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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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.

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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!

MAKE | Scoot in to Homesteaders Emporium for a one hour workshop on Wednesday that will lay out a plan for you to make milk from nuts at home. That’s everything from how to choose and prepare nuts to how to process them into milk.
Wed, March 26 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings St) | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | Get to know a little more about the architecture of the city at an evening lecture focusing on the iconic Vancouver Special that popped up so prolifically across the city in the 1960s. Local architect Stephanie Robb will be at Vancouver Special (the store) on Main Street this Thursday night to discuss the work that she has done in refreshing, updating and transforming a number of these homes in the city. There are no tickets, so just come by. Bonus: snacks and a cash bar
Thurs, March 27 | 6-9 pm | Vancouver Special (3612 Main St) | Free | DETAILS

IMAGINE | Vancouver’s distinct character and urban aesthetic emerged from a series of urban planning policies and decisions that have been made over the years. This Thursday night the Museum of Vancouver, together with Vancouver Urban Sketchers, will take a look at unrealized urban development projects that might have changed the way we see ourselves as a city today. From The Museum of Vancouver:”Vancouver has been shaped by multiple decisions about what we chose to do and not to do. The built environment surrounding us provides clues about the nature of these debates, but it doesn’t tell us the full story. Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren’t, guest curated by Jason Vanderhill of Illustrated Vancouver, showcases the work of architectural illustrators and model makers in the context of unrealized urban development projects, and provides a unique way to understand the city. Had these projects been given full assent, Vancouver would look dramatically different than it does today.” You don’t need to be a skilled sketch artist to participate in this event. You just have to be curious. Paper, pens, and pencils will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your favourite sketchbook and preferred drawing implements.
Thurs, March 27 | 6-8pm | By donation | Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St | DETAILS

FILM | Finding Vivian Maier is playing at the the Vancity Theatre. The story of this exceedingly talented American street photographer is a fascinating one. A nanny for a series of well-to-do families, Maier was the sort of woman who would have been described as introverted and plain. When she died in 2009 those who knew her would never had suspected that the contents of the storage locker that she left behind would soon elevate this solitary and unassuming woman to topic books and films and international gallery exhibitions, but that is what happened. An amateur historian purchased the contents of Maiers locker in a thrift auction to discover in excess of 100,000 photographs (many of them on undeveloped rolls of film) that he immediately saw as significant. Any personality, depth or poignancy that wasn’t evident in the way that the woman presented herself to the world is clearly visible in the photographs that she took. Her images (predominantly in Chicago and New York during the 1950s and 1960s) convey a strong and clear sense of time, place and feeling that have compelled critics to compare her to the likes of world renowned artists such as Diane Arbus, Weegee, Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Finding Vivian Maier pieces together the life and works of this mysterious woman and offers a posthumous guess at the motivations and vision that inspired her.
March 28 – April 09 | Various Times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $11 DETAILS

SIEZE THE NIGHT | Carpe Noctem is a group exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 talented illustrators. Head to The Fall Gallery on Seymour Street Friday night to catch opening night and enjoy a line-up of diverse works that range from pencil and pen to animation and computer generate images from student artists currently enrolled in Emily Carr’s Illustration Gallery Practices class of 2014.
Fri, March 28 | 7pm | The Fall Gallery (644 Seymour St) | DETAILS

LIPSERVICE | There’s a Jimmy Fallon-style lip-sync battle happening at The Imperial this Saturday night that should be worth a few laughs. Lipservice organisers have wrangled a line-up of brave locals to hit the stage with 30-60 second lip sync performances and have asked Vancouver comedy team The Sunday Service to MC the insanity. Funds raised will be donated to imagine1day (a local charity that supports development in Ethiopia).
Sat, March 29 | 8pm | The Imperial 319 Main Street | $20 | DETAILS

THINK | The Vancouver Institute presents an evening lecture about the sustainability of oceans on Saturday night. Professor Rashid Sumaila is the Director & Professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the UBC Fisheries Centre and he’ll be speaking about global issues such as “fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries”. This is the last Vancouver Institute lecture of the Spring 2014 season. Get in on it.
Sat, March 29 | 8:15pm | Lecture Hall 2 | Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, UBC | DETAILS

EAT 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, March 29| 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium 4601 Ontario St | DETAILS

