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!
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | There are so many ways to mark Go Skateboarding Day. Take a solo ride, 50-50 your favourite curb, stop by Antisocial to get outfitted with a new complete, or hit one of the many skateparks around the city. Even if you don’t skate, today is a fine time to take a seat on the sidelines and appreciate the artform from a spectator’s perspective. Leeside, China Creek, Hastings – pick a park and do some hanging out! Strathcona Park is where the big action will be until the sun goes down.
Wed, June 21 | All Day / Everywhere | Free
BRUNCH | Gastown’s Six Acres just made your weekend awesome. The rad little watering hole at the foot of Water and Carrall starts a brunch service this weekend, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Tables are available on a first-come basis (no reservations) and the forecast is shaping up to be one that you’ll want one of those sweet patio seats for sunshine and prime people watching. We haven’t seen any menu details, but cute drawings on the Six Acres IG feed suggest a satisfying selection of eggs, sausages, bread and upside-down waves.
Saturday + Sunday | 10:30am | 203 Carrall St. | DETAILS
FARM FEAST | Punctuate the end of the first week of summer with an outdoor dinner on a farm. This Saturday night UBC farm hosts their annual Joy Of Feeding international food fair. It was created by Vij’s Chef Meeru Dhalwala to support learning, research, and community programs at UBC Farms. Expect booths manned by thirteen home cooks offering their treasured family comfort food. his year’s represented heritages are Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chinese-Jamaican, Colombia, England, India (Goa), Indonesia, Iran, Portugal, Russian-Korean, Syria and Trinidad & Tobago. It’ll be a night of heart, soul, and some damn fine cooking!
Sat, June 24 | 5-8pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr.) | $30-$55 (Free for kids under 12) | DETAILS
BASEBALL | The Vancouver Canadians kick off their 2017 season at Nat Bailey Stadium this week. Nothing says summer like a bag of peanuts, a cold beer, and a baseball game on home field. The Canadians play the Everett AquaSox Wednesday and Thursday and The Spokane Indians Friday through Sunday. Games begin at 7pm and sunshine on the weather forecast means you’ll catch a lovely sunset from the bleachers. Swing batta batta batta swing-a-batta!
June 21 – 25| Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | $18ish | DETAILS
DIG IT | The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on. A fair number of the concerts are free and with so many gigs going on a gameplan is in order. Narrow things down by hitting the Jazz Festival website for a list of what’s on by date, location or artist. Expect everything from Blues and Big Band, Alternative and Hip Hop.
June 24 – July 3 | Various times and venues | Various Prices | DETAILS
ART | Claude Monet’s Secret Garden opens at the the Vancouver Art Gallery this week. From the VAG: “This exhibition will present thirty-eight paintings spanning the course of Monet’s long career from the unparalleled collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. It will survey the diversity of subjects in his art, from the portrayal of modern life in his early figure studies to the inventive treatment of light in his scenes of the Parisian countryside and views of the River Thames.” It’s always a thrill to see works of art that you’ve become familiar with through textbooks, magazines, television and websites actually hanging on the wall in front of you, close enough to touch. But don’t touch! You’ll probably be tackled to the floor in a heartbeat – and we wouldn’t want that. Scoot down to the Gallery to have a look. Expect a few other people in line because Monet is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime big deal.
Jun 24–Oct 1 | 10am – 5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) | $24 | DETAILS
GO GREEK | Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Day this weekend. Not familiar? From Greek Day organizers: “A five block stretch on Broadway measuring almost one kilometer, from McDonald to Blenheim, is closed off to traffic to make room for a world of delicious Greek food and drink, market vendors, entertainment, and live music offering a laid back, yet lively Greek atmosphere.” Best part? Everything is free (until you start ordering souvlaki).
Sun, June 25 | 11am to 9pm | Broadway from McDonald to Blenheim | Free | DETAILS
EXPLORE | This Saturday is Doors Open Vancouver, a city-wide event that sees the ‘opening’ some of the city’s larger institutions to allow the general public behind the scenes peeks. Slip into Vancouver City Hall, the Orpheum Theatre (so pretty), The Marine Building (that lobby!) The National Works Yard (LEED Gold Certification alone makes it an interesting building to check out), and Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit. Get to know your city a little more intimately!
June 24 | 10am–5pm | Various Locations | Free | DETAILS
NIGHT MARKETS | Wandering a carnival, festival or night market on a summer evening can be magic and this weekend there are several options to choose from. Hit the Richmond Night Market (and their fancy Magical Dino Park) or take a sublime sunset seabus ride over to North Van for a spin around the Shipyards Night Market. What night isn’t a little bit better after a potato tornado with an ice cream chaser? Add on a new set of cheap socks FTW!
Richmond Night Market | Fri+Sat (7pm–12am) Sun (7pm-11pm) | 8351 River Rd| $3.25 | DETAILS
Shipyards Night Market | 5-10pm | Lonsdale Quay in North Van | DETAILS
GREASY SPOON | Chef Chris Whittaker (Forage + Timber) is on deck to cook the next Greasy Spoon dinner at Save On Meats this coming Monday evening. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the Greasy Spoon Supper Series invites our best chefs to plate four courses of old school diner fare in their own way in support of A Better Life Foundation. It’s always a good time, and the chefs really love taking a swing at the ‘diner’ concept. Whittaker is famous for Farm-to-table, “No Can” kitchen, so expect this menu to have a fresh feel – perfect for the first week of summer (among other tasty items, expect “Fish and Crisps”, dungeness crab perogies, and chocolate pudding). Seats do have a way of selling out, so don’t wait!
Mon, June 26 | Two seatings: 5:30pm & 8pm | 43 West Hastings St. | $95 | DETAILS