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.

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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.

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

September 2, 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! 

CULTURE | The Vancouver Fringe Festival is on, bringing hundreds of ‘alternative theatre’ performances to stages across the city. We’re particularly looking forward to Lord of the Flies. From Fringe Fest: “Comedian Lesley Tsina (Community, Funny or Die) worked for a company that made cell phone ringtones. That is, until they announced nine months of layoffs and the entire office descended into savagery. Lord of the Files is a darkly hilarious story about losing your job, losing your mind, and still having to attend an all-company pancake breakfast.” With so much going on, we recommend a visit to the Fringe Fest website to develop a custom game plan.
Now through Sept. 14 | Various times and locations | DETAILS

BRAIN JUICE | September’s start marks a time to regroup, return to school (strike aside), and snap our brains out of their summertime states. If you’re looking for some help on how to best approach the transition, consider hitting the Summer End party at The Juice Truck on Thursday night. In addition to brain games, medicinal cocktails containing mind-sharpening ingredients, a DJ ‘name that tune’ challenge, and inspiring conversation with a solid gathering of people, you can also be among the first to sample “Brain On” – a new juice (full of good things like blueberry, spinach, cucumber, beet, turmeric and more) that has come out of a collaboration between The Juice Truck and Jeff Hamada (of Booooooom fame). Kick start your brain, be entertained and get social all at once. Everyone is welcome.
Thu, Sept 4 | 7pm – late | The Juice Truck Cafe (28 W 5th Ave) | DETAILS

STREET ART | If you’ve ever turned into an alley to find a mural, encountered a collage on the wall of a vacant building or spotted a small, thoughtfully placed bit of poster art hiding in a stairwell – you’ll appreciate that street art brings temporary beauty and pause for thought to some of the darkest corners of the city. Hot Art Wet City thinks so, too. This month, the small Main Street gallery is having a show of works of local wheatepaste and stencil artists iHeart, Joy, Slingshot, Wrk(less), and MW Bowen. Opening night with reception, booze and artists in attendance goes down on Friday, with the exhibition itself continuing until September 26.
Opening: Fri, Sept 5 | 7-11 pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main) | DETAILS

GET UP | Hit the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) to join in on the monthly morning gathering for creative types and leave inspired. 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 has invited Andrea Chlebak to speak. Andrea is the Senior Digital Intermediate Colorist and Director of Creative Services at Central (a boutique post-production facility in Vancouver) and she’ll be taking the stage to about what she does and where she draws creative inspiration from. Tickets are free but they go fast in a lottery, so don’t dilly-dally.
Fri, Sept. 5 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS

UNLIMITED EDITION III | Design firm Knauf & Brown are hosting one of their ‘poster parties’ this weekend. Make your way to The Something Club on Powell Street where there will be a fancy printer pumping out 2 foot by 3 foot, black and white artist’s posters for only $15. Score yourself a cool poster-sized image of a work by participating artists like Jennilee Marigomen, Alana Paterson, Lukas Peet, Tom Chung, Dan Climan and many more (for a full list of artists visit The Something Club website). Check it out!
Fri, Sept. 5 | 8pm | The Something Club (1505 Powell St) | DETAILS

LANTERNS | Celebrate the mid-autumn moon at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens on Sunday. “The Festival honours the full harvest moon symbolizing peace, prosperity and family reunion.” All good things to celebrate! Between 5 and 7pm, activities will be family focused (expect traditional Chinese music performances, storytelling, Chinese games and mooncakes and tea), while after 7pm (continuing until 10pm) the evening becomes more introspective and grown-uppish. Take some time to wander the soft dark pathways of the garden, light and release a lotus lantern and enjoy a glass of wine. Tickets: $5/person or $10/family. Heed the Gardens’ advice: “Bring cash to get in fast.”
Sun, Sept. 7 | 5-10pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens (578 Carrall) | $5/10 | DETAILS

FEAST | This Sunday is the 20th annual Feast of Fields. This year, Farm Folk City Folk present their super delicious annual fundraising event out at Bremner’s Farm in Delta. Feast organizers work hard to bring fresh local ingredients produced, grown, caught and harvested by the regions best farmers and fishers together with talented chefs from some of the most amazing restaurants in the city in order to showcase why we are so lucky to live (and, very specifically, eat) in the Lower Mainland. It’s always seriously good times, plus the money raised goes toFarm Folk City Folk. Added bonus: there will be a shuttle bus available from Vancouver ($15) so you don’t have to drive or think, just eat and drink. This event always sells out, so don’t get stuck without tickets.
Sun, Sept 7 | 1-5pm | Bremner’s Farm (4626 88 St, Delta) | $95 | DETAILS

LEARN | Pick up a bit of useful foraging information in Stanley Park this Sunday. Rainforest Cafe is an expert-led tour through the pathways and forests of the park designed to educate participants on the edible (and inedible) plants and berries that they will find growing within the boundaries. It’s always smart to have a back up source of sustenance should the concession stand lines become too long to endure…
Sun, Sept 7 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House | $10 | DETAILS

MOONSHINE | The 2014 autumnal equinox falls on September 23rd and the full moon closest to the equinox (known as the Harvest Moon) appears in the sky this coming Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (mostly Monday and Tuesday, but let’s throw Sunday in there because it’s an almost full moon on a slower day that may hold more opportunities for admiring the night sky). So put on a bit of Neil Young, take your shoes off and go barefoot in the grass with a cold beer in hand one last time this summer.
September 7, 8, 9 | In the sky (Look Up) | Free 

EAT LOCAL | It’s harvest time. Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while we’re in peak season for so many awesome fruits and veggies. Pick up tomatoes to can, veggies for pickling, peaches for preserving. Take full advantage of the bounty at market stalls right now, winter will come and you’ll be happy remembering these late summer treats. Also: good bread, jams to spread on the bread, great cheese and beautiful fall flowers.
Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
Mount Pleasant | Sundays | 10-2pm | 2300 Guelph St | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
UBC Farm Market | Saturday | 9-1 | UBC Farm | 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

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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! 

FRESH AIR FILM | Watching a movie in a field with stars above you is an a summer experience worth making time for.  This Tuesday night catch a fresh air screening of Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom in Stanley Park (next week: The Princess Bride). Take along some picnic food and stake-out a spot on the grass with your best blanket because these warm summer nights are starting to slip away and you don’t want to be sitting in a puddle of tears in November wishing you’d taken the effort to cram in as much summer as was possible.
Tues, Aug 26 | Dusk (about 8:30pm) | Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow / 2nd Beach | DETAILS

CHILL | Tonight is your last chance to get in on outdoor yoga at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. Relax to the tranquil sounds of koi surfacing in lilypad-strewn ponds and the gentle rustling of bamboo, do a little yoga, and clear your head. These are all good things, plus you are only a block away from feasting on post-yoga Currywurst at Bestie.
Tues, Aug 26 | 6:15pm | Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall St) | DETAILS

WATCH | The Latin Film Fest kicks off on Thursday night. Over 70 films (36 of which are features) will be screened at three venues over ten days, so this is a festival that you won’t want to miss.  From a documentary about a small community of albinos in the Dominican Republic to the story of a little boy obsessed with straightening his curly hair – the overarching aim of this fest is to bring Vancouver a cross-section of film reflecting the societies and people of Latin American countries in a real way. For a full line-up of screenings, visit the VLAFF website here.
Aug. 28 – Sept. 7 | Various times & venues | $8-$125 | DETAILS