BLIMMERY | It’s time for Blim’s Spring Community Market. There will be clothing, accessories, vintage trinkets, pottery and hand made jewellery as well as live music, gourmet chocolates and the occasional cupcake, so hook yourself up!
Sun, March 30 | 12-6 pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main) | Free | DETAILS 

EXILE | A new plant forward, ethical, wild, and indigenous eatery called Exile is set to open in the West End on Thursday. Read the full story in Scout’s photo essay here.
Thurs, March 26th | 1220 Bute Street | 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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GOODS | The Acorn Artist Series Gets Set To Profile Ryan Mathieson On March 21st

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

The GOODS from The Acorn

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

March 11, 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!

FERMENTATION | Vancouver’s R&B Brewing and the crew at The Bottleneck on Granville Street (right below The Commodore Ballroom) are joining forces to host Beer Feast this Tuesday nigh, which will see Todd Graham of R&B pair a selection of beer with a four course dinner prepared by Bottleneck chef Hugh Carbery. The theme of the evening will be ‘fermented’, so think pickled, smoked and cured meats, cheeses and pickled veggies and – of course – beer. Not bad for a Tuesday night!
Tue, March 11 | Doors 7pm/Dinner 8pm | The Bottleneck (870 Granville) | $60 | DETAILS

WINNOW WEDNESDAY | Gastown’s East Van Roasters make their chocolate from scratch. And when they say “from scratch,” they really mean it. The tiny shop imports, roasts, winnows (removes the papery shell surrounding the bean), and grinds 22kgs of cacao beans for every batch of their house-made chocolates. It’s an involved process and downtown eastside social enterprise relies on the hands many employees and volunteers to get the job done (particularly when it comes to removing the shells from the freshly roasted cocao beans). This Wednesday night you can pull up a chair and learn about chocolate making while you help to winnow. Those willing to donate their time and energy to the noble cause of hand-processing chocolate will be given a cup of tea or house-roasted coffee as well as salty chocolate chip cookies and EVR brownies to snack on. Hang around until the end and you can take some cacao shells home to make tea with.
Wed, March 12 | 6:30-8:30pm | East Van Roasters (319 Carrall) | Free | DETAILS

EXPLORE | Standing proudly at the north end of Burrard Street, Vancouver’s Marine Building, which opened in 1930, is certainly one of the most iconic and stunningly beautiful heritage buildings in the city. If the doorway is any indication of the level of craftsmanship and style of the offices inside, just imagine how impressive it must be to set foot in the art deco-styled penthouse! Next week you will have an opportunity to do just that. On the night of Wednesday, March 12th, the Heritage Vancouver Society will lead an informative tour of the building’s jaw-dropping lobby and gorgeous penthouse. Tickets aren’t cheap, but this will be money well spent, particularly because your 100 beans counts as a donation to the Heritage Vancouver Society (tax receipts will be issued) and there will be a reception that includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Wed, March 12 | 5:30-8pm | Marine Building (355 Burrard) | $100 | DETAILS

FILM | The Pacific Cinematheque is running a series of classics that have been meticulously restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. In the age of digital, well, everything – the opportunity to watch a film in it’s original 35mm format has become increasingly rare. Don’t miss out on experiencing this medium the way it was intended: 35mm film projected on to a big screen with a bag of popcorn in your lap. Restored films include everything from film noir and comedy to silent films, thrillers and documentaries). This Thursday you can catch Cary Grant in The Thirty Day Princess (6:30pm) and W.C. Fields in International House (8pm). The UCLA Festival of Preservation screenings continue with more shows (Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World on March 20 and Mantrap on March 26).
Thu, March 13 | Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS

EVIDENCE | There’s a show on at The Robert Lynds Gallery that I’m interested in checking out. Site[d] is a mixed media series by artist JG Mair that documents details of East Vancouver ‘sites’ by taking them out of their physical context and presenting them in stand alone vignettes, a process that lends the work a somewhat archival feel. The idea (as the artist explains) is that these details “provide a lingering glimpse of the transitory state of the urban fabric. Each work suspends time and space revealing a landscape trapped between decay and growth.” Beyond the larger issues of such as land-development and displacement the collection conveys the depth, history and personality of place. Site[d], the works of JG Mair, has been curated by Michael Bjornson and continues until mid-April.
Now through April 12 | 1639 West 3rd Ave | Free | DETAILS

