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
If you have the 2013 edition of the locally produced and always odd Miracle & Connelly Calendar on your wall, you’re likely making arrangements to secure the new one. If you’ve seen a copy of one of these hand-inscribed calendars hanging on a friend’s wall, you’ve probably wanted one. If you’ve never seen or heard of it, trust us, you want one! 2013′s legendary calendar – the strangest yet – came complete with 12 months stuffed with all manner of horrible and wonderful days (eg. October 22nd was Silverfish Awareness Day), and we don’t doubt that 2014′s will be just as weirdly memorable.
They’re $20.14 each, 3 for $50, or 5 for $80. Email us [at] miracleandconnellypresents.com to lock down a copy. The calendars will be available at two launches this week: Thursday, November 28 (7pm – late) at the Dunlevy Snackbar in Strathcona and Friday, November 29 (9:30pm) at Solders & Sons (247 Main Street).
Le Marché St George turns three years old today. The good folks behind the excellent corner store and cafe are celebrating by sharing treats, offering 20% off of all their stock and launching their annual Winter pop-up shop. Poke your head into the garage at the rear of the property and check out all the gorgeous textiles – think Mexican wools, beautiful cashmere and linen scarves, chunky knit sweaters, pillows, throws and blankets – as well as a fresh batch of ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, Scatter/Gather pendant lights and some great jewellery. The 20% off sale is for today (Saturday) only, but the pop-up continues through December.
Saturday, November 23 | 9am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS
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!
The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have just announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 30 on November 20th, as well as the opening musical act. Sadly (typically), it’s already sold out, but we’re going to be giving away a double pass in the coming days, so watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win…
Hannah Epperson, Singer / Songwriter (opening act)| Armed with only her violin, loop pedal and voice, singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson is quietly rising in Western Canada’s music scene as a wild talent from Vancouver’s rising tide of indie artists. With just a 5 track home-recorded, self-released EP to her name, Hannah’s emergence as one of Canada’s Top Artists to Watch in 2013 (CBC Radio) has been driven by word-of-mouth praise for her unguarded and deeply intimate solo performances.
J. B. MacKinnon, Author | J.B. MacKinnon is the author or coauthor of four books of nonfiction. His latest, The Once and Future World, will be released in September 2013. Previous works are The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith), a bestseller widely recognized as a catalyst of the local foods movement; I Live Here (with Mia Kirshner and artists Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge), a ‘paper documentary’ about displaced people that made top 10 lists from theBloomsbury Literary Review to Comic Book Resources; and Dead Man in Paradise, the story of a priest assassinated in the Dominican Republic, which won Canada’s highest prize for literary nonfiction.
Zoe Pawlak, Artist | Zoe Pawlak is a contemporary artist working with private clients, interior designers and select brands. Zoe’s work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Style at Home, Rue Magazine, House and Home, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, CBC National News, the BLOCK magazine, Design*Sponge, the Jealous Curator, Oh Joy! and more.
Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder Herschel Supply Co. | Lyndon is one of two founding brothers of the Herschel Supply Company, a key influencer in the importance of the backpack as an everyday fashion accessory. The company was founded in 2009, and was named after the small town in Saskatchewan where three generations of the family grew up. It hasn’t stood still since 2009. Herschel Supply products are sold in Canada, from the foothills of the Rockies, as well as Europe, Australia, throughout Asia, and everywhere in between.
Chris Jerome, Market Director Hawkers Market | Chris Jerome cooked his way across Canada in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal finally landing at The Fat Duck in Bray, UK with Heston Blumenthal followed by Noma in Copenhagen alongside Rene Redzepi. Chris moved to Vancouver in 2011 and now runs Hawkers Market which is a curated local underground food market which fosters the development of emerging vibrant food entrepreneurs in Vancouver, with a core belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to make a living doing what they love to do.
