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!
LUCHA VERDE | We checked out Veg-Mex themed Lucha Verde – a new West End eatery – on the eve of its opening night earlier this week. The simplicity of the room, the quality of the food and drinks, and the approachable price points are all reasons to get in there before everyone else does!
Tues-Sun | 5pm-late | 1326 Davie St. | DETAILS
LISTEN | Tool plays Rogers Arena on Thursday night. You’ll be looking at forking out somewhere in the neighbourhood of $75-$125 for a ticket, but this is a cult band that doesn’t fuck around on the live performance front so consider the cost an investment in mind-expanding experience.
Thu, June 15 | Doors 6:30pm, show 8pm | Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way) | $75+ | DETAILS
NATURE | Scoot down to Stanley Park on Sunday. A walk on the beach or along forest paths is always a fine use of time, but this weekend you can amp up your explorations with an educational component. Take a guided walk through the park heronry to learn about the history of the local heron population. Did you know that Stanley Park is home to one of the largest urban great blue heron colonies in North America? It’s true, and the chicks have just hatched and are busily preparing to leave the nest!
Sun, June 18 | 2-4pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS
CASH | San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out plays in Mt. Pleasant this Saturday night. Slip into the soft subterranean darkness of the Biltmore Cabaret, grab yourself a drink and take in some hurtin’ music. From The Biltmore: “Known for their reverent reproduction of Cash’s Sun Records and early Columbia-era sound and the energy of his multi-platinum live recordings from Folsom Prison and San Quentin, Cash’d Out promise an unforgettable show – one in which you could close your eyes and forget this is a tribute band and not the real deal.”
Sat, June 17 | 7-10:30 pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward) | $15 | DETAILS
BRUNCH | Looking for something interesting to do with Dad? How about the Father’s Day edition of the monthly brunch pop up at Field & Social? Think six courses inspired by dim sum prepared by a dedicated and super talented crew that includes Juno Kim, Kris Barnholden (previously Latab) and Chris Scott (Cinara) with cocktails by Merchant’s Workshop, beer from Twin Sails, wine from Bella and some Juice Truck and Matchstick coffee for good measure. There are two seatings (11am and 1pm) and the price for the brunch is $49 all in. Dad will love it!
Sun, June 18 | 11am and 1pm | Field & Social (415 Dunsmuir St.) | DETAILS
PARK THE CAR | Car Free Day hits the streets this weekend. Some neighbourhoods cast out cars on Saturday, some on Sunday. Either way, expect live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, street hockey, more live music, bike and skateboard demos, good food, cold drinks, a little bit of roller disco and generally happy people roaming the pavement in place of automobiles. Check it out:
WEST END | Sat, June 17 | Denman from Robson to Davie | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
MAIN STREET | Sun, June 18 | between Broadway & 30th | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
KITS | Individual block parties on Sat & Sun | DETAILS
COMMERCIAL DRIVE | You’ll have to wait until Sun, July 9 | Venables to Grandview | 12pm-6pm | DETAILS
FISH | Whether you’re an old pro or are picking up a rod for the first time since childhood, this is the weekend to go fishing. Head for a stretch of coastline (or your favourite beach, lake, river or pier) with a free three day fishing licence compliments of the Federal and Provincial Government in recognition of Family Fishing Weekend. Kick back to enjoy a quiet afternoon of casting a line without forking over the dough. Perfectly timed to coincide with Father’s Day, this could also be a great way to spend some quality time with Dad.
June 16-18 | lakes and non-tidal streams everywhere in BC | Free | DETAILS
BOATS | The Small Talk Plywood Cup happens on Granville Island this weekend. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s a competition in which teams of four enthusiastic would-be ship ‘builders’ try to build themselves a boat out of plywood in ninety minutes using only bag of nails, two sheets of plywood and some duct tape. The final (and most entertaining ) step of the competition is that one lucky team member paddles their boat clear across False Creek and back again! Or at least tries to…
Sat, June 17 | 2-5pm | Granville Island (1689 Johnson St) | DETAILS
SCORE | This is the season of the Garage Sale. Cruising alleys and driveways for quality sales is traditionally a hit and miss activity. Sometimes you find an exactly perfect picnic blanket or pick up some sweet vinyl. Other times it can be a castaway shit show of headless barbies and VHS tapes (Working Girl for the win!). Increase your chances of scoring the good stuff by hitting one of the community-wide sales going on this weekend. The Grandview Garage Sale counts over 200 families participating in the area between Clark & Nanaimo north of 12th Ave; and the Hawks Ave Yard Sale goes down in Strathcona along Hawks Ave. between Keefer and Prior St. (spilling in to McLean Park).
Hawks Ave | Sat, Jun 17 | 10am-5pm | Hawks Ave., Strathcona
Great Grandview | Sat, Jun 17 | 10am start | between Clark & Nanaimo, north of 12th Ave. | DETAILS
ROLLER DISCO | The aim here is to recreate some classic roller rink vibes (think feathered hair, short shorts, long socks, and lip gloss with a 70s and 80s disco and glam rock playlist). Not confident on roller skates? There will be free beginner quad and inline lessons going on between 6 & 7pm. Do keep in mind that while there are some skate rentals available it will be on a first come, first served basis. And note that this is an adults only event (16+)!
Sun, Jun 18 | 7-10 pm | Robson Square Ice Rink | DETAILS