SCRATCH | Scratchboard is the process of creating drawings and illustrations by using a sharp tool to remove layers of dark clay or ink to reveal a light lower level. Think of it this way: remember when you scribbled a mess of coloured crayon on paper and then covered all of the colour with back crayon so that you could use your fingernails to remove the top layer of wax to create stunning works of kindergarten art? Well, scratchboard works on the same principle but it’s much more refined with results that can look like highly detailed (think beautifully precise linocuts and etchings). This is really the kind of thing you need to see rather than read about, so head to the Hot Art Wet City gallery on Main Street this Friday night to catch the opening of Scratch, a show of new scratchboard artwork by local artist Andrea Hooge. Then you’ll understand. Bonus: Brassneck is only a few doors down and it’s almost always a guarantee that there will be a cool food truck parked outside. To recap, that’s art opening, craft beer and cheap good food. Sounds like a fine Friday night on Main Street.
Fri, March 14| 7pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St) | DETAILS

LAUNCH | Sad Mag is a cool local magazine that celebrates independent art and culture in Vancouver. It’s issued on a quarterly basis and contains some seriously compelling pages packed with images (film or Polaroid, nothing dig­i­tally manip­u­lated). This Saturday night they’re hosting the launch party for their latest issue (no. 15) Grit & Gristle. This issue will “explore eat­ing and drink­ing in Van­cou­ver, Sad Mag style. We’re inter­ested in the Dive bar, the hole in the wall eatery and new and inno­va­tion foodie things hap­pen­ing in the city: GRIT + GRISTLE. It’s kinda dirty, gritty, but won’t give you food poi­son­ing, we promise. We want to get between your teeth. Chew the fat about Vancouver’s new, strange or fas­ci­nat­ing culi­nary caveats.” Sounds pretty bang on to us! The opening party will include original artwork and photography from the artists who contributed to the magazine.
Sat, March 15 | 7-10pm | Make Studios (257 E. 7th Ave) | Free | DETAILS 

EXPLORE | At the Dr. Sun Yat Sen gardens this month, anthropologist and photographer Evelyn Nodwell is showing a selection of photographs taken during her travels to the villages and small towns of Guizhou Province in China. This Saturday presents a fantastic opportunity to check out Nodwell’s photos because not only will the artist be in attendance, but she will also be joined by National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. The two will have a walking conversation of her works as they are displayed in the Garden’s gallery. Sam Abell has a forty-year photographic career under his belt, including having one of his images (have a look) named one of the 50 greatest pictures ever made at National Geographic. He’s also a bit of an expert on gardens so this is likely to be an interesting event.
Sat, March 15 | 2pm – 4pm | Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens | Chinatown | DETAILS

WINTER FARMERS MARKET | Stay strong, take your vitamins, and eat well by loading the fridge with fresh, local food. Shoot over to 30th and Ontario to get your fill of fruits and veggies. Look for kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey. Yay farmers!
Sat, March 15 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot Nat Bailey Stadium | DETAILS

CULTURE | Opera Pro Cantanti is performing Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi Sunday night. From Opera Pro Cantanti: “While families at war swear eternal hatred, two young hearts are inextricably bound in love. The result is tragedy at its most poignant. With soaring melodies, glorious harmonies and a timeless theme, I Capuleti e i Montecchi is one of Bellini’s true masterpieces.” The setting of the Cambrian Hall makes this community scale performance intimate and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus Don’t Argue Pizza is just down the block for post performance pizza and beer.
Sun, March 16 | 7pm | Cambrian Hall (215 E 17@ Main) | $18 (not including pizza) | 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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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

The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment

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.

