SEEN IN VANCOUVER #493 | A Look Inside The East Van Studio Of Artist Noah Bowman

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by Grady Mitchell | The East Van studio of painter Noah Bowman is stacked high with canvases of all sizes – some as small as a paperback book, a couple as large as a queen mattress. He’s arranged them into a sort of art fort, and it’s in here, surrounded by his previous work, that he creates new pieces.

Although his initial interest in art was sparked by the pencil portraits he sketched as a child, he’s since solidified his style as an abstract and conceptual artist with a vivid palette. His work floats in the space between the familiar and abstract, blending segments of reality with conceptual elements to find deeper meaning in the everyday.

Noah’s recent series Reverso explores corner spaces. While artwork is generally presented in the center of a room’s most prominent wall, Noah is creating paintings specifically for neglected corner spaces, angular two-panel pieces that either envelop protruding corners or slip into recessive ones. He strives to link or balance each half with the other, presenting a traditional pattern on one juxtaposed with an abstract image on the other.

Along with Reverso and the other series’ that Noah is working on, he also promotes the accessibility of abstract art through integrating it into everyday items such as clocks, purses and pillows. You can see more of Noah’s work on his website and on display at the Stewart Stephenson Gallery at 1300 Robson Street.

EVERYTHING SEEN IN VANCOUVER

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

April 15, 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!

NERD OUT | If you’re walking around downtown this weekend and you notice an increase in the number of adults cruising around in full-on superhero / anime costume, that’s probably because Fan Expo Vancouver is on. The day will include special celebrity guests, panels, comic dealers, workshops, and lots and lots of really awesome costumes.
Apr. 18 – 20 | Various times | Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) | $20-$69

FOUNDATIONS | The Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation Show will line the walls of the ECUAD Concourse Gallery with works by first year students. Sure the show is an opportunity for new students to bring their family and friends down to see what’s been keeping them so busy over the past eight months, but it’s also an opportunity for the general public to size up the next wave of emerging art, design and media makers, and even place bets on their futures by purchasing their work. Pop down to Granville Island for the opening reception on Thursday night. This show continues until April 27.
Opening night | Thu, Apr. 17 | 7 – 10pm | Emily Carr University of Art & Design 
Ongoing |  Apr. 19 – 26 |  10am -6pm daily | Emily Carr University of Art & Design | DETAILS

RECORD STORE DAY | It’s Record Store Day on Saturday so independently run record stores across the city are fixin’ to help you celebrate. Expect in-store performances, record releases, sales and the coming together of people who love music. Hit Red Cat Records, Neptoon and Dandelion on Main, Zulu Records on 4th Avenue, plus Vinyl, Noize, Beat Street, and Highlife for all sorts of record-related fun. Oh, and let’s not forget the classical grooves at Sikora downtown! Tip: Neptoon Records in particular has a full roster of performances planned, so skip over to their website to see their impressive line-up (running from 11am through until 7pm).
Sat, Apr. 19 | All Day | Various Locations Around Town | Free | DETAILS

CREATE | Looking for some artistic inspiration? There’s a Gastown gig going this Friday called ‘Late Nite Art’ that might be just the ticket. It’s not your basic “still life” class, but rather an evening of creativity and collaborative art-making lubricated by music, food and discussion. For this edition of Late Nite Art, “a facilitator, a chef, an artist, and a photographer combine forces to create an intimate, socially conducive environment and produce an engaging and entertaining night.” No previous experience needed. Just bring your imagination. Ticket price includes workshop, dinner, tax, and a tip.
Fri, Apr. 18 | 7:30pm | Archive at Revolver (325 Cambie St) | $35 | DETAILS

