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

October 28, 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!

FEISTY FEAST | Feisty Feast is a pop-up communal table supper anchored by an inspiring guest speaker at a unique locale. This Wednesday, organisers brings together a crew of creative and innovative women at East Van’s Vinegar Factory. Attendees can expect five courses of Mediterranean-inspired food and a presentation by First Nations filmmaker, activist, and curator Elle Maija-Tailfeathers.
Wed, Oct 29 | 6:30pm | The Vinegar Factory (1009 E Cordova) | $55 | DETAILS

NATURE | These last days of October and first days of November see some of the most stunningly beautiful days to hike through local forests. We suggest a few hours on the trails at Pacific Spirit Regional Park. After you’ve done your hike, consider heading to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC (take a mushroom walk on Saturday at 2:15pm, find out about arctic berries on Sunday at 1pm, or ask an expert everything you ever wanted to know about marine bivalves on Sunday between 11 and 3pm).
FORESTS | All Week | Pacific Spirit Regional Park | DETAILS
SCIENCE | Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC) | DETAILS

DRINK | The Irish Heather is holding one of their amazing whisky-themed dinners this week. Grab a seat at the table for pours of Ardbeg; their 10-year, Auriverdes, Corryvreckan, and Uigeadail — paired with lamb shank pot pie, colcannon mashed potatoes, maple-glazed carrots and a serving of bread pudding and caramel sauce for dessert. It all sounds like the perfect autumn indulgence!
Thu, Oct 30 | 7pm | Irish Heather (212 Carrall St) | DETAILS

RAINCHEQUE | The Vancouver Design Nerds will be at The Museum of Vancouver this Thursday evening to address a very important city specific issue: “How can we make new social connections in the rain?” Join a crowd of artists, activists, designers, and place-making enthusiasts as they brainstorm some innovative ways to make cool public spaces in a soggy city. Coolest bit: the winning concept will receive mentorship and assistance with prototype development funding. Get involved!
Thu, Oct 30 | 7-10:30 pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) | DETAILS

LAUGH | Dino Archie has opened for Aziz Ansari, but he’s got his own gig at the Comedy Mix this Thursday night and we’re betting he knows how to crack up a crowd. When was laughing until your stomach hurt anything other than a fantastic thing to do? Read an interview with Archie here, then grab a ticket and get ready to laugh.
Thu, Oct 30 | 8:30p | The Comedy Mix at Century Plaza (1015 Burrard) | DETAILS

MONSTERS | The Fall Tattooing & Artist’s Gallery has a creepy-as-heck group show opening just in time for Halloween. Feature Creature will showcase the works of 12 local artists. Expect drawings, paintings, sculptures and collages of monsters, mutants, and creatures of the dark. This show runs from October 30 – November 13 with an opening reception and cash bar on Thursday night.
Thu, Oct 30 | 8-11pm | The Fall Gallery (644 Seymour St) | DETAILS

BEETLEJUICE | Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice! Catch the midnight movie at the Rio Theatre this Friday night. Extra points for film-related costumes, so dig out that black and white striped suit, pick up a beer from the theatre bar and slide into one of those comfy velvet seats for an evening of Tim Burton magic starring Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. “Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”
Fri, Oct. 31 | 11pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$6 | DETAILS

ART | Hustle over to South Granville for a look at Vancouver artist Rebecca Chaperone’s latest show: Eccentric Gardens. This exhibition of recent works bears the artist’s signature style: adorably dark and slightly creepy. Expect to encounter signs of the places we access creativity and imagination hiding in surreal sugar-dusted landscapes with murky undertones.
Now through November 15 | Initial Gallery (2339 Granville St) | DETAILS

HISTORY | Slip back in time at Vancity Theatre this Sunday with Vintage Vancouver: Archival Films from the City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver – A Progressive City! Movies from the City of Vancouver Archives. These are fantastic compilations of footage gathered together from archival materials such as Parks Board films, home movies, newsreels, ads and television clips. In addition to live musical accompaniment by pianist Wayne Stewart, well known Vancouver historian Michael Kluckner will be on site to offer commentary for images originally produced without sound.
Sun, Nov. 2 | 2:30 & 7:30pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $11 | DETAILS

ESCAPE | Vancouver is expecting rain every day this week. How nice would it be to press pause on that? As unlikely as that might seem, there is a way. Hide out at the Bloedel Conservatory for a few hours. While the Parks Board website explains that “the Conservatory sits beside the beautiful Quarry Gardens and has a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and mountain backdrop,” you won’t be seeing much of a skyline this week. Instead, go for the artificial temperature, exotic plants and flowers and free-flying tropical birds. With a little imagination (and a few props like sunscreen and a pair of flip-flops), you might just forget how miserable it is outside!
Mon-Sun| 10am – 5pm | Queen Elizabeth Park (4600 Cambie St.) | $6.50 | DETAILS

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

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

October 21, 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!

