by Sean Orr | “Rocks out” should be in quotation marks: Stephen Harper rocks out at Calgary nightclub. “Taking care of business and working overtime at your second part time minimum wage job with no benefits that you need to feed your family because of Canada’s deep and persistent income inequality, work out!”
I wonder if the above show sold out like how Harper just sold out the country: Harper sell out to China will be locked in.
Also, is it just me or does he seem a little stiff these days? Perhaps he could use a visit to everyone’s favourite dominatrix: Dominatrix expelled from Senate hearing after mentioning ‘proof on politicians’. For a second I thought this was a Marg Delahunty bit from This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Speaking of loosening up: Christy Clark reaches deal with teachers just 24 hours after Dana Larsen mailed her pot. “We’ve come to a joint agreement,” indeed.
How to conflate the right to housing and the right to own property in one easy step: Politicians shouldn’t meddle with the housing market. “You want a house? Work hard and buy one — or move somewhere cheaper…” And if that doesn’t work, you could always call upon the meddling CHMC.
Related tweet of the century:
Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan walk into a bar. The bartender serves them tainted alcohol because there are no regulations. They die.
— Miss O’Kistic (@missokistic) May 14, 2014
Meanwhile, back at the ranch: City says more than 100 unregulated recovery homes shut down in Surrey. Get those people on the streets immediately! And if they should so happen to mosey on down to a certain poorest postal code then so be it! They are truly free now.
Whipsers Only: $3000 / 1br – 1000ft² – Super Charmer. “If you are professionally employed and working 9-5 please apply for this amazing opportunity to be in Vancouver’s oldest and coolest neighbourhood”. Stop, stop, Strathcona’s already dead.
A city guide that isn’t completely awful: The HYPEBEAST City Guide to Vancouver. Not one single mention of the word ‘gritty’ when referring to Gastown. There is this, however: “In 2014 the neighboring Chinatown and Main Street areas are seeing notable expansion”. I had no idea that they were getting bigger…
Bonus: If you want a little more depth, here is a map of every single (known) performance space in Vancouver.
The GOODS from Campagnolo Roma
Vancouver, BC | After spending 3 months living in Italy, Chef Joachim Hayward, fondly referred to as Chef Jojo by his kitchen brigade, has grown a great admiration for family-style cooking that honours the ingredient as a whole. On Wednesday, September 24th, please join Chef Jojo in celebrating the whole ingredient at Campagnolo ROMA’s Tutto. Tickets are $79 inclusive of tax, gratuity and beer crafted by the experts at Bomber Brewing. Menu and details after the jump… Read more
by Stevie Wilson | Opened in 1959, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is one of the most gorgeous pieces of mid-century modernist design in the city, not to mention one of the most comprehensive displays of this Pacific Northwest’s storied maritime history.
The site was built to coincide with provincial centennial celebrations the year before, commemorating the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858. The main building was designed by Australian architect Raymond O. Harrison, who’s personal interest in the development of this site subsequent led him to pursue a long career as a museum administrator and director across Canada.
The stunning A-frame design features bright wood-shingled siding and large floor-to-ceiling triangular fenestration providing those who pass by a glimpse of what’s inside. The shape of the building is no coincidence, for inside sits the main exhibit: the 80-ton St. Roch, a 1928 RCMP arctic patrol ship.
Savour the last bit of summer and check out one of their other all-ages exhibits Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, on until November 2nd. Take note, too, of the beautiful totem pole just adjacent to the museum, carved by famed BC artist Mungo Martin.
The GOODS from La Mezcaleria
Vancouver, BC | La Mezcaleria is a fast-paced, upbeat restaurant on Commercial Drive with a fantastic group of staff and a heart of gold. We are a passionate family looking for the right fit to fill the demanding position of Assistant Manager. Your duties will include day-to-day service, team management, administration, and general maintenance of the restaurant. We are seeking a professional who has excellent communication skills and can think on their feet. We need someone who is innovative and level headed, a strong leader with a drive to succeed and learn. A love of Mexican culture and what we offer here at La Mezcaleria is a must. 5+ yrs in the industry and prior management experience essential. If this sounds like you and you feel ready for a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a wonderful family, please send us your resume and cover letter with the heading “Assistant Manager Position” addressed to our FOH Manager Tasha at tasha [at] lataqueria.ca. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more
The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding it’s annual Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend. Participants get to tour the interiors of five “significant” West Coast Regional Style Modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year’s tour includes homes by architects such as Ned Pratt and Barry Downs, plus there’s a Duncan McNab home with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Expect a post-tour reception at Vancouver Maritime Museum where tour participants will be invited to listen to Professor Sherry McKay talk about the history of Modernism in Vancouver over refreshments. A little bit of post-and-beam appreciation, a little bit of wine and cheese – sounds like an exceedingly civilized Saturday!