FILM | The David Cronenberg retrospective continues at Pacific Cinematheque. From early experimental features like Crimes of the Future and Stereo to well known blockbusters like Crash, the selection of 13 full length films and four shorts was curated by the Toronto Film Festival and will be presented over the next few weeks on the big screen. Dark, smart and tense, Cronenberg films are consistently provocative, so spreading a retrospective out over time is probably better for everyone! You can catch films in this series at various times and dates over the next month. This long weekend, for example, you can catch The Dead Zone, The Fly, Naked Lunch and M. Butterfly.
Now – May 2 | Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Vancouver Natural History Society is leading a walk through the shoreline of Stanley Park this Friday. As Nature Vancouver explains, “Spring often yields seasonal finds such as barnacle-eating nudibranchs, or their eggs, and bryozoans on kelp. The seaweed should not be too extensive yet, allowing a good look at the cobbled areas. We will also be looking for the presence/absence of seastars after 2013′s devastating seastar wasting syndrome.” Sounds fascinating, right? So pull on some sensible footwear, pack a rain slicker just in case, and head to Stanley Park to stuff your brain full of all sorts of science.
Fri, Apr. 18 | 12noon | Children’s water park at the north end of Stanley Park | DETAILS

BRUNCH | What are long weekends for if not lazy brunches? Our suggestions: gather some friends and hit Lynn Canyon for an early morning hike and then stop in at North Vancouver’s Tomahawk Restaurant for Yukon-style bacon and eggs or fluffy french toast. Over on the East Side, Yolks (in the old Brave Bull site at Hastings and Clark) is the perfect Easter brunch venue with its easy pastel blue and yellow colour palette and, well, eggs. Try a build-your-own poached free-range egg sandwich and a manmosa (fresh squeezed orange juice and Parallel 49′s Hayfever beer). At Railtown’s Ask For Luigi, Chef J.C. Poirier has transported the simple Italian spirit of their evening service to a brunch menu that includes house-made bread with jam and taleggio cheese, frittata with pancetta and potatoes or tomatoes and mozzarella, and waffles with apples, hazelnuts and tiramisu crema.
Tomahawk | 1550 Philip Ave | Sun-Thurs 8am-on, Fri-Sun from 9am | DETAILS
Yolks | 1298 East Hastings St | Mon-Fri (8-3pm); Sat-Sun (9-4) | DETAILS
Ask For Luigi | 305 Alexander St | Sat-Sun 9:30 – 2:30pm | DETAILS

4:20 | On the 20th day of the 4th month (that would be this Sunday), thousands of people gather in, on, and around the Vancouver Art Gallery to celebrate one of BC’s strongest industries: marijuana. Pot cookies, smoking tents, bongo drums, naked people and dreadlocks…expect it all. The first reefers are lit early in the day and the cloud of blue love gathers all day, reaching it’s zenith in a storm at 4:20pm. If you’re driving through downtown, take caution around the VAG parameter, as there may be a few slow moving pedestrians to avoid.
Sun, Apr. 20 | 4:20pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | Free (or $5 a joint)

EAT LOCAL | Pick up provisions for the long week at the Farmer’s Market this Saturday. Locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh eggs and artisan cheese, baked goods and preserves, picked, coffee, honey and wild salmon – it’s all at Nat Bailey Framers Market. Get over there and buy local! These are the last days of the Winter Farmer’s Markets. After next Saturday’s market (April 26) we wait for the first of the regular spring/summer season farmers markets to start up. Yaletown starts May 1st and Trout Lake and Kits open May 10th + 11th respectively.
Saturday, March 19 | Parking Lot – Nat Bailey | Free | DETAILS

TOTALLY BAKED | The Bakers Market is on this weekend. Load up with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes out at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. We’re guessing this weekend will see all manner of Easter-themed goodies like pastel coloured macaroons, madeleines, cupcakes and marshmallows, plus lots of gluten free and vegan options – the whole shebang. It’s like a dreamy dessert buffet or the biggest bakery you’ve ever set foot in.
Sun, Apr. 20 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert | 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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VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #229 | It Had A Few Pieces Of Rain Activated Art

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(via) You know how when it’s sunny there are a million things to do and everyone is super excited about all of them, but when it’s raining nobody gives a damn about anything and they just want to go home and sulk until the sun comes out again? It would be nice – cool, even – if we had reasons to look forward to the rain. Not for our gardens, slip-and-slides, or Fred Astaire fetishes, but rather to appreciate some public pieces of art that were only visible in the wet.

Such is the case on an old building’s brick wall in Hartford, Connecticut, where artist Adam Niklewicz created a 30ft x 45ft “Charter Oak” tree – a symbol of American independence – using sealant, stencils, and graphite transfers. According to Niklewicz, “Public art should embrace the existing environment and work to enrich reality.” We couldn’t agree more.

