SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

GIN + JUICE | Get yourself to Gastown’s Nouvelle Nouvelle this Thursday night for an evening inspired by Snoop Dog’s classic jam “Gin+Juice”. The shop isn’t just having a sale (20-40% off) of their very beautiful men’s and women’s clothing lines. They’ve also asked Odd Society bartender Matt Cooke to bring some gin over to their shop to make some drinks with fresh, cold-pressed juices from The Juice Truck. The whole shopping / cocktail experience will go down with an old school hip hop soundtrack and a room full of solid people. Plus, it could be an interesting experiment in whether or not the nutritional value of the cold pressed juice can cancel out the naughty gin. Because science is good, right?
Thu, July 24 | 6-10pm | Nouvelle Nouvelle (209 Abbott St.) | DETAILS

PRECISION | Chef and “knife-nerd” Kevin Kent is in town to entice you with fine quality Japanese knives. Knifewear opens at The Chinatown Experiment this week. Head down to 434 Columbia St. to handle, hear about and drool over a line-up of hundreds of knives from more than 40 of the best Japanese knife brands. Also on hand: a selection of supporting artifacts like chef-curated cookbooks, cutting boards, and kitchen gadgets. “Cooking is the new rock and roll,” Kent says. “And the new black leather pants are Japanese knives.” Heck yeah they are.
Now through July 27 | 11am – 7pm | 434 Columbia St. | DETAILS

RESTAURANT RUMBLE | The event of the month goes down this Wednesday. The charity boxing showdown organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association is pitting Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders. It happens in two parts: “Undercard Fights” go down in the afternoon (3:30-6:30pm) followed by the Title Fights in the evening (7-10pm). At three 3-minute rounds per, Title Fights go down fast. Boxers go glove to glove without headgear or shirts and title belts are on the line. This event is sold out, but the resourceful enthusiast will be able to get hands on tickets through darker channels. Also, this event will also be live streamed at The Bottleneck on Granville Street.
Wed, July 23 | 3:30 & 7pm | SFU Woodward | 149 W. Hastings | Various $ | DETAILS

AFTER HOURS | How cool would it be to hang out at the Vancouver Aquarium after hours? No view-hogging children or toe-crunching strollers, just gentle darkness with the soothing sounds of water and jellyfish. This Wednesday night brings just such an opportunity: After Hours is an evening of engaging awesomeness set inside the Aquarium. Guests can enjoy wine, beer and a little scientific talk, a show about caring for Dolphins, a film, and a spin in the wet lab where they can touch invertebrates like sea stars and urchins. So civilized. Tickets are selling fast; try Craigslist or FB if you can’t score directly from the Aquarium.
Wed, July 23 | 6:30-10pm | Vancouver Aquarium | Stanley Park | $25 | DETAILS

GO GREEN | Earthsave Canada offers a free talk on the benefits of plant-based diets at Robson Square on Thursday night. If you’re interested in shifting your diet to include more plants think about attending to hear what physician, author, and speaker Michael Greger can tell you about the latest in plant-based nutrition and health research. This event is open to the public on a first come first serve basis.
Fri, July 25 | 7pm | UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St) | Free | DETAILS

MORBID CURIOUSITY | Stanley Park might be a serene aggregate of quiet forest paths with a inviting coastline, but like many beautiful things, it has a dark side. This weekend is your chance to get the scoop on some of the park’s shady past including murders, suicides, park cemeteries and burial places, treasure, shipwrecks, drownings, and what can only be described as mysterious incidences – if you’re in to that sort of thing.
Sat, July 26 | 1-3pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS

PICK-YOUR-OWN | It’s blueberry season! Farmers markets and local grocery stores are loaded with them, but picking your own is a fun summer activity. Head toward Ladner/Delta and out to Westham Island (directions). Once you cross the wooden planked bridge to the soft roads lined by long grass and foxgloves, you’ll find fantastic u-pick berry farms and roadside egg and vegetable stands. Take your own buckets for easy post-picking transportation.
Emma Lea Farms | Daily 10am – 6pm | 2727 Westham Island Rd. (Ladner) | DETAILS

PRIDE | Vancouver Pride is gearing up. This weekend watch out for the Pride Walk & Run (starting AND finishing at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park with disco water stations in between) as well as Pride picnic (a family friendly event that will involve all manner of games like volleyball, tug-of-war, watermelon eating and a high-heel shoe toss). The main event – Pride Parade – goes down next Sunday, but between now and then there are numerous events to take in.
Now through Sun, August 3 | Various times and locations | DETAILS

FIREWORKS | Keep in mind that Celebration of Light fireworks (aka Stab Night) start this week (Saturday). First to represent their country with pyrotechnic expression is the United Sates (July 26), followed by France (July 30), and finally, Japan (August 2nd). Plan accordingly, and for crying out loud, don’t try to drive through the West End while the festivities are going down. Also, no knives, please. For serious.
Sat, July 26, 30, August 2 | 10am | English Bay | Free | DETAILS

ROAD TRIP | Wine Country is something pretty right now. If you can slip away for a weekend, consider heading to the stunning Similkameen Valley for an al fresco dinner in a vineyard that will capture everything that’s magical about summer. Think warm air, beautiful light, amazing food, fine conversation, and phenomenal wine. The Orofino 1.6 Mile Dinner offers a five course meal utilizing ingredients gathered from farmers and artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of the Similkameen’s charming Orofino Winery. Preparing the meal will be Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering and Gold Medal Plate-winning Chef Mark Filatow  of Waterfront Wines. Dinner starts with bubbly and canapés at 5:30pm. Contact 250-499-0068 or admin [at] orofinovineyards.com to make your reservations.
Sat, July. 26 | 5:30 | Orofino Strawbale Winery | Cawston, BC | $150 pp | DETAILS 
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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

SOME COOL PICS | Vancouver based Photographer Andrew Volk has his first solo show – SOME PICS, Pre-Tinder to Present – opening on Thursday night at The Something Club on Powell Street. Volks work can be gentle and deliberate as well as hard and raw. Get a sense of style via Jeff Hamada’s post on Booooooom. This show only runs until July 23 so don’t stall.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10 pm | The Something Club – 1505 E Powell St | DETAILS

ART | A multi-show exhibition launches at The Burrard Arts Foundation this week.  James Knight and Steffen Quong humanise the concept of Kintsukuroi, a traditional Japanese pottery repair method that sees broken items put back together with molten gold, a process that renders the object more beautiful for having been broken. Instead of pottery, these artists apply the concept to people and communication. Artist Eric Rieger will create a site-specific installation using thousands of meticulously cut, measured and knotted pieces of yarn and Kate Henderson and Erin Siddall will look at issues of gender, technology and art in How To Make Good Movies. The opening reception is this Thursday night. The show continues until September 27th.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10pm | The Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E Broadway) | Free | DETAILS

SHAKESPEARE | Bard On The Beach throws down with performances of The Tempest and Cymbeline this weekend. Arrive early for some time in Bard Village where you can take advantage of the full concession and bar services, poke around the Bard boutique or just chat with other theatre-goers. Shakespeare on a Vancouver beach in July = amazing.
All Weekend | Various times | Vanier Park, Kits Point | $47 | DETAILS

DISCOVER | Whether you are new to the city of just interested in brushing up on local history, an Architectural Institute of British Columbia walking tour is a great way to get to know Vancouver. View the personality of the city through the prism of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. Learn about  heritage preservation, contemporary and historic architectural styles, the impact urban planning policy has on the evolution of the city, and more. There are six tours in all, each covering a distinct area of the city. Walks include: Chinatown (From yesterday to Today); Gastown (The Historic Beginning of Vancouver); Strathcona (Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood); Yaletown (Industrial Expansion and Evolution); West End (Residential Transformation), and Downtown (The Business Core of Vancouver). AIBC Walking Tours begin at the AIBC office located at 440 Cambie Street (@Pender) at 10am and 1pm most days of the week (except Monday and Friday afternoons).
Various days | 10am, 1pm | 440 Cambie Street | $10 | DETAILS

NORTH VAN NIGHT MARKET | There’s something decidedly magical about riding the current of a crowd on a summer evening. This weekend we suggest checking out the The North Vancouver Shipyards Twilight Market. While not as large in scale as other markets, this one still attracts enough traffic to leave you feeling like you’ve attended a summer festival of sorts. It’s an easy ride on the seabus from Downtown to Lonsdale Quay. Expect live music and plenty of good food. In addition to a line-up of 15 food trucks, you’ll find countless farmer’s market-style stalls, tables, and booths of fruits and veggies, as well as baked goods, preserves, popsicles and pies. Pro tip: the beer garden goes down on Friday night only.
Thu + Fri | 5-10pm | Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver | DETAILS

VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL | Folk Fest spreads across Jericho Park this weekend. There’s something quintessentially Vancouver about this three day event. Even if you’re not into folk music, a summer evening at Jericho with music flowing is just flat out awesome. This year we’re looking forward to catching folk legend Joan Baez, Andrew Bird, Vancouver-based Brasstronaut, Folk-rockers Fish and Bird from Victoria, Great Lake Swimmers, Amos Lee, East coast indie crew Wintersleep and Australia’s Frank Yamma. Pack a blanket and relax; outdoor folk music in the (historical) heart of Vancouver hippiedom is an experience you are honour bound to work into your summer plans.
July 19-21 | Jericho Beach | $40 – $170 depending on your commitment | DETAILS

CHILL | Cates Park is a beautiful North Shore waterfront green space is gorgeous, but if it and it’s adjoining beach weren’t enough to get you there, how about the fact that it has free public concerts on Saturdays? Well, that and an on-site Wally Burger concession? Done deal! What could be better than Chuck Wagon burgers, yam fries, chocolate milkshakes, sunshine and live music? This week you can look forward to performances by Deborah Holland (4pm), The Wild Romantics (5pm) and Jodi Pederson (6pm).
Sat, July 19 | 4 – 7 pm | Cates Park 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Van | Free | DETAILS

COOK | Members of the UBC Farm Maya in Exile Garden are putting on a cooking class this Saturday. In addition to being schooled on how to make a proper corn tortilla, participants in the “Three Sisters in the Kitchen” workshop will learn how to make bledo con frijol (beans with amaranth leaf) and kelite frito con queso envuelto en tortilla (lambs quarters cooked with cheese wrapped in tortillas), among other things. Workshop leaders are well versed, so expect expert cooking advice as well as talk about medicinal and culinary uses for various herbs and vegetables grown right there in the Mayan garden plot at the UBC Farm.
Sat, July. 19 | 2-4pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross St , UBC) | $30 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | Catch the sunset from Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond. Iona is a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on for ever), there’s also a walkable breakwater, raised boardwalks, and a crazy network of unmarked trails. To get there, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road) and follow the signs.

