SWAG | Win Two Tickets To The Advance Screening Of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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We have a bunch of tickets to give away to Vancouver’s advance screening of Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, on the night of Wednesday, March 12th at International Village Cinema (7pm).

The film “recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.” It has an incredible cast, starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Harvey Kietel, Edward Norton, Jude law, Owen Wilson, and a great many other talents.

To win a pair of tickets to this exclusive screening, “like” Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already), follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and Instagram (if you haven’t already) and retweet the following: “I’m fixing to win tickets to The Grand Budapest Hotel’s advance screening via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-mfD. We’ll put all the names in a hat and pick four winners (four pairs of tickets). They will be contacted with the good news on the afternoon of Monday, March 10th. When notified of their victory, winners must respond by 11:59pm that evening or forfeit to another name from the hat.

BONUS: If you really want to have the odds of winning in your favour, we have two other pairs of tickets reserved for those who send us the best Instagram selfies whilst in some sort of Wes Anderson character garb (no speedos, if you please).

SWAG: Win A Sweet “Cool City, Bro” Shirt By Snapping Landmarks With A Thumb Up

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Have you ever looked at a map of Vancouver and noticed that the outline of the city looks a lot like a thumbs up? Vancouver born-and-raised artist Justin Longoz has taken the map and turned it into the perfect symbol for a city we all love and sometimes just need a reminder about what makes it so great. Justin’s ‘Cool City, Bro’ T-shirt celebrates Vancouver’s laid back vibe that make it one of the coolest cities in the world. The shirt promises to be a great way for Vancouverites to show off their civic pride this summer. The best part? Justin will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of this limited edition tee to Megaphone Magazine, which works to provide homeless and low-income Vancouverites with a voice and an economic opportunity.

We have four of these Cool City, Bro t-shirts to give away to our followers on Twitter & Instagram. To win, simply Tweet or Instagram a photo of your thumb up in front of a local landmark. It could be the VPL (above left), a farmer’s market (above right), at City Hall (below right), or just about anywhere. Use your imagination! Include @ScoutMagazine and the hashtag #coolcitybro, and consider yourself entered. As a grand prize, one winner will also get a unique stylized drawing print of their photo done by Longoz (he’ll also be picking the winners). The contest ends at 11:59pm on July 1st, Canada Day.

This project was produced with the kind assistance of the Vancouver Foundation through a DTES Small Arts Grant, and the shirts were printed locally at The Hive Printing. The tees will be available online at coolcitybro.com; at our booth at the newly revamped Chinatown Night Market (where we’ll be this Saturday and every second Saturday night after that); and at these eight outstanding Vancouver small businesses who have generously agreed to carry the shirts at their stores for only $20:

CHINATOWN
Board of Trade Co., 227 Union St. 778-318-9697

COMMERCIAL DRIVE
Mintage Vintage, 1714 Commercial Dr. 604-646-8243

GASTOWN
Community Thrift and Vintage, 41 West Cordova St. 604-682 8535
Nouvelle Nouvelle, 209 Abbott St. 604-682-2234

HASTINGS-SUNRISE
Tiny Finery, 2162 E. Hastings St. 604-569-2171

KITSILANO
Zulu Records, 1972 W. 4th Ave. 604-738-3232

MOUNT PLEASANT
The Goods Screening & Apparel, 335 E. Broadway 604-568-6169

STRATHCONA
Shop Wrong, 1192 E. Hastings St. 604-251-1100

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SOUNDTRACKING: Eight Minutes With Jose Gonzalez Of Junip (And A Ticket Giveaway!)

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by Daniel Colussi | Sweden-by-way-of-Argentina folkie Jose Gonzalez made a pretty big splash during the aughties with his two solo albums, Veneer and In Our Nature. Those records found Gonzalez in melancholic folkie-form — a modern day atheist Nick Drake. Surprising to everyone, this was only one side of Gonzalez’ musical identity. With Junip — the powerhouse trio he fronts with buddies from the 90s Swedish hardcore days — Gonzalez veers way to the left of the folk-idioms. Junip is a versatile unit, a band as comfortable locking into trance krautrock grooves as they are sunning themselves under the Tropicalia-sun. On their wonderful self-titled second album the band moves all over the places, dropping catchy New Order hooks, embracing noise and abandon – but most significantly the band proves itself to be very much it’s own thing, something refreshingly distinct from Gonzalez’ solo work. In particular drummer Elias Araya shows his presence as a real monster behind the kit, propelling the band to extremes that Gonzalez’ solo work never attempted. I spoke with frontman Jose Gonzalez about the self recording the new Junip album playing with his old buddies, and his roots in Swedish hardcore. Njuta!

Where are you right now, Jose? I’m back at home in Gothenburg, Sweden. I just came back from a European tour. How was the tour? Great, great. Two weeks around mainly Germany and UK. It’s been really nice. And how were the new Junip songs received? It was really good. A lot of people are already singing along with lyrics. And I think many of the new songs…we’re happy with them and they suit themselves for live shows. I think the album is slightly better than the last one for live shows. So that’s cool.

