The GOODS from The Modern Bartender
After a successful pop up operation in both Edmonton and Calgary at the end of the summer, Victoria has called on “The Modern Bartender” to be on the move yet again. Shawn Soole from “Little Jumbo” has asked us to set up shop Monday December 9 starting at 4pm and we’re in!
We’ll be taking all manner of barwares and essentials such as a bevy of classic mixing vessels, japanese import bar spoons, piles of jiggers, muddlers, strainers and of course other must haves from our huge selection of books, ice trays and sphere makers, Tiki mugs, assorted syrups and more bitters than you can possibly imagine. Come visit The Modern Bartender at the Little Jumbo in Victoria at 506 Fort Street on Monday December 9 starting at 4pm. Read more
The one and only leather maestro, Ken Diamond, will be at The Shop Vancouver in Chinatown on Thursday December 5th to put custom belts together starting at 4pm. His wallets, belts, key fobs, key chains, moccasins, beer cozies, and a new collab wallet will also be available for purchase until 8pm. “Come down and take a look at Ken’s fantastic leather goods and enjoy a beer provided our friends by Pabst.” says owner Brett Beadle. Don’t mind if we do! Watch the video above from the last time these two hooked up. Good times.
The Shop Vancouver | 432 Columbia Street | Vancouver, BC | DETAILS
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | Mamie Taylor’s restaurant has teamed up with not-for-profit Not So Fast to give back to its neighbourhood community this holiday season. A charity that promotes healthy food choices on the Downtown Eastside, Not So Fast has challenged Chef Tobias Grignon to create a signature dish using frugal and heathy ingredients from a very short list of affordable dried goods, high-protein nuts and legumes, and seasonal vegetables.
Rising to the occasion, he’s created Sunchoke and Goat Cheese Pierogies served on Braised Lentils with Roasted Kale and Walnuts ($18). From December 1st to the 14th, every signature Pierogi dish sold will benefit Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” Friday food program at the Strathcona Community Centre. Since the program began last month, more than 150 Downtown Eastside families have been helped with Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” meal starters.
The foundation of a wholesome meal for four, each dry goods starter box contains rice, beans or lentils and a recipe that features low-cost, seasonal produce such as kale and root vegetables. Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Building on the success of Neighbourhood Collective, The Chinatown Experiment is presenting a series of art sales beginning with Neighbourhood: Photographs. Our focus is to bring attention to emerging local artists and have them showcase their work outside of the traditional art gallery model.
We are hosting an art sale on Tuesday, Dec 3 from 6:30pm to 11pm. All art is available for $100 or less. Guest curator, Becky Philpott has brought together six local photographers under the theme of neighbourhoods. These six photographers include Kamil Bialous, Shannyn Higgins, Kane Hopkins, Leigh Righton, Eldon Underhill, and Mel Yap. Read more
We’ve invited Vancouver’s own The Modern Bartender in Chinatown to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to stock up on all things drink. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more tipsy place to be.
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | On December 2, 2013 The Parker is excited to present a 5 course dining event for $49 hosted by our very our Chef Curtis Luk and his friend from Top Chef Canada‘s Season Two, Chef Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The two Top Chef alumni will team up to deliver an exclusive coursed tasting menu showcasing some of the finest and surprising ingredients that diners can expect well thought out and gorgeously plated offerings with an eye toward the unexpected and most of all a sense of playfulness on their plate. If you haven’t made plans for a Meatless Monday yet, December 2, 2013 is your night. The $49 includes tax, and diners can choose from several times to attend. But get your tickets quickly.
Slightly vexing will be the decision whether to choose from the suggested wine pairings by Steve Da Cruz or simply stick with some legendary cocktailery from the bar (expect Steve to be at his most tempting). Tickets for The Fall of Autumn on December 2nd can be purchased by calling the restaurant or via email through info [at] theparkervancouver.com. Read more
by Michelle Sproule | The Eastside Culture Crawl (November 15, 16, 17) is now upon us. The annual three day event sees over 425 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) open their studios to the public.
