GOODS | “Nuba” In Kits To Celebrate Middle East With Six Week Long “Bedouin Cabaret”

The Kits location of Nuba is located at 3116 West Broadway at Balaclava | 604-336-1797 | www.nuba.ca

The Kitsilano location of Nuba can be found at 3116 West Broadway at Balaclava | 604-336-1797 | www.nuba.ca

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

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

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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…

The Track

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!

The Playlist

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…

THE GIG

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

GOODS | Chef Alumni Set To Prepare Bistro Pastis’ 15th Anniversary Supper On May 7th

April 28, 2014 

Bistro Pastis is located at 2153 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver BC| 604-731-5020 | www.bistropastis.com

Bistro Pastis is located at 2153 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver BC| 604-731-5020 | www.bistropastis.com

The GOODS from Bistro Pastis

Vancouver, BC | Fifteen years goes by in the blink of an eye, yet it is a long time in the restaurant world. On May 7, 1999 John Blakeley opened Pastis on a quiet strip of West 4th in Kitsilano. The only other restaurant in the area was the iconic Bishop’s. During the intervening years, Bistro Pastis has seen a lot of change – both within the restaurant itself and in the neighbourhood. Pastis morphed from fine-dining to Bistro Pastis – a cosy and casual neighbourhood bistro, John Blakeley was knighted by the government of France and is now a Chevalier, and a vibrant restaurant scene sprung up along W.4th Avenue – attracting diners from across the city.

During the 15 years, some of Vancouver’s finest chefs have headed the kitchens at Bistro Pastis – Dino Renaerts, Brad Miller and Tobias Grignon are all Pastis alumni. To celebrate, John Blakeley has invited the aforementioned chefs along with current Executive Chef Spencer Watts and Pastry Chef Heather Rumsby to join him in creating a very special anniversary dinner on May 7th. Get all the details and the menu after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: “Abigail’s Party” In Kitsilano Is Looking For Experienced Cooks

April 18, 2014 

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Kitsilano's Abigail's Party is located at 1685 Yew Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-739-4677 | www.abigailsparty.ca

The GOODS from Abigail’s Party

Vancouver, BC | Abigail’s is looking for a strong cook to join us this month on a full-time basis. We’d like someone confident and capable who’s going to get excited about preparing casual food at a high level, dealing with quality-driven independent suppliers, and working in a small, busy neighbourhood restaurant. Wages are competitive, tips are generous, and perks are plentiful. Apply in confidence to eat@abigailsparty.ca and we’ll be in touch. Read more

GOODS | “Chocolate Arts” In Kits Set For Easter With Deep Roster Of Special Treats

April 18, 2014 

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Ave in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Avenue in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

The GOODS from Chocolate Arts

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is your one-stop shop for sweet surprises this Easter. Offering a tempting selection of edible artistry, from bite-sized confections to show stopping centerpieces, award-winning chocolatier Greg Hook lends the harried Easter Bunny a hand.

Chocolate purists will delight in Chocolate Arts’ high-quality cacao selection of solid, dark or milk chocolate eggs in a variety of sizes. Mini eggs are available in elegant 3-or-9-piece packages and optionally embossed with silly faces for the young at heart. For co-workers, friends and neighbours in need of a vacation, offer a tropical twist with limited-edition dark chocolate-coated Coconut Lime Eggs, filled with white chocolate, organic lime reduction and organic coconut milk ganache. For an element of surprise, let your Easter hunters crack open 40g and 240g chocolate eggs filled with either a single foiled solid chocolate or five mini chocolate figurines, and decorated with cocoa butter in your choice of several colourful designs.

For those who prefer hares over hens, Chocolate Arts provides the demure and decadent Fleur de Cao Bunny, made of silky single origin 72% dark chocolate. Also available from the rabbit warren is the charismatic Chocara Charlie, a handsome handcrafted chocolate bunny available in dark or milk chocolate, filled with five bestselling mini Chocara bars carefully crafted of house-made caramel, peanut butter and organic rice crisps. The adventurous chocoholic will enjoy the decidedly unconventional Pop Rocks Bunny made of rich milk chocolate and effervescent popping candy.