ART | Grunt Gallery is an artist-run centre working to bring contemporary art programming to the public. They’ve spent the last three decades mounting exhibitions, scheduling performances, and presenting artist talks in order to inspire public dialogue about art. That’s a pretty great community service and one worth celebrating. This Thursday night, the gallery begins it’s 30th year with a party. Hang out with artists, Grunt board members, and community members while drinking up, eating cake, and watching a slideshow of past and present art exhibitions. Important things to know: attendees are encouraged to bring kids, the cake will be cut at 7:15pm, and this party is dog-friendly – which is awesome. No need to RSVP, just show up and bring friends.
Thurs, Aug 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | 350 E 2nd Ave – Unit 116 | Free | DETAILS

BEACH PARTY | Sunset Beach sounds like a pretty good time on Friday night: expect to see the strip of beach between Bute and Thurlow bustling with a roving Mariachi band, a makeshift Roller Disco rink (free skates to borrow), an art market (brought together by the crafty peeps at Blim), as well as ping pong, beach blanket hang outs, and free food from food trucks (you just have to sign up in advance to collect a voucher). Even if there are clouds in the sky, this is a great kick off to a Labour Day long weekend.
Fri, Aug 29 | 5pm till sundown | Beach Ave between Bute and Thurlow | Free | DETAILS

CONNECT | The Trout Lake Community Centre starts a new community tradition this Friday night. Twilight at Trout Lake is an end of the summer community gathering that encourages Vancouverites to bring lanterns to the park and participate in a procession around the lake to take in a variety of light installations, appreciate the beauty of the surroundings, and connect with friends and neighbours. This event goes down rain or shine. Arrive early to take advantage of the free lantern making workshop (6:30pm in the community centre)
Fri, Aug 29 | 7:30-9:30pm | Trout Lake Park (3300 Victoria) | DETAILS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER | Seasons are shifting. Bird migratory behaviour sees many of the species that have been hanging around Vancouver all summer start to head south while others arrive from the north. Grab yourself a Sunday morning coffee or tea and scoot down to Stanley Park for a guided walk that will focus on the varied and beautiful bird life of the park. Learn how to identify a different species, hear a little bit about bird behaviour, and fill your lungs with some outstanding fresh air while you’re at it.
Sun, Aug. 31 | 9-11am | Stanley Park Ecology Society – Nature House | $By donation | DETAILS 

LIVE MUSIC | The 10th annual Victory Square Block Party happens this Sunday. Local talent taking the stage include The Shilohs, Cool, Dead Soft, Tough Age, Supermoon, Purple Hearts Social Club, Nervous Talk, and Fountain. There will also be food trucks (everyone loves a food truck), DJ’s to fill the space in between sets, prizes (a raffle of goodies supplied by local business) and general good vibes. Make sure you grab one of those raffle tickets with proceeds going to support Megaphone, a magazine sold by local homeless and low income vendors to generate personal income, and CiTR 101.9FM (Vancouver’s independent community radio station).
Sun, Aug. 31 | 2-9pm | Victory Square Block Party (Cambie & W. Hastings) | Free | DETAILS

GUERRILLA PARTY | If you wander a little further east along Hastings this Sunday you’ll run into the Urban Guerrilla Folk Festival. From Princess to Heatley there will be musicians, fire eaters, folk dancers, drummers, jugglers, crafters – the usual awesomeness that comes with an East Side community festival, and yet this one is slightly different with guerrilla tone: no food trucks, no sponsors, and no proceeds, just a big potluck.
Sun, Aug 31 | 1:30-5pm | Hastings (Princess to Heatley) | FREE | No website (come on, Guerrilla events don’t have websites)

CHOW | Food Cart Fest goes down on Sunday. Take advantage of the fact that close to two dozen food trucks will be parked around communal tables ready to feed you. And this week, Eastside Flea is arranging a Giant Open-Air Boot Sale & Market. “A boot sale is an old fashioned way of organizing a flea market. Traditionally vendors would pull up in their vans, open the back door and just start selling…” Check out the Boot Sale details here.
Sun, Aug 31 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st Avenue $2 entry charge | 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.

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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! 

SLOW DOWN | We hate to break the bad news, but these are the last days of summer. Grab a malted milkshake or a sundae at Glenburn Soda, hike your way out to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove, pick some blackberries for a homemade blackberry syrup and have a patio cocktail party, swim in a lake, sit on a beach, hang in the park, and basically just drink it all in, folks. Summer doesn’t last forever.

SPACE JAM | Catch some live music at The Bottleneck on Thursday night. Sit back and to listen to local musicians Geoff Berner, Colleen Rennison, Marta McKeever and Bob Sumner and know that you are also racking up karma points. Proceeds from the evening will go to support Sonic Art Space (a new workshop space for kids that will offer alternative music classes taught by local musicians and artists (think Synth For Kids, Lyrics and Songwriting and Sketching with Sound). Sonic Art Space aims to open doors this fall but between now and then they need to amass a serious collection of instruments and this fundraiser is going to help them do that. Sit back, drink a cold beer, listen to some music and enrich the lives of children – one tambourine at a time. That’s a solid Thursday night right there folks.
Thursday,  Aug 21 | 7-11pm | The Bottleneck (870 Granville) | $10 | DETAILS

FILM | Showcasing queer alternatives to mainstream film, the Queer Film Festival takes place in numerous venues around town this week. Anti-homosexuality laws in Russia inspired this year’s “Queer Russia” focus. For a full list of films (and events) have a look here. Closing night is Sunday and final screenings are followed by a party at The Junction Pub (1138 Davie St).
Now through August 24 | Various venues | $12 | DETAILS

FARM | Take a trip out to the UBC Farm on Saturday morning. Not only can you pick up farm grown fruits and veggies at the farmers market (as well as baked goods, preserves, flowers and other treats), but Certified Master Beekeeper Jenny Ma from Vancouver Honeybees will be on site demonstrating how to extract honey from honeycomb. The super excellent news about that is the resultant honey will be jarred right then and there and available for purchase.
Sat, Aug 23 | 9am-1pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr) | Free | DETAILS

GARLIC FESTIVAL | This weekend is the 6th annual Garlic Fest out at the Terra Nova Sharing Farm in Richmond. Head out to learn about the health benefits and culinary uses of garlic, check out cooking demonstrations, and sample all manner of garlic related goodies (from garlic pizza and garlic bread to pickled garlic scapes and garlic ice cream (not even kidding). Bonus: free admission, free parking, and a bicycle valet.
Sun, Aug. 24 | 10am-3pm | Sharing Farm, Terra Nova Park | Admission by donation | DETAILS

HARVEST | Trust the peeps at your local farmer’s market to arrange for a celebration of peak tomato season. Now’s the time to be harvesting, canning and eating tomatoes, so get yourself to Trout Lake (Saturday) or Kits (Sunday) Farmers Markets to learn about, appreciate, sample and worship the glorious tomato. In addition to fresh from the vine specimens available for you to take home, there will also be displays, tastings, chef tours, seed saving and preserving tips, and – get this – a limited run of tomato basil gelato crafted by Bella Gelateria.
August 23 | 9am-2pm | Trout Lake | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
August 24 | 10am-2pm | Kitsilano | Kits Community Centre, 10 & Larch St | DETAILS