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is on again this Sunday. A fleet of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and The Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city for one day of each week
Sun, July 20 | 12-5pm | 215 W 1st Ave, Olympic Village | $2  | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

FRESH AIR FILM | Grab yourself some tasty summer picnic food and stake-out a spot on the grass with your best blanket because Tuesday night is movie night in Stanley Park. This week: The Lego Movie. From IMBD: “An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.” A threat we can all relate to – ETERNAL STASIS MUST BE STOPPED!
Tues, July 8 | Dusk | Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow / 2nd Beach | DETAILS

TOUR DE GASTOWN |  Wednesday evening is the Gastown Grand Prix. Riders from clear across North America are here to participate in the 1.2 course through the streets of this historic Vancouver ‘hood – get in on the fun! Secure a good spot (Chill Winston, Six Acres, Pourhouse, or The Diamond all look like nice options) and settle in to watch blurs of spandex zoom by lap after cobblestoned lap (35 for women, 50 for men). There will be a few other people in the crowd, so pack light and take public transit (driving to this gig isn’t advisable as parking will be a nightmare).
Wed, July 9 | 5:45 Opening Ceremonies | Gastown | Free | DETAILS

STARS | There’s a rad show going down at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Thursday night. Science Fair is an art exhibit and interactive ‘science fair’ that also involves – ahem – music, wine, and beer. Wander the planetarium, sip on civilized glasses of wine and consider the relationship between art and science. Expect a show of paintings, illustrations, sculptures and awesome installations made by visual artists and enthusiastic science wonks (the artist’s reception, located in the lower lobby exhibit area, begins at 7:30pm). Later in the evening (around 10pm) there will be a technician-guided star show in the planetarium accompanied by synth-psych music by Sinoia Caves, Von Bingen, and Kensington Gore. What a trip!
Thu, July 10 | 7pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut) | $20 | DETAILS

MUSIC | The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden kicks off it’s Enchanted Evenings summer concert series this week, and this year there’s a twist to things. The soothing draw of the serene swaying bamboo and lily pad-strewn ponds remains, but for the 2014 season the concert series shakes things up with reservable seats, gourmet picnic dinners (order in advance for $10-$29), plus wine and beer. The first concert of the summer is Chinese-Western musical fusion ensemble Silk Road Music. If you can’t make the concert, don’t panic as there will be a total of five Enchanted Evenings and each will have a unique feel and tempo. Silk Road (Friday,July 11); Tomoe Arts (Thursday, July 17); Jim Byrnes (Thursday, July 24); Vancouver Piano Ensemble (Thursday, July 31); and Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars (Thursday, August 7).
Fri, July 11 | Doors 7pm | 578 Carrall St. | Concert $25, Picnic / Wine extra | DETAILS

CLOSING | At the intersection of decision-making, all possibilities are open. Choose the right over the left, one job over another, answer the phone or don’t – multiple futures waiver in that moment; “…and all our possibilities collapse into the singular of what is, rippling outward from the moment of decision to affect our lives in ways unknown…” Those moments are the subject of Vancouver artist Adam Lupton’s final show – What’s In Store For Me In The Direction I Don’t Take? - at The Positive Negative Gallery in Chinatown. Lupton, who has run the gallery for the past several years, is closing shop to move to New York where he has been accepted to grad school (congratulations Adam!). If you have never been to the Positive Negative gallery, this is your last chance to check it out. If you have, this is your opportunity to get in and wish Adam good luck while standing in a room full of his latest work – a pretty swell way to make an exit!
Fri, July 11 | 7pm | Positive Negative Gallery | 436 Columbia St. | DETAILS

BASEBALL | The Vancouver Canadians are in town all week playing games at Nat Bailey Stadium. Nothing says summer like a bag of peanuts, a cold beer and a baseball game on a home field. Canadians play Everett Friday through Sunday and then take on Eugene Monday through Friday of next week. Thats a game every day (most games begin at 7pm) and sunshine on the weather forecast.
July 11 – 18 | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | $12.50 | DETAILS

KHATSAHLANO | Things are always pretty awesome along West 4th, but that Khatsahlano Street Party really takes the Kits experience to a whole new level. There will be 8 stages located across 10 blocks of West 4th. These will showcase over 50 of Vancouver’s finest independent bands and solo musicians as well as many other artists and performers. So grab some sunscreen and good walking shoes and don’t plan on being home for dinner. This is a full-day gig that you won’t want to leave early. The Poppy Family Experience, Humans, Lightening Dust, Aiden Knight, Bend Sinister, The Shilohs – the list goes on and on. Check out the full line-up of performers here and develop a game plan to maximize your live outdoor free musical enjoyment. Plus, beer gardens!
Sat, July 12 | 11-8pm | Along 4th Ave between Burrard & MacDonald | Free | DETAILS

FARMACIE | A summer evening long table farm dinner is something that everyone should do at least once. If you haven’t managed to attend one yet this season, consider heading out to the Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Garden at David Thompson Secondary this Saturday night for Farmacie, a community dinner celebrating local food. Expect lots of fresh veggies, bread from Nelson The Seagull (with a delicious sounding smokey zucchini hummus), some arugula, mint and cilantro salad (with blueberries, feta and a lime jalepeno vinaigrette),  basil gnocchi, sausages, and pavlova with fruit for dessert. Chefs Juno Kim and Marika Richoz will be preparing the feast with proceeds going to support Fresh Roots. “Fresh Roots transforms open spaces into thriving neighbourhood gathering places through urban agriculture. More than growing a garden, they grow communities. Their schoolyard market gardens are working farms and living classrooms on school grounds.” That’s a pretty solid cause. Remember that the price of your ticket includes beer and wine.
Sat, July 12 | 7pm | David Thompson Secondary School (1755 E 55th Ave) | $125 | DETAILS

ART | Over the last few years many of Vancouver’s galleries have re-located to a parcel of land between Main Street and Clark Drive just above Industrial Avenue. Some of these new tenants have given the area a new name – ‘The Flats’ – and this weekend they are planning to strut their stuff with a collective summer bash boasting numerous exhibitions. Get this: Monte Clark Gallery will be showing Evan Lee and Jonathan Syme; Equinox is showing works by LA artist Etienne Zack; Macaulay & Co has Shawn Hunt in to give a talk (2pm); The Wil Aballe Art Project has an artist talk (Jordy Hamilton, 5pm); Gallery 295 is holding an opening reception for Scott Billings; The Winsor Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of Angela Grossmann’s Swagger series and figurative sculpture by David Robinson alongside an exhibition of paintings by Alessandro Papetti (talk 3pm); Chernoff Fine Art has a Photosession opening reception (12pm); and Field Contemporary Gallery has a performance at 1pm and a talk at 4pm. That’s 8 galleries with full walls and added bonuses of attending artists, talks, and performances, all in one wee microhood.
Sat, July 11 | Various locations “The Flats” | DETAILS

ESCAPE | If you’re in need of a summer vacation but can’t manage to slip away from work for a long weekend, consider heading to Bowen Island for the day. Exploring beaches and forests on Bowen is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. There’s no need for a car. If you catch the 11am boat from Horseshoe Bay as a walk-on passenger you will arrive at the Marina Pier just in time for lunch (we highly recommend ordering yourself a rice bowl from Shika – just to your right as you disembark the ferry). This weekend is Steamship Days and there will be lots of activity as a result. Expect to see beautiful specimens of wooden boats brought over by The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society, as well as antique cars, live music, performance, a summer market, real live artists and patient, talented people leading kids’ activities (not to mention those great beaches and lovely shaded forest trails).
July 11,12,13 | Bowen Island | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

EAT |  As was noted in another Scout feature, Japantown eatery Cuchillo enjoyed their first birthday this week. Be sure to revisit them for a celebratory taco, but it should also be noted that The Acorn turned two last night. The innovative vegetarian restaurant on Main Street has had a excellent run to date (eg. stellar local reviews; named one of the best new restaurants in Canada by en Route magazine; chef Brian Skinner won the Gold Medal Plates, etc.) and they keep getting better and better. They’re also eye high in killer ingredients at the moment (it being early summer), so the time is especially ripe to check them out again, too.
Acorn | Tues-Sunday 5:30pm till late | 3995 Main St | www.theacornrestaurant.ca
Cuchillo | Daily 5pm till late | 261 Powell Street | (604) 559-7585 | www.cuchillo.ca

GO ANALOG | Ever sit down in a restaurant or coffee shop and observe how everyone’s eyes are trained on the little glowing screens of smart phones and Macbooks? Of course you have. We all have. And we’ve all done it. Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) thought it would be interesting to construct a space that was free of cellular/digital signals, a space – get this – that encourages personal connections over digital ones. In order to achieve this the designers installed electromagnetic mesh shields that “prevent the entry or escape of electrical influences” in a pop-up space called Faraday Cafe (a nice side effect of the project is that the shields have the appearance of an art installation of sorts, so the space is an interesting conversation starter in and of itself). Faraday Cafe is open for business starting Wednesday, July 2. They’ll be offering artisanal coffees (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual) during the day and will host pop-up dinner parties (Wednesdays at 7pm), afternoon DJ sets (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3pm) and a special storytelling evening on July 15.
July 2 – 16 | Daily 10am – 6pm (closed Sundays) | 434 Columbia St | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | Learn about the art deco in the city by taking a Vancouver Heritage Foundation walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord this Friday. From VHF: “The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray.” Guibord will lead participants through the streets of downtown pointing out distinctive lines, ornamental details, colours and geometric shapes typical of the style. Bonus: the tour ends at one and only Marine Building.
Fri, July 4 | 10-12pm | Meet @ Christ Church Cathedral (Burrard/Georgia) | DETAILS

SKATE JAM | Head out for an evening of skateboarding at the UBC Skate park on Friday. Starting at 4pm there will be freestyle demos, games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. The UBC Skatepark is located on campus at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Health Sciences Mall.
July 4 | 4-8pm | UBC Skatepark | DETAILS

