HEADS UP | Design-Themed Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 34 Set For Sept. 18 At The Vogue

September 10, 2014 

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The next Pecha Kucha Night goes down September 18th as part of Vancouver Design Week. As you can see from the bill above, there are some great folks in the line up from diverse design slants and backgrounds. It should be fascinating, and a sell-out, so pounce on a pair of tickets while they’re still available. Bonus: the musical guest for is Jody Glenham.

September 18 | Doors 6:30pm | The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St) | Tickets $15 | DETAILS

HEADS UP | Score Tickets & Check Out The Killer Crew Speaking At Pecha Kucha Night

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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

Score tickets here. We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed.

HEADS UP | Speakers Named For The Next “Pecha Kucha” Night (Tickets Now On Sale)

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The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd.  Tickets have just gone on sale, so be quick with your mouse, trackpad, or fingers because they usually sell out fast…

• Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
• Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
• Laura Barron - Executive Director, Instruments for 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 Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
• Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation
• Jonathan Anthony, Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation

We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win!

DEFINITIVE RECORDS | The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

January 13, 2014 

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Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today we hear from Louise Burns, Jeff Mitchelmore, and Murray Mckenzie of local band Gold + Youth, which is slated for the Pecha Kucha stage on January 30th. Their debut album, Beyond Wilderness, was released last May on Arts & Crafts Records. Have a listen here.

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LOUISE BURNS | Kate Bush – Hounds Of LoveLISTEN | “I first discovered Kate Bush during Christmas holidays in England just over a decade ago. Her voice completely threw me: I couldn’t identify or compare it. I asked my uncle who she was and quickly got to work on Napster (haha). I soon discovered Running Up That Hill, the song that I consider the gateway Kate drug, and that was it. I was a fan. Hounds of Love is almost like a concept pop album, with imaginative and cinematic tracks that weave throughout her mightiest hits, including the aforementioned and the album’s title track. Sensual but tough as nails and really, really out there. Fun fact: it was recorded at Kate’s family’s country home and features Youth from The Killing Joke on bass. Madness and magic.”

JEFF MITCHELMORE | New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies | LISTEN | “This album is a personal and collective favourite of the band. From start to finish, the mood, simplicity and the space that it creates never tires. A couple of standout tracks include the first on the record and probably the most well-known song, Age of Consent, and the simple yet brilliant Your Silent Face. This record was also a big influence for us when we began writing Beyond Wilderness. I think we wanted to capture some of its moodiness and it taught us that every part must serve a purpose.”

MURRAY MCKENZIE | Depeche Mode – Music For the Masses | LISTEN | “Even if you never got past opener Never Let Me Down Again, this record would have a good shot at changing your entire outlook on music. But, of course, the rest of it is outstanding, too. The cold and synthetic textures here are a world unto themselves, so much so that we sometimes overlook the pop brilliance of it all. Depeche Mode, more than any other, is the one band that the four of us can always agree on.”

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HEADS UP | Score Tickets & Check Out The Killer Crew Speaking At Pecha Kucha Night

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The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 31 on January 30th, as well as the opening musical act, and it all amounts to a doozy of an evening. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, so be quick with your mouse, trackpad, or fingers because they sell out faster than the pies at Pizzeria Farina (for serious). The opening band is Gold and Youth, and the speakers are…

Malcolm Parry - Columnist at Vancouver Sun
Judith Marcuse - Founder and Co-Director of International Centre of Art for Social Change
Mia Kohout - CEO & Editor-in-Chief at Momentum Mag
Arno Kopecky - Environmental Journalist Oil Man and the Sea
Jenna Herbut - Co-Producer of Make It Vancouver
Navida Nuraney - Executive Director of ArtStarts in Schools
Dane Brown & Clinton McDougall - Owners of Bestie
Ken Tsui - Program Director at Vancouver Chinatown Night Market

We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed like this guy for your chance to win!

