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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VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #237 | It Had Its Fair Share Of Bushy “Graffitrees”

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(via) In a land where “No Pipelines” and “Mohinder” graffiti regularly captures our collective imagination fury, these beauties would be most welcome. The big one on top is called “Afro Taino” and it was painted by Gabriel Abreu in the Dominican city of San Cristobal. On the bottom, the mural of the woman in repose was done by famed female graffiti artist Vinie Graffiti outside Paris, France, while Nuxono Xän’s cool fellow with the comb can be found in Fort de France, Martinique.

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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!

EAT |  As was noted in another Scout feature, Japantown eatery Cuchillo enjoyed their first birthday this week. Be sure to revisit them for a celebratory taco, but it should also be noted that The Acorn turned two last night. The innovative vegetarian restaurant on Main Street has had a excellent run to date (eg. stellar local reviews; named one of the best new restaurants in Canada by en Route magazine; chef Brian Skinner won the Gold Medal Plates, etc.) and they keep getting better and better. They’re also eye high in killer ingredients at the moment (it being early summer), so the time is especially ripe to check them out again, too.
Acorn | Tues-Sunday 5:30pm till late | 3995 Main St | www.theacornrestaurant.ca
Cuchillo | Daily 5pm till late | 261 Powell Street | (604) 559-7585 | www.cuchillo.ca

GO ANALOG | Ever sit down in a restaurant or coffee shop and observe how everyone’s eyes are trained on the little glowing screens of smart phones and Macbooks? Of course you have. We all have. And we’ve all done it. Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) thought it would be interesting to construct a space that was free of cellular/digital signals, a space – get this – that encourages personal connections over digital ones. In order to achieve this the designers installed electromagnetic mesh shields that “prevent the entry or escape of electrical influences” in a pop-up space called Faraday Cafe (a nice side effect of the project is that the shields have the appearance of an art installation of sorts, so the space is an interesting conversation starter in and of itself). Faraday Cafe is open for business starting Wednesday, July 2. They’ll be offering artisanal coffees (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual) during the day and will host pop-up dinner parties (Wednesdays at 7pm), afternoon DJ sets (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3pm) and a special storytelling evening on July 15.
July 2 – 16 | Daily 10am – 6pm (closed Sundays) | 434 Columbia St | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | Learn about the art deco in the city by taking a Vancouver Heritage Foundation walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord this Friday. From VHF: “The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray.” Guibord will lead participants through the streets of downtown pointing out distinctive lines, ornamental details, colours and geometric shapes typical of the style. Bonus: the tour ends at one and only Marine Building.
Fri, July 4 | 10-12pm | Meet @ Christ Church Cathedral (Burrard/Georgia) | DETAILS

SKATE JAM | Head out for an evening of skateboarding at the UBC Skate park on Friday. Starting at 4pm there will be freestyle demos, games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. The UBC Skatepark is located on campus at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Health Sciences Mall.
July 4 | 4-8pm | UBC Skatepark | DETAILS

SAIL | Hustle down to Jericho to get in on a little live music, barbecued food and birthday cake in celebration of Jericho Sailing Centres 40th Anniversary this weekend. A low cost oceanfront community centre with concrete floors dusted in sand, sparsely outfitted instructional classrooms, a straightforward burger and beer menu in the Galley…Jericho doesn’t deal in pretension or exclusivity. It gets right down to the business of enjoying salt air and waves. It’s that simple. The spirit behind small, naturally powered watercraft is an important part of Vancouver culture and heritage, so head down to Jericho to celebrate it!
Sat, July 5 | 11 am–5:30 pm | Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery) | DETAILS

SECRET SPACES | Theatre Conspiracy is a Vancouver organization that produces theatrical events intended to inspire conversation about international issues and themes. In order to finance their productions the theatre holds a series of intimate dinners that take place in cool, one-of-a-kind locations around town. To wit, this Friday night there will be a Secret Spaces dinner at an architectural studio in Mount Pleasant. Not only will attendees of the “Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables” dinner enjoy cocktails, wine and a six-course dinner (plated by Chef Kevin Mooney of Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Gardens), but also the studio itself sounds pretty amazing: an understated, energy efficient conversion of a 1911 butcher shop lined with Douglas Fir that has been sealed with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax (we’ve posted pictures and written about it before). Scott & Scott Architects also helped with designing everyone’s favourite Currywurst shop, Bestie, so this definitely isn’t ‘just another venue’. We’re betting that there’ll be some interesting conversation to enjoy on top of the good food and unique location. Support the arts and eat well!
Fri, July 4 | 6:30-11 pm | Scott & Scott Architects’ Studio (Mount Pleasant) | DETAILS