SAIL | Hustle down to Jericho to get in on a little live music, barbecued food and birthday cake in celebration of Jericho Sailing Centres 40th Anniversary this weekend. A low cost oceanfront community centre with concrete floors dusted in sand, sparsely outfitted instructional classrooms, a straightforward burger and beer menu in the Galley…Jericho doesn’t deal in pretension or exclusivity. It gets right down to the business of enjoying salt air and waves. It’s that simple. The spirit behind small, naturally powered watercraft is an important part of Vancouver culture and heritage, so head down to Jericho to celebrate it!
Sat, July 5 | 11 am–5:30 pm | Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery) | DETAILS

SECRET SPACES | Theatre Conspiracy is a Vancouver organization that produces theatrical events intended to inspire conversation about international issues and themes. In order to finance their productions the theatre holds a series of intimate dinners that take place in cool, one-of-a-kind locations around town. To wit, this Friday night there will be a Secret Spaces dinner at an architectural studio in Mount Pleasant. Not only will attendees of the “Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables” dinner enjoy cocktails, wine and a six-course dinner (plated by Chef Kevin Mooney of Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Gardens), but also the studio itself sounds pretty amazing: an understated, energy efficient conversion of a 1911 butcher shop lined with Douglas Fir that has been sealed with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax (we’ve posted pictures and written about it before). Scott & Scott Architects also helped with designing everyone’s favourite Currywurst shop, Bestie, so this definitely isn’t ‘just another venue’. We’re betting that there’ll be some interesting conversation to enjoy on top of the good food and unique location. Support the arts and eat well!
Fri, July 4 | 6:30-11 pm | Scott & Scott Architects’ Studio (Mount Pleasant) | DETAILS

CHILL | Break out the blanket and lawn chair as there’s an outdoor screening of Bend It Like Beckham in Victory Square on Friday night. Pack your own popcorn or pick something tasty up from one of the on-site food trucks. Arrive early to secure a good spot and take part in some of the free pre-movie yoga classes.
July 4 | 9:30pm |Victory Square, Vancouver (Hastings & Cambie) | Free | DETAILS |

MAKE | Learn to make saké this Saturday. Mogu Mogu Goute (a local blog focused on simple, healthy Japanese food) will set up at District Main Garden Patio to teach the basics about equipment and ingredients required to make ‘Doburoku’ (a farmer’s style rice ale or saké). Learn about the different rice grades, sanitization precautions, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. $40 includes a Doburoku starter kit containing koji, dry yeast, rice, and cheese cloth.
Sat, July 5 | 7-8:30pm| District Main Garden Patio (4453 Main St.) | $40 | DETAILS

FOREST LOVE | As far as forests go, Stanley Park is a bit of a loner. Isolated from other forests by city and ocean, its just a little different from the other kids in the school yard. Take a little time out on Sunday to learn about the characteristics of ‘fragmented forests’ and the challenges that they face. Take a walk with a knowledgable Stanley Park Ecology Centre volunteer and be brought up to speed on how the unique setting of Stanley Park requires special management. You will also find out what you can do to make sure that this beautiful part of our city remains strong and healthy.
Sun, July 6 | 1:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon | $10 | DETAILS

GIG | Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is in town from Brooklyn to play a set at the Rickshaw in support of her new album Are We There. We saw Van Etten play at Zulu Records a few years back and she was fantastic. Strong character, mellow but not passive; her music is as great on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee as it is full blast on a road trip. Stoked for this show!
Sun, July 6 | Doors 8pm | The Rickshaw (254 E Hastings St) | $18 | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

BEER | Craft is a recently released beer documentary from filmmaker Craig Noble that will end its 12-city US/Canadian tour at the Rio Theatre this Tuesday night. From fact-gathering and technique-building during an apprenticeship at a farm brewery to testing his knowledge at beer school and countless visits to a wide cross-section of people making craft beer across Canada and the United States, Noble’s film aims to “look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.” Tickets to the screening are only $8 but for a nominal $15 beans you can get in on the pre-show 6pm “VIP” tasting (sample pours from Four Winds Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Crannog Ales and Brassneck Brewery), hang out with other craft beer enthusiasts, AND watch the documentary.
Tues, June 24 | Tasting 6pm, Show 8pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$15 | DETAILS

LATE NIGHT ART |
This week, Late Night Art explores the theme of art in medicine at the UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre. A little collaborative art together with some ambient music and plenty of good food makes for a great big group date that’s made better by intelligent conversation and warm fuzzy feelings of connectedness. Food will be facilitated by Sophia Ahamed (graphic designer, medical illustrator and lover of science); menu highlights include olives, roasted Medjool dates, pickled turnip and beet, pork rilette or wild mushroom pate on sourdough baguette, and coconut cream custard with dark chocolate-covered popcorn. Tickets are $35 including the workshop, dinner, tax, and tip. Not bad for a Wednesday night!
Wed, June 25 | 7:30pm | Medical Student & Alumni Centre (2750 Heather St.) | $35 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Get yourself to Main Street’s Hot Wet Art City Gallery this Friday night for Comics on Comics. Be entertained by a line-up of Vancouver comedians using “old, awful and forgotten comic books” as fodder. Hosted by Brent Constantine, the panel features Andrew MacLachlan, Brad Dorion, Stuart Jones, Alex Sparling, Shane McLean, and Warren Bates.
Fri, June 27 | 9-11pm (doors 8:30) | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | $10 | DETAILS

GUILTY PLEASURES | “Get ready to spill your secrets, share your shame and indulge your wild side,” because Rain City Chronicles happens this Friday night and it’s going to be a good one! The theme for this round of storytelling is Guilty Pleasures. RCC believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for our communities to share them. Not only can attendees expect an eclectic line-up of speakers taking the stage to let you in on their guilty pleasures, there will also be food, drink and plenty of music. Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery will be sharing a story (and treats), and bartender Nick Devine has some confessions to make together with David Moscrop, Adrienne Matei, Ollie Rankin, Tania Quiroz, Jeff Lawrence, Emily Elias, Cole Nowicki and Rommy Ghaly. For your listening enjoyment, The Guilty Pleasures Band will be playing (they’ve pulled together a set list of a bunch of songs that you’re afraid to admit you know every lyric of) and there will be much laughing. So it’s pretty much a perfect way to end the week and start the weekend. Get sorted with tickets here.
Fri, June 27 | Doors 6:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $15 | DETAILS

FAMILY | Saturday is free for families at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Pack everyone up and head down down to the CAG for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities. The theme for this Saturday is Word Play. From the Contemporary Art Gallery: “This workshop will be based on the mural that has transformed the facade of our building; it is created by Mexican artist Stefan Brüggemann and is titled: Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies. The artist has paired together recent news headlines with the last lines from well-known and classic Hollywood movies; we will be tracing individual words and phrases from the mural to create our own text-based works.”
Sat, June 28 | 12–3pm | Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St) | Free | DETAILS

EAST SIDE PRIDE | Celebrate gay pride East Van-style this weekend. Head to Grandview Park Saturday to wander the Pride Market (tables and booths exhibiting the wares of local artisans), enjoy an eclectic mix of live music and performances, and dig on the good vibes galore. This free event is all-ages and appropriate for the whole family. Neither free nor possible for the whole family (but still a good time) is the official Eastside Pride afterparty at The Fox. This portion of the day will involve DJ’s, drinks, a Freddie Mercury drag show, and more.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-6pm | Grandview Park (1657 Charles St) | Free | DETAILS
Sat, June 28 | 9pm |The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | $12 DETAILS

GROW WHAT YOU JUICE | The Victory Gardens crew is partnering with their pals at The Juice Truck to offer a workshop on how to grow fresh veggies that you can make into nutritious and tasty juice. This 2 hour class will take place in the community room at the The Juice Truck’s new brick and mortar space in Mount Pleasant. Whether you’re a novice or experienced, you’ll leave this class able to plan a winter or summer garden that will produce delicious organic, juice-ready plants. Extra bonus: the price of the workshop (only $24) includes a freshly pressed Juice Truck juice to keep you fuelled. Extra super bonus: stick around afterwards, as Victory Gardens will be holding a Summer Stock Greenhouse Sale (until 3pm) where you can pick up some great stuff to get started.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-12pm | The Juice Truck (28 West 5th Ave) | $24 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Steveston Salmon Festival goes down this coming Tuesday. This is the 69th year that Salmon Festival will hit the Steveston docks and it’s a fantastic excuse to explore the quaint fishing village. There’ll be a pancake breakfast, a parade, a Japanese Cultural Show, a craft fair, live music, and the biggest, best, most wonderful salmon barbecue you have ever seen ($15 per plate). It’s estimated that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70,000 people will show up. So take transportation and parking into consideration (this is a great day bike trip).
Tue, July 1 | All Day | Steveston | DETAILS

CANOEING | There’s something especially fortifying about ending an extended long weekend with a bit of nature. Get grounded, grab a paddle, a canoe, and a life jacket before hitting Burnaby Lake Regional Park for a spin around the water with a knowledgeable park guide on Canada Day. Keep an eye out for dragonflies, all manner of birds, and even the occasional beaver (the last time we were here we saw our first ever Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker). NB: this activity is recommended for those over the age of 13.
Tue, July 1 | Burnaby Lake Regional Park (6450 Deer Lake Ave.) | $21.25/person | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market to sustain you through the long weekend. This is the best time to hot the markets, so much fresh fruit rolling in from the Okanagan. Good bread, jams to spread on the bread, locally grown veggies, great cheese. Man-o-man it’s going to be a great farmers market season. Get inspired.
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park)
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van |
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van
Dundarave (West Van) Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Between 24 & 25 on Marine
Oak Street Market | Wednesday | 3-7pm | Oak @ 49th (Unitarian Church)
UBC Farm Market | Saturday | 9-1 | UBC Farm 

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

CITY DRINKS | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has arranged for an amazing 1930′s Newspaper Glory Days-themed evening of music and cocktails inside the storied Sun Tower this Thursday night. Listen to jazz (Vancouver jazz musicians James Danderfer and David Blake will be playing), enjoy 30′s inspired cocktails (mixed by Bambudda bar manager Buck Friend), and sample loads of canapés. Historian Daniel Francis will be in attendance with his wealth of knowledge and guests will be invited to take part in small guided tours of the newly renovated upper floor of the tower (recently restored but retaining original fixtures, old school radiators, marble staircases, single paned glass windows and stunning tile work). There will also be some lively conversation about history, architecture, design and the preservation of Vancouver heritage buildings. From Vancouver Heritage Foundation: “Built in 1912 the Sun Tower was one of the earliest steel frame skyscrapers in Vancouver, and was originally the home of the Vancouver World newspaper. It was commissioned by L.D. Taylor, the paper’s owner, and longest serving Mayor in Vancouver’s history. Bought by the Vancouver Sun in 1935, it was renamed the Sun Tower and became known for the distinctive rays of its neon sign. The beaux-arts building has a number of intriguing heritage features including a series of female sculptures surrounding the roof, green dome, and bold symmetry throughout.” The Sun Tower? Now that’s a venue! Extra bonus: there’ll be a raffle and one of the prizes will be a tour of the dome (we checked it out today and it was amazing!). Proceeds support Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s education programming and your ticket includes a $35 charitable tax receipt, so there!
Thu, June 19 | 6pm – 9pm | Sun Tower (128 West Pender) | $75 | DETAILS