LECTURE | Head to the Museum of Vancouver this Thursday for a Built City lecture with landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. Her style of low tech, sustainable landscaping that integrates with the architecture and reflects the natural surroundings can be seen locally in projects such as the Museum of Anthropology and Robson Square where she collaborated with architect Arthur Erickson. Oberlander will be joined by a panel of experts and peers for an illustrated discussion of her work and the future of design.
Thu, Oct 23 | 7-9 pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) | $14 | DETAILS

HOT TALK | Vancouver-based author and designer Leanne Prain will be at Hot Art Wet City Gallery on Thursday night. She will give a quick 30 minute talk that investigates ways that textiles tell us about ourselves and the lives of those around us. Having recently published her third book on textile art and culture (Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles), Prain is amply qualified to speak on the topic so we’re sure she’ll have some interesting things to say in the Q&A period immediately following. PS – Brassneck Brewery is only steps away for that pre or post event beer! 
Thu, Oct 23 | 7-8 pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St) | Free | DETAILS

TASTE | Imagine how awesome it would be if you were drinking chocolate milk at the very moment that Augustus Gloop fell in the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or had home-cooked spaghetti sauce on your tongue while watching The Godfather. Enhancing a movie experience with scene-specific tastes is what Sensory Cinema is all about. This Friday night, the gang at the Juice Truck team up with Here There Studio for an evening of just that. Film title and details of food pairings are being kept under wraps for now, but we’re told that an usher will cue each selection from your very own tray of house made canapés. How cool is that?
Fri, Oct. 24 | 7pm | The Juice Truck (28 W 5th Ave) | $18 | DETAILS

THROWBACK | Get your fix of fast cars and slick 70′s style with the Two-Lane Blacktops: The 1970s American Road Movie series at The Cinematheque this week. Highlights include Clint Eastwood in The Gauntlet, Jack Nicholson in The Passenger, and David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone in the forever creepy Death Race 2000.
Oct 23-26 | Various times | Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | $11 | DETAILS

CRAFT NIGHT | Part store, part workshop, Collage Collage encourages imagination and creativity while arming their customers with tools and inspiration to turn both in to art. You’ll most often find the bright, book-filled room full of curious children. This week, however, you’ll find author, art enthusiast and creativity guru Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) guest hosting a special adult evening that will involve glue sticks and collage making.
Fri, Oct 24 | 7-9pm | Collage Collage (621 Kingsway @ 15th + Fraser) | $30 | DETAILS

WRITERS FEST | The excellent Vancouver Writers Festival fills its stages with local and international writers of every genre each autumn. This year, the theme is Discovery. Discover new authors, new books by known authors, new genres and new interests, and expect everything from literary fiction and poetry readings to kid’s authors and non-fiction panels. Literature enthusiasts are a wily bunch and tickets have a way of selling out, but if you move fast you can still score a seat!
Oct. 21-26 | various times | Various locations – mostly Granville Island |  DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | With a view to demonstrating laneway housing as a clever solution to “Densification without Demolition”, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation has arranged for a series of homes to be opened to the public for their annual Laneway Home Tour. Take a peek inside 8 unique houses and be inspired by designs and innovations that show how increased density can be smart, stylish and comfortable while making good use of underused land on existing lots.
Sat, Oct. 25 | 1pm | Various Locations | $30 | DETAILS

GATHER | Make room on your schedule and head to Mountain View Cemetery on Saturday to celebrate All Souls Night. This unique community event brings together a series of thoughtful and culturally diverse activities designed to give participants the opportunity to remember the dead in – as Mountain View calls it – a “gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty”. Candles and lanterns will light the cemetery and there will be music and hot tea for sipping. Take time to create a personal memorial or take a historian or genealogist-guided walking tour to learn about some of the plot inhabitants. While there will be corners for serious conversations about death and dying, there will also be light-hearted and fun activities. I’m personally stoked for the screening of Harold & Maude and the decorating of Mexican sugar skulls!
Sat, Oct. 25 | 6 – 10pm | Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser St) | DETAILS

HARVEST | This weekend is the last market of the 2014 farming season out at the UBC Farm, so be sure to stock up on veggies, crispy apples, free-range eggs and beautiful flowers. Most importantly, grab yourself one of those stunning Cinderella pumpkins to carve up in time for Halloween. Dusty orange, light green, even white – the best pumpkins!
Sat, October 25 | 9am – 1pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr) | DETAILS

SHROOMS | Are you fascinated by mushrooms and fungi? Have you seen wonky specimens popping out from local lawns and sprouting up in forests and trails around town and wondered what they were? The Vancouver Mushroom Show goes down this Sunday and with it comes the rare opportunity to hook up with experts from the The Vancouver Mycological Society. Ask ‘em all manner of mushroom-related questions and basically nerd out about fungi. There will be oodles of shrooms on display – edible, poisonous, dubious and deadly. How could you not come out ahead of the game by learning a little more about these tasty, tricky, trippy little things?
Sun, Oct. 26 | 11am-4pm | Van Dusen Botanical Garden (37th & Oak) | $3 | DETAILS

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

VANCOUVERITES | Storytelling & Making Pictures With Local Artist Sean Karemaker

October 16, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | If you frequent coffee shops around East Van, you’ve probably seen artist Sean Karemaker intently hunched over drawing in a notebook or sketch pad. He got started as a kid, growing up “off the grid” on Vancouver Island. “I turned my closet into a little comic studio,” he says. The comics led to painting – “I wasn’t very good at sports, so I started doing watercolour courses with a bunch of old ladies” – and from there, things kept rolling. “I guess I haven’t really stopped.”