ANIME | If you’re walking around downtown this weekend and you notice an uptick in the number of adults kitted out in full-on anime costumes, that’s probably because Anime Revolution is on. The three day event will include exhibits, dancing, gaming, live musical performances, discussion panels, lots of wigs, and a staggering amount of cosplay.
Fri, Aug 21- Sun, Aug 24 | Various times | Vancouver Convention Centre | $35-$200 | DETAILS

DISCOVER | Whether you’re new to the city or just interested in brushing up on local history, a walking tour with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia is awesome. View the personality of the city through the prism of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. Learn about  heritage preservation, contemporary and historic architectural styles, the impact urban planning policy has on the evolution of the city, and more. There are six tours in all, each covering a distinct area of the city. Walks include: Chinatown (From yesterday to Today); Gastown (The Historic Beginning of Vancouver); Strathcona (Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood); Yaletown (Industrial Expansion and Evolution); West End (Residential Transformation), and Downtown (The Business Core of Vancouver). AIBC Walking Tours begin at the AIBC office at 440 Cambie Street (@Pender) at 10am and 1pm most days of the week (except Monday and Friday afternoons).
Various days | 10am, 1pm | 440 Cambie Street | $10 | DETAILS

ICE CREAM | Beta5 is having another one of those ice cream socials that your friends have been talking about. On Friday night (from 7 until sunset) and again on Saturday afternoon between 1 & 5 pm, the award-winning East Vancouver chocolate and pastry shop will be serving up ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats, and other frozen treats. A trip to Beta5 always yields good things. Indeed, the prospect of a proper sundae built by this team is a mind-blowingly attractive one, and if the window for such an indulgence is only 24hrs wide, it shouldn’t be missed! We went last weekend and can confirm that the line-up is worth the wait!
Fri, 7-sunset | Sat, 1-5pm | 413 Industrial Avenue | Beta5.com

RUN | The Lululemon Seawheeze half marathon happens this weekend. Participation in the run is at capacity, but if you aren’t running you can still cheer from the sidelines (three main cheering stations have been set up to support the 10,015 people registered to run), attend yoga classes, and hit the after-party (Sunset Festival) in Brockton Oval. $25 gets you fresh air yoga, food, and a cold beer.
Sat, Aug 23 | all day (marathon 7am, after party 6-11pm) | DETAILS

CHOW | Food Cart Fest goes down this Sunday. Take advantage of the fact that close to two dozen food trucks will be parked around communal tables ready to feed you. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Vij’s, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a community market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city. Food Cart Fest is located between Olympic Village and Cambie St. Bridge.
Sun, Aug 24 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st Avenue $2 entry charge | 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.

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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! 

FILM | The kickass Film Noir series continues at The Cinematheque this week. Get your fix of dark and sexy vintage movies including Niagara (starring Marilyn Monroe), Detective Story (Kirk Douglas), and The Lady from Shanghai (Rita Hayworth).
Now through Aug. 28 | Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | $11 | DETAILS

SHIPYARDS | The North Vancouver Shipyards Twilight Market happens goes down on Friday night at North Van’s Shipbuilder’s Square. You can wander the pier, docks, and port-side paths while listening to live music and scarfing good food. Yup, in addition to a line-up of 15 food trucks, you can expect farmer’s market-style stalls, baked goods, preserves, popsicles, and pie. Bonus: cold beer at the beer garden.
Fri, Aug. 15 | 5-10pm | Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver | DETAILS

RACES | Friday night is race night at Hastings Racecourse. The first horses leave the gate at 7pm and the excitement keeps up at a fast clip thereafter. Wear a fancy hat or a bow-tie if you want. No one will give a shit either way. The only “cup” here is made of plastic and it’s filled with beer.
Fri, Aug. 15, 22, 29 | 7 pm | Hastings Racecourse, Gate 6 or 9, PNE | DETAILS

SUMMER MARKET EXPLOSION | Hawkers Market and Eastside Flea join forces this weekend for a full day of fun. The day side of the equation will focus on the goods of the 50+ vendors that Eastside Flea has assembled, while the evening will be more about music, food, and drink (think 33 Acres beer, Disco Cheetah tacos, Nuez Milk, Jonny Pops, Salty Cookie Co.). It all starts at the civilized, post-espresso hour of 10am with the good vibes continuing until late at night.
Sat, Aug. 16 | 10am-late | The Independent (188 Kingsway) | $10/$15 at the door | DETAILS

CELEBRATE | Latin Fest goes down in Trout Lake Park this Sunday. With an artisan craft market, authentic Latin food, live music and dancing demonstrations, the park will be jumping. Add to that the possibility of authentic tamales and some Pão de Queijo and Sunday is looking pretty good. You won’t be the only one there, so consider taking public transit (Trout Lake is a short and pleasant walk from the Commercial Drive Skytrain Station).
Sun, Aug. 17 | noon – 7 pm | Trout Lake Park | FREE | DETAILS

PNE | The Pacific National Exhibition opens this week, so treat yourself to a wander through Playland and the fairgrounds. Feast upon mini-doughnuts, throw a few balls at something, take a ride, and try not to puke. The 2014 PNE will include a time warp concert series (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts play this Saturday night, as well as Air Supply, Trooper and Chilliwack on upcoming dates), plus farm animals and, get this, a Game of Thrones travelling exhibition that shows off a collection of nearly 100 GOT artifacts.
Aug. 16 – Sept. 1 | 11 am-11 pm | Pacific National Exhibition | DETAILS

LEARN | Adaptation and Evolution in the Park is a walk put on by the Stanley Park Ecology Society this Sunday that will take a look at ways in which these processes are evidenced in the context of Stanley Park. From the SPES: “Relationships between pollinators and plants, or trees and mycelium, are the result of a millenia’s worth of selective pressures. Join us to learn about where these and other unique adaptations have come from and where they might be going.” Science is such a turn-on, isn’t it? To attend, simply meet at the Stanley Park Nature House (located at the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon underneath the viewing plaza) at 1:30pm on Sunday with $5 in your pocket.
Sun, Aug. 17 | 1:30-3:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House | $5 | DETAILS

TOFINO LANTERN FESTIVAL | If you can slip out of town this coming weekend, head to Tofino as this Sunday brings with it the annual Lantern Festival at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Beginning at dusk, locals and travellers alike gather carrying lanterns. As darkness falls a slow-moving procession floats through the garden paths, along the edges of ponds and through forests alight with the gentle glow of handmade and imaginative lantern installations. The whole experience is sort of like stumbling into a dream or a really mellow acid trip. One of our favourite Tofino events!
Sun, Aug. 17 | 7-10:30 pm in the Tofino Botanical Gardens | $12 | DETAILS

OKANAGAN FEAST OF FIELDS | Alternatively, head to the Okanagan for the 6th annual Okanagan Feast of Fields at the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm near Kelowna. The 3 hour long wandering feast (literally in the fields) is one of the best on the food calendar, featuring amazing local food and drink. It’s always good times, plus the money raised goes to Farm Folk City Folk and their continued efforts to connect local farmers and food producers with local chefs. Added bonus: there will be a shuttle bus available from a number of Okanagan locations to get you to the event without your car. Tickets for this Feast as well as the Lower Mainland (September 7th) and Vancouver Island (September 14th) Feasts are available here.
Sun, Aug. 17 | 1-4pm | 4380 Takla Rd, Kelowna | $95 | DETAILS

WISDOM | Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts his annual evening of art and music at the VAG on Tuesday night. It’s so popular that it’s guaranteed to be a sell out, which is why we’re telling you about it early. David Wisdom is a bit of a big deal. Not only does he have a dreamy radio voice and impressive musical knowledge (particularly on Jazz), he’s also an accomplished photographer. Wisdom’s summer slide show will review works by the artist himself, as well as some by Robert Kleyn, Karin Bubas, Carol Sawyer, Felicia Gail, Iain Ross, Laurie Papou, and Jade Blade. The ‘communal slide show’ will be accompanied by live music by Satnav.
Tue., Aug. 19 | Doors 6:15pm, 7pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | $10 | 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.