There is no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either. Treat it as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes while enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer.
The Crawl covers the area between Terminal Avenue to Burrard Inlet between Main Street and Victoria Drive (handy map). This year there will be over 425 artists participating and it’s estimated that over 15,000 crawlers will be out to take in what they have to offer. This is precisely the kind of event that calls for a game plan. Here’s ours…
This is the opening of the Crawl and the only opportunity you have for “evening” studio visits (Saturday and Sunday seeing only day-time visits). If you only have one chance to take in the Crawl, let this be it. Wandering around the neighbourhood on a cold, possibly wet night in Fall with thousands of other people looking to squeeze in as much art as they possibly can makes for soaring spirits. Make sure you dress appropriately (forecast suggests it’ll be a few degrees above zero), and do your utmost to be respectful of those who’ve opened their doors to you. If you own a flask, bring it.
Parker Street Studios | 125 Artists
The massive building at 1000 Parker St. is the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and starting your crawl experience here is essential. Not only is there is something magical about this building on the opening night of the Crawl – the crowds are thick and fast with energy, the studios are full and the artists are ready to chat – but you want to cover as much ground as you can this weekend and Parker Street will give you the solid start that you’re looking for.
Eating & Drinking Before, During, and Afterwards
The intensity of Parker Street makes it difficult to just head out or head home afterwards without sustenance. Chances are you’ll be pumped before, in the midst, and after, and that will make you hungry and thirsty. Chinatown is wise and close by. If there’s room at The Parker, sip on a New Strathcona and snack on something healthy, grab a burger and an Old Fashioned at Mamie Taylor’s on East Georgia between Main and Gore, or slurp up some candied bacon ramen at Harvest Community Foods. Nearby, Ask for Luigi just opened up last night, and Cuchillo recently added a few things to their menu. Plus there’s Campagnolo, Pizzeria Farina, East of Main, The Emerald, The Dunlevy Snackbar, Phnom Penh, and Bao Bei. Just don’t go overboard, as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow, too!
SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
If you thought Parker Street on Friday night was a mad and exhausting labyrinth, it’s good to remember that the Eastside Culture Crawl is an endurance game, and that it’s only just begun…
Hit the pavement with your trusty Crawl map and explore mid-sized buildings that house several studios at once. Your main targets are The Arc (1701 Powell St., 23 studios), 339 Railway Street (9 studios), Portside Studios (150 McLean Dr, 19 studios), The William Clark Studios (1310 William Street, 31 Studios) and The Mergatroid (975 Vernon, 55 Studios). As you move between buildings and neighbourhoods, look for yellow balloons marking smaller studios in homes, garages and basements (or save that action for Sunday).
It’s important to resist the urge to go non-stop from one studio to the next. You need to eat and drink and you need to do it without going too far off the Crawl track. As you saw higher up in this guide, there plenty of worthwhile joints to check out. Trouble is, most of them are only open at night. Fret not, as there are a few ‘in-crawl-catchment’ choices during daytime. For example, The Wilder Snail in Strathcona will set you up with your morning coffee (and muffin too) and it’s smack-dab in the middle of Crawlville. There’s also Harvest Community Foods on Union, The Union Cafe, Benny’s, and Finch’s.
Bonus: by pure serendipity, there’s a Perogy Lunch taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on the corner of East Pender and Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. Scoot in to load up of homemade Ukranian food and then get the hell back out there!
SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
This is what we call panic day. It’s when you realize you’re running out of Crawl time and you will need to act swiftly if you’re going to score. It’s also the day that you will visit the places you missed but heard about on Friday and Saturday via Twitter and word of mouth. So yeah, it’s the day that you will pick up the pace!