Many of Sean’s ideas start as scribbled passages in those sketchbooks, each paired with an aimless painting. Those poetic snippets usually detail a remembered experience or worldly observation. From these early concepts Sean will later create his larger, more involved pieces.

Even if the words don’t appear in the final piece, it wouldn’t exist without them. For a picture to speak to Sean, it has to tell a story. “Sometimes people aren’t looking for that, they just want an image,” he says. “But without that exploration it just feels flat to me, it doesn’t feel like I’m making anything meaningful.”

The final form of those stories take many different shapes. Of course, he’s painted on traditional canvases and created comics, but he’s experimented with other forms as well. For one project, The Life of People, he detailed the span from birth to death over an uninterrupted 27-foot scroll. Most recently he’s begun using epoxy and rubber mouldings to build detailed, 3D dioramas where his characters emerge from their wild backgrounds.

While investing personal stories into his work was daunting at first, it soon became the core of his art. Pouring himself into the work allowed others to relate and connect, which for him is exactly the point of making art in the first place. That’s why, if you see him working in a coffee shop somewhere, you should never hesitate to say hello. He tries to leave the studio at least once a day to sync back in with the real world. He loves when curious onlookers ask him about his work. “You get a lot of energy off of people,” he says. To see more of Sean’s work, visit his website.

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VANCOUVERITES | Eleven Minutes In The Studio With Local Artist Rebecca Chaperon

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by Grady Mitchell | Artist Rebecca Chaperon builds worlds. “I’m obsessed with a sense of place,” she says. “If I don’t have a sense of place when I’m working on a painting, everything else doesn’t feel natural.” The places she creates are not ones you’ll find on a globe, even if they’re inspired by them. In her last major series, Antarticus, she concocted an alternate reality where translucent icebergs float like ghosts upon pastel oceans, disembodied hands reach from black portals, and rainbow confetti flutters through the air.

With Antarticus she sought to conflate two very different real-world places: Mauritius, the pinprick tropical island off Madagascar where her father was born, and antartica, as conjured from letters written by her uncle while he led expeditions there in the 70s. Hence, you’ll see icebergs sailing past tropical islands and palm trees sprouting from tundra. That imaginative streak is inspired largely by her early years in England, where she lived until age 8, playing in the small garden in front of her family’s home.

Her next series, Eccentric Gardens, centers on another fully-formed world, but this time Rebecca changed the process of building it. Rather than the planned approach she’s taken in the past, she took a more intuitive method, a way of ‘discovering’ the landscapes as she painted them.

So was releasing that control scary? “Hell yes,” she says. “Everything felt almost dumb because I’m so used to over-analyzing. I just had to move forward through the pieces, all the elements had to talk to each other and I had to get out of the way. It’s a return to this childish way of picture making, you’re really direct, responding to what’s there, not thinking about it too much. But to do that as an adult is very difficult. To pretend, for a moment, that you’re a kid. You’re just enjoying making something, and it doesn’t have to be anything.”

The Eccentric Gardens exhibition, which will run at Initial Gallery from October 24 to November 15 with a reception on Oct 28, won’t just allow people to view Rebecca’s work, but also the chance to step inside one of her paintings. One wall will be painted in her landscape style, and certain elements from her paintings have been turned into sculptures that will furnish the room. To learn more about Rebecca and her work, visit her site.

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

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

ORPHAN THANKSGIVING | Feeling down about the sad can of soup that’s starting to look like it might be your ThanksgivingDinner this year? Don’t. It doesn’t have to be like this! On Saturday, October 11th, our good friends at Here There are hosting Orphan Thanksgiving, a semi-secret dinner party dedicated to celebrating the ones who always get left behind. Dinner will be a big help-yourself-style spread of the Thanksgiving classics. Think roasted turkey, porchetta, autumnal roasted vegetables, sweet potato mash with candied nuts, gratin of blue russian potato and cauliflower, shaved apple and fennel salad, brioche stuffing, and two types of pie. There will also be a cash bar selling holiday cocktails and a stereo playing solid gold jams. It’s all going down in a fun, cozy, dinner party environment where all you’ll need to worry about is what you’re thankful for…
October 11 | 7pm | Undisclosed Location | $40 | DETAILS

CONNECT | The Sustenance Festival is a series of fantastic food-elated events held by the Vancouver Parks Board. They’re designed to connect local communities to the concept of food security. For Sustenance 2014, you can learn about wild and edible mushroom identification, take pickling and canning classes, attend gardening talks, sit in on cheese-making and gluten free baking workshops, dance a Harvest Dance, taste tea – the works. The theme for this year’s festival is “Making Connections and Building Relationships”, so expect to get social.  Events go down at community centres all over the city.
Now – October 19 | City of Vancouver Community & Recreation Centres | DETAILS

