The GOODS from Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC |We are hiring for our Fraser and Kingsway location. If you are passionate about excellent coffee, great food, and treating people well, then we should talk! We offer competitive wages, extensive training, and lots of room for advancement. There is a full-time barista position available immediately. Please drop off your resume in person and ask for Alexandra (emailed resumes will not be accepted). We look forward to meeting you! Read more
The Shack Art Collective is a cool little East Van gallery located in a refitted residential garage deep in East Van. We love the spirit behind this collective. It puts action to the idea of encouraging emerging artists to show their work by creating a space and cultivating a community of support to aid them in the development of their work.
This Saturday, co-curators Niki and Paris are re-opening the Shack after a winter hiatus with ‘Troublesome Waters’ – a show of recent works by artist Mark Hall-Patch. It’s part of a continuing series of watercolour paintings marked by a narrative theme related to ambiguous figures and landscapes. (“One of the themes that continues throughout the present body of work is the cultural fascination with the failure of the Free Spirit movement or failed utopian colonies of the past.”)
So put a little cash in your pocket for art (and a drink) and enter through the alley to check out this cool little gallery and the artist exhibiting within.
Sat, May 10 | 7pm | Shack Art Collective | 4364 Prince Albert (enter through alley) | DETAILS
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | This month brings the most dynamic line up yet with a series of eight pop-ups across two locations including Chinatown Experiment at 434 Columbia St. and the temporary Midtown Experiment at 585 E. Broadway a block west of Fraser St. Vancouver’s pop-up activators are excited to welcome back some familiar faces and to introduce new pop-ups this month. Grab a pen and start marking your calendars; you simply cannot miss out.
Open now – May 3 | Citizen Grace (585 E. Broadway)
Local online women’s fashion retailer Citizen Grace is back with their first pop-up of 2014 and they have exclusive new pieces at their pop-up store that are not yet released online. Open 10am – 8pm daily.
May 1 – 7 | An Improbable Friendship (434 Columbia St.)
Yuri Padal and Michael Mahoney are proud to exhibit their abstract paintings for a one-week exhibition. Their opening reception is Friday, May 2 from 5-9pm with live music. The gallery is open daily from 10am – 7pm.
May 5 – 11 | Black & Yellow presents: The Incubator (585 E. Broadway)
Once hosted at The Waldorf Hotel, Black & Yellow gallery is back and led by gallery director Allison Mander-Wionzek. The Incubator is a one-week pop-up gallery and event series dedicated to fostering community and motivating young female artists and cultural practitioners by creaming opportunities for mentorship, networking, education, and exposure. They will be open 12 – 5pm each day. Follow along @incubatevan #girlongirl.
May 9 – 11 | Kerri Pfeifer Mother’s Day Floral Shop (434 Columbia St.)
The backyard florist is having a three-day pop-up for Mother’s Day! Bring your mom down to Chinatown for a stroll through Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhood and surprise her with flower’s from this pop-up florist. Mom will love you for it.
May 13 – 18 | Bingo Bill Exchange (585 E. Broadway)
Fresh from a buying trip to the women run co-operative workshops of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, Bingo Bill Exchange is back for their second pop-up. The beautiful cushions, ottomans, wool felt carpets, jewelry, and more will adorn the space for six-days only with partial proceeds benefiting the Hope in Shadows photo project of the DTES community. Opening reception Tuesday, May 13 6-9pm.
May 20 | Billy James Fashion (434 Columbia St.)
Local fashion designer Natasha James is all set for her first solo pop-up after a successful collaborative effort with local favorites Hey Jude last summer. This is one-
night only. Don’t sleep on it.
May 20 – June 1 | East Side Flea Midtown Pop Up Shop (585 E. Broadway)
That’s right. All the goodness of East Side Flea will be available in a brick & mortar shop. With 25+ revolving vendors, you can expect a kick-off party, workshops, demonstrations, and a record listening station. Follow along @eastsideflea and #esfpopup for more info. Open daily 11am – 7pm.
May 21 | Make Art Not Cancer (434 Columbia St.)
A one-night only gallery and art auction with all proceeds going to this year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation.
May 23 – June 4 | Kate Duncan presents ADDRESS (434 Columbia St.)
ADDRESS is a collection of furniture, lighting, textiles, horticulture, as well as artwork and sculptural vessels by designers from Vancouver, Calgary, and New York. The two-week pop-up will feature the fine furniture by Kate Duncan, as well as works by Troy Moth, Allied Maker, Le Fil Rouge Textiles, Golem Designs, and many more. This is what’s hot in interior design and home décor right now. Open daily 11am – 7pm.
