Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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. To submit an event for consideration, email events [at] scoutmagazine.ca You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

ART | ”Towards a Fictional History of Colour.” opens at the Burrard Arts Foundation on Thursday. Head into the Broadway gallery see the work of six Vancouver-based artists who “address or innovate with colour by pouring, soaking, covering, washing, staining, inflating and negating.” The exhibition includes everything from monochrome and ceramic painting to a large scale balloon “painting”. Opening night at BAF is always a good time. See you there.
Thu, June 25 | 7pm | 108 East Broadway | DETAILS

BASEBALL | The Vancouver Canadians kick off their 2015 season at Nat Bailey Stadium this weekend. Nothing says summer like a bag of peanuts, a cold beer, and a baseball game on home field (not to mention people attempting to join the Niners Club). The Canadians play the vs Hillsboro Hops Friday through Tuesday and Spokane Wednesday through Friday next week. Thats a game every day (most games begin at 7pm) and sunshine on the weather forecast.
June 26 – July 3 | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | $14 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Get yourself to the Biltmore Cabaret this Friday night to catch American standup comedian Jen Kirkman. A regular performer on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Kirkman is in Vancouver to perform her I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) set and we think the Biltmore will be an excellent place to see that happen. Grab a Pabst Blue Ribbon, find a seat and laugh.
Jun 26 | 8pm | Biltmore Cabaret | $20 | DETAILS

LAUGH SOME MORE | Everyone adjusts to a new city in different ways and at different rates. You get a handle on traffic patterns, directions, customs, and local slang, and once all of those local subtleties are under your belt, it’s easier to look back and laugh at how things started out. It’s those initial growing pains that Vancouverite: A Comedy Show has a giggle at. Make your way to Main Street on Friday night where organisers Amber Harper-Young and Brent Constantine have wrangled a roster of local comedians (Harris Anderson, Amar Singh, Kwasi Thomas, James Kennedy, Fatima Dhowre) to tell their stories. This show is as perfect for those new to this city as it is for those who have lived here forever.
Fri, June 26 | 8-10pm (doors 7:30) | 2206 Main (@ 6th) | $6 advance $10 door | DETAILS

GO GREEK | Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Day this weekend. I mention modes of transportation because you won’t be the only one there (somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100,000 attended are expected) and you’ll want to focus on having fun, not parking. A day of roaming entertainers, Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes to mingle with! There’ll be a talent show, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and something called a Hellenic Experience Tent. Best part? Everything is free (until you start ordering souvlaki).
Sun, June 28 | 11am to 9pm | Broadway from McDonald to Blenheim | Free | DETAILS

DINE | The Acorn Restaurant joins forces with wine maker Richard Kanazawa (Naramata, BC) for a five-course dinner at Acorn this Sunday. Grab a seat to enjoy the one-night-only menu designed by Chefs Robert Clarke and Brian Luptak to pair with Kanazawa’s wine. It’ll be a perfect summer evening with fresh, beautifully prepared vegetables, open windows, flowing wine, and friends. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant or over the phone (604-566-9001)
Sun, June 28 | 7pm| The Acorn (3995 Main Street) | $95 | DETAILS

BRUNCH | There’s a new brunch player on the scene. La Mezcalaria, Commercial Drive’s much loved Mexican restaurant, has finally given in to pressure from fans and will now serve brunch. Service runs Tuesday through Sunday from 9am to 3pm and the food is excellent. Grab some friends (you will be able to cover more culinary ground that way) and try the salsa cascabel-topped chilaquiles and the tequila/citrus cured salmon eggs benedict with chimichurri hashbrowns. To drink, try a pina-avocado smoothie or a refreshing michelada.
Tue-Sun | 9am to 3pm | 1622 Commercial Dr | DETAILS

OPERA | The UBC Opera Ensemble is throwing down with a few performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata this week. Why not? Dig out a nice summertime opera-appropriate outfit and head out for an evening (or afternoon) of culture.
June 25, 26, 27 (7:30pm); Jun 28 (2pm) | UBC Old Auditorium (6344 Memorial Road) | DETAILS

NATURE | Hit Stanley park this Sunday for Birds of a Feather, a special look at the bird population of Beaver Lake. As the Ecology Centre explains: “On a sunny morning, Beaver Lake is the place to be in late June. This lily-choked lake provides homes for Marsh Wren, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Willow Flycatchers and many others that may have already raised two or more broods of offspring.” Wander the gentle sun filled pathways and learn about the inhabitants of the park. For more information or to register, phone 604-718-6522 or email programs [at] stanleyparkecology ca.
Sun, June 28 | 9-11am | $ by donation | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | We are now up and running with a full compliment of neighbourhood farmers markets! Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, preserves, cheeses – pretty much everything – made and grown by people who honestly and deeply care. Support farmers and artisan makers. Eat well, folks, and rejoice!
Wednesday | 2pm – 6pm | Main St Station (1100 Station St) | DETAILS
Thursday | 2pm – 6pm | Yaletown (1200 Mainland) | DETAILS
Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Trout Lake (Lakewood Drive @ 13th) | DETAILS
Saturday | 9am – 2pm | West End (1100 Comox St) | DETAILS
Saturday | 10am – 2pm | Kerrisdale (5500 East Boulevard) | DETAILS
Saturday | 9am-1pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Drive) | DETAILS
Saturday | 9-2pm | Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way) | DETAILS
Saturday | 10am-3pm | Lonsdale Quay (123 Carrie Cates Court, N Van) | DETAILS
Sunday | 10am-2pm | Kitsilano (10th & Larch) | DETAILS
Sunday | 10am – 2pm | Mt. Pleasant (2300 Guelph St) | DETAILS
Sunday | 11am-3pm | Ambleside (1500 Block Bellevue, West Van (between 15th & 16th) | DETAILS

To submit an event for consideration, email events [at] scoutmagazine.ca 

late-may-2009-169Michelle 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.

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