To complete the Easter menagerie, Chocolate Arts offers their aww-inducing chocolate Cheeps—dark chocolate eggs filled with a bright and playful house-made passionfruit marshmallow and decorated as plump chickadees—and the portly, wide-eyed chocolate Piggy, concealing a small fortune of foil-wrapped chocolate eggs in its generous potbelly. For the truly deserving, pick up a Chocolate Arts statement Signature Egg. Available in two sizes, in either dark or milk chocolate, they boast intricately decorated lids and are filled with a curated selection of assorted and seasonal chocolates and truffles. Read more

GOODS | Chef Angus An Hosting Meyer Family Vineyards At Kitsilano’s “Maenam”

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | Join Maenam’s Chef Angus An and sommelier Kurtis Kolt on Wednesday, April 16th as they welcome Meyer Family Vineyards wine proprietor Jak Meyer. For one night only, 13 guests experience a family-style three-course menu of fresh Thai flavours paired with Meyer Family’s new release Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Jak Meyer pours, answers questions and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his award-winning wines.

In 2006, Jak Meyer and his wife Janice Stevens-Meyer established themselves as one of BC’s top wineries, specializing in premium Chardonnay and, later, Pinot Noir. Meyer Family wines are produced on two main vineyards: a 1.62 hectare Old Main Road vineyard on the Naramata bench; and a 6.9 hectare McLean Creek Road vineyard in Okanagan Falls. Meyer Vineyards was recently honored as one of the ten best wineries in Canada by Decanter Magazine, and their 2011 McLean Creek Road Chardonnay was named the best in the country at the 2013 National Wine Awards.

The three-course dinner is $95 per person, excluding taxes and gratuity. Guests are encouraged to reserve early for this event, as tickets are limited to 13 seats. Details and menu after the jump. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Hapa Izakaya” Now Hiring For The Front & Back Of House

There are six Hapa Izakayas in Vancouver & Toronto. Kits | Robson | Yaletown | Coal Harbour | College St. | Ritz Bar

There are six Hapa Izakayas in Vancouver & Toronto. Kits | Robson | Yaletown | Coal Harbour | College St. | Ritz Bar

The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya

Vancouver, BC | Hapa Izakaya is hiring at all locations. For the front of house, we are seeking servers, bartenders and hosts who are energetic, hard-working, and looking for a fast-paced, fun environment. Applicants should have a passion for Japanese cuisine. Experience is an asset, but not mandatory. In the kitchen, we are looking for cooks with culinary experience, preferably with some Japanese influence. Japanese language skills are a definitely asset. Candidates may apply in person at Hapa Coal Harbour (909 West Cordova Street), Monday to Friday between 2:00pm-4:00pm, or Saturdays between 4:30pm-6:00pm. Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more

ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds You Should Be Listening To This Week…

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – 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…

THE TRACK

BANKS Brain

Los Angeles is the place to be if you want to cut a smooth operator-style modern R&B record. LA-based electronic soul singer Banks teams up with fellow Hollywood producer Shlohmo to create a broodingly spooky new track that somehow defines the new genre of ethereal mood music currently blowing up. Jessie Ware, Finister, Kid A, SZA, and more tread the same dark late night chill diva vibe as Banks, but the push coming behind her self-titled debut release indicates that she might be a name to watch in 2014. This highly cinematic clip makes the most out of a dark colour palette and a series of hypnotic shots of Banks shrouded by a veil. Obviously there’s more below the surface!

THE PLAYLIST

THE BLACK LIPS Justice After All

As the intro notes, The Black Lips are the pride of Atlanta’s Five Points hood. Together with their pals Deerhunter they have established the strip by the Variety Playhouse as more than just a place to find cheap booze and good times. The Black Lips seem to embody the fucked up spirit of American rock music at present. Underneath The Rainbow now out on Vice Records is pretty great!

S. CAREY Crown The Pines

As a member of Bon Iver, S. Carey’s new release ‘Range of Light’ is going to get a lot of airplay. He’s kind of been in the shadow of Justin Vernon for a long time, so it will be nice to see his more orchestral oeuvre get the attention it deserves.