GIG | Angus and Julia Stone take the stage at the Vogue this Friday. The brother-sister folk duo are swinging in to town from Australia. Fingers crossed that Angus throws in a track or two from his recent solo album, Broken Brights. Tickets are going quickly, so you might need to try Craigslist.
Fri, Oct 10 | doors 7pm, show 8pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St) | DETAILS

KIDS | Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats, oh my! Racoons, owls, coyotes, bats – discover the critters who live in Stanley Park at night on a candle lit walk with Stanley Park Ecology Society peeps. This kid-friendly program departs from the Stanley Park Miniature Train park each half hour, 6:30-8:30pm on Thursdays and 6:30-9pm, Fri-Sun. Lanterns provided!
Now through October 31 | Various times, various days | DETAILS

LUNCH | Gastown’s much-loved L’Abattoir restaurant is now open for lunch, and there was much rejoicing. Chef Lee Cooper has put together a day time menu that offers two or three course tastings as well as a la carte choices. We recently sat at the bar for a mid-afternoon serving of pasta stuffed with squash, sage, mushrooms – a perfect excuse to skip out of work. Oh, and they do cocktails, like, really really good cocktails.
Lunch is available from Monday to Friday (11:30am – 2:30pm) | DETAILS

COOK | The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is coming up (October 17-16). You can get into the spirit by taking a South Asian cooking class at The Roundhouse in Yaletown. Expect to learn about traditional cooking techniques and where to source ingredients in Vancouver. Chipati, roti, lentils and stews – build up your dossier of comfort food recipes for the winter ahead!
Sat, Oct 11 | 2-4pm | Roundhouse Community Centre (183 Roundhouse Mews) DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | Skip the cologne-soaked versions for authenticity’s sake and guzzle some German pints in celebration of Oktoberfest at The Alpen Club this weekend. They’ve always done it right. From classic German Schlager Songs to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, it’s just the real deal. The club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.” Jawohl!
Oct 10 + 11 | 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

FASHION | Lauren and Lyndsey of local clothing company Hey Jude launch their Fall/Winter 2014 pop-up this week. Veterans of the vintage pop-up scene in Vancouver, this pair owns the intersection of classic and contemporary, structured and bohemian. Expect to see silk and wool, rich tones, and monochromatic neutrals. This season of design-inspired vintage will include items for both men and women. The juiciest pieces always fly off the hangers first, so consider hitting the shop on opening night (Thursday, Oct, 8) for a shop + social (6-9pm).
Now – December 22 | 11-7pm Daily | 196 Kingsway (@ 10th Ave) | DETAILS

OCEAN | The Marine Biology team at Nature Vancouver have arranged for a few representatives from The Plastic Oceans Foundation to give a talk about the plague of plastics in our oceans on Wednesday night. We all know it’s a serious problem, but sometimes sitting down to listen to experts tell you just how serious it is can be the kick in the pants that jumpstarts some extra action. Get involved. Keep your beaches and the oceans clean!
Thurs, Oct 9 | 7:30pm | Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 W. 49) | DETAILS

WATCH | This is the last week of the Vancouver International Film Festival. Screenings continue through Friday and there are still some great films to catch. Narrow things down by browsing by series (organizers have classified films into a number of series such as Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. For a little more direction – have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now through Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

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.

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

September 30, 2014 

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

GIG | Chan Marshall (aka “Cat Power”) is bringing her unique and bluesy, soulful, folkish, punk and sometimes electronica sound to the Vogue Theatre this Thursday night.
Thu, Oct 2 | 9:30 pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $38.50 | DETAILS 

PEROGIES | Nothing says Fall like extra carbs, right? Hustle over to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral off Main St. and load your plate up with old-school Ukrainian perogies handmade by church volunteers. A “regular dinner” consisting of 6 perogies, 2 cabbage rolls, sauerkraut or salad and Ukrainian sausage costs just $12. The vegetarian version comes with 6 perigees, 3 cabbage rolls and sauerkraut. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, borscht served with rye bread is only $4.50.
Fri, Oct 3 | 5-8pm | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral (154 E 10) | $3.50 – $15 | DETAILS

DRAMA | Why not make your way out to UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre for a spot of Shakespeare this weekend? The UBC Department of Theatre & Film presents the Twelfth Night. Cross-dressing, unrequited love, mischief, and director Stephen Heatley’s adaptation to modern day New Orleans during Mardi-Gras guarantees a fine night out.
Now to Oct. 11 | 7:30pm | Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd., UBC) $24.50 | DETAILS

INDULGE | Stuff your face with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes at the Bakers’ Market this weekend. Expect all manner of treats from macaroons and madeleines to cupcakes, fresh bread, and pies – we’re guessing there will be a respectable amount of pumpkin flavoured items and even a few hints of gingerbread on the scene. Lots of gluten-free and vegan options…the whole shebang. Remember to take your own containers and bags!
Sat, Oct 4 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre (7646 Prince Albert) | DETAILS