HEADS UP: “Vancouver Around The World” Special Pecha Kucha Night Tickets On Sale

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The next Pecha Kucha Night (Vol. 28) is a special one. It’s called Vancouver Around The World and it will focus on the ideas and people of our city that have gone on to change the world. Tickets are now on sale at the Vogue Theatre. Check out the awesome list of speakers after the jump… Read more

SWAG: Say Hello To Pecha Kucha Speaker Kim Peacock (And Win A Pair Of Tickets!)

Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 27 goes down tomorrow night at the Vogue Theatre. We have a pair of tickets to give away right now. Here’s what you need to do…

1) “Like” this post (and Scout on Facebook if you haven’t already).

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to #PKNVan via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-hlU

The winner will be chosen at random after breakfast. And now…

As always, there’s a phenomenal line-up of fascinating speakers. Among them is our old friend Kim Peacock, who loves solving problems, developing brands through storytelling, and travelling — affections that made her former position as Director of Global Marketing for HootSuite a great fit, and her current position as General Manager of the Western Division of Edelman (the biggest PR + communications company in Canada, and the world) just about perfect (it also satisfies her bossy tendencies). She loves her rescue dog Lucy, and doing just about anything on a mountain or an ocean, which makes Vancouver her ideal home base.

Can you explain briefly what you do at Edelman West? I’m accountable for the strategic and operational success of the Western Canadian business.

You used to be the publisher at Vancouver Magazine (and Western Living). Following that, you were with Hootsuite. How is the culture at Edelman different? What similarities do you see? There are more similarities than differences in my mind. All three are creative communications companies filled with really smart, hard-working, passionate people. HootSuite and Edelman are both privately owned, which creates a specific culture of entrepreneurship I really love. At HootSuite, though, I could get an email at 5:30pm on Friday that said, “Human curling starts in 10 minutes in the upstairs lounge”. That never happened at the magazines, and it hasn’t happened yet at Edelman.

Where are you from? Tough question. I was born in Edmonton, but have lived in seven cities in Canada. So I guess the answer is Canada.

What neighbourhood do you call home? Why do you love living there? South False Creek. I can’t imagine living in Vancouver and not being on the water.

What inspires you? The simplicity of my dog’s emotional life and her expression of it.

Default drink/cocktail of choice? Guinness.

The Vancouverite that you admire most and why? There are many, but at the moment, it’s Elaine Lui. She’s totally awesome – her TEDx talk says it all.

Your favourite sound? My dog’s woo-woo-woo howl when I come home. She’s always happy to see me.

Your least favourite sound? Children crying. Especially in a restaurant or airplane.

The strangest talent that you possess? I took up the ukulele last year, but talent is a strong word to describe what I do.

Your three favourite films? Of the ones I saw in the last year, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Rock of Ages.

What’s the thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating? Big Macs. I love them, especially after a night out drinking.

Describe your favourite photograph. My dad on a hot air balloon in Africa. It was taken a couple of years before he died, and he looks so healthy and peaceful.

If you had a motto, what would it be? Live curious.

Your favourite word? Puppy. It was also one of my first words. I learned it before daddy.

Your least favourite word? I like all words, just some more than others.

Your favourite curse word? Fuck.

One thing of no monetary value that you own and will keep dearly until you die? It’s actually of significant value, but my engagement ring from my marriage. I wear it almost every day because it reminds me of love, and wisdom earned the hard way. And also because it’s beautiful, and after all, it’s not the ring’s fault.

The strangest road you’ve ever travelled? I’d say the road of life qualifies.

Your first memory? Visiting my mom in the hospital after she had my sister. I was rocking an orange and brown herringbone print polyester pant suit. I mostly remember the pant suit.

The first album that made you love music? The Jungle Book.

Your go to, no-frills place for dinner in Vancouver? Salsa & Agave.

Last place you traveled? Calgary.

