SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

SOME COOL PICS | Vancouver based Photographer Andrew Volk has his first solo show – SOME PICS, Pre-Tinder to Present – opening on Thursday night at The Something Club on Powell Street. Volks work can be gentle and deliberate as well as hard and raw. Get a sense of style via Jeff Hamada’s post on Booooooom. This show only runs until July 23 so don’t stall.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10 pm | The Something Club – 1505 E Powell St | DETAILS

ART | A multi-show exhibition launches at The Burrard Arts Foundation this week.  James Knight and Steffen Quong humanise the concept of Kintsukuroi, a traditional Japanese pottery repair method that sees broken items put back together with molten gold, a process that renders the object more beautiful for having been broken. Instead of pottery, these artists apply the concept to people and communication. Artist Eric Rieger will create a site-specific installation using thousands of meticulously cut, measured and knotted pieces of yarn and Kate Henderson and Erin Siddall will look at issues of gender, technology and art in How To Make Good Movies. The opening reception is this Thursday night. The show continues until September 27th.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10pm | The Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E Broadway) | Free | DETAILS

SHAKESPEARE | Bard On The Beach throws down with performances of The Tempest and Cymbeline this weekend. Arrive early for some time in Bard Village where you can take advantage of the full concession and bar services, poke around the Bard boutique or just chat with other theatre-goers. Shakespeare on a Vancouver beach in July = amazing.
All Weekend | Various times | Vanier Park, Kits Point | $47 | DETAILS

DISCOVER | Whether you are new to the city of just interested in brushing up on local history, an Architectural Institute of British Columbia walking tour is a great way to get to know Vancouver. View the personality of the city through the prism of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. Learn about  heritage preservation, contemporary and historic architectural styles, the impact urban planning policy has on the evolution of the city, and more. There are six tours in all, each covering a distinct area of the city. Walks include: Chinatown (From yesterday to Today); Gastown (The Historic Beginning of Vancouver); Strathcona (Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood); Yaletown (Industrial Expansion and Evolution); West End (Residential Transformation), and Downtown (The Business Core of Vancouver). AIBC Walking Tours begin at the AIBC office located at 440 Cambie Street (@Pender) at 10am and 1pm most days of the week (except Monday and Friday afternoons).
Various days | 10am, 1pm | 440 Cambie Street | $10 | DETAILS

NORTH VAN NIGHT MARKET | There’s something decidedly magical about riding the current of a crowd on a summer evening. This weekend we suggest checking out the The North Vancouver Shipyards Twilight Market. While not as large in scale as other markets, this one still attracts enough traffic to leave you feeling like you’ve attended a summer festival of sorts. It’s an easy ride on the seabus from Downtown to Lonsdale Quay. Expect live music and plenty of good food. In addition to a line-up of 15 food trucks, you’ll find countless farmer’s market-style stalls, tables, and booths of fruits and veggies, as well as baked goods, preserves, popsicles and pies. Pro tip: the beer garden goes down on Friday night only.
Thu + Fri | 5-10pm | Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver | DETAILS

VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL | Folk Fest spreads across Jericho Park this weekend. There’s something quintessentially Vancouver about this three day event. Even if you’re not into folk music, a summer evening at Jericho with music flowing is just flat out awesome. This year we’re looking forward to catching folk legend Joan Baez, Andrew Bird, Vancouver-based Brasstronaut, Folk-rockers Fish and Bird from Victoria, Great Lake Swimmers, Amos Lee, East coast indie crew Wintersleep and Australia’s Frank Yamma. Pack a blanket and relax; outdoor folk music in the (historical) heart of Vancouver hippiedom is an experience you are honour bound to work into your summer plans.
July 19-21 | Jericho Beach | $40 – $170 depending on your commitment | DETAILS

CHILL | Cates Park is a beautiful North Shore waterfront green space is gorgeous, but if it and it’s adjoining beach weren’t enough to get you there, how about the fact that it has free public concerts on Saturdays? Well, that and an on-site Wally Burger concession? Done deal! What could be better than Chuck Wagon burgers, yam fries, chocolate milkshakes, sunshine and live music? This week you can look forward to performances by Deborah Holland (4pm), The Wild Romantics (5pm) and Jodi Pederson (6pm).
Sat, July 19 | 4 – 7 pm | Cates Park 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Van | Free | DETAILS

COOK | Members of the UBC Farm Maya in Exile Garden are putting on a cooking class this Saturday. In addition to being schooled on how to make a proper corn tortilla, participants in the “Three Sisters in the Kitchen” workshop will learn how to make bledo con frijol (beans with amaranth leaf) and kelite frito con queso envuelto en tortilla (lambs quarters cooked with cheese wrapped in tortillas), among other things. Workshop leaders are well versed, so expect expert cooking advice as well as talk about medicinal and culinary uses for various herbs and vegetables grown right there in the Mayan garden plot at the UBC Farm.
Sat, July. 19 | 2-4pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross St , UBC) | $30 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | Catch the sunset from Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond. Iona is a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on for ever), there’s also a walkable breakwater, raised boardwalks, and a crazy network of unmarked trails. To get there, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road) and follow the signs.

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is on again this Sunday. A fleet of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and The Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city for one day of each week
Sun, July 20 | 12-5pm | 215 W 1st Ave, Olympic Village | $2  | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Urban Noise & Old Journalists Who Have Never Smoked Weed

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by Sean Orr | Traffic: British Columbians headed south on the road to legal weed will need to beware of a few potholes. Get it? Potholes!!! Apparently, The Province newspaper thinks you’re all the stupidest people on the planet. But then that’s nothing new. They also think that your pot dealer will try and upsell you to cocaine, or even meth. They probably got this notion from watching After-School Specials.

(Hilariously) related: Man buys legal recreational marijuana, loses job after media coverage. “I am number one and nobody can take that…” You and Nelly, my brother.