GOODS | The Biltmore Set For St. Patrick’s Day Shindig With “The River And The Road”

March 10, 2014 

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

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Vancouver, BC | Come down to the The Biltmore Cabaret, kick up your boots and swing a shaleighleigh with us for a St. Patrick’s Day Party featuring The River and The Road playing their first Vancouver city show of 2014 with Mike Edel, Greg Drummond & Twin Bandit! After crossing an ocean, leaving a hemisphere, and a long stint hitch hiking across the American Southwest, singer/guitarist Andrew Phelan made his way to Chicago with the looming need to cross into Canada for work. He had two flight choices—Montreal or Vancouver—and flying west was cheaper. Once there, he found a healthy contest in singer/banjo player Keenan Lawlor, who had been playing around Vancouver for the previous eight months. Keenan had moved across water to forge a new path, but in his case, it was the Georgia Strait instead of the Pacific Ocean. In the beginning the two butted heads, seeing in each other the greatest competition for the attention of an East Vancouver open mic audience. Competition turned to collaboration, busking, and living on scraps together to make their musical existence possible. After several months as a duo, they recorded their debut eponymous twelve-track album. In the spring of 2012, the band emerged as a dynamic four-piece with the addition of drummer Cole George and bassist John Hayes. Learn more after the jump… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #486 | With Designer Tom Dixon At Gastown’s “Inform Interiors”

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by Luis Valdizon | Tom Dixon inconspicuously entered the design world as an art school drop-out in the 1980′s while trying to repair his post-accident motorcycle with no technical training. His works have since been collected by some of the world’s most top museums, including the London’s V&A, New York’s MoMa and Paris’ Pompidou. Just two months ago he was the recipient of the prestigious Maison et Objet Designer of the Year award. I was fortunate enough to chat with Mr. Dixon on the last stop of his North American lecture tour. The evening, hosted by Gastown’s Inform Interiors on March 3rd, was lively and tightly packed by a handsome crowd of design enthusiasts. What follows is the transcript of my conversation with Dixon and a gallery of photos from the evening.

Can you share some details surrounding the night in Milan when you slept on a public park bench, which resulted in the inspiration for your first season with Adidas?

It was my first visit to the furniture fair. I thought that I would be able to find cheap accommodation quickly and that just wasn’t the case. I had no idea of the scale of the fair. Sleeping on the park bench is not something that I can recommend. It’s never comfortable and the temperatures drop substantially in Milan. It wasn’t a great experience. I’m just hoping not to do it again without my own sleeping bag.

I think it’s funny that these sort of things still happen in Milan. Only two years ago there was the Icelandic volcano eruption and everything stopped. There were about a couple hundred-thousand people stuck in Milan and very quickly they didn’t have hotel rooms or residences. For the benefit of my own interests, it could easily happen again, so it’s better to be prepared.

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Your release with Adidas has an unmistakable editorial presence in its packaging and presentation. What inspired this?

There’s no point in me trying to be a fashion designer. It’s not what these collaborations are about. What it is for me is sort of entering a new universe without any preconception. There’s a lot of fashion that’s very poorly explained compared to product design. It’s not very normal to give a lot of information on the packaging. I wanted to bring my experience in other trades to the fashion business rather than become a fashion designer. The graphic sensibility and the information on the pack is really about trying to communicate a bit more in a way that they don’t in the fashion business. I get very frustrated, for instance, when I go to a museum or an art gallery and I see this amazing stuff and I want to know more and they don’t tell you. I try my best to reinvent those trades in a way that best suits me. The collection addresses my inability to pack efficiently; so, it’s a personal problem. I think I design with myself as the customer in mind rather than try to be like a proper designer that should be solving problems for other people. I’m a-typical like that.

You shared an idea of being “a proper modernist” for the first time through your collaboration with Adidas. What did you mean by that?

Modernist? Did I say that? I think the advantage with massive companies that are experts in what they do is that they have access to many more resources, and everybody wants to work with them. It’s an opportunity to work with futuristic textiles and new manufacturing techniques. They are cutting edges in their respective trades in ways you’d never get the chance to if you were doing it in a conventional manner.

Can you speak on the role of mathematics in your design?

I went to a very bad school in the 70s where there was a lot of experiments in education going on. There wasn’t a great deal of discipline. There was very bad teaching, and I found the whole thing very frustrating. However, there was one short-lived period that I had a really great math teacher and it opened up this tiny little window in this other magical world which I’ve never been able to access since. There’s something about the beauty in everything matching up and everything being logical that I’m still inclined to seek. There’s something quite nice about geometry because it is perfect. It appeals to everybody. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Muslim and like Islamic art, or whether you’re a scientist interested in DNA, or if you’re a child building Lego; geometry is always there. It’s underpins everything that’s constantly around us. There’s something rather fascinating to a designer about that, and if you do use geometry in your work it you often find that it appeals to other people as well.

