You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, but we don’t often take advantage of it. This new feature changes that. From here on in, we want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to this month. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.
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The GOODS from Bistro Pastis
Vancouver, BC | For more than 200 years the French have been celebrating the storming of the Bastille as a national holiday – a time of sharing good food and wine with friends and neighbours. Vancouver’s very own corner of France, Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano, is celebration central with its annual Fête de la Bastille on July 14th. This year Pastis will be hosting live the amazing French singer; Pepper Bayard, performing jazzy and french classics! To add to the celebration, you might be one of two lucky patrons to win the luxury of having John Blakeley visit your home to personally cook a 5-Course tasty menu for six people. One draw from each dinner seating will produce the fortunate winners who will have John delight them and their company with his culinary flair. To accompany the live music and celebration; Pastis has created an exciting menu of delectable food and wine. Take a look after the jump… Read more
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
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | The CBC Canadian act to watch of 2014, Jordan Klassen, will be taking the Oakwood stage this Sunday, June 29th. For the past few months, The Oakwood has been transforming itself from its usual program once a month to provide a space to showcase what they feel are great up and coming artists. In the 70’s, The Oakwood in Kits used to be a spot called “Rohan’s Rockpile”. It was a pub known best for after-hours shows and hosted a broad range of amazing talent. From local singer songwriters to the world-renowned Rolling Stones and the Who, Rohan’s had the music industry connection and had brought in some of the best. Upon discovering this, the Oakwood felt obliged to pay tribute to the great music venue it once was. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and are available at the restaurant or online at www.theoakwood.ca Come join us for another great night of food, drinks and music. Read more
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in kits is getting set to open 7 days a week and we are looking for a few extra hands! Starting July 7th the Oakwood will be opening on Monday nights and we are looking to add two new cooks to give us a hand. We are looking for individuals who are ready to take the next step in their culinary careers and are prepared to learn and work with a vast array of cooking techniques.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro’s food philosophy is focused on fresh, house-made dishes crafted from locally sourced products. From the breads and pastas to the butchery and sauces, all products are made in-house with quality and consistency. With leadership by our chef Michael Robbins, this is a great opportunity for those looking to grow and hone their skill sets as part of an amazing team. Send cover letters and current resumes to chef [at] theoakwood.ca. Read more
The GOODS from Araxi
Whistler, BC | The Araxi Longtable Dinners are British Columbia’s most exciting al fresco dining experiences – and this summer, Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant will add a Vancouver date at the famed Bard on the Beach venue at the picturesque Vanier Park.
Staged at North Arm Farm in Pemberton and Lost Lake in Whistler in past summers, these sold-out events embraced our extraordinary local ingredients picked at the peak of the season. Guests have the opportunity to meet the suppliers who raise the produce, and at North Arm Farm, tour the organic fields where, only hours earlier, the ingredients were harvested just steps away from the outdoor kitchen.
New this year, the inaugural Longtable Dinner in Vancouver will be the largest dinner to date and will provide a dramatic oceanside setting. Araxi’s award-winning executive chef James Walt leads the charge and as a special treat, welcomes his Vancouver-based Toptable Group counterparts Andrew Richardson from CinCin, Frank Pabst from Blue Water Cafe, Quang Dang from West, and Thierry Busset from Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie and Cafe for guest appearances.
2014 Longtable Dinner Dates are as follows:
Vancouver – Monday, August 4th at Bard on the Beach at Vanier Park
Pemberton – Saturday, August 16th at North Arm Farm
Whistler – Saturday, August 30th at Lost Lake Park
Presented in striking outdoor settings, Chef Walt crafts exclusive four-course menus that showcase his internationally recognized farm-to-table creations. With wine pairings by Araxi wine director Samantha Rahn, 2013 Sommelier of the Year, and service orchestrated by renowned restaurant director Neil Henderson, the Longtable Dinners salute both our culinary provenance, and our future.
Tickets are $175.00 per person per event and include a welcome reception, four-course menu, wine pairings, and tax and gratuity. The Longtable Dinners sell out quickly. For reservations or further information, please email email@example.com or call 604-932-4540.
by Ken Tsui | In the kitchen at Kitsilano’s Maenam, chef Angus An and his team are putting together their greatest hits for tonight’s staff meal. Jen Chiang is wok frying duck for lettuce wraps, Jay Huang drops a batch of Korean fried chicken into the fryer while Daly Giles is hard at work on an arugula salad amped up with bison sausage, fresh mozzarella, puffed wild rice, crispy chicharron and nam prik dressing. An is working on his own dish, lobster sticky rice, a specialty reserved for special occasions. In the dining room, Aimee Corno is behind the bar shaking up a refreshing kaffir lime spritzer.