You too can be the most overrated rockstar in the entire world! Chad Kroeger’s former home in Abbotsford hits market for $9 million. Perhaps the City of Abbotsford could make this their new homeless shelter?

Meanwhile, New Affordable Housing Agency to address need for new homes, says Mayor. There is a need. Agency dismissed! “Agency to prioritize 2500 affordable homes for families of low, moderate income”. Here’s Wisemonkey and Pulp Fiction to clarify that for you:

Compass Card rollout delayed again. For some reason – like I’m a journalist or something – I had the bright idea of googling Cubic Corporation, the company responsible for Compass, and found this awesome slide show.

Is it any wonder that the military industrial complex wants in on this honeypot? Transit Police Report Riders to Immigration Nearly Every Day. That is so not fare. And here I was boycotting Arizona Ice Tea

Isn’t “urban noise” an oxymoron? Sounds of silence a challenge in Vancouver. No mention of that bloody noon O Canada horn that wakes me up every…er…morning. Or the Seabus horn. Or the Steam Clock. Or the garbage trucks at 6am. Or the United We Can alley cleaners. Or the Nine O’Clock Gun that scares my cat. Or the Gastown Grand Prix that is driving Lambos into ladies outside my house as I write this…

Injured B.C. cyclist posts photo on Facebook of SUV and driver that hit him. No, but bikes are the dangerous ones…

Related: Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things.

Under Tariff 8, Barenaked Ladies would need 9,216 plays of “If I Had $1,000,000? to earn enough royalties to buy one box of Kraft Dinner. “But how many spins would they need for Steven Page to get a bag of cocaine”? – Trevor Risk

Canadian Dad Publishes Worst Concert Review Ever. That would be enough for a harmless chuckle if the author wasn’t also on the Polaris Prize jury (thanks to Alan Ranta for that one).

The Westender is funny? 11 things BuzzFeed has wrong about Vancouver.

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

FRESH AIR FILM | Grab yourself some tasty summer picnic food and stake-out a spot on the grass with your best blanket because Tuesday night is movie night in Stanley Park. This week: The Lego Movie. From IMBD: “An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.” A threat we can all relate to – ETERNAL STASIS MUST BE STOPPED!
Tues, July 8 | Dusk | Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow / 2nd Beach | DETAILS

TOUR DE GASTOWN |  Wednesday evening is the Gastown Grand Prix. Riders from clear across North America are here to participate in the 1.2 course through the streets of this historic Vancouver ‘hood – get in on the fun! Secure a good spot (Chill Winston, Six Acres, Pourhouse, or The Diamond all look like nice options) and settle in to watch blurs of spandex zoom by lap after cobblestoned lap (35 for women, 50 for men). There will be a few other people in the crowd, so pack light and take public transit (driving to this gig isn’t advisable as parking will be a nightmare).
Wed, July 9 | 5:45 Opening Ceremonies | Gastown | Free | DETAILS

STARS | There’s a rad show going down at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Thursday night. Science Fair is an art exhibit and interactive ‘science fair’ that also involves – ahem – music, wine, and beer. Wander the planetarium, sip on civilized glasses of wine and consider the relationship between art and science. Expect a show of paintings, illustrations, sculptures and awesome installations made by visual artists and enthusiastic science wonks (the artist’s reception, located in the lower lobby exhibit area, begins at 7:30pm). Later in the evening (around 10pm) there will be a technician-guided star show in the planetarium accompanied by synth-psych music by Sinoia Caves, Von Bingen, and Kensington Gore. What a trip!
Thu, July 10 | 7pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut) | $20 | DETAILS

MUSIC | The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden kicks off it’s Enchanted Evenings summer concert series this week, and this year there’s a twist to things. The soothing draw of the serene swaying bamboo and lily pad-strewn ponds remains, but for the 2014 season the concert series shakes things up with reservable seats, gourmet picnic dinners (order in advance for $10-$29), plus wine and beer. The first concert of the summer is Chinese-Western musical fusion ensemble Silk Road Music. If you can’t make the concert, don’t panic as there will be a total of five Enchanted Evenings and each will have a unique feel and tempo. Silk Road (Friday,July 11); Tomoe Arts (Thursday, July 17); Jim Byrnes (Thursday, July 24); Vancouver Piano Ensemble (Thursday, July 31); and Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars (Thursday, August 7).
Fri, July 11 | Doors 7pm | 578 Carrall St. | Concert $25, Picnic / Wine extra | DETAILS

CLOSING | At the intersection of decision-making, all possibilities are open. Choose the right over the left, one job over another, answer the phone or don’t – multiple futures waiver in that moment; “…and all our possibilities collapse into the singular of what is, rippling outward from the moment of decision to affect our lives in ways unknown…” Those moments are the subject of Vancouver artist Adam Lupton’s final show – What’s In Store For Me In The Direction I Don’t Take? - at The Positive Negative Gallery in Chinatown. Lupton, who has run the gallery for the past several years, is closing shop to move to New York where he has been accepted to grad school (congratulations Adam!). If you have never been to the Positive Negative gallery, this is your last chance to check it out. If you have, this is your opportunity to get in and wish Adam good luck while standing in a room full of his latest work – a pretty swell way to make an exit!
Fri, July 11 | 7pm | Positive Negative Gallery | 436 Columbia St. | DETAILS

BASEBALL | The Vancouver Canadians are in town all week playing games at Nat Bailey Stadium. Nothing says summer like a bag of peanuts, a cold beer and a baseball game on a home field. Canadians play Everett Friday through Sunday and then take on Eugene Monday through Friday of next week. Thats a game every day (most games begin at 7pm) and sunshine on the weather forecast.
July 11 – 18 | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | $12.50 | DETAILS

