ABOUT SCOUT (Who We Are & What We Do)
PO Box 88401
Scout Magazine – launched in late 2008 by local writers/photographers Andrew Morrison and Michelle Sproule – is Vancouver’s leading food and culture website. Its main objective has been the same from the start: to ‘scout out’ and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. It does 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.
Advertising, partnerships, and membership in the Scout Community is strictly curated. We do our best to promote only small, independent businesses, first timers just starting out, and like-minded companies that exemplify the best of British Columbia. If your company would like to learn more about the benefits of working with Scout, please contact Mitsumi Kawai or Michelle Sproule (see below).
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | PUBLISHER
Vancouver-born Andrew was a 20 year veteran of the food and restaurant trade before he became the restaurant critic at the Westender (2005-2012). In addition to his daily oversight of Scout, he contributes to publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Monocle, and Harry magazines. He is a graduate of South Africa’s University of Cape Town (Modern History, Classics); the editor of the award-winning Vancouver Cooks cookbook (2010); the co-author and editor of The Sobo Cookbook (2014); the Senior Judge at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates cooking competition; the National Referee and Head BC Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships; an advisor to enRoute Magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants In Canada issue; a past Board member of the Chefs’ Table Society of BC; and a few other things besides.
MANAGING EDITOR, THE SCOUT LIST
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and studied in Australia and at 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 two very best friends, a beat up camera and a 50mm lens. Her weekly Scout List – a curated compendium of Vancouver’s most interesting happenings published every Tuesday – is also printed every Thursday in the BC edition of the Globe & Mail newspaper.
ADVERTISING & GOODS MANAGER
mitsumi [at] scoutmagazine.ca | Follow on Twitter
Mitsumi Kawai manages Scout’s community relations, connecting with members and small businesses that make each of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods unique and exciting. She takes inspiration from people who take risks to create something that contributes to their local communities. She achieves her happy balance by working in Gastown and retreating to the cozy and quiet life on Bowen Island.
Treve Ring will be covering the world of wine for Scout. She is a wine journalist and judge with an alphabet of diplomas. A certified sommelier, she shares her knowledge of wine and like bevies through the (often wryly) written word. She is an in-demand wine journalist, speaker and consultant, and one of Canada’s national wine judges and critics. In addition to her role at Scout, Treve is the Drink Editor of EAT Magazine, the BC Regional Editor and Senior Travel Writer for SIP Northwest Magazine, and the Contributing Wine Critic for WineAlign. When not tasting at The Trevehouse, she is on the road, working her way through visiting and tasting every wine region worldwide – a seemingly and fortuitously endless goal.
FOOD WRITER | Staff Meals, Never Heard Of It
Ken Tsui is a filmmaker and edible pop-up event producer who was raised in a Chinese-Canadian restaurant. Whether he’s writing food stories, making a documentary on a model plane fanatic, directing a music video for Defektors, setting up a Twin Peaks pop-up coffee and pie shop, serving folks at Eat Together suppers, transforming neighbourhood coffee shops into temporary street food stalls, or helping to re-invigorate the Chinatown Night Market, he’s always doing it full-on with a smile. He currently spends his spare time cracking jokes on a podcast called “On Second Thought” and has developed a reputation for being a surprisingly competent dance machine.
dan [at] scoutmagazine.ca
Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Ditch Records and Zulu Records and all around tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an extremely infrequent basis and plays in a pop band called The Shilohs.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
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Alexa Harder is the hard-working social media manager at Scout Magazine. She recently received her Bachelors of Commerce degree from McGill University and has returned home to study Communication Design at Emily Carr University. She enjoys collaging, reading, cooking, and exploring the neighbourhoods of Vancouver for inspiration and really good food.
COLUMNIST, TEA & TWO SLICES
Sean Orr started writing letters to the editor right around when he dropped out of Geography at UBC, although the two are unrelated. Shortly after that, this thing called blogging was invented and he started writing for Toronto (boo) based Beyond Robson. Sean held that ship afloat with his Morning Brew column until Andrew Morrison came to him with Scout. It was clearly the better choice. Other than being really good at stirring things up, Sean is a photographer, frontman in the hardcore-punk band Needs, laptop producer with his project Tassels, dishwasher at L’Abattoir, and proud DTES (Gastown) resident.
Robyn Yager is the style reporter for Scout Magazine. She is enthused by anything out of the ordinary, loving art, striped shirts, macchiatos, classic literature and picking through thrift stores for unique treasures. Her mission is to inspire Vancouverites in their sartorial choices and to see beauty and style everywhere.
COLUMNIST, ARTS & CULTURE
Grady Mitchell is a writer and photographer in Vancouver. He’s written and/or taken photos for Sharp, Flare, ION, The Queens Alumni Review, The Lab Magazine, Color, Chart Attack and a bunch of other people. Please don’t try to touch his bellybutton. He’s got a weird thing about it. You can see more of his work at www.gradycmitchell.com.
PHOTOGRAPHER, FILMMAKER, COLUMNIST
Luis Valdizon is a Vancouver-based multidisciplinary creative. We are thrilled to have him join us because we have been huge fans of his since we first came across his photographs of Le Marche St. George a couple of years ago. His guiding philosophy is this: “In order for my city to matter to me, I need to matter to my city. ” Thus, through art direction, design, photography and film, he has begun to uncover the character of interesting small businesses and the people behind them on his new website, When They Find Us.
Shaun Layton is Scout’s new spirits writer. Born and raised in Vancouver, Layton has helped to maintain a top notch bar scene in Vancouver over the last decade (and since day one at Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where he is the Bar Manager). He also runs his own bar consulting company, designing programs and training staff for small and big restaurants in Vancouver and as far away at St.John’s, Newfoundland. Layton has competed and travelled throughout the USA and Europe, touring distilleries, breweries and bars. He was recognized in 2012 as the Bartender of The Year by Vancouver Magazine..
COLUMNIST, BARLEY MOWAT
Chuck Hallett lives and works downtown. His passionate obsession with craft beer borders on insanity. When not attempting to single-handedly financially support the local brewing industry through personal consumption, he spouts off on his award-winning beer-themed blog: BarleyMowat.com. If you’re in a good beer bar reading this, odds are he’s sitting next to you. Be polite and say hi.
COLUMNIST, YOU SHOULD KNOW
Stevie Wilson is a writer, editor, and historical researcher with a passion for public history. A graduate of the University of British Columbia, she is also an historical film producer and all-around useless trivia buff. She’s taking a new look at Vancouver’s local history (and how we remember it) with You Should Know, a Scout column that aims to reveal to readers the places and things they see but might not understand.
COLUMNIST, FIELD TRIPS
Rebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
COLUMNIST, GET YOUR ASS OUTSIDE
Ariel Taylor is an aspiring writer and professional student living and working in Vancouver’s West End. Though never short on opinions, she approaches most things in life with an open mind and a grain of salt. She suffers from acute wanderlust and as a result can be packed for most adventures in 10 minutes or less.
Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch, Sam Philips
COLUMNISTS, VICTORY GARDENS
Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they’ve hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.
COLUMNIST, ZULU REPORT
Nicolas Bragg is the Creative Director and Brand Manager at Zulu Records. A frequent freelance journalist and music consultant, Nicolas is always a good person to talk to – especially when it comes to vintage high-fi gear and the legacy of Advent’s “fried egg” or even something as essential as which television bootleg to start with. Additionally, Bragg is the principal axe man in the band Destroyer.