NEW PIZZA | The highly anticipated “Bufala” pizzeria recently opened in Kerrisdale. It comes to us via Josh Pape and James Iranzad, the award-winning restaurateurs behind West Hastings’ excellent Wildebeest eatery. We checked it out on opening night and did our best to eat the place whole. What to order? Everything we tried was fantastic, but make sure you don’t leave without trying the smoked ham, pea, taleggio and truffle oil pizza. Holy good god was it ever good!
5395 West Blvd (Arbutus) at West 38th | Lunch & Dinner Everyday | DETAILS

STUDIO TIME | Carylann Loeppky paints portraits — lots of them. Her style sits at the intersection somewhere between cute and creepy and the walls of her studio are full and ready to be experienced. This Thursday, Carylann is opening her studio for Petit Palais, a show of recent works. There’s something great about visiting an artist in their natural habitat. The studio visit brings you the artist, their work, and their process all in one. Dig in!
Thur, June 19 | 6-10pm | Studio 338 1000 Parker Street | DETAILS

GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | There are so many ways to mark Go Skateboarding Day. Take a solo ride, 50-50 your favourite curb, stop by Antisocial to get outfitted with a new complete, or hit one of the many skateparks around the city. Vans Canada is hosting a waffle breakfast and skate at The Plaza (below the Georgia Viaduct at Union and Quebec) as well as skate jam and BBQ at Hastings Bowl (175 Renfrew) between 5 and 8pm. Even if you don’t skate, Saturday is a fine time to take a seat on the sidelines and appreciate the artform from a spectator’s perspective.
Sat, June 21 | All Day / Everywhere | Free | DETAILS

EXPLORE | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family FUSE Weekend! The theme is Here, There, and Everywhere! From the VAG “Our sense of home, community and the world around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops!” As always, there’ll be excellent live music and some extra fun activities to encourage creativity (count on Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and The Now Society to help out in that department). What’s more, kids under 12 get in for free (score!) with a paying adult. This is also a good time to check out Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.
Sat–Sun, June 21-22 | 10am–5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | 22.50 for grown-ups | DETAILS

DIG IT | The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on. A fair number of the concerts are free and with so many gigs going on (hundreds of performances are scheduled) a game plan is in order. Narrow things down by using the ‘Performance Finder’ function on the Jazz Festival website for a list of what’s on (everything from Alternative and Indie to Big Band, Blues and Hip Hop). Scout picks include Norwegian songstress Susanna at Ironworks (June 21) and Bestie and The Belle Game at David Lam Park (June 29).
June 21 – July 1 | Various times and venues | Various Prices | DETAILS

BOOK ARTS | Head down to the Vancouver Public Library this Saturday to check out the Book Arts Fair. If you’re curious about the book as an object of art then this is the perfect venue to see some interesting stuff. Bookbinders and artists will be on site to show you altered books, bookbinding techniques and styles, the process of letterpress printing, and a variety of paper arts. This isn’t a stuffy museum-grade exhibit; you can touch and buy and ask questions. This event is put on by the B.C. Lower Mainland chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, so there’ll be some serious book smarts in the room.
Sat, June 21 | 10am-1pm | VPL Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. | DETAILS

GO GREEK | Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Days this weekend. I mention modes of transportation because you won’t be the only one there and you’ll want to focus on having fun, not parking. Spend the day roaming a car free Broadway taking in live entertainment and enjoying good food. Expect Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes, Greek coffee and Mountain Tea, olives and lots of baklava. There’ll also be an Hellenic Experience Tent, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and, more. This event is free (until you start ordering souvlaki, Greek salad, gyros, roast lamb, filo pastries, et cetera).
Sun, June 22 | 11am to 9pm | Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim | Free | DETAILS

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is set to make its tasty return this Sunday. A fleet of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and the Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There’ll also be live music, a community market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city for one day of each week of summer.
June 22 – Sept 22 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st | $2 (free with donation to food bank) | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

DESTROYER | Vancouver indie-folk hero Dan Bejar of Destroyer plays The Rickshaw on Thursday night. The gig is in support of his latest EP Five Spanish Songs. If side projects from successful musicians are rare, EPs of the results of said side projects are even rarer, which makes shows in support of said side projects almost unheard of. So get on it!
Thu, June 12 | Doors 8pm | Rickshaw Theatre (254 E Hastings St) | $20 | DETAILS

THE FAT BADGER | The new gastropub from Espana chef Neil Taylor and Ed Perrow is now open in the old Le Gavroche location (West End). They’ve done a sweet job on the renovation and the food is predictably excellent. Must have: three miniature Yorkshire puddings with slices of perfect roast beef soaked in gravy and licked with horseradish. Bonus: the soundtrack is British to the bone.
The Fat Badger | 1616 Alberni St. | 5pm to close, 7 days a week | DETAILS

FULL BLAST | How about Chinese tacos, a tiki bar with a Tom Selleck Shrine and a little bit of ping pong this Saturday night? Even if you have some of those cool little drink umbrellas and an old Magnum PI poster in the closet and think you could pull some version of that scenario off in your own living room, you need to trust us — it’ll be way more fun (and less cleaning up on your part) if you hit the Full Blast party in East Van this weekend. Brought to you by the same team of people that came up with events like Das Lexicon and Cafeteria – expect Full Blast to involve quality food and drink, a sense of humour, and several unexpected twists. From event organizers: “You can feel it – longer nights, the thirst for beer, shorter shorts. Summer is just around the bend, and what better way to make room for it than with a summer party with a stacked lineup?” There will be music, dancing, and Chen Wei Lee (Blacktail Florist), Alain Chow (ex-Bao Bei), and Stanley Yung (Dirty Apron) will be setting up a Night Market-style hawker stand with Chinese Tacos and popsicles. There will be drinks, too, as Caroline Balhorn and Jenny Craig of Tin Can Studio will be on hand with their travelling art studio transformed into a Tin Can Tiki Bar. And there will be action, as The Biltmore Ping Pong Club will be on site to mediate casual Ping Pong battles. Bring cash, as this isn’t a commercial venue with a bank machine in the corner.
Sat, June 14 | Location disclosed upon RSVP | $5 | DETAILS

CONCERT | The CBC Music Festival goes down Saturday and the line-up is amazing: Chad VanGaalen, the Belle Game, Wake Owl, Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan, Arkells, Hannah Georgas. The ticket price might be a little steep ($60-$75), but the talent is seriously solid and the setting – with two stages – is lovely. Gates open at 1pm and shows are staggered throughout the day (ending with Tegan and Sara’s set at 8:45pm).
Sat, June 14 | Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave) | DETAILS

PARK THE CAR | Sunday is Car Free Day! That’s four street festivals, four neighbourhoods, and four tons of fun. Expect live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, hockey, more live music, bike and skateboard demos, good food, a little bit of roller disco, some locally made trinkets, and generally happy people. Who doesn’t love Car Free Day, seriously? More information over here, but the short version is as follows:
COMMERCIAL | Sun | Venables to North Grandview | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
MAIN STREET | Sun | between Broadway & 30th | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
WEST END | Sun | Denman from Robson to Davie | 12pm-6pm | DETAILS
KITS | Kits likes the idea of Car Free Day too, but rather than shut down 4th Ave, expect individual block parties in the hood on Saturday & Sunday| DETAILS

FOOTIE | Flat screens have been mounted, beer orders have been appropriately adjusted and temporary licences have been issued to jersey and flag-selling vendors. Commercial Drive is ready for the World Cup. The 20th World Cup “kicks off” kicks off at 1pm on Thursday (Croatia vs Brazil) and unless you’re brave enough and flush enough to be headed to Brazil to take it all in, The Drive is where you’ll want to be. Matches run June 13 through to Thursday June 26 with the finals taking place on June 28-July 13 (The Commercial Drive BIA website has a handy World Cup schedule here). This weekend, we’re betting that the highest level of energy will be coursing through The Drive starting at 3pm on Saturday when England steps on the field to take on Italy. Unless you’re fan enough to claim a seat early on Saturday morning and hold that seat throughout the day, this is going to be a standing room-only gig – and latecomers can count on that standing room being out in the street.
Now through Sunday, July 13 | Brasil & Commercial Drive | Free – just ask FIFA | DETAILS

RIDE | Velopalooza continues this week. The two week-long community-run bike fun fest has close to 70 events (rides, tours meet-ups) planned, so this is a good time to get your bike out of hibernation and back on the road. This week the big ticket has got to be the Vancouver contingent of World Naked Bike Ride, which goes down on the seawall. Brave souls will begin to congregate at Sunset Beach around noon (body painting artists will be on hand to decorate participants – as if that makes it any easier) and then streak the city starting at 2pm. Following the ride there will be a picnic, hosted by niftynude.org (who, as it turns out, also hosts a $1 nude swim at Templeton Pool on Saturday night, but that’s a whole other entry).
Now through June 22 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

RESPECT | Some of the oldest trees in the city grow in Stanley Park. A few of those dudes are close to 700 years old! Just imagine the challenges they’ve survived (lightning, fire, wind storms, logging), not to mention the things they’ve seen (Royal visits, hippie concerts, murders, secret trysts). Head down to the Lost Lagoon Nature House this Sunday to join a guided tour given by the Stanley Park Ecology Society that will familiarize participants with locations and individual histories of some of our ‘great-grandfather trees’.
Sun, June 15 | 1:30-3:30pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park | DETAILS