KHATSAHLANO | Things are always pretty awesome along West 4th, but that Khatsahlano Street Party really takes the Kits experience to a whole new level. There will be 8 stages located across 10 blocks of West 4th. These will showcase over 50 of Vancouver’s finest independent bands and solo musicians as well as many other artists and performers. So grab some sunscreen and good walking shoes and don’t plan on being home for dinner. This is a full-day gig that you won’t want to leave early. The Poppy Family Experience, Humans, Lightening Dust, Aiden Knight, Bend Sinister, The Shilohs – the list goes on and on. Check out the full line-up of performers here and develop a game plan to maximize your live outdoor free musical enjoyment. Plus, beer gardens!
Sat, July 12 | 11-8pm | Along 4th Ave between Burrard & MacDonald | Free | DETAILS

FARMACIE | A summer evening long table farm dinner is something that everyone should do at least once. If you haven’t managed to attend one yet this season, consider heading out to the Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Garden at David Thompson Secondary this Saturday night for Farmacie, a community dinner celebrating local food. Expect lots of fresh veggies, bread from Nelson The Seagull (with a delicious sounding smokey zucchini hummus), some arugula, mint and cilantro salad (with blueberries, feta and a lime jalepeno vinaigrette),  basil gnocchi, sausages, and pavlova with fruit for dessert. Chefs Juno Kim and Marika Richoz will be preparing the feast with proceeds going to support Fresh Roots. “Fresh Roots transforms open spaces into thriving neighbourhood gathering places through urban agriculture. More than growing a garden, they grow communities. Their schoolyard market gardens are working farms and living classrooms on school grounds.” That’s a pretty solid cause. Remember that the price of your ticket includes beer and wine.
Sat, July 12 | 7pm | David Thompson Secondary School (1755 E 55th Ave) | $125 | DETAILS

ART | Over the last few years many of Vancouver’s galleries have re-located to a parcel of land between Main Street and Clark Drive just above Industrial Avenue. Some of these new tenants have given the area a new name – ‘The Flats’ – and this weekend they are planning to strut their stuff with a collective summer bash boasting numerous exhibitions. Get this: Monte Clark Gallery will be showing Evan Lee and Jonathan Syme; Equinox is showing works by LA artist Etienne Zack; Macaulay & Co has Shawn Hunt in to give a talk (2pm); The Wil Aballe Art Project has an artist talk (Jordy Hamilton, 5pm); Gallery 295 is holding an opening reception for Scott Billings; The Winsor Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of Angela Grossmann’s Swagger series and figurative sculpture by David Robinson alongside an exhibition of paintings by Alessandro Papetti (talk 3pm); Chernoff Fine Art has a Photosession opening reception (12pm); and Field Contemporary Gallery has a performance at 1pm and a talk at 4pm. That’s 8 galleries with full walls and added bonuses of attending artists, talks, and performances, all in one wee microhood.
Sat, July 11 | Various locations “The Flats” | DETAILS

ESCAPE | If you’re in need of a summer vacation but can’t manage to slip away from work for a long weekend, consider heading to Bowen Island for the day. Exploring beaches and forests on Bowen is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. There’s no need for a car. If you catch the 11am boat from Horseshoe Bay as a walk-on passenger you will arrive at the Marina Pier just in time for lunch (we highly recommend ordering yourself a rice bowl from Shika – just to your right as you disembark the ferry). This weekend is Steamship Days and there will be lots of activity as a result. Expect to see beautiful specimens of wooden boats brought over by The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society, as well as antique cars, live music, performance, a summer market, real live artists and patient, talented people leading kids’ activities (not to mention those great beaches and lovely shaded forest trails).
July 11,12,13 | Bowen Island | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Civic Engagements & Railroading Through Our Neighbourhoods

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by Sean Orr | Original city-builders vs. the new city builders: CP Rail orders Arbutus corridor community gardens, property, businesses to be removed. It’s rumoured that the trains will be outfitted to roll some coal.

And in other land-grab news: Will Conservatives pay a political price for handing over Granville Island to Port Metro Vancouver? A little background on the Granville Island Trust.

Transit police don’t like it when you tweet about fare checks. They’d rather you join this Facebook group! “We remove hundreds of criminals from the system each year after finding them without fare”. Um, not paying your fare is not a crime. Why am I surprised a cop doesn’t know the law? Also, this.

ESL students in the majority at more than 60 schools in Metro Vancouver. “Use our interactive tool to compare rates of ESL, special needs and gifted children”, so you can decide the appropriate level of outrage that you should be feeling!

Alex G. Tsakumis: Breakdown of Gregor Robertson’s Marriage. “In Vancouver, the fifth estate does not trade on the vicissitudes of human misery for the content of their publication, or broadcast outlet, and neither do members of the political class…” Me, too! I’ll trade on a tweet instead…

 

Meanwhile, Activists take control of COPE, filling most executive positions. Is “activist” in this context supposed to be an epithet? Maybe the federal NDP could learn a thing or two, instead of praising Tony Blair’s Third Way.

Will new agency help Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis? ”We have some of the worst housing prices in the world in Vancouver. If we want to deal with that, we have to be innovative and quick on our feet…” Um, I’m pretty sure you guys were elected like…6 years ago. Getting on your feet would be a fine start.

Related 1: Tear Down Families: Rentals Tight, a Survival Strategy.

Related 2: Twitter parody account of the week: Trent Boderian.

Bonus: Vancouver Building Age Map.

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Stumblebums And Observing The Real Manbuns Of Vancouver

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by Sean Orr | Pete McMartin in the Vancouver Sun: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a ghetto made by outsiders. Did he not watch the video that accompanied his own article? Also, what the hell is a “stumblebum”, derisive anti-FDR slang from the 1930s? “Studies show scattered social housing sites are the healthiest alternative for at-risk populations”. Yeah, but studies also show that not showing the studies that don’t show what you are trying to show lead to the general public never trusting the media. Again, no mention of frozen welfare rates. No mention of the cancellation of the Canada Assistance Plan in ’93. Yet he does have some fairly nuanced points, especially regarding the scourge of NIMBYism. What usually fails in the decentralization argument is an awareness that the DTES fought for its own survival when governments and businesses had abandoned it and that the groups that acted as a band-aid in the interim are not the enemy.