BOOKS | The Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair sets up shop at UBC Robson Square this weekend. Peruse rare antiquarian books, collectible ephemera, old maps and unique prints – all with that awesome ‘old book’ smell. Expect shelves and tables full of beautifully bound, meticulously cared for and clearly respected books. If you’re a book wonk, this is also a fine place for conversation with knowledgeable dealers.
Oct 4 + 5 | Sat 11am-4pm; Sun 11am-4pm | UBC Robson Sq, 800 Robson | $8 | DETAILS

OKTOBERFEST | The best thing about October? Better than pumpkin pie and falling leaves and the beginning of hockey season? Beer. In You’re entitled and encouraged – even expected – to guzzle German pints is celebration of Oktoberfest. If you’re looking for somewhere to get in to the spirit, The Alpen Club does it right. From ‘Ohhmpah pah, classic German Schlager Songs’ to Bavarian Buffet and lounge, the club’s slogan says it best: “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.”
Oct 4 & 5 | Doors at 7:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $30/$80 | DETAILS

EAT | Love good street food? Good news: The Hawker’s Market goes down this Saturday night and, as always, street food will be the main draw of the evening. In addition to a fine line-up of vendors cooking up fantastic food there will also be drinks (your ticket comes with a 33 Acres Beer), music (loud and performed by BESTiE), and a large crowd of cool people looking to have a good time. Tickets are 10 beans when you grab them in advance and $15 at the door.
Sat, Oct 4 | 4pm-late | 188 Kingsway | $10/15 (includes a beer) | DETAILS

WATCH | The Vancouver International Film Festival is on and it’s big. How big? Over 350 films big. That’s almost overwhelming, right?  Narrow things down by browsing by series (films are classified into a number of series such as 3D, Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. Still, 350 films? That’s a lot to take in. Have a look at Scout’s  ”Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Now – Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

WATER’S EDGE | The Georgia Strait Alliance is an organization focused on protecting and raising awareness about the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia. In an effort to put Vancouverites in touch with the beauty and importance of the shoreline, the Alliance is hosting a city wide day of free activities that, on the water or off. Expect boat tours, canoe and kayaking, water themed art workshops, free admission to the Maritime Museum – you can even slip your hand into a Vancouver Aquarium’s mobile touch tank to feel the slimy skin of a sea cucumber. For a full list of events visit www.georgiastrait.org.
Sun, Oct 5 | 10am–5pm | Various times and locations | FREE | DETAILS

NATURE | Put those Youtube videos of rabid bats out of your head! They’re good to have in the city. They eat bugs (like mosquitos and crop killing insects), help to pollinate and disperse seeds, and they produce an amazing poop called guano that is great for your garden. Yay, bats! Head to UBC Farm this weekend for a bit of bat love. The South Coast Bat Action Team will be on site to teach you how to build a bat house and they feed you tons of information that will dispel the creepy blood-sucking stereotype. This workshop is kid-friendly and super cool.
Fri, Oct 3 (2-5pm) + Oct 4 (5-8pm) | UBC Farm (6182 South Campus Rd) | DETAILS

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.

LEXICON | Defining Hipster Checklist, Back East, Wester Van, Etsy Sue, And Subourbon

September 26, 2014 

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The Vancouver Lexicon – our A-Z dictionary of local slang, myths, legends, and such – might appear to be complete, but we mean to keep adding to it every week. Today we aim to highlight five more localisms that everyone in British Columbia should know about, that is if they don’t already. They are Hipster Checklist, Back East, Wester Van, Etsy Sue, and The Subourbon.

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

September 23, 2014 

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

WATCH | The Vancouver International Film Festival is on and it’s big. How big? Over 350 films big. Almost overwhelming, right?  Narrow things down by browsing by series (films are classified into a number of series such as 3D, Cinema of Our Time, BC Spotlight, Nonfiction and Special Presentations) as well as by genre and venue. Still, 350 films? That’s a lot to take in. For a curated list – have a look at Scout’s “Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF“.
Sept. 25 – Oct. 10 | Various Times and Locations | DETAILS

AMERICAN BEAUTY | The newest show at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery sounds amazing. American Beauty: The Opulent Pre-Depression Architecture of Detroit documents the once grand buildings of a bustling city that has fallen so far in to decay that it has officially been declared ‘hopelessly insolvent’. Hit the gallery on Thursday night to meet the artist (who will give a talk at 7pm) and to take a first hand peek at a series that shows the empty libraries, factories, theatres and stations that are abandoned and gathering dust. American Beauty continues until October 19th.
Thu, Sept 25 | 6-9pm | Jennifer Kostuik Gallery (1070 Homer St) | Free | DETAILS