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VANCOUVERITES | Talking Process & Plans With Jeff Hamada, Creator Of “Booooooom”

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by Grady Mitchell | “I want anyone to feel like they’re allowed to like art,” says Jeff Hamada, the Vancouverite behind Booooooom, one of the world’s leading online archives of contemporary creativity. That’s why he started the site six years ago, and with millions of visitors each month – well, mission accomplished.

Along with a bottomless reserve of enthusiasm, one of the main reasons Jeff launched Booooooom was in response to the elitism he encountered in art school. He’s adamant, however, that he won’t spoon-feed art to the masses. When someone tells him “I love everything you post on your site,” he considers that a failure. The trickiest part of the whole Booooooom operation is balancing people’s expectations while introducing them to new, challenging work. The last thing he wants the site to become is an echo chamber endlessly reinforcing its own opinion.

What he does want, he says, “is to provide an opportunity for people to encounter something they’re not really sure about. I want the site to be more like an appetizer than a main course; for them to be hungry to discover more on their own.”

The Booooooom selection process doesn’t involve formulas or focus groups. In his mind, selecting only things you know people will like isn’t curation. Instead, a curator works to take people somewhere. Jeff uses the analogy of a river with five stepping stones. If the viewer stands on the first stone and Jeff’s on the fifth, he’ll lose them. If they’re both huddled on the same rock, nobody gets anywhere. But if Jeff stays one step ahead, eventually they’ll make their way across. The idea is to maintain that healthy gap and lead viewers along.

The key here is tacit, or intutive, knowledge. “Know how,” Jeff calls it. Like cooking an old family recipe without measuring ingredients, or ollying a skateboard, it’s something you learn to do from repetition. Viewing art, Jeff says, is similar. Anyone can train to do it if they spend the time it takes to look and think.

You don’t even have to like the work. There’s something valuable in trying to understand what others see in something, Jeff says, even if you don’t. Hell, especially if you don’t. To take an extreme example, let’s look at Nickleback. “If so many people like Nickleback,” Jeff says, “Who’s right about Nickleback?” Let’s not ponder that dilemma too deeply, just let it illustrate Jeff’s broader point: “It’s important to put yourself in the position of questioning.”

Good taste can only take you so far. The real thing that makes Booooooom stand out from so many other sites is the community. Like learning to study art, it’s something that’s built over time. The work of building it wasn’t actually hard, Jeff says, it’s just that there was a lot of it. From day one, he emailed every artist he featured (he still does). He didn’t ask for anything, just let them know he enjoyed their work. Send two or three emails a night over a couple years, eventually you’ll have a community on your hands.

Today, he uses his following to engage artists and art lovers through challenges and contests. The latest is Drawing On The Past, where he challenged readers to draw an influential person, place or thing from their life and write about it. In return they could win a limited edition Booooooom bag made in collaboration with Herschel Supplies. Jeff hopes to launch even larger creative collaborations in the future. Or, in his words, to at least have his ideas “rejected by bigger and bigger clients.” Whatever you’re doing, Jeff argues that getting shot down every once in a while is critical. “Rejection is a huge part of knowing that you’re still pushing it. If I succeed ten times in a row, to me that’s a failure. I’m not trying hard enough.”

He also hopes, someday soon, to take Booooooom from a strictly virtual space to a physical one. Less of a straight up gallery, he’s thinking, and more of a community hub where people who dig it can get together. If you haven’t already, give the website a visit. You can also check out Jeff’s personal work here.

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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! 

LISTEN | Rain City Chronicles happens this Saturday. The theme for this round of storytelling is ‘The Great Outdoors’. RCC 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. Not only can attendees expect an eclectic line-up of speakers taking the stage to tell you about their best outdoor story, but once again the team aims to enhance your experience with food and drink befitting the theme. Look forward to hand-made pies from the Pie Shoppe (made using fruit grown at the UBC Farm) and botanical punch crafted with Odd Society’s Wallflower Gin. Add to that a little bluegrass music and a fresh air venue (you’re invited to bring a blanket and picnic) and this is pretty much THE perfect Saturday night. This event always sells out and we’d hate for you to miss it, so get sorted with tickets quickly here.
Sat, August 9 | 6-10pm | UBC Botanical Garden | $18 | DETAILS

PHOTOGRAPHY | Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes has a new show opening at Initial Gallery this week. Clarkes has a compellingly voyeuristic style that catches moments and focuses on untold stories. As Initial Gallery explains, the artist has a gift for transforming “a glance into a scene to be noticed, to be savoured.” The show continues until August 30th but we recommend you hit the opening reception for Giving Notice on Thursday night, 6-9pm.
Thu, August 7 | 6-9pm | Initial Gallery (2339 Granville St) | Free | DETAILS

MOVIE | If the heat is getting to you and you’re ready for an air-conditioned retreat, make your way to The Rio Theatre this Friday night for the Indiana Jones Trilogy Marathon. Yup, you can dig in for over six hours of chilly air and awesome adventure. We’re talking Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade back to back to back. Add a grilled cheese and a beer and there’s no reason to leave until well after midnight. Dress up in a film related costume and take $2 off admission.
Fri, August 8 | 7pm till late | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8 | DETAILS

BE PRODUCTIVE | Summer isn’t particularly conducive to work. If you’ve got a project on the go that needs some attention and you think a change of scenery and a positive work environment might help speed things along, consider taking your laptop down to The Chinatown Experiment. From August 5-14, the cool little pop-up space on Columbia Street will be opening it’s doors for ten days of free co-working. Focus, connect, work, hangout – put a serious dent in that ‘To Do List’.
Now through to August 14 | 434 Columbia Street | DETAILS

ROVE | Main Street is the place to be on Thursday night. With 8 art openings happening at the same time, a slow summer stroll will pack in a lot of culture. We’re particularly stoked to check out new (sugar-coated but creepy) works by Rebecca Chaperon at the artists studio (see Rove map on link below), Two Faced (new works by Sophia Ahamed and Jose Rivas) at Hot Wet Art City, and the results of Jamie Smith’s latest project Words To Live By (the artist canvassed Vancouverites for sayings and mantras to inspire a series of paintings). Break up your gallery viewings with a beer at Brassneck or an iced coffee at Gene. For a full list of what is going on, click here.
Thu, August 7 | 6-10pm | Various Locations on Main Street | Free | DETAILS