After several years of pop-up events and temporary locations, The Found & The Freed has finally found a fixed address: 706 Victoria Drive. That’s the old Scott’s corner store on the corner of Victoria and East Georgia, so it has great character. We recently stopped by on their first day of operations and found the place predictably full of interesting bits and bobs, including an ancient alligator’s head, a collection old and beautiful Vancouver-centric pennants, a stuffed California Quail, and all manner of other vintage fascinations besides. It was great to see owners/curators Ainsley McIntyre and Lindsay Burke in such a terrific location. It really does suit them. Take a closer look below. Hours: 12pm-7pm Thursday & Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday.
The GOODS FROM EARNEST ICE CREAM
Vancouver, BC | Earnest Ice Cream is looking to fill a number of positions in both the front and back of house for our Fraser Street shop. We are looking for people who are eager to be a long-term part of our kick-ass team and are passionate about local food, sustainability, and generally making the world a better place. We offer a fun, positive work environment, room for growth, competitive wages, benefits for employees, and a profit sharing program. Read more
We’ve invited East Broadway’s cocktail-centric, modern Peruvian-themed Chicha to join the Restaurant section of our GOODS program as an excellent place for flavour and fun. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a tastier one.
The Writers’ Exchange is a local program that offers inner city kids a place where they can learn to love the craft of writing. The Writer’s Exchange used to be run out of classrooms across East Vancouver, but this past Fall it opened a public space at 881 East Hastings. Here, kids gather after school to learn about reading, writing and the versatility of their own imaginations in a safe environment – all for free.
The literacy superstars who run the show, namely Sarah Maitland and Jennifer MacLeod, are aiming to ensure that every Vancouver child has the opportunity to build the literacy skills necessary to access a world where anything is possible. That’s a pretty great vision and we think our city will be a better place for it. But stuff like this doesn’t happen unless community pitches in to make it happen.
And that’s where you come in…
TIME | Volunteer some time! A few hours one day of the week would make a huge difference. Giving kids a familiar and supportive mentor is a key part of what the success of The Writer’s Exchange has been built upon. “As a volunteer mentor, you can help with reading, creative writing projects, literacy games and cool crafts, or support a small group of kids during in-school book-making programs. Help us make literacy fun and accessible for kids!”
DONATE | If you don’t have time, maybe you have a little food or money that you wouldn’t mind contributing. Healthy snacks or cash donations are accepted with appreciation. The Writer’s Exchange also loves books and art supplies.
TECHNOLOGY | The Writer’s Exchange is looking for donations of Apple Computers. We know a lot of our readers are Mac users, so if you or your office or organization are looking at refreshing your hardware any time soon, please consider donating your old computers to The Writer’s Exchange. Macs are great for creating stop-animation videos, processing photographs used for some of the books that the children create and are generally easier for newbies to learn on. Anything after 2005 can be refurbished and used by these kids.
Connect with Jennifer or Sarah at The Writer’s Exchange here.
PS. Once upon a time, a burrito was born. He was sitting around in the freezer until someone put him in the microwave. The burrito never felt so alive. — Crissy, age 9
Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | Are you vivacious, energetic, organized, and confident? We need you! Our Host is the first face of La Mezcaleria and therefore incredibly important to us. You will represent our brand, our family and our vibe. This is a demanding position. Are you up for the challenge? 2+ years of experience is a must, and Spanish is an asset. Please send your resume and cover letter to info [at] lamezcaleria.ca and learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
(via Dezeen) It’s been over a year since David and Susan Scott launched their own firm, Scott & Scott Architects, but they’ve only recently completed their studio headquarters on the ground floor of their 1911 home off on 19th Ave off Main Street. They’ve clad the floor and walls with Douglas Fir planks which they’ve treated themselves with a mixture of Canadian whisky and beeswax (watch the video below). A rear workshop is divided from the main space by a functional storage hide/wall. David and Susan also designed the tables themselves using galvanised steel frames and hand-stitched leathers. Floor to ceiling window frontage invites the neighbours to look inside, but it also allows the architects to work with plenty of light (there are glass pendant lights hanging from the ceiling to add more in the evenings).