Small Studios & Follow Ups
This is also the day that you will revisit your favourite studios with your fingers crossed hoping that the painting/photograph/sculpture that you didn’t buy on Friday is still there. So don’t waste a minute. Map out a sensible route that includes targets that you haven’t hit yet and get rolling. You won’t see every studio, so don’t rush around like you might. Likewise, if a restaurant is full or there’s not room at the bar, move on. The last thing that the Eastside Culture Crawl is about is stress, disappointment, or the threat of either. Crawl with an open heart and mind, and enjoy the hell out of yourself!
Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from Bob Rennie. Most Vancouverites know him as a real estate marketing legend (he’s been at is since 1975), but he’s also one of Vancouver’s leading supporters of the arts. He sits on Emily Carr University’s Board of Governors and chairs the North America Acquisitions Committee (NAAC) at the Tate Museum of Modern Art in London. The public can check out his own Rennie Collection in Chinatown’s Wing Sang Building two days a week. Have a listen to the foundational sounds of…
Beck, Bogart & Appice – Superstition | LISTEN | “Very fond friendship memories of youth and camping.”
Simon & Garfunkel – At The Zoo | LISTEN | “Describes life…animal farm-ish.”
David Bowie – Young Americans | LISTEN | “My ex-wife and I loved this song when we were 18!”
Owner: Rod Moore
About The MODERN BARTENDER
The Modern Bartender is Vancouver’s first and only brick and mortar location for all things Drink! It’s known as “The Imbibers Playhouse”, and here’s why:
Bitters - over 100 flavors
Mixing glassware (including directly imported Japanese and european products)
Books - recipes, history, spirit and more
Drinking glassware (Coupe, Rocks, Flutes, Nick & Nora, Glencairn, Zombie, Collins, shot, etc)
Tools - spoons, tins, strainers, jiggers, muddlers, zesters, juicers and much, much more
Specialty items - acid phosphate, whisky stones, wine aerators, Ice machines and crushers, home bar fridges
Vintage - ice buckets, glassware, accessories
Barrels - age your own cocktail!
The Modern Bartender also stocks your only source for Tiki bar must haves with a huge selection of Tiki mugs, Trader Vic mixers, bowls, specialty barkeeper lounge wear (fedoras and vintage style lounge shirts to keep you in the mood), and much more. Keep your eyes open for our winter seminars.
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | You like beers? We’re making dinner – four courses, to be exact, all paired up with all the good stuff from Stanley Park Brewery. It starts with beer-inspired canapés and a custom beer cocktail; moves on to the pilsner alongside a shaved root vegetable salad with fennel, crispy egg, chili aoli, and crispy pigs ear; continues with an amber ale paired with pork and sweetbread boudin blanc, rye croutons, cauliflower puree, and sous-vide apple; plateaus with the brun up against chicken fried beef cheeks with onion beer gravy, turnip smashed potatoes, and pickled scallions; and closes with a custom brun cocktail washing down a pear beignet with vanilla ice cream beer float. Tickets are $65. It all goes down on Tues, Nov. 5th, starting at 6:30pm. Reserve by calling 604-620-8818 or emailing simon [@] mamietaylors.ca. Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | November brings another unique listing of events to The Chinatown Experiment, starting with the Bingo Bill Exchange and wrapping up with Citizen Grace (with plenty of awesomeness in between). The following all take place in our little pop-up shop in Chinatown…
October 25 – November 5 | Bingo Bill Exchange | Vancouverites Nina Watts and Ann Klaveness travelled to Kyrgyzstan last March to find the best examples of local handiwork and to commission more. The pop-up shop will feature brightly coloured and soft Shydraks as well as other furnishings and wearables from Kyrgyzstan such as ottomans, cushions, hats, scarves, slippers, bracelets and more. Prices will range from $15 to $3000.
November 8 – 24 | Forest & Waves | Forest & Waves began in 2012 as a way to combine the maker’s love for design with his experiences backpacking and surfing around the world. The company’s name pays homage to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest: the smell of cedar, the waves hitting the shore, and the winds rustling throughout. It also reflects Ed’s childhood growing up in a seaside village in Taiwan.