SEED SAVING | If you grew a really good crop of tomatoes, some phenomenal peppers, or a bundle of kickass beans and you want to capture that magic again next year, now is the time to plan for it by saving some seeds. Need a little help getting started on technique? Pick up the basics at a quick ‘after work’ program at Strathcona BIA Resource Park (in the alley behind Axum Ethiopian Restaurant at Clark and Hastings).  This is some good knowledge to file in your brain, so don’t miss out.
Thu, Sept 25 | 6-7pm | SBIA Resource Park, 1279 E Hastings @ Clark | $5 | DETAILS

SURVIVE | Nikki Van Schyndal’s new book Becoming Wild chronicles her experience of surviving off the (often inhospitable) land of Echo Bay in the Broughton Archipelago (a cluster of islands near northern Vancouver Island) for 18 months. The survivalist and author speaks at Sitka on Thursday night as part of their new series of ‘Sitka Educational Evenings’ and, as organizers point out: “if you ever wanted to know how to start fires without matches, make medicines from West Coast plants or feed yourself in the coastal wilderness”, then this is the woman to school you. It sounds like an inspiring and humbling evening!
Thu, Sept 25 | 7-9pm | Sitka (1864 West 4th Ave) | DETAILS

WINDOW SEAT | Local photographer Jennilee Marigomen has a new book of photos out. Window Seat (a collection of Marigomen’s photos shot in Sayulita and San Francisco) launches at Make Gallery this Friday night with a show that is guaranteed to be composed and compelling. The really good news is that you won’t have to walk away lamenting the fact that you don’t have any of the artists work for yourself because you will be able pick up a copy of Window Seat (released in a limited edition of 500) for $30.
Fri, Sept 26th | 7-10pm | Make Gallery (257 East 7th) | DETAILS

THE COMEBACK | How many times have you been impressed by a work of art, concept, designer, or creative event and discovered the footnote “…a graduate of Emily Carr” in association with it? Many, right? Emily Carr University of Art and Design has a reputation for attracting, nurturing and releasing into the world a never-ending litter of fantastic talents. This weekend brings with it a perfect opportunity to appreciate a cross section of those talents at The Comeback – the annual gathering, show and sale of works made by ECUAD alumni. Don’t miss the panel discussion on Friday night (Danielle Krysa  -The Jealous Curator, photographer Tim Barber, and artist Ian Wallace speak) and the Sat/Sun art markets in the Concourse Gallery.
Sept 26 – 28 | Various times and locations at Emily Carr University | DETAILS

GIG | The Wooden Sky plays the Biltmore on Saturday night. The Toronto-based indie-rockers are in town to play some tunes from their new album Let’s Be Ready (it’s getting some really good reviews). As Exclaim Magazine puts it, the subtle strength of this new release “lies in its ability to brilliantly capture a wide, and oft ambiguous, spectrum of emotion: devastation, contentedness, hope and everything in between.”
Sat, Sept 27 | doors 8pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Ed) | $15 | DETAILS

CREATE | The organizers of ‘Late Nite Art’ have hooked up with The Burrard Arts Foundation (and BAF exhibiting artists James Knight and Steffen Quong) to bring you a night of creativity that coincides with the last night of Knight and Quong’s show KINTSUKUROI: Better To Be Broken. The evening kicks off with a talk by the artists, is followed by a civilized dinner, and finishes with a hands-on art party led by the artists. Culture, food and conversation for $40? That’s a pretty good deal. Get sorted with tickets here before they sell out.
Sat, Sept 27 | 7:30-10:30 pm | Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E. Broadway) | $40 |  DETAILS

HOT ONE INCH ACTION | Once a year Vancouver art enthusiasts Chris Bentzen and Jim Hoehnle curate a show of the works of 50 local artists called Hot One Inch Action. It’s a unique exhibition in which participating artists have been charged with creating art that must fit inside a 1″ button. Those attending the show can purchase a mixed pack of five buttons for $5, the catch being that the pack will be random and you may not score the item you were after. That’s when the fun begins and people start bargaining and trading.  There will be a limited supply of buttons – so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Sat, Sept 27 | 7-11pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | DETAILS

KOERNER QUARTET | How about a little classical music on Sunday afternoon? Hustle down to the Koerner Recital Hall at the Vancouver Academy of Music to catch the Koerner Quartet. This performance (the first concert of their 2014/15 season) will begin with Webern’s Langsamer Satz, followed by Dvorák’s String Quartet No. 12 “American,” and ending with Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor featuring VAM alumna pianist Grace Huang.  What a nice way to spend a late September Sunday afternoon!
Sun, Sept 28 | 2pm | Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut St)| $15 | DETAILS

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.

COOL THING WE WANT #445 | “Window Seat” Photo Book By Jennilee Marigomen

September 23, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | ”Light is the most important thing,” says Jennilee Marigomen. “Light is everything.” The Vancouver photographer has masterful control over that most ethereal substance. She combines her deft hand for light with a love of colour and coy dashes of humour to create work that celebrates the routine miracles of everyday life. She’s happiest, she says, when she finds “something that shouldn’t really be there.”

