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!
LAUNCH | Sad Mag is a cool local magazine that celebrates independent art and culture in Vancouver. It’s issued on a quarterly basis and contains some seriously compelling pages packed with images. This Saturday night they’re hosting the launch party for their latest issue (no. 19) Movement. From Sad Mag: “This stunning publication looks at movements—local literary, artistic, and socio-economic—from a uniquely Vancouver perspective.” Sounds pretty bang on to us! The opening party will include original artwork and photography from the artists who contributed to the magazine, dance performance, art and compelling conversation with interesting people.
Sat, Aug 29 | 7:30-late | Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) | Free | DETAILS
GAME ON | The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Montreal Impact this Wednesday night. The Whitecaps are putting on a good show this year, and the boisterous crowds and cold beer make this mid-week pick up a good reason to power down the computer and cheer.
Wed, Aug 26 | 7pm | B.C. Place Stadium (777 Pacific Blvd) | DETAILS
PNE | Although summer doesn’t officially call it quits until September 21st, the last week of August is now upon us and it’s time to be diligent about squeezing every last drop out of the (still) long days and warm weather. Nothing says summer like a whirl around the fairgrounds of the PNE. Feast upon mini-donuts, hit Playland to throw a few balls at something, and take a rollercoaster ride or three. The 2015 PNE includes a concert series, theatrical performances (Peter Pan and Mermaid Tales), a Craft Beer Fair, a Superhero Discovery Centre, the Super Dogs show, and The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition. Pro tip: The New Pornographers play the PNE Amphitheatre Friday night (Aug 28).
Now – Sept. 7 | 11 am-11 pm | Pacific National Exhibition | DETAILS
DINE | Get yourself out to Deer Lake Park on Thursday night for ‘Small Plates on the Lake’, an evening of good food, live jazz and bright conversation in a beautiful setting. Chefs from three local restaurants – Hart House, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge, and e.b.o – are bringing their crews to to the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts to plate some stunning summer cuisine (think compressed strawberries with black pepper jam and red beets; spruce tip-cured sockeye salmon, and wild honey lime-infused scallop ceviche, just to begin with). Wander the Hotson Bakker-designed Shadbolt Centre, admire the late summer views, and appreciate some good food, wine, craft beer and desserts.
Thu, Aug 27 | 6-9pm | 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby | $55 | DETAILS
WATCH | Get out of the house, grab a seat in a dark theatre with a sizeable bag of popcorn and catch a classic film that was made to be experienced on the big screen. This Saturday night, Vancity theatre throws down with a late night screening of Taxi Driver. “Scorsese’s hallucinatory nightmare of New York at its seediest, sleaziest 70s nadir is a potent, even toxic work, but a cinematic classic all the way. In an iconic role, De Niro is Travis Bickle, a neo-noir Viet-vet trying to rise up above the scum lapping up on the streets by any means necessary.” Do it!
Sat, Aug 29 | 10:30pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $12 | DETAILS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER | Seasons are shifting. Bird migratory behaviour sees many of the species that have been hanging around Vancouver all summer start to head south while others arrive from the north. Grab yourself a Sunday morning coffee or tea and scoot down to Stanley Park for “Birds of a Feather: Hot Weather, Cool Birds” – a guided walk that will focus on the varied and beautiful bird life of the park. Learn how to identify different species, hear a little bit about bird behaviour, and fill your lungs with some fresh air while you’re at it.
Sun, Aug. 30 | 9-11am | Stanley Park Ecology Society – Nature House | $By donation | DETAILS
SALMON | Love Fish? Hadden Park at Kits Point is the place to be this Sunday. Celebrate the return of pink salmon and learn about their value as a sustainable seafood choice at the Pink Salmon Festival. Expect salmon-centric and family-friendly fun including live music, storytelling, informative educational displays, and a salmon barbecue. Bonus: chef Rob Clark will be there flipping some fish!
Sun, Aug 30 | 12-4 | Vanier/Hadden Park (1905 Ogden Ave) | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Deep Cove Daze goes down this weekend on the North Shore. Check out local artisans, enjoy some live entertainment, get in on the craft beer gardens (featuring Deep Cove Brewers + Distillers), pig out at the food trucks, BBQ, and pie-eating contest, watch the cardboard kayak race, and take the opportunity to check out some of the cool shops and galleries that the neighbourhood has to offer (Enjoy The Sunnyside, Ahoy and Room6 always impress). Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a donut from Honey’s!
Sun, Aug 30 | 12-8pm | Panorama Park, Deep Cove | By Donation | DETAILS
SCORE | What a great time to hit the farmers market. Tomatoes are perfection right now; peaches are still available; and apples are already starting to show up. Plus beans, plums, pears and garlic – they’re all coming in. The day will come when those hard working farmers will pack up and retreat and you’ll be sorry you didn’t get to more farmer’s markets! Weekends are a great time to buy local, but there are a number of mid-week opportunities, too. See you out there…
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