The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | March ushers in Spring and our most fun calendar of pop ups yet! Take a look…
March 14 – 16 | Evelyn Iona Cosmetics
The launch of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics, a new organic, natural makeup line with the mission to pay-it-forward. The pop-up boutique is an opportunity for the modern woman who care to sample and buy organic, socially conscious cosmetics, skin & hair care.
March 18 – 26 | Dreamlover Pop Up
This pop-up is presented in part by Neighbourhood Collective, a collection of the best of Vancouver’s artists, designers and makers. It features high quality, handmade products that punctuate your life.
March 22 – 23 | Shanti Ugranda Pop Up at 87. E Pender
Vancouver based NGO Shanti Uganda brings their annual warehouse sale of handmade African handbags and jewelry to a storefront space generously provided by Company’s Coming at 87.E Pender.
March 27 | “I got lost, then I got found” Solo art exhibit by Sarah Gee Miller
Sarah Gee Miller works with archival cardstock, often painted in acrylics, to make collages revealing her interest in regularity and equilibrium. Sarah is largely concerned with the implications of totemic signage and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction.
March 28 – April 3 | Obviously Chic
A pop up shop presented by women’s online retailer Obviously Chic. Hand-picked from markets in Bangkok to hidden corners in L.A, Obviously Chic brings their brand of shabby chic decor, statement baubles, and swoon worthy style to Vancouver.
This month The Chinatown Experiment is also pleased to announce our temporary pop-up at Broadway and Carolina. It’s called The Midtown Experiment.
This short profile film by Juliet Zero looks at the work of Jim Meyers at Portland, Oregon’s Hedgehog Tree Care. “Jim calls his team of arborists “athletes” and we can’t think of a better description. The tremendous strength and technique used by the arborist matches the most demanding and technical sport. He was kind enough to hoist members of our team up to the tree-tops and though we were using cameras instead of chainsaws, we gained respect for this amazing job.”
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Come down to the The Biltmore Cabaret, kick up your boots and swing a shaleighleigh with us for a St. Patrick’s Day Party featuring The River and The Road playing their first Vancouver city show of 2014 with Mike Edel, Greg Drummond & Twin Bandit! After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices—Montreal or Vancouver—and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. Keenan had moved across water to forge a new path, but in his case, it was the Georgia Strait instead of the Pacific Ocean. In the beginning the two butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of an East Vancouver open mic audience. Competition turned to collaboration, busking, and living on scraps together to make their musical existence possible. After several months as a duo, they recorded their debut eponymous twelve-track album. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of drummer Cole George and bassist John Hayes. Learn more after the jump… Read more
We have a bunch of tickets to give away to Vancouver’s advance screening of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on the night of Wednesday, March 12th at International Village Cinema (7pm).
The film “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” It has an incredible cast, starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Kietel, Edward Norton, Jude law, Owen Wilson, and a great many other talents.
To win a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening, “like” Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already), follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and Instagram (if you haven’t already) and retweet the following: “I’m fixing to win tickets to The Grand Budapest Hotel’s advance screening via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-mfD. We’ll put all the names in a hat and pick four winners (four pairs of tickets). They will be contacted with the good news on the afternoon of Monday, March 10th. When notified of their victory, winners must respond by 11:59pm that evening or forfeit to another name from the hat.
BONUS: If you really want to have the odds of winning in your favour, we have two other pairs of tickets reserved for those who send us the best Instagram selfies whilst in some sort of Wes Anderson character garb (no speedos, if you please).
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Hidden Charms is pleased to announce a very special performance. Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers after a lengthy hiatus are returning to the stage to perform – for one night only – the iconic Byrds album Sweetheart of the Rodeo in it’s entirety. Now hear it live and in the flesh as the Rangers rev it up. Post LP performance will feature the usual assortment of Rangers barroom rockers and honky tonk hits to round out the night on the dance floor. Learn more after the jump… Read more
Standing proudly at the north end of Burrard Street, Vancouver’s Marine Building, which opened in 1930, is certainly one of the most iconic and stunningly beautiful heritage buildings in the city. If the doorway is any indication of the level of craftsmanship and style of the offices inside, just imagine how impressive it must be to set foot in the art deco-styled penthouse!