DUMPLING TIME | The Vancouver Chinatown Festival goes down this weekend. Expect a day market loaded with potato tornados, plastic guns, sun visors, and bubble tea as well as live performances, a youth talent show, and so much more. The best part of the weekend will be the highly anticipated Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby. 20 restaurants (including Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Harvest Community Foods, Homer St Cafe and Bar, Maenam, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Winner Winner and returning champion, Pidgin) will compete for top prize and guests are invited to taste each competitors entry with the use of their dumpling passport ($35). This event is so sold out that there’s no point in telling you where to buy tickets, but the good news is that there will be 100 tickets available on site on the day of the cook-off (seriously, don’t expect them to last longer than a few minutes). If you miss out on the cook-off, take solace from the fact that you can watch the dumpling eating derby for free. You won’t want to eat after watching that anyway. These guys and girls eat like you’ve never seen before
Festival: August 9 & 10 | Columbia & Keefer St, Chinatown | DETAILS
Golden Dumpling Cook Off | August 10 | 12-5 | DETAILS

ICE CREAM SOCIAL | Beta5 is expanding their menu for the weekend. On Friday night (from 7 until sunset) and again on Saturday afternoon between 1 & 5 pm, the award-winning East Vancouver chocolate and pastry shop will be serving up ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats, and other frozen treats. A trip to Beta5 always yields good things. Indeed, the prospect of a proper sundae built by this team is a mind-blowingly attractive one, and if the window for such an indulgence is only 24hrs wide, it shouldn’t be missed!
Fri, 7-sunset | Sat, 1-5pm | 413 Industrial Avenue | DETAILS

SUPERMOON | Clear a little time on your schedule and source yourself the key ingredients (a cold beer, good friends and a view) to make the most of the rise of the full supermoon on Sunday night. The great things about a moonrise of this calibre is that it will make any view spectacular; city, country, beach or mountain — this is going to be a moon worth taking time to appreciate.
August 10 | Sunset will be at 8:38pm on Sunday

BEACH | KitsFest happens this weekend. The focus of this three day festival are all the sports that go down at the beach. Accordingly, there will be basketball, tennis and volleyball, as well as beach yoga, an outdoor screening of Nash (a documentary about the ‘unexpected journey of one of the most unique athletes in the world’). When you get tired, hungry and thirsty, refuel up Yew St. at Abigail’s Party, Nook or Hapa Izakaya.
August 8-10 | All day | Kitsilano Beach | DETAILS

HARMONY ARTS |  Scoot over the bridge for Harmony Arts Festival this weekend. Grab a cold lemonade and a wander through the craft market showcasing loads of one-of-a-kind pottery, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and glass designs all made by locals. Hang around after the sun goes down for outdoor movies, and concerts.
Now through August 10 | Ambleside, West Van | Free | 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.

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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!

BEACH | We’re half way through summer already, so it’s time to get serious about checking things off the season’s ‘To Do’ list. If you haven’t packed up and spent a full day at the beach yet, now is the time. Try English Bay, Kits, Wreck or Whytecliff. Pull together a picnic lunch or dinner and dig in for the long haul. Second or Third Beach on a Tuesday can keep you entertained well into the evening with its drum circle beach party and fresh air cinema (Mean Girls plays tonight– Tuesday, July 29), so get out there and build some memories to cling to this winter.

PRIDE |
Pride hits Vancouver this weekend, and you’ll be able to feel the positive energy spreading beyond the West End. As always, the big ticket event is the parade, which starts at noon this Sunday and travels along Robson street to Denman, down Denman to Beach Ave., ending at Sunset Beach, where a proper pride party takes place. For all the juicy bits (dance parties, beer gardens, outdoor markets and live entrainment) leading up to the main event and the full scoop on parade details – skip over to the Pride site here. This deal attracts an easy 650,000 people, so keep that in mind. Leave the car at home and take lots of good, respectful energy with you.
Sun, Aug. 3 | noon to 6pm | The West End | Free | DETAILS

EAT | Summertime is so great for easy and ample access to local produce, so hit a farmers market this week and support the people who grow good food. It’s a good move in every direction. For a mid-week market, head over to the corner of 8th and Vine on Thursday. Expect fresh local fruits and veggies as well as baked goods, vegan treats, preserves and more.
Thursdays until September 25 | 3-7pm | Corner of West 8th @ Vine 

POP UP | A collection of cool Vancouver-based businesses are bringing their products together in a West End pop-up that marries hip tea house with surf shack. Oollo Tea, Lemonni (simple, modern textiles), and Forest & Waves (textiles and prints) are using the space at Production Road (990 Nicola, right next door to Greenhorn Cafe) to showcase some of their collective brilliance. You’ll find fancy fanny packs (really, Forest & Waves managed to make a good version), tea and tea-infused chocolates and candies, fresh and happy tea towels and textiles, pillows, and cards. The opening night party goes down the evening of Saturday, August 2nd.
Aug 1 – Sept 14 | Fri-Sun 11am-10pm, Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm | 990 Nicola | DETAILS

FORAGE | Local blackberries are moving into the good-for-picking zone right now. Find yourself a thicket and get picking. Try the borders of a quiet strip of defunct Canadian Pacific Railway tracks (always a good source). UBC Farm is also a solid place to fill your bucket. Sure, these berries will cost you (a nominal recommended donation of $2 per bucket), but they’re also free of car exhaust and other pollutants. Vancouver blackberries are the best; perfect for smoothies, crumbles, jams, or syrups for summer cocktails.

SHOW BOAT | And now for something completely different: the Kits Show Boat. Take a seat on the bleachers and enjoy the view as you listen to a variety of musical acts. This Friday (August 1st) Vancouver Dorfmusik plays, because when was the last time you sat down to enjoy some live Swiss “village” band tunes? They’re followed by Hawaiian Wailele Wai Wai, so it’s a double win! And then on Saturday, the ‘atmospheric indie funk rock’ band Pentons Alley get busy. Expect a crowd, however, as the Celebration of Light takes place on the same night.
Now until Aug 16 | 7 pm | 2300 Cornwall at Kitsilano Beach | DETAILS

FESTIVAL | The Powell Street Festival goes down this weekend. This annual celebration of Japanese Canadian arts, culture and heritage that usually takes place in and around Oppenheimer Park is relocating due to protests against homelessness in the park. You’ll find the main stage on Alexander St. between Princess and Dunlevy, with festivities taking place in the surrounding four blocks of Japantown. The fantastic community festival features dance, music, martial arts demos, craft vendors, traditional Japanese food and a freakin’ sumo tournament. This is 38th year that the Festival has been going on. In that time, it has grown from a small community event to a full-blown arts and culture festival attracting thousands of visitors. Our photos from last year are here.
Fri, Aug 1 – Sun, Aug 3 | 11:30am – 7pm | Japantown | Free | DETAILS

FIREWORKS | Keep in mind that the Celebration of Light fireworks takes place on Saturday. Japan will light up the skies in the last of the series of pyrotechnic displays for the 2014 event. Plan accordingly, which is to say don’t try to drive through the West End while this is going down!
Sat, August 2 | 10pm | English Bay | Free | DETAILS

HARMONY ARTS | The quaint seaside village of West Vancouver launches its annual 10 day arts and culture festival this weekend. Scoot over the bridge for a cold lemonade and a wander through the craft market showcasing loads of one-of-a-kind pottery, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and glass designs all made by locals. Hang around after the sun goes down for outdoor movies and concerts. The Harmony Arts Festival starts on Thursday and runs until August 10th.
August 1-10 | Ambleside, West Van | Free | DETAILS

LUMBERJACK LOVE | Squamish Days and the awesome Loggers Sports Festival kicks off with the 1st Annual Loggers Sports Beard Pageant on Thursday followed by the Campfire Showdown (teams of two race to build a fire that can successfully boil a can of water). Friday sees bed racing, chair carving and the Cleveland Avenue Street Party. On Saturday there will be axe throwing, tree topping and something called the Loggers Stomp Dance, because hell yeah! On Sunday there will be pancakes and a parade. And on Monday there will be a community picnic. Man, Lumberjacks know how to throw a party! Stoked.
July 31 – August 4| All over Squamish | 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.