Saturday, September 20th | 1-5pm | Various locations | $85 | TICKETS & DETAILS
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Acorn Restaurant is hiring for two full-time positions — Sous Chef and Chef de Partie. For the Sous Chef position we are looking for an individual with the drive to advance into a Chef de Cuisine role. Formal culinary training and fine dining experience are essential. If you are passionate about food, hungry to learn more about vegetable-based cuisine, and a naturally collaborative leader, please forward your resume to shira [at] theacornrestaurant.ca.
For the Chef de Partie position we are looking for a candidate who is dedicated to their craft and keen to learn more about cooking with vegetables. Formal culinary training and fine dining experience is an asset, but not essential. Depending on the position, working hours will range from 2pm-2am with the successful candidate working 5 days a week. Training for both positions can begin right away.
Being a small independent restaurant, we pride ourselves on having a collaborative, team-driven environment and you will need to share this philosophy. The Acorn provides excellent opportunity for growth and development. Please email your Resume, and a few words about how you can contribute to our amazing team. Read more
The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Movies at MARKET returns this fall with a brand new line up of foodie films, starting with the acclaimed movie Chef on October 3rd and 4th. Hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in its private Blue Moon Theatre, Movies at MARKET has grown to become a cult favourite for film buffs and foodies alike. Chef, a light-hearted comedy with a star-studded cast, promises not to disappoint.
Directed by and starring Jon Favreau, the film co-stars Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr. and Oliver Pratt. Favreau plays the part of professional chef Carl Casper who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner. Left to figure out what’s next, he finds himself in Miami, where he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.
Once the lights come up, guests of the Movies at MARKET series are escorted to MARKET by Jean-Georges’ main dining room where the second course of the evening awaits. Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau has created a four-course dinner menu inspired by the film du jour. From the more formal Pasta Aglio e Olio with Orzo, Clams and Mussels to the less serious but equally tantalizing Flavours of a Sandwich Cubano with Roasted Pork Shoulder, Swiss Cheese, Fried Pickles Sour Dough Crisp and Fixings, the dinner is a play on the movie’s theme with Chef Lau’s twist on the flavours of an epic food truck journey.
With only 36 seats available per screening, the exclusive Movies at MARKET series is the hottest date night ticket in town. The evening includes a glass of bubbly, gourmet popcorn, film screening, and a private four-course dinner. The doors open at 5:00 pm with a glass of bubbly upon arrival, and the event starts at 5:30 pm with the screening of the movie followed by dinner. Tickets for Movies at MARKET are priced at $78 with wine pairings available for an additional $55 or $110. For more information or for reservations, call the restaurant at (604) 695-1115. Read more
The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar & Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | In what has all the makings of a true bottle royale, Cibo Trattoria will host a one-night-only, five-course dinner and comparative tasting that will pit a number of hand-selected wines from British Columbia against those hailing from New Zealand, France and Italy on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm.
Cibo General Manager/Sommelier Robert Stelmachuk and Executive Chef Faizal Kassam will share the stage with one of Vancouver’s preeminent wine personalities, Kurtis Kolt, as they host the B.C. vs. World ‘Bottle Royale’ Dinner. Named the Sommelier of the Year at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival and one of Western Living Magazine’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40, Kolt is a local wine critic, consultant and judge and was recently announced as the new wine columnist for The Georgia Straight.
“Kurtis is highly regarded as a leading spokesperson for B.C. wine and we’re thrilled to welcome him as guest host of this event,” said Stelmachuk. “Faizal’s focus on farmer-driven dining will also provide the perfect complement as we put the best of B.C. up against the pick of the international crop.”
“I’m excited to be a part of this marquee event,” said Kolt, who has long been a fan of Stelmachuk’s wine programs. “These B.C. wines demonstrate our region’s diversity in terms of terroir, and when paired on an equal playing field they can hold their own against standout wines from similar climates around the world.” Menu after the jump… Read more
by Sean Orr | A perfect metaphor for Vancouver, its population, and its ruling party: Vancouver alleges spam attack as number of Twitter followers mushrooms over the weekend. “I’m the party star, I’m popular. I’ve got my own car, I’m popular. I’ll never get caught, I’m popular.
Fickle City: Broker: ‘There is no demand for Vancouver Canucks tickets’. So that means they are going to be cheaper, right? Right?