Next week you will have an opportunity to do just that. On the night of Wednesday, March 12th, the Heritage Vancouver Society will lead an informative tour of the building’s jaw-dropping lobby and gorgeous penthouse. Tickets aren’t cheap, but this will be money well spent, particularly because your 100 beans counts as a donation to the Heritage Vancouver Society (tax receipts will be issued) and there will be a reception that includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.
We went last year and it was such a fantastic experience that we want to go again. Click on any of the photos below to get a feel for the magic of the place…
Wed, Mar. 12 | 5:30-8pm | Marine Building (355 Burrard) | $100 | DETAILS
by Grady Mitchell | Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) will offer an escape from Vancouver’s dreary winter this Friday night with the opening reception of its newest show, Paradise. Inspired by a recent trip to Maui, curator Colin Moore (above) asked fellow artists Luis Lopa, Aaron Moran, Russell Leng, and Ben Knight for their abstract interpretations of paradise.
While each artist has developed their own signature style – Luis lives in The Philippines and incorporates that culture into his work, for example, while Ben specializes in hand-painted signage – the vibrant palettes and laid back atmosphere will channel palm-tree breezes and crashing surf. To ensure the feeling, Colin is transforming the gallery into a temporary slice of beachfront, complete with tropical plants, a hammock, and approximately 25 pounds of tropical Skittles (complimentary!).
The reception starts at 7pm and the show – a welcome hint of spring to get us through the last grips of winter - will be up through the end of March.
On March 22nd, Rain City Chronicles, Ken Tsui and Bestie join forces to celebrate all things German with DAS LEXIKON!
Through storytelling and supper, Das Lexikon is a fun-filled night of German appreciation infused with Krautrock, German beer, entertaining stories inspired by German vocabulary handpicked by Rain City Chronicles and a delicious bratwurst dinner by Bestie. And what better place to have it unfold than the Vancouver Alpen Club, an institution with a century’s worth of local German history.
After staging a memorable two night pop-up restaurant in a school cafeteria this past November for Rain City Chronicles’ “Tales from Public School” show series, edible pop-up producer Ken Tsui continues his partnership with Rain City Chronicles for Das Lexikon. In working with Lizzy Karp, the event transforms a culturally treasured space into a playful and energetic experience unlike any other in the city.
Rain City Chronicles, Vancouver’s premiere storytelling night, are pairing a diverse roster of Vancouverites with a collection of unique German words that spark captivating stories. From tales inspired by moments of “schadenfreude” (the pleasure derived from someone’s misfortune) to “waldeinsamkeit” (forest solitude), the evening revels in the idiosyncrasies of the German language.
With a casual, friendly and fun approach, the local German street food wunderkinds of Chinatown, Dane Brown, Clinton McDougall and chef Colin Johnson will serve up their take on the traditional German supper. Bestie’s dinner for Das Lexikon is a unique menu that celebrates the fundamentals of German comfort food, served one night only and created exclusively for the event. And yes, vegetarians are welcome.
Filling one of Vancouver’s most unique spaces with word nerds and bratwurst devotees, Das Lexikon will be a raucous, hilarious and delectable night out. Storytellers, musical guest and menu details to be announced the week of March 10, 2014. Get tickets and details after the jump… Read more
by Rebecca Slaven | Maybe I’ve read too many Bronte novels but I love cycling to Grouse Mountain on a foggy day. The gruelling uphill trial is rewarded with dramatic views and grounded by the delicious pastries at Ambleside’s Savary Island Pie Company. It’s a gothic melodrama that takes place all in one afternoon!
The route is as simple as it gets, at least in terms of navigation. Ensure your gears are in tip top shape because you’ll be switching fast and often.
Make your way over the Lion’s Gate Bridge and follow the signs for North Vancouver. Take a left on Capilano Road, and keep heading up until your legs give out or you reach Grouse Mountain. Beyond the Capilano River Regional Park there are no flat stretches but there is space to pull over when you need a minute (or more) to catch your breath. Just think of the fun ride you’ll have on the way down as motivation!
Stops & Eats | Unless you are truly an animal and feel up for the Grouse Grind, take it easy on a roundtrip Skyride and enjoy the towering sight of the city engulfed in mist.
On the way down, stop at the Capilano River Regional Park. Practice your best brooding look while beholding the majesty of the Cleveland Dam and Capilano Lake. Afterwards, you can get your heart racing again with a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge ($31.95) and around the Cliffwalk.