Alexandra T. Greenhill, Co-Founder / CEO My Best Helper | Alexandra T. Greenhill is a still practicing Canadian physician leader who is now co-founder and CEO of award winning startup myBestHelper, the essential digital utility that gives families an easy way to access and use care options for kids and elderly – find a nanny, sitter who really fits your family. Dr. Greenhill also uses her decades of health and eHealth leadership experience to advise health IT projects and companies, including Medeo.ca (the ground-breaking Vancouver based telehealth from any device platform) and Curatio (the revolutionary personalized mobile support tool designed for people with conditions that can benefit from a virtual support group combined with direct interaction with healthcare professionals).
Alicia Medina Laddaga, Founder and Director LOHA Vancouver | After Alicia graduating from her Bachelors in Architecture in Mexico in 2008, Alicia packed her stuff (and husband) in a pick-up truck and drove 5000km north to Vancouver to pursue a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture at UBC. Being a big advocate for user-generated urbanism, Alicia focused her studies at UBC on exploring ways in which dynamic and spontaneous processes transform cities into vibrant urban environments. While working at a local architecture firm, Alicia realized the limitations of the practice in affecting change in our city. In November 2012, Alicia founded the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LOHA), a non-profit organization focused on providing housing for creative and emerging professionals in Vancouver. As a founder and director of the organization, Alicia seeks to be an active participant in housing (and increasing) the creative capital of our city. Her work at LOHA focuses on community engagement and education.
Jonathan Tippett, Artist and Engineer Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot | Jonathan Tippett is a Vancouver based artist and mechanical engineer with a degree in Applied Science from UBC. His engineering work has been in the fields of marine hydraulics, fuel cells and neurovascular implants. Tippett’s personal artwork explores the relationship between humans, machines, energy, power and physical skill at an extreme scale. His first large scale piece was the Mondo Spider, created in 2006. His current project is 2 story tall, human controlled mech suit called Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot. His work on human-machine interaction and large scale robotic art has brought him to deliver presentations at The University of Dallas, Texas and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, UBC TEDx, and GROW Conference.
Paul Dincer, Founder and Chocolatier Koko Monk Chocolates by Levni | Paul Dincer is the owner and founder of Kitsilano’s newest chocolate shop, Koko Monk Chocolates located at 1849 West 1st Avenue. Paul has quickly become one of Vancouver’s leading chocolatiers known for his one-of-a-kind chocolate creations. His inspiration comes from his comprehensive background and education in fine art, literature and philosophy. Paul is a published author and previous film critic and writer. His postmodern chocolates are made with sophisticated flavor combinations and unique techniques that reflect the 20th century avant-garde art movements.
Wes Regan, Executive Director Hastings Crossing BIA | Wes Regan has brought innovative communications, program development and strategy solutions to complex multi-stakeholder environments since 2008. His career has threaded social finance and social innovation, blogging and SEO, food security, urban sustainability and local economic development. He is currently the Executive Director for the Hastings Crossing BIA, a Business Improvement Association founded with social innovation and inclusion at its core and the Program Coordinator for Building Opportunities with Business, a Community Economic Development Agency in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is also a founding director of Urban Stream Innovation, a Food Systems Technology Startup.
Sarah Dickinson, THNK | Sarah is the Director of THNK Vancouver – a creative leadership school for personal and social impact. The school launched in Amsterdam in 2009, and will welcome students to their new Vancouver campus in 2014. Combining design, systems and critical thinking with real-world business design and leadership development, THNK delivers unique, hands-on learning experiences for executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits tackling 21st century global challenges.
David Gunawan, Head Chef and Owner of Farmer’s Apprentice | Arriving in Vancouver in 2006, Gunawan joined Chef Angus and team at Gastropod (now Maenam), and worked under David Hawksworth and Warren Geraghty at West and eventually took the helm as Executive Chef. After travelling through Europe Gunawan opened the successful and meat-centric Wildebeest in Vancouver. Now David and his partner, Dara Young, have opened their first restaurant together, Farmer’s Apprentice. In David’s words, ”Good accessible food is more than just a convergence of technique and fertile soil—it derives from the passions of the people who are working toward it. Our approach is a modern interpretation of ecological gastronomy. Ingredients are sourced selectively and cultivated at the peak of their flavours and integrity. The menu traces seasonal variations and changes as frequently as nature permits. Our intention is to endorse young agrarians and food sovereignty through creativity.”
