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 April 4 to April 10, 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.
PHOTOGRAPHY | The Capture Photography Festival takes over gallery walls across the city this week. Focused on showcasing all manner of ‘lens-based art’ created by emerging and established artists from here and around the world, the festival kicks off with launch party and feature exhibition (The Blue Hour). The launch is at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Thursday night, and it runs until April 30th. Along with the visual components of the festival, there are also numerous tours, talks, and workshops to enjoy — a healthy number of which are free. Check out our recommendations for the festival here (complete with tips for quality food and drink nearby). Find out more.
MELT | Japanese psych rockers Acid Mothers Temple are playing The Cobalt on Thursday, supported by Montrealers yoo doo right and local band V. Vecker Ensemble. AMT has been prolifically recording and touring for over two decades and have released over 80 albums to date. Although in recent years the original line-up has been whittled down to one (Makoto Kawabata) their epic sound remains unrelenting. Trust me, this is the sort of show that will reverberate with you for years to come. Don’t miss out! Find out more.
ART | Friday is the last day to check out the 2018 ECUAD MFA Graduate Exhibition at the campus’ Michael O’Brian Exhibition Commons (2nd floor). No doubt the nine graduating artists have worked long and hard on the works that are on display so you won’t want to miss out on your chance to be among the first people to check out some of the up-and-coming art coming out of Vancouver’s fine art institution. Head out for the Thursday evening reception and unwind with the artists over some light snacks. Find out more.
FARM FRESH | Take a trip out to UBC on Saturday morning for the Spring Pop Up Market. From UBC Farm: “We will be open for everyone to drop by and pick up some fabulous farm fresh organic eggs every other Saturday morning until our regular summer markets begin. There will be no limit on eggs per family ($8 per dozen). We will also sell seasonal produce, our seeds, teas, flowers, and herbs.” Take along your travel mug full of coffee and hit the Pacific Spirit Park trails for a some fresh air while you’re out there. Eggs from happy chickens and exercise in the forest — that’s a good start to any Saturday! This market is in operation April 7 & 21 as well as May 5 & 19. Find out more.
FEAST OF FOOLS | Celebrate the absurd at Strange Fellows Brewing’s second annual Feast of Fools this Saturday. Hustle over to the Clark Drive brewery for a festive evening of foolish revelry, tasty food. $18 will get you some combination of BBQ brisket or BBQ Salmon sandwich, coleslaw, Strange mac ‘n cheese, or Tarte a la Biere and a cold beer. As always, irreverent behaviour, good-natured pranks, and silly costumes are encouraged. 5pm until the food runs out with silliness and beer expected to flow until 11pm. Find out more.
THRIFT | Did the warm and sunny holiday long weekend weather shine some light on the holes in your closet? Luckily, literal signs of Spring’s fresh line-up of craft fairs are popping up all over the city! Now is a good time to begin sprucing up your wardrobe, and you can start by hitting up the Avant-Garden’s Vintage/Thrift & Music Market this Sunday. Bonus: Long Beach garage rockers Freeman’s Dead will be performing live tunes to get you into the shopping groove while letting out some of that spring fever energy. Find out more.
FORTUNE | How do fortune tellers read tea leaves? Find out this Sunday by attending a two-hour workshop at The Good Spirit. Tea leaf reader Saoirse Wang will talk a little about the history of tea leaf reading, take participants through the ritual step by step, explain symbolism and placements within the tea cup and help workshop members to connect with their intuition and unconscious selves in order to deepen a reading. The cost of the class is $95. Book your spot by e-mailing info [at] thegoodspirit.ca or by calling 778-379-5456. All supplies included. Find out more.
KITCHEN TAKEOVER | Grab a few friends and check out the Sunday night pop-up at The Narrow this week. This is the second in a series of turns that Chef Todd Graham of Handtaste Ferments will take over the kitchen at the cozy Main Street lounge to serve up ferment-focused bar food like onigiri topped with dried kombu, wild salmon tostada, tempeh croquettes, lemongrass peanuts and jerky and smoked duck bao — all of which sound like they’d pair nicely with a crisp cold beer or one of the one of the special cocktails designed for this menu by bartender David Rogers. A great way to end a weekend! No reservations — first come first served from 5pm until the food runs out. Find out more.
EXPLORE | Sightseers at Granville Island Market are still at manageable levels and grey skies tend to mean lighter pedestrian traffic. So scoot down and be a tourist in your own town! We suggest you trek in on foot (a nice pre-market seawall walk is always nice) and relax over a morning coffee and a fresh honeydew doughnut from Lee’s before easing into your grocery shopping. Fuel up at the always amazing Chau Veggie before you leave (the tumeric and coconut Golden Temple soup is amazing) or wander over to The Net Loft and grab some noodles at Angus An’s Sen Pad Thai. Oh, and keep in mind that those adorable ferries are a good option for getting off the island if it happens to rain!
NASHVILLE HOT | Chef Doug Stephens and the crew at Merchants Workshop on Commercial Drive have been plating the ‘Nashville Hot’ style of fried chicken on recent Sunday evenings. I got a taste of it last weekend and was gobsmacked by its heated deliciousness. Word is he’s got a new restaurant in the works that will serve the stuff daily, and I have a feeling it will be ridiculously popular. If you want to dig in with a foreshadowing feast before the new spot launches, call ahead and reserve a seat for this Sunday night.