You blur the line between the artist and the entrepreneur with little very backlash in comparison to, say, Damien Hirst. Why do you think that is?

Because he’s much richer than I am (laughs). I’m sure the backlash will come when I get really, really rich. For me, what was kind of nice about commerce – and I think that too few designers are interested in the kind of trading aspect of it – is that it’s what has allowed me to become a designer. The fact that I could think of an idea and the people would spend their hard earned cash on buying it off me seems like such a perfect way to make a living, right? It’s like alchemy, where you can turn something into gold. It’s not like I’m a super successful business man. I really like the idea that I’ve created a platform to have an idea and if that idea is good enough people will just buy it. It’s a great way to live.

What is your first memory of an encounter with an object that influenced your design aesthetic today?

I went to an exhibition at the V&A museum in London and I saw a video of an Alvar Aalto stool being made. It was plywood…pressed plywood with the glue oozing out. And it was that that sort of sparked something. I’ve always been more interested in the manufacturing rather than the actual objects. I don’t think it was the design objects that appealed to me. What appealed to me was the manufacturing process, so when I found welding and I learned how to weld then suddenly this whole world where one could create structures very quickly and very easily became apparent to me.

Did you grow up in a design-minded home?

My parents were design aware but they weren’t designers. One was a teacher and one was a BBC newscaster so they weren’t really involved with anything to do with design. Now that I think about it – and even your last question – it was a pottery teacher at my old school. The school was not exactly academic. It was a big school, but it had the luck of having a proper ceramics department and also life drawing class, which is quite rare in secondary schools. The combination of enjoying drawing and actually getting my hands stuck into the wet clay and turning pots and such was really the moment the form-giving and the practical element of design really got me interested.

You’ve talked about having a “child-like enthusiasm” in your design philosophy. How has your relationship with your children or experience as a parent influenced you?

Funny enough, my kids are even more conservative than me. I spend a lot of time trying to get them to try to be more child-like and they constantly try to get me to be more conventional. They’d really like to have a trad [traditional] Dad. That’s what they want they want, a trad Dad, not a crazy Dad. I guess it’s kind of role reversal in a way.

Despite two accidents, one of which ended your music career, I hear that you still ride bikes?

Yes, it’s pretty much a daily occupation. We’ve had a rough winter so I put them away. I’m a bit more fair-weathered now. By the time I get back, the spring will have started and I’ll get moving again. Fact is that in London traffic is so bad and the city is so big that honestly it’s the only way of getting on in your day.

With your latest venture into scents and now again with music, your design seems to want to cover all the human senses…

The beauty of music is that it allows you to communicate with people without using language. Previously when I was doing it in the beginning; that was my job. You had to go around with eight sweaty boys in a transit band and tour the country, but now I can do it for fun. Music really is superior fun.

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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!

SOUP | What’s better in winter than a warm bowl of healthy soup? A trip to Jamaica, that’s what! But seriously, if you haven’t made soup before and you’re not sure where to start, UBC Farm is offering a soup-making class this weekend that’ll sort you out. Learn how to incorporate local, seasonal ingredients into roasted vegetable stocks, miso-based broths, creamy purees and bean and lentil soups. Recipes will be vegetable-based and vegan-friendly, so grab a friend and get learning.
Wed, March 5 | 5:30- 7:30pm | UBC Farm Centre (3461 Ross Dr) | $45 | DETAILS

INDULGE | Make room on your schedule to head to The Four Seasons Hotel this Thursday night. Chef Ned Bell, along with Four Season’s lead bartender, Justin Taylor, have invited West Restaurant’s executive chef Quang Dang and bartender David Wolowidnyk, as well as chef Jonathan Chovancek and mixologist Lauren Mote from Bittered Sling, to come to Yew Seafood + Bar to get in on a little chef-swapping action (rather than stay teamed up with their usual chef, bartenders will be partnered with a chef from one of the other two teams). The price of the ticket might be steep, but it’s worth it to have three fantastic chefs and three equally talented bartenders working together to present one six course meal. See you there.
Thurs, March 6 | YEW Seafood + Bar (791 W Georgia St) | $125 | DETAILS

