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 March 7 to March 13, 2018. 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.
CONNECT | One of the most significant contributions we can make to ensuring the continued advancement of equality for women is to empower future generations. Head to Cafe Medina on Thursday night for an evening of discussion surrounding mentorship, initiative and responsible community programming as it relates to the hospitality industry. Although this event is free, attendance is limited and it’s a super popular event so please register to receive a complimentary ticket through Eventbrite (while you are doing that, consider making a donation to the Women’s Health Collective). “Power is in numbers – the more women who believe in themselves, the more we can accomplish.” Find out more.
COMMUNITY | International Women’s Day is about recognizing the work that has been done to better the situations of women while also pushing for more progress — it’s also about respect, education, gender parity, political rights, and empowerment. You can get in on the spirit of IWD by marching, rallying, talking and/or shouting, or you can go subtle but strong with a Breakfast Burrito and a Hibiscus Iced Tea at (female-owned) Bandidas Taqueria on Commercial Drive. Bandidas is celebrating IWD with a feminist-themed art show and fundraiser that sees 100% of profits from food and drink sales on the day donated to local organizations that serve women. Marching isn’t for everyone, but burritos are! As always – nice work on giving back to the community, Bandidas. Respect. Find out more.
FRESH AIR | Not sure you can get in a full day on the mountain but don’t want to miss out on a perfect spring weekend? Seymour offers a guided tour of the Discovery Snowshoe Trails. It schools participants on the basics of snowshoeing, points out some of the mountain’s best snowshoeing spots, and brings you up to speed on nature’s winter survival secrets — all in one relaxed 2 hour tour. It includes an experienced snowshoe guide (not to take home, just for use on the trails), snowshoe rentals and trail pass, as well as a post-tour mug of hot chocolate. No registration necessary; just show up 30 minutes prior to tour departure times (Sat & Sun, 1-3pm or 3:30-5:30pm). Find out more.
CARNIVAL | Strange Fellows is a craft brewery that takes its name very seriously. Every month, they set aside some time to observe a strange tradition from a faraway land. In March, they celebrate Carnival de Laetare in Stavelot, of Belgium. Expect a Carnival-inspired beer, jubilant music courtesy of East Van’s one-and-only Carnival Band, Belgian crepes and, of course, beer. Colourful dress encouraged! Families welcome. Always a good time. Find out more.
EASTSIDE FLEA | The signs of spring will start to pop up soon. Be prepared by updating your warmer weather wardrobe with a few accessories or key pieces of clothing at the Eastside Flea Spring Market this weekend. Peruse booth after curated booth of goodies from over 50 local vendors. Bonus: pinball, pool, music, food trucks and cocktails. See you there! Find out more.
WHISKY | Love whisky? Head down to Odd Society Spirits on Powell Street on Sunday afternoon to score yourself a treat. Not only is the tiny distillery planning to release a few bottles of their coveted Single Malt Whisky this weekend, but they also have some delicious-sounding Maple Whisky ready to go as well. This stuff is pretty popular, so if you want a bottle you might have to wait in line. Bottles of single malt (“rich and creamy, with a hint of spice and a long beautiful finish.“) will go for $50, while the maple business (“lush, aromatic whisky with just a hint of maple sweetness”) will run you $52. Choose wisely, only one bottle per person. Find out more.
NATURE | Amp up the weirdness factor of your weekend with a trip to Richmond Nature Park for the Exotic Reptile Show this Sunday. Meet snakes, lizards, and geckos and chat with the knowledgeable (and brave) peeps from the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles who can fill you in on all kinds of information about local critters, everything from diet and habitat to predators and behaviour. Plus, the weather is rumoured to involve clear skies and sunshine! A walk around the Terra Nova grounds to appreciate the first signs of spring might be a pretty great way to finish your weekend. Find out more.
DINE | Grab some pals and head down to Gastown’s Mosquito for a pop-up on Monday night. Chefs Scott Korzack and Mark Singson have a one-night-only collaborative feast planned that we expect will be pretty springy and tasty, not to mention paired with beer from Steel and Oak — all fine things! $100 gets you a six course dinner complete with snacks and drinks AND you don’t have to go grocery shopping OR clean up. Now that’s a stellar way to start your week if you ask us! Tickets are moving fast, so don’t wait. Grab one here.
CURRY CUP | Hustle over to Heritage Hall on Main Street for the 5th annual Curry Cup on Tuesday night. This year the $69 ticket price includes dishes prepared by 8 competing chefs as well as doughnuts from Cartems. Cold beer from R&B Brewing, wine and cocktails will also be an option and Fred Lee will be MC’ing. Can’t go wrong…unless you wait too long to secure your ticket (so don’t do that, score here)
SPRING FORWARD | March is that turning point on the calendar when we can begin to remember longer days and hold on tight to the knowledge that the warmth of summer is well on its way. Thankfully, that momentous point (Daylight Savings Time) comes this week. Late on Saturday night – or more accurately, at about 2am on Sunday morning – our clocks will spring forward, making room for the extra daylight that will help put down the doldrums. Sun, March 11 | 2am