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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!

GIN + JUICE | Get yourself to Gastown’s Nouvelle Nouvelle this Thursday night for an evening inspired by Snoop Dog’s classic jam “Gin+Juice”. The shop isn’t just having a sale (20-40% off) of their very beautiful men’s and women’s clothing lines. They’ve also asked Odd Society bartender Matt Cooke to bring some gin over to their shop to make some drinks with fresh, cold-pressed juices from The Juice Truck. The whole shopping / cocktail experience will go down with an old school hip hop soundtrack and a room full of solid people. Plus, it could be an interesting experiment in whether or not the nutritional value of the cold pressed juice can cancel out the naughty gin. Because science is good, right?
Thu, July 24 | 6-10pm | Nouvelle Nouvelle (209 Abbott St.) | DETAILS

PRECISION | Chef and “knife-nerd” Kevin Kent is in town to entice you with fine quality Japanese knives. Knifewear opens at The Chinatown Experiment this week. Head down to 434 Columbia St. to handle, hear about and drool over a line-up of hundreds of knives from more than 40 of the best Japanese knife brands. Also on hand: a selection of supporting artifacts like chef-curated cookbooks, cutting boards, and kitchen gadgets. “Cooking is the new rock and roll,” Kent says. “And the new black leather pants are Japanese knives.” Heck yeah they are.
Now through July 27 | 11am – 7pm | 434 Columbia St. | DETAILS

RESTAURANT RUMBLE | The event of the month goes down this Wednesday. The charity boxing showdown organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association is pitting Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders. It happens in two parts: “Undercard Fights” go down in the afternoon (3:30-6:30pm) followed by the Title Fights in the evening (7-10pm). At three 3-minute rounds per, Title Fights go down fast. Boxers go glove to glove without headgear or shirts and title belts are on the line. This event is sold out, but the resourceful enthusiast will be able to get hands on tickets through darker channels. Also, this event will also be live streamed at The Bottleneck on Granville Street.
Wed, July 23 | 3:30 & 7pm | SFU Woodward | 149 W. Hastings | Various $ | DETAILS

AFTER HOURS | How cool would it be to hang out at the Vancouver Aquarium after hours? No view-hogging children or toe-crunching strollers, just gentle darkness with the soothing sounds of water and jellyfish. This Wednesday night brings just such an opportunity: After Hours is an evening of engaging awesomeness set inside the Aquarium. Guests can enjoy wine, beer and a little scientific talk, a show about caring for Dolphins, a film, and a spin in the wet lab where they can touch invertebrates like sea stars and urchins. So civilized. Tickets are selling fast; try Craigslist or FB if you can’t score directly from the Aquarium.
Wed, July 23 | 6:30-10pm | Vancouver Aquarium | Stanley Park | $25 | DETAILS

GO GREEN | Earthsave Canada offers a free talk on the benefits of plant-based diets at Robson Square on Thursday night. If you’re interested in shifting your diet to include more plants think about attending to hear what physician, author, and speaker Michael Greger can tell you about the latest in plant-based nutrition and health research. This event is open to the public on a first come first serve basis.
Fri, July 25 | 7pm | UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St) | Free | DETAILS

MORBID CURIOUSITY | Stanley Park might be a serene aggregate of quiet forest paths with a inviting coastline, but like many beautiful things, it has a dark side. This weekend is your chance to get the scoop on some of the park’s shady past including murders, suicides, park cemeteries and burial places, treasure, shipwrecks, drownings, and what can only be described as mysterious incidences – if you’re in to that sort of thing.
Sat, July 26 | 1-3pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS

PICK-YOUR-OWN | It’s blueberry season! Farmers markets and local grocery stores are loaded with them, but picking your own is a fun summer activity. Head toward Ladner/Delta and out to Westham Island (directions). Once you cross the wooden planked bridge to the soft roads lined by long grass and foxgloves, you’ll find fantastic u-pick berry farms and roadside egg and vegetable stands. Take your own buckets for easy post-picking transportation.
Emma Lea Farms | Daily 10am – 6pm | 2727 Westham Island Rd. (Ladner) | DETAILS

PRIDE | Vancouver Pride is gearing up. This weekend watch out for the Pride Walk & Run (starting AND finishing at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park with disco water stations in between) as well as Pride picnic (a family friendly event that will involve all manner of games like volleyball, tug-of-war, watermelon eating and a high-heel shoe toss). The main event – Pride Parade – goes down next Sunday, but between now and then there are numerous events to take in.
Now through Sun, August 3 | Various times and locations | DETAILS

FIREWORKS | Keep in mind that Celebration of Light fireworks (aka Stab Night) start this week (Saturday). First to represent their country with pyrotechnic expression is the United Sates (July 26), followed by France (July 30), and finally, Japan (August 2nd). Plan accordingly, and for crying out loud, don’t try to drive through the West End while the festivities are going down. Also, no knives, please. For serious.
Sat, July 26, 30, August 2 | 10am | English Bay | Free | DETAILS

ROAD TRIP | Wine Country is something pretty right now. If you can slip away for a weekend, consider heading to the stunning Similkameen Valley for an al fresco dinner in a vineyard that will capture everything that’s magical about summer. Think warm air, beautiful light, amazing food, fine conversation, and phenomenal wine. The Orofino 1.6 Mile Dinner offers a five course meal utilizing ingredients gathered from farmers and artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of the Similkameen’s charming Orofino Winery. Preparing the meal will be Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart from Joy Road Catering and Gold Medal Plate-winning Chef Mark Filatow  of Waterfront Wines. Dinner starts with bubbly and canapés at 5:30pm. Contact 250-499-0068 or admin [at] orofinovineyards.com to make your reservations.
Sat, July. 26 | 5:30 | Orofino Strawbale Winery | Cawston, BC | $150 pp | 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.

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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!

