by Michelle Sproule | 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. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
DEBATE | The Metro Vancouver transit referendum is is a hot topic that deserves some serious consideration. CBC Radio’s Stephen Quinn and the On The Coast team dig into the arguments for and against with a live debate that includes Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore making an argument for the ‘Yes’ side and Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read on the ‘No’ side.
Wed, March 11 | 3-6pm | Dale B. Regeher Grand Hall, SFU Surrey | DETAILS
UNTITLED | There’s a group show opening at the brand new Untitled Gallery in Chinatown this Friday night. More than 40 artists are contributing work to it, which means a) odds are good that there will be something on the wall that will appeal to you, b) a healthy-sized crowd will gather, and c) the vibes will be positive because it’s a point of lift-off for the space.
Fri, March 13 | 7-11pm | 436 Columbia St. | DETAILS
BEES | Spring is here, so it’s time to think about getting your garden in order. Bees can help. Scoot down to The Homesteaders Emporium on Saturday morning for a hands-on crash course on keeping native mason bees in your garden with master gardener/beekeeper Brian Campbell. Not only will he school participants on the basics of bee physiology, which pests and diseases to watch out for, how to manage nests, and collect and store cocoons, but also how to best design a bee-friendly garden
Sat, March 14 | 11:30am-1:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium | 649 E Hastings | $20 | DETAILS
SHOP | The Magical Gypsy Market goes down on Saturday and you won’t want to miss it. As it’s a seasonal emporium of goods gathered together by stylists, pickers and collectors, this Spring edition is sure to have more than just a few cool finds. Expect clothing, jewelry, and accessories as well as handmade treasures, apothecary goods and at least one or two uncategorizable curiosities.
Sat, March 14 | 12pm to 8pm | 303 Columbia | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Take a trip out to UBC to wander the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Get lost in the magic of the regular collection or spend some time focusing on the new photographic exhibition, Shutterbug. Amateur photographer and insect enthusiast Ian Lane donated over 10,000 slides to the Spencer Entomological Collection, and this show is a curation of his most spectacular works. Lane was particularly besotted by moths and dragonflies, so expect to see some beautiful creatures and pick up some insect-related knowledge along the way. Shutterbug opened this week and runs until September 6.
Tue-Sun | 10am-5pm | 2212 Main Mall, UBC | DETAILS
HERO | Vancouverite and Canadian icon David Suzuki enters his 80th year this month. Hit up Hot Art Wet City for a show of drawings, paintings and collages depicting the man and his vision. Bonus: Arrive to the opening reception dressed as Suzuki and you’ll get a free copy of his autobiography and/or a copy of his chapbook featuring excerpts from his upcoming release, Letters to my Grandchildren. As gallery owner Chris Bentzen points out: “If anyone deserves a little celebrity treatment and fan-fare, it’s this tireless academic and activist.” Get out there and show some love!
Fri, Mar 13 | 7-11pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | DETAILS
LISTEN | Cellist Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin (on pianoforte) take the stage at the Vancouver Playhouse to perform all of Beethoven’s works for cello and keyboard. Yes, you read that correctly: ALL of it. To cover everything by the German composer, this is a three day event with multiple performances as well as an afternoon lecture.
Mar 13 to 15 | 3pm | Vancouver Playhouse (601 Hamilton St) | Various $ | DETAILS
HORROR | It’s here again: Friday the 13th. Observe the day by diving in the deep end with a midnight screening of the 1980’s film of the same name. “Camp counsellors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning.” Also, Kevin Bacon! As always, you get a couple of bucks off by arriving in costume, but for the benefit of innocent passersby, wait until you’re safely at the box office window before you put on that freaky mask.
Fri, Mar 13 | Doors 11:30pm | 1660 East Broadway | $6/$8 door | DETAILS
POP UP | Head to Fortune Sound Club on Sunday for Chinatown Mall – a one day only pop-up market focused on streetwear. Score sneakers, apparel, novelties and accessories AND discover and support emerging fashion designers, brands, artists and collectors while you’re at it. There’ll also be a bake sale table, video installation, cold brew by Notch Coffee, and a pretty good sound system in the mix.
Sun, Mar 15 | 12-8pm | Fortune Night Club (147 E Pender) | $2 | DETAILS
CARNIVAL | Strange Fellows is an East Van craft brewery that takes its name very seriously. Every month, they take time out to observe a strange tradition. The spirit of the day is to “have some fun that celebrates the similarities that bind us, and the differences that make us unique.” In March, the brewery is picking a handful of customs and traditions of Carnival de Laetare in Stavelot, Belgium. Expect a Carnival-inspired beer, music, masks, and ‘irreverent behaviour involving pig’s bladders’.
Sun, Mar 15 | 3pm on | Strange Fellows Brewing (1345 Clark Dr) | DETAILS
Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.