Speaking of supply and demand: Editorial: An economics lesson not learned. “In business, you charge what the market will bear, not what is unbearable”. You know what is unbearable? BC Ferries’ wifi. You know what makes it just a little bit better? The “BC Ferrys” parody Twitter account…
Welcome aboard. If you have any money left over from your ticket purchase. please come up to the passenger decks and spend it.
— BCFerrys (@BCFerrys) September 13, 2014
B.C. Teachers’ Strike Won’t Be Settled With Budget Surplus. Who’s in charge of the province’s finances? Tyrion fucking Lannister?
Related Instagram of the Day: Teachers Want To Much. [sic]
It’s heartland versus hinterland, and it’s a rout: Poor kids hit hard by school strike. Well, it wouldn’t be late-capitalism if rich kids were hard hit. “Teens could turn to drinking and drugs”. That is possibly the most generalized statement in the history of the world. Also, the place where most kids turn to drinking and drugs? Yup. School.
A Song of Ice and Ire: The Real Story Behind Canada’s Sudden Interest In Arctic Archaeology. Or, “Instead of extracting resources and leaving, we could populate the mid-Canada corridor—and create a bigger, better country: If We Build It, They Will Stay.
Although that sounds like a cute As It Happens-style, bringing-communities-together type of feel good scenario, it would probably be a giant neocolonial make-work project that looks more like this: Temporary foreign worker dies in freak accident, leaves chilling testimony.
Acidic Spill from Vancouver Island Metal Mine Enters Myra Creek. Well, I mean…what are parks for if not for acid substances?
And now, ladies and gentlemen, The Province: Video: Rabid bat attacks guitarist at campground jam session. “Derrick Skou is into a pretty good groove on his acoustic when the bat swoops into the frame from the left and circles him once before landing on his collar”. That’s gold, Jerry. Gold!
The GOODS from Hester Creek Estate Winery
Oliver, BC | Get to know garlic all over again at the third annual Garlic Festival, to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 4pm at Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver.
A member of the onion family, there are hundreds of varieties of garlic used widely around the globe for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Find out all about it when local growers share their aromatic wares at Hester Creek’s Garlic Fest. Held in conjunction with the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the festival features samples and sales of garlic and other local products; wine and food pairings from Hester Creek and Terrafina Restaurant; live, local entertainment; and much more.
Admission is by donation to the Farm to Table Lunch Program at nearby Oliver elementary school. Twice a week between October and May, students are treated to lunch made with ingredients from local farms, including plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables. “It’s a terrific program, one that we’re very proud to support,” says Mark Sheridan, General Manager of Hester Creek Estate Winery. “It promotes the use of ingredients from our local producers as well as healthy eating. It also helps raise awareness in the next generation of Okanagan Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8, in Oliver, B.C. Visit Hestercreek.com for more information about the winery, about dining at Terrafina at Hester Creek and about the Third Annual Garlic Festival. Read more
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!
TASTE | Vancouver’s newest (and possibly coolest) wine event goes down this week. Co-founded by wine consultant Kurtis Kolt and Jeff Curry of The Wine Syndicate, Top Drop “looks to shine a brighter light on wineries who focus on producing wines with minimal intervention, paying particular attention to expressing an honest sense of time and place in the glass, the epitome of the term terroir.” The main event – a walk-around grazing-style tasting of wines from 24 wineries as well as pours from like-minded craft breweries and perfectly paired bites from food purveyors such as Curious Oyster, Les Amis du Fromage, Moccia & Urbani Salumeria, Terra Breads – takes place at Heritage Hall Tuesday night and tickets are going fast. Visit www.topdropvancouver.com for more details, but do it quickly!
Tue, Sept 16 | Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) | $49 | DETAILS
DESIGN | There are scores of design-centric events happening throughout the city this week. From VDW: “Vancouver Design Week will turn the city into a petri dish of design process, practice, and perspectives; through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming.” Expect everything from parties to pop-ups, talks and tours, exhibits and workshops. We’re particularly interested to check out P4A (Party For Architects) at Vancouver Special (3612 Main St) on Tuesday night; “Future Livability: Boast or Bust? Can Metro Vancouver Maintain its ‘Livability Credibility’ for the Next 30 Years?” – a lecture at SFU on Wednesday night; and “Why I Design: 30+ Designers Talk With You About What They Do” at The Museum of Vancouver on Friday night.
Sept. 15 – 28 | Various locations, times and prices | DETAILS
MEDIA ARTS | New Forms Festival is on. This is the 14th year for a media arts festival that explores the convergence of music, media, performance and electronic art. Expect installations, talks and screenings as well as audio-visual performances in the Omnimax Theatre and electronic music artists pretty much everywhere.
