Oyama Sausage Company is located at Granville Island Public Market | 604-327-7407 | www.oyamasausage.ca
Vancouver, BC | December is upon us, and so the frenzy of shopping for gifts and getting ready for holiday entertaining begins. Why not make shopping easy as can be with a visit to Oyama Sausage Company on Granville Island? You can stock up on tasty treats while you enjoy the bustle of Granville Island. From party trays to gift baskets, Oyama can take care of even the most difficult person to shop for. We’re celebrating the St. Hubertus and Game Weekend from Friday Dec. 6th to Sunday Dec. 8th, and then offering up the last Boudin Noir and Morcilla of 2013 between Friday Dec. 13th and Sunday Dec. 16th. From then until New Year’s, we’ll be in the full Christmas swing of things. Check after the jump for details… [ Keep reading ]
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 yours…
LEARN | Looking to take up a new hobby? How about embroidery? I’m totally serious. There are not one but two embroidery classes going on this week and neither of them comes anywhere close to resembling anything approaching granny-style. Option 1 is a vintage tattoo-inspired class brought to you by the creative and enthusiastic folks behind Tin Can Studio. Hang out curb side in Vancouver’s coolest roving studio and learn how to create art using a needle and thread from local gal Hilary Webb. This class comes with a fun embroidery kit that includes “everything you need to get stitching with ease and style” and, because the whole thing is going down at The Dunlvey Snackbar, records will be playing and cocktails will be served. Option 2 doesn’t come with booze, but it’s significantly less expensive and does come with materials, use of tools and super-star guest-host Leanne Prain (author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti). This workshop is a day-time event and takes place at Bird On A Wire on Main Street. Either way, you’re guaranteed to walk out of the afternoon with a new skill that will impress your friends. No “Home-Sweet-Home” stuff – this is embroidery for badasses.
Option 1 | Wed, Dec 4 | Tin Can Studio (Parked at 433 Dunlevy) | $75 | DETAILS
Option 2 | Sat, Dec 7 | 1-3pm | Bird On A Wire (2535 Main) | $45 | DETAILS
READ | Slow down and take some time out with a good book. If you’re in need of new reading material, you’re in luck because this weekend is the Vancouver Public Library’s Winter Book Sale. Cruise through table upon table of titles in the promenade area of Library Square and leave loaded up with a solid assortment of winter reads (get some affordable holiday shopping done, too).
Thurs–Sat Dec 5, 6, 7 | 10am-5pm | Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia) | DETAILS
WRITE | If there’s one month of the year that the Regional Assembly of Text Letter Writing Club is a must – it’s got to be this one. If you’ve never heard of it before, the wonderful Main St. store sports a brilliant collection of books, paper, cards, stamps, chalkboards, boxes, and yes, even clothing, and on the first Thursday of every month they host a Letter Writing Club. It’s free, open to everyone, and supplies are provided. So don’t leave Christmas Cards until the last minute. Get ‘em done and in the mail! Such a move is highly recommended by Santa.
Thurs, Dec 5 | 7:30 pm | Regional Assembly of Text (3934 Main) | Free | DETAILS
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 “Make”. Local paper artist, photographer, thinker and all-around creator Rachael Ashe will be taking the stage to talk. Ashe has been part of Mini Maker Faire and the indie craft fair Got Craft? She participates in the Eastside Culture Crawl and also curates Hot Talks, a speaker series at Hot Art Wet City gallery up on Main Street, so we’re betting she’ll have some interesting things to share. Sign-up here ASAP as tickets go FAST.
Fri, Dec 6 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS
TOQUE | Not all craft fairs are created equal. Right near the very top of the mountain of holiday craft fairs is Toque at the Western Front. The curation standards are high; everything is amazing. Expect to find work by fine Vancouver artists and designers like superstar handbag designer Erin Templeton, sublimely gifted potter Gailan Ngan, always ahead-of-the-curve Henderson Dry Goods and truly beautiful books from booksellers Simply Read. Quietly one of the best craft fairs on the scene. Skip over to the Toque tumblr for examples of what you might see.
