Scout List: Our Eclectic Agenda For Discerning Vancouverites…

February 24, 2011 

The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.

The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. From our calendar to yours…

If you know of something cool going on in the city and you think we should consider adding it to our list, please send the details to michelle at scoutmagazine dot ca.


In celebration of Oscars weekend, The Waldorf presents Day for Night, François Truffaut’s film about the love of cinema (and also the namesake of the film program at the Waldorf).
Sunday, February 27 | 2:30 | lower-level clubhouse at the Waldorf

The Midnight Movie at the Rio this week is Harold and Maude. Great flick.
Friday, February 2 | 4pm | Rio Theatre | $8

The Rio is also hosting a free Oscar Party: Academy Awards on the Big Screen!
Sunday, February 27 | 4pm | Rio Theatre | Free

The Hollywood is screening The Tourist and The Social Network.
February 25- March 3 | 7:30 nightly as well as Sat/Sun 1:30 | $8

The UBC Film Society will be showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part One) “the penultimate film of the Harry Potter franchise. From “In this seventh and final installment of the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry faces new troubles; he must collect all of the Horcruxes that the evil Lord Voldemort has left behind. He has no idea where these are and he has to destroy them all, even without the faintest idea how to do so.” More here.
February 23– 27 | 9:15pm | Norm Theatre SUB, UBC | $5

Javier Bardem’s latest movie, Biutiful, opens at the Fifth Avenue.
February 25… | 1:00, 4:00, 7:00  &  10:00 | Fifth Avenue Cinemas | $12.75


Hooray for Boneta opening again. Tonight’s the night. Details here.

The Vancouver Aquarium explores The Science of Sexy Food. Head to the aquarium to learn about magical ingredients such as wine, chocolate and oysters. Speakers include Dr. Hennie Van Vuuren (Director, UBC Wine Research Centre), Dominique and Cindy Duby (Chefs and Owners, DC DUBY Wild Sweets), and Roberta Stevenson (Executive Director, BC Shellfish Growers Association). The evening will be moderated by Chef Anthony Sedlak (Food Network Canada Host, The Main).
Thursday, February 24 | 7pm | Vancouver Aquarium | Free

We went to the Farmers Market last weekend to find that the Pure Bread line was long but worth it and no problem in the sunshine. Tulips were going for cheap (6 bucks for three bunches), Red Dragon was there. Get over there. Buy local.The Winter Farmers Market fills the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday. Hook yourself up with hearty root vegetables, fresh bread, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies. Get the full list of who’ll be there here.
Saturday, February 26 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium

The Baker’s Market is also on Saturday and as usual there will be handsome assortment of goodies waiting.
Saturday, February 26 | 11 am – 3pm | Creekside Community Centre

On the other end of the spectrum, there is a sauerkraut fermentation class on at Britannia Centre. “Learn how to make your own tasty and nutritious sauerkraut. It’s easy and fun. This workshop is open to all and no experience is necessary.” I don’t know what else you need to convince you, tasty, easy, fun and nutritious. Where else are you going to get all of that for only 12 beans? Details.
Saturday February 26 | 2 – 4:30pm | Britannia Centre | $12

Get yourself down to brand new Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown before it’s totally impossible to get a table. We went last night and it kicked ass.


Eric Clapton is in town.

Jim Bryson & The Weakerthans play the Biltmore Friday night.

Morcheeba is at the Commodore on Tuesday.

Rodney Graham will be performing live with his band at The Waldorf. Psst! Rodney Graham is kind of a big deal.
Friday, February 25 | Midnight |Soft Dark cabaret at the Waldorf Hotel | $5 before 11pm, 7 after.

The Snow Queen is on at the Roundhouse, telling “a story of friendship through adversity and of a brave journey guided by courage and love. When Kay is lured from his home by the beautiful, cruel Snow Queen, his friend Gerda sets out on an epic journey to rescue him.” Pretty solid, classic messaging. Can’t imagine this wouldn’t be time well spent. More here.
Saturday, February 26 | 2-3pm | Roundhouse Performance Centre, Vancouver | $18/$10

Opera Pro Cantanti presents Bellini’s Norma. “Norma tells the story of a Druid Priestess who forms an illicit bond with a Proconsul of the Roman army, thereby betraying her people and beginning a chain reaction of events that may lead to war. Bellini’s great work contains some of the most beloved music in all opera, including the glorious soprano aria Casta Diva.” Details.
Sunday, February 27 | 7pm | Cambrian Hall (Main + 17th) | $18


