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, from our calendar to yours!
GIG | Portland indie rock band STRFKR are in town to play The Imperial tonight. On tour to support their latest release “Being No One, Going Nowhere”, the band will share the stage withBrooklyn’s Psychic Twin. A little live music on a Wednesday is a good way to transition to a weekend vibe. Tickets still available. Check Red Cat on Main St., Red Cat on Hastings St. and Zulu on 4th Ave..
Wed, Mar. 22 | 9pm | The Imperial (319 Main St.) | $22 | DETAILS
FRIED CHICKEN & NOODLES | Chef Gabriella Meyer of Harvest Community Foods sets up a pop-up lunch service at Burdock & Co this week and that means that if you live or work in Mt Pleasant, staving off the cold with a bowl of ramen just got a lot easier. Meyer builds flavourful homemade broths from local ingredients with health in mind. Choose from duck tonkotsu ramen with egg; bacon tsukemen (dipping noodles); Harvest pork ramen with candied bacon; Burdock & Co’s famous fried chicken and a tasty vegetarian option. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wed-Fri, Mar. 22-24 + Mar. 29-31 | Noon-2pm | Burdock & Co (2702 Main St) | DETAILS
ART | Master of Fine Arts students at Emily Carr University of Art + Design open their studios to the public this Thursday night. Scoot over to the University’s satellite studios on West 3rd between Fir and Mariners Walk for a rare glimpse into the working spaces of these artists, learn about their processes and check out their art. Refreshments will be served.
Thu, Mar. 23 | 5-9pm | Emily Carr University MFA Open Studios (1535 West 3rd Ave) | DETAILS
CITY | If you’re interested in urban planning, heritage conservation and the direction of development in this city, you’ll want to hit SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts this Thursday night for “Shaping Vancouver 2017”. During this event experts gather to discuss recognition of a broader range of heritage values (beyond just the architectural) that will be incorporated into The City of Vancouver Heritage Action Plan. Panelists will focus on “what the adoption of these broader heritage values may mean for communities, our definition and understanding of heritage, and the progression of heritage planning in Vancouver.”
Thu, Mar. 23 | 7-9 pm | SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | Free | DETAILS
PRINT READY | From the humble, DIY staple-bound zine to professionally printed and perfect-bound book, self-publishing as an art form has few boundaries. The recent resurgence and popularity of this medium within Vancouver is in part due to events like Print Ready. The brainchild of Nathan Jones and Michael Lachman – both artists themselves – Print Ready has been showcasing young, emerging and experimental artists since its own modest inception in 2014. The first edition of 2017 kicks off at Dynamo Arts Association on Saturday, March 25th and will be open all day Sunday, March 26th. Both the evening reception and daytime viewings are free and open to the public.
Mar. 25, 7pm-late; Mar. 26th 12-5pm | Dynamo Arts Association (30 East 6 Ave.) | DETAILS
NIGHT FOREST | Shadows, noises, animal calls and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect! It’s best to do it in a group. Follow a guide and add more than a few cheerful lanterns and all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night. That opportunity presents itself this weekend when The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest. A gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail, this is an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music and a bit of wildlife education. Wear your gumboots, pack a flashlight and bring a travel mug as well as a pocketful of change to use at the pop-up concession stand (cross your fingers, as this stand has been historically staffed by Girl Guides selling cookies!)
Sat, Mar. 25 | 7-9:30pm | Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Ave Park Entrance | DETAILS
REMEMBER | Slow down and think about the concept of change. How to Remember is a new art show opening at Gallery Gachet that uses all manner of medium (think graphic illustration, knitting, book-making, embroidery, journaling and poetry) in an attempt to document change. As the gallery explains: The artists “…work documents time embedded for example, in acts of gentrification on one’s neighbourhood or in transitional states of mental health—these at times imperceptible changes that, without notation, become difficult to track.” All participating artists engage in research and experimentation as they document and the outcome promises to be interesting. Opening is set for Friday, March 24th, from 6-9pm
Mar 24–May 7 | Gallery Gachet, 88 E. Cordova | DETAILS
LAUGH | Stand-up comedian Marc Maron is in town. Cruising North America on the Too Real Tour, Maron is at the Vogue for one night only and – amazingly – there are still tickets to be had. Not familiar? Have yourself a pre-show giggle with a look at his Netflix special or download one of his WTF podcasts. Funny stuff.
Sun, Mar. 26 | 7:30 pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $35 | DETAILS
FUSE | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family FUSE Weekend! The theme for this installation at the VAG is Materials of the World. From the gallery: “From paint, clay and fabric, to music, songs and dance we can all experiment with Materials of the World at this Family Fuse Weekend. Explore the galleries exhibitions through a diverse range of performances, in- gallery engagement, hands- on making activities and workshops with Artists, Dancers, Musicians, Performers and Educators.” Family Fuse is free for children age 12 and under when accompanied by an adult (and that, they must be). Roll your sleeves up and get a covered in glue and sparkles!
Sat–Sun, Mar. 25, 26 | 10am–5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | $24 for grown-ups | DETAILS
MOVIES | There’s a Studio Ghibli vibe at the Rio this weekend. The Red Turtle, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away each make it to the screen between now and Monday. Ghibli has a way of transporting the viewer to a different world, and I don’t know about you but an escape like that for under $10 seems just about right. Add to that a grilled cheese and a cold beer? Done deal.
Now through March 27 | Various times | The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) | DETAILS