SEEN IN VANCOUVER #456 | Local Lewis Bennett’s Latest Short Film, “The Fat Diet”

One of our film-making friends, Lewis Bennett (the creator of The Sandwich Nazi), has created yet another engrossing short called The Fat Diet. It details a Vancouverite’s concerns about his Polish parents’ strange diet: “Luke Brocki’s Polish immigrant parents have spent the last decade deliberately ignoring Western food wisdom by eating huge amounts of animal fat at every meal. They say this extreme diet is a path to health and wellness but Brocki worries they’re putting their lives at risk.” They look pretty happy and healthy to us!


Seen In Vancouver #388: “A Brief History Of British Columbia” Short By Lewis Bennett

Here’s the latest short from Lewis Bennett, a local man who we’ve been proud to support in his mission to make 12 films about BC in 2012. This is his sixth film in the series, and it’s called “A Brief History of British Columbia.” Enjoy.


SMOKE BREAK #967: “Hey Vancouver, This Is You On Craigslist” Film By Lewis Bennett

Here’s the latest short from Lewis Bennett, a local man who we’ve been proud to support in his mission to make 12 short films about BC in 2012. His last film – The Sandwich Nazi – went viral, clocking 100,000 views on the day we published it, showing up in several local blogs, The Georgia Straight, and as far afield as Eater National. He’s getting better as he goes along. This is his fifth film in the series. “We collected some Craigslist ads over a period of a few weeks and we asked some people in Stanley Park to read those posts,” Bennett writes. “These are all real ads and they were all posted by people in Vancouver and the surrounding communities.” Enjoy.


Seen In Vancouver #359: Lewis Bennett Is Worried That He Might Be In An Asian Gang

Another solid effort from Lewis Bennett, a local filmmaker who has taken it upon himself to create 12 movies on Vancouver and its surrounds in 2012. This is his third (made with Calum MacLeod and Benjamin Taft), and it’s the best we’ve seen yet. Bonus: holy ukelele teacher in the end credits! That dude is rad!


SEEN IN VANCOUVER #347: Lewis Bennett Takes Us To Peachland’s “Parrot Island”

A few weeks ago we presented a short film that was all about the detached, sneakered feet that have washed up on our shores over the last few years. “Feet” was the first of 12 shorts that Lewis Bennett aims to make about BC in 2012.  The film above is the second. From Lewis…

February’s film is about Ray Parkes who runs a parrot sanctuary in Peachland BC, with his wife Valerie and a few volunteers. The facility is called Parrot Island. It was set up to take care of abandoned parrots and to help educate the public on why we shouldn’t be buying these birds.

Note to pedants: It may have been shot in the Okanagan, but we still saw it in Vancouver. Enjoy.


YOU SHOULD KNOW | On The “Paint In” Of 1966 & The End Of The Centennial Fountain


by Stevie Wilson | Earlier this year it was announced that the Vancouver Art Gallery would be relocated from its current home to a brand-new structure at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. With this news came a second ruling that the 48 year-old Centennial Fountain out front of the gallery would not be preserved. The decision was met with a variety of perspectives, most arguing that the large fountain wasn’t conducive to the flow of pedestrians in the common area, and was no longer valuable as a gathering place – not to mention it had become prone to leaks. Others pointed out its historic character, and its value as a work of art itself, constructed of small, hand-chosen mosaic tiles by artist Alex von Svoboda. Whatever your thoughts on the fountain may be, there’s no denying that it’s a big piece (both literally and figuratively) of the Downtown core’s history.

Prior to its official unveiling in 1966, Premier W.A.C. Bennett wished to have the fountain’s construction kept hidden in order for it to be a surprise for the public. The fountain was intended to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the colonial union between BC and Vancouver Island in 1886. In 1966 the grounds were still home to the provincial courthouse – the VAG didn’t take it over until 1983. A memorial drinking fountain honouring King Edward VII was also sharing the ground out front on Georgia Street; it was moved to the side of the courthouse building in 1972.