I read the the new Junip album came about through the group jamming, and forming the songs through listening back to recordings of the band jamming. Is that true? Yeah, that’s basically the way we write. The way that we’d describe it I guess it would make it sound like we’re a jamband (laughs). But no one goes to the studio with a finished song, so we always start from scratch together and basically press record after we start it or after we find something that sounds nice. It’s a mixture of trying to have sounds together with chord progressions, melodies, right from the start. So yeah, recording onto a computer and picking out the stuff we like the most and continuing with those until they are finished songs that I can take away for a while and form the lyrics on my own.

Did you test the new songs out live at all or were they fully formed and finished in the studio? It was completed in the studio. We’ve tried to do that before, to test them live, but I think that with the last full length and this one we tried them out in other ways than live. We’re like a studio band in a way. We’re six on stage to play these songs live. We just produce and don’t think about how to do it live until later.

Both the Junip albums were recorded by yourselves. What are the joys and challenges of recording yourself versus using an outside producer? Well, I mean we have an outside producer – Don Alhsterberg – on both albums. And the way we work is that we try to do as much as possible on our own because it’s fun and because it feels a bit more rewarding when you’ve done something on your own. Basically our rehearsal space is like a lo-fi studio and once and a while Alhsterberg would come by and listen to our demos and tell us what to change and what to add and how to make things better. And he gave us hints on how to EQ things, and how to set up the mics. Other bands would probably write the songs in another room and then bring them into the studio and try to make them sound as good as they can be, but we think in terms of the sound from scratch.

Junip is a band that has a lot of power compared to the music you make on your own under your own name. So do you enjoy making louder, almost heavier music? Yeah, definitely. Especially now and when we were on tour it was fun to do the soft stuff with Junip, with nice harmonies, but then to bring it up to, for us, pretty loud and noisy. It doesn’t need to be that way but it’s fun now that we’re able to do that.

Musically were there any particular references points that you drew from when you were making this new album? Or is that not important? It wasn’t that important. Only when we got stuck I sort of sent inspiration lists. But, in general, we didn’t get stuck that many times. It’s not that important as long as everything is working. In general, if a song sounds good, it sounds good to all three of us. But looking back, many of the inspirations that we have are Nina Simone or Marvin Gaye mixed up with music that is more synth-based, or Brazilian music with the production that has acoustic guitar and flutes and percussion.

It’s interesting that Junip generally has a unanimous agreement of what sounds good. Yeah it’s not always the case, but many times it’s like that.

The three of you have been playing music since he late 90s, right? Basically, we’ve been together for a very long time but we haven’t been active for all that time. It was ’98 that we started, but from 1998 to 2003 we did maybe twenty shows and a 7″ ep, so (laughs) not that active! And before that me and Elias had played in a hardcore band, so we’ve known each other for a very long time. It wasn’t until 2008 that we started to write the first album that we started to take it more seriously, setting aside time in our calendars to work just with Junip.

Is there a particular dynamic to how this band works? You’ve known each other such a long time – do you share responsibilities pretty equally or…? Yeah, I mean it’s become a bit like when we’re producing, whoever wants to do something can do what they want. But there’s sort of a division of labour. I’ve written all the lyrics and vocal melodies on my own. The rhodes and organ is always Tobias and Elias always brings the drums. But production-wise its always a bit mixed. I’ve been playing percussion or a bit of bass, synthesizers. It’s a bit mixed. Style-wise, we come from slightly different points of view and it became a bit clearer with Tobias did most of the production for Your Life Your Call and I did much of the production for Suddenly.

Is there a lyrical theme or approach that defines the album? So basically I took each song and wrote a lyric to it, letting the music dictate what I wanted to write about. There is no overall theme but there are many songs that deal with changes in life in relationships or other issues where…I dunno, life, death! (laughs). Changing moments. So there are exceptions. I think So Clear is different and maybe Baton too. So yeah, it’s all after construction when you try to find a common theme for all the songs.

I’d love to hear about your old hardcore band with Elias. What was it called? So Tobias’ band was called Ultimate Concern and me and Elias’ band was called Renascence.

I had no idea that you had a background playing hardcore. Yes, I used to play bass. It was between ’93 and ’98.

Did you ever put anything out? Renascence released a 7″. Ultimate Concern released I think an ep. And we did some other recordings but we never released them properly so it’s not strange that you didn’t know (laughs).

Junip play the Rio Theater June 4th. Tickets at Zulu, Red Cat and The Rio, plus Scout has a pair to give away. Here’s what you need to do…

TO WIN TICKETS TO THE JUNIP SHOW…

1) “Like” Scout on Facebook if you haven’t already.

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

The winner will be chosen at random late tonight, so cross your fingers.

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

April 10, 2013 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Default drink/cocktail of choice? Guinness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your favourite curse word? Fuck.