The strangest place you’ve ever been to? Disneyland Paris.

If you could board a plane this afternoon, where would it be taking you? Toronto. My partner, Gary, is there as I write this, and I wish I was with him.

OTHER INTERESTING VANCOUVERITES

SWAG: Win A Double Pass To Tomorrow’s “Pecha Kucha Night” Vol. 25 At The Vogue

January 30, 2013 

If you’re following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook, we’ll be using both to give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver (Vol. 25). As usual, it’s an awesome line-up, especially with the late but timely additions of Thomas Anselmi and Ernesto Gomez (of Waldorf Productions).

Here’s what you need to do…

1) “Like” this post (and Scout on Facebook if you haven’t already).

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to #PKNVan via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-gnP

The winner will be chosen at random after breakfast. Good luck!

DEFINITIVE RECORDS: The 3 Albums That Anchor The Tastes Of Super Vancouverites

January 30, 2013 

Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from the creative director of local branding/design shop Cause + Affect (home to the spanking new Brand Academy)…

Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Water | LISTEN | “This was the only record my parents owned when I was young that was not Nana Mouskouri or The Platters. Good for all occasions as it kinda makes you feel happy when you’re sad and sad when you’re happy.”

U2 – WAR | LISTEN | “This album came out when I was 10. I remember it as much for its music as its cover artwork. I had a backpatch of it sewn onto my jean jacket that was – up to that time – probably the coolest thing I had ever owned. Also, it sort of ended my love affair with U2 until I was in my thirties and decided it was ok to like them again.”

The Strokes – Is This It | LISTEN | This album came out at the beginning of the 2000′s I think and provided the soundtrack for a number of my years in London, including my wedding day, I believe. To this day, I can still feel the city in the songs.”

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HEADS UP: Tickets For The Next “Pecha Kucha Night” Just Went On Sale (Pounce!)

January 10, 2013 

Tickets for the next Pecha Kucha Night have just gone on sale, and if you hurry, you might just snag one here. Once again, the line-up looks pretty fascinating. The speakers confirmed so far include:

David Look - Engine Digital 
Gaby Eirew - Record me now
Georgia Morley - Whitelightchef
J. Joly - dimeRocker
Julien Thomas - Gather Round
Kona Katranya - The Queeriodic Table
Mickey McLeod - Salt Spring Coffee

The deadline to complete the PechaKucha Night Survey is tonight (Thursday) at midnight. PKNV will be putting two lucky survey responders on the guest list (with a guest) for every remaining PechaKucha Night in 2013. And as long time sponsors of PKNV, Scout will also have a couple of tickets to give away as January 31st nears,

All that being said, it’s probably best not to leave this to chance. Tickets go like hot cakes with bacon and shaved Alba truffles on them, so pounce!

SWAG: Win A Double Pass To Tomorrow’s “Pecha Kucha Night” Vol. 24 At The Vogue

November 22, 2012 

If you’re following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook, we’ll be using both to give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver (Vol. 24). As usual, it’s an awesome line-up, and it sold out in, like, 3.5 seconds. So here’s what you need to do…

1) Like this post and Scout on Facebook if you haven’t already.

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to #PKNVan via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-fxR

The winner will be chosen at random after breakfast. Good luck!

UPDATE: congrats to reader @Jane_Victoria

VANCOUVERITES: Seven Minutes With “Raincity Chronicles” Creator Lizzy Karp

November 16, 2012 

Next week local creatives from across the city will gather to watch yet another series of Pecha Kucha presenters take the stage at the Vogue Theatre. The line-up this time (as always) is stellar. We’re super stoked to hear from the ladies of Victory Gardens and TJ from The Shop, and we’re also looking forward to hearing what Lizzy Karp has to say. We’re used to seeing Lizzy’s name around town a lot. It’s always tied to something pretty great, so we knew that we wanted to find out a little more about her. We could have waited until next week to catch her PK performance, but we didn’t. We tracked her down and asked her a few questions instead. What an awesome decision. What an awesome girl. Between planning Raincity Chronicles this Friday (sorry, it’s sold out), darting around town collecting books for A Good Book Drive and pulling together her PKN presentation, Lizzy took a few minutes to answer a few of our questions….