THE WAR ON DRUGS Under Pressure

Everyone knows how much we dig Philly’s War on Drugs – they played a smoking in-store show at Zulu last year! Here’s some live footage of the first track off ‘Lost in The Dream’ – it shows just how much they have upped their game! If you saw their sold out show at The Biltmore the other day, you know just how lucky you are!

EX HEX Hot and Cold

Merge Records is like a family record label. Having previously released supergroup Wild Flag featuring Mary Timony, they also put out her latest effort as Ex Hex. With its crunchy riffage and tons of bouncy beats, this track is a who’s who of Washington D.C. punk legacy – and yes, that’s The Make Up’s Ian S. going out on a dinner date with Mary!

CHROMEO Jealous

Chromeo are back! The electro vibe is alive and well. This new track seems to channel the Daft Punk thumbing bass pretty well. Time to lease a sweet ride and hit the open road.

THEE OH SEES The Lens

If you’re a fan of lo-fi animation you will certainly want to sit through this mellow new cut from John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees. Dreamy spaceman imagery galore!

THE GIG

GOAT w/ HOLY WAVE – RICKSHAW THEATRE Tue Apr 15

Psychedelic freak rockers Goat hail from the musical hotbed of Gothenburg, Sweden. Well, in actual fact they claim to trace their roots to a tiny town in northern Sweden that has a history steeped in voodoo worship and a common ancestor who was a famous witch doctor. With this in mind they will put a spell on you, and seduce your minds with their deep and trippy interpretations of ‘world music’ – a universal musical language that combines all forms of music into a fusion of art-rock, tribal rhythms, afrobeat, kraut groove, and lush hedonistic freak folk. Imagine Eddie Hazel as leader of Sun Ra’s Arkestra working through the ecstatic moments of a Damo Suzuki jam while the burnt daydreams of Vashti Bunyan breeze by… Sounds like a dream, right? Or maybe more like a nightmare? Hmm. Regardless, the element of spectacle will be on display on the Ides of April as Goat are known to perform in elaborate wardrobe (think exotic beaded garb). Openers Holy Wave from Texas should get the night off to a good start. Their music is pressed by the people who put on the legendary Austin Psyche Fest.

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Kitsilano’s Chocolate Arts Shop Launches New “Haute Chocolate” Service

March 20, 2014 

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Ave in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

Chocolate Arts is located at 1620 – West 3rd Avenue in Vancouver, BC | V6J 1K2 | www.chocolatearts.com

The GOODS from Chocolate Arts

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café is pleased to announce the debut of their high tea inspired hot chocolate service, Haute Chocolate.

The Haute Chocolate experience features a choice of three unique hot cocoas, a rotating selection of chocolates and pastries, and the option of either a house made marshmallow or whipped cream garnish. Cocoas on offer include the versatile feature hot chocolate, made to order from one of twelve possible single-origin cocoas to be sampled and selected according to personal preference; a spicy hot cocoa, expertly flavoured with a subtle, balanced blend of chipotle, cardamom and cayenne; and a classic bittersweet or semisweet cocoa, crafted from cubes of creamy ganache. The service, priced at $15.95, is available from 3–5 pm Monday to Friday, with extended seating times running from 1 –5 pm on weekends. As seating is limited, reservations are recommended but not required.

Carafes of hot chocolate are served with an evolving lineup of 4-6 house-made chocolates, pastries, petits fours and pâte de fruits. Guests also receive mini-slices of banana bread and butter or seasonal jam.

Chocolate Arts continuously strives to make their products and services accessible to everyone. Hot chocolate can happily be substituted for tea or coffee, and soy and almond milk options are offered for hot cocoas. Guests are invited to choose their chocolate from amongst the boutique’s extensive selection of artisan chocolates, which include a number of vegan options. Read more

WELCOME | Kitsilano’s “Chocolate Arts” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

March 11, 2014 

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We’ve invited West 3rd Avenue’s excellent Chocolate Arts to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended room place to get a fix. 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 and for making BC a more delicious place to be.