Bennett requested the construction hoarding around the fountain site to be painted green and white, which conveniently enough were the colours of his BC Social Credit Party. However, this simply wouldn’t do for the more creative types at City Hall. Despite not being the renowned tourist attraction it is today, the location was nonetheless at the center of a growing cultural epicenter and therefore was a prime location for Mayor William Rathie’s alternative proposal to allow local artists to paint the hoarding instead.

The “Paint-In”, held on April 6th, 1966, featured over 100 local amateur and professional artists and displayed a wide range of styles and subjects. Artists had been encouraged to sign up and individual spots along the hoarding were assigned. Georgia and Howe Streets were closed as a large, curious crowd watched the painters get to work. The newly-formed Vancouver Life magazine even featured a photo of the artworks on the cover of their May issue.

The artists’ murals remained on view until the centennial fountain’s unveiling in December; what became of the artists’ work isn’t clear. Regardless, the creative stunt is not without its legacy. In 1968, the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria staged a similar gathering and invited several local artists to paint on the hoarding around its construction zone. Check out the gallery below to view some of the unique works that helped add a little extra fleeting colour to our city.

Vancouver Life and BC Motorist magazine images courtesy of Jason Vanderhill. Archival photography of the murals is the work of Ernie H. Reksten and Leslie F. Sheraton.


GOODS | Multiple Grammy-Winning Legends To Play Mission Hill’s Outdoor Amphitheatre

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 |

The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate

West Kelowna, BC | The artists are legendary, the venue is iconic and the concerts will be historic. The line-up is confirmed and Mission Hill Family Estate is proud to announce the performers appearing this summer at the winery’s spectacular outdoor Amphitheatre. The two live musical performances include a 17-time Grammy Award-winning musical legend Tony Bennett on Friday August 1st, and the Gipsy Kings 25th Anniversary Tour on Sunday, August 24th.

Tickets for the 2014 performances in Mission Hill’s intimate 1,000-seat Amphitheatre will go on sale Wednesday, April 30th and are expected to once again sell out quickly as these summer concerts become the hallmark of the summer in the Okanagan Valley. The concerts at Mission Hill provide a unique opportunity to see these artists perform in one of Canada’s premiere outdoor concert venues.

With the creation of the Amphitheatre, Proprietor Anthony von Mandl, a strong proponent of the arts, created a unique opportunity to enjoy live music performances in an unrivalled setting. Situated on a prominent hill rising above the Okanagan Valley with majestic mountains and a scenic lake creating the perfect backdrop, guests enjoy a gorgeous summer evening of music, wine and cuisine at a concert venue unlike any other.

Each year this spectacular venue attracts celebrated artists from around the world who are searching to engage with their fans on a more intimate level. Artists that have graced the stage at Mission Hill include: Chris Botti, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes and The Tenors, among others. For artists normally reserved for much larger venues the small capacity Amphitheatre provides a rare treat for those in attendance.

“A concert performance under the open sky at our outdoor Amphitheatre is a truly unforgettable experience,” states von Mandl. “There is something extraordinarily special about this intimate hilltop location; a wonderful outdoor concert experience reminiscent of the grand performances staged at Europe’s historic open-air Roman amphitheatres. We are thrilled to welcome these legendary musical performers to the winery this summer.” Read more

SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week


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!

GET UP | Friday is Creative Mornings, the monthly AM gathering for creative types at SFU Woodwards. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for their respective offices at 10am. This month, CM adopts the topic of Childhood, with performance artist Elaine Carol taking the stage to talk. Sign-up here for the ticket lottery (tickets go FAST, so don’t sit on it).
Fri, Jan 10 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS

LOCATE | Gallery 295 is an Eastside exhibition space that focuses on showing the photography of emerging Canadian artists. This month, they present Locate, a collection of works curated by ECUAD grad Avalon Mott. This show is all about place, transience and permanence, as Gallery 295 explains: “Through physical or social spaces, one aims to find a setting that they can inhabit and define. This action of locating oneself becomes increasingly difficult during periods of transition and instability. Locate brings to light this desire to find one’s place, and provides the viewer a space to contemplate their own act of location.” The exhibition features photographers Andrew Jenkins, Avalon Mott, Bahar Habibi, David Peters, Jeff Downer, Shannon McCubbin, and Tess Sereda. Slip in through the alley entrance at The Lab on East 2nd for the opening reception on Friday night.
Fri, Jan 10 | 7pm | GALLERY 295 (295 East 2nd Ave) | DETAILS