Three things about Fairview that make you want to live there I technically live in Fairview, but refer to it as South Shaughnessey when I want to feel fancy. It’s not one of Vancouver’s most celebrated ‘hoods, but I love my corner grocer Sunshine Market, long runs through Shaughnessey and the endearing architecture and logotypes of the apartment buildings.

Where did you grow up? Salt Lake City, Utah, aka the Beehive State.

Where did you go to school? The University of Toronto to sit in the Hart House library and read all the books.

Where was the last place you called home? Toronto aka “Tarana”

How long have you lived in Vancouver? I moved here the day Michael Jackson died, June 25, 2009. I’ve got a couple of years under my belt, and can (usually) get around without using Google maps.

What was your first Vancouver experience? Before I put down roots here, my boyfriend Pat and I came on a reconnaissance trip in January to get the feel of the city as I’d never been before. That was the wild and weird foggy weekend that covered the entire city in a thick blanket of clouds. We wandered down to the seawall in Stanley park and I couldn’t see the water, or the mountains, skyline, anything. So we danced and guzzled beer at Honey, followed by a hangover brunch at Bandidas the next morning, and in my foggy state was sold on the idea.

What was it about Vancouver that made you want to move here? My hometown is nestled in a gorgeous mountain range and after years living in Toronto I was drawn towards Vancouver’s proximity to nature and mysterious personality. I made the decision that I wanted to continue living in Canada, but was intrigued by the west. And like a fresh notebook or next chapter in a novel, it’s always invigorating to start something new.

The first album that made you love music? I grew up sounded by Motown and classic rock records, but Buddy Holly sparked my very first crush, musically and romantically. Any compilation of his hits I adored (and still do!).

Three of your favourite films? I’ll go for Man on Wire, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Clueless.

An under appreciated Vancouver event/person/feature that you think deserves a closer look? This city is filled with so many talented people that are not celebrated in the way they should be. But I’d have to pick Banquet Atelier and Workshop. Sarah Edmonds and Tammy Lawrence create gorgeous paper products that are produced and printed in Vancouver, yet the accolades they’ve received are mostly from out of town. I adore the work they do and hope you do, too. Read more

HEADS UP: Tickets For The Next “Pecha Kucha Night” Just Went On Sale (Pounce!)

October 30, 2012 

Tickets for the next Pecha Kucha Night have just gone on sale, and if you hurry, you might just snag one here. Once again, the line-up looks pretty awesome, anchored as it is by the ladies of Victory Gardens!

Caroline MacGillivray - Beauty Night
Devon Brooks - Blo Blow Dry Bar
Leah Nelson & Jay Grandin - Giant Ant
Lizzy Karp - Rain City Chronicles
Norman Armour - PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Saul Brown - Saul Good Gift Co.
Serge Bennathan - Les Productions Figlio
Dr Shelley Gruendler - Type Camp International, Inc.
Tj Schneider - The Shop Vancouver
Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips - Victory Gardens

As long time sponsors of PKNV, we’ll have a couple of tickets to give away as the date (Nov.23) nears, but it’s probably best not to leave it to chance.

SWAG: Win A Double Pass To Tomorrow’s “Pecha Kucha Night” Vol. 23 At The Vogue

September 20, 2012 

If you’re following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook, we’ll be using both to give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s art-themed Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver (Vol. 23). As usual, it’s an awesome line-up, and it sold out in, like, 3.5 seconds. So here’s what you need to do…

1) Like this post and Scout on Facebook if you haven’t already.

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to #PKNVan via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-eP4

The winner will be chosen at random after breakfast. Good luck!

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