Fri, Dec 6 /Sat, Dec 7 | 6-10pm Fri, 11am-7pm Sat | Western Front (303 E. 8th) | DETAILS
YORK THEATRE | The York Theatre opens this weekend. The 100-year-old icon on Commercial Drive was recently saved from demolition to be restored as a community rental venue operated by the good and knowledgeable folks at The Cultch. Be there on opening night and be among the first to take a behind-the-scenes tour, catch a performance (An East Van Panto is premiering, written by local funny dude Charles Demers with music by Veda Hille). Stick around afterwards for an on-stage post-performance party. We see more cultural institutions close than open, so this event is definitely worthy of celebration. Pro tip: Nick’s Spaghetti House is located just next door. Arrive early for some pasta and wine!
Fri, Dec 6 | 7pm | The York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr) | DETAILS
CHEER | The Carol Ships have been dusted off, decorated and outfitted with teams of cheerful people. Their beautiful voices will be making their seasonal debut on the waters of the Vancouver inner harbour this Friday night. Ships will be at Canada Place at 7:30pm for the annual ‘lighting of the sails’, after which they will head out for a tour. Boats will pass by the South Shore between 7:45pm and 8:15pm and visiting the North Shore between 8:30pm and 9:20pm. Expect them to pass under the Lions Gate Bridge at 9:30pm and move on to English Bay to finish at 10:00pm. So throw on some gloves and a scarf and take a winter walk on the seawall on Friday night. There’s no rain scheduled, so make the plan!
Fri, Dec 6 | 7:30-10pm | Vancouver Inner Harbour | DETAILS
PARTY | Chinatown’s Blim has been making Vancouver a little more interesting through workshops, art shows and craft markets for ten years now. That’s a big deal – and something to celebrate, so hustle over to Main Street’s media arts access centre, VIVO, to get in on a party planned to mark the auspicious occasion of Blim’s 10-year anniversary. There will be a slough of special guests (DJ’s, musicians, performers) to make the evening exciting and ‘Blimmy’, not to mention a crowd of generally cool human beings giving support and props to founder Yuriko Iga. An evening of good vibes punctuated by neon coloured tights and animal print t-shirts! You know you love it.
Sat, Dec 7 | 9pm | VIVO (1965 Main St.)| $ By donation | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | The Farmers Market takes place this Saturday out at Nat Bailey. With only one per week during the winter months, it’s really important that you hit the parking lot to load up on all the locally produced goodies that will keep you healthy and happy during these cold and wet winter months. Right now you can expect to see oodles of fresh kale, beets, fennel, artisan breads, dried fruits, preserves, cheeses, and much, much more.
Sat, Dec 8 | 10am–2pm | East Parking Lot, Nat Bailey Stadium (30th @ Ontario) | DETAILS
BUY | Pick up some new duds at the Tunic clothing and accessory sale this weekend. Organizers (Mira Campbell + Kathy Hamagami) have assembled a quality selection of clothing (‘better garments’ is the term they use). It’ll be a little like rifling through your stylish friends closet and making off with a new outfit. Expect jewelry, locally designed knitwear, lightly used and vintage clothing, cool accessories, and – because the whole thing is going down at The Dunlvey Snackbar – records will be playing and cocktails served.
Sun, Dec 8 | Noon-6pm | The Dunlevy Snackbar (433 Dunlevy Ave) | Cash only | DETAILS
Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List
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.
by Robyn Yager | This week marks the opening of the long awaited Archive, the new retail adjunct to Revolver Coffee in Gastown. The Giannakos family hosted a party over the weekend, complete with copious amounts of meat, cheese, and Brassneck beer.
Archive will provide additional space for Revolver customers to sit and enjoy their coffees and give them the opportunity to learn and talk about coffee and coffee merchandise. With graphic identity by Post Projects and design by Craig Stanghetta and artist Ricky Alvarez, the expansion doubles the cafe’s capacity. Unlike Revolver, there are no four person booths in Archive. A long communal table runs the centre of the space instead, with a standing bar on the south side and individual seating in the window. Coffee merchandise and accessories are displayed on the cabinets opposite the standing bar, where one can browse various coffee brew methods, equipment, accessories, and resource books.