FILM | The Italian Film Festival is showcasing modern and classic films, so expect everything from Federico Fellini to John Turturro. Our picks: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1964) a series of three stories set at different locations throughout Italy starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. I mean, does it get any better than that?  From Vancity: “In Naples, they are poor but resourceful, selling black market cigarettes on the streets. In Milan, Loren is costumed in Christian Dior and debates her preference for a Rolls Royce or her husband. And in Rome, Mastroianni is an industry scion who helps Loren’s prostitute set a wavering priest back onto the spiritual plane.” And John Turturro’s Passione, a chronicling of Neapolitan music.   The Italian Film Festival runs January 10-16.
Now – Jan 16 | Various times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | DETAILS

TYPO | Words can be beautiful, not just in meaning but in form with each letter offering different curves and lines. Head to the Hot Art Wet City gallery on Main Street this Friday night to catch the opening of Typo, a typography-based art exhibit that focuses on words as art. If you’re a design wonk with a type fetish, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Featuring local artists Bennett Slater, Scott Sueme, and Frazer Adams, with guest artists Ben Knight, James Knight, Erin Gibbs, Brandon Cotter, and Ali Bruce. Typo continues until January 25th.
Fri, Jan 10 | 7pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St) | DETAILS

007 | The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra shakes things up with a James Bond-themed concert this weekend. Fifty Years of James Bond will present songs from some of your favourite Bond films (expect tracks from Dr. No and Goldfinger as well as From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only and Skyfall.) Pro tip: grab a seat at Uva Wine Bar – just across the street at 900 Seymour St. – for a proper Bond-worthy cocktail before or after the show.
Jan 10 & 11 | 8pm | The Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.) | $25-$88 | DETAILS

LEARN | If you’ve ever been curious about getting into photography or are already there but want to develop skills in a particular area, this weekend brings a great opportunity to get a feel for classes offered at Vancouver Photo Workshops space (without having to commit or spend any cash) at their open house. The weekend will offer 30 different one-hour sessions covering all manner of topics (think fine-art printing and creative lighting techniques to travel, portrait and landscape photography.
Jan 11 & 12 | Various times | 14 W. 7th, Vancouver | Free | DETAILS

BE PREPARED | Don’t let a bit of inclement weather stop you from enjoying nature and fresh air! Hustle down to Stanley Park (wear your rain slicker and wellies and take a warm cup of something) to learn about trail walking in the winter at the The Lost Lagoon Nature House’s Winter Wandering event this Sunday. The SPES Nature House is located on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street.
Sun, Jan 12 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS

MAKE | Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition will be at The Homesteaders Emporium teaching a Kimchi 101 class this weekend. Participants will be schooled on the basics of how to make a variety of delicious Korean-style, probiotic-rich fermented vegetables and will leave with a brain full of information including the nutritional benefits of eating fermented foods and a selection of recipes. Best part: you’ll be tasting a sampling fermented pickles along the way.
Sun, Jan 12 | 12pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings St) | $25 | DETAILS

WINTER FARMERS MARKET | Winter can be tough. Stay strong, take your vitamins, and eat well by loading the fridge with fresh, local food. Shoot over to 30th and Ontario to load up on fruits and veggies (look for kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey). Added bonus: there will be twice the number of food trucks parked at the market all through January. Mmm, food trucks.
Sat, Jan 11 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot Nat Bailey Stadium | DETAILS

SUPPORT | Project Limelight is a fantastic organization that provides local kids an opportunity to participate in a theatre group. At no cost, dedicated children get to develop their theatrical talent in a safe environment (mentored by professionals) as they work together to produce a performance for their family, friends and the larger community. This weekend the children of Project Limelight are performing Mirror Mirror, a fun production that involves music, dance, comedy and a little participation from the audience. Grab a ticket to the matinee or the evening show and be transported to a magical place while also giving a bunch of kids the thrill of a packed house.
Sun, Jan 12 | 2 & 6pm | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | $15 | DETAILS

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


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 shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.