The core of the humour in Jennilee’s work revolves around the often clumsy interaction of manmade objects with nature, something especially abundant in a city like Vancouver. “Nature always finds its way.” Another key feature of her work is Vancouver’s unique light. “It’s actually more the lack of light,” she says. The familiar overcast of the city’s misty winters create a soft, diffused tone. The short days and capricious weather are both a gift and a curse. It makes light difficult to catch, but also precious. “You feel like this is a really special thing happening.”

Jennilee has collected one of her most beautiful series, Window Seat, into a book that will be released on September 26th at Make Gallery. The photos were taken on a trip through Mexico, a place with very different light. Its intensity and heat were a challenge, but one she embraced. The light is more direct, the colours more vibrant, but the images still bear Jennilee’s meditative and revelatory approach.

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The title, in a direct sense, refers to the book’s opening photo of an airplane window rimed with frost, but it also embodies the way Jennilee works. Shot in the coastal towns of Sayulita and San Francisco, Jennilee operates as an observer, not an active participant. It’s as if she quickly came across these scenes, snapped a photo, and just as quickly vanished without a trace, content with the record of a brief moment that will never come again. You can grab the book for $35 at Make Gallery on September 26, and see more of Jennilee’s work on her website.

EVERY COOL THING WE WANT

HEADS UP | The Nine Movies You Need To Catch At VIFF (September 25 – October 10)

September 22, 2014 

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by Chris Mason Stearns | 16 days. 9 screens. 365 films from 70 countries. With so much on offer at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, the possibilities can be overwhelming. What to catch? What to skip? Where to start? Thanks to recent improvements like a comprehensive (and free) viewer’s guide, as well as more straightforward ticket sales, navigating your way through the festival isn’t the labyrinth that it was in years past. But the central problem remains: what should you see?

Never fear. We’ve searched through everything on offer and singled out 9 films that should make your shortlist. (Omitted are films you’ve heard about everywhere else, and those which will see a mainstream release in the coming year). Read on for trailers and an introduction to each of the 9, and we’ll be seeing you soon in a darkened room soon… Read more

ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To Right Now

September 22, 2014 

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – our selection of videos; The Gig – the “must-see show”; and The Glance – which details the best gigs on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy… Read more

VANCOUVERITES | Six Illuminating Minutes Inside The Studio Of Local Artist Ed Spence

September 17, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | Ed Spence is an analog artist for the digital age, a specialist who takes existing images and pixelates them by hand. His process starts by cutting out a section of an existing image, then slicing that into individual pixels. Next he rearranges those pixels by colour or pattern, and finally he inserts the newly-reorganized section back into the image. The new piece contains untouched stretches of the original artwork interrupted by cascading wave-like gradients, complex geometric patterns, or buzzing static clouds of colour. The pieces are jarringly beautiful: quaint, antiquated images that appear hacked.

Raised in Salmon Arm, Ed studied fine arts at UBCO, focusing on video and sculpture. His education solidified a fascination with materials, the different ways they can be combined to create art. His pixellation series is a way of breaking down an image to study its parts. “Dissecting the material of the image makes you think about the illusion of pictorial space,” Ed says. “It really is a planar, flat medium. But once you cut into it, it becomes three dimensional again. You’re reminded that it always has been a three dimensional image: there’s ink on paper, the light reflecting, the illusion that these are colours.”

Ed’s fascination with fractal patterns started young, instilled by his dad, who would spend hours typing code into the earliest home computers, then have the machine visualize it into spiralling digital patterns. Now Ed is doing essentially the same thing, minus the machinery. “I found that really intriguing, that interplay between math, science, and art.”

Once removed, he says, the pixels no long mean what they did as part of the whole. “Every little piece becomes an entity on its own, you start thinking about the component parts of the picture. How all of those small parts coalesce into a harmonic image.”

In the beginning, Ed sought out a specific style of imagery to rework. He wanted soft, warm images, the kind that fill vintage magazines and travel brochures. “The era that they were from was nostalgic,” he says. “There was something to do with that combination of the futurism infused into these antiquated images that you’d see at your grandmother’s house.”

These days he wants to create an entire image from start to finish, and work in more modern colour palettes. His new work begins with crumpled reflective sheets of paper, which he blasts with coloured lights and photographs, so the vibrant tones get grabbed and warped by the many folds and facets. He then prints those images, slices and pixelates them. The process is the same as his earlier work, but the images are much different: whereas the older images are soft and warm, these new ones feature synthetic colour bursts and unpredictable shapes.

Next Ed plans to apply his pixillation to the human form through a collaborative project with his wife, Julie Chapple, a choreographer and artist. He’s begun work on wearable sculptures (you’ll see him working on a prototype in the images below) which dancers will wear in a performance choreographed by Julie. To see more of Ed’s work, visit his site here.

OTHER INTERESTING VANCOUVERITES

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

September 16, 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!

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  

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.

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

September 9, 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! 