Sept. 18-21 | Science World, Western Front, Creekside Park | $35 for 3 days | DETAILS
READ | Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of Autumn 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 – all of them going for less than $2.50 each. The special thing about this sale is that there will be a over 800 comic books in the mix. Pro tip: Saturday sees all books and comics half price.
Thu, Sept 18 – Sat, Sept 20 | 10am–5pm | VPL | 350 Georgia St | Free | DETAILS
COLOURS OF THE COAST | 30 artists from the IDEA (Illustration and Design) program at Capilano University Capilano University have been busy painting their impressions of Vancouver. The resulting body of work is impressive in style, talent and breadth – but don’t take our word for it, have a gander here. For an even better look at what young talent in the city is producing, head to Harbour Centre on Friday night where all original works will be on display against the 360 degree backdrop of the city in the Vancouver Lookout space. Expect live painting demonstrations, refreshments, art work, and lots of inspiration.
Fri, Sept 19 | 5-9pm | Vancouver Lookout (555 W Hastings) | Free | DETAILS
ARCHITECTURE PORN | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding it’s annual Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend. Participants get to tour the interiors of 5 ‘significant’ West Coast Regional Style Modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year’s tour includes homes by architects including Ned Pratt and Barry Downs, and a Duncan McNab home with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. There will be a post-tour reception at Vancouver Maritime Museum where participants will be invited to listen to Professor Sherry McKay talk about the history of Modernism in Vancouver over refreshments. A little bit of post-and-beam appreciation, a little bit of wine and cheese – sounds like an exceedingly civilized Saturday!
Sat, Sept 20 | 1-5pm | Various locations | $85 | DETAILS
SECRET SUPPER | The Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club is holding one of their quick-to-sell-out dinners this weekend. This time around they’re joining forces with Ignacio Arrieta of La Mezcalaria to host a dinner in support of artist Angela Fama. Fama is a local photographer who is raising funds to help her realize a project (“Wabisabi Butterfly/What is Love?“) that will see her take a pop-up Boler photo studio across North America to capture micro-expressions that appear when the subject is asked about the word love. Short story: you buy a seat at a fancy Mexican dinner (in a garden if it’s sunny and in a wine cellar should there be rain) with proceeds going to fund an amazing art project.
Sat, Sept 20 | 5:30pm/8pm seatings | Location revealed @ ticket purchase | $79 | DETAILS
ICONS | Time for some Fall duds! If you’re in the market for something a little less mainstream think about taking a pocket of cash to the magical subterranean caverns of the Biltmore Cabaret this Sunday because the Icons Vintage Market is back! Swoop in and score retro clothing, flea-market finds, fancy antiques, accessories, shoes, jewellery, records, cool household items, cameras, and all manner of other curious trinkets. This is a cabaret, so the bar will be open and you have to be 19+ to enter. Shoppin’, drinkin’, and dancin’ encouraged!
Sun, Sept 21 | 11 am–5 pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward) | DETAILS
CREATE | School is still out and weather has been summery, but something in our bones tells us September is a time for settling in to do some good ol’ fashioned learning. If you’ve got that feeling but don’t have the funds or time to enrol in full-on studies, think about taking part in a one day class at Hot Art Wet City gallery. Local artist Rachael Ashe is leading an Altered Book workshop that will school you on how to transform old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Not only will you walk away inspired, but you’ll also leave with one project underway and you’ll be armed with an understanding of techniques and skills necessary to keep on going. There are only ten spots available, so snap one up here mighty fast.
Sat, Sept 20 | 12:30-4:30 pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St) | $90 | DETAILS
HIKE | Fall is a perfect time for hiking in Vancouver. Temperatures are accommodating, crowds thin out and the colours, smells and sounds of the changing seasons are captivating. Take the low road out to Lighthouse Park (doable by car, bike or bus) and wander the trails for a few hours. There is nothing quite as restorative and grounding as time out to appreciate nature. Breathe deep, smell the turning leaves, pine needles, and salt air. When you’re done, hit up Savary Island Pie Co. (1533 Marine Dr, West Van) for a piece of pumpkin pie and a latte.