COMMUNITY | If you live in or are concerned about any of the neighbourhoods that the City’s new Community Plans are – er, planning – you might want to make your way to the Arts & Culture Alliance building at 938 Howe St on Thursday night. Heritage Vancouver Foundation has assembled a line-up of guest speakers including Holly Sovdi (West End Planner) Tom Wanklin, (Senior Planner, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhoods Group) and James Boldt (Heritage Planner) to chat about heritage in the context of Community Plans. From Heritage Vancouver: “Over the past two years, Heritage Vancouver has participated in all four of the current Community Plan updates including the West End Plan, approved by City Council on November 20th, 2013, The Downtown Eastside Plan to be presented to Council on March 12th and the Marpole and Grandview-Woodland Plans, still in progress. During this process, each of these communities spoke out strongly, and their local heritage has played a much more prominent role in each of the plans than was ever anticipated.” Topics covered will include the importance of preserving heritage and ways in which the city might implement these recommendations. Attendees are invited to ask questions and share ideas (always a nice thing to encourage).
Thu, March 6 | 7-9pm | Arts & Culture Alliance | #100-938 Howe St. | FREE pre-registration required

PORTSIDE PULP | Poke your head in to Gastown’s Portside Pub for a pint of Persephone Golden Goddess Ale and a look at a new art exhibition called Pulp this Friday night. Artists participating in Pulp were challenged to capture the old maritime heritage of Vancouver by “…blending port-based Vancouver archival imagery with Men’s Adventure Magazine and vintage “pulp” paper-like references”. All 23 paintings are monochromatic and overflowing with “macabre, anachronistic, mythical, science fiction, and nostalgic cinematic thrills set on an old-timey Vancouver backdrop.” Participating artists include Drew Young, Jay Senetchko, Caroline Weaver, Stefan Tosheff, Francis Tiffany, Noah Stacey, and Ilya Viryachev.
Fri, March 7 | 7-10pm | The Portside Pub, 7 Alexander St | DETAILS

GET UP | Friday is Creative Mornings, the monthly AM gathering for creative types at SFU Woodwards. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for their respective offices at 10am. This month, CM speak to the theme “Hidden” with photojournalist Wendell Phillips taking the stage to talk. Sign-up here for the ticket lottery (tickets go FAST, so don’t sit on it).
Fri, March 7 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS

HOMAGE | The late night movie at the Rio Theatre this week is Almost Famous. It’s a grand affirmation of everything that good about drugs and booze, promiscuity and the general recklessness of youth and rock n’ roll. Get out your best rockstar/groupie costumes for $2 off the already very reasonable $8 ticket price and grab a beer and a grilled cheese for the show. Vancouver comedian and coming-of-age-angst specialist Sara Bynoe will be hosting the evening, so that’s another added bonus you have to look forward to. Also: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, Anna Paquin, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Fri, March 7 | 11pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8 | DETAILS 

ART AUCTION | The Western Front is holding it’s 41st Annual Gala Dinner and Art Auction this week. The evening, held at the The Grand Luxe Hall, includes a cocktail reception and dinner by Hawksworth, musical entertainment and an auction. Ticket prices are steep, but consider that proceeds from the night help support arts programming and solid efforts to foster a vibrant cultural scene in Vancouver (and a vibrant cultural scene makes everyone happy). The online catalogue has some interesting pieces – I particularly like the Gordon Smith (Untitled, 2013) and The Sorrow the Joy Brings (2012) by Noa Giniger. Have a look at the auction catalogue here. Or, if you like to see the actual physical item, nip in to the auction preview evening on Wednesday night (7-9pm) and take a look first hand.
Sat, March 8 | 6pm | Western Front Grand Luxe Hall 303 East 8 | $185 | DETAILS

UKULELE FESTIVAL | The Vancouver Ukulele Festival sold out last year and chances are good that it will sell out again this year. Know why? Because ukuleles are rad. This year’s festival includes a multi-performance concert at St. James Hall ($18 in advance and $25 at the door) that will include a fine line-up of ‘Ukesters’ (Danielle Ate The Sandwich, The Quiet American, Daphne ‘Ruby’ Roubini, founder of The Vancouver Ukulele School with Ruby & Smith, Ralph Shaw, and Guido Heistek). Sunday brings a full day of workshops for every level of ukulele enthusiast from beginner through to advanced but, bad news, workshops are already sold out. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the concert won’t sell out, too.
Sat, March 8 | 7pm | St James Hall (3214, W 10th Ave) | DETAILS