As he waits for his chicken to fry, Jay pulls out a tupperware of kimchi, eliciting smiles in the kitchen. “Jay’s mom made the kimchi,” Angus says, “she won’t give him the recipe because she’s worried he’ll stop coming home to visit her.” The kitchen crew chuckles. Jay isn’t the only one hitting up their families for the goods, Angus’ lobster was supplied by a seafood shop in Chinatown owned by Jen’s parents.
As the Maenam team gathers around the table, Angus brings the lobster rice to the table. He lifts the lid of the steamer, which releases a burst of aromatic steam around the table. He takes a moment to enjoy the savoury fragrance and nods with satisfaction before everyone digs in…
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is self-explanatory; The Gig – or the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
MAC DEMARCO Passing Out Pieces
Where does Montreal/Vancouver’s Mac Demarco go from here? His music career is climbing to new heights as gigs in support of his latest groover Salad Days have been bumped up into bigger and bigger venues and are constantly selling out. Curious journalists are lined up to pen in-depth documentaries exploring his wildman history, his love of smokes, and his devil-may-care approach to keeping things light. Video crews give him a microphone and set him free lapping up his wise-cracking ways. Mac is the man of the moment for sure and for that he is awesome. Salad Days is easily one of the finest records of the year and it’s nice to see an Emily Carr guy doing so well. So again, where will he go next? Check this video – Mac’s acting skills are really ripening on the vine…
HAMILTON LEITHAUSER I Retired
The Walkmen are on an indefinite hiatus. Lead singer Hamilton has already produced a solo album that sees him fleshing out his brooding post-punk aesthetic with songs that weave together folksy styles with doo-wop silhouettes. His signature vocal tone remains intact as he muses on life after the big band fireworks!
WHITE LUNG Face Down
Bombing around LA and Santa Monica in a light blue Volvo 240, our heroes White Lung prove that the VHS camera is nowhere near being played out. This year is a huge one for White Lung – they are releasing Deep Fantasy on a major indie (Domino Records) and touring for months straight, all while constantly updating their fascinating Instagram feed.
MORRISSEY World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Morrissey has always had a message, an opinion, and a style of his own. Art is anything you can get away with, and the Moz has always gotten away with it. Here’s a cool spoken word promo for his new album. The message is pretty clear. Bonus points: Nancy Sinatra holding a briefcase of flowers.
Everyone’s favourite Japanese noise rockers Boris are prepping a new release of heavy heavy tunes. They are rumoured to be coming to Vancouver too, which will be good. I can see all the fog machines at L&M getting rented that weekend. If you’re into power trios that make use of blazing leads then this is your flavour…Vanilla!
MIREL WAGNER Oak Tree
Dream dream dream sweet dreams! Londoner Mirel Wagner is known for her haunting and hushed folk ballads. Here’s the first cut from her forthcoming Sub Pop release – and as one would think it’s a stripped down acoustic ode that carries a ton of tension. The classic black and white, single light source photography is perfect here!
FUCKED UP Sun Glass
Fucked Up have a heavy new album. This video feels like a tribute to Suicidal Tendencies. Damon is in prime form. The slow motion smoke shots are particularly intense. Heavy and grouchy, Fucked Up are back and at Fortune August 15th .
THE SHILOHS | Album Release Party Thursday June 19th at Fortune Sound Club
Things are happening fast for Vancouver’s charming classic pop quartet The Shilohs. In a short time they’ve been out on the road touring with American indie-rock stalwarts Real Estate, performed a couple showcases in Austin for SXSW, hooked up for more US shows with fellow jingle-janglers The Fresh And Onlys, and most importantly – released their sophomore LP for local Light Organ Records. Man, they’ve even been name-checked in Rolling Stone and Spin! They have momentum, and are currently ‘on top of their game’ with a swaggery carefree attitude that finds them chewing through their catalogue of intellectual rock songs with fervour and a rare sort of instinctual nerve. This is their record release show…a lot of bigwigs will be there, their families will be there, and their friends drinking their beer will be there. The pressure will be on. Time to nail it!
A deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for JUNE is after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Maenam
Vancouver, BC | On Monday June 2nd, Maenam welcomes brewmasters and principals from Brassneck Brewery, Four Winds Brewing and Upright Brewing. For one night only, guests celebrate Craft Beer Week with a menu paired with six craft brews. A representative from each brewery pairs beers with a course by Chef Angus An, and offers insights into the process poured into each glass and growler.
Brassneck Brewery is the brainchild of the Alibi Room’s Nigel Springthorpe and ex-Steamworks brewer Conrad Gmoser. A fresh addition to Vancouver’s Main Street, Brassneck’s storefront fills to-go growlers for enjoyment at home, and offers in-store tastes and by-the-glass pours of their stouts, ales and malts.