CHILL | Break out the blanket and lawn chair as there’s an outdoor screening of Bend It Like Beckham in Victory Square on Friday night. Pack your own popcorn or pick something tasty up from one of the on-site food trucks. Arrive early to secure a good spot and take part in some of the free pre-movie yoga classes.
July 4 | 9:30pm |Victory Square, Vancouver (Hastings & Cambie) | Free | DETAILS |

MAKE | Learn to make saké this Saturday. Mogu Mogu Goute (a local blog focused on simple, healthy Japanese food) will set up at District Main Garden Patio to teach the basics about equipment and ingredients required to make ‘Doburoku’ (a farmer’s style rice ale or saké). Learn about the different rice grades, sanitization precautions, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. $40 includes a Doburoku starter kit containing koji, dry yeast, rice, and cheese cloth.
Sat, July 5 | 7-8:30pm| District Main Garden Patio (4453 Main St.) | $40 | DETAILS

FOREST LOVE | As far as forests go, Stanley Park is a bit of a loner. Isolated from other forests by city and ocean, its just a little different from the other kids in the school yard. Take a little time out on Sunday to learn about the characteristics of ‘fragmented forests’ and the challenges that they face. Take a walk with a knowledgable Stanley Park Ecology Centre volunteer and be brought up to speed on how the unique setting of Stanley Park requires special management. You will also find out what you can do to make sure that this beautiful part of our city remains strong and healthy.
Sun, July 6 | 1:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon | $10 | DETAILS

GIG | Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is in town from Brooklyn to play a set at the Rickshaw in support of her new album Are We There. We saw Van Etten play at Zulu Records a few years back and she was fantastic. Strong character, mellow but not passive; her music is as great on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee as it is full blast on a road trip. Stoked for this show!
Sun, July 6 | Doors 8pm | The Rickshaw (254 E Hastings St) | $18 | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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

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HEADS UP | Score Tickets & Check Out The Killer Crew Speaking At Pecha Kucha Night

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Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd, and it’s quite the doozy cross-section of Vancouver’s cultural fabric…

Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
Laura Barron - Director, Instruments of Change
Scott Larson - CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
Kevin Lee Royes - Soulcial-Preneur, The Soulcial-Preneurs Club
Lital Marom - Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond
Christopher Gaze - Actor and Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers
Jonathan Anthony - Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation
Seann Dory - Co-Director/Co-Founder, Sole Food Street Farms
David Pay - Artistic Director, Music on Main
Jimmy Stewart - Chef, Blacktail Florist

Score tickets here. We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed.

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!

BEER | Craft is a recently released beer documentary from filmmaker Craig Noble that will end its 12-city US/Canadian tour at the Rio Theatre this Tuesday night. From fact-gathering and technique-building during an apprenticeship at a farm brewery to testing his knowledge at beer school and countless visits to a wide cross-section of people making craft beer across Canada and the United States, Noble’s film aims to “look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.” Tickets to the screening are only $8 but for a nominal $15 beans you can get in on the pre-show 6pm “VIP” tasting (sample pours from Four Winds Brewing, Driftwood Brewery, Crannog Ales and Brassneck Brewery), hang out with other craft beer enthusiasts, AND watch the documentary.
Tues, June 24 | Tasting 6pm, Show 8pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$15 | DETAILS

LATE NIGHT ART |
This week, Late Night Art explores the theme of art in medicine at the UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre. A little collaborative art together with some ambient music and plenty of good food makes for a great big group date that’s made better by intelligent conversation and warm fuzzy feelings of connectedness. Food will be facilitated by Sophia Ahamed (graphic designer, medical illustrator and lover of science); menu highlights include olives, roasted Medjool dates, pickled turnip and beet, pork rilette or wild mushroom pate on sourdough baguette, and coconut cream custard with dark chocolate-covered popcorn. Tickets are $35 including the workshop, dinner, tax, and tip. Not bad for a Wednesday night!
Wed, June 25 | 7:30pm | Medical Student & Alumni Centre (2750 Heather St.) | $35 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Get yourself to Main Street’s Hot Wet Art City Gallery this Friday night for Comics on Comics. Be entertained by a line-up of Vancouver comedians using “old, awful and forgotten comic books” as fodder. Hosted by Brent Constantine, the panel features Andrew MacLachlan, Brad Dorion, Stuart Jones, Alex Sparling, Shane McLean, and Warren Bates.
Fri, June 27 | 9-11pm (doors 8:30) | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | $10 | DETAILS

