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!
MAKE | Have you got a story you want to tell? What about an opinion about music, artwork or poetry, or writing you want to see transferred from your computer screen to a more distinguished and tactile format? There is a rad workshop going down at the Emily Carr Library this week that could be right up your alley. Hustle down to the Granville Island location of this fine library and join in on a casual zine-making workshop. Print technician Shin Minegishi will also be putting on a printmaking demo starting at 4pm. Supplies, examples, templates and basic photocopying services will be provided. Get moving!
Thu, Mar. 30 | 3-6pm | ECUAD Library (1400 Johnston St) | DETAILS
PHOTOGRAPHY | The Capture Photography Festival continues this week. Focused on showcasing all manner of ‘lens-based art’ created by emerging and established artists from here and around the world, Capture 2017 is comprised of close to 65 exhibitions running now through April 28. Complimenting the visual component of the festival are a series of tours, talks, and workshops that are open to the public. With so many shows and events to factor in to your week, we suggest you devise a personalized plan (click the cool bright yellow My Itinerary button of the left side of the Capture website to build a list of specific shows and installations you want to be sure to take in). We also suggest hitting the 2017 Launch Party at the Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St.) on Saturday night. For a full listing of exhibitions and events, take a look at the official website here.
Now through Apr. 28 | various locations | DETAILS
GIG | Joel Plaskett has been playing sold out shows for years, but this week the Canadian musician is in town from Nova Scotia with his father. On tour in support of their recently released Solidarity album, the two Plaskett’s take the stage at The Vogue Saturday night with guests Mayhemingways. The vibe will be toe-tapping, finger-wrapping good. Scoot to the Vogue website to score yourself a seat.
Sat, Apr. 1 | 8pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $30 | DETAILS
HANG | The Lido is a magical place. It’s one of those rooms that can almost guarantee a good time. Small and unfussy with comfortable couches in the corners, it offers gentle lighting and fair prices on good beer. We dig it on a quiet Tuesday happy hour as much as we do on a busy Saturday night with live music. This Thursday you can catch Butter City Poster Boys there at 9pm. Grab a few pals, a pint at the bar and settle in for a tasty dose of “ambient alternative shoegaze”. The stage is at the back of the room but that’s only about ten feet from the bar, so anywhere you can find to sit or stand will deliver.
Thu, Mar. 30 | 9/10pm-ish | The Lido (518 E. Broadway) | DETAILS
OPEN | There’s a new sandwich shop in town. Say Hey Cafe (156 East Pender Street in Chinatown) offers four hoagies plus two rotating specials: one meat, one veg each day. I’ve already bumped into several cooks and industry types in the neighbourhood carrying these sandwiches under their pre-shift arms (Andrew can personally vouch for the meatball). A promising start. Check it out!
Say Hey Cafe | 11am to 6pm | 156 East Pender Street | DETAILS
FILM | Catch Ridley Scott’s magnum opus Blade Runner: The Final Cut on the big screen at the Rio Theatre this weekend. “Deckard (Harrison Ford) is forced by his old police boss (M. Emmet Walsh) to continue his old job as a Replicant Hunter. His assignment: eliminate four escaped Replicants from the colonies who have returned to Earth. Before starting the job, Deckard goes to the Tyrell Corporation and he meets Rachel (Sean Young), a Replicant girl he falls in love with.” If you haven’t seen it lately, do it! This is a great film in a great theatre that just so happens to have bar service. Also, the midnight screenings at the Rio generally encourage a little extra enthusiasm from movie-goers (film related costumes amp up the experience).
Fri, Mar. 31 | 11:55pm | Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) | $12 | DETAILS
LAUNCH | The East Van Arts & Culture Society is new non-profit organization founded to encourage and support the growth and development of local Vancouver artists and makers through accessible workshops, art shows, networking nights, speaker series, demonstrations. Super rad, right? Who isn’t down to support artists and culture for the community? Head to The Ellis Building on Main Street this Friday night for a celebratory launch party and exhibition: “Dream Manifestation Theory” (a show featuring the art of over 20 local artists). Curated by Untitled Art Space, presented by the Eastside Flea and showcasing local artists — pretty much a slam dunk.
Fri, Mar. 31 | 7pm | 1024 Main St | $5 Suggested donation | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | Man, this rain. Cold, wet weather makes it even more important to get out there and support the brave souls who stand outside for hours on end in order to make sure we have access to the freshest locally grown fruits and vegetables. Schedule yourself a trip to the Winter Farmers Market this weekend, show your appreciation and fill up on spring goodies like stinging nettles, chives and lovely eggs from happy chickens. Score hearty root vegetables, fresh bread, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies while you’re at it.
Sat, Apr. 1 | 10am-2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | DETAILS
Sun, Apr. 2 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Park, Centregrounds (Renfrew & Hastings) | DETAILS
SALE | Shopping for clothing doesn’t generally qualify as an “event” but from time to time there is a sale worth mentioning, and this is one of those times. Get this: the effortlessly and exceedingly stylish peeps from Charlie & Lee and their consistently cutting edge pals from Vincent Park Clothing are holding a Stock Room Sale at Little Mountain Shop in Mount Pleasant this Saturday. No joke. Expect all kinds of clothing, shoes, home decor and pre loved goodies. Also expect things to sell out quickly, so get there early. Cash and credit only.
April 1 | 11am-6pm | Little Mountain Shop (4386 Main St.) | DETAILS
HEADS-UP / HOUSING | Working four decades as an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer, Michael Geller has become an active voice in advocating for creative new ideas to address our ever-growing housing affordability crisis. This coming Tuesday, Geller takes the stage at SFU Harbour Centre for “Affordable Housing Redux ”, a continuation of his previous lectures (12 Affordable Housing Ideas and 12 More Affordable Housing Ideas). This talk will look at recent housing initiatives and explore potential solutions to meeting the demand for more affordable housing choices. Admission is free but you must register online. His lectures are popular so you won’t want to delay! If the event sells out you can throw your name on a waiting list or register for the free live webcast.
April 4 | 7pm-8:30pm | SFU Harbour Centre (515 West Hastings St.) | DETAILS