GROW WHAT YOU EAT | Despite recent dustings of snow, we’re beginning to see green bits poking through the ground and on branches. Sure, it still seems a little grey and soggy, but we’re through the really rough part, and spring is now on the horizon. It’s time to start prepping your garden, making a plan, and caring for your soil. If you aren’t sure just where to begin, the girls of Victory Gardens can help. Join in on their straight-forward and hands-on Early Garden Workshop this weekend and get tips on how you can start an early garden. Learn what plants are best suited to these early spring temperatures, get schooled on soil preparation and learn how to start growing indoors in order to plant outside in the coming weeks. Bonus: all attendees will get a handout and package of seeds for early growing.
Sat, March 8 | 10:30am | Chalk (593 E. Georgia St.(E Georgia @ Princess Ave) | $20 | DETAILS

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS | March is that turning point on the calendar when we can begin to remember longer days and hold on tight to the knowledge that the warmth of summer is on its way. Thankfully, that momentous point (Daylight Savings Time) comes this week. Late Saturday night – or, more accurately, at about 2am on Sunday morning – clocks will spring forward, making room for a little more daylight, which is always a good idea in our books.
Sun, March 9 | 2am  

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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HEADS UP | Group Show To Turn Ayden Gallery Into A “Paradise” This Friday Night

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by Grady Mitchell |  Ayden Gallery (88 West Pender) will offer an escape from Vancouver’s dreary winter this Friday night with the opening reception of its newest show, Paradise. Inspired by a recent trip to Maui, curator Colin Moore (above) asked fellow artists Luis Lopa, Aaron Moran, Russell Leng, and Ben Knight for their abstract interpretations of paradise.

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While each artist has developed their own signature style – Luis lives in The Philippines and incorporates that culture into his work, for example, while Ben specializes in hand-painted signage – the vibrant palettes and laid back atmosphere will channel palm-tree breezes and crashing surf. To ensure the feeling, Colin is transforming the gallery into a temporary slice of beachfront, complete with tropical plants, a hammock, and approximately 25 pounds of tropical Skittles (complimentary!).

The reception starts at 7pm and the show – a welcome hint of spring to get us through the last grips of winter - will be up through the end of March.

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

January 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!

BALLET | Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet glides in to town this week to perform Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Set to a sublime score by Sergei Prokofiev and executed with precision under the direction of choreographer Rudi Van Dantzig, this show will be stunning. And what better way to roll into February than with a little bit of love and loss between star-crossed lovers?
Jan 30 – Feb 1 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | Tickets from $29 | DETAILS

SOUP | What’s better in winter than a warm bowl of healthy soup? Homemade healthy soup, that’s what! If you haven’t made soup before and you’re not sure where to start, UBC Farm is offering a soup-making class this weekend that will sort you out. Learn how to incorporate local, seasonal ingredients into roasted vegetable stocks, miso-based broths, creamy purees and bean and lentil soups. Recipes will be vegetable-based and vegan-friendly, so grab a friend and get learning.
Thu, Jan 30 | 5:30- 7:30pm | UBC Farm Centre (3461 Ross Dr) | $45 | DETAILS

ENGAGE | If you live in or work around the Downtown Eastside you might want to sit in on one of the learning sessions for the DTES Local Area Plan scheduled to take place over the next week. These City of Vancouver Planning + Development Services led sessions give residents, business owners and other invested parties a chance to find out more about what changes may be in store for the area. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions following a brief presentation. Due to room capacity limits registration is required, find out more here.
Thu, Jan 30 | 5 – 7pm | Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander St | DETAILS
Sat, Feb 1 | 10am – 12noon | Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer St | DETAILS

PECHA KUCHA | We dig Pecha Kucha plenty. What is it? In dozens of cities around the world, different groups of people from the local “creative” community are asked to speak in front of their peers. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, and each image is shown for 20 seconds. This gives each presenter 6 minutes and 40 seconds to tell their story before the lights dim and the next presenter is announced – a formula that keeps the audience interest level topped up. Volume #31 is looking pretty sweet (The boys from Bestie are taking the stage, as is our buddy Ken Tsui, Jenna Herbut – Co-Producer of Make It Vancouver and a bunch of other cool peeps). Volume #31 is sold out, but stay tuned on Scout for a ticket giveaway!
Thurs, Jan 30 | 6:30 pm | The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville) | $15 | DETAILS