DRAW DOWN | Get your pencils ready because this weekend welcomes the Vancouver Draw Down. On Saturday, from Marpole straight down to Crab Park and Dunbar clear across to East Van, 50 free hands-on drawing workshops are set to pop-up at community centres, galleries, museums, and parks around the city. It will be difficult to avoid all the doodling, so why not join in? Draw Down isn’t about getting it perfect, it’s about the fun that can be had with a blank piece of paper and a crayon, pencil, pen, piece of chalk, or paintbrush. Take part in a fascinating ‘Talking Hands‘ workshop in the Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser St) in which local artist Shirley Wiebe reveals how to combine personal hand gestures and handwritten words to create a beautiful image; hit Collage Collage (621 Kingsway) for the Draw Me A Story workshop; make your way to the West End Community Centre (870 Denman St) to experiment with drawing blindfolded; or check out the Dead or Alive: Still Life & Life Drawing event at the Emily Carr Concourse Gallery.
Sat, June 14 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

FOREST TO FARM | There’s a day of adventure planned by the The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists this Saturday. Open to the public, “From the Forest to the Farm: A Day of Exploring at UBC” starts with a walk on the super cool Greenheart Canopy Walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden where you can take in the coastal temperate rainforest from a unique perspective. The exploration then moves along to UBC Farm for lunch (think organic field greens, red wine braised beef short ribs, wild BC mushrooms, baked wild salmon, smoked tofu, herbed potatoes) and a guided tour of the various areas of the farm, from apple orchard and medicinal plant gardens to The Children’s Learning Garden and The Indigenous Food Hub garden (you’ll get a real sense of the scope and depth of what the farm offers and how it enriches our city). Bonus: Snacks and refreshments will also be provided along the way.
Saturday, June 14 | 9:30am-4pm | Meet at The UBC Botanical Garden Gift Shop | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

CELEBRATE | A parklet is such a clever (and adorable) concept. It’s a tiny green space (roughly the size of two street side parking spaces) that transforms a street into a gathering place. What an ingenious way to repurpose little slabs of concrete and increase connectedness and community at the same time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see these pop up at regular intervals around the city? If you’re curious about how a park the size of a few parking spaces feels, looks, and impacts a community, head to 21st & Main where The French Quarter Parklet will officially launch this Friday. “Occupying two street side parking spaces just west of Main Street on 21st Avenue, Mount Pleasant’s newest public space will provide a destination for passersby to rest, relax and ruminate while enjoying the sites and sounds of the vibrant neighbourhood…Key features include timber planters and benches” And here’s the extra awesome bit: it’s located right beside a chocolate shop. Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France sponsored the development of the Parklet and will play a big role in Friday’s celebration. To wit, Anne-Genevieve Poitras, the shop’s owner and chocolatiere, has planned an offering of French sweets to compliment the day. Expect gelato, organic cotton candy, chocolates and Liege waffles. I can imagine it now: a sun-dappled afternoon, a good book, and a fresh (chocolate dipped?) waffle on a beautifully designed bench in pint-sized Mount Pleasant park. Vancouver can be pretty great. Congratulations to all involved in making this project come to life.
Friday, June 6 | 3-9pm | 198 East 21st Ave | DETAILS

RIDE | Velopalooza is a two week-long community-run bike fun fest that goes down from June 5th to the 22nd. With close to 70 events (rides, tours and meet-ups) planned, this is a good time to get your bike out of hibernation and back on the road. This week you can participate in the Logan’s Run Scavenger Hunt, a DIY Soundbike Ride, something called Soft Serve Sunday (presented by East Van Bike Polo), or just take an easy seawall cycle.
June 5 – 22 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

MAKER FAIRE | Mini Maker Faire hits the PNE Forum this weekend. A cross between a science fair, a community fair, and a farmer’s market, Maker Faire will have everything from tiny houses and Lego to Makerbrarians and all manner of robots. This is an event that celebrates our power to make, remake, and create things, so clear your schedule, snap up a few tickets and roll up your sleeves for a fun day of exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and displays. Whether its pyrotechnics or food growing or something in between, you’ll be sure to find something within that inspires!
June 7 + 8 | 10am-6pm | PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St) | $15 | DETAILS

FASHION | Lauren and Lyndsey from local clothing company Hey Jude are opening a summer boutique pop-up this week. This team really knows what they’re doing when it comes to curating seasonal selections of ‘on trend’ clothing and accessories. Veterans of the vintage pop-up scene in Vancouver, their style hits the intersection of classic and contemporary, structured and bohemian. Expect to see silks and cottons, pastels, metallic and monochromatic neutrals, as well as one-of-a-kind accessories and jewelry pieces. Good news, boys: this time around Hey Jude will also have menswear on offer.
Now – Sunday, June 8 | 11-7pm Daily | 196 Kingsway (@ 10th Ave) | DETAILS

PAUSE | Sunday is World Oceans Day and there are a multitude of ways to consider something that covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water. Most obviously, you can take some time out to connect with nature by heading to a beach and touching base with the real, salty thing, but you could also take a trip to the Aquarium where Dr. Peter Ross (the Aquarium’s director of the new Ocean Pollution Research Program) and Dr. Hans Schreier (professor in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia) will talk about how we can protect our oceans (and particularly our marine mammals) from urban water pollution. Finally, consider an hour-long workshop at The Homeseader’s Emporium where there will be a homemade green-cleaning workshop that will instruct participants on how to make simple, ocean-safe cleaners for the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. This workshop will include demos and visual aids of various recipes, complete with hands-on testing and evaluation.
LECTURE | Sun, June 8 | 6:30pm | Vancouver Aquarium | $10.50 | DETAILS
WORKSHOP | Sun, June 8 | 5:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium | $10 | DETAILS

WILD | Although the city and people of Vancouver demonstrate a respect for (and connection to) nature that is at the core of our civic identity, we also know that this city, like any city, has dramatically altered the natural environment around it. The Museum of Vancouver is currently showing Rewilding Vancouver, an exhibition that does its best – using everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes – to get us thinking about ways in which we shape nature and the ways in which nature shapes us. As programming to support this exhibition, the MOV is hosting an edible plant workshop this weekend. As explained by the Urban Herb School (leading the walk), “Through a combination of ancient, largely forgotten knowledge and more recent scientific discoveries, uncover the nutritional and medicinal properties of the oft-ignored plants that grow all around us: whether through the cracks in the pavement or in our parks.” Learn to identify herbs and edible plants in the Vanier Park area and take that knowledge and apply it to the parks, back alleys and green spaces around your own neighbourhoods.
Sun, June 8 | 3pm talk, 4pm walk | MOV, 1100 Chestnut | $22 | DETAILS

ITALIAN DAY | Italian Day takes over Commercial Drive this Sunday. Hooray for car free street parties! There are few things more intoxicatingly ‘Vancouver’ than a little sunshine on your face as you walk up the middle of The Drive through a gentle haze of incense, weed, and curbside barbecue smoke while you take in community group tables, food booths and live music. Add to all of that more than a few options for a good cup of coffee, a display of classic cars and the occasional impromptu bocce game and you have a solidly inspired Sunday. Celebrate everything ‘Made in Italy,’ from inventions to food. “Italy’s unmatched sense of style will be the centrepiece at this year’s event” so expect a focus on that distinctive Italian flare. Festival organizers will install a large, walk-through museum exhibit to show off some of the most profound Italian inventions (items such as the piano, radio, telephone, bicycle, eyeglasses, and – most important of all – the coffee machine). Remember to leave the car at home, as driving hereabouts will be impossible.
Sun, June 8 | 12pm-8pm | Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview) | Free | DETAILS

GO INDIE | Music Waste is on! The annual independent art, music and comedy festival will spread across numerous city blocks to bring you close to 100 bands playing at a variety of venues – all within reasonable walking distances from one another. This year’s line-up could keep anyone solidly busy from Thursday afternoon straight through to Sunday night with short breaks for food and sleep. A series of comedy gigs, art exhibits, and performance art compliment the main event. The gigs and happenings are so numerous and so good that it’s pointless to try to narrow them down (do, however, note that Sean Orr and NEEDS play the Cobalt on Thursday night). Skip over to the Waste website for a look at the schedule and to customize your own must-see shortlist. And get this: full festival passes are only $15!
June 5-8 | Various times and venues | $15 | DETAILS

CULTURE | In The House Festival brings arts and cultural performances into the living rooms and backyards of East Vancouver homes, and not in the way you’d think (ie. not on the flatscreen). They organize Vancouver artists and performers to put on intimate live shows in multiple private residences (porches, backyards, garages, kitchens, living rooms) in the Victoria Drive and Napier area. 2014 is the 11th year of this community-driven (and hosted) event. Ticket prices range from single show tickets for adults priced at $15 to a four show pass ($50), or a full weekend pass for $95.
June 6-8 | Various times and locations around Napier & Victoria | $various | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | May 29 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken DETAILS
Trout Lake | May 31 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | May 31 | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | June 1 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

COLLECT | The Contemporary Art Gallery runs an off-site residency space at The Burrard Marina (1655 Whyte Ave) called Field House Studio. New York-based artist Marie Lorenz is currently the artist-in-residence and she is working on building a boat from pieces of driftwood that have been gathered from the beaches and shorelines of the lower mainland. This Thursday night, Lorenz will be at the Maritime Museum (joined by Vancouver artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite) to talk about beachcombing, her process, the inspiration that can come from using found objects, and the beauty of nature. On Sunday, Lorenz puts words into action by leading a beachcombing expedition along Kits Beach. Following the walk, participants are encouraged to stick around and use what they’ve collected to create crafts.
Thu, May 29 | 6pm | Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Ave) | Free with admission | DETAILS
Sun, June 1 | 1pm | Hadden Park Field House (1015 Maple St.) | Free | DETAILS

CONNECT | Jumpstart your brain by exposing it to some thought-provoking content this week at Fuel (Future of Urbanity, the Environment, and our Lifestyle). The new event series aims to connect innovators from around the world with local entrepreneurs, designers, and community builders to see what happens when they sit down and talk shop. The really interesting twist is that the organizers have matched presenters from different fields to come together to explore aspects/impacts of four sectors that are relevant to our city: Food, Design, Sustainability and Technology. “We all go to events in our own sectors, be they food events, tech events, design events, or what have you. It’s all very comfortable and we always know many of the people in the room. FUEL is your opportunity to get out of your silo and talk about bigger issues. Fish folks talking to design folks? Something interesting is bound to happen!” Expect panel discussions, workshops and trend forecasts. This is seriously interesting stuff, so skip over to the Fuel website to read the full line-up of events.
May 29 | Various times + prices | Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) | DETAILS
May 30 | Various times + prices | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.) | DETAILS