Not nuanced: Money wasted on Vancouver’s DTES. Short version: ex-cop and “security expert” writes a dumb column in the 24hrs newspaper without reading any of the studies that show housing the homeless is less expensive than the status-quo. “The open-air drug bazaar in the East Hastings area that has been prevalent for the past 15 or 20 years didn’t exist when the Vancouver Police Department had control of the streets”. Not true. It seems the role of the police in the author’s eyes looks less like the one that allowed Robert Pickton to flourish and more like this: Heroic NYPD Officer Pursues Knaves on Horseback, Rescues Fair Maiden.

Meanwhile, Young tenants energize Chinatown. Hmm, I wonder if there might possibly be a synonym here for “energize”…

Check Out Vancouver’s Clever Response to Other Cities’ Mean Homeless ‘Repellents’. No thanks. Homes, not benches.

Another day, another Yellow Scare article: Why Vancouver housing is unaffordable and what to do about it. Because no white suburbanite has ever bought and flipped a house, ever. Right?

Related: Mortgages Aren’t Debt, Nearly Half Of Canadians Say. A terrifying prospect.

We’ve even turned it into a fun game: Shelley Fralic: New reality show aims to save Vancouver heritage homes. A great idea for sure, but will it be able to compete with The Real Manbuns of Vancouver?

Regarding the Tsilhqot’in Nation decisionThe claims are just. But the Supreme Court ruling means chaos. “There are British Columbians who will say, ‘Hooray!’ These are the sort who believe that money comes from banks and food comes from supermarkets and don’t understand what pays for health care”. Wrong. We know that our food comes from the land that we stole and that health care comes from governments, not outside corporate interests. As The Tyee writes: “Canada’s timber and petroleum alone have been valued at $33 trillion, yet for some reason the second most wealthy country in the world after Saudi Arabia cannot afford postal delivery, the CBC or teachers”. It’s about ending corporate giveaways, not all resource extraction ever. As Ian Mulgrew comments, “as long as the government negotiates in good faith and is willing to cut a reasonable cheque, any mine, industrial development or pipeline can proceed”.

Supreme Court Of Canada: Wal-Mart Must Pay For Closing Unionized Store. Wow, it’s almost like the justice system is working or something. Too bad the same can’t be said for south of the border.

While I tend to shy away from nationalism, this guy makes me pretty proud to be Canadian: Rob Ford gets into heated confrontation with topless jogger on Canada Day.

The only Vancouver Observer article I have ever actually read and enjoyed: I got a book contract! And I bet you can, too.

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

EAT |  As was noted in another Scout feature, Japantown eatery Cuchillo enjoyed their first birthday this week. Be sure to revisit them for a celebratory taco, but it should also be noted that The Acorn turned two last night. The innovative vegetarian restaurant on Main Street has had a excellent run to date (eg. stellar local reviews; named one of the best new restaurants in Canada by en Route magazine; chef Brian Skinner won the Gold Medal Plates, etc.) and they keep getting better and better. They’re also eye high in killer ingredients at the moment (it being early summer), so the time is especially ripe to check them out again, too.
Acorn | Tues-Sunday 5:30pm till late | 3995 Main St | www.theacornrestaurant.ca
Cuchillo | Daily 5pm till late | 261 Powell Street | (604) 559-7585 | www.cuchillo.ca

GO ANALOG | Ever sit down in a restaurant or coffee shop and observe how everyone’s eyes are trained on the little glowing screens of smart phones and Macbooks? Of course you have. We all have. And we’ve all done it. Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) thought it would be interesting to construct a space that was free of cellular/digital signals, a space – get this – that encourages personal connections over digital ones. In order to achieve this the designers installed electromagnetic mesh shields that “prevent the entry or escape of electrical influences” in a pop-up space called Faraday Cafe (a nice side effect of the project is that the shields have the appearance of an art installation of sorts, so the space is an interesting conversation starter in and of itself). Faraday Cafe is open for business starting Wednesday, July 2. They’ll be offering artisanal coffees (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual) during the day and will host pop-up dinner parties (Wednesdays at 7pm), afternoon DJ sets (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3pm) and a special storytelling evening on July 15.
July 2 – 16 | Daily 10am – 6pm (closed Sundays) | 434 Columbia St | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | Learn about the art deco in the city by taking a Vancouver Heritage Foundation walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord this Friday. From VHF: “The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray.” Guibord will lead participants through the streets of downtown pointing out distinctive lines, ornamental details, colours and geometric shapes typical of the style. Bonus: the tour ends at one and only Marine Building.
Fri, July 4 | 10-12pm | Meet @ Christ Church Cathedral (Burrard/Georgia) | DETAILS

SKATE JAM | Head out for an evening of skateboarding at the UBC Skate park on Friday. Starting at 4pm there will be freestyle demos, games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. The UBC Skatepark is located on campus at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Health Sciences Mall.
July 4 | 4-8pm | UBC Skatepark | DETAILS

SAIL | Hustle down to Jericho to get in on a little live music, barbecued food and birthday cake in celebration of Jericho Sailing Centres 40th Anniversary this weekend. A low cost oceanfront community centre with concrete floors dusted in sand, sparsely outfitted instructional classrooms, a straightforward burger and beer menu in the Galley…Jericho doesn’t deal in pretension or exclusivity. It gets right down to the business of enjoying salt air and waves. It’s that simple. The spirit behind small, naturally powered watercraft is an important part of Vancouver culture and heritage, so head down to Jericho to celebrate it!
Sat, July 5 | 11 am–5:30 pm | Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery) | DETAILS