While it’s true that Vancouver doesn’t have the deep well of historical context to draw from that Hartford does, I’m sure we could come up with a few ideas for similar wall treatments. How about the iconic maple tree that Vancouver’s early settlers used to meet under to seek shade, shelter, and gossip? It was located in Maple Tree Square (the heart of Gastown), right where the statue of Gassy Jack Deighton stands today. I’d like to see it again, wouldn’t you?

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SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & 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!

ART |  The Winsor Gallery has an interesting show going on this month. They’ve invited eighteen artists to each invite an artist to show alongside them, making for a total of 36 artists. The show is called Concurrently and, as Winsor explains, the “result is an a micro-simulation that explores the intricacy of relationships between artists and their artwork – and allows each artist to contextualize their own work in a very direct sense through their biggest influences or closest friends.” It’s a pretty rad concept, and fascinating to not only see what artists like Ron Moppett, Dana Claxton have produced or chosen for the show, but also to see who they’ve asked to show with them and what the pairing says about the artists themselves.
Thurs, April 3 | 6-8pm | Winsor Gallery (258 East 1st Avenue) | DETAILS

FILM | The Pacific Cinematheque is running a comprehensive David Cronenberg retrospective this month. From early experimental features like Crimes of the Future and Stereo to well known blockbusters like Crash, the selection of 13 full length films and four shorts was curated by the Toronto Film Festival and will be presented over the next few weeks on the big screen at Pacific Cinematheque. Dark, smart and tense, Cronenberg films are consistently provocative. Spreading a retrospective out over a few weeks is probably better for everyone – you can catch films in this series at various times and dates over the next four weeks. Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises? That’s some fine stuff right there, and well worth putting some time aside for.
April 3 – May 2| Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS

OPENING | Hot Art Wet City Gallery celebrates its one year anniversary this month and gallery owner Chris Bentzen has organised a group show to mark the occasion. Voices From Another Room showcases the works of five local artists, all of whom work in paper. As Bentzen explains: “This exhibition showcases paper as an artistic medium unto itself, and demonstrates its versatility beyond the role of a mere surface for other materials. Rachael Ashe, Alison Woodward, Joseph Wu, Connie Sabo and Sarah Gee Miller produce strikingly different styles of work but approach working intimately with paper through similar methods.” Drop into the Main Street gallery to see different ways in which paper can be cut, folded, twisted and manipulated – the end results will impress you. This exhibition runs until April 25th.
Thurs, April 3 | 7pm | Hot Art Wet City  (2206 Main St) | DETAILS

WRITE | It’s tax time, so pretty much the worst, most stressful, and potentially punitive time of the year to use Canada Post. But it doesn’t have to be scary! Spread some good vibes by writing a few friendly letters to friends. Just think of how great would it be to open the mailbox to find a beautiful, hand-written postcard or letter instead of one of those impersonal gimme gimme brown jobs that Revenue Canada churns out like it’s Christmas on Opposite Day. This week, The Regional Assembly of Text hosts it’s 100th Letter Writing Club. Keen letter writers have been gathering on Thursday evenings at the tiny Main Street shop for eight years now in order to pen or type old school letters, postcards and cards to send to friends, family member, and pen pals. The turnout for the 100th edition of the event is expected to be bigger than the cozy storefront can accommodate so co-owners Rebecca & Brandy have rented the Ukrainian Hall for some extra elbow room. They’re now hoping to encourage 100 people to come out to write 100 letters. There’s no cost and, as always, everyone is welcome. Paper and supplies will be provided. There will be some typewriters available but bring your own if you have one. For more information please call 604-877-2247
Thurs, April 3 | 7pm | Ukrainian Hall (154 East 10th @ Main) | Free | DETAILS

BAKING | Petit Four Pastries is temporarily setting up shop in the space beside the Les amis du Fromage (E Hastings location) and we thought you should know about it. “Petit Four Pastries is a fun-filled collaboration between four bakers who come from three different cities and backgrounds: Minnie – a native of Hong Kong – was focused on make-up artistry. Alyssa – originally from Moose Jaw – worked throughout Europe in childcare. And while they didn’t know each other while in New York, both Carol and Ada had corporate positions in the finance and advertising industries, respectively.” Expect decorative cookies, cakes and cupcakes as well as all manner of loaves, muffins, scones and croissant.
Sat April 5 | noon – 5pm | Les amis du Fromage (843 East Hastings) | DETAILS