Any time | Free | DETAILS
MODERN DAY NOMADS | Lloyd Khan is an author, photographer and small and hand-built home enthusiast with a passion for unique homes and structures. Khan is in town from Marin County, California next week to promote his latest book Tiny Homes On The Move. He’ll be at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Monday night to present a slideshow of images of people “living and travelling in boats, trailers, pick-up trucks, vans and buses adapted with ingenious and often beautifully designed quarters.” Not only is the topic of creative housing alternative apropos to our city, but Khan strikes us as the kind of guy capable of filling an hour and a half easily. This is guaranteed to be a mind-expanding and inspiring evening, so don’t miss out.
Mon, Sept 22 | 7pm | VPL Central Branch – VPL (350 W. Georgia) | Free | DETAILS
Michelle 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.
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Kelowna, BC | Join us under the starlit Okanagan sky on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm to enjoy a tasting menu paired with our ‘Vineyard Designate’ wines. Wines that truly reflect the very soil they come from. Pairing menu is created by our Chef Jeremy Tucker who follows our Farm to Table philosophy of serving local, seasonal ingredients at their freshest. This will be a rare experience you will cherish, on that you have our word. Tickets are $75 plus tax. To purchase yours and get more information, please contact Heather Courtney at 778.738.1022 or hcourtney [at] cedarcreek.bc.ca.
A few vintages ago, we began a shift toward block-designation in our Platinum wines. We felt our vines had arrived at an age where they could really tell the story of our land. And what a story they’re telling. The difference between our Block 2 and Block 4 Pinot Noirs, made identically from grapes grown only meters apart, is so striking we had to go into the vineyard and dig ten-foot trenches to see what was down there. And you can too if you drop by our website and watch the video. It’s pretty interesting stuff. On that, you have our word. Read more
by Ken Tsui | In the midst of preparing for another busy night at Main Street’s Burdock & Co., the kitchen crew are working on hiyashi chuka, a chilled noodle salad and a Japanese mainstay on hot summer days.
Chef Alden Ong takes the lead, working on the salad’s dressing. As Chef Gabe Meyer begins working on the vegetables for the salad, she jokes around, saying that Ong is known around these parts as ‘the marinade master’. It’s easy to see why as he starts frying up some spices to make a flavoured oil. While he lets the oil steep, he begins making the sauce. With a dash of soy, a healthy pouring of rice vinegar, a spoonful of miso and a little bit of tahini, the dressing comes together quickly as he tastes and adjusts. Arman Roland-Khosravi, a young gun of 16, works behind Alden balancing between cooking the ramen and putting together a frittata. The crew understands that the egg is an essential topping for a good bowl of hiyashi chuka.
All the vegetables, noodles and dressing converge in one big, silver bowl. Chef and co-owner Andrea Carlson arrives just in time to set out the plates as Arman tosses the noodles in the dressing, raising the tongs well over his head to mix it through. Despite the giant bowl filled with salad, it all disappears as quickly and effortlessly as it was all made.
by Treve Ring | Mix one British pub owner, one rocket scientist patron, a pint of Fullers London Pride, a Go Pro HD video camera, and a lego spaceman, and what do you get? Bingo! One small step for man, one giant stride for London Pride!
D’oh! Duff beer was pulled from Aussie shelves over concerns it is too appealing to youth due to its association with The Simpsons. This setback aside, it remains the #1 beer for people of all ages in Springfield.
Once again, science has proven red and white wine is good for you. If you exercise, that is (if not, you’re SOL).
If wine didn’t encourage / enable karaoke enough, bottles of house wine at England’s Plymouth Arts Centre are labeled with lines and song titles that correlate with different musical notes. When the wine is drained to the line on the label, the tapped bottle will sound at the marked note – providing the starting key for the karaoke classic. Liquid bravery? You just need one glass to reach C and belt out Like A Virgin, while draining a half bottle will get you to D, and American Pie.
Let’s see the Apple Watch do this! Vessyl is a Smart Cup that is able to determine exactly what you’re drinking by analyzing and breaking down your beverage to a molecular level. Good reminder that the double down caramel whip pumpkin spice latte that you’re gulping has 2000 calories.
Fall travel planning? This handy infographic breaks down the price of beer around the world (tip – Ukraine is a go!)
A perfectly preserved 200 year old gin was recovered from excavations of a shipwreck in Poland. No word on whether or not the captain was drinking when the ship actually wrecked.
Sacré bleu! A new law means that French employers can now legally stop workers from drinking wine at work. I sense a revolution…
Fashion statement or drunkenness statement? Vernissage Wines new ‘bag in bag’ packaging has disguised 1.5 litres of Languedoc-Roussillon wines into a handbag that promises to be “perfect for any event be it Ascot, Henley or the BBC Proms.”
Lastly, what could go wrong? An alcohol delivery service, with underwear models, in LA.