The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding it’s annual Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend. Participants get to tour the interiors of five “significant” West Coast Regional Style Modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year’s tour includes homes by architects such as Ned Pratt and Barry Downs, plus there’s a Duncan McNab home with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Expect a post-tour reception at Vancouver Maritime Museum where tour participants will be invited to listen to Professor Sherry McKay talk about the history of Modernism in Vancouver over refreshments. A little bit of post-and-beam appreciation, a little bit of wine and cheese – sounds like an exceedingly civilized Saturday!
Saturday, September 20th | 1-5pm | Various locations | $85 | TICKETS & DETAILS
by Luis Valdizon | There’s only one day left to discover Lara Kozan and Tori Holmes’ Nectar Juicery pop-up inside the Holt Renfrew skybridge. Their juices are made from 100% organic fruits and vegetables, and sell for $10 a bottle. Take a look…
Ends August 16 | Holt Renfrew Skybridge at Pacific Centre (737 Dunsmuir) | nectarjuicery.com
The old location of Chambar shuttered this past Saturday in anticipation of the big move to the new address next door. While the restaurant is on this pergatorial dark side of the moon, they’ll be hosting a ”fire sale” this Wednesday, August 13th. Goods on the block will include furniture, decor, miscellaneous kitchen equipment, plates, glassware, and Micros POS terminals/printers. It’s a cash only affair, with doors opening at 562 Beatty Street at 11am. If you have great memories of the original Chambar, this is you big chance to take a piece of it home. See you there!
Head to the Rio Theatre on August 21st to take in the Vancouver premiere of A Film About Coffee, the new documentary that is being celebrated by coffee wonks the world over. Bonus: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters will have a crew on hand dispensing unique heirloom varieties of coffee. Via our friends at the Rio: “The movie has been selling out screenings this summer around the world, from Portland to NYC to that place called New Zealand, so we’re stoked to bring it to Vancouver.” Doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at 8pm. Tickets and details after the jump… Read more
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden began it’s Enchanted Evenings summer concert series last Friday with an al fresco performance by Chinese-Western musical fusion ensemble Silk Road Music. Scout contributor Luis Valdizon attended and took the shots above and below. They’ve really shaken things up this year with reservable seats, gourmet picnic dinners (order in advance for $10-$29), plus wine and beer. There are four more Enchanted Evenings concerts this summer and each will have a unique feel and tempo. It’s Tomoe Arts on July 17th, Jim Byrnes on July 24th, the Vancouver Piano Ensemble on Jul 31st, and Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars on August 7th. The shows cost $25 each. Doors open at 7pm for each concert at 578 Carrall St. Read more
It’s time to grab yourself a picnic basket and claim a spot on the grass with your best blanket because tonight is outdoor movie night in Stanley Park’s Ceperley Meadow (at 2nd Beach). They’re showing the 1980′s teen-angst classic, Pretty In Pink, at dusk for the win. Anticipate a big crowd, folks.
As you can see from the shot at the top (taken last Tuesday by our friends at Fresh Air Cinema) a ton of people show up to these gigs and there’s definitely some wandering overflow from the Second Beach drum circle just down the way. So be extra smart about it and take public transit, some extra patience, and suitable provisions so you can make it through at ease. An outdoor movie of this calibre in this beautiful weather? Yes, please! Bonus: Ducky’s unforgettable Otis Redding impression.
by Robyn Yager | The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s new 2014 summer exhibition, Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, opened to the public today (June 28th) and should be well worth checking out. Aside from providing one of the most frustrating and sometimes humiliating shopping experiences, swimsuits are seriously overlooked at the interesting intersection of fashion and social history. Over the years, swimsuits have helped to communicate and facilitate eras of social change, and as such they are integral to our understanding of the role fashion plays in society.
With the help of Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is exhibiting swimming costumes worn in Vancouver from the 1890′s to the 1980′s (Sayers is the owner of one of the largest private collections of clothing in the country and has lent his expertise to fashion shows, lectures, and exhibitions throughout North America). What should prove particularly fascinating is the accompanying collection of Woodward’s catalogues that reveal through their many pages how this city has dressed for the beach over time.
VMM | 1905 Ogden Ave. in Vanier Park | Now-Nov. 2 | vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
by Luis Valdezon | The gentlemen behind San Francisco based Oru Kayak will be hosting a waterside pop-up demo of their award-winning, origami-inspired, 12-foot compact boats in the early evening tomorrow night (Friday, June 27th). Vancouver’s outdoor enthusiasts will be given a chance to interact with the designers, learn more about the design, and test-paddle the product – recently showcased at San Francisco’s prestigious Museum of Modern Art - for the first time in Canada. The boats are simple to set up and easy to transport and store, which makes them perfect for Vancouverites looking to get on the water more.