RIFFLANDIA | If you can swing it, this is a good weekend to hop a ferry to Victoria. Not only will the sun be shining its beautiful rays all over the fair streets, but it’s also time for Rifflandia, the kickass three day music festival. Death Cab For Cutie, The Airborne Toxic Event, and The New Pornographers will be in town, plus there are a number of smaller gigs worth checking out. Scout picks would be Smash Boom Pow at The Copper Owl on Thursday night, Friday’s performance by Vancouver-based NEEDS (again, The Copper Owl), DJ Rennie Foster at Lucky Bar late on Friday night, and the always amazing Lightening Dust on Sunday.
Sept. 11-14 | Various times and locations in Victoria | DETAILS

BEER | Need another reason to pack up and head out of town for the weekend? Whistler is holding a beer festival. Four days, 50 breweries (local and international) and a keg full of beer-centric events (seminars, talks, tastings and dinners). Expect to see pours from the likes of Four Winds, Hoyne, and Postmark to Double Mountain, Deschutes and Brooklyn. Bring your thirst!
Sept 11-14 | Various times, locations and prices | DETAILS

GYOZA BAR | Seigo Nakamura’s newest Japanese eatery, the highly anticipated Gyoza Bar, opens this week at 622 West Pender. All signs point to this place being a winner out of the gate, so be sure to check it out for first rate gyozas, ramen, and more. Scout took a look inside during staff training and took these sneak peek shots.
11:30am to 10:00pm Daily | 622 West Pender Street | DETAILS

SQUEEZEBOX | The 7th Annual Accordion Noir Festival takes place at the Fox Theatre this week. As festival organizers explain: “From dance parties, to concerts, to cabaret acts, workshops and a community dinner, The Accordion Noir Festival is Vancouver’s chance to be swept away by the deliciously edgy and deliriously sexy world of ‘noir’ accordion.” Folk, punk, indie rock, blue grass, punk – even hip-hop – an accordion can handle it all.
Sept 11-14 | Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | Various prices | DETAILS

HARVEST | Make time to attend the UBC Farm annual fundraising festival, FarmAde this Friday. The super fun outdoor event takes place on UBC’s 24-hectare learning and research farm. Originally intended to raise awareness about the farm and help to protect it against the threat of development, this family-friendly BBQ has become a tradition. There will be square dancing, live music, ‘low-impact’ burgers, cold and handcrafted beer, vegan desserts and lots of farm-fresh corn. As always, big props to the UBC Farm for cultivating food and community at the only operating farm in the city! A good time for a good reason.
Fri, Sept 12 | 3-8pm | UBC Farm, 6182 South Campus Road | Free | DETAILS

OCEAN LOVE | Chef Ned Bell just took a nearly 9,000 km bike ride across Canada. The coast-to-coast peddle took him away from home for over two months in order to raise awareness about sustainable seafood. On Friday night you are invited to join an impressive line-up of Vancouver Chefs as they welcome Chef Bell home with a seafood-focused reception. Proceeds go to the Chefs for Oceans Foundation.
Fri, Sept 12 | 6-8pm | Four Seasons Hotel (791 W Georgia St) | $40 | DETAILS

ART ATTACK | 20 local artists (emerging and established) will be on site at the beautiful Waterfall Building this Saturday to participate in Art Attack. Each artist will be provided with a blank 24″X36″ canvass and given 4 hours to use inspiration, focus and paint to transform that canvass in to a finished work of art to be auctioned off in the evening. Stake out a specific artist and watch their process or move about the room and appreciate a variety of approaches. There will also be lectures with leading art industry professionals over the course of the day. Partial proceeds go back to the artists with a quarter of sales donated to a visual-art award for the graduating students at Emily Carr. Have a look at the list of participating artists here.
Sat, Sept 13 | noon – 11pm | The Waterfall Building (1540 W. 2nd) | DETAILS

TREES | It’s a bit of a hike but the Treefest out in Coquitlam sounds interesting: it’s a celebration of trees and heritage with an emphasis on the collection of trees on the old Riverview Hospital land. Tag along on one of the walking tours of ‘significant and unusual trees’ found in the 2 acre horticultural therapy garden or take a seat on a bus for a tour of Riverview grounds with former staff members on board (don’t worry, everything will be fine – no reason to get creeped out). There will also be children’s crafts and games, live entertainment, and heritage building tours.
Sat, Sept 13 | 11am–4pm | Riverview Hospital (2601 Lougheed Hwy) | Free | DETAILS

LANTERNS | This Saturday is the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. As night falls in the park a procession of lanterns begins to follow forested ravine pathways. Wander to take in light installations, learn about salmon, rivers and ravines, enjoy roaming performers and live music, and make sure to stop for some tea and moon cake in the Renfrew Field Tea Garden.
Sat, Sept. 13 | Renfrew Community Centre (2929 E. 22 Ave) | DETAILS

GEEK OUT | Get your nerd on at the SFU (Burnaby) Science Open House on Saturday. Roll up your sleeves to participate in hands-on activities, check out some of the live science demonstrations, stand in awe of the engineering projects and generally just enjoy being amazed by what you discover.
Sat, Sept, 13 | 10am-3pm | Applied Sciences Building Atrium, SFU | DETAILS

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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