Award-winning Four Winds Brewing focuses on innovative processes, old world techniques and West Coast, German and Belgian-style beers. The Delta-based family business houses an eight-tap tasting room pouring featured brews: IPAs, pale ales, pilsners, saisons, plus their own one-time limited releases.
Visiting from south of the border is Oregon’s Upright Brewing, specializing in French- and Belgian-style farmhouse beers. Driven by creativity and craft, Upright uses open fermentation vessels and regionally specific grains and hops, and prides itself in a no-gimmick approach, preferring to avoid overt branding in favour of allowing the brews to speak for themselves. Due to limited space, guests are encouraged to reserve early online. Menu and details after the jump… Read more
by Ken Tsui | Ask any Torontonian and they’ll tell you that the Jamaican beef patty is a classic found just about everywhere; it’s even more ubiquitous than the famed peameal bacon sandwich. In Vancouver, however, they’re very rare — the unsung hero of our handheld takeaway options. The Patty Shop in Kitsilano has been in the business of making Vancouver’s best Jamaican patties for decades. The shop is an over-the-counter institution specializing in moon-shaped pockets of flaky pastry filled with a variety of goodness. I’ll always suggest my favourite, the time-honoured curry beef, but even if you’re not a vegetarian you should also try the patties filled with curried potatoes, peas, and corn (pictured above, nice and spicy). Just ring the bell for service and a friendly lady wearing an apron (lightly dusted with flour) will poke her head out of the kitchen to help.
The Patty Shop | 4019 Macdonald St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-738-2144 | No Website
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | In the 70’s, The Oakwood in Kits used to be a spot called “Rohan’s Rockpile”. It was a pub known best for after-hours shows and hosted a broad range of amazing talents, from local singer songwriters to the world-renowned Rolling Stones and The Who. Rohan’s had music industry connections and brought in some of the best. Upon discovering this, The Oakwood felt obliged to pay tribute to the great music venue that it once was.
To get it rolling, we brought on a ‘resident band’, a very good resident band. Unfortunately, due to their ‘other’ much bigger gigs, we have been unable to promote them by name. They have a very busy summer playing some of the biggest festivals in North America so this will potentially be their last show with us until after the summer. If you’re into indie folk-rock, you will love them.
They helped us revive the spirit of Rohan’s Rockpile and we will carry on with our Sunday Sessions finding up and coming talent to play at The Oakwood on the last Sunday of every month. Please come down and enjoy watching a band (that we think will make it big) play at our small, intimate bistro – maybe for the last time this summer – on the night of Sunday, May 25. Read more
The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya
Vancouver, BC | Justin and Lea Ault are excited to introduce the launch of “Hapa Beach” – a new take on their 95-seat restaurant steps away from Kitsilano Beach, at 1516 Yew Street (off Cornwall).
Inspired by the West Coast’s beloved Kitsilano shores, the menu introduces a laid back approach to modern Japanese dining, while retaining familiar Hapa classics, such as Vancouver’s original Ebi Mayo, ishiyaki rice bowls, and premium Ocean Wise sushi.
Beach Bites varying from juicy Kobe Beef Sliders to sizzling Teppan Steak-Frites and addictive Pineapple Tempura topped with prosciutto (priced between $6 and $12), can be enjoyed from the 25-seat patio or taken out for a picnic on the beach. Hapa’s chefs are also very excited to add to the menu, bowls of rich chicken ramen, destined to become one of Vancouver’s best!
Hapa Beach will also be pouring refreshing new cocktails, reminiscent of a hot summer’s eve – such as Lime Daiquiris, Sunset Raspberry Lemonades, Japanese Slippers, Shiso Mojitos, and Strawberry Sake Margaritas, as well as a variety of local and imported beers (priced from $3 to $6) and ($7) wines.
Kits locals will be happy to hear Hapa Beach’s summer hours are now in effect, open daily from 4:00pm. Hapa Hour has now shifted forward to 4:00pm to 5:00pm daily. View the new Hapa Beach Menu here. Learn more about Hapa Izakaya after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from NUBA
Vancouver, BC | Nuba in Kitsilano is getting set to launch Bedouin Cabaret, a six week-long celebration of Middle Eastern music, food, and dance with Juno Award-winning musician Gordon Grdina and contemporary bellydance troupe Luciterra.
Since the closure of the beloved Jazz Cellar earlier this year, Kitsilano has been sorely in need of a space where music lovers in the neighbourhood can come together. This all changes on Thursday, May 22 when Nuba in Kitsilano launches Bedouin Cabaret, an event series featuring world class music and dance coupled with outstanding food and drinks.
Attendees will be treated to performances by jazz and world music virtuoso Gordon Grdina. Grdina’s name is no stranger to music lovers, this Juno Award-winning player, in addition to being a longstanding member of the Dan Mangan band, is the leading force behind Arabic classical music ensembles the Gordon Grdina Trio, Box Cutter, Sangha, and Haram.
