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 18 to April 24, 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.
HONOUR BOUND | There are only a couple of weeks left to pay your respects to The Cobalt before its indefinite closure at the end of April. If you head on down to the bar on Wednesday evening there’s a special nostalgic Dramatic Demises SuperSNAG live art raffle party going down, starting at 8pm. For this edition of SNAG you can literally bid your farewell (the entry fee includes one raffle ticket and additional entries are available for purchase) and some lucky attendees will get to leave with a piece of original local artwork as a memento. It’s the perfect mid-week excuse to drown your sorrows over the (potential) loss of yet another Vancouver institution and live music venue with good beer and company. If you can stop the tears long enough to stuff your face with some of Vancouver’s best pizza then you definitely need to pop in to Pizzeria Farina next door…Find out more.
ART | There’s a new art show opening on Thursday at Slice of Life Gallery that’s worth checking out. “The Smallest Hands in the World” is a series of bittersweet illustrations by David Granneman, who has been generating these personal drawings for years. It takes a lot of guts to put so much of yourself on display, so head to East Van to show your support, share a couple of drinks with fellow art-lovers and get to know the artist. Find out more.
EAT | Along with daffodil-bordered sidewalks, cherry blossoms and occasionally blue skies, the annual Spring perogy lunch at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Strathcona is a sure indicator of the true arrival of the most welcome of seasons. In addition to the shining linoleum-floored basement lined with communal lunch tables ready for home-made borscht, perogies and kielbasa, there are usually tables of homemade baked goods and a bazaar to pick through upstairs. Find out more.
EASTSIDE FLEA ANNIVERSARY | The Eastside Flea is celebrating its two year anniversary at its Ellis Building location with a special Friday night birthday bash. In addition to all of the usual Flea fun-ness like food trucks, drink specials and vendors, event organizers have hidden 200 tickets around the building, each one useable for a spin on the prize wheel. Add to that two local live bands providing a soundtrack to some of the night’s festivities and there’s no shortage of icing on this proverbial birthday cake! Find out more.
4/20 | On the 20th day of the 4th month (that would be this Friday), thousands upon thousands of people will gather at Sunset Beach to celebrate one of BC’s strongest industries: marijuana. Pot cookies, smoking tents, bongo drums, naked people and dreadlocks…expect it all. The first reefers are lit early and the cloud of blue love gathers all day, reaching a hazy zenith at 4:20pm. So, if you’re driving through downtown on this day, you’ll want to avoid Beach Ave. north of the Burrard Street Bridge (near the Aquatic Centre). Actually, you might just want to give the whole West End a skip. Find out more.
ART CRAWL | The 2018 Vancouver Gallery Crawl is here. In conjunction with the Art!Vancouver event at the Convention Centre (kicks off Thursday evening) a bunch of galleries will be opening their doors to the public with several hosting special events. The sprawling 40 gallery event might seem a bit daunting, so if keeping close to home and checking out a chunk of art among likeminded peeps sounds more your speed then get yourself over to the Grunt Gallery on Friday afternoon to partake in a (roughly) 2.5 hour guided tour of six neighbourhood galleries. Then, if you want to keep the momentum going, finish off at the main waterfront event…or hit one of the many breweries or restaurants nearby to digest and discuss what you’ve seen. (Check out our Main Street and Chinatown guides for ideas!) Find out more.
BEER + DINNER | Main Street’s Nomad restaurant and East Van Brewing are joining forces to create a three-course Beer Tasting Dinner on Monday. Between Nomad’s exciting menu of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients and both establishments’ community values, we can only expect awesome things from this collaboration! If you agree that there’s nothing like a fine meal and good beers to get you through another Monday and kick off your week right then you’ll definitely want to scoop up your tickets now. Find out more.
RUN | The Sun Run goes down this weekend (Sun, April 22 beginning at 9am… ). If you’re taking part – good for you! If you’re heading out to cheer on friends and family participating in the run – we applaud you too, as you have an important role to play! Everyone else: the run starts at 9am Sunday and will involve tens of thousands of participants, so think twice before you agree to meet your pals for a casual Sunday morning coffee pretty much anywhere downtown (and a few bits of Kits or anywhere that you would need to use the Cambie Street Bridge to get to). For race details, check out the official website here.
EARTH DAY | Take some time out to show your respect for the planet. Turn off lights and appliances; hit a beach and pick up things that you know shouldn’t be there; stand in a forest and send thanks and good vibes to the trees. You can also get social and have yourself some ice cream and a burrito at Bandidas on Commercial Drive. In addition to donating 100% of their profits from Saturday’s sales to RAVEN Trust (an organization that supports indigenous communities in their fight for environmental protection), Bandidas will also have Earnest Ice Cream on site scooping up some Earth Day love, plus a plant and seedling sale, musicians and an Earth Day-themed student art show. Good things, all! Find out more.
FEAST TOFINO | Now that spring is properly here, it’s time to experience Vancouver Island’s “boat to table” food culture at the 8th annual Feast Tofino festival. From April 20th to May 6th, the laid-back surf town of Tofino goes gastronomic with a series of tastings and dinners at various locations. There are so many excellent eateries and oodles enthusiasm for high quality ingredients at the end of the Canadian road. The 2018 festival delivers something for every meal, mood and budget, from an elegant caviar brunch with bubbly, to beach BBQ, and multi-course dinners. Events will go down at some of the town’s best food and beverage establishments, but also on beaches, and on docks – the aim of the festival, after all, is to highlight the ingredients, people and surroundings that make Tofino so amazingly delicious. Find out more.
ISLAND ADVENTURE | This Sunday is Earth Day and if taking a ferry jaunt over to the island is an option this weekend, do the holiday (and yourself) justice by getting a seat at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse’s Farmed and Foraged brunch. The $60 ticket price gets you a delicious and conscientious meal featuring local ingredients and Sea Cider cocktails amid a scenic setting, plus a special Earth Day presentation by Michael Able. Bonus: your mid-day meal will be even more satisfying since ticket proceeds go towards the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Find out more.