Eco Fashion Week is on. Nothing brightens a gloomy February like a peek at Spring’s fashions. Check out the wares of 40 exhibitors and 20 designers at the trade show on Friday or scoop tickets to one of the evening runway shows. We’re especially looking forward to seeing Margarita Angelato’s Red Jade line on Wednesday and Nicole Bridger and Filly on Thursday night. Full scoop here.
Until February 25 | Here and there, but mostly at the Salt Building (85 W 1)

It’s Seedy Saturday, at VanDusen Gardens. “A celebration of heritage varieties and organic gardening featuring more than 30 growers, seed companies and exhibitors and Heritage Seed Swap.” It is almost time to start thinking about what you want to line-up for spring planting, so get on this…
Saturday, February 26 | 10am – 4pm | VanDusen Botanical Gardens | Admission by donation

On a related note: there is a seed saving workshop at the Strathcona Community Centre on Sunday. Learn how to deepen seed knowledge through technique, record keeping, selection, seed collectives, isolation, distance, and preserving genetic diversity. Valuable information. Info here.
February 27 | 10am–12pm and 1-2:30 pm | Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer) |$30


Woot! Tonight (Thursday) is Pecha Kucha Night! “In this unique night of rapid-fire ideas, Vancouver designers, artists, entrepreneurs and activists expose the real Vancouver using 20×20 (20 images, 20 seconds).” If this is all news to you, check out Scout’s editor doing it here last winter. It’s a sweet line-up this month: poet Lisa Robertson,  Scott Hawthorn, Margot Leigh Butler, Michael Tippett (Now Public), Lindsay Brown (Ouno Design), Ben Chibber (The Dry Spot), Architect Peter Busby, Emily Jubenvill (Vancouver Public Space), Office Supplies Incorporated, Paul Burger & Cariann Burger ( and Stewart Butterfield. Tickets include exclusive access and tours of WE: Vancouver at the Gallery following the event. Nice score. Tickets here.
Thursday, February 24 | 7pm | Vogue Theatre | $15 with after party ticket

There’s a fascinating talk going on out at UBC’s Green College (again). This one is dubbed Sonic Impressions Mobile Sound Technologies and Urban Space. Michael Bull, School of Media and Film, Sussex University will “address the nature, meaning and consequences of an auditory “privatizing” of urban space through the use of mobile sonic technologies by drawing upon his ethnographies of Walkman and Apple iPod users. In doing so, he argues that the use of these sonic technologies, and others, obliges us to rethink – both academically and socially – the nature of the “shared” spaces of urban life.”
Thursday, February 24 | 5 – 6:30pm | Green College | Free

Winterruption takes over Granville Island. Live music and general awesomeness will abound. Do yourself a favour and leave the car at home. Take your cloth shopping bags, too. Extra special bonus super good: Lee’s Doughnuts!
February 25 – 27 | Granville Island | Free

The Kootenay School of Writing is lined up to launch its new space at the W2 Media Cafe complex in the Woodward’s building this weekend. They’re putting on a community event featuring readings from over thirty Vancouver writers. “The event will celebrate KSW’s history as a site that encourages critical/creative practices within controversial and/or contested urban spaces.” Full story here.
Friday, February 25 | Reception @ 7:30. Readings to follow |

Hit Heritage Hall to check out the wares of over 48 vendors selling bobbles & trinkets. Grab locally made food, fashion, accessories, and art. Also snap up cool vintage items and records. Oh, plus cupcakes. Don’t forget the cupcakes…
Sunday February 27 | 12 – 5 PM | old Heritage Hall (Main @15th) | By donation

The Emily Carr lecture series More Than Words: Art, Language and Textual Practices offers a free public lecture entitled Words and Pictures: Type and Design in Sequential Art. Find out more…
March 3 | 3:50pm | Emily Carr Lecture Theatre, Room 301, South Building | Free

And then there is this: Astrologist Georgia Nicols will be at VPL to talk about her book, You and Your Future. “Nicols says her book is a guide to help people understand what makes them tick and how their sun sign and astrological trends have played a role in their lives.
Thursday, February 24 | 7pm | Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia) | Free


late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended Bond University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.