SECRET SPACES | Theatre Conspiracy is a Vancouver organization that produces theatrical events intended to inspire conversation about international issues and themes. In order to finance their productions the theatre holds a series of intimate dinners that take place in cool, one-of-a-kind locations around town. To wit, this Friday night there will be a Secret Spaces dinner at an architectural studio in Mount Pleasant. Not only will attendees of the “Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables” dinner enjoy cocktails, wine and a six-course dinner (plated by Chef Kevin Mooney of Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Gardens), but also the studio itself sounds pretty amazing: an understated, energy efficient conversion of a 1911 butcher shop lined with Douglas Fir that has been sealed with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax (we’ve posted pictures and written about it before). Scott & Scott Architects also helped with designing everyone’s favourite Currywurst shop, Bestie, so this definitely isn’t ‘just another venue’. We’re betting that there’ll be some interesting conversation to enjoy on top of the good food and unique location. Support the arts and eat well!
Fri, July 4 | 6:30-11 pm | Scott & Scott Architects’ Studio (Mount Pleasant) | DETAILS

CHILL | Break out the blanket and lawn chair as there’s an outdoor screening of Bend It Like Beckham in Victory Square on Friday night. Pack your own popcorn or pick something tasty up from one of the on-site food trucks. Arrive early to secure a good spot and take part in some of the free pre-movie yoga classes.
July 4 | 9:30pm |Victory Square, Vancouver (Hastings & Cambie) | Free | DETAILS |

MAKE | Learn to make saké this Saturday. Mogu Mogu Goute (a local blog focused on simple, healthy Japanese food) will set up at District Main Garden Patio to teach the basics about equipment and ingredients required to make ‘Doburoku’ (a farmer’s style rice ale or saké). Learn about the different rice grades, sanitization precautions, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. $40 includes a Doburoku starter kit containing koji, dry yeast, rice, and cheese cloth.
Sat, July 5 | 7-8:30pm| District Main Garden Patio (4453 Main St.) | $40 | DETAILS

FOREST LOVE | As far as forests go, Stanley Park is a bit of a loner. Isolated from other forests by city and ocean, its just a little different from the other kids in the school yard. Take a little time out on Sunday to learn about the characteristics of ‘fragmented forests’ and the challenges that they face. Take a walk with a knowledgable Stanley Park Ecology Centre volunteer and be brought up to speed on how the unique setting of Stanley Park requires special management. You will also find out what you can do to make sure that this beautiful part of our city remains strong and healthy.
Sun, July 6 | 1:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon | $10 | DETAILS

GIG | Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is in town from Brooklyn to play a set at the Rickshaw in support of her new album Are We There. We saw Van Etten play at Zulu Records a few years back and she was fantastic. Strong character, mellow but not passive; her music is as great on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee as it is full blast on a road trip. Stoked for this show!
Sun, July 6 | Doors 8pm | The Rickshaw (254 E Hastings St) | $18 | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Spoiling Dive Bars & The Smoking Ruin Of Our Weed Economy

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by Sean Orr | Peter MacKay’s emails to staff: Moms change diapers, Dads form leaders. Women everywhere would be outraged, that is if they weren’t so busy running around changing diapers and making home-cooked meals…

Related: Are you suffering from Rushing Woman’s Syndrome? Yes, The Province newspaper just pathologized the modern mother. It is a sickness, ladies, and you need psychological help (and no, it has nothing to do with sustaining a a lifestyle of conspicuous consumption). Related tweet:

Eureka! Participants with mental illness, addictions thrive after being given apartments: five-year national study. They needed five years to come to that conclusion? “The findings mean residents should not be afraid of social housing mixed into neighbourhoods throughout the city”. The findings also revealed that residents should not be total NIMBY assholes who only ever look out for their best interests and harbour irrational fears about the value of their property.

Railtown: On Track to Gentrify? Wherein Vancouver Magazine reveals itself to be a recently divorced 55 year old man in a leased Porsche sadly cruising the DTES after being passed over for the role of Captain Obvious

Legalized marijuana in Washington state could hurt B.C.’s multibillion-dollar pot economy. Our mainstream media finally figures it out four years after Douglas Haddow did.

Or, What I Learned About Capitalism By Walking Into A Starbucks And Screaming ‘Capitalism!’ At The Barista Over And Over Until They Had To Call The Police.

“You can be rich too, you just gotta believe really hard”: S**t Harper Did Punks Tories With Action Plan Parody Website.

Smoked bannock and mirrors: City of Vancouver formally declares city is on unceded Aboriginal territory. “Coun. Andrea Reimer of Vision Vancouver introduced the motion and said she isn’t concerned about possible legal ramifications of declaring the city is on unceded territory because Vancouver is not involved in treaty negotiations and has no such authority over land”. Which is to say the move is about as impactful as declaring Vancouver a unicorn-friendly sanctuary.

More good news that I’m too cynical to properly enjoy: Supreme Court expands land-title rights in unanimous ruling. “If the Aboriginal group does not consent to the use, the government’s only recourse is to establish that the proposed incursion on the land is justified”. Justified, eh? So…like, a pipeline?

Vancity Buzz tries its hand at Columbusing with potentially terrifying consequences: 8 Must-try Dive Bars in Vancouver. Jackalope a dive bar? They just opened a couple of months ago and serve kale eggs benedict, craft beer, and Belgian waffles. What’s wrong with you? Try West Bar, Grand Union, Funky Winkerbeans, The Savoy, Balmoral, or The Empress. Or don’t. Actually, please don’t.

Canada Scraps Work Permit Requirements for Touring Musicians. Now if we can only get the USA to reciprocate.

Bonus: SFU Profs reading mean reviews about themselves.

HOODS | Eating Up The North Shore’s Tasty Summertime Night Market At The Shipyards

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by Robyn Yager | Sometimes the North Shore gets the short end of the stick. Sure, it’s recognized for Quarry Rock, the dense forests of the Capilano River, Park Royal, Grouse Mountain, and plenty of excellence besides, but the idea of having to cross the water can be a little off-putting for some on this side of the bridge.