HEADS UP | Hidden Heroes Of Film Trade Taking Stage At Pecha Kucha On Sept. 20


With the global PechaKucha community coming together to celebrate each city’s “Hidden Heroes”, Vancouver’s PechaKucha has invited the hidden heroes of the local film industry to take the stage at the Vogue Theatre on September 20th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, August 29th). Doors open at 6:30pm and the band will hit the stage at 7:00pm sharp, so come early. Our friends at Cause + Affect have just provided the list of presenters. Have a gander below…

Dave Massop – Director/Director of Photography, Sherpas Cinema
David has Directed and DP’d films of all kind including a 5D hi-resolution virtual-flight simulation called “FlyOver Canada”. His latest feature “All.I.Can” has won over 20 festival awards and we are all eagerly anticipating the release of his newest feature film, “Into the Mind.”

Edo Van Breeman – Film Score Composer/Producer, Brasstronaut
A classically trained composer, songwriter, and electronic music producer. Edo’s stylistic versatility and ability to musically interpret narratives in an emotionally compelling manner have made him a go-to composer for a rapidly growing pool of renowned film directors and commercial production houses worldwide.

Andrea Chlebak – Digital Colorist, Digital Film Central
Andrea Chlebak is the Senior Colorist and Director of Creative Services at Central, a boutique post-production facility in Vancouver, BC. Andrea most recently completed the final colour for Neill Blomkamp’s feature film, Elysium.

Adrien Van Viersen – Illustrator/Filmmaker, Smashmedia Production Inc.
Adrien’s career as a storyboard artist began with Romeo Must Die, and continued with Dreamcatcher, X-men2, I-Robot, Incredible Hulk, Mission Impossible 4, and TV pilots Smallville, Supernatural, The Arrow, and Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Simon Barry – Creator/Show-Runner of Continuum
Over the last 20 years, Simon has sold Film and TV projects to Warner Bros., DreamWorks, Universal, Columbia, Working Title, CBS, FOX, FX, TNT, USA, and many independent companies. Feature Film credits include the Warner Bros. action thriller The Art of War and the micro budgeted independent Hamlet which premiered at the 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Kristin Lehman – Actress, Editor of This Fair Land
Kristin’s television credits include leading series regular roles on The Killing, Judging Amy, Felicity, Century City, Drive, Tilt and Strange World to name a few. Currently Kristin can be seen playing Detective Angie Flynn on CTV’s primetime drama, Motive, or running her recently launched online magazine, This Fair Land.

Wayne Bennett – Film Producer, Organizer of Save BC Film
Wayne launched Save BC Film to educate the public of BC as to how much they benefit when filming takes place in their communities.

Jesse James Miller – Writer/Director, Profile Films
Jesse James Miller is a multi-award winning writer and director who’s latest critically acclaimed feature film The Good Son: The life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini was described by the LA TIMES as “a powerful story of triumph & tragedy”.

Damien Gillis – Co-Director Fractured Land
A Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues – especially relating to water, energy and saving Canada’s wild salmon – working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world.

Maureen Webb – Co-Founder Project Limelight Society / Co-Owner East of Main Cafe
Maureen Webb has been employed in the film industry for over 25 years and as a Casting Director for over 15 years. She co-founded (with her sister, Donalda Weaver) Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts program for young people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. They also launched East of Main Cafe, in Chinatown, which donates 100% of its profits to Project Limelight.

Kevin Eastwood – Producer/Director Optic Nerve Films
Kevin Eastwood has been the producer on two of BC’s most successful homegrown feature films (the cult favourite Fido, and the Canadian box office hit, The Delicate Art of Parking). Currently directing The Emergency Room – a new series from Lark Productions that takes an unprecedented look inside the emergency room at VGH.

Gwenael Lewis – Creative Director, New Document
Gwenael Lewis is a filmmaker, storyteller, and design entrepreneur currently based in Vancouver, BC. After a decade of being immersed in Design in cities ranging from Paris, New York, Berlin and Barcelona, his growing obsession for visual story telling came to the forefront over a three year period while working at Chanel. He has since collaborated with several international designers including Omer Arbel, Marcel Wanders and Maarten Baas, successfully helping them share the magic behind the scenes in their workshops.