DINE OUT | This is the last week of Dine Out Vancouver. With over 260 participating restaurants offering discounted, multi-course prix fixe meals, you’ve got some ground to cover. In addition to great prices on fantastic food, you can expand your mind (and understanding of the wine world) by sitting in on The Grape Debate – a discussion that will tackle the question: Is wine made in the vineyard or in the winery? After the debate is over the audience is invited to taste some of BC’s finest wines and cast a vote for which side they felt was most compelling. Get a feel for all of the Dine Out events taking place between now and Sunday by visiting dineoutvancouver.com.
Now through – February 2 | Various Locations | Various Prices | DETAILS

DANCE | A Better Life Foundation is a Vancouver organization that aims to feed hungry people in the Downtown Eastside. Atira Women’s Resource Society is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and support women of the DTES. Together, these two organisations want to establish the security of food and women in the city they love. That sort of endeavour takes money, so put on your dancing shoes and make your way to The Imperial (on Main Street between Hastings and Cordova) where DJ’s Rykka & BESTiE will be playing. Your $20 cover goes to support a great cause!
Fri, Jan 31 | 9pm | The Imperial (319 Main St) | $20 | DETAILS

GROUNDHOG DAY | Tradition has it that if a groundhog crawls out of its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow, we can expect an early end to winter. If, on the other hand, the little bugger sees its shadow, winter will continue for 6 more weeks. I don’t know about you, but we’re hoping for crappy weather out east this week because in Canada we rely on predictions from Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam and Brandon, Manitoba’s Brandon Bob to determine the arrival of warmer weather. Regardless of the outcome, Sunday is a prefect day to get a great big bowl of popcorn and settle in on the couch for a home screening of Groundhog Day. Because when is Bill Murray ever a bad idea?
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SCIENCE | The Beaty Biodiversity Museum runs a rad series of public lectures called The Way Cool Biodiversity Series in which the museum asks specialists to give the public their best pitch about why their particular area of expertise holds extra cool factor. Past lectures have covered why Jumping Spiders, Strawberry Poison Frogs and Dragonflies, and they’ve been amazing. This weekend: Weasels! Yes,  weasels are cool. At least that’s what Chris Stinson (Curatorial Assistant of Mammals at the museum) plans to convince you of. Did you know that a group of weasels is called a boogle? It’s true. And now you’re already reconsidering how much credit you’ve given to the relative ‘cool’ of the weasel, aren’t you? Head out to UBC to hear the continuing list of awesome on Sunday afternoon.
Sun, Feb 2 | 1pm | Allan Yap Theatre, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC | DETAILS

CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE HORSE | Find a way (that doesn’t include driving) to get yourself to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade on Sunday. The crowds are always huge but don’t let that stop you. This is a Vancouver tradition! The Parade starts at 11am at the Millennium Gate on Pender and travels east along Pender to Gore. It then turns south onto Gore, west onto Keefer and ends at Columbia. For some pre-parade entertainment, nip in to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens for a wander through the The Year of the Horse Temple Fair, “a Hot and Noisy (re-nao) public event based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet, celebrate and pray for a prosperous new year.” Wear something red (a lucky colour) and expect live performances, traditional Chinese games, crafts and tea.
Sun, Feb 2 | 11am | Chinatown | Parade – Free / Spring Festival Temple Fair $5 | DETAILS

MAKE | Learn how to make your own ginger beer at The Homesteaders Emporium this Sunday. Head down to the East Hastings store to sit in on a workshop that will fill you in on the basics of how wild yeast fermentation works, what sort of equipment will be required if you plan to make ginger beer at home, and the “the wobbly line between soda and adult beverage’” so that you can make an informed decision about whether you are going for kid-friendly or the 19+ version. Participants will leave with a hand-crafted bottle of seasonal one-of-a-kind soda with which to impress friends and family members. “Yeah, I made this.” Damn right you did!
Sun, Feb 2 | 12pm – 1:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings St)|$25 | 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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