While it is slightly off route, it’s definitely worth stopping at the Savary Island Pie Company on the way home. A slice of chicken pot pie will perk you up for the rest of the journey. It was so good, I couldn’t wait to take a photo before taking a bite. Space is limited so it’s best to go at off-times. Enjoy!
Rebecca Slaven is a librarian, writer, and cyclist. Her subject specialities include law, beauty, and croquet. Her format specialty is the how-to guide. She mostly rides her bike to work but has cycled as far as San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
To get to the other side, therapeutically speaking. ”I saw Steve Fugate on the side of the road in the Californian desert the day after Christmas. In 1999, lost his son to suicide. A few years later he lost his daughter to a drug overdose. At sixty-four years old, he has walked across the United States seven times to raise awareness for depression and suicide and to inspire people he meets to “love life.” Prior to his departure, Steve ran a couple of successful car detailing businesses in Vero Beach, Florida. After fourteen years and 34,000 miles of walking, Steve continues his quest to heal his heart and the hearts of those in need.” – filmmaker Cyrus Sutton.
by Grady Mitchell | Rewilding is a special new exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver that is being guest curated by J.B. MacKinnon, author of the 100-Mile Diet. While a typical museum exhibit studies the history of a place through its people, Rewilding explores the history of Vancouver through the animal species that live, or have lived, in and around the city. MacKinnon calls it an “historical ecology,” and it was inspired by his latest book, The Once and Future World.
As Vancouver’s population grew and the city’s footprint expanded, the animals that citizens commonly encountered changed from large to small as species who failed to adapt were winnowed out. Think grizzlies to black bears, wolves to coyotes, and condors to ravens.
While telling that story, Rewilding challenges common misconceptions held by Vancouverites. Coyotes, for example, are not ancient Lower Mainland residents. They’re actually a recent addition to the city’s species list. They’ve only been roaming Vancouver parks and alleyways for about twenty years. Another surprising fact: Vancouver had no earthworms until the first European settlers brought them here.
The exhibit’s content is not just to simply show us the past, it also challenges us, as the name suggests, to incorporate some of that ecology back into the city, to think of Vancouver as a place where humans will change their habits to live peacefully alongside bears, or where neighbourhoods have creeks, rather than roads, running between their houses.
The exhibit opens on Thursday, February 27th, and runs for six months.
by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
EXPLORE | The Museum of Vancouver opens a new exhibition this week. Rewilding Vancouver will do it’s best (using everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes) to get us thinking about ways in which we (as humans and Vancouverites) shape nature (as well as the ways in which nature shapes us). This show is curated by author J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World; co-author of The 100-Mile Diet). Oh, and extra bonus: there will be a cash bar at Wednesday’s opening reception (there is something about a drink in a museum feels just the right amount of mischievous ). Rewilding Vancouver runs Thursday, February 27 through to September 1.
Wed, Feb 26 | 7pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut)| $15 | DETAILS
GRAPES | Wine Fest is on! The theme region for the 36th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival is France and the ‘global focus’ is bubbly. Head down to the Vancouver Convention Centre to taste some of the best in local and international wines on the market. All told, you can expect close to 1,750 wines produced by 178 wineries from 14 countries. That’s a whole lot of awesome! While many events are already sold out, you can still snag tickets to a few of the larger tasting events if you get moving. Not only is Wine Fest a grand and informative time, it also raises money for Bard on the Beach. Cheers if you dig Shakespeare!
Now through Sunday, March 2 | Vancouver Conference Centre 1055 Canada Place | DETAILS
ART | As a fan of mini-anything and urban landscapes, I’m really looking froward to checking out Jessie McNeil’s show at the Gam Gallery this week. Imagine the adorable ‘Miniature Land’ style applied to city scenes like empty lots, orange plastic fence protected trees and dusty alleyways. Great, right? From The Gam Gallery: “The sculptures in Wish You Were Here! seek to preserve a moment in time. The dioramas included in the exhibition are of places found within Vancouver’s rapidly developing and re-developing landscape documented by the artist and made into miniature form. The resulting work depicts scenes that may or may not still exist, standing as a record of the continuously changing cityscape. ” The opening reception for Wish You Were Here takes place this Friday night at 7:30pm.
