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!
MAKE | You know when you see a delicious-looking Caesar cocktail complete with pickled bean or asparagus garnish and you think to yourself, “Why don’t I make more Caesars at home?” And then you think, “Because I never have my act together to have all the ingredients in the pantry at one time…and where do they get that cool pickled asparagus anyway?” Well, this Thursday night brings help. Head to Chinatown for an evening of learning the basics of canning. From event organizers: “Start the 2015 harvest season off right with a workshop on pickling Asparagus…this precious and regal vegetable makes a perfect pickled accompaniment to a Caesar or Bloody Mary – the long and slender spear goes well in most glassware.” There are only a few spots left so get in there quickly by emailing studio126yvr [at] gmail.com to book.
Thu, Apr. 23 | 6-9pm | Studio 126 (126 E Pender) | $40 | DETAILS
BURGER BAR | The Local Omnivore is pulling another one of their pop-up burger bars this weekend. Hustle down to 337 East Hastings on Friday night to feast on a burger (plain, with cheese, or that rad little spicy cauliflower number that they do) plus a Four Winds IPA or Pilsner and a healthy serving of home-cut, pirate spice-dusted fries for $15.
Fri, Apr. 24 | 5:30 – late | 337 East Hastings St | DETAILS
BIRDS | The City of Vancouver is inviting the public to vote for the Bird Of The Year. This year there are four candidates competing for the title of Vancouver’s 2016 “official bird”: Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Western Grebe, and the Barn Swallow. You can vote online, but as with any vote you should first inform yourself. The best way to do that would be to sit in on the City Bird Showdown Debate at City Hall this Friday, wherein a panel of biologists will defend their choices.
Fri, Apr 24 | noon–1pm | Vancouver City Hall | DETAILS
CONNECT | Feisty Feast is an all-girl pop-up communal table supper anchored by an inspiring guest speaker at a unique locale. For this (sixth) instalment, the theme centres on the renewal of spring with a Moroccan twist. Not only will there be good food (expect a family-style spread of rich Moroccan flavours), fine conversation, and cool people, but the evening – set in a refurbished bakery in the heart of East Vancouver – will also offer a cool little market full of found and re-worked vintage clothing, home wares as well as jewelry, rugs, Moroccan wedding blankets and toureg talismans.
Sat, Apr. 25 | 6pm | Location provided with ticket purchase | DETAILS
SHOP | If you’ve ever asked someone where they picked up a beautiful piece of clothing only to be told they got it at a warehouse sale on the super cheap and wondered how it is that you, yourself can find out about and attend these mysterious warehouse sales – this is your chance. The fashion mavens at three leading sources of Vancouver fashion (Misch, One of a Few, and Dace) have joined forces to bring you the most excellent of excellent warehouse sales. Discounted prices – we’ve seen items for up to 80% off retail – will be on sale this Saturday between 10am and 4pm at 285 East 1st.
Sat, Apr. 25 | 10am-4pm | 285 East 1st Ave. | DETAILS
SUSHI 101 | We’ve been digging the workshops offered at Eternal Abundance lately. Affordable, healthy and informative, these small classes arm participants with enough practical knowledge to do their own thing at home. This Sunday evening, scoot over to the Commercial Drive shop to learn how to make carbohydrate and gluten-free Japanese snacks. Think miso soup with seasonal vegetables, mango nori rolls, and spicy avocado temaki cones.
Sun, Apr. 26 | 5:30-8pm | Eternal Abundance Cafe | $40 | DETAILS
POP-UP | The good folks behind the excellent Le Marché St George open a Spring pop-up this weekend, they are calling it ‘Campesino’. From Le Marché: “Campesino is inspired by forgotten Haciendas, the whirring of overhead fans, striped linens, the stillness of hot hot days and simple, uncomplicated style.” Poke your head into the tiny corner store and check out all the gorgeous textiles. Think linens, candles, beautiful blankets, ceramics by Janaki Larsen, beautiful wooden spoons, flowing dresses designed by Mandula, clothing from Japan and glassware from Mexico.
April 25 – May 10 | 10am-5pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS
FIELD TRIP | This one requires some transportation time, but how cool would it be to hit the Cloverdale Legion on Sunday night for the Johnny Cash & June Carter tribute? Seriously, this musical salute couldn’t go down at a better venue. Cheap Legion beer, a small and understated venue, plus a good country vibe!
Sun, Apr. 26 | 7pm | Cloverdale Legion (17567 – 57 Avenue, Cloverdale) | DETAILS
SCORE | The Cinematheque is holding their annual Poster Sale this Saturday. This one-day event sees the release of hundreds of posters by “arthouse favourites like Michaelangelo Antonioni, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Chris Marker, Wong Kar-Wai, Albert Lamorisse, Apichatpong Weerasethakui, Satyajit Ray, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Catherine Breillat, Vittorio De Sica, Xavier Dolan, and many more.” And get this – they also have a handful of vintage, first-edition posters for blockbusters such as Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Return of the Jedi that will be up for auction.
Sat, Apr. 25 | 10am-noon | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS
GIG | Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez rolls in to town on Saturday night. He’s here to promote his latest album “Vestiges & Claws” at The Imperial on Main Street (between Cordova and E Hastings). Tickets for this show went quickly (and a long time ago) but if you are keen and resourceful, it would be worth it to start hitting Craigslist and Facebook for spares.
Sat, Apr. 25 | Doors 8pm | The Imperial (319 Main St) | $25| DETAILS
HEADS UP: EAT VANCOUVER | Next week is a good week for your stomach – it’s the 13th year of the Eat! Vancouver food and cooking festival and the line-up of events looks pretty sweet. Over the weekend of May 1,2,3 hit BC Place Stadium where there will be a multitude of demonstrations, tastings and competitions, as well as a Canadian Food Artisan Pavilion and a Craft Beer Alley. Off site (starting April 26) expect a series of dinners featuring top drawer chefs from across the country have who’ve been flown in to pair up with local restaurants for one night only events. Tickets are selling fast and many dinners are already full, but if you do some snooping around you’ll find there are still some rad openings to take advantage of.
Apr. 26 – May 3 | Various times and venues | DETAILS