BLOSSOMS | How awesome is it to have a city full of cherry blossoms right now? Get excited about it with the likeminded at the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen this weekend. Cruising the Sakura Days Japan Fair is like being teleported to Japan, or as close as most of us are going to get (by Saturday, anyway). The gardens are packed full of cherry blossom gazers, live entertainment, arts and crafts tables and martial arts performers as well as tea ceremony stations, haiku readings, flower arranging stations, origami making booths and lots of traditional and anime-inspired costumes.
April 5 & 6 | 10am-5pm | VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak) | $12 | DETAILS

STUDIO SALE | Alex Henderson of Henderson Dry Goods and Zoe Garred Fleet Objects are two local artists/designers who create beautiful handcrafted works. Henderson Dry Goods is a line of simple wood-based jewellery, coasters, clocks, mirrors and more, while Fleet Objects is an equally simple line of ceramics (table ware and jewellery) with clean lines and subtle colour accents. Although working in different materials, the two lines share a similar aesthetic and it makes sense that they should share a studio space. This weekend, said studio will be opening its doors to sell seconds and one of a kind pieces that were never put into production. Hit this sale to pick up everything from jewelry, ornaments, and mirrors to wood trays, lamps, bags and tableware.
April 5-6 | 11am-5pm | 1888 Main St | DETAILS

AFFORDABLE ART | Make your way to The Remington Gallery Thursday night for The Postcard Show, a 45 person exhibition in which each of the participating artists has created a postcard sized work of art to be entered in to a silent auction (bids start at $10).  Curator Paulina De La Paz wanted to showcase original art that could be high quality and interesting yet remain accessible in price and postcard format was an ideal solution: small but meaningful, affordable and transportable. Buying art can be easy.  While artists worked to the common theme of ‘transformation’ expect to see great diversity in style – everything from painting and drawing to textiles and collage.
Sat, April 5 | 7pm | Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) | DETAILS

BUY LOCAL | Hustle over to Heritage Hall this Sunday for the annual Nifty For Fifty sale, wherein everything from clothes and shoes to jewellery and otherwise awesome accessories are on sale for $50 or less. Everything on site will be vintage or made by local designers such as Adhesif Clothing, Allison Wonderland, Floating Gold Iceberg, Flight Path Designs, Toodlebunny … the list goes on and on and it’s all cool and Vancouver-made. See you there!
Sunday, April 6 | 11am–8pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main) | $1 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Taz VanRassel, Ryan Beil, Emmett Hall, Aaron Read, and Caitlin Howden are the five funny Vancouverites who make up The Sunday Service. They’ve been performing every Sunday for the past seven years and have built a significant following of people who like themselves a good laugh. Their following is so significant, in fact, that The Service has decided to relocate their gig from a West Broadway dining lounge to the newly refurbished (and, don’t worry, thoroughly disinfected) Fox Cabaret so that the congregation can continue to grow without being too crowded (one needs adequate elbow room for a proper belly laugh). The Fox hosts The Service for the first time this Sunday evening.
Sunday, April 6 | Doors at 8pm, Show at 9pm | The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | $7 | 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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HEADS UP | “The Postcard Show” Set To Open At The Remington Gallery On April 5th

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by Grady Mitchell | Just over a year ago, Curator Paulina De La Paz organized the first Postcard Show after noticing the lack of platforms for emerging artists and curators in Vancouver. On Saturday, April 5 the show’s fourth volume will open at The Remington Gallery (108 E Hastings) at 7 PM, granting young artists, especially recent graduates, a chance to exhibit their work in Vancouver and internationally. For this edition, the artists will be creating their postcard-size pieces within the greater theme of “Transformation.”