SOME COOL PICS | Vancouver based Photographer Andrew Volk has his first solo show – SOME PICS, Pre-Tinder to Present – opening on Thursday night at The Something Club on Powell Street. Volks work can be gentle and deliberate as well as hard and raw. Get a sense of style via Jeff Hamada’s post on Booooooom. This show only runs until July 23 so don’t stall.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10 pm | The Something Club – 1505 E Powell St | DETAILS

ART | A multi-show exhibition launches at The Burrard Arts Foundation this week.  James Knight and Steffen Quong humanise the concept of Kintsukuroi, a traditional Japanese pottery repair method that sees broken items put back together with molten gold, a process that renders the object more beautiful for having been broken. Instead of pottery, these artists apply the concept to people and communication. Artist Eric Rieger will create a site-specific installation using thousands of meticulously cut, measured and knotted pieces of yarn and Kate Henderson and Erin Siddall will look at issues of gender, technology and art in How To Make Good Movies. The opening reception is this Thursday night. The show continues until September 27th.
Thu, July 17 | 7-10pm | The Burrard Arts Foundation (108 E Broadway) | Free | DETAILS

SHAKESPEARE | Bard On The Beach throws down with performances of The Tempest and Cymbeline this weekend. Arrive early for some time in Bard Village where you can take advantage of the full concession and bar services, poke around the Bard boutique or just chat with other theatre-goers. Shakespeare on a Vancouver beach in July = amazing.
All Weekend | Various times | Vanier Park, Kits Point | $47 | DETAILS

DISCOVER | Whether you are new to the city of just interested in brushing up on local history, an Architectural Institute of British Columbia walking tour is a great way to get to know Vancouver. View the personality of the city through the prism of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. Learn about  heritage preservation, contemporary and historic architectural styles, the impact urban planning policy has on the evolution of the city, and more. There are six tours in all, each covering a distinct area of the city. Walks include: Chinatown (From yesterday to Today); Gastown (The Historic Beginning of Vancouver); Strathcona (Vancouver’s First Neighbourhood); Yaletown (Industrial Expansion and Evolution); West End (Residential Transformation), and Downtown (The Business Core of Vancouver). AIBC Walking Tours begin at the AIBC office located at 440 Cambie Street (@Pender) at 10am and 1pm most days of the week (except Monday and Friday afternoons).
Various days | 10am, 1pm | 440 Cambie Street | $10 | DETAILS

NORTH VAN NIGHT MARKET | There’s something decidedly magical about riding the current of a crowd on a summer evening. This weekend we suggest checking out the The North Vancouver Shipyards Twilight Market. While not as large in scale as other markets, this one still attracts enough traffic to leave you feeling like you’ve attended a summer festival of sorts. It’s an easy ride on the seabus from Downtown to Lonsdale Quay. Expect live music and plenty of good food. In addition to a line-up of 15 food trucks, you’ll find countless farmer’s market-style stalls, tables, and booths of fruits and veggies, as well as baked goods, preserves, popsicles and pies. Pro tip: the beer garden goes down on Friday night only.
Thu + Fri | 5-10pm | Shipbuilders’ Square, North Vancouver | DETAILS

VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL | Folk Fest spreads across Jericho Park this weekend. There’s something quintessentially Vancouver about this three day event. Even if you’re not into folk music, a summer evening at Jericho with music flowing is just flat out awesome. This year we’re looking forward to catching folk legend Joan Baez, Andrew Bird, Vancouver-based Brasstronaut, Folk-rockers Fish and Bird from Victoria, Great Lake Swimmers, Amos Lee, East coast indie crew Wintersleep and Australia’s Frank Yamma. Pack a blanket and relax; outdoor folk music in the (historical) heart of Vancouver hippiedom is an experience you are honour bound to work into your summer plans.
July 19-21 | Jericho Beach | $40 – $170 depending on your commitment | DETAILS

CHILL | Cates Park is a beautiful North Shore waterfront green space is gorgeous, but if it and it’s adjoining beach weren’t enough to get you there, how about the fact that it has free public concerts on Saturdays? Well, that and an on-site Wally Burger concession? Done deal! What could be better than Chuck Wagon burgers, yam fries, chocolate milkshakes, sunshine and live music? This week you can look forward to performances by Deborah Holland (4pm), The Wild Romantics (5pm) and Jodi Pederson (6pm).
Sat, July 19 | 4 – 7 pm | Cates Park 4141 Dollarton Hwy, North Van | Free | DETAILS

COOK | Members of the UBC Farm Maya in Exile Garden are putting on a cooking class this Saturday. In addition to being schooled on how to make a proper corn tortilla, participants in the “Three Sisters in the Kitchen” workshop will learn how to make bledo con frijol (beans with amaranth leaf) and kelite frito con queso envuelto en tortilla (lambs quarters cooked with cheese wrapped in tortillas), among other things. Workshop leaders are well versed, so expect expert cooking advice as well as talk about medicinal and culinary uses for various herbs and vegetables grown right there in the Mayan garden plot at the UBC Farm.
Sat, July. 19 | 2-4pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross St , UBC) | $30 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | Catch the sunset from Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond. Iona is a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on for ever), there’s also a walkable breakwater, raised boardwalks, and a crazy network of unmarked trails. To get there, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road) and follow the signs.

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is on again this Sunday. A fleet of some 20 food trucks will be parked around communal tables at a site located between Olympic Village and The Cambie Street Bridge. Expect Soho Road, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Mogu, Roaming Dragon, Yolks, and Tacofino – maybe even The Juice Truck. And the fun doesn’t stop there. There will also be live music, a market, and all manner of ancillary vendors making it the raddest bit of undeveloped real estate in the city for one day of each week
Sun, July 20 | 12-5pm | 215 W 1st Ave, Olympic Village | $2  | 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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SOUNDTRACKING | New Foursome ‘Frankie’ Dials In Their Sound, Gets Set For Festivals

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by Grady Mitchell | Vancouver quartet Frankie, comprised of singer/guitarist Francesca Carbonneau, keyboardist Nashlyn Lloyd, bassist Samantha Lankester, and drummer Zoe Fuhr, have pioneered their own new genre based on their distinctive style of dark, folky music. They’re calling it “twinkle rock”.

That’s not to say everything in the Frankie universe sparkles. The delicate beauty of Francesca’s voice and the intricately woven instruments masks the dark core of their music. “It’s kind of like when a dream interferes with a nightmare, and all of that happens in one song,” says Zoe. The collision between those two extremes – the immense possibility of dreams with the nocturnal tortures of nightmares – is where twinkle rock happens.

In various ways, almost every Frankie song embodies this. Powder, despite its light and airy instrumentation, lays out an emotional spiral and some none-too-healthy methods of coping. The frantic pace of Someone Once mimics the story of mental decay it spins, just as the steady, forbidding rhythm of Painted Birds amplifies a tale of romance gone dark.

Formed in December 2013, the band has faced most of the challenges arrayed against a new act, compounded by the stereotypes facing an all-girl group. “You have something to prove,” the band agrees. Most common is the genuine, post-performance surprise that audience members show at their live shows. But those kinds of reactions just motivate them to work harder. “We can’t just be cute up there,” says Nashlyn. “We have to be good.”

The momentum they’ve built over only six months is a testament to that, and shows no signs of slowing. On Saturday, July 26th the band will play a show at Sitka on West 4th. They have two festivals scheduled later in the summer: Edge of the World on Haida Gwaii on August 9th, and another at Ponderosa Festival at the end of that month. After that, they plan to hole up for the Fall and get an album done. For more from Frankie, check out their website.

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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!

