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!
OPEN | Hustle down to Chinatown and check out the newly opened 45 seat Rhinofish, a Taiwanese beef noodle bar that caused quite the anticipatory stir. It was designed by the same folks that did Bestie, Torafuku and Kin Kao. Scout previewed it here.
11am-10pm or until sold out | 550 Main St. | DETAILS
ART | ”The (n)Atrocity Exhibition” opens at the Burrard Arts Foundation on Thursday. Head to the East Broadway gallery see how artist Matthew Talbot-Kelly channeled an interest in architecture and house-building to craft a ‘rough disoriented façade’ out of found objects in order to touch on elements of past, present and future, absurdity, memory and nostalgia. Opening night shows at BAF are always a good time. See you there.
Thu, July 6 | 7-10pm | Burrard Arts Foundation (108 East Broadway) | DETAILS
KHATSAHLANO | Khatsahlano Street Party happens Saturday and it’s going to be sweet. Expect stages across 10 blocks of West 4th showcasing over 50 of Vancouver’s finest independent bands and solo musicians as well as many other artists and performers. Bonus: beer gardens and a family zone – depending on which way you swing!
Sat, July 8 | 11-8pm | Along 4th Ave between Burrard & MacDonald | Free | DETAILS
SKATEBOARD | Vans Park Series Contest goes down at Hastings Skatepark this weekend. Vancouver is home to a staggering number of outdoor skateparks and Hastings is (arguably) our best foot forward, design-wise. Expect some serious ripping as some of the world’s gnarliest skateboarders get to know how we roll. Check out international pros like Alex Sorgente, Tom Schaar, Pedro Barros and Curren Caples as well as local Vancouver talent Adam Hopkins as they compete to be one of the five highest ranked skaters to move on to possibly take the title of park terrain World Champion in Shanghai, China this Fall.
July 7+8 | 2pm | Renfrew @ Hastings | DETAILS
CULTURE | The Indian Summer Festival kicks off this week. With 22 events at 12 venues over 10 days, this is a festival with a lot to experience. Expect musical performances, brain-expanding talks, visual arts exhibitions, public art programming, and some really, really great food. The Opening Gala is at The Roundhouse on Thursday night, but events continue through to July 15th. For a full overview, skip over to the festival website here.
July 6-15 | Various times/locations/prices | DETAILS
NATURE | Paddling a canoe through a calm lake at sundown sounds like a pretty perfect activity for an early July evening. Don’t have a canoe? Not even sure where you can get out on the water? Metro Vancouver can hook you up this Friday night with their Beaver Wetland Paddle program. Take a leisurely paddle to the headwaters of the Brunette River, learn a little about Burnaby Lake and the wildlife in and around the area.
Fri, July 7 | 7-9pm | Burnaby Lake Regional Park | $21.25 | DETAILS
RUMBLE TIME | The Warriors is on at The Rio this week. Can you dig it? I knew that you could! Recall, if you will, The Riffs, The Rogues, The Orphans, The Lizzies and those amazing Baseball Furies. Made in 1979, it’s a ”highly stylized action classic set in New York. A messianic crime lord calls a meeting of all the city’s gangs with plans to unite them against the cops. He gets assassinated and The Warriors are set up by a rival gang to take the fall. The Warriors then find themselves fighting for their lives on their way across the city to their home turf of Coney Island.” As The Rio explains: “Costumes very welcome – and encouraged. (And yes, there will even be prizes, so let your Fury freak flag fly.) But please: Leave your glass bottles and baseball bats at home, OK?” Warriors…come out to play-ay-ay!
Fri, July 7 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $10 ($8 in film-related costume) | DETAILS
WALK | Car Free Day hits Commercial Drive this Sunday. Expect 15 blocks worth of 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. Always good times!
Sun, July 9 | Venables to Grandview | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Streets will be closed to traffic to make way for dancing, dining and chalk drawing along Union Street in Strathcona this Saturday night. Even if you don’t live in Strathcona, this block party (9 bands on 2 stages) is a great excuse for an eastside wander. Stroll east along Union from Main Street all the way (about six blocks) across the tracks and up the hill to Glen St. where you will run up against the bright pink building that houses La Casa Gelato (1033 Venables St @ Glen). Open until 11pm and serving up more than 200 flavours (everything from peanut butter and jelly to pear and gorgonzola). Pro tips: leave the car at home and watch out for the Wrath of Strath.
Saturday, July 8 | 4-9pm or Early evening onward… | Strathcona
SUNDAY SUPPER | Take a step out of your regular routine to attend a special potluck dinner in Strathcona this weekend. Sunday Supper is a series of events that brings the idea of an artist talk together with good food and bright conversation, laying them all out in a lovely backyard setting for maximum summer enjoyment. This week, Sunday Supper features a talk by local teacher, visual artist, industrial designer, and engineer Scott Billings. Event organizers explain Billings’ work thus: “Centring on issues of animality, mobility, and spectatorship… examining the mimetic relationship between the physical apparatus and the virtual motion it delivers.” Find out exactly what that means during a casual presentation over dinner. There will be some food provided, but please arrive with a dish to share. To RSVP, please email ssoutham [at] gmail.com. Once you RSVP, you will receive the location details.
Sun, July 9 | 8pm | Location details upon RSVP | Free