The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel
Vancouver, BC | Join us on Monday, February 6th for a special, multi-room edition of the Ice Cream Social. We’re calling this event “Dine Over” because it’s the first night after Dine Out and Feast Van. So come on down if you’re a waitress who got yelled at because something from the set menu had been 86′d or a waiter who got stiffed because a customer thought the gratuity was included. To show our appreciation to all the brave souls who toughed it out during for the two week dining festivals, we’re offering 2 for 1 admission to service industry employees so they can blow off some steam, enjoy cheap drinks and dance to the best rock and pop from the 50′s and 60′s… Read more
If you’ve ever walked around the new Woodwards 3 complex in Gastown you’ve likely noticed Stan Douglas’ translucent photo mural, Abbott & Cordova, 7 August 1971 (as seen above). It’s pretty awesome, as is Douglas’ revealing book of the same name (published by Arsenal Pulp Press). It details how he came to create the scene from the 1971 Gastown Riot (fascinating), and also takes both the riot and his work “as points of departure to discuss the legacy and implications of this tumultuous time, not only for Vancouver but for all urban centres where dissent and conflict based on class, lifestyle, or other issues arise, and where the role of authorities is contested in the form of public demonstration” (learn more about riot and the work here). The official launch goes down on Friday, February 10th at the Charles H. Scott Gallery (Emily Carr). Stan Douglas will be in attendance and signing copies. Be sure to check it out.
Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another.
Holy shit do we ever want this, with or without The Tallest Man On Earth soundtrack.
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | Only four days remain of Tourism Vancouver’s 2012 Dine Out (the celebrated festival comes to a close this Sunday, February 5th). Take your Dine Out adventures this week to Kitsilano’s latest room – The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – and try their tasty $28, 3-course menu while sipping premiere BC craft beers and hand crafted cocktails. Menu after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Miku
Vancouver, BC | Aburi Restaurants Canada Ltd, operating as Miku Restaurant, announces it will take over the lease of Goldfish Seafood & Chops, located at 1118 Mainland Street. A new restaurant with a different concept, named Minami, is expected to open in Summer 2012. Goldfish’s last day is Sunday, February 5, 2012, after completion of Dine Out Vancouver.
Miku is a celebrated Japanese restaurant in Vancouver, and is popular with both residents and tourists visiting the city. It is known for innovating the Aburi or sear-flamed style of sushi, which is the act of applying fire directly on the fish to enhance the natural flavours. This technique, paired with specialty sauces and non-traditional Japanese ingredients make the perfect complement to the unique taste of fish.
“We look forward to expanding the Miku brand in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and bringing Aburi to the Yaletown community in Summer of this year,” explains Takuya Motohashi, Vice President and Executive Chef of Aburi Restaurants Canada Ltd. “Bud Kanke is a legend in the restaurant business. It has been a pleasure working with him on finalizing the details.”
Kanke Seafood Restaurants has founded, opened, and operated 11 restaurants in the past 40 years. Kanke, who is now 72, is contemplating retirement. To assist staff and management with as smooth a transition as possible, the company is providing employees with a generous severance allowance.
“We wish to thank our many diners who have enjoyed their guest experience and supported and frequented Goldfish over the years,” says Bud Kanke, Proprietor of Kanke Seafood Restaurants Ltd. “I am very proud of our Goldfish Team and what we have achieved when we first introduced Yaletown to West Coast seafood cuisine with Pacific Rim flavours in 2007. It has been a great run.”
Kanke adds, “It is time to turn over the reins to the young passionate restaurateurs who can take the Vancouver restaurant experience to the next level. Mr. Motohashi is such a person. I wish him and Miku the ultimate of success in Yaletown.” Read more
by Stevie Wilson | Though we live in a city steeped in heritage, where rich historical artifacts are scattered about our daily scenery, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live exactly where we do. If you’re ever taking a stroll down Burrard St. or happen to take a tumble whilst scoping the area, check out St. Paul’s Hospital a little closer. In addition to being a state-of-the-art health care facility, the institution is a unique landmark and point of reference in the study of what makes our city so awesome.