FRESH AIR FILM | Grab yourself some tasty summer picnic food and stake-out a spot on the grass with your best blanket because Tuesday night is movie night in Stanley Park. This week: The Lego Movie. From IMBD: “An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.” A threat we can all relate to – ETERNAL STASIS MUST BE STOPPED!
Tues, July 8 | Dusk | Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow / 2nd Beach | DETAILS

TOUR DE GASTOWN |  Wednesday evening is the Gastown Grand Prix. Riders from clear across North America are here to participate in the 1.2 course through the streets of this historic Vancouver ‘hood – get in on the fun! Secure a good spot (Chill Winston, Six Acres, Pourhouse, or The Diamond all look like nice options) and settle in to watch blurs of spandex zoom by lap after cobblestoned lap (35 for women, 50 for men). There will be a few other people in the crowd, so pack light and take public transit (driving to this gig isn’t advisable as parking will be a nightmare).
Wed, July 9 | 5:45 Opening Ceremonies | Gastown | Free | DETAILS

STARS | There’s a rad show going down at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre on Thursday night. Science Fair is an art exhibit and interactive ‘science fair’ that also involves – ahem – music, wine, and beer. Wander the planetarium, sip on civilized glasses of wine and consider the relationship between art and science. Expect a show of paintings, illustrations, sculptures and awesome installations made by visual artists and enthusiastic science wonks (the artist’s reception, located in the lower lobby exhibit area, begins at 7:30pm). Later in the evening (around 10pm) there will be a technician-guided star show in the planetarium accompanied by synth-psych music by Sinoia Caves, Von Bingen, and Kensington Gore. What a trip!
Thu, July 10 | 7pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut) | $20 | DETAILS

MUSIC | The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden kicks off it’s Enchanted Evenings summer concert series this week, and this year there’s a twist to things. The soothing draw of the serene swaying bamboo and lily pad-strewn ponds remains, but for the 2014 season the concert series shakes things up with reservable seats, gourmet picnic dinners (order in advance for $10-$29), plus wine and beer. The first concert of the summer is Chinese-Western musical fusion ensemble Silk Road Music. If you can’t make the concert, don’t panic as there will be a total of five Enchanted Evenings and each will have a unique feel and tempo. Silk Road (Friday,July 11); Tomoe Arts (Thursday, July 17); Jim Byrnes (Thursday, July 24); Vancouver Piano Ensemble (Thursday, July 31); and Deanna Knight and the Hot Club of Mars (Thursday, August 7).
Fri, July 11 | Doors 7pm | 578 Carrall St. | Concert $25, Picnic / Wine extra | DETAILS

CLOSING | At the intersection of decision-making, all possibilities are open. Choose the right over the left, one job over another, answer the phone or don’t – multiple futures waiver in that moment; “…and all our possibilities collapse into the singular of what is, rippling outward from the moment of decision to affect our lives in ways unknown…” Those moments are the subject of Vancouver artist Adam Lupton’s final show – What’s In Store For Me In The Direction I Don’t Take? - at The Positive Negative Gallery in Chinatown. Lupton, who has run the gallery for the past several years, is closing shop to move to New York where he has been accepted to grad school (congratulations Adam!). If you have never been to the Positive Negative gallery, this is your last chance to check it out. If you have, this is your opportunity to get in and wish Adam good luck while standing in a room full of his latest work – a pretty swell way to make an exit!
Fri, July 11 | 7pm | Positive Negative Gallery | 436 Columbia St. | DETAILS

BASEBALL | The Vancouver Canadians are in town all week playing games at Nat Bailey Stadium. Nothing says summer like a bag of peanuts, a cold beer and a baseball game on a home field. Canadians play Everett Friday through Sunday and then take on Eugene Monday through Friday of next week. Thats a game every day (most games begin at 7pm) and sunshine on the weather forecast.
July 11 – 18 | Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St.) | $12.50 | DETAILS

KHATSAHLANO | Things are always pretty awesome along West 4th, but that Khatsahlano Street Party really takes the Kits experience to a whole new level. There will be 8 stages located across 10 blocks of West 4th. These will showcase over 50 of Vancouver’s finest independent bands and solo musicians as well as many other artists and performers. So grab some sunscreen and good walking shoes and don’t plan on being home for dinner. This is a full-day gig that you won’t want to leave early. The Poppy Family Experience, Humans, Lightening Dust, Aiden Knight, Bend Sinister, The Shilohs – the list goes on and on. Check out the full line-up of performers here and develop a game plan to maximize your live outdoor free musical enjoyment. Plus, beer gardens!
Sat, July 12 | 11-8pm | Along 4th Ave between Burrard & MacDonald | Free | DETAILS

FARMACIE | A summer evening long table farm dinner is something that everyone should do at least once. If you haven’t managed to attend one yet this season, consider heading out to the Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Garden at David Thompson Secondary this Saturday night for Farmacie, a community dinner celebrating local food. Expect lots of fresh veggies, bread from Nelson The Seagull (with a delicious sounding smokey zucchini hummus), some arugula, mint and cilantro salad (with blueberries, feta and a lime jalepeno vinaigrette),  basil gnocchi, sausages, and pavlova with fruit for dessert. Chefs Juno Kim and Marika Richoz will be preparing the feast with proceeds going to support Fresh Roots. “Fresh Roots transforms open spaces into thriving neighbourhood gathering places through urban agriculture. More than growing a garden, they grow communities. Their schoolyard market gardens are working farms and living classrooms on school grounds.” That’s a pretty solid cause. Remember that the price of your ticket includes beer and wine.
Sat, July 12 | 7pm | David Thompson Secondary School (1755 E 55th Ave) | $125 | DETAILS

ART | Over the last few years many of Vancouver’s galleries have re-located to a parcel of land between Main Street and Clark Drive just above Industrial Avenue. Some of these new tenants have given the area a new name – ‘The Flats’ – and this weekend they are planning to strut their stuff with a collective summer bash boasting numerous exhibitions. Get this: Monte Clark Gallery will be showing Evan Lee and Jonathan Syme; Equinox is showing works by LA artist Etienne Zack; Macaulay & Co has Shawn Hunt in to give a talk (2pm); The Wil Aballe Art Project has an artist talk (Jordy Hamilton, 5pm); Gallery 295 is holding an opening reception for Scott Billings; The Winsor Gallery opens a two-person exhibition of Angela Grossmann’s Swagger series and figurative sculpture by David Robinson alongside an exhibition of paintings by Alessandro Papetti (talk 3pm); Chernoff Fine Art has a Photosession opening reception (12pm); and Field Contemporary Gallery has a performance at 1pm and a talk at 4pm. That’s 8 galleries with full walls and added bonuses of attending artists, talks, and performances, all in one wee microhood.
Sat, July 11 | Various locations “The Flats” | DETAILS

ESCAPE | If you’re in need of a summer vacation but can’t manage to slip away from work for a long weekend, consider heading to Bowen Island for the day. Exploring beaches and forests on Bowen is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. There’s no need for a car. If you catch the 11am boat from Horseshoe Bay as a walk-on passenger you will arrive at the Marina Pier just in time for lunch (we highly recommend ordering yourself a rice bowl from Shika – just to your right as you disembark the ferry). This weekend is Steamship Days and there will be lots of activity as a result. Expect to see beautiful specimens of wooden boats brought over by The Vancouver Wooden Boat Society, as well as antique cars, live music, performance, a summer market, real live artists and patient, talented people leading kids’ activities (not to mention those great beaches and lovely shaded forest trails).
July 11,12,13 | Bowen Island | 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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