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 October 17 to October 23, 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.
VOTE! | It may not be the most fun you’ll have all weekend but voting is important. Don’t fuck around. Whoever you vote for, it’s definitely one of the ten things that you should do between now and next week. Scoot over to the COV website here for details on candidates, registration procedures and voting locations. It’s time for you to weigh in on who you think should run the city. Sat, Oct 20 | All Day / MANY locations
ADVENTURE | There’s a great outdoor adventure film making its Vancouver premier at the Rio on Thursday night. Ode To Muir pairs Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder and founder of Protect our Winters, with two-time Olympian Elena Hight “as they embark on a 40-mile, foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping and gruelling climbs to snowboard the Sierra’s unnamed peaks with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world. The film ultimately contemplates the perspectives gleaned from past protectors who fought to preserve a great American Wilderness.” Looks like a great flick with stunning visuals and an important message, so a fine way to tease downhill cravings while you wait for snowboard season to begin! Find out more.
DINE | Michelin-starred Chef Stefan Hartmann (Tacofino) joins Chef Wesley Young at PiDGiN for a one night only east-vs-west style menu. Expect a delicious contrast of German and Pan-Asian cooking styles along the lines of kaernter nudel (white truffle); scallop and pork belly with black trumpet; sea cucumber in dashi; smoked veal with pumpkin goulash; braised wild boar and buchteln. Sake and wine pairing options available as well as the à la carte drink menu. Doors open at 6:30pm (Sunday, October 21st), with dinner starting at 7pm sharp. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly for this one, so scoop a seat while you can here.
LA TANA | Caffe La Tana is open. The new spot is located at 635 Commercial Drive, right next door to the new Pepino’s Spaghetti House. Both of the neighbouring businesses are owned by the same team that brought Vancouver the award-winning Savio Volpe restaurant. Take a wander up and down Commercial Drive, enjoy some sunshine on your face and poke your head in here for a take-out sandwich, Italian coffee and delicious pastries, or do a little shopping for ingredients that you can take home to make dinner. Find out more.
AUTUMN | The weather has been outstanding, but it won’t last forever. One of thee days, a big wind will come and shake the colourful leaves to the ground, and all will be soggy with rain. Seriously, take some time out this weekend to really appreciate Fall. Any forest, beach or field will do, but if you want to get Japanese about it, consider a visit to Nitobe Gardens. It’s a serene 2½ acre traditional traditional Japanese tea and walking garden out at UBC. Complete with bright red Japanese maples, a Koi pond, streams, waterfalls, stone lanterns and a teahouse, this garden is “a place of reflection, where each step reveals a new harmony.” Nitobe is open 10am–4:30pm, 7 days a week.
HOT ONE INCH ACTION | Once a year, Vancouver art enthusiasts Chris Bentzen and Jim Hoehnle curate a show of the works of 50 local artists. Hot One Inch Action is a unique exhibition that sees participating artists creating works that fit inside a 1″ button. Those attending the show can purchase a mixed pack of five buttons for $5, the catch being that the pack will be random. There’s a chance you might not get the one you were looking for, but that’s when the fun begins and people start bargaining and trading. There will be a limited supply of buttons, so we suggest arriving early to avoid disappointment. Find out more.
SHROOMS | The Vancouver Mushroom Show goes down this weekend! Hook up with experts from the Vancouver Mycological Society, a crew of fungi lovers that can fill you in on everything shroomy. Ask questions, check out displays and identification tables, and get the scoop on what to look for and what to avoid. From edible and medicinal to poisonous, dubious and deadly, there are scores of mushrooms on the scene right now and it’s good to be schooled on the tasty, trippy, tricky little things. Find out more.
BOOKS | This weekend is the Vancouver Art Book Fair and there are quite a few cool print-related things going on around the city in conjunction with it. One that stands out for us is called “Letterpress and Lager” because it’s all about beer and print. Need we say more? The open studio event is happening on Saturday at the new Little Tokyo Letterpress space inside Chinatown’s International Centre for Arts and Technology building. Along with free snacks and the implied beer for sale, expect a day of print-related demos and hands-on activities, including the creation of some neat eco-friendly coasters for resting your lagers on. Find out more. Oh, and while you’re out, keep the theme going by hopping a couple blocks southeast to High Five Studio’s SIP + SHOP – READING RAINBOW EDITION.
GET CARVING | Looking for some new inspiration for your Jack-o-lantern? This Sunday you can get some Halloween beer-spiration by heading down to the Parallel 49 Street Kitchen for a day of pumpkin carving. Even better, the brewery will be providing the gourds and all the tools, so the only thing you really need to bring is yourself. While you’re there, practice responsible carving by digging into some tasty Street Kitchen eats along with your pint, like some BBQ Jackfruit tacos and one of their daily donuts, because it wouldn’t be a proper Halloween event without a sugar buzz! Find out more.
BE AMUSED | This Friday night head over to Gastown for a special pop-up that checks all the boxes. Think sweet and savoury snacks by two rad chefs – from Their There and Superbaba – along with new brews from 33 Acres’ offshoot 33EXP, plus three DJs and local art to peruse and buy. It’s gonna be seriously difficult to top this trifecta of delicious entertainment! Find out more.