The gold rush at the end of the 19th century resulted in a huge population influx for the Vancouver area. Luckily for those frost-bitten gold-diggers, two members of the Montreal-based Sisters of Providence had recently set up shop on seven lots of property bordering what were then the city limits (purchased for a whopping $9000), and they were ready to treat their wounds. A 25-bed hospital was completed in 1894, but with a growing population and a steady rise of carriage accidents (one supposes), St. Paul’s expanded into a prestigious 50-bed facility just a decade later. The opening of a Nurse’s School in 1907 provided staff and resources for care when the hospital reached 500 beds in 1931. During the two World Wars, it was a primary care facility for the critically wounded.
As the sister hospital to St. Mary’s in New Westminster (whose 2004 closure saddened more than a few staff and heritage-lovers in the area), St. Paul’s was founded on principles of compassionate care and Catholicism, and would develop into one of the most modern and technologically-advanced hospitals in the province (until just a few years ago, prayer was recited twice daily on the overhead speakers in the hospital – how’s that for heritage preservation?). It was the first hospital in BC to use modern x-ray techniques and a standardized patient care records system, cementing its place in the community as a center for diagnostic research and treatment.
The construction of two additional towers in 1983 and 1991 further equipped St. Paul’s with the resources needed to become a pioneer in major treatment fields, including heart disease, kidney disease, nutritional disorders, the care of the disadvantaged, and HIV treatment (AIDS Vancouver was serendipitously founded the same year that St. Paul’s admitted their first AIDS patient).
Registered Nurse Kiley Moore-Dempsey praises the hospital for its warm atmosphere: ”It’s different than other hospitals I’ve worked at. Nobody is turned away from St. Paul’s and no judgments are made about people’s lifestyle choices. It feels more welcoming.” That being said, she adds that “there are definitely spirits living in that hospital. Every nurse has their ghost or spirit stories to tell from working there, especially during night shifts. I definitely have a few that freak people out. That’s part of St. Paul’s charm I guess.”
St. Paul’s has emerged as a leading provider for cutting-edge health care. Even if your name isn’t followed by the letters MD, RN, or LPN, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful of the awesome facilities and history this city has available for you. But if it does hurt, St. Paul’s is ready to help you out.
Images courtesy of the Vancouver Archives and UBC Library Collection
Stevie Wilson is an historian masquerading as a writer. After serving as an editor for the UBC History Journal, she’s decided to branch out with a cryptic agenda: encouraging the people of Vancouver to take notice of their local history and heritage with You Should Know, a Scout column that aims to show you the things that you already see. Just nod your head and pretend you’re paying attention.
The rumours have been swirling for a spell, but it’s official: Yaletown’s Goldfish will close for good this Sunday. The following note will be released shortly…
We would like to say a sincere thank you for your loyal patronage over the years. Goldfish will officially say farewell to Yaletown as of Sunday, February 5, 2012. We are making way for an exciting new concept at the 1118 Mainland St location in Summer with a new operator. We hope you’ll come down and join us in celebrating our restaurant during its last week before our famed bacon fried rice, short ribs, an seafood dishes are gone forever. We encourage guests with a valid gift certificates to visit Goldfish before February 5th. Thank you once again for making these a memorable five years!
Thomas, Shon, and the entire Goldfish team.
Go well, everyone. We hope you all land on your feet running. The “new operator” is the same company that brought us the under-sung sushi joint, Miku.
Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy…
SISKIYOU Where Does that Leave Me
There’s very good reason why Vancouver’s enigmatic Siskiyou rarely perform around town – they are simply just too busy! Chief songwriter Colin Huebert is currently prepping for his residency up in the Yukon and the Dawson City Music Festival. Then when he returns, they plan a pretty jet-set lifestyle and are penciled in on some of 2012’s best festivals including All Tomorrow’s Parties (by invitation of Mogwai) as well as a show at Barcelona’s prestigious Primavera Pop. Actually, maybe they are just not really into playing clubs, after all this video shot a couple weeks ago captures them tucked away down a cobble lane near London’s Bishopsgate station. Yes, the natural reverb and ambience of the field recording creates a very cool feel to the performance… Hmmn, perhaps when they get back we can coax Colin and co. into Blood Alley for a few songs in front of Judas Goat! Read more
by Jenny Bachynski | Christina Ladwig and Hanna Tveite are the creative directors and photographers behind Gene Doe, a creative agency specializing in fashion media. Based out of Vancouver, the talented duo have collaborated on many editorial shoots, ad campaigns, and films. It’s easy to be drawn to their photography for its cinematic quality (it gets me in the same way that a good film does); the style is minimalist and striking, something that I feel is often absent in fashion media. I was keen to hear their perspective and learn how they balance their talents to create a cohesive business. Say hello…
How did Gene Doe come to be? Simply, we both wanted to make work that we wanted to see. Although we didn’t know it when we first met, we shared a sensibility that was quite different than the prevailing one in the city at the time. Once we realized we both felt that way, it just felt like a natural progression.
The name Gene Doe…how did that come about? We really wanted to create a personality. We wanted an identity, but one that was somewhat ambiguous. We didn’t want to limit ourselves by choosing a name that defined us in a specific way. We also knew that our identity would be closely linked to the names we worked with, so a reference to the nameless “Doe” seemed fitting. Everything about it felt right.
Do you feel that you both have similar photographic styles, and how does that play out when you are working together? We have a very similar vision, but naturally assume different roles. Our individual strengths are well balanced. What one of us doesn’t see, the other does.
While you are shooting, are you purposefully aware of what you are trying to capture, or is it more of an organic experience? Everything we do, we do with a tremendous amount of purpose. Our focus going into any shoot is on expressing a particular tone. But in achieving that, collaboration is an extremely important element of our process. The different creative influences of the model, the make-up artist and stylist are something that we fully embrace. We don’t always know how we’re going to get there, but we always know where we’re going.
What has been your favorite experience you have had since you started Gene Doe? Probably the short film we did with Jordan Chu, for her jewelry line, The Woodland. We had incredible creative chemistry. It was, by far, our most ambitious project. It was also the most collaborative project we’ve done.
Gene Doe is primarily a business that is dedicated to fashion media. How would you describe your style if you could only use one word? Understated.
How has living in Vancouver influenced you as artists and photographers? The aesthetic that appeals to us is one that isn’t at all prevalent in Vancouver. The absence of that provided space for us to find our identity.
What is one thing you wish you would have known before starting your own business? Nothing, really. Learning is the best part.
What is your favorite small business in Vancouver (besides your own)? There are a lot of great small businesses in this city, but if we’d have to pick one, it would definitely be Old Faithful. They have a really strong identity, they’re super friendly and they support local business. We also love their aesthetic.
If you could do a portrait session with anyone, who would it be? Bob Dylan.
Jenny Bachynski was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In her teenage years she packed up her bags and headed to Vancouver to pursue further education in fashion design. In 2009 she started her own small business Jenny Andrews Recycled Leather Goods, as well as her blog Jenny Loves. After starting her blog, Jenny discovered that one of her greatest joys was stumbling upon beautiful and interesting things, and sharing them with anyone who would listen.
We ran across the above poster over the weekend and love the concept. An art exhibition dedicated to Bill Murray. So great. The only thing that would make it cooler is if every Bill Murray loving Vancouverite could contribute some quality art work to the show. Yup, the organizers are looking for quick and dirty work of all sorts that honours “…this peculiar, hilarious and often sad man…From Caddyshack to Broken Flowers…Classics such as Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation or every Wes Anderson film. We want your inspired art on our walls. We are open to any and all interpretations (paintings, drawing, mixed media, film, knitting.. anything)”.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday. If you have some original Bill Murray work or think you could whip something cool up overnight, get in touch with the creative folks running the show at billmurraylove [at] gmail [dot] com. The show will go down at The Toast Collective on February 11, 2012 (648 Kingsway in Mount Pleasant). Guests are expected to bring red toques, housecoats with pipe in hand and be bearded. There will be cheap drinks, great music and tons of presumably excellent art.
Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another.
The GOODS from Cru Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | On Sunday February 26 2012 CRU Restaurant will host a special dinner featuring the wines of Quails’ Gate Winery. The event will allow guests to taste wines from one of BC’s hottest wineries with a four-course menu designed by one of Vancouver’s culinary stars, Executive Chef Alana Peckham. Winemaker Grant Stanley will attend the event at CRU to share his personal insights into what makes the winery so special. Get all the details and learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
by Sean Orr | The Age of Agenda: Prime Minister Harper unveils grand plan to reshape Canada. Declare war on Denmark; use remaining polar bears as drones; start using seal meat to feed aging seniors; all retirees get two votes; free hip replacements if you volunteer for the campaign.
Canada’s demographics, he warned, pose “a threat to the social programs and services that Canadians cherish.” Preserving those social programs will likely mean cuts elsewhere.
In other words? Students, artists, small businesses, and single moms – y’all are fucked. Because to retrofit energy-inefficient buildings and invest in public transit is just crazy young-people talk.
Housing bubble is really a balloon: BMO’s Sherry Cooper . And we all know balloons don’t pop. They just sail off into the atmosphere until you can’t see them anymore.
And introducing micro-populism: Mayor takes issue with parking meter bylaw. If we’re getting that specific, can we make it illegal to walk under awnings with an open umbrella?
Why The Waldorf Hotel is the hippest place in town. And with that, The Waldorf Hotel is no longer the hippest place in town.
The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada. And why it will more easily pass into law than in The States.
If we’re going to mimic our neighbour to the south, can we at least follow their lead on this?
Confession: Landmark is a Cult.
Bonus: Bear 71.
by Andrew Morrison | Remember when Vancouver sucked so hard in the pizza department that we had to either go over to Prima Strada in Victoria for a solid, authentic pie or suffer service indifference and mediocrity at Marcello’s on Commercial Drive? That was what, three years ago? My oh my, how times have changed! Today, we have both Campagnolos, Farina, Verace, Novo, Barbarella, Red Card, Bibo, Nicli Antica, and Nook, and there are still three more on the way.
I’ve been sworn to secrecy on one (to be revealed soon) and reported on another - Via Tevere - but the third is Famoso, which already has multiple locations across Canada. The Alberta-based company is opening two restaurants in BC, one at 1380 Commercial Drive and the other in the former Dig This location in Victoria’s iconic Market Square. Both locations fascinate for their own reasons. Market Square, as any Victorian will tell you, suffers from a ridiculous turnover rate, and this particular spot is no exception. It’s also right across the street from a natural competitor, Il Terrazzo. Despite all the drama inherent in that, I find The Drive address more interesting, if only because it’s right next to Marcello’s, which – once upon a time with nearby Lombardo’s – defined the east side’s oft-ugly pizza wars.
Famoso, which will be cheaper than both with no pie more than $14.50, could be entering a world of Little Italy hate, but as a diner, I could give a shit. If it’s better than Marcello’s or Lombardo’s, that’s all that counts, and I can’t imagine such an achievement being all that difficult. And with Via Tevere opening just a couple of blocks away shortly, it’s just plain awesome to see The Drive reclaiming the pizza magnetism that was once so solidly theirs.
So what can we expect? 55 seats with an additional 25 seats on a patio looking straight at Marcello’s patio, so it’ll be like two naval ships having arranged themselves for daily broadside exchanges. The service, from what I gather, is a sort of hybrid of counter and table styles, meaning you figure out what you want, order at the front, and then retreat to your table to await delivery of everything. They’re fully licensed, so we’ll see plenty of beer, wine and spirits. They’ll have about 15 pizzas, with as many traditional classics as there are “New World” efforts.
And now for the big questions for the authenticity nerds among us… Read more