November 26 | The Big Help | The Big Help is a series of drawings based on giving directions. It explores the informal process whereby people are able to define markers as a way of illustrating a path. Casually recounting landmarks, buildings, objects, shapes, even colours, each direction brackets out something memorable or important about how to get somewhere. Open from 6pm – 10pm.
November 29 – 30 | Citizen Grace | Fresh from the successful Neighbourhood Collective shop, local online fashion retailer Citizen Grace returns for their second solo pop-up.
by Andrew Morrison | Thomas Eleizegui, the fellow behind the great little alleyway racing bike-centric hangout, Musette Caffe, secured Sean Heather’s old Everything Cafe space at 75 East Pender Street about three weeks ago. It will open as the second location of Musette in about seven to ten days. If you’ve never been to the original, take a look…
I took a peek inside the new Chinatown digs over Thanksgiving weekend. The long espresso bar and prep area still faces the buttoned-up burgundy banquette, but there are some cool new additions, like the detailed and beaten up lunch counter panels (via Scott Landon Antiques) and the amazing one-off chandelier made from bicycle parts (great job, Hayden and Lee!). The bike theme here will be more city-style than racing-style. Eleizegui is bringing in hand-made custom bikes as objets d’art, but considering the interesting array of collectibles and such at his original location, what the end result will look like is anyone’s guess. For sustenance, we can expect crepes, sandwiches, baked goods and the like paired with teas, 49th Parallel coffee, and an assortment of beers and wines from European “Grand Tour” locations. Musette Caffe will be open from 7:30am to 5pm at first, and will probably start keeping evening hours in the Spring.
As noted in the Scout List this week, it’ll be a pretty swell thing to hit up Chinatown on Friday night. There are three fantastic photography shows holding opening nights within steps of one another. Start out with Tristan Casey’s “Asleep in your Branches” at Positive Negative Gallery, then head next door for “India on an Enfield” at The Shop (wherein Ola Cholewa and Shea Pollard explore Northern India on a Royal Enfield motorcycle) before finishing off with a wander around David Semeniuk’s “Perimeter” show at the Gam Gallery. Here’s the skinny on each…
ASLEEP IN YOUR BRANCHES | “Tristan Casey captures the side of BC most of us only dream of, yet never venture out to realize. Casey’s gaze falls into the heart and soul of our own backyard, recording the beauty and impermanence that is easily discoverable beyond the edge of our city limits. In “Asleep In Your Branches”, his vision guides one through a timeless dreamscape that is beautiful British Columbia.”
Fri, Oct. 11 | Positive Negative Gallery (436 Columbia) | DETAILS
PERIMETER | “For this exhibition, [David] Semeniuk walked along the boundaries of the City of Vancouver with his partner Alice Campbell. This took place in nine separate trips between February 3 and April 7, 2013, the walks sometimes taking up to eight hours. Beginning in the northeast corner of the city at New Brighton Park, in view of the Port of Vancouver, the Iron Worker’s Memorial Bridge and the nearby Cascadia grain elevators, Semeniuk photographed the outer edges of the city, skirting places inaccessible to the public because of industry or private property. Other boundaries are less clear, such as the transition from Vancouver to the University Endowment Lands, or the small wooden stake demarcating the Musqueam Indian Reserve from the nearby multi-million dollar properties in the Southlands neighborhood. Issues of class, private property and accessibility in general circulate throughout Perimeter.”
Fri, Oct. 11 | Gam Gallery (110 E Hastings St @ Columbia) | DETAILS
INDIA ON AN ENFIELD | “Photographers Ola Cholewa and Shea Pollard took a trip to India in 2012… On the edge of the Ganges river they set out to find a man named Lucky whom they’d heard rented out Royal Enfields. On a bustling street amongst cows, tuk tuks, scooters, dogs, and 4×4′s they found a small shop called Lucky Motors…and here it began. A six week journey across the Northern mountain ranges of India on a silver bullet.”
Fri, Oct. 11 | The Shop (432 Columbia St) | DETAILS
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