RIDE YOUR BIKE | As we transition from spring in to summer and start to see more days of dry pavement, biking to get around becomes not only sensible, but also enjoyable again. Coincidentally, this is bike-to-work week and you’ll find all sorts of fun perks to riding to the office. There will be over 50 “Celebration Stations” across the city offering bike commuters things like free bike repairs, coffee, snacks and bike route maps. If you aren’t a year-round rider, this is a great time to lug your bike out of hibernation. A spring tune-up is always a good idea before you lay foot to pedal. If you’re looking for a bike shop that can help you get things in order, The Standard Bike Shop in Chinatown/Strathcona is a good place to start. Pro tip: The Standard is having their first birthday party this Sunday. Expect music, a BBQ, races, a pie-eating contest (note, if you will, that The Pie Shoppe is only a few doors down from Standard Bike), and general good times.
Bike to Work Week | Now through May 30 | DETAILS
Standard Bike Shop Birthday Celebration | Sunday, June 1 | 751 Gore Ave | DETAILS

SALT WALKS | Last August, artist Randy Lee Cutler led a series of walks through Chinatown that focused on salt. These began at the Access Gallery with a salt tasting and a run down of the different ways to consider salt (as medicine, a method of food preservation, a flavour, and as a crystal structure). Cutler then took participants on a tour around Chinatown to visit with shop-keepers who explained how salt influenced their business “whether as a flavour, a remedy or a molecular formation.” As she went, Cutler filmed the experience and the resultant film, Salt Walks: Three Movements, screens this Saturday in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. There will be a salt tasting led by Cutler following the movie.
Sat, May 31 | 2–4pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens (578 Carrall St.) | DETAILS 

DRINK | It’s Craft Beer Week, folks, and with over 60 breweries participating in 21 events there’s a lot to drink and do. Craft Beer Bingo? Check. Cicerone vs Sommelier? You bet. Beer dinners? Absolutely. Some events are already sold out, so don’t dilly-dally on the rest.
May 30 – June 7 | Various times/venues | DETAILS

MAKE | How great would it be to make your own mozzarella, burrata, or Oaxacan string cheese? Super great, right? But where to begin? Head to The Homesteaders Emporium this Wednesday for a 2-hour class that will teach you how to turn milk into delicious, stretchy ‘pasta-filata’ cheeses. This demonstration-style class will give you the basis for understanding how you can pull off the processes at home. Cheese is big in this town and cheesemaking courses sell out in a heartbeat, so don’t sit around contemplating whether or not you’re going to jump in for too long. Just jump! If you can’t score a ticket, Homesteaders has all manner of cheese-making equipment, literature, and basic know how. It’s a great place to start a new DIY project. If you can’t wait and need cheese immediately following the workshop, it’s worth noting that Les Amis Du Formage is only a block away at 843 E. Hastings.
May 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings) | $35 | DETAILS 

POP-UP | The good folks behind the excellent Le Marché St George are prepping for a summer pop-up shop. From Le Marché: “White linen, unbleached canvas, panama hats, days at the beach, laying in the grass, laundry on the line, simple food on simple dishes. These are some of the things that have inspired this summers Pop up Shop.” Poke your head into the tiny corner store and check out all the gorgeous textiles. Think linens, beautiful blankets, ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, clothing by Mandula and, on Saturday only, Victory Gardens will be there selling a selection of wee vegetable plants ready to find a home in your garden.
May 31 – June 8 | 10am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS

FAIR IN THE SQUARE | Fair in the Square will be held in Victory Square Park this Sunday. It’s always nice to see the little plot of land at the intersection of Pender/Hastings/Cambie come alive with community events and activities. Expect community groups with information tables, art, live music, a free BBQ lunch, some sword-fighting demonstrations (because yeah), yoga (obviously) and lots and lots of cupcakes. This event, put on by The Central City Foundation, is free and worth a visit for its uplifting spirit of community.
Sunday, June 1 | 11-2 | Victory Square Park (Hastings @ Cambie) | DETAILS

DESIGN | Local designer Kate Duncan makes stunning furniture by marrying simple lines and a clean, modern aesthetic with a high level of craftsmanship. Her work is of the caliber that commands respect of other designers – even her line of cutting boards and serving trays are outstanding. So when we heard that she was pulling together an interior design and home décor pop-up shop that would showcase her furniture alongside the works of a handful of like-minded designers, we were stoked. “Address” continues this week at The Chinatown Experiment. Expect art, textiles, hardware, lighting, and more – all uncomplicated and imbued with beautiful style.
Now – June 4 | daily 11am – 7pm | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia St.) | DETAILS

CINEMA | Late in 2013, the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society announced a competition for local filmmakers to “…write an original 10-minute script based on eight lines of open-ended dialogue from Atom Egoyan’s award-winning The Sweet Hereafter.” Many aspiring filmmakers rose to the challenge and the winning three will show their short films this week. Sweetness Follows directed by Christopher O’Brien, Karaoke or Die directed by Blair Dykes and I Really Like You directed by Jason Karman will premiere prior to the full-length screening of The Sweet Hereafter on Wednesday night. Grab a seat and see what Vancouver talent has to offer!
Wed, May 28 | 7pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | $11 | DETAILS 

EAT LOCAL | We add more Farmers Markets to roster this week: the West End market opens on Saturday and next Wednesday (June 4) sees the start of the Main Street Market. Farmers Markets are a great place to stock up on fresh, local food. Grab spot prawns while you can, salad greens, fresh asparagus, vegetables, and herbs, as well as cheese, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies and pies. Support the people who grow our food! 
Yaletown | May 29 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken DETAILS
Trout Lake | May 31 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | May 31 | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS 
Kits | June 1 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street  | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

LAUGH | Say Wha?! (Readings of Deliciously Rotten Writing) goes down on Wednesday night. If you’re not familiar with it, Say Wha?! is a comedy show wherein performers put their spin on some of the most cringe-worthy, embarrassing and painfully earnest writing ever found in print. You might hear passages from romance novels, diaries, even office memos – and all of it will be embarrassingly horrible. Bad writing is everywhere, so you might as well laugh at it! From event organizer Sarah Bynoe: “Have you ever read a poorly written novel and thought to yourself, who publishes this crap? Or come across a hilariously out of date self-help book in a thrift store? Perhaps you flipped through Sarah Palin’s autobiography and guffawed at her life story. Well, that’s what Say Wha?! is all about.” This Wednesday’s readings, hosted by Bynoe, will be the 4th year anniversary and the last show until the fall.
Wed, May 21 | 8pm | Cottage Bistro (4468 Main Street) | $10 | DETAILS

THINK | Head out to UBC this Thursday night to sit in on The Walrus Talks Water, an evening of discussion focused on one of our most precious resources: water. A well rounded line-up of speakers will take the stage to share their experience with, relationship to, and feelings about H2O. “Participating panelists include Oceans Initiative’s Rob Williams, The Waterkeeper from Lake Ontario, Mark Mattson, filmmaker Katarina Soukup, Kim Sturgess from Alberta Watersmart’s, authors Marq de Villiers (The State of the World’s Water: The Twin Crises of Contamination and Supply), Chris Turner (Flood Survival Tips), Joe MacInnis (Deep Water and Deep Leadership) and Chris Wood, poet Fred Wah (The Poetics of Water).” These are some very active brains covering an important topic, so chances are good that you’ll come away from the experience a better informed human.
Thurs, May 22 | 7 pm | Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd., UBC) | $20 | DETAILS

SPUR | There’s something awesome called The Spur Festival going on at The Goldcorp Centre for the Arts this week. Spur is Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas. It will involve workshops, debates, talks, panels and presentations covering everything from the role of art galleries in society and the future of public transit to punk rock and the impact of branding. Essentially, Spur is a forum for scholars, artists, activists and entrepreneurs “…to share ideas worth spurring into action.” Scout is looking forward to Quantified Culture (a panel discussion between Salon’s Andrew Leonard and The Globe & Mail’s Marsha Lederman about cultural data practitioners).
May 22-25 | Various times | SFU Woodwards (149 W. Hastings) | $10-$25 | DETAILS

DESIGN | Local designer Kate Duncan makes stunning furniture by marrying simple lines and a clean modern aesthetic with a high level of craftsmanship. Her work is of the caliber that commands respect of other designers. Even her line of cutting boards and serving trays are outstanding. So when we heard that she was pulling together a interior design and home décor pop-up shop that would showcase her furniture alongside the works of a handful of like-minded designer, we were stoked. “Address” launches this week at the Chinatown Experiment. Expect art, textiles, hardware, lighting, and more – all uncomplicated and imbued with beautiful style.
May 23 – June 4 | daily 11am – 7pm | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia St.) | DETAILS

GIG | Local band Pink Mountaintops are home, so cancel your plans, slip some beer money in your pocket, and head to The Fox Cabaret this Friday. This is a big band in a small venue, so if you didn’t pick up a ticket a while back, you might have to make a stop on Craigslist or keep a close eye on social media channels in order to get in. Still, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, the reward will be great. The band is touring to support their new record, “Get Back”, and The Fox pulled some strings to snag them for a one night performance. From The Fox: “The band has consisted of many of the same musicians who participate in the Black Mountain collective as well as members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band, The Delta 72, The Black Angels, Sleepy Sun, Superconductor, The Warlocks, Cat Power, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter,and Cold War Kids.” So yeah, it’s going to be awesome.
Fri, May 23 | 8pm | The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | $15 | DETAILS

BLOOM | The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby is holding a fundraiser this week in the form of an art auction that’s all about Daruma. “Daruma, a popular talisman of good luck in Japan, traces back to the origin of Zen in the 5th century. These simple tumbling dolls are armless, legless, and are made out of papier maché with a weighted bottom to always stand upright even if pushed down, symbolic of perseverance and fortitude.” There will be 100 artist-designed darumas on display and available for bidding/purchase. Attendees are invited to enjoy canapés, a cash bar, and good conversations in between placing bids on 100 artist-designed dolls. Extra awesome bonus: Butter on the Endive and Open Sesame are partnering to cater the event (that means the food will be outstanding).
Sat, May 24 | 7pm | Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre | $25 | DETAILS