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Works by Frazer Adams, Tony Yin Tak Chu, Mia Dungeon, Andrea Hooge, James Knight, Guillem Rovira, Carley Stadelmann

Most of the forty-five artists have contributed multiple postcards, which means there will be plenty to look at – and bid on. Every piece is for sale, starting at $10 in auction-style bidding. As you’d expect with such a stacked roster, the styles are eclectic, spanning photography, painting, illustration, textiles, origami, and even more unique mediums. Andea Hooge, for instance, specializes in scratch boarding; she coats a surface in paint and scratches away layers to create an image. Another artist in the show, Carley Stadlemann, has built her own Harmonograph, a device that takes sound waves and translates them visually into spiralling, precise, and hypnotizing patterns.

If young talent and affordable original artwork aren’t enough to draw you to the show, then consider this: the fourth volume will be Vancouver’s last Postcard Show for some time. After this, Paulina plans to take the exhibition international, starting with Mexico City.

Learn more about the Postcard Show and keep up to date with their TumblrTwitter, and on Facebook.

VANCOUVERITES | On Anthropomorphism & The Vague Dreams Of Ola Volo’s Childhood

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by Grady Mitchell | You may not have realized it at the time, but you’ve probably seen an Ola Volo piece before. A stroll through any Vancouver neighbourhood is liable to uncover one of the dozens of walls and buildings, both large and small, that bear the local illustrator’s work. Aside from public spaces, she’s created commissions for Hootsuite, Lululemon, Save On Meats, The Fox Cabaret and numerous companies and publications in Vancouver and beyond. Take a quick look through her portfolio and it’s obvious why.

Ola combines a whimsical fascination with childhood fantasy with the distinct artistic style of her Eastern European heritage, using intricate patterns to tell folky day-dream stories. In addition to her commissions, she is forever scribbling away at personal projects. We pulled her away from the paper and pen to ask a few questions.

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I know your heritage has significantly influenced your work. Can you tell me about that style of art, and how it’s affected your work? Multiculturalism has been a very inspirational concept for my work. I come from a diverse Eastern European and Asian background that was complicated by historic transitions during my childhood. My origin, my move to BC, and my subsequent immersion in its own variety of cultures, has undeniably become the main focus of my art. My illustrations merge aspects of history, people, animals and traditions through patterns. I use specific patterns to form specific narratives. Learning about patterns and the ways they are used to embellish and define a culture has been very interesting to me. Thus the mixing of the right kind of pattern is integral to my art, and the intentionality of patterns gives me a lot to play with.

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A lot of your work calls back to childhood fantasy. What about that phase of life intrigues you? Great question. When I was growing up, Kazakhstan’s landscape and culture were completely different than they are now. That time of my life seems like a vague dream, as childhood seems for most adults but even more so because of the unrecognizability of the sites of my childhood now. Tapping into those childhood memories, and further exploring stories and characters that shaped my childhood world is a nostalgic act, perhaps. It may sound a bit saddening but its always a fun day at the studio!

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Storytelling is another major part of your images. Why is that important to you? How do you incorporate stories into a piece? I believe that a visual narrative is a great way to connect with people especially in multi-lingual cities. I attempt to communicate through anthropomorphism. Through animal characters I’m able to mimic different types of personalities and emotions without excluding too many people, and tell stories that hopefully can be interpreted in different ways.

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Any upcoming projects you want people to know about? Lot’s of interesting projects lined up for this year, you can follow me on Instagram and keep up to date with my future projects!

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GOODS | The Acorn Artist Series Gets Set To Profile Ryan Mathieson On March 21st

March 19, 2014 

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The Acorn is located at 3995 Main Street in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9001 | www.theacornrestaurant.ca

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Vancouver, BC | The Acorn Artist Series shines a light on artists in Vancouver whose work we admire greatly and wish to proliferate in our own humble way. Each month we make a new artist postcard that gets handed out to our guests who are free to frame it, mail it, or fold it into an airplane and surprise their neighbour. This month, we’re featuring Ryan Mathieson, an emerging artist who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. He has exhibited at the Western Front, the Audain Gallery, East Van Studios and Pith Gallery in Calgary, AB. The launch of Mathieson’s postcard goes down with music from DJ Patrick Campbell at The Acorn on Friday, March 21 from 10pm – 2am. Read a quick Q&A with the artist after the jump… Read more

SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week

March 18, 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!