And it’s their loss, frankly, as there’s some pretty awesome stuff happening over there, stuff that’s well worth the 15-minute Seabus ride over, like the Friday Night Market at the Shipyards. Rivalling Vancouver’s Food Truck Fest, the Shipyards’ night market offer up a world of foods, a farmer’s market, lots of music, locally produced art, a beer garden, and an entire pier where you can sit and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of a North Shore summer.

Our recommendations include the Didi’s Greek food truck for a free-run chicken souvlaki wrap; an avocado lime pop from Johnny’s Pops; a bag of mini donuts (if you’re still aching for something doughy and sweet); a beer from Green Leaf Brewing Company at the beer garden; and a stroll down the pier as the sun goes down. If you’re still looking for something to do after the night market, catch a flick at the Esplanade movie theatre three blocks away from the Shipyards.

Check it out on Friday nights, from 5-10pm at Shipyards Plaza – Wallace Mews.

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Making A Mess Of “Happy Hour” And Spilling Irony Everywhere

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by Sean OrrOil spill clean-up ship hit sandbar en route to government news conference in Vancouver. What the article doesn’t mention is that the ship accidentally spilled 36 megatons of unrefined irony.

Postmedia Gets Away With Running Unmarked Oil Advertorials. I’d hardly say they got away with it. It made it onto Tea & Two Slices after all! “Readers expect news organizations to maintain their first loyalty to citizens…” Well, there’s your first mistake right there.

A relationship cut short in B.C. with one fell swoop by Enbridge. The author makes it seem like the Haisla and Enbridge were walking down the aisle in holy matrimony until some jerk stood up and yelled “Yo, I fucked the bride! Hahaha!”

Why Are BC’s Natural Resource Officers Buying Bulletproof Vests? Especially when what they really need are leaflet-proof vests.

BC’s formal response to the mayors’ transit plan. Reads like: “Aw, thank guys for cute report but forgot include MOAR LANES…”

The Problem Isn’t Vancouver’s Astronomical Housing Costs— It’s the People Who Buy Them. I only glanced through this Op-Ed because I first “Command-F” searched it for mentions of CMHC, mortgage, wages, and welfare and found no matches. Also, the author is dreaming if be thinks Amazon will pay all its Vancouver employees 100k.

A premium on logic: Unhappy hour comes to B.C. pubs that must now raise prices. Ah yes, the old bureaucratic cash grab under the guise of public safety. As if hipsters and winos aren’t just going to drink in the alley behind the bar instead…

Quote of the week from Nicholas Ellan:

Tonight the City of Vancouver held its first annual Awards of Excellence. Two “Freedom of the City” awards for special achievement were presented: one to Judy Graves for her tireless and selfless work as a housing advocate for Vancouver’s homeless; and one to Jim Pattison, for being rich as fuck.

I love that this is a thing: Grouse Grind: Mountaintop resort profits from a trail paid for by Metro Vancouver taxpayers.

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

BEER | Craft is a recently released beer documentary from filmmaker Craig Noble that will end its 12-city US/Canadian tour at the Rio Theatre this Tuesday night. From fact-gathering and technique-building during an apprenticeship at a farm brewery to testing his knowledge at beer school and countless visits to a wide cross-section of people making craft beer across Canada and the United States, Noble’s film aims to “look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.” Tickets to the screening are only $8 but for a nominal $15 beans you can get in on the pre-show 6pm “VIP” tasting (sample pours from Four Winds Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Crannog Ales and Brassneck Brewery), hang out with other craft beer enthusiasts, AND watch the documentary.
Tues, June 24 | Tasting 6pm, Show 8pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$15 | DETAILS

LATE NIGHT ART |
This week, Late Night Art explores the theme of art in medicine at the UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre. A little collaborative art together with some ambient music and plenty of good food makes for a great big group date that’s made better by intelligent conversation and warm fuzzy feelings of connectedness. Food will be facilitated by Sophia Ahamed (graphic designer, medical illustrator and lover of science); menu highlights include olives, roasted Medjool dates, pickled turnip and beet, pork rilette or wild mushroom pate on sourdough baguette, and coconut cream custard with dark chocolate-covered popcorn. Tickets are $35 including the workshop, dinner, tax, and tip. Not bad for a Wednesday night!
Wed, June 25 | 7:30pm | Medical Student & Alumni Centre (2750 Heather St.) | $35 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Get yourself to Main Street’s Hot Wet Art City Gallery this Friday night for Comics on Comics. Be entertained by a line-up of Vancouver comedians using “old, awful and forgotten comic books” as fodder. Hosted by Brent Constantine, the panel features Andrew MacLachlan, Brad Dorion, Stuart Jones, Alex Sparling, Shane McLean, and Warren Bates.
Fri, June 27 | 9-11pm (doors 8:30) | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | $10 | DETAILS

GUILTY PLEASURES | “Get ready to spill your secrets, share your shame and indulge your wild side,” because Rain City Chronicles happens this Friday night and it’s going to be a good one! The theme for this round of storytelling is Guilty Pleasures. RCC believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for our communities to share them. Not only can attendees expect an eclectic line-up of speakers taking the stage to let you in on their guilty pleasures, there will also be food, drink and plenty of music. Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery will be sharing a story (and treats), and bartender Nick Devine has some confessions to make together with David Moscrop, Adrienne Matei, Ollie Rankin, Tania Quiroz, Jeff Lawrence, Emily Elias, Cole Nowicki and Rommy Ghaly. For your listening enjoyment, The Guilty Pleasures Band will be playing (they’ve pulled together a set list of a bunch of songs that you’re afraid to admit you know every lyric of) and there will be much laughing. So it’s pretty much a perfect way to end the week and start the weekend. Get sorted with tickets here.
Fri, June 27 | Doors 6:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $15 | DETAILS

FAMILY | Saturday is free for families at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Pack everyone up and head down down to the CAG for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities. The theme for this Saturday is Word Play. From the Contemporary Art Gallery: “This workshop will be based on the mural that has transformed the facade of our building; it is created by Mexican artist Stefan Brüggemann and is titled: Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies. The artist has paired together recent news headlines with the last lines from well-known and classic Hollywood movies; we will be tracing individual words and phrases from the mural to create our own text-based works.”
Sat, June 28 | 12–3pm | Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St) | Free | DETAILS