With the room painted almost entirely in black with the exception of the light wood cabinets, table, and bar, Archive is a completely different environment from Revolver; albeit still comfortable in its own right. The art installation that hangs above the standing bar sees the Dewey Decimal system broken up into ten framed art pieces; a testament to organization, systems, and an overall charming way to display the library classification system used in libraries around the world. Interestingly, it seems to run parallel to the way in which Revolver and its counterpart functions – in efficiency, organization, and elegance. A second art piece hangs on the north wall stating “Every one of us has all we need” in white acrylic letters with brown paper scored to give the piece texture.
Archive is open six days a week, Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 6pm.
The Acorn is located at 3995 Main Street in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9001 | www.theacornrestaurant.ca
Vancouver, BC | This is the last week to enjoy items from our Autumn Menu before we launch the Winter Menu this Thursday, December 5th. Highlights of the new menu will include the return of old favourites like the Potato and Parsnip Croquettes with Okanagan Apple, Aged Cheddar and Pale Ale Sauce, and the winning dish from Gold Medal Plates Victoria: Seared King Oyster Mushrooms, Braised Shallots, Roasted Carrots, Sherry Gel, Carrot Meringue and Mushroom Jus. We’re also featuring a new cocktail called “Darkhorse + Stormy”. It puts Reposado Tequila and Mezcal next to Odd Society Créme de Cassis, Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Jamaican + Spicy Charred Pineapple Bitters. Learn more about the award-winning vegetarian restaurant after the jump… [ Keep reading ]
Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com
Cawston, BC | Orofino is once again hosting their annual “Orofino Crush Pad Winter Classic” event. The winery will be open for a festive holiday weekend in the Similkameen Valley from 12pm to 4pm on December 6th, 7th and 8th. We invite everyone to taste through a few new wine releases and check out the wineshop for holiday gift ideas.
There will also be many opportunities to grab a stick for some pick-up hockey on the crush pad. Nothing too strenuous and definitely nothing too serious! Stickhandle around until exhaustion hits and then trade in your stick for a glass of wine or a hot chocolate and marshmallows done over an open fire. [ Keep reading ]
by Sean Orr | More Lower Mainland Rental Housing, But For Whom? ”This is the fundamental absurdity: [the B.C. government] gives $375 for shelter, but this is not enough for market housing anywhere in the province.” Until this is changed, everything else in the housing narrative is moot. Let’s hope we can sustain ourselves on feel good stories of local homeless people playing the piano instead.
What the homeless really need is cellphones. Ugh. That was really unnecessarily cynical of me.
In high-cost Vancouver, the trick is getting strangers to pay the mortgage. Please don’t show this article to my landlord mom.
Cat(amaran) Burglar: Victoria Clipper stolen; SWAT team arrests man after standoff. That reminds me of the time I stole the Seabus and took it on a booze cruise up to Haida Gwaii.
The Clean Up Guy: An interview with the man who is taking the City of Vancouver to the human rights tribunal. “It was the first interview Kljajic — a sanitation worker whose political view is apparently not appreciated at city hall – has given”. Oh, so that’s why they hired that Hells Angel dude.
Royal Canadian Mounted Potsmokers: Veteran RCMP officer stripped of his uniform for publicly smoking medical marijuana hands in his red serge. Something something something about Rob Ford or Justin Trudeau. I’m going back to bed.
Chillwave: Bundle up, an arctic chill is coming to B.C.. That’s nothing, I heard it was raining in L.A.!
I might have found a blog that’s actually worse than Hush Magazine, Gastown Gazette, and Vancity Buzz combined. It’s an official government website called BC B Sides. “B.C. government news – personified”. Ugh…so Goebbels and Orwell walk into a bar… ”Before having my daughter, I didn’t give emergency preparedness much thought. I figured you could ride out any disaster with salty snacks, Scrabble and red wine”. That one c/o the Online Communications Officer of Emergency Management BC. Talk about a disaster…
And speaking of websites and disasters: Drizzy Makes Headlines at Cioppino’s. Ew. If Buzzfeed and Jezebel had a code battle, Eater Vancouver would be the bloody aftermath. If had been around when I was working at Cioppino’s we would have seen the following headline: “Clumsy food-runner with died black hair spills soup on Heather Graham”.
Craigslist of the Day: “Highway car from Chilliwack, was white but painted it Satin black. Wife hates it, kid loves it, being forced into a Dodge Caravan…. just shoot me”.
Can’t-believe-this-passes-for-news of the day: Cowichan kid has the look of a Vancouver Canuck.