CRAFT NIGHT | Part store, part workshop, Collage Collage in the Fraserhood encourages imagination and creativity and arms you with the glue stick to pull it all together. This week they’re holding an Easter-themed grown-up craft night. The shop’s resident craft experts have combed through Pinterest to develop a fantastic line-up of artsy creations that will blow the typical Easter Bunny stuff out of the water. Don’t resort to cheap, store-bought trinkets. Grab a friend and get crafty! Register online.
Tues, March 18 | 7-9pm | Collage Collage (621 Kingsway @ 15th + Fraser) | $30 | DETAILS

BACH | American baroque specialist Tanya Tomkins is playing the complete cello suites of J.S. Bach at the Orpheum this week and it’s going to be pretty amazing. Tuesday evening’s show is already sold out but there are still tickets available for Wednesday night when Tomkins will play Suites 2, 3 & 6. This concert is presented by Music on Main and Early Music Vancouver – two local organizations with a passion for good classical music. Get in on the action here.
Wed, March 19 | Bar opens 7pm | Concert 8pm | Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour) | DETAILS

ART | Presentation House Gallery is having an opening reception for a new Stan Douglas show this Thursday night. Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures will feature new works that include large format photographs (of the sort Douglas is famous for) as well as a series of abstract imagery (Corrupt Files) that are “…photographic scans extracted from Douglas’ film works, reduced to patterns of data.” The big draw will be a massive panorama that reconstructs postwar Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. “The digitally reconstructed scene, rendered with intricate historical accuracy, is translated into a black and white photograph, and thus confuses distinctions between artifice and realism.” Hogan’s Alley was an ethnically diverse area with a strong black community in postwar Vancouver that was destroyed in the ’70′s in order to make way for the construction of the Georgia Viaduct. Douglas reconstructs a sense of time and place with his work, giving us a detailed look in to Vancouver of the past. Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures continues to May 25th.
Thurs, March 20 | 7pm | Presentation House Gallery 333 Chesterfield, N Van | Free | DETAILS

PECHA KUCHA | Pecha Kucha Night goes down this week. As per usual, the gathering of local creatives will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each on what inspires/drive/tickles them. This month’s line-up includes Malcolm Levy (New Forms Festival), Grant Lawrence (author and CBC Radio personality), Nikolas Badminton (DesignCulutreMind), Erin Ireland (To Die For Banana Bread), and several others. It’s always inspiring, and it has a habit of selling out, so don’t wait on it! Scoop tickets while there are still some available.
Thurs March 20 | Doors 6:30 | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville) | $15 | DETAILS

GROW | The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation is holding a gardening workshop this week that will focus on increasing the food producing capacity of your home garden. Participants will learn about everything from smart garden design (including factors to consider when making your site selection and planning garden layout) to yield estimates, methods for calculating seed needs and how much space you’ll need to establish between rows. This is a hands-on planning workshop, so it’s a good idea to come with the approximate dimensions of your garden area as well as an understanding of your household’s weekly veggie consumption. Spring is here, folks. Get planting!
Thurs, March 20 | 6-9pm | SPEC 2060 Pine St. | $49 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Order a grilled cheese sandwich and a beer from the concession and settle in for a movie at the Rio this Friday night. The ‘Midnight Movie’ is Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Brilliant dialogue and side-splitting humour abound. “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” If you’re feeling inspired, dress up in a film-related (read: grab some coconuts) costume and take $2 off of the admission price.
Fri, March 21 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$6 | DETAILS

SAUSAGE PARTY | Rain City Chronicles has joined forces with Bestie (hooray for sausages!) to present a German-themed storytelling evening that is at the top of our list of things to do this week. Das Lexikon is a fun-filled night of German themed storytelling (inspired by German vocabulary handpicked by Rain City Chronicles)  German beer and a delicious bratwurst dinner by Bestie (vegetarian options also available). And what better place to have it unfold than the Vancouver Alpen Club, an institution with a century’s worth of local German history. Rain City Chronicles 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. So get into it! This is going to be priceless stuff. Get sorted with tickets here.
Sat, March 22 | Doors 6:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria Dr.) | $38 | DETAILS

