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!
OPENING | Moonlighting Papel hits the walls of the Monte Clark Gallery this week – hustle to the opening reception on Thursday night to check out the exhibition by Vancouver ceramicist Gailan Ngan. In describing this show, the gallery explains: “The delineation between natural and man-made within the installation blurs with the inclusion of laminate finishes such as ‘desert floor’, specialty-bred petunias developed to look like the starry night sky, and brightly coloured tarps, rope, and other washed up materials. Ngan’s constructed environment, which initially appears organic, slowly reveals design, composition, and interference.” As long standing fans of Ngan’s art (bowls and mugs fit perfectly in hands and feel right every time) we are looking forward to seeing what’s next.
Thu, June 1 | 6-8pm | Monte Clark Gallery (105 – 525 Great Northern Way) | DETAILS
BEER! | The 8th Annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week continues with its mission to bring Vancouver plenty of good and tasty beer-related times. Taste, talk and taste some more. For a full line-up of events (and there are many), check the VCBW website here.
Now-June 4 | Various times, locations, prices and beers | DETAILS
EXTRASENSORY | Travelling aura photography outfit Radiant Human rolls into town from Portland once again to offer Vancouverites the chance to have their aura captured on film at Nouvelle Nouvelle in Gastown. Those interested in having the metaphysical become tangible in picture form can pop in to check out the process, talk to the photographers and sit for a $45 portrait. Bookings sell out fast, so if you’re thinking about getting in on the action, get sorted sooner rather than later. Time slots are available from 12-8pm and some spaces are held back for walk-ins.
June 1,2 | 12-8 | Nouvelle Nouvelle (209 Abbott St.) | DETAILS
COOL | If you’re looking for a good time, we know where you want to be Friday night: Hastings Street’s Untitled Art Space. Vancouver band Humans is set to drop a few new tracks and they have arranged to mark the occasion with a some virtual reality music videos, a special edition bomber jacket (a collab between the band and Alpha Industry with original artwork by Peter Ricq) and some overall good vibes that come with a bunch of talented people gathered together in one place with a cash bar (all drinks $5).
Fri, June 2 | 7pm–1am | Untitled Art Space (108 E Hastings St.) | DETAILS
ICONS | Head to the Eastside Flea on Main Street this Friday for a long awaited revival of the Icons Market – a gathering of stylish people selling cool-as-heck, hand-picked vintage that wants to find a home in your closet. Expect retro clothing vendors, flea-market finds, old school accessories, fancy shoes, sparkly jewellery, smooth sounding records, functional and kitschy household items, analogue cameras, and all manner of other curious trinkets besides. Plus drinks, music and dancing. Done. Deal.
Fri, Jun 2 | 6-10pm | The Ellis Building (1024 Main St.) | DETAILS
WASTE | Perpetually defiant, Music Waste has grown out but definitely not up. This year the 23 year-old celebration of local music added a bunch of new organizers, fleshing out the roster’s diversity of genres from pop to earsplitting noise. As usual, there’s an extensive line-up including some recognizable names – like Supermoon and Kellarissa – and some freshies, plus younger offshoots Art Waste and Comedy Waste. But some things haven’t changed. Passes for the four-day festival are still only $15 (or $7 per show) and the sonic showcase’s attitude is still as punk as ever.
June 1 – 4 | Various Times and Venues in Vancouver | $7-$15 | DETAILS
HOMAGE | The late night movie at the Rio Theatre this week is Almost Famous, the grand affirmation of everything that’s good about drugs and booze, promiscuity and the general recklessness of youth and rock n’ roll. Also: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, Anna Paquin, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Grab a beer and a grilled cheese and settle in for an evening of entertainment. $2 off the price of admission if you are wearing your best rockstar/groupie costume.
Fri, June 2 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $10 | DETAILS
SHAKESPEARE | The 2017 season of Bard On The Beach kicks off this weekend with Much Ado About Nothing. From BOTB: “It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.” Arrive early to catch one of the informal pre-performance chats, spread out a blanket and have an al fresco dinner before the show (picnic meals available for pre-order). Also, take some time in Bard Village where you can enjoy bar services, poke around the Bard boutique, or just chat with other theatre-goers. Shakespeare on a Vancouver beach in June? Yea, verily ’tis true.
June 1–Sept 23 | Various times | Vanier Park, Kits Point | $20-$60 | DETAILS
SCIENCE | Head out to UBC and hit the the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for their Way Cool Biodiversity series and a lecture on what makes wildlife corridors like the Yellowstone to Yukon Project so cool. From the Museum: “Although parks and protected areas are essential for biodiversity, alone they cannot conserve healthy populations of animals that need huge areas to roam – species like grizzly bears, wolves, and wolverines. Achieving large landscape conservation requires connecting core habitat areas, creating corridors that let wildlife move freely and thrive. The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) vision is one of the first and best known large landscape, collaborative conservation projects in the world, stretching across the Canadian and American Rocky Mountains.” Hit the museum to listen to Conservation Scientist Aerin Jacob discuss the ways in which science, natural resource management, and community and policy engagement work together to protected areas across the 1.3 million sq km region, and the progressive highway crossing structures that help to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve habitat connectivity. Yay nature.
Sun, June 4 | 1pm | UBC Biodiversity Museum | Free with admission | DETAILS
SUNDAY | There’s a lot to love about summer in Vancouver and growler fills from Sunday Cider is definitely on the list. It’s been a long and difficult seven months since the East Van cidery closed its growler fill station for the season, but on June 3rd they’re reopening their outdoor area to the public for the first of four scheduled summertime Sizzlers. Party and sip on a lineup of old faves and slow-fermented newbs, then fill up your to-go glassware for the weekend’s barbecues and park chills Bonus: there will plenty of snacks and tunes from the Pacific Rhythm sound selectors, so the entire family can make like bacon and sizzle.
Sat, June 3rd | 1-7pm | Sunday Cider (outside) | 1575 Vernon Drive | FREE Admission | DETAILS