our FOH Manager Tasha at tasha [at] lataqueria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… [ Keep reading ]