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

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

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

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

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

Last place you traveled? Calgary.

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

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

OTHER INTERESTING VANCOUVERITES

SWAG: Win A Pair Of Tickets To Wine Fest’s “International Festival Tasting” On Feb. 28

February 22, 2013 

The International Festival Tasting is – in our minds – the one event that exemplifies the Vancouver International Wine Festival. If you’ve never been before, imagine a grand ballroom at the Convention Centre full of colourful winery principals, personalities and representatives pouring hundreds of wines from all over the world and sharply dress folks shooting the social breeze with constantly swirling glasses in hand. We have a pair of tickets to give away to the session on Thursday, February 28th (7-10pm). It’s pretty chill with plenty of elbow room, so the winner will have a wonderful chance to meet, chat, and taste with all the vintners, not to mention people watch ($190 value).

To win, simply follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to #VanWineFest via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-gHb

The winner will be chosen at random on Monday. For those who don’t win, luck is still on their side as there are some tickets available for purchase at www.vanwinefest.ca at $95 per.

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

January 30, 2013 

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

Here’s what you need to do…

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

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

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

SWAG: Win A Pair Of Tickets To “Creative Mornings” With Mayor Gregor Robertson

December 6, 2012 

This Friday brings another Creative Mornings, the inspired monthly gathering for creative types in the Woodward’s W2 Media Cafe. The event begins at 8:30am. It’s a 20 minute lecture followed by a meaningful (yet concise) group discussion that sees everyone splitting for their respective offices by 10am. Seats to hear this week’s speaker, Mayor Gregor Robertson, flew out the window, but lucky for [one of] you, we have a pair up for grabs.To enter to win, simply tweet the following: I’m fixing to win 2 tix to Creative Mornings with @MayorGregor via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-fH2The winner will be announced at 5pm today (Thursday) on Twitter. Good luck!

 Friday December 7 | 8:30-10am | W2 Media Cafe (#250-111 W Hastings) | DETAILS

SWAG: Win A Pair Of Tickets To Michelin-Starred Foodie Film “Step Up To The Plate”

December 5, 2012 

The VIFF is showing Step Up To The Plate this weekend at the Vancity Theatre and we have a couple of pairs of tickets to give away for the Friday and Sunday evening screenings. If you dig food, you’ll want to get in on this…

This superb documentary is more than just another mouth-watering film about food (though it is certainly that). Director Paul Lacoste spent months with 3-star Michelin chef Michel Bras and his grown son Sebastien as the latter prepared to take over the operation of the family business. It is a role for which he has been preparing his whole lifetime, but can he step out of his famous father’s shadow to create a menu that honours tradition while expressing his own personality?

In contrast to the ’against-the-clock’ tropes of the Food Network, Lacoste emphasizes how a culinary artist creates original dishes over hours, days and weeks, ruminating on the balance and harmonics of the ingredients, refining and rethinking the plate until it’s ready to be shared. Exquisitely photographed and edited, this beautiful film takes us inside the mind of an innovative young chef at the outset of his career and the family ties that both inspire and inhibit him.

To enter to win, simply tweet the following: I’m fixing to win two @VIFFest tickets to foodie film Step Up To The Plate via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-fH2

The winners – one for Friday and one for Sunday – will be chosen at random and announced on Twitter tomorrow. Good luck!

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

November 22, 2012 

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: congrats to reader @Jane_Victoria

SWAG: Score A Double Pass To Monday’s Bombay Bicycle Club Concert At The Vogue

October 19, 2012 

Wanna win a pair of tickets to go see Bombay Bicycle Club with special guests Vacationer at the Vogue Theatre on Monday, October 22nd at 8pm? Of course you do! As per usual, like this post and Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already), follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win tickets to the Bombay Bicycle Club show via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-f9t.

The winner will be chosen at random and notified on Sunday morning. Good luck!

SWAG: Win Two Tickets To Sunday Night’s “Farms To Forks” Moveable Feast At PICA

October 19, 2012 

Farms to Forks goes down this Sunday, October 21st inside the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The awesome culinary event in support of Growing Chefs is bringing prominent chefs and mixologists together with BC’s best growers and producers for a fun night of food, wine, beer, and cocktails. To join dozens of foodies moving from tasting station to tasting station on this gastronomic adventure, here’s what you need to do…

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

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to Farms To Forks via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-f8U

The winner will be chosen at random late this evening. Good luck!

Sun, Oct. 21 @ 5:30pm | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (1505 W 2nd) | Tickets $149 | Details 

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

September 20, 2012 

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

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

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

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

SWAG: Win A Double Pass To Tomorrow’s “Pecha Kucha Night” Vol. 22 At The Vogue

Make sure you’re following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook, because we’ll be using both to give away a pair of tickets to tomorrow night’s Pecha Kucha Vol. 22. As usual, it’s an awesome line-up, and it sold out in, like, 3.5 seconds. Here’s what you need to do…

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

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

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

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