by Michelle Sproule | We hustled down to Granville Island over the weekend to catch the preview of the 2013 Emily Carr University of Art and Design Grad show. The annual degree exhibition invites the public to wander the galleries, hallways, foyers and classrooms of the campus to take in upwards of 300 works by talented graduating students every day (10am – 6pm) until May 19th. There’s plenty of awesome work to check out. If you want a guided tour for a more in-depth take on the show, get on it today!
The other day I noticed that one of my neighbourhood’s cafes – The Wilder Snail (799 Keefer at Hawks) – had removed one of its tables and installed a pair of what appeared to be highly specialized stationary exer-cycles in its place, presumably to keep some of our more active coffee-sipping neighbours in the shape to which they’ve grown accustomed. But word has it that the bikes are in fact a collaborative work in progress by proprietor Boyd Thomson and the inspired engineers out at eatART. Before they’re completed, each “bike” will be outfitted with a pedal-powered outlet so those looking to charge laptops or cell-phones will thereafter be able to generate their own off-grid electricity. How awesome is that? Expect to see the project finished and generating more than just buzz at some point this summer.
If you’ve taken a stroll down the 100 block of West Hastings in the last week you may have noticed that the new “Coming Soon” storefront next to Wildebeest is sporting some interesting signage. The banner reads “Plus Size Men’s Lingerie”, which is rather awesome and loaded with all manner of visions and expectations. Alas, we’re told it’s another just location of The Noodle Box, and one with a particularly spicy sense of humour (aka Mild +). Also, men’s lingerie = noodle box. Get it? No? Cool.
We checked out the brand new Gastown pop-up shop from The Found and The Freed at 207 Abbott St. the other day. So many awesome things to dig! Hours are Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, and from 11am to 5pm on the weekends. The pop-up wraps on May 10th. Pay them a visit and tell them we said hi!
by Andrew Morrison | In front of veterans, city officials, and a large crowd of the curious and the cold, roughly 300 young members of Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps were on parade in the rain at Victory Square yesterday. They were marking and remembering the First World War’s Battle of Vimy Ridge. The three day fight in April, 1917 claimed the lives of some 3,598 Canadian soldiers, including that of my great-great uncle, a Private who wasn’t much older than the kids pictured above. It was a moving day, especially with a bugler on hand for The Last Post and a piper piping the Lament. The Mayor’s Office proclaimed it Vimy Day and many wreaths were laid, including one by the Consul General of France.
Meet Helen; dumpling making extraordinaire at Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie. We love Helen for her sweet smiles, dedication, and her special way of folding perfect little dumplings one after another. Not to mention her killer staff meals that remind us of mom.
Now, in addition to being hungry, we are a little bit in love.
In his Barley Mowat column, Scout beer writer Chuck Hallett recently gave us an update and look inside at what was happening with Mt. Pleasant highly anticipated 33 Acres Brewing Company. Now you can pair that intel with a cool, refreshing video that is making our office thirsty:
Two years ago the idea of building a family run microbrewery began to unfold. Enlisting the help of a few friends, slowly the plans began to materialize. A space in Mt. Pleasant was chosen as our home, this is a look at what?s been happening around here since signing on the dotted line.
A couple of weeks ago a group calling themselves the Anti-Gentrification Front stole Save On Meats’ sidewalk sign, posed with it by throwing up peace signs (absurdly, as above) and sent the picture to Mark Brand as if they were putting him on notice. It was a silly bit of business, really, and it would be oh so easy to leave it at that and pay the insurance man. Alas, I don’t think that’s what Brand has in mind.
“The team was bummed. We say bummed because it was an inanimate sheet of plywood,” he writes tonight via email. “Nobody was hurt (feelings aside) but threats were hurled. Serious threats against the venue, and therefore against employees, people who work day in and out for their community.” In the morning, it appears as if he and “the team” will be responding, not with threats of their own, but with a laugh at the Anti-Gentrification Front’s posturing and a new campaign to help feed the women of the Rainier Hotel.
After an amazing week of media, emails and neighbourhood love a call was made. This piece of plywood was shaped to feed the community we love. For every picture (instagram @saveonmeats), tweet (@saveonmeats) and Facebook share with the sign we will provide breakfast to one resident at the recently underfunded Rainier Hotel. Yes, this is meant to spread the word and leverage media. It’s meant to show people that we will not be intimidated or bullied, nor have we ever been in the dozens of attacks in our 26+ months here.
Here’s the short version: misguided folk steal sign and hurl threats. We rebuild sign with donation and work within our community. People help said community with two clicks on their mobile device and show support.
Save On Meats: 1 Jackasses: 0
And…it’s a ton of fun to take pictures with.
You’ve likely heard plenty about PiDGiN, the new restaurant in Gastown, but you probably haven’t seen its interiors being built before your eyes. Here’s a time-lapse look at its construction. If you look closely and pause it at :59, you can see co-owner Brandon Grossutti sleeping at Table #30 (on the banquette) on the night before the restaurant’s 6am liquor inspection.
As we’ve noted before, the Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is bringing a heady mix of time-honoured tradition and new school flavour to the summer festivities on Keefer Street. Check out the teaser video (attaboy Ken, great job!) and read more after the jump… Read more
Hello, Spring. We’ve been waiting for quite some time. Can I offer you a preparatory ale? Right this way…
At 5:00pm this afternoon (Wed), the Cactus Club will open its new 500 seat Coal Harbour monster, complete with 200 seat patio and 40 seat private room. Sadly, there is no truth to the rumour that this location (the 23rd) also includes a secret 55 seat pre-shift beauty/tanning salon underneath the dining room (built for the exclusive use of the staff). I know this because I invented that rumour. Just now. To celebrate the opening and Cactus Club’s 25th anniversary, the Olympic Cauldron will apparently be lit from 6pm to 10pm tonight. What the….why? Because stop asking questions and sing the anthem, traitor.