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

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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!

MUSIC | This week is a busy one for music. Kick things off with The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Vogue Theatre Wednesday at 9pm. On Thursday, if you time it just right, you can skip from Bonobo at the Commodore (8pm) over to The Rickshaw for Foxygen, which starts at 9pm. On Friday, Father John Misty plays Malkin Bowl and The Shins will be at the Queen Elizabeth theatre on Saturday. Phew!

CITY | From local handsome mayor to a 71-year-old man forced to live in his van, Charles Wilkinson’s ‘Vancouver: No Fixed Address’ is a portrait of a complicated city under the thumb of impossible housing prices. In the film’s 75 minute runtime, Wilkinson’s documentary weighs in with a wide range of perspectives. From First Nations voices to immigrants from China, our homeless and the millennial generation that can’t afford to live in the city, the film is an even-handed discussion point to the ongoing debate everyone is having. You can catch No Fixed Address at Vancity Theatre through to June 8th but make a point of seeing it this Thursday night when you can also sit in on a housing issues panel discussion with Charles Wilkinson (filmmaker), Sam Cooper (journalist), and Samantha Gambling (co-founder of the BC Tiny House Collective).
Now-June 8 | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) |$12 | DETAILS

ROVE | On Friday night eight Main Street galleries, studios and creative spaces will open their doors for Rove. Visit working studios and get a sense of process and place; attend an opening reception or just float through an exhibition or two. Break up your gallery viewings with a beer at Brassneck or 33 Acres and plan to stay out late to hit the after-party at the Projection Room (2321 Main St., starting at 10pm). Maps identifying participating galleries (Jay Senetchko’s studio, Mainspace Gallery, The Burrard Arts Foundation, Gene Studios, Kafka’s, Georgia Street Media, The James Black Gallery and Wendy D Photography) are available at www.roveyvr.com.
Fri, May 26 | 6-10pm | Various Locations on Main Street | Free | DETAILS

READ | Now is the perfect time to start thinking about summer reads. Get busy lining your bookshelves with possible candidates for long afternoons at the beach when you hit the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library Book Sale this weekend. Modern fiction, classics, gardening, biography, art, and history – there will be a little something for everyone. The very best part? Books will be going for less than $2.50 each and everything remaining by Saturday morning is half price of that. Don’t forget to bring a bag (or two)!
May 25-27 | 10am–5pm | VPL Central Branch (350 Georgia St.) | Free | DETAILS

SHOP | Got some empty growlers and ice cream jars left over from the long weekend’s celebrations? Good! Because it’s time to bulk up at the Zero Waste Market’s pop-up shop. The market is a one-stop-bulk-shop for everything from cleaning supplies to produce and dry goods — the only thing lacking is environmental impact (and the associated guilty conscience). In addition to the market being entirely ‘Bring Your Own Container’, every product is local, sustainable, and/or organic. If you’ve jumped the gun and earned your eco-friendly points by put out the recycling already, don’t fret as there will be a limited amount of clean containers and bags available for purchase.
Fri, May 26 | 11am-6pm | Patagonia (1994 W 4th Ave.) | FREE | DETAILS

DESIGN | Spring-cleaning has commenced! Now that you’ve purged yourselves of tired couches and grungy old IKEA bookcases, it’s time to replenish. Make your way to Address Assembly at the Ellis Building on Main Street and get yourself sorted. This four-day affair – curated by kick-ass local designer and all around amazing human Kate Duncan – has got you covered with aesthetically divine, handcrafted pieces of furniture and home accessories that can enliven and style-up any living space. There are roughly thirty contributing makers taking part this year. Expect everything from ceramics and beds to textiles and tables. Kate knows how to bring together a room of talented designers like no one else, so don’t miss out.
May 25-28 | 10am-6pm (9pm on Friday) | The Ellis Building (1024 Main St.) | DETAILS

POP-UP | The style savvy peeps at Twenty One Tonnes spread their beautiful wares across tables and shelves at the Little Mountain Shop this weekend. Expect the usually exclusively online home and gift boutique to bring everything from leather babouches, doom stools and hand woven towels to handmade soaps from Syria and ceramics from Portland.
May 27 & 28 | 10am-6pm | 4386 Main St. (at 28th) | DETAILS

BEER! | The 8th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week is about to begin and it brings with it plenty of good times. This year’s opening night party takes place at The Roundhouse and admission ($49) comes along with 15 4oz drink tickets, some fine music, a tasty sampling of Rocky Point Ice Cream’s VCBW 2017 Beer Ice Cream. Look out for Parkside Brewery, Yellow Dog, Andina, Strathcona Beer Co., Twin Sails, Moody Ales, VIB, Dogwood, Back Country, A Frame, Main Street, Riot, Doans, Luppolo, Bomber, Trading Post, Powell St, and Red Truck. There will also be cider (Howling Moon) and a food truck on site to keep bellies full and spirits grounded. For a full line-up of events (and there are many), check the VCBW website here.
May 26-June 4 | Various times, locations, prices and beers | DETAILS

SUNSHINE | Now that the temperatures have finally jumped high enough to allow for some outdoor dining, we suggest you take every opportunity to do exactly that. Hit a park, a beach a deck or a patio and soak it in. Vij’s has a sweet rooftop situation going on, and if you’re up on Main Street, The Arbor has just opened a delightful back patio oasis. And if you’re downtown Forage has a courtyard that allows for fresh air and sunshine but filters out the sound of the city.
The Arbor | 7 Days | 11am-midnight | (3941 Main St) | DETAILS
Vij’s | Dinner from 5:30pm (3106 Cambie St.) | DETAILS
Forage | 6:30–10am, 5–10pm | 1300 Robson St. | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | With the West End Farmers Market kicking off it’s season on Saturday and the Mount Pleasant market starting Sunday we are inching our way closer to a full compliment of Farmer’s Markets! Take full advantage of these pop-up sources of good to stock up on fresh local food. Grab spot prawns while you can, plus salad greens, asparagus and herbs galore, as well as cheeses, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, and pies. Oh, and all the peonies!  Support the people who grow our food!
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Mount Pleasant | Sundays | 10am-2pm | Dude Chilling Park | DETAILS

FAIR IN THE SQUARE | Fair in the Square goes down in Victory Square Park this Sunday. It’s always nice to see the little plot of land at the intersection of Pender/Hastings/Cambie come alive with events and activities. Expect community groups with information tables, art, live music, and a free BBQ lunch. This event, put on by The Central City Foundation, is free and worth a visit on account of its uplifting spirit of community.
Sun, May 28 | 11-2 | Victory Square Park (Hastings @ Cambie) | DETAILS

 

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  1. Also worth seeing: the amazing display of work by students graduating from VCC’s two-year Jewellery Art and Design program currently on view in the atrium of the VCC downtown campus (enter from Dunsmuir and Hamilton). The exhibit is up until Thursday, June 8.

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