Opening Band – Brasstronaut
Emerging in 2008 with their debut Old World Lies EP, the Vancouver based sextet has developed a distinctly unique sound that continues to defy genre pigeonholing. Their ability to weave together unexpected textures of clarinet, slide-guitar, trumpet, noise, synthesizers, voice and rhythms has garnered them international acclaim from notable critics such as Gilles Peterson, BBC1, CBC Radio3, Exclaim!, Q Magazine, Toronto Star, to name a few. The UK’s Independent newspaper has even called the band’s sound “a new way forward”.

HONOUR BOUND | Help Get A Documentary On Vancouver’s “Sandwich Nazi” Get Made

Remember that short and especially excellent NSFW Sandwich Nazi film that our friend Lewis Bennett did back in June of last year? It was about the one and only Salam Kahil, a former male escort turned delicatessen owner and DTES sandwich philanthropist. He has a well known penchant for talking frankly and humorously about sex, particularly blowjobs; dispensing the well worn tales of his most explicit exploits while expertly layering slices of cheese and meats between pieces of bread. Anyway, the film gained plenty of traction and attention and now Lewis and his film-making partners are aiming to turn it into a feature length documentary. To do so, they’re trying to raise some money on Indiegogo. Share that link today and watch the film above. The original short doc – an official selection at the Slamdance Film Festival this year – is below…

Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent Vancouver exceptionally well or are inherently super awesome in one way or another

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #444: Short Film With A Local Marine Biologist On Farmed Salmon

Here’s the latest short film from Lewis Bennett, a local man who we’ve been proud to support in his mission to make 12 films about BC. This is the ninth film in the series, and it’s a doozy called “An Afternoon with Alexandra Morton”.

We sat down with marine biologist Alexandra Morton in her backyard – to discuss her life, her predictions for the future of salmon in British Columbia, and her thoughts on humanity.


DEFINITIVE RECORDS: The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

Definitive Records is a new Scout column that asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. We start with a local filmmaker

WeezerThe Blue Album | LISTEN | “My favourite records tend to change every few years but I thought I’d pick one slightly older album. I was once a shitty teenager and this record reminds me of that time. Other shitty teenster memories: Mad Magazine, incense, Dippity Doo hair gel, marijuana, cola, and that time I secretly smelled my friend Mark’s sister’s panties when we were camping in Grade 9.”

Frightened RabbitMidnight Organ Fight | LISTEN | “I moved to Scotland a few years ago and I saw a Frightened Rabbit show the first week that I arrived in Edinburgh. Fuck, was it a great show! This album became the soundtrack to my Scottish adventures.”

Los Campesinos!Hold on Now, Youngster… | LISTEN | “I’m from Langley so I obviously love drinking and driving and one time I was drunk and I ran over a German Shepherd puppy while listening to this record and since then I’ve been very fond of it. Wait a minute…that’s not a real story but it’s still a stellar record. And even better news: an imaginary puppy is still alive!”


SEEN IN VANCOUVER #412: A Short Film About A Vancouverite And His Toy Dinosaur

November 8, 2012 

Here’s the latest short film from Lewis Bennett, a local man who we’ve been proud to support in his mission to make 12 films about BC in 2012. This is the eighth film in the series, and it’s called “Trevor the Dinosaur”. It’s about a local man named Derek Scott and his 8 year relationship with a toy dinosaur, a Triceratops named Trevor.

Money quote: “Most people probably don’t have a dinosaur that they can say goodnight to, but for those most people…well, then they’re missing out.”

Too right, brother. As usual, it’s charming as all get out, and you should probably watch it to improve your life.


Seen In Vancouver #400: An Elderly Lady Singing Beautifully At Cambie & Broadway

September 24, 2012 

Here’s the latest short from Lewis Bennett, a local man who we’ve been proud to support in his mission to make 12 films about BC in 2012. This is his seventh film in the series, and it’s called “Shirley Sings.” It’s about Shirley Buchan, a local woman who started singing at the age of two but didn’t get up the courage to perform in front of people until she was 71 years old. Shirley is now 79 and busking at the corner of Cambie & Broadway to raise money for charities in Western Kenya.


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