Leah Costello, Chief Ideas Curator Bon Mot Book Club | Leah is an event host, writer, and media commentator based in West Vancouver, BC. She produces numerous events focused on bringing people together to discuss business, politics, and current affairs through her exclusive Bon Mot Book Club dinner serIes, a Books Sandwiched In lunch club, and the History Wars debates in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
Leah is often found discussing business, policy, and economics on radio, television, & in the print media, as well as through her blog www.leahcostello.blogspot.com. She is currently writing her own book called Preaching to the Unconverted: How to Talk Politics & Influence People.
Doors open at 6:30 and Hannah Epperson will hit the stage at 7:00 sharp. It’s another sold out event at the Vogue Theatre so come early for good seats!
Main Street’s Hot Art Wet City Gallery is holding a Hot Talk next week. What’s that, you ask? It’s when a cool as heck Vancouverite (in this case, two of them) takes the floor at the gallery to talk about what they’re passionate about. Ben and Erica from Earnest Ice Cream will be talking about adventures in the ice cream trade and the fun they’ve had in growing their business from scooping from a trike to a storefront with nine employees in just over a year. They’ll also be talking about how small business has been a platform for change for them both. We think Ben and Erica are wicked awesome and bet that they’ll have more than a few interesting things to say. All the details (plus shots of their new store on Fraser) below…
Tuesday, October 29 | 7-8pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | DETAILS
Believe it or not, there was quite the demand for the Ramen Burgers at the Sept. 28th Hawkers Market, so much so that the organisers are going to give those who missed them another shot next Friday, October 18th between 6pm and 11pm. What’s a ramen burger, you ask? It’s a fatty big patty of beef served in a “bun” made of ramen noodles. Because of course it is!
They’re calling the one night only pop-up at 870 E Cordova St. an “Internet Dinner” since they’re not dishing haute cuisine (natch) but rather a “viral” pop culture food that Vancouverites have hitherto only seen on the web (when Japanese chef/blogger Keizo Shimamoto debuted them at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg this past summer, they blew the “cronut” hype out of the blogosphere’s vitamin water). This is your chance to see/try them in real life. Remember real life? It can be tasty.
In addition to the ramen burger (which we’re still trying to get our heads around), the evening will also feature Storm Brewing’s Root Beer Stout, ice creams from Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream “Adult Sundae Bar”, and music by Chapel Sound. Though walk-ins are ok (expect line-ups), they’re encouraging the curious to book their burgers in advance because they sold out pretty quickly the last time around.
Our good friends over at the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LOHA) have a fascinating thing going on the night of October 22nd: “Sharing is a hot topic these days. Think of the way companies like Car2Go, Airbnb, Grupon and Kickstarter are changing how we live, work, move and spend. Many elements of our life are being affected by the ‘sharing economy’ and housing is no exception. This evening event focuses on exposing how sharing can allow people to live more affordably while engaging with their community. A variety of speakers will give us their insights on how to establish thriving sharing communities in Vancouver.” Those speakers already include the awesome likes of Chris Diplock (Sharing Project), Eesmyal Santos-Brault (The Hive, Vancouver Design Nerds, Recollective), and Emmanuel Lavoie (BlueGreen Living Communitites, Refund), among others. RSVP here. Details after the jump… Read more
As mentioned in the Scout List this week, the always entertaining Hawker’s Market takes place at East Van Studios this Saturday night (click play above for the skinny via Warren Lane Pictures). There will be a fine line-up of vendors on site, some savoury (Aussie Pie Guy, Jo Jo The Wonton Girl, Ramen Burgers, Blue Mule) and some sweet (Nice Pops, and and the notorious ‘adult’ sundae bar). There will also be drinks, music, and good, interesting folks in abundance. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Get yours here.