NIGHT FOREST | Shadows, noises, animal calls and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect! It’s best to do it in a group. Follow a guide and add more than a few cheerful lanterns and all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night. That opportunity presents itself this weekend when The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest. It’s a gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail; an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music and a bit of wildlife education. Wear your gumboots, pack a flashlight and bring a travel mug as well as a pocket full of change to use at the pop-up Girl Guide concession. This is a really great event appropriate for anyone interested in the mystery of the forest at night (geared toward kids but highly recommended!).
Sat, Mar. 22 | 7-10pm | Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Ave Park Entrance | DETAILS

BUY LOCAL | The Winter Farmers Market fills the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday. Stinging nettles are just coming in to season and there are usually some kicking around the market. Full of iron and tasting like spring, pick them up and feast upon them while you can. Also hook yourself up with hearty root vegetables, fresh bread, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies.
Sat, Mar. 22 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium 4601 Ontario St | DETAILS

FRESH AIR | A wander around Stanley Park is always inspiring. This Sunday, hit it with a purpose by taking part in a naturalist-led walking tour and learn a little more about the life of the plants and animals of the park as you go. The Stanley Park Ecology Centre will guide you through trails and hidden pockets of the forest to explore the variety of ways in which plants and animals use dead or dying trees to support rich worlds of forest life. This relaxed walking tour meets at the Stanley Park Nature House (located on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon – just below the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street) and will cost $10.
Sunday, March 23 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House | $10 | 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 shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.

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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #489 | Inside “Post Projects”, The Design Firm At Ontario & 3rd

March 17, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | Alex Nelson and Beau House are Post Projects, a graphic design house with a sun-filled studio at Ontario and 3rd. They’ve crafted the look and feel of some of Vancouver’s most beloved companies, including Brassneck Brewery, Revolver Coffee, Bambudda, and the Western Front artist centre.

The two met in Emily Carr’s design program and graduated in 2008. After a few years of working for other design firms and taking on freelance projects, they hit a crossroads: either leave Vancouver to search for work, or start their own company. Rather than contribute to the city’s brain drain, which has seen many talented designers relocate to hubs like New York, London, and Berlin, they chose to stick around, launching Post Projects in 2010.

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Since then their sleek and contemporary aesthetic has attracted both local and international clients. Care, time and detail are the central tenets of their design philosophy. Post handles any visual aspect that a company needs: visual identity and branding, web and app design, print and publication, signage, interactive media, illustration, photography, packaging, and more. While they’re very much of Vancouver, they’re also mindful of the global design discourse, and incorporate those influences into their work. Take a look inside…

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TEA & TWO SLICES | On Condo NIMBYs And Sanitizing “Exotic” Chinatown For The Rich

March 14, 2014 

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by Sean Orr | Stuck in the middle with you: City proposal ignores ‘deplorable’ reality of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The anti-poverty activists say this doesn’t go far enough, and the free-marketers think it goes too far. Hmm, perhaps the correct route forward lies somewhere in between? Or is that just my naive liberal rationalism talking?

Speaking of naivety: How does all this density improve the lives of citizens? “Not all of us love the endless bustle of huge cities, which is why we made our lives in Vancouver”. Romantic bullshit. Vancouver has always been a boom-city. From the very first real-estate deal that lured the CPR to extend its terminus from Port Moody to some small mill-town called Granville Townsite, to Rails to Rubber, to Expo, and to the 2010 Olympics. What did you think was going to happen?

Vancouver condo owners upset neighbourhood is going to the dogs. I mean, is it any wonder that you’re called NIMBYs? And just for the record, there’s nowhere for humans to pee, either. Best unintentional pun: “These guys have hounded everyone in the building”.

Newspaper article from 1978: Vancouver apartment owners pursue tenants. Ask and ye shall receive.

“A sanitized ethnic playground for the rich to satisfy their exotic appetite for a dim sum and fortune cookie fix”: Chinatown’s Difficult Evolution: Do working-class ethnic enclaves have a space in future cities? Maybe instead of “Ni hao” it should say “Han hai”* (get out of my way). *this is probably not correct.

Related: The Right to REMAIN in Vancouver’s Nihonmachi/Downtown Eastside. Man, my white guilt is in full overdrive right now.

