From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from November 1 to November 6, 2017. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
ICONS | Looking to shake things up with some new duds? Our advice is that you take a pocket full of cash over to Main Street this Friday and get yourself sorted at the Icons Vintage Market. Organizers of this fine event do things right by adding pinball, drink specials, a live vinyl deejay, and the infamous Mom’s Grilled Cheese food truck serving up dinner in the courtyard. Swoop in and score retro clothing, flea market finds, fancy antiques, accessories, shoes, jewellery, records, cool household items, cameras and all manner of other curious trinkets. Fri, Nov. 3 | 6-10pm | East Side Flea (1024 Main St.) | $3 | DETAILS
RENDER | The Vancouver International Music Video Festival takes place this weekend. From event organizers: “Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. The music video is often seen as a supplement to the music in the video: Render turns this understanding upside-down, championing the videos, the work that goes into them and the people who make them.” Get ready for an evening of innovation, talent and conversation. Videos featured include two by Radiohead (one by director Oscar Hudson and one by director Colin Read), Kool Keith x MF Doom (directed by Kris Merc), Clipping (directed by Anna Zlokovic), M83 (directed by David Wilson) and Bonobo (directed by Bison). Fri, Nov. 3 | 7-10:30 | Various times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) | $12 | DETAILS
TEA | Scoot down to Chinatown this Saturday and make your way around the tables and booths at the The Fourth Annual Vancouver Tea Festival. Expect a marketplace of 20 tea purveyors, workshops and tasting sessions taking place hourly and all of it going down in a beautiful setting. Score tickets here.
Nov 4 & 5 | 10am–5pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St.) | $7.95-$24.95 | DETAILS
WAYZGOOSE | I know, it’s a weird word. What does it mean? The Alcuin Society explains it thusly: “Originally a goose dinner prepared by a young printer at the end of his apprenticeship, when he invited all those who had supported him in his career. Later it came to represent the annual party that a printing house would hold at the end of summer, before the printers went back to working by candlelight. Today, this centuries-old tradition is still alive, and it has become a time of celebration when printers and book artists come together to exhibit their work to the public”. This year, the Wayzgoose Fine Press Printing Show takes place at the Vancouver Public Library. Equal parts book fair and art exhibition, you can expect to see everything from tables and booths of beautifully crafted books to hand printed broadsheets and curious ephemera. If you’re like me and besotted by typography and the beauty of the printed word, this is definitely a show worth checking out!
Sat, Nov. 4 | 10:30am–4:30pm | Alice MacKay Room VPL Main Branch (350 E Georgia St.) | FREE | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | It’s true, the Summer Farmers Market season is over. But no need to fret, it’s not like you have to push through the next seven months without your weekly grounding visit with local farmers and their tasty food. The bravest of local producers gather their goods at Winter Farmers Markets to keep Vancouverites well fed through the colder months. There are two markets to choose from this weekend. Head to the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday or skip over to the PNE on Sunday and load up on all the fruits and veggies as well as fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other goodies.
Sat, Nov. 4 | 10am-2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | DETAILS
Sun, Nov. 5 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Park, PNE (Renfrew & Hastings) | DETAILS
OPEN | Continuing the crusade to prevent single-use plastics from hitting landfills, The Soap Dispensary has grown to become The Soap Dispensary + Kitchen Staples Shop. Hit the freshly expanded Main Street retail space to check out all the great additions: bottles, containers, utensils, storage and cleaning supplies, and ingredients, all reusable and sourced locally (as often as possible). A highlight of the new space is the liquid edible bar fitted with 26 elegant stainless taps ready to dispense oils, vinegars, and sweeteners (even maple syrup). It’s a rad concept and an inspiring place to be! The Soap Dispensary + Kitchen Staples | 7 Days | 10am-6pm | 3718 Main St. | DETAILS
BEER | Luppolo Brewing is having a bit of an anniversary party this weekend. The tiny eastside brewery is taking the fun outside to the parking lot for a pig roast and beer drinking celebration. Drop in, shake a hand or two, taste yourself some very special limited release anniversary beer (a blended bourbon barrel aged Belgian style Dubbel) and listen to some music. How can you say no to an opportunity to have a pint and a laugh with friendly folks? Congrats on your first year Luppolo! Sat, Nov. 4 | 1-7pm | 1123 Venables St | DETAILS
EXPLORE | Crisp weather, beautiful colours, Fall is a great time to bundle up and get to know a new neighbourhood. Hastings Sunrise ticks all of the boxes – a crazy & excellent mix of local institutions, greasy spoons, mom & pop shops and random surprises as well as great parks and beautiful side streets. Grab brunch at the Red Wagon Cafe or Roundel Cafe then wander east along Hastings to Hastings Race Track (this weekend is The Breeders Cup). On your way back you could do all of your grocery shopping for the week at Rio Friendly Meats, Donald’s Grocery & Bianca-Maria Italian Foods or just order a slice of ridiculously good cake at Black Rook Bake House and put your feet up. If the sun is shining we’d grab a to-go order from What’s Up Hotdog and have a picnic in Panorama Park just a few blocks down.
NATURE | Why not throw on a cozy scarf and hat and spend a little time in Stanley Park learning about nature on Sunday? The Stanley Park Ecology Society is hosting an informative crash course on Secrets of a Salmon Stream that sounds like a fine way to occupy a few hours. From event organizers: “Vancouverites love salmon—mostly in their sushi. But the perilous journey these creatures undertake to get between that seaweed wrap is nothing short of amazing! Join us to discover what makes this fish so fit for sea and stream, then walk along the Stanley Park Salmon Stream to learn what makes good salmonid habitat.” Sun. Nov 5 | 1:30-3:30pm | Stanley Park Dining Pavilion | $10 | DETAILS
LEARN | The 7th annual Spirit Plant Medicine Conference is taking place out at UBC this weekend and it sounds like a pretty cool gig: “The tide is turning and after decades of ignorance and repression of sacred plants, there is a vigorous psychedelic renaissance underway. People are discovering, rediscovering, and developing multiple uses of sacramental entheogenic medicines such as ayahuasca, psilocybe mushrooms, iboga, peyote, cannabis, 5-MeO-DMT, LSD, MDMA, and many others.” With presentations, workshops, vendors, meals (Eternal Abundance will be providing food) and information sharing going on all weekend, you can pick up some intel on the power of plants and connect with like-minded peeps. It’s not cheap (check out tickets here) but potentially life changing – and how can you put a price on that? Nov 4-5 | 10am–5pm | Buchanan A101 (1866 Main Mall, UBC) | $75-$225 | DETAILS