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 11 to April 17, 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.
BREEDERS | American alt rock outfit The Breeders are in town. On tour to support their recent release (All Nerve), the band takes the stage at The Commodore tonight (Wednesday) with Dead Soft. Don’t get too excited – this gig is sold out, but it’s going to be a good one, so we’re letting you know in the event that you’ve got the time to scour Craigslist for a way in. Find out more.
GET MAGICAL | There’s a rad art show happening at the James Black Gallery on Thursday evening. Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinarian artist, Julia Sinelnikova (aka ‘The ORACLE’), will be creating an immersive experience within the gallery that includes a hand-cut sculpture, video projections recorded in Joshua Tree and a spoken word performance. It sounds like quite a trip. Sinelnikova’s work is largely inspired by electronic music and she’s done some pretty impressive collaborations, including working with musicians GZA and Peaches. Escaping to somewhere surreal and hot sounds like a great rainy week intermission, don’t you think? See you there! Find out more.
ROLLER DISCO | Take some time out on Saturday to recreate some classic roller rink vibes (think feathered hair, short shorts, long socks, and lip gloss with a 70s and 80s disco and glam rock playlist). Skate rentals available ($10) on a first come, first served basis. And note that this is an adults only event (16+)! Find out more.
HIT THE STREETS | This Saturday after you’ve filled up on brunch, fill up your thermos and get geared up in your best rain-proof attire for a free walking tour of photographer Vishal Marapon’s public art exhibition, “Fragments”. Starting at the new East Hastings VPL branch and wrapping up with a reception at The Brighton, Marapon will be leading the tour of the eleven East Village buildings he adorned for this year’s Capture Photography Festival. There are limited spots available so secure yours ASAP! Or, take note of the installations and plot your own fair-weather self-guided tour including some of our fave East Van neighbourhood spots to eat and drink. Find out more.
BOXING | Get involved in Vancouver’s annual pugilistic fundraiser! Get in shape, let off a little steam and help raise money for the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association and the Eastside Boxing Club After School Boxing Program. Tryouts for the Restaurant Rumble 2018 go down this weekend. Get in there and show ‘em what you got! Find out more.
SPIRITS | BC Distilled goes down this Saturday. Expect the coolest products and players from BC’s micro-distillery scene congregating in one place at one time to provide spirit wonks with a snapshot of what’s happening in the industry. There will be close to 40 of BC’s finest small-batch distilleries sampling and showcasing their artisanal spirits and liqueurs (think gins, vodkas, and whiskies galore). You should also anticipate cocktail-making demonstrations, tastings, serious conversations and general booze-nerdery. Find out more.
SAKURA DAYS | How awesome is it to finally see those cherry blossoms popping? Get excited about it with the likeminded at the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen this weekend. Cruising the Sakura Days Japan Fair is like being teleported to Japan, or as close as most of us are going to get (by Saturday, anyway). Expect loads of live entertainment, arts and crafts tables, haiku readings, flower arranging, origami making, tea drinking and tasty Japanese foods, not to mention huge crowds of cherry blossom-gazing buddies for you to hang with. Avoid the line-ups and save money by buying early bird tickets online (until Friday). Find out more.
GO MOBILE | This Sunday, scoot down to the Keefer and Columbia Street intersection to learn about the site’s historical and cultural significance, at the Mobile Barnacle Live/Work Studio (look for the bus). The exhibition is running until May 1st and will be parking at three different locations around the Chinatown/False Creek neighbourhoods. The four-wheeled studio is also hosting a series of free events in collaboration with the participating artists, who come from diverse backgrounds across Canada. Several of the panels also include herbal tea and other light refreshments, so you can dodge the rain and get a dose of Vancouver culture in comfort. Just don’t forget to reserve your spots ahead of time! Find out more.
BEER + ART | Faculty Brewing Co. invites you to drink in some art with their beer this Sunday when they launch their quaffable new Amarillo Pale Ale. The series of complimentary artwork that will be going up on the brewery walls was produced by the creative and collaborative crew of the international Square One Collective. They’ve also put together a beer-inspired performance for the evening (8-10:30pm), which is already sold out…but you’ve still got plenty of time before the show to hang out and sip on some Spring flavours to get your own beer-spiration. Find out more.
JOIE | Do you prefer a long weekend to a standard weekend? Durr…yeah, us too. The next official long weekend doesn’t show up until late May, but it’s our belief that with a little imagination and the willingness to skip work you can make any weekend a lengthy one. It helps to have something really cool to get up to on your holiday Monday, so how about this: Crab and braised radish, lamb carpaccio, duck liver, and steelhead with stinging nettles? Score a seat for a five course feast paired with JoieFarm wines at Edible Canada and extend that weekend vibe with good food, good wine and good people. Find out more.