WATCH | The Rio Theatre throws down with a triple bill movie marathon this weekend. Day of The Dino will begin with a screening of the late 80′s cartoon classic The Land Before Time (6pm) and then will move on to the more adult oriented Jurassic Park (8pm) before finishing with the 1962 classic Godzilla vs. King Kong (10:30pm). All three movies for $15 – so not a bad deal at all. Grilled cheese sandwiches and cold beer cost extra, but they’re an option, which sort of rocks in and of itself. All ages are welcome but bar service is only available for those over the age of 19 and packing two pieces of ID to prove it. The Rio always appreciates film related costumes, so if you’re packing a Velociraptor suit in your closet, break that thing out!
Sat, May 24 | The Land Before Time | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | DETAILS

SUPPORT LOCAL | Portobello West is holding a Spring In To Summer market this weekend. Flip through clothing, accessories and trinkets from loads of local designers, eat exceptionally well (there will be food trucks on site), and enjoy the gorgeous setting. When you’re finished shopping you can grab a tea or coffee from the new JJ Bean in Olympic Village, pick up a rosemary peach tart at Terra Breads, and then take a stroll along the seawall.
Sat + Sun, May 24 + 25 | 11am -5pm | Creekside Community Centre | $2 | DETAILS

BOOKS | Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of summer reads at the Friends of The Vancouver Public Library book sale this weekend. Thousands of discarded and gently used books go on sale starting Thursday. Thousands! And all of them going for less than $2.50 each. The special thing about this sale is that there will be a over 2,000 comic books (published between 1980-2010) also on sale, so if you know any comic book wonks, be a friend and bring them along too!
Thurs, May 22 – Sat, May 24 | 10am–5pm | VPL | 350 Georgia St | Free | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets are a great place to stock up on fresh local food. Grab spot prawns, salad greens, stinging nettles, vegetables, and herbs, as well as cheese, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies and pies.
Yaletown: May 22 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken DETAILS
Trout Lake: May 24 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
Kits: May 25 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

COMMUNITY | Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon: Ideas that Move the City goes down at the Playhouse this Wednesday night. It’s sort of like a Pecha Kucha night, only it’s not. The deal is that you listen to a line-up of cool/interesting people speak for 7 minutes each on the subjects they are passionate about. It’s a fast-paced evening of ideas and experiences from people who are making a difference in Vancouver. Expect a wide range of speakers including (but not limited to) bartender Lauren Mote (who will be there talking about booze, bitters and bar adventures); Vancouver designer Omer Arbel; actor Christopher Gaze; and half of our very favourite literacy superhero team: Sarah Maitland from The Writers Exchange.
Wed, May 15 | 7:30-9pm | Vancouver Playhouse (Hamilton & Dunsmuir) | $30 | DETAILS

ART | If you know Vancouver artist Robert Chaplin, you probably know he’s having a show that opens at The Unit Pitt Gallery in Chinatown this Thursday night. For those of you who don’t yet know Chaplin, it’s time to join the rest of us in adding this author, artist, and carving prodigy to your contact list. Head to Chinatown this Thursday night to catch a survey show of his work and be treated to a first-hand encounter with the artist himself. Chaplin is well known for such unique creations as minuscule travel-sized Danish Modern chess sets (constructed with Lego bricks), bold books, murals, and beautifully intricate carvings. He excels in stone and on paper and canvas; everything he produces demonstrates his unique sense of humour and idiosyncratic imagination. Extra bonus detail: this show also marks the launch of a new (and awesomely titled) book by Chaplin called Sorry I’m Not Sorry.
Thurs, May 15 | 8pm | Unit Pitt Gallery (236 East Pender St) | Free | DETAILS

DESIGN | UBC Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Design students are showing their 2014 projects at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza Pavilion over the next few weeks. Catch the opening reception on Friday night to see what the next wave of Vancouver designers and builders are thinking. Models, drawings, and renderings will be on display, illustrating new directions and design inspirations for a new generation of ‘city-making’ professionals. This show is free and open to all, and it will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in design, creativity, and the evolution of urban planning.
May 17 – 30 | Daily 12 – 7pm | QE Theatre Plaza (Georgia/ Hamilton) | DETAILS 
Opening | Friday, May 16 | 7pm | QE Theatre Plaza (Georgia/Hamilton) | DETAILS

VINYL | Nothing sounds quite like vinyl. If you need any convincing, head to the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair this weekend and throw yourself in wax’s deep end. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, The Cambrian Hall (just off Main at 17th), will be swarming with vinyl lovers buying, selling or trading new and used records. You can talk old school stereo equipment, wear your old Clash shirt and marvel at the fact that there are still people out there hoarding cassette tapes. Oh, and The Knights of the Turntable will be spinning records for your listening pleasure.
Sat, May 17 + Sun, May 18 | 11am-4pm | Cambrian Hall (215 E 17th) | $3 at the door | DETAILS

FILM | The Cinematheque is screening Fritz Lang’s M this weekend. Filmed in 1931 and starring Peter Lorre (The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca), M is the story of a creepy-as-hell German serial killer who hunts children. From The Cinematheque: “Based on a real-life case of serial killer Peter Kürten, the so-called ‘Vampire of Düsseldorf’, Lang’s dark, brooding film brilliantly combines documentary realism with atmospheric Expressionism, and paints a harrowing portrait of troubled German society in the period immediately before Hitler.”
May 16-19 | Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS

FRESH AIR | Long weekends are perfect for exploring. Rain or shine, head out to the UBC Endowment Lands for a walk. Spring has brought with it all sorts of curious plants, bugs, birds and critters. Stop for a quiet moment to listen. In the event of rain the forest canopy offers enough cover so you can still enjoy a solid wander without leaving drenched – but do wear suitable shoes (residual mud patches should be expected). And if you are cruising around the city with kids between the ages of 3-12, you can get in on a Trail Troupers nature walk (meet at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Acadia Road on Saturday, May 17 at 10am).

GET ACQUAINTED | Forbidden Vancouver is leading a Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour this weekend that will take you through the back alleys and dark corners of historical Gastown. By the time you’re done you’ll know all about Gassy Jack, Klondike Kate and poor old John Bray. You’ll also get a feel for what the neighbourhood vibe was like way back when and gain a better appreciation for its street names, architecture and various landmarks.
Sat, May 17 | 8pm | Various Locations In Gastown | $22 | DETAILS

TEA | Kitsilano’s O5 Rare Tea Bar is a sleek-looking shop on West 4th that’s dedicated to the art of tea. Their passion is infectious and grounded in a deep understanding of and appreciation for the different types of tea, the places from whence they’ve come, and the people doing all the growing. O5 also hosts workshops and tea-related events. Scoot into the shop on Sunday night, for example, and you’ll learn how to make natural probiotic-packed kombucha in the comfort of your own home. The class will only set you back $15 and is a manageable one-hour in duration.
Sun, May 18 | 5pm | O5 Rare Tea Bar (2208 W. 4th) | $15 | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets are a great place to stock up on fresh local food this long weekend. Grab spot prawns, salad greens, stinging nettles, vegetables, and herbs, as well as cheese, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies and pies.
Trout Lake: Sat May 17 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
Kits: Sun, May 18 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS

ROCK OUT | Because this is a long weekend and your internal calendar will be all sorts of upside down and backwards starting off next week, we’re including an event on this week’s Scout List that will happen early next week! Head to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Tuesday night for an informative lecture with author Susan Fast about Led Zeppelin fan culture. This lecture relates to the Myfanwy MacLeod exhibition currently showing at the VAG: “There and Back Again focuses on new works produced specifically for this exhibition, in which the sexually charged music of Led Zeppelin and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien are key references.” Fast wrote the book In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin on the Power of Rock Music and we’re guessing she’s going to have a thing or two to tell you about Led Zeppelin that you didn’t already know. A little bit of Rock n’ Roll is a good way to come off a long weekend!
Tues, May 20 | 7pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | Free with Gallery admission | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

LAUGH | Everyone adjusts to a new city at different rates and in different ways. Once you’ve been living in one place for a while you forget how awkward and confusing those first days, weeks and months in a new city were. You get a handle on traffic patterns, directions, customs and local slang, and once all of those local subtleties are under your belt,  it’s easier to look back and laugh at how things started out. It’s those initial growing pains that Vancouverite: A Comedy Show has a giggle at. Make your way to Main Street on Friday night where ‘Vancouverite’ organisers Amber Harper-Young and Brent Constantine have wrangled a roster of local comedians (Andrew MacLachlan, Chris Griffin, Fatima Dhowre, Heather Jordan Ross, Jordan Cohen, and Stefan MacNeil) to tell their stories. This show is as perfect for those new to this city as it is for those who have lived here forever – giving a side-splitting perspective of what it’s like to become a Vancouverite.
Fri, May 9 | 8-10pm (doors 7:30) | 2206 Main (@ 6th) | $5 advance $10 door | DETAILS

FEAST | Spot Prawns are coming to False Creek’s Fisherman’s Wharf this weekend! The official season begins on Saturday with the annual Spot Prawn Festival (just west of Granville Island on the south side of False Creek). The event, founded by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, is always a sell out. A single ticket to the festival will run you $15. That gets you a plate of three BC spot prawns as well as sauces, salad, and baked goods. Alternatively, you can opt for the “Brine and Dine” package that gives you admission for 2 to the Spot Prawn Boil as well as a snappy looking a Chefs’ Table Society insulated tote bag (handy for taking your live spot prawns home). At last count there were 150 tickets left, so pounce today!
Sat, May 10 | 11am-3pm | False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf | $15 | DETAILS

SPLURGE | Got Craft? You should. Because “mall is a four letter word” and there are few reasons you need to visit one with Got Craft on the scene. Make your way over to The Maritime Labour Centre on this weekend to check out the supercool handmade wares of over 70 indie artists. This event is a Scout favourite — definitely one of the best craft shows in town. We’re going to check out new ceramics by Gabrielle Burke, pick up some salt from The Salt Dispensary, take a look at what jewellery Foe & Dear have for Spring, and pick up a few bags of Chai Caramels from The Candid Confectioner. Remember, if you’re one of the first fifty through the door you could score a free swag bag of goodies, which include handmade items from vendors at the show.
Sat, May 10 + Sun, May 11 | 10am–5pm | 1880 Triumph St | $3 | DETAILS

HAWKERS | The Hawkers Market goes down this weekend. Make your way to Studio East to check out the fine line-up of vendors that organizers have rallied to fill their new (larger) space at 480 Frances Street. Grab yourself a beer from 33 Acres Brewing, a plump doughnut from Electric Jelly Doughnuts, pickled preserves from Three Feet Below, a cookie shooter (a shot glass formed from cookie dough and filled with Nuez milk), Filipino food from Flip Top Truck, and tea from Oollotea. Walk-ins are ok but tickets are available in advance and arriving early is recommended. Music and good vibes continue until late.
Sat, May 10 | 6pm – Late | Studio East (480 Frances St) | $10/$15 at the door | DETAILS

