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 September 12 to September 18, 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.
OPEN! | Hungry for breakfast? Not sure what to feed yourself? Good news: Hunnybee Bruncheonette is now open at the corner of Union and Gore in Strathcona. From fluffy ricotta pancakes and rose coconut muesli to Shakshuka, Bahn-mi and nourishing miso faro bowls, Hunnybee is ready to sort you out with all manner of tasty things. Brought to Vancouver by the same tight team that gave us Gastown’s The Birds & The Beets, we know you’re going to dig this place! 8am-5pm every day. Find out more.
EASTSIDE FLEA | Now set up in their new digs (Eastside Studios), the ESF team have wrangled the coolest of cool to fill booth after curated booth of goodies from over 50 local vendors on Friday night (6-10pm), plus Saturday and Sunday (11am-5pm). Bonus: pinball, pool, music, food trucks and cocktails. This gang has been working hard to get their new space ready to rock, so make a point of heading down to check it out and support your local makers. Find out more.
POP-UP SHOPS | Has the change in temperature got you wanting a change in wardrobe? Fortunately, there are two very cool, very different pop-up shops happening in East Van this weekend. Smokers and non-smokers alike can appreciate the design-forward, cannabis-friendly lifestyle brand Studio A-Ok, who are launching their second collection of duds and accessories at a pop-up in Strathcona. Meanwhile, Studio 1111 is sharing their collection of carefully selected and rare vintage finds at a pop-up location slightly further East, on Commercial Drive, beginning with an RSVP-only event on Thursday, the details of which are here.
GET COOKIN’ | There’s nothing like a big, warming plate of carbs to satisfy the craving for comfort during these cool autumn nights, right? You’ll be pleased to know that local chef (and awesome personality) Pastaboy Peter is hosting a couple of his popular cooking classes this Sunday. Sign up to spend an afternoon learning how to make your own authentic fresh pasta during a hands-on workshop, then leave with a bunch of tasty noodles and a skillset that’s sure to come in handy over the next several months. Alternatively (or additionally) there is still space to attend one of his entertaining demonstration classes that same day, where he’ll whipping up a Roman Meatball Ragu and some Carbonara. All you have to do is sit back and eat it up! Find out more.
ADDRESS | Part home decor shop, part exhibition, Kate Duncan’s Address is “an assembly of designer/makers, deeply dedicated to their craft presenting expertise and exceptional work.” This high end pop-up design show showcases some of the most beautifully constructed home decor pieces in the city. Look carefully and take in details! There are roughly twenty-five contributing makers taking part to show everything from planters, beds, textiles and tables to jewellery, lighting and art. Everything you see, touch, and covet in this room deserves the reverence you will find yourself feeling. The level of skill that has gone into what you see will blow your mind. Bonus: The venue (Settlement Building) is also home to Postmark Brewing and Belgard Kitchen, so take it slow and hang out for bunch / lunch and nice crisp beer! Find out more.
LANTERNS | This Saturday is the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. As night falls in the park a procession of lanterns begins to follow forested ravine pathways. Take in light installations; learn about salmon, rivers and ravines; enjoy roaming performers and live music; and make sure to stop for some tea and mooncakes at the Renfrew Field Tea Garden. This is one of our favourite Vancouver events. It’s always beautiful and overflowing with good vibes. Find out more.
GET LIT | It’s about to get really bookish in Vancouver. Both the Word Festival and the Vancouver Writers Fest are happening within the next month, but literature lovers will also want to check out the 6th annual LiterAsian Festival, happening at various venues around Chinatown this very weekend. There are a dozen award-winning Asian-Canadian authors participating in this year’s festival, which is themed “Journey to the West: Writing Across the Pacific.” A single ticket gets you entry to the entire roster of events, which includes an opening and closing reception, book fair, workshops, panel discussions and readings, plus a copy of Jim Wong-Chu’s book of poems and photos, “Chinatown Ghosts”. Get your hands on tickets here and ensure that the only dull thing this weekend will be the weather. Sept 21 – 23 | Various times and locations. Find out more.
DESIGN | From small scale and handmade furniture to large scale instalments and groundbreaking concepts – IDSWest jams the Vancouver Convention Centre with cool stuff all weekend long. Hustle down to check out local and international exhibitors, listen in on talks, and take in demonstrations. Design wonks will be gathering at the Convention Centre to show, discuss, collaborate and inspire Thursday through to Sunday. In addition to the main event, we also suggest you make a point of hitting at least one of the “Off Site” events or after-parties (more on that here). The is a lot going down; don’t get overwhelmed, just jump in and let IDSWest take you away! Adult Single Day $16; Weekend Pass $22; Opening Night Party $40. Find out more.
ART FIX | The holiday market hustle is on the horizon, but if you want to get an early start and grab something truly unique for your gift stockpile (or for yourself) then you’ve gotta check out the ArtBreakers Illustration Market. 45 local and international artists working in various areas of the illustration industry will be setting up shop at Heritage Hall for one weekend only to sell prints, pins, cards and other artsy goodies. These guys don’t typically fit into the art and craft market mold so this is one rare opportunity that you don’t want to miss! Find out more.
GIG | Okay, this isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned Japanese Breakfast (aka the solo musical venture of Michelle Zauner) on the Scout List. Most recently it was as a heads up that she was opening for Belle and Sebastian at the Vogue in June. If you weren’t able to check out the show, hers was an energetic, intimate and stylish (think, embroidered shorts suit) booze-fuelled set that confirmed her singular stage presence as tantamount to the headlining group. This time around, the singer and shredder is back in town headlining her own tour in support of Japanese Breakfast’s second album “Soft Sounds from Another Planet”. Don’t let the mid-week date discourage you from getting in on the action; think of this as the perfect hump-day boost to get you through the rest of week in good spirits! Get your tickets here ASAP.
EQUAL NIGHT | The Fall Equinox is upon us. Be sure to pause for a moment – maybe in a patch of woods out at Lighthouse Park or deep in the Endowment Lands – and appreciate the changing of the seasons. It’s supposed to be sunny and clear at the exact moment of the equinox (6:54pm). Enjoy it while it lasts. Saturday, September 22| 6:54