Friday, June 27 | 5pm-8pm | Kitsilano Beach | Free
Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd, and it’s quite the doozy cross-section of Vancouver’s cultural fabric…
Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
Laura Barron - Director, Instruments of Change
Scott Larson - CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
Kevin Lee Royes - Soulcial-Preneur, The Soulcial-Preneurs Club
Lital Marom - Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond
Christopher Gaze - Actor and Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers
Jonathan Anthony - Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation
Seann Dory - Co-Director/Co-Founder, Sole Food Street Farms
David Pay - Artistic Director, Music on Main
Jimmy Stewart - Chef, Blacktail Florist
Catalog Gallery (top floor of Tinseltown Mall) has an interesting show opening tonight. Exhibit.001, as it is called, showcases Instagram shots by Vancouver photographers using the common hashtag #streedreamsmag. Street Dreams Magazine, a slick little publication that has just started out, is motivated by a desire to build community through photography. The editors were so inspired by the gallery of images that took shape that they decided to round up a bunch of the shooters and have them display printed versions of their digital pics in old school fashion (ie. hanging from the walls).
Friday, June 20 | 7pm | Catalog Gallery, 2061 – 88 West Pender (aka Tinseltown Mall) | Free
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
by Grady Mitchell | When someone looks at a piece of art, they bring with them an infinite knot of variables – every experience that has shaped them into the person they are at that moment, standing in front of that artwork, influences the unique way they interpret it. Curators Shannyn Higgins and Erica Wilk hope to explore that phenomenon with their upcoming show, Duality.
The two approached 25 Vancouver writers and asked for some words – a snatch of song lyrics, a few verses of poetry, a particularly beautiful passage in a notebook – then handed the excerpts to 25 Vancouver artists to interpret into visual art. The writers don’t know who received their words, nor do the artists know who’s provided their inspiration.
The project, which is being entirely self-financed by the curators, includes both established and emerging Vancouverites. Among the writers are musicians like Dan Mangan and Ryan Guldemond, while the artists include international names like Carson “Chairman” Ting. Featuring newcomers was equally important to Shannyn and Erica, who recruited contributors across all ages, demographics, and mediums to generate the broadest possible set of interpretations.
The show opens May 2nd at East Van Studios (870 E Cordova St) starting at 7pm and will run for just 48 hours. It should have an interesting twist on the traditional art opening, as the writers will be seeking out their words, and for the first time the pairs will meet. It’ll provide a rich opportunity to eavesdrop on insightful conversations about how and why, exactly, each artist interpreted the words the way they did.
Each piece will be on sale for $200; a great deal that sees all proceeds going to the individual artists. The Duality pieces will also be collected in a book (printed, stitched, and constructed in Vancouver) that will include 25 colour prints that can removed and framed. To learn more about Duality, visit the project’s website.
Chinatown remains one of the more interesting neighbourhoods in Vancouver partly on account of the language barrier it often presents to those who don’t speak Cantonese. If you’ve ever wanted to attempt to scale that barrier, Centre A (Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art) is now offering a ‘quick & dirty’ series of classes that will not only school participants on the basics of how to communicate with shop owners, but also provides some cultural and historical context for the neighbourhood. “The streets, shops and spaces of Chinatown will be our classroom and its people will be our textbooks. Classes will include: basic Cantonese greetings, numbers, getting around, how to order food in a restaurant, and grocery shopping. We will do short field trips around the neighbourhood and hear stories about Chinatown history, community organizing, and historic and current relationships with the diverse cultural communities who share the space. Our final exam will be a grocery shopping expedition and collaboratively created meal.” How awesome is that? The seven classes will run you $60 ($9 drop-in). Super deal!
Saturdays | 10am-12pm | April 26 – June 7 | Centre A (229 East Georgia St.) | DETAILS
by Grady Mitchell | Just over a year ago, Curator Paulina De La Paz organized the first Postcard Show after noticing the lack of platforms for emerging artists and curators in Vancouver. On Saturday, April 5 the show’s fourth volume will open at The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) at 7 PM, granting young artists, especially recent graduates, a chance to exhibit their work in Vancouver and internationally. For this edition, the artists will be creating their postcard-size pieces within the greater theme of “Transformation.”
Most of the forty-five artists have contributed multiple postcards, which means there will be plenty to look at – and bid on. Every piece is for sale, starting at $10 in auction-style bidding. As you’d expect with such a stacked roster, the styles are eclectic, spanning photography, painting, illustration, textiles, origami, and even more unique mediums. Andea Hooge, for instance, specializes in scratch boarding; she coats a surface in paint and scratches away layers to create an image. Another artist in the show, Carley Stadlemann, has built her own Harmonograph, a device that takes sound waves and translates them visually into spiralling, precise, and hypnotizing patterns.
If young talent and affordable original artwork aren’t enough to draw you to the show, then consider this: the fourth volume will be Vancouver’s last Postcard Show for some time. After this, Paulina plans to take the exhibition international, starting with Mexico City.