Sat, Sept. 28 | 7pm | East Van Studios at 870 East Cordova | DETAILS
People of Vancouver, BE PREPARED! Nova Scotia’s Frankie MacDonald informs us that a big storm’s a-comin’. Thanks a million for the warning, Frankie, especially about the beaches, the puddles, and the umbrellas (and for the advice about the Chinese food). I was going to play baseball on Saturday, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now! Best of luck to you, too.
Several local bartenders are coming together at the Rio Theatre to stir and shake a special cocktail reception for the Canadian Premier of Douglas Tirola’s Hey Bartender documentary film on Monday, September 23rd. The film follows two bartenders as they try to achieve their dreams through bartending:
An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white-collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown years later he struggles to keep afloat. The bar is three deep and the bartenders are in the weeds at the greatest cocktail party since before Prohibition. A hit as SXSW 2013, Hey Bartender is the story of the rebirth of the bartender and the comeback of the cocktail. Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York with commentary from Graydon Carter, Danny Meyer and Amy Sacco.
The reception and tasting will feature spirits including Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, Hendrick’s Gin. Some of the bartenders already slated for the evening include Canadian Professional Bartending Association BC Chapter President Trevor Kallies (Donnelly Group), CPBA BC Chapter Vice President Grant Sceney (Fairmont Pacific Rim), Jon Smolesnky (Hawksworth), and Donnie Wheeler (Clough Club). Get all the details after the jump… Read more
Over the next two weeks at the Sole Food Street Farm on the corner of Carrall and Pacific, local artist Jay Senetchko will be busily creating his own version of his grandparent’s prairie farmhouse. It will act as an exhibition space for a series of paintings that reflects their lives and involvement in the oil and gas industry. Food, drink and live music will be part of the September 27th opening reception that will include performance and installation art (in addition to the paintings) at 811 Carrall Street, from 7pm to 10pm. Among the evening’s sponsors are Wildebeest, The Morrissey, Ginger62, Pinnacle Vodka, Canadian Club Whiskey, Groslch, and Road 13 (= good times). All proceeds from ticket sales and bar sales (plus 10% of painting sales) will go to Sole Food Street Farms, which transforms vacant urban lands into working farms that produce fruits and vegetables for Vancouver’s farmer’s markets and restaurants. The organisation’s goal is to empower individuals with limited resources by giving them jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers. Purchase tickets here and get the skinny on Sole Food 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
This morning, the Vancouver Art Gallery put forward an open Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) to launch the process of choosing the architect who will design its new building…
“After years of research and planning for a new Gallery, we are thrilled to be at the stage where we can move forward with our vision to create an innovative and inspiring visual art museum.” says Gallery director Kathleen S. Bartels. “It will enrich lives and play a pivotal role in enhancing Vancouver and British Columbia’s reputation as a vibrant, creative, and desirable place to live, work and visit.”
Responses are invited from all interested architects who meet the qualifications outlined in the RFQ. Submissions from architects will be received by the Gallery from September 5 through October 4, 2013.
“The Vancouver Art Gallery now stands at the threshold of one of the most exciting moments in our 82-year history,” says Gallery Chair Bruce Munro Wright. “Our search now begins for a visionary design that will influence the artistic landscape of Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada and attract the attention of the world.”
In April 2013, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to designate two-thirds of a city-owned site at West Georgia and Cambie Streets for the new Vancouver Art Gallery. Artists, community leaders and representatives from arts organizations lauded the historic decision.
The new Vancouver Art Gallery will create and strengthen links between artists, contemporary and historical art, and diverse communities throughout the city, province and around the world. The Gallery will tie the past to the present, make visible Vancouver’s connections to other places in the world, and enhance Vancouver’s reputation as one of the most important international centres for contemporary art production. It will also expand services to the community by dramatically increasing the number and breadth of education and public programs for children, families and adults throughout the region.
Founded in 1931, the Vancouver Art Gallery is recognized as one of Canada’s most respected and exciting visual arts institutions. In the past two decades alone, the Gallery has welcomed nearly 4.5 million visitors. Beyond the borders of British Columbia, the Gallery draws significant tourist audiences from across North America, Europe and Asia.”