GUILTY PLEASURES | “Get ready to spill your secrets, share your shame and indulge your wild side,” because Rain City Chronicles happens this Friday night and it’s going to be a good one! The theme for this round of storytelling is Guilty Pleasures. 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 let you in on their guilty pleasures, there will also be food, drink and plenty of music. Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery will be sharing a story (and treats), and bartender Nick Devine has some confessions to make together with David Moscrop, Adrienne Matei, Ollie Rankin, Tania Quiroz, Jeff Lawrence, Emily Elias, Cole Nowicki and Rommy Ghaly. For your listening enjoyment, The Guilty Pleasures Band will be playing (they’ve pulled together a set list of a bunch of songs that you’re afraid to admit you know every lyric of) and there will be much laughing. So it’s pretty much a perfect way to end the week and start the weekend. Get sorted with tickets here.
Fri, June 27 | Doors 6:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $15 | DETAILS

FAMILY | Saturday is free for families at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Pack everyone up and head down down to the CAG for short exhibition tours and free art-making activities. The theme for this Saturday is Word Play. From the Contemporary Art Gallery: “This workshop will be based on the mural that has transformed the facade of our building; it is created by Mexican artist Stefan Brüggemann and is titled: Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies. The artist has paired together recent news headlines with the last lines from well-known and classic Hollywood movies; we will be tracing individual words and phrases from the mural to create our own text-based works.”
Sat, June 28 | 12–3pm | Contemporary Art Gallery (555 Nelson St) | Free | DETAILS

EAST SIDE PRIDE | Celebrate gay pride East Van-style this weekend. Head to Grandview Park Saturday to wander the Pride Market (tables and booths exhibiting the wares of local artisans), enjoy an eclectic mix of live music and performances, and dig on the good vibes galore. This free event is all-ages and appropriate for the whole family. Neither free nor possible for the whole family (but still a good time) is the official Eastside Pride afterparty at The Fox. This portion of the day will involve DJ’s, drinks, a Freddie Mercury drag show, and more.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-6pm | Grandview Park (1657 Charles St) | Free | DETAILS
Sat, June 28 | 9pm |The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St) | $12 DETAILS

GROW WHAT YOU JUICE | The Victory Gardens crew is partnering with their pals at The Juice Truck to offer a workshop on how to grow fresh veggies that you can make into nutritious and tasty juice. This 2 hour class will take place in the community room at the The Juice Truck’s new brick and mortar space in Mount Pleasant. Whether you’re a novice or experienced, you’ll leave this class able to plan a winter or summer garden that will produce delicious organic, juice-ready plants. Extra bonus: the price of the workshop (only $24) includes a freshly pressed Juice Truck juice to keep you fuelled. Extra super bonus: stick around afterwards, as Victory Gardens will be holding a Summer Stock Greenhouse Sale (until 3pm) where you can pick up some great stuff to get started.
Sat, June 28 | 11am-12pm | The Juice Truck (28 West 5th Ave) | $24 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Steveston Salmon Festival goes down this coming Tuesday. This is the 69th year that Salmon Festival will hit the Steveston docks and it’s a fantastic excuse to explore the quaint fishing village. There’ll be a pancake breakfast, a parade, a Japanese Cultural Show, a craft fair, live music, and the biggest, best, most wonderful salmon barbecue you have ever seen ($15 per plate). It’s estimated that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70,000 people will show up. So take transportation and parking into consideration (this is a great day bike trip).
Tue, July 1 | All Day | Steveston | DETAILS