Vancouver is a hollow tree: Douglas Coupland to create replica of Hollow Tree for development at Marine Drive and Cambie. “A lot of people will be arriving in Vancouver for the first time and they’ll see a big Golden Tree,” said Coupland. “A lot of things will go through their mind at once…” “Holy Crap what is that? Wow, it’s a tree. It’s gold. Oh, it’s a very Chinese place here.” Can someone please glue a copy of The Chinese Exclusion Act to it? Please?

You’re either pho us or against us: This week in f**k you: Pho. “I don’t need to willingly eat a bowl of hot rainwater poured over fish nightmares”.

“Garbage Buildings Shouldn’t be ‘Preserved’ in the Name of Culture”. RIP Juicy Fried Chicken.

Clearing cap space: Vancouver Canucks terminate contract with Rogers Arena concession staff.

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #488 | Fishing Net Art Installation Rises At The Convention Centre

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We spied Boston-based artist Janet Echelman’s new work, Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, going up high yesterday in the air between the Vancouver Convention Centre and the Fairmont Hotel. The 745ft wide partially crowd-funded and interactive piece was inspired by fishing nets. “Using physical gestures, visitors will be able to choreograph the lighting in real time via their mobile devices.” It officially launches this Saturday and will be on display until March 23rd before travelling to other cities.

“The sculpture is an extension of the idea Echelman presented in her [TED] talk, “Taking imagination seriously.” In the talk, Echelman shares how she fell in love with a new material — fishing net — and began creating voluptuous forms that contrast with the hard edges generally found in cities. She revealed the challenge of making these sculptures both durable and permanent, but also able to react to the wind. She shared her dream of taking these sculptures to the next level by finding materials light enough to attach to existing buildings in a neighborhood rather than requiring a new supporting steel structure.”

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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #487 | A Look Inside Fiona Morrison’s ‘Wolf Circus’ In Chinatown

March 12, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | Local designer Fiona Morrison specializes in jewellery that’s elegantly edgy. After receiving compliments on a favourite – a ring shaped like a wolf’s head – and realizing the confidence a detail like that could invite, designer Fiona Morrison began creating her own pieces and named the Chinatown-based company after the ring that started it all.

Fiona says her ideal customer is “bold, beautiful, brainy and badass. They’re not the perfect little princess who’s going to wear a locket and heart. They’re edgy, and they want something that speaks to that.” True to those words, Wolf Circus pieces make innovative combos of metals and minerals and ride the line between grace and aggression. She recently launched Creatures of Desire, a higher-end collection, and has begun work on a men’s line, too. You can learn more and shop for pieces at Wolf Circus’ website.

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GOODS | The Chinatown Experiment Is Set To Host New Series Of Pop Ups This Month

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

The Chinatown Experiment is located at 434 Columbia St. in Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown | chinatownexperiment.com

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Vancouver, BC | March ushers in Spring and our most fun calendar of pop ups yet! Take a look…

March 14 – 16 | Evelyn Iona Cosmetics
The launch of Evelyn Iona Cosmetics, a new organic, natural makeup line with the mission to pay-it-forward. The pop-up boutique is an opportunity for the modern woman who care to sample and buy organic, socially conscious cosmetics, skin & hair care.

March 18 – 26 | Dreamlover Pop Up
This pop-up is presented in part by Neighbourhood Collective, a collection of the best of Vancouver’s artists, designers and makers. It features high quality, handmade products that punctuate your life.

March 22 – 23 | Shanti Ugranda Pop Up at 87. E Pender
Vancouver based NGO Shanti Uganda brings their annual warehouse sale of handmade African handbags and jewelry to a storefront space generously provided by Company’s Coming at 87.E Pender.

March 27 | “I got lost, then I got found” Solo art exhibit by Sarah Gee Miller
Sarah Gee Miller works with archival cardstock, often painted in acrylics, to make collages revealing her interest in regularity and equilibrium. Sarah is largely concerned with the implications of totemic signage and the formalities of hard-edged abstraction.

March 28 – April 3 | Obviously Chic
A pop up shop presented by women’s online retailer Obviously Chic. Hand-picked from markets in Bangkok to hidden corners in L.A, Obviously Chic brings their brand of shabby chic decor, statement baubles, and swoon worthy style to Vancouver.

This month The Chinatown Experiment is also pleased to announce our temporary pop-up at Broadway and Carolina. It’s called The Midtown Experiment.

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