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West Side

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Vancouver’s “West Side” is a catch-all term that describes the large area west of Ontario St south of False Creek and the Cambie, Granville, and Burrard St. bridges. It includes many neighbourhoods and micro-hoods, among them Marpole, Oakridge, Southlands, UBC, West Point Grey, Shaughnessy, Arbutus Ridge, Dunbar, Fairview, South Granville, Cambie Village, Kerrisdale, and Kitsilano. It is largely affluent and almost entirely residential, save for the vast Endowment Lands/Pacific Spirit Regional Park, UBC Campus, and high streets/villages such as Cornwall, West 4th, Broadway, West 41st, Granville, Oak, Cambie, Alma, and lower Yew. It is home to some of Vancouver’s most beloved beaches (Kits, Jericho, Spanish, Wreck), institutions (Jericho Sailing Club, Zulu Records), and restaurants (La Quercia, Bishop’s).

Much like East Van, the West Side’s entirety doesn’t have a personality of its own. It’s only in its pockets and strips that its real characters emerge. Some are a little sleepy, archly conservative, and decidedly NIMBYesque, while others more relaxed and inclusive. One – Kitsilano – can claim a counter-culture past, and still – somewhat amusingly – holds on to its hippiedom despite almost impossibly high commercial and residential rents and the dwarfing ratio of BMWs to bikes, strollers to dreadlocks, boutiques to head shops, and Kenny G. to Jimi Hendrix. On the whole, the West Side often feels like it’s very (voluntarily) separate from Vancouver, but no matter – with the right breeze and length of shadow, it’s sometime the best place on earth.

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On the West Side at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the tri-colour of the Red-winged Blackbirds that hang around the ponds of Jericho Beach Park; the snot green signage at The Fringe Cafe; a shard of broken orange beach frisbee; the decrepit Hollywood Theatre facade; the “sponge-treatment Mediterranean” orange walls inside the Parthenon Supermarket; the shock of red on the top of Pileated Woodpecker’s head; a whole lot of Wreck Beach noob flesh; some rain-soaked concrete of the Museum of Anthropology; the first tee marshal’s shack at the University Golf Club; Kerrisdale Arena frontage tri-colour; the rust-coloured giant letters of the old “RIDGE” sign; the fine gravel baseball diamond at Trimble Park; the massive whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

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THE ONLY WORKING FARM (UBC) WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS
QUALITY CLOTHES AT HILLS OF KERRISDALE
WHOLE WEEKENDS LOST IN THE SANDS OF KITS BEACH
SALVATION ARMY & SPCA THIRFT STORES
TEENAGERS SKIM BOARDING AT SPANISH BANKS
CHINESE TOURISTS MARVELLING AT OLD PENISES BEING BURNED AT WRECK BEACH
THE UNDER-UTILIZED ASSET THAT IS THE ARBUTUS CORRIDOR
P.D.’S HOT SHOP, SCARING LOWER MAINLAND MOMS OF SKATEBOARDERS SINCE THE 80s
FERAL RABBITS FORNICATING IN THE BRAMBLES AT JERICHO BEACH
NIMBYS AGAINST EVERYTHING THAT DOESN”T INCREASE THE VALUE OF THEIR PROPERTY
MORE ULTIMATE FRISBEE PLAYERS THAN PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY
RELICS FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN WEST POINT GREY

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BURGERS & BEERS ON THE SUNNY PATIO AT JERICHO SAILING CLUB
THE HAM & PEA PIZZA AT BUFALA
FRIES AND MISO GRAVY AT THE NAAM
VITELLO TONNATO & AGNOLOTTI DI GUIDO AT LA QUERCIA
ENCHILADAS & CHOCOLATE CAKE AT TOPANGA CAFE
KALE & CAULIFLOWER SALAD AT THE OAKWOOD
EMPTY STOMACH OMAKASE AT DAN
“ENGLISH TEACHER” SANDWICH AT THE PROFESSOR & THE PIGEON
CROWDED DIM SUM AT GOLDEN OCEAN
AFTERNOON TEA SERVICE (PROPER) AT FAUBOURG
RAINY DAY COFFEE AT MOMENTO
LEMON CHICKEN AT CONNIE’S COOKHOUSE

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- Kerrisdale is named after the former Scottish home of the McKinnon family, Kerry’s Dale, in 1897.