CANOEING | There’s something especially fortifying about ending an extended long weekend with a bit of nature. Get grounded, grab a paddle, a canoe, and a life jacket before hitting Burnaby Lake Regional Park for a spin around the water with a knowledgeable park guide on Canada Day. Keep an eye out for dragonflies, all manner of birds, and even the occasional beaver (the last time we were here we saw our first ever Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker). NB: this activity is recommended for those over the age of 13.
Tue, July 1 | Burnaby Lake Regional Park (6450 Deer Lake Ave.) | $21.25/person | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market to sustain you through the long weekend. This is the best time to hot the markets, so much fresh fruit rolling in from the Okanagan. Good bread, jams to spread on the bread, locally grown veggies, great cheese. Man-o-man it’s going to be a great farmers market season. Get inspired.
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park)
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van |
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van
Dundarave (West Van) Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Between 24 & 25 on Marine
Oak Street Market | Wednesday | 3-7pm | Oak @ 49th (Unitarian Church)
UBC Farm Market | Saturday | 9-1 | UBC Farm 

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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

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SCOUT LIST | 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!

CITY DRINKS | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has arranged for an amazing 1930′s Newspaper Glory Days-themed evening of music and cocktails inside the storied Sun Tower this Thursday night. Listen to jazz (Vancouver jazz musicians James Danderfer and David Blake will be playing), enjoy 30′s inspired cocktails (mixed by Bambudda bar manager Buck Friend), and sample loads of canapés. Historian Daniel Francis will be in attendance with his wealth of knowledge and guests will be invited to take part in small guided tours of the newly renovated upper floor of the tower (recently restored but retaining original fixtures, old school radiators, marble staircases, single paned glass windows and stunning tile work). There will also be some lively conversation about history, architecture, design and the preservation of Vancouver heritage buildings. From Vancouver Heritage Foundation: “Built in 1912 the Sun Tower was one of the earliest steel frame skyscrapers in Vancouver, and was originally the home of the Vancouver World newspaper. It was commissioned by L.D. Taylor, the paper’s owner, and longest serving Mayor in Vancouver’s history. Bought by the Vancouver Sun in 1935, it was renamed the Sun Tower and became known for the distinctive rays of its neon sign. The beaux-arts building has a number of intriguing heritage features including a series of female sculptures surrounding the roof, green dome, and bold symmetry throughout.” The Sun Tower? Now that’s a venue! Extra bonus: there’ll be a raffle and one of the prizes will be a tour of the dome (we checked it out today and it was amazing!). Proceeds support Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s education programming and your ticket includes a $35 charitable tax receipt, so there!
Thu, June 19 | 6pm – 9pm | Sun Tower (128 West Pender) | $75 | DETAILS

NEW PIZZA | The highly anticipated “Bufala” pizzeria recently opened in Kerrisdale. It comes to us via Josh Pape and James Iranzad, the award-winning restaurateurs behind West Hastings’ excellent Wildebeest eatery. We checked it out on opening night and did our best to eat the place whole. What to order? Everything we tried was fantastic, but make sure you don’t leave without trying the smoked ham, pea, taleggio and truffle oil pizza. Holy good god was it ever good!
5395 West Blvd (Arbutus) at West 38th | Lunch & Dinner Everyday | DETAILS

STUDIO TIME | Carylann Loeppky paints portraits — lots of them. Her style sits at the intersection somewhere between cute and creepy and the walls of her studio are full and ready to be experienced. This Thursday, Carylann is opening her studio for Petit Palais, a show of recent works. There’s something great about visiting an artist in their natural habitat. The studio visit brings you the artist, their work, and their process all in one. Dig in!
Thur, June 19 | 6-10pm | Studio 338 1000 Parker Street | DETAILS

GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | There are so many ways to mark Go Skateboarding Day. Take a solo ride, 50-50 your favourite curb, stop by Antisocial to get outfitted with a new complete, or hit one of the many skateparks around the city. Vans Canada is hosting a waffle breakfast and skate at The Plaza (below the Georgia Viaduct at Union and Quebec) as well as skate jam and BBQ at Hastings Bowl (175 Renfrew) between 5 and 8pm. Even if you don’t skate, Saturday is a fine time to take a seat on the sidelines and appreciate the artform from a spectator’s perspective.
Sat, June 21 | All Day / Everywhere | Free | DETAILS

EXPLORE | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family FUSE Weekend! The theme is Here, There, and Everywhere! From the VAG “Our sense of home, community and the world around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops!” As always, there’ll be excellent live music and some extra fun activities to encourage creativity (count on Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and The Now Society to help out in that department). What’s more, kids under 12 get in for free (score!) with a paying