Joining Grdina in the festivities is the Luciterra Fusion Bellydance company. A favourite at music events and festivals in Vancouver and beyond, this foursome has been lauded for their powerful, dynamic performances, which put a contemporary twist on traditional Middle Eastern bellydance. Luciterra have shared the stage with local world fusion favourites like Zaki Ibrahim and Delhi to Dublin as well as renowned international acts like Beats Antique.
The event will be emceed by the ineffable legend El Gar Zaid. Expect song, dance, laughter, and tears as he leads you through what is sure to be a memorable evening at Nuba’s Lebanese taverna in the heart of Kitsilano.
Bedouin Cabaret happens every Thursday for six weeks starting on May 22 and concluding on July 3. Performances start at 8pm will be happening till 11:00pm. Details after the jump. Read more
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is self-explanatory; The Gig – or the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…
OLD MAN CANYON Wiser
In 15 years this little guy is going to look back on this video and remember the big adventure he had in Vancouver. Local folk outfit Old Man Canyon give us this report’s highlighted track – an old timey campfire charmer loaded with vocal harmonies and rich acoustic instrumentation. Wiser recalls the mellow glow of fellow north-west beardos Fleet Foxes, as well as a little band called Bon Iver, making Old Man Canyon a local band to watch. As for the video – well, it’s a pretty romantic adventure for a tiny tot in Vancouver while his folks are asleep. Check it!
BESTiE Foolish Hearts
This the way to do this. Act fast. Make things cheap. Move quick. Don’t think about it too much. Vancouver’s BESTiE have taken that mantra to everything that they have produced and as a result are always busy forwarding their sonic vision.
WYE OAK Glory
Baltimore’s Merge Records-endorsed Wye Oak have moved on from the confines of being a guitar and drums duo to create a more ethereal synth-based pop sound. Their new album Shriek is getting tons of praise and Andy and Jenn are planning a pretty extensive North American tour to support it. This lead-off single is pretty sugary…
CLOUD BOAT Carmine
There are a lot of Laundromat videos out there. I think it must be a pretty cheap location for scouts – especially at night when only the members of London’s Cloud Boat are washing their clothes. If you are looking for a new dreamy UK band that pushes the 80’s trajectory to chilling effects then you should give this one a turn.
NENEH CHERRY Everything
One long shot. One long location. One legendary reclusive performer vamping to her first new recording in way too long. Add it up, Neneh Cherry is back and posed to push her charismatic presence even further. Shot in stark black and white by acclaimed French fashion photographer, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, this video works well on so many levels…
NEIL YOUNG Needle of Death
Neil covering classic British folk troubadour Bert Jansch is already something worth checking into. Add to this the fact that it is the debut of Jack White’s instant video-o-graph booth – a live video booth poised to feature intimate acoustic shows direct to the internet – and Young’s fans will certainly be delighted. Consider this an echo to Neil’s ‘Needle and The Damage Done’…gotta love the scratchy vocal vibe.
OWEN PALLETT Song For Five and Six
Owen P. has always had a penchant for big ideas. After scoring all the strings for early Arcade Fire albums he pretty much wrote his ticket – programming theatre, large European festivals, and massive concertos of his own Final Fantasy music. Throughout this he’s always managed to keep things arty and keep us guessing. Here he collaborates on some gorgeous new work for the National Ballet School. Cool!
DIANA Strange Attraction
Toronto’s synth-pop DIANA are heading back in the studio to craft their follow up to Perpetual Surrender. Before doing so they banged out another video for Strange Attraction and one that features the acting skills of Carmen Elle! Blissed out beats and freaky masks make the morning after pretty surreal.
REAL ESTATE Crime
Funny or Die’s Tom Scharpling directs the latest meta heavy video to support Real Estate’s massive new normcore pop release Atlas. This video is getting tons of attention…
WAXAHATCHEE – BILTMORE CABARET Friday May 23rd
On tour to support their second record Cerulean Salt, Alabama’s enigmatic art-folk rockers Waxahatchee have scheduled a stop at the Biltmore! Fronted by Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee are a band that has roots in the punk houses and DIY spirit of Birmingham’s indie scene. Previous to Waxahatchee, Katie and her twin sister Allison originally performed as a duo under the name P.S. Elliot, self-releasing their records, booking their tours, as well as contributing to fanzines such as International Girl Gang Underground. Today, their songs garner comparisons to the early careers of Cat Power, Elliot Smith, and a whole host of singer songwriters who have shaped lo-fi acoustic bedroom rock. This will be an early show – Friday night at the Biltmore. Be sure to check out one of America’s budding indie names!
A deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of May is after the jump… Read more