FARMERS | Trout Lake and Kitsilano Farmers Markets open this weekend, and if that isn’t a sure sign of summer, I don’t know what is! Stock up on goodies like local salad greens, stinging nettles, vegetables, and herbs. There’ll also be artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, pies, flowers, and even a food truck or two to keep you busy. Welcome back, farmers. We’ve missed you!
Trout Lake: Sat May 10 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS 
Kits: Sun, May 11 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS

SPIRITS | BC Distilled goes down this Saturday. The latest products and players from BC’s micro-distillery scene are congregating in one place at one time in order to provide spirit wonks with a snapshot of their burgeoning industry. Expect 16 of BC’s finest small-batch distilleries (along with 1 from the Yukon) sampling and showcasing their artisanal spirits and liqueurs. Think gins, vodkas, and whiskies galore. Blackbird, The Distillery, Edible Canada, Grain Tasting Bar and Forage will also be on site serving canapés to keep tipplers fuelled. You should also anticipate cocktail making demonstrations, tastings, serious conversations, and general booze-nerdery. See you there!
Sat, May 10 | 6-9pm | CBC Studios (700 Hamilton St) | $ 49 | DETAILS

COMMUNITY | The Stone Soup Festival goes down on Commercial Drive this weekend. Its a celebration of food, art, the environment, and community, and includes growing and planting workshops, a talk about “Feeding A Hungry Planet With Engaged Ecology”, a class on how to use recycled materials for painting and printmaking, live music, food and plant vendors, and free soup! A strong and united community can do some amazing things, so get in the spirit!
Sat, May 10 | 12-5 pm | Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier) | Free | DETAILS

MOTHERS DAY | If you’re still looking for a special way to celebrate Mothers Day – here is a tip: Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club is throwing a three course Mothers Day brunch this weekend. “Eat Your Weeds” will see three thoughtful, healthy and beautifully plated courses paired with an informative wild edibles talk on identifying, harvesting and using flowering elderflower, dandelion and sorrel.
Sun, May 11 | 11-2 | Check in with Swallow Tail to find out location details | $49 | DETAILS 

WATCH | The Documentary Film Festival, DOXA, is still on, and with almost 100 screenings at various venues about town, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. This weeks highlights include a screening of Cesar’s Last Fast, which tells the story of United Farm Workers union leader Cesar Chavez and his last hunger strike protesting the treatment of farm workers and their exposure to carcinogenic pesticides. Poet and activist Raul Gatica and SFU Professor of Sociology and International Studies Gerardo Otero will lead a discussion following the film.
Now through May 11 | Various times, Various venues | DETAILS

THE SHOW | Prepare to be blown away! The annual Degree Exhibition at Emily Carr continues this week and it is absolutely worth finding a parking spot for. Better yet, walk, take a wee ferry, or bike down to Granville Island and make a day of it. Wander the galleries, hallways, foyers and classrooms of the campus to take in upwards of 300 works by the talented graduating students who have come through ECUAD via Design, Media and Visual Arts. The cumulative body of work is astounding in its breadth and sheer volume, so consider tagging along on a one-hour tour to help provide some context. The Show continues until Sunday, May 18 at 6pm.
Now – Sun, May 18 | 10am-8pm | ECUAD (1400 Johnston, Granville Island) | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

April 30, 2014 

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

WATCH | Doxa is on, and with almost 100 screenings at various venues about town, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. Highlights include an opening night screening of Virunga (the critically acclaimed film about UNESCO world heritage site Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo), the Secrets & Lies series of documentaries that brings together film that “examines deception and secrecy in all its manifest forms” by covering everything from political cover-ups to little white lies (often accompanied by panel discussions and film maker Q&A’s).
May 2-11 | Various times, Various venues | DETAILS

DUALITY | Every set of eyes picks up different details in a painting or a photograph. A poem speaks differently to every reader in the way that each song resonates uniquely with every listener. How we experience art is influenced by our individual experiences. That’s just the way it just is.The Duality Art Experiment explores this concept, and it opens with an exhibition to showcase the findings on Friday night. From project organizer Shannyn Higgins: “Based on our emotions, experiences and individuality, the narrative can be propelled into different directions. A writer can explore sadness, rootlessness or loss which could in turn inspire a visual artist to see hope, desire or beauty. With the intent to explore this concept further we invited fifty Vancouver based emerging and established artists to contribute to this exploration. Twenty-five writers, poets and songwriters shared a sentence, a lyric or a scribble from their note book. The words were then anonymously paired with a visual artist along with a blank archival rag sheet and seven days to bring tangibility to their words.” All art produced for the show runs a reasonable $200, and Shannyn, who is a photographer, documented all 50 participants during the process of bringing the show together and has produced a companion book ($45).
May 2 & 3 | Friday 7pm-late, Sat 3pm-late | East Van Studios (870 E Cordova) | DETAILS

EAT | Start May off right by loading up a plate with good food, grabbing a seat at a communal table and making a new friends at Perogy Night. On the first Friday of each month, the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral off Main St. sorts plenty of people out by serving up an authentic Ukrainian dinner and a warm, fuzzy community glow for cheap. A “regular dinner” consists of 6 perogies, 2 cabbage rolls, sauerkraut or salad and sausage and costs just $12 (upgrade to a Super Dinner for $15 and pick up an extra 4 perogies and another cabbage roll). If you’re looking for something a little lighter, borscht served with rye bread is only $4.50. It’s an awesome deal that could only get better if they had $1.50 pie. Wait…they do?! See you there.
Fri, May 2 | 5-8pm | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral | 154 E 10th | $3.50 – $15 | DETAILS

LEARN | The UBC Farm’s Growing Season Workshop Series is holding not one, but two of their wildly popular Beginners Cheese-Making workshops this week with David Asher Rotsztain. Participants can expect to learn how to make three basic styles of fresh cheese: paneer, yogurt cheese and rennet cheese curds. David will lead participants through the various stages of the cheese-making process and will stick to simple, DIY techniques that can be easily reproduced at home. This workshop will sell out VERY quickly, so get sorted with tickets as soon as you can.
Friday, May 2 | 5:30-8:30 | 3461 Ross Dr, UBC | $42 | DETAILS
Saturday, May 3 | 2pm-5pm | 3461 Ross Dr, UBC | $42 | DETAILS

THE SHOW | Prepare to be blown away this Sunday at the annual Degree Exhibition at Emily Carr. Wander the galleries, hallways, foyers and classrooms of the campus to take in upwards of 300 works by the talented graduating students. Students exhibiting their work have come through ECUAD via Design, Media and Visual Arts, and their cumulative body of work is astounding in breadth and sheer volume (consider tagging along on a one-hour tour). The opening reception for The Show takes place Saturday, May 3 from 5 – 10pm, and officially opens Sunday May 4 at 10am, continuing until Sunday, May 18 at 6pm.
Sunday May 4 | 10am-8pm | ECUAD (1400 Johnston, Granville Island) | DETAILS

OCEAN WISE | The Vancouver Aquarium and Naramata Bench Wineries Association are joining forces this weekend to hold Wine For Waves, a fundraising event for Ocean Wise, the “Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood.” Wine For Waves will offer Vancouverites a first taste of Naramata Bench’s spring release wines paired with seafood prepared by some amazingly talented chefs (Chef Ned Bell of Yew, Chef Bruno Terroso of Poplar Grove, Chef Mark Ashton of Lake Breeze Winery, Darin Paterson of Red Rooster Winery, Robert Cordonier from Hillside Winery, Chris Whittaker from Forage, Tret Jordan from Homer St. Cafe, as well as Nobutaka Watanabe & Chef Daiji Tanaka from Hapa Izakaya and Julian Bond from The Pacific Institute of Culinary Art). Good food and wine for a good cause? You can’t go wrong!
Friday, May 2 | 7pm | Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, 791 West Georgia St | DETAILS

RACES | The Kentucky Derby goes down in Louisville, KY this weekend. Run every single year since 1875, this Saturday’s will be the 140th race.  If you’re feeling that tight timing (and possibly cash) might get in the way of a last minute trip south to watch the race first hand, consider popping in to the Hastings Racecourse to partake in the excitement. The race will be shown on ‘jumbo’ screens, bets can be placed, and many horse race enthusiasts will gather to make this the closest thing to the vibe in Kentucky as you’ll get without hopping on a plane. Make a day of it by wearing a fancy outfit (with hat, naturally), place a bet, and maybe even find yourself a Mint Julep. Reserve a table for a group at 604.216.5204
Saturday, May 3 | Entry at noon, 1st race 1:50pm | Hastings Racecourse, PNE | DETAILS

OF A FEATHER | This is Bird Week. Being that Vancouver is smack in the middle of the ‘Pacific Flyway’ route for migratory birds (the north-south route that flows from Alaska to Patagonia), we get to see plenty of seasonal species, and the city boasts a number of bird specialists willing to share their knowledge. Become a bird lover! There are so many great ways to get involved: take one of the numerous guided walks at various locations around town, develop your inner naturalist with a Drawing for birders workshop, or sit in on one of a series of talks (The State of Marine Birds in Burrard Inlet goes down next on Tuesday night).
All week | Various times and locations | DETAILS

COLLECT | Good news: our favourite pop-up shop, The Found And The Freed, just opened a permanent location in the old Scott’s Market corner store on Victoria Drive (at E Georgia). Like a cross between a kickass garage sale and a DIY museum exhibit, The Found and The Freed brings together beautiful antiques, artifacts and found objects that lean toward the unique side of awesome.
706 Victoria Drive | Thurs + Fri 12-7 | Sat 11-6 | Sun 11-5 | DETAILS

WALK | After so many months of rain, bare branches and brown grass, it’s inspiring to see the Vancouver landscape shift in to spring. Colours have returned, birds are singing, light is changing – the city is coming alive. Take some time out to slow down and appreciate this time. Spring showers are a reality, wear appropriate clothing, grab a warm cup of something and take a walk. Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond is a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River (pictured on the cover of the Scout List this week). In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on for ever) there is also a walkable breakwater, as well as raised boardwalks and unmarked trails through marsh areas. Lots to discover and always beautiful.
Iona Beach Regional Park | Cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road). Continue straight (Grauer becomes Ferguson Road which will then become The Iona Island Causeway.)

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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