Have you heard? It’s supposed to be a pretty gloomy week. Not to worry, though, because France. Yup, for us, crap forecasts tend to conjure visions of (and desires for) restorative, old school French bistro fare. The last time it rained we fell for it hard in the form of properly gooey onion soup gratinee (the gruyere cap amplified by mozzarella); Alsatian tart flambee with crispy lardons and fat dollops of creme fraiche; and flavourful hanger steak (done to the rare side of medium-rare) prostrate in a deep puddle of green peppercorn cream next to a pile of salted frites. It was all washed down at Les Faux Bourgeois in the heart of The Fraserhood (where summer is for the weak and patios fear to tread) with winter-generous pours of 2011 Brumont Tannat-Merlot.
Les Faux Bourgeois | 663 East 15th Ave | Vancouver, BC | 604-873-9733
This gallery of Alley Chairs can be found in our new HOODS section. It was curated by Nicole Arnett, an invaluable friend to Scout. It documents (invents) the dramas that explain the abandoned alleyway chairs and sofas of East Van.
by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Are you feeling adventurous about your veggie garden this year? Want to grow some weird shit this season? One culinary herb we love that isn’t seen in most gardens is, well, lovage, or, botanically speaking, Levisticum officinale.
As mentioned in previous articles, when a plant bears the name “officinale”, it indicates that the plant has medicinal properties. Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic or drunk to stimulate digestion. Lovage apparently has the one of the top highest quotients of “quercetin”, a flavinoid. Don’t ask us what this means on a molecular level, but this mythic substance acts as a bronchodilator for asthmatics and as an anti-inflammatory, reducing the release of histamines and other allergic chemicals in the body. Crazy!
Lovage is easy to grow, prolific (but stays fairly centralized), and one plant will do you for the year. The leaves are quite pungent, and have an aroma and taste similar to celery. Lovage blooms umbels of yellow in late spring and is a perennial, coming back every year. It’s abundant, available until frost, and literally requires no work despite offering multiple benefits!
With the shift towards warmer temperatures, lovage has abruptly started bursting out in the garden and is now officially in season. It is one of the first signs of green to emerge in the veggie garden scene come spring. We welcome it the same as one would welcome tulips and daffodils.
The culinary uses of the lovage leaf as an herb are endless, but it’s especially great when small dosed in a salad. One of our favourite early spring mixes consists of mustard greens, kale, chervil, purslane, kale flowers, and a wee bit of lovage. This mixture of goodness is hard to come by, even at the farmers market; you might have to grow your own or go to a restaurant with good, local sourcing.
Other culinary uses for this wonder herb include lovage pesto, as a chiffonade garnish, and as a base for mirepoix or soup stock. We dry and freeze our lovage in the Fall to get us through the winter. The root is also edible, and the seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel.
Conclusion: lovage is super versatile, so try growing it this season!
Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they’ve hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.
The GHOST HOOD series dovetails with the new HOODS section of Scout (launching on Monday)
by Stevie Wilson | In conversations about Mount Pleasant these days, the old “Brewery Creek” moniker is being increasingly employed on account of all the new breweries that have arrived in recent years. But what exactly is the significance of the name? It’s important to note that although it’s generally thought of as synonymous with the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the “Brewery Creek” distinction refers to a particular stretch of waterway that was integral to the growth and economic development of the area. Long before white settlers arrived, this expansive region was a popular harvesting location for First Nations. It would later become an important economic sector for new businesses thanks to its flowing natural resource.
The patch of land that became known as Mount Pleasant was originally shrouded in dense, dark rainforest. The creek that drained this forest into the salty waters of False Creek sat at the bottom of a large ravine that was open to the sky. It offered an abundance of flowers, berries, and other plants used by First Nations for medicine and food. The (now lost) waterway began near where Mountain View Cemetery is located today. Water flowed downhill just west of modern-day Fraser Street to a marshy, dammed area near 14th Avenue (Tea Swamp Park). From here, the creek flowed down the Mount Pleasant hillside, following a northeastern path alongside a First Nations trail (near where Kingsway cuts across Main Street), and continuing into the eastern waters of False Creek (which have since been filled in) near Terminal Avenue.
In 1867, the creek area in Mount Pleasant became Vancouver’s first piped waterway, delivering water by flume to Gastown – then the center of the city – and the boilers at Captain Edward Stamp’s Mill near the foot of Dunlevy (later known as the Hastings Sawmill).
The Brewery Creek region was defined by its open landscape, its distinct flora and fauna, and the numerous businesses that followed the path of the waterway – including several slaughterhouses, the nearby Vancouver Tannery, and an assortment of local beverage-makers that used the creek to power their water wheels: the San Francisco Brewery (later known as the Red Star Brewery), Mainland Brewery, Landsdowne Brewery, Lion Brewery, and the Thorpe & Co. Soda Water Works. Read more