Feb 28 – March 21 | 7:30 – 11pm | Gam Gallery (110 E Hastings St @Columbia) | DETAILS
DARK WONDERS | Head over to the garage behind Le Marché St. George this weekend to check out the “Seeking Dark Wonders” Studio Sale. Expect to find House of Hudson Jewellery, amazing photographs by Klee Larsen, beautiful pressings by Jon Yurechko, Mark Hall-Patch illustrations, sublime pottery by Janaki Larsen and paintings by Ronald T Crawford and Patricia Larsen. The crew at Le Marché St. George know what they’re doing when they pull together an event like this. Count on quality craftsmanship and simple, interesting design.
March 1 & 2 | 11-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS
PREPARE | With spring comes gardening, and nothing makes a garden happier than a healthy dose of poo. But where can one get hooked up with some quality dung? It just so happens that the annual manure sale is happening up at VanDusen Botanical Gardens this weekend, so head over to VanDusen’s driveway off of Oak Street and load up (Seriously – “Red Label Top Soil from high grade organics and Brown Label Manure, an essential organic mix which will simulate and multiply the natural organisms of your soil”). This is a first come, first serve set up, so don’t be lazy about it. This is some seriously opportunistic shit, so get on it! $5 for a 20L bag.
Sat, Mar. 1 | 10am-3pm | VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak Street | DETAILS
JAZZ | Wynton Marsalis is in town with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Scoop up some ticket and head to The Chan Centre to hear the orchestra perform a little Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock as well as some Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan. Some world class Jazz seems like a good way to kick off March!
Saturday, March 1 | 8pm | Chan Shun Concert Hall (6265 Crescent Road) | DETAILS
CULTURE | Vancouver Opera’s Don Giovanni hits the stage this week. This version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera has been co-produced with The Banff Centre and will employ all manner of cutting edge stage technology and design to bring to life the story of story of a charming scoundrel aristocrat known for his unprincipled and numerous conquests. From Vancouver Opera: “Defying both society and God in his reckless pursuit of gratification, he manages to evade the vengeful retribution of his most outraged victims, only to self-destruct in a surreal encounter with a curse-hurling stone statue.” This show, performed in Italian with english subtitles, runs March 1 and then again from March 6-9.
Sat, March 1 | 7:30pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St) | $70-$200 | DETAILS
GINNOVATION | Check it out! Vancouver has a gin appreciation society! If that delightful little bit of information just made your day, you’ll be extra excited to learn that they’re having a gin tasting event at Strathcona’s Russian Hall this Saturday afternoon. Distillers from Seattle Distilling Co., Victoria Spirits, Long Table Distillery, Odd Society Spirits, Captive Spirits, Bluewater Distilling, Pemberton Distillery, Yukon Shine and Yaletown Distillery will be pouring tastes of their craft spirits. Awesome stuff. There’s just one catch. Because we live in a city of wonky bylaws and silly rules, you’ll have to purchase a membership to the society in advance of this event. It’s not complicated, a $40 fee gets you a Vancouver (and Seattle) Gin Society Membership for a year (membership includes half-price tastings and free punch/cocktail events).
Sat, March 1 | 2-5pm | The Russian Hall (600 Campbell St) | DETAILS
FRESH AIR | Snow may have melted in the city but the mountains are nicely loaded with fluffy white fun. This is a perfect week to get your ass up a hill for some fresh air. Seymour Mountain offers a Twilight Tour (every Saturday at 4pm) that includes an experienced snowshoe guide (not to take home, just for use on the trails), snowshoe rental and trail pass as well as a post-tour mug of hot apple cider.
Sat, March 1 | 4pm | Mount Seymour (1700 Mount Seymour Rd., North Van) | DETAILS
WINTER FARMERS MARKET | Stay strong, take your vitamins, and eat well by loading the fridge with fresh, local food. Shoot over to 30th and Ontario to get your fill of fruits and veggies. Look for kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey. Yay farmers!
Sat, Feb 22 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot Nat Bailey Stadium | DETAILS
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Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.
This is Bill Bonner and we want his job as the chief archivist at National Geographic magazine. Bill’s in charge of a collection of eight million vintage photographs, all of which he’s personally laid eyes on. In this short documentary, he takes us inside the basement of the magazine’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, and shares a few amazing photos and stories.