EAST SIDE PRIDE | Celebrate gay pride East Van-style this weekend. Head to Grandview Park Saturday to wander the Pride Market (tables and booths exhibiting the wares of local artisans), enjoy an eclectic mix of live music and performances, and dig on the good vibes galore. This free event is all-ages and appropriate for the whole family. Neither free nor possible for the whole family (but still a good time) is the official Eastside Pride afterparty at The Fox. This portion of the day will involve DJ’s, drinks, a Freddie Mercury drag show, and more.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-6pm | Grandview Park (1657 Charles St) | Free | DETAILS
Sat, June 28 | 9pm |The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | $12 DETAILS

GROW WHAT YOU JUICE | The Victory Gardens crew is partnering with their pals at The Juice Truck to offer a workshop on how to grow fresh veggies that you can make into nutritious and tasty juice. This 2 hour class will take place in the community room at the The Juice Truck’s new brick and mortar space in Mount Pleasant. Whether you’re a novice or experienced, you’ll leave this class able to plan a winter or summer garden that will produce delicious organic, juice-ready plants. Extra bonus: the price of the workshop (only $24) includes a freshly pressed Juice Truck juice to keep you fuelled. Extra super bonus: stick around afterwards, as Victory Gardens will be holding a Summer Stock Greenhouse Sale (until 3pm) where you can pick up some great stuff to get started.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-12pm | The Juice Truck (28 West 5th Ave) | $24 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Steveston Salmon Festival goes down this coming Tuesday. This is the 69th year that Salmon Festival will hit the Steveston docks and it’s a fantastic excuse to explore the quaint fishing village. There’ll be a pancake breakfast, a parade, a Japanese Cultural Show, a craft fair, live music, and the biggest, best, most wonderful salmon barbecue you have ever seen ($15 per plate). It’s estimated that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70,000 people will show up. So take transportation and parking into consideration (this is a great day bike trip).
Tue, July 1 | All Day | Steveston | DETAILS

CANOEING | There’s something especially fortifying about ending an extended long weekend with a bit of nature. Get grounded, grab a paddle, a canoe, and a life jacket before hitting Burnaby Lake Regional Park for a spin around the water with a knowledgeable park guide on Canada Day. Keep an eye out for dragonflies, all manner of birds, and even the occasional beaver (the last time we were here we saw our first ever Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker). NB: this activity is recommended for those over the age of 13.
Tue, July 1 | Burnaby Lake Regional Park (6450 Deer Lake Ave.) | $21.25/person | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market to sustain you through the long weekend. This is the best time to hot the markets, so much fresh fruit rolling in from the Okanagan. Good bread, jams to spread on the bread, locally grown veggies, great cheese. Man-o-man it’s going to be a great farmers market season. Get inspired.
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park)
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van |
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van
Dundarave (West Van) Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Between 24 & 25 on Marine
Oak Street Market | Wednesday | 3-7pm | Oak @ 49th (Unitarian Church)
UBC Farm Market | Saturday | 9-1 | UBC Farm 

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #429 | How To Make Good Hunting Blowpipes In Borneo

(via) “Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the dying craft.”

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

CITY DRINKS | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has arranged for an amazing 1930′s Newspaper Glory Days-themed evening of music and cocktails inside the storied Sun Tower this Thursday night. Listen to jazz (Vancouver jazz musicians James Danderfer and David Blake will be playing), enjoy 30′s inspired cocktails (mixed by Bambudda bar manager Buck Friend), and sample loads of canapés. Historian Daniel Francis will be in attendance with his wealth of knowledge and guests will be invited to take part in small guided tours of the newly renovated upper floor of the tower (recently restored but retaining original fixtures, old school radiators, marble staircases, single paned glass windows and stunning tile work). There will also be some lively conversation about history, architecture, design and the preservation of Vancouver heritage buildings. From Vancouver Heritage Foundation: “Built in 1912 the Sun Tower was one of the earliest steel frame skyscrapers in Vancouver, and was originally the home of the Vancouver World newspaper. It was commissioned by L.D. Taylor, the paper’s owner, and longest serving Mayor in Vancouver’s history. Bought by the Vancouver Sun in 1935, it was renamed the Sun Tower and became known for the distinctive rays of its neon sign. The beaux-arts building has a number of intriguing heritage features including a series of female sculptures surrounding the roof, green dome, and bold symmetry throughout.” The Sun Tower? Now that’s a venue! Extra bonus: there’ll be a raffle and one of the prizes will be a tour of the dome (we checked it out today and it was amazing!). Proceeds support Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s education programming and your ticket includes a $35 charitable tax receipt, so there!
Thu, June 19 | 6pm – 9pm | Sun Tower (128 West Pender) | $75 | DETAILS

NEW PIZZA | The highly anticipated “Bufala” pizzeria recently opened in Kerrisdale. It comes to us via Josh Pape and James Iranzad, the award-winning restaurateurs behind West Hastings’ excellent Wildebeest eatery. We checked it out on opening night and did our best to eat the place whole. What to order? Everything we tried was fantastic, but make sure you don’t leave without trying the smoked ham, pea, taleggio and truffle oil pizza. Holy good god was it ever good!
5395 West Blvd (Arbutus) at West 38th | Lunch & Dinner Everyday | DETAILS

STUDIO TIME | Carylann Loeppky paints portraits — lots of them. Her style sits at the intersection somewhere between cute and creepy and the walls of her studio are full and ready to be experienced. This Thursday, Carylann is opening her studio for Petit Palais, a show of recent works. There’s something great about visiting an artist in their natural habitat. The studio visit brings you the artist, their work, and their process all in one. Dig in!
Thur, June 19 | 6-10pm | Studio 338 1000 Parker Street | DETAILS

GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | There are so many ways to mark Go Skateboarding Day. Take a solo ride, 50-50 your favourite curb, stop by Antisocial to get outfitted with a new complete, or hit one of the many skateparks around the city. Vans Canada is hosting a waffle breakfast and skate at The Plaza (below the Georgia Viaduct at Union and Quebec) as well as skate jam and BBQ at Hastings Bowl (175 Renfrew) between 5 and 8pm. Even if you don’t skate, Saturday is a fine time to take a seat on the sidelines and appreciate the artform from a spectator’s perspective.
Sat, June 21 | All Day / Everywhere | Free | DETAILS

EXPLORE | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family FUSE Weekend! The theme is Here, There, and Everywhere! From the VAG “Our sense of home, community and the world around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops!” As always, there’ll be excellent live music and some extra fun activities to encourage creativity (count on Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and The Now Society to help out in that department). What’s more, kids under 12 get in for free (score!) with a paying adult. This is also a good time to check out Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.
Sat–Sun, June 21-22 | 10am–5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | 22.50 for grown-ups | DETAILS

DIG IT | The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on. A fair number of the concerts are free and with so many gigs going on (hundreds of performances are scheduled) a game plan is in order. Narrow things down by using the ‘Performance Finder’ function on the Jazz Festival website for a list of what’s on (everything from Alternative and Indie to Big Band, Blues and Hip Hop). Scout picks include Norwegian songstress Susanna at Ironworks (June 21) and Bestie and The Belle Game at David Lam Park (June 29).
June 21 – July 1 | Various times and venues | Various Prices | DETAILS

BOOK ARTS | Head down to the Vancouver Public Library this Saturday to check out the Book Arts Fair. If you’re curious about the book as an object of art then this is the perfect venue to see some interesting stuff. Bookbinders and artists will be on site to show you altered books, bookbinding techniques and styles, the process of letterpress printing, and a variety of paper arts. This isn’t a stuffy museum-grade exhibit; you can touch and buy and ask questions. This event is put on by the B.C. Lower Mainland chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, so there’ll be some serious book smarts in the room.
Sat, June 21 | 10am-1pm | VPL Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. | DETAILS

GO GREEK | Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Days this weekend. I mention modes of transportation because you won’t be the only one there and you’ll want to focus on having fun, not parking. Spend the day roaming a car free Broadway taking in live entertainment and enjoying good food. Expect Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes, Greek coffee and Mountain Tea, olives and lots of baklava. There’ll also be an Hellenic Experience Tent, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and, more. This event is free (until you start ordering souvlaki, Greek salad, gyros, roast lamb, filo pastries, et cetera).
Sun, June 22 | 11am to 9pm | Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim | Free | DETAILS

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is set to make its tasty return this Sunday. A fleet of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and the Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There’ll also be live music, a community market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city for one day of each week of summer.
June 22 – Sept 22 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st | $2 (free with donation to food bank) | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle 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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Street Vending & No Money For Teachers (Because Oysters)

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by Sean Orr | Deceit on the half-shell: B.C. taxpayers on the hook for iTunes downloads, oysters and Hooters. Who uses iTunes anyway? Typical elitist. Why cant she just download tracks illegally like everyone else?

All that money for shellfish, and nothing for teachers? What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers.

Remember that this teacher’s strike is really Christy’s strike: Premier Christy Clark involved in BCTF strike strategy. Meanwhile, Hodor Supports B.C. Teachers.

And with that I will reward you with The 14 Best Hodor Quotes From “Game Of Thrones”.

Meanwhile, Public funding of private schools is a smart policy. I literally can’t even right now.

United We Can bottle depot moves, street vending increases. “The recent relocation of the United We Can bottle depot was expected to reduce congestion and street vending on the block where the depot was located (…) instead, the depot’s move has been followed by an increase in street vending and other illegal activity…” Oh, weird. So…if people can’t supplement their criminally low income from Welfare by legitimate means they’ll do so by illegal means? OK, has anyone involved in this process ever taken, like, one sociology class? Did they not see that coming? I mean, when will you learn?

NPA caucus is expelling school trustees Ken Denike, Sophia Woo. Woo! Shame on them for saying a proposed board policy designed to address the bullying of children based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity would hurt real estate prices.

But then again, shame on The Globe and Mail for saying it would help real estate prices: How rainbow flags on Vancouver schools would boost real estate.

If you think co-opting the oppression of any marginalized group to fuel economic self-interest you might need a primer: Gender Diversity 101.

Speaking of marginalized: Aboriginals “(cannot) claim to have ancestors who were the ‘first’ people,” says letter to the editor that ran twice. Yeah, I mean, clearly, Australopithecus were the first people…

Related: A Tribe Called Red Accused Of Racism Over ‘Caucasians’ T-Shirt. Oh, I see their talking about…duhm duhm duuuuh, reverse racism!

Set up to fail: Police watchdog team turning on their master — is the IIO already doomed?. Who investigates the people who investigate the investigators? “Rosenthal explained that as a young lawyer he quickly gravitated toward white-collar crime and ‘holding the most powerful to account.’” The picture they ran with the story is the wrong one. It should be this one.

World Cup of Losers: Fight breaks out during a World Cup game. That headline should read: Granville Street breaks out during a World Cup game. Hmm, maybe they should have watched the game at a weed dispensary instead.

Honour Bound: Forest and the Femme Society takes Downtown Eastside women to the great outdoors.

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #428 | In The Congo, Making Soccer Balls From Trash

(via The New York Times): “As soon as I saw a photograph of an African soccer ball, stitched together from old rags in the geometric patterns so familiar to us, I wanted to tell its story. And so last July my filmmaking crew traveled to a village outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where we shot this Op-Doc. Although the country did not qualify for the World Cup, people there – as in most of Africa – are mad about soccer. They play it everywhere. And because soccer balls like the ones common on American fields are a rarity in much of Africa, the sport is often played with homemade balls, like the one in this video.” – director Jerome Thélia.

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