- During World War II there were several defenses built at UBC to ward off a feared Japanese invasion, including trios of strategically placed artillery guns.

- The Kerrisdale Arena was home to Vancouver’s first rock ‘n’ roll concert. Bill Haley and the Comets played there in 1957.

- Glenbrea Mansion in Shaughnessy was home to the Vancouver chapter of the Ku Klux Klan for just under a year from 1927-1928.

- Margaret Atwood got her start as a lecturer at UBC in the English Department.

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Kitsilano

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Kitsilano, so named after Squamish First Nation chief August Jack Khatsahlano (1867-1971), is a vibrant residential neighbourhood of some 40,000 people. It starts from the shore of the south side of English Bay and extends south to Broadway (some would argue all the way to 16th Ave) and runs from Burrard St. west to McDonald St. (some argue Alma St., but most people consider that to be Point Grey).

“Kits” started out as something of a quiet, halcyon suburb of the emerging city of Vancouver, born out of swamp and thick forest, and only coming of age in the interwar period as a magnet to blue collar workers looking to put down picket fence roots (the completion of the Burrard Street Bridge in 1932 accelerated this). The 1960′s gave the area the laid back, politically aware and environmentally conscious vibe, as evidenced by its mid-wifing of both Greenpeace and the Green Party of Canada.

The neighbourhood became regionally notorious as one of two local bases of counter-culture operations during the Hippicene (the more base being Gastown), with an weedy identity hangover that lasted through the 1980′s and 1990′s. It was during this period that Kitsilano’s idyllic nature attracted the notice of the real estate market, which had no taste for sentiment or patchouli. Consequently, it has become a expensive place to live. Its main attractions are its bustling, iconic, eponymous stretch of beach, the people-watching patios of Yew Street, and the diverse multitude of shops and restaurants along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway.

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Left to right: brown beach glass softened by the ocean (from spent and shattered beer bottles); the top layer of above-the-tide-line Kits Beach sand; open and broken mussel shell tri-colour; the brand colour of Whole Foods, which dominates the West 4th Ave. strip; the vinyl backed booths at Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, the street front facade of Zulu Records, perfect summer day blue sky, Lululemon corporate identity, Culprit Coffee exterior, rain-soaked cherry blossom, August afternoon at Kits Pool.

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THE FANTASTIC COLLECTION OF VINYL AT ZULU
THE NEW-FANGLED MACHINES AT THE PLANETARIUM
THE INCREASINGLY INTERESTING MUSEUM OF VANCOUVER
THE SMELL OF HIGH QUALITY MARIJUANA
EVERY RACE AND BODY TYPE IN VARIOUS STATES OF UNDRESS
A SHRINE TO EVERY SHOE YOU’VE EVER DREAMED OF
A CARTOGRAPHY NERD’S PARADISE
ONE OF VANCOUVER’S FINEST GENTLEMEN

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THE GIGANTIC LUMBERJACK BREAKFASTS AT SOPHIE’S
TOP DRAWER TEA AT O5
PIZZA AT NOOK
THE BEST THAI FOOD IN CANADA AT MAENAM
EXCELLENT COFFEE AT CULPRIT & 49TH PARALLEL
FRIES WITH MISO GRAVY AT THE NAAM
RAW OYSTERS AT CHEWIE’S
PATIO BEERS AT THE GALLEY (JERICHO)
SELF-SEARED CHO WAGYU AT HAPA IZAKAYA
ANYTHING AT BISHOP’S
BANGERS & MASH AT ABIGAIL’S PARTY
ICE CREAM TACOS AT RAIN OR SHINE
SALTED CARAMEL DOUGHNUTS AT LUCKY’S

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- Kitsilano once boasted the largest saltwater swimming pool in North America: Kits Pool, which opened in 1931.

- Jericho Beach gets its name from local pioneer logger Jeremiah Rogers. The area was originally referred to as “Jerry’s Cove”. In the native Squamish language, it is called iy’a'l’mexw, meaning “good land”.

- Opened in the late 60′s, The Naam on 4th near MacDonald is one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in Vancouver. It is open 24 hours a day, shutting down only on Christmas Day.

- The tiny Arbutus Grocery at the corner of 6th and Arbutus is approaching its 100th birthday. It was built in 1907 by Thomas F. Frazer.

- The famous Vancouver Museum and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, opened in 1968, features a roof modeled after a First Nation’s woven basket hat.

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ZULU REPORT: All The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Week

February 28, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – 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…

THE TRACK

WOMEN’S HOUR Her Ghost

London’s modern quiet storm r’n'b four-piece, Woman’s Hour, just inked a deal for North America with Secretly Canadian Records. Their sound is built around classic mid-80′s period Sade infused with electronic elegance a la Art of Noise‘s classic late night jam ‘Moments in Love‘. The video is clever – one long, locked-off black and white shot of a sign language interpreter signing the lyrics to Her Ghost. Hypnotic! This is their debut 7″ track – let’s hope the impending full length is just as smooth.

THE PLAYLIST

KEVIN DREW Good Sex

Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene fame is preparing his sophomore solo album ‘Darlings’ and has decided the upbeat track ‘Good Sex’ will be the lead-off single. Time away from the band’s intense spotlight has made Drew a lot more relaxed and open. This video sort of captures that vibe from one of Toronto’s most misunderstood players.

THURSTON MOORE Heavenmetal

Here’s another chilled-out guy who has made the most of taking time away from the spotlight of his bigger band. Thurston Moore had a rough year in 2013. He and long-time life partner and music collaborator Kim Gordon split, and subsequently Sonic Youth took a bit of a break. Moore retreated to his upstate New York digs and took some time to just jam with friends. Here’s the result – a laid back song that features Thurston in a more introspective mode.

DEATH GRIPS No Love

To give a fuck or to not give a fuck? That is Death Grips’ current obsession. This 3D-esque video features a montage of live clips demonstrating the chaotic confrontational nature of the band. Everything about Death Grips is an attempt to agitate the environment they’re in. In 2013, they fucked with the industry, screwed their label and leaked their own record. So 2014 should be good.

REAL ESTATE Crime

Real Estate (who are in town next week) have taken the time to tab out one of the more breezy numbers from their forthcoming new album. If you want to play along at home, go for it!

LONDON GRAMMAR | Hey Now

From the opening notes on their Fender Rhodes electric piano you know London Grammar are all about the hush hours. Chilled ambience and delicately programmed beats are the main focus of this new track that really focuses in on vocalist Hannah Reid’s late night coos. Voted a British Breakthrough Act of 2014!

DUM DUM GIRLS Too Good to Be True

Flowers, Lava, Dum Dum Dee Dee and a shitload of special effects all play a prominent role in the second video out to support this Sub Pop Records signing. We played this in the store and someone mentioned a band called The Primitives from a long time ago…does anyone remember them? Is this what they would sound like today?

PINK MOUNTAINTOPS Ambulance City

Having recently supported Band of Horses here in town at the Vogue, Stephen McBean (Black Mountain) is shaking off the rust and getting things tuned up for his solo project Pink Mountaintops to hit the road and channel his madness. April’s new record Get Back is great! Who’s going to Austin Psyche Fest in May?

THE GIG

ANGEL OLSEN Thursday March 6th at The Media Club

Historically, March and April are great months for gigs. Pretty much every young North American band is on the road and planning their routing around either SXSW dates or Coachella. As a result you have to plan your rock calendar wisely and choose a few key shows to take in. Catching a band at the Media Club is pretty much akin to getting in on something at the ground level. This is one of the smaller rooms in town (until the Fox is officially a booker’s paradise) that showcases bands on their first swing through town. With this in mind, a lot of people are pegging Jagjagwaur Recording Artist Angel Olsen as one of the early stars of this year’s fresh faces. A couple weeks back Angel released her second album Burn Your Fire For No Witness and the critics quickly gravitated to her ability to evoke the greats like Cohen and Orbison without pushing too hard and losing some of her immediacy. There’s a natural confidence to Olsen’s recordings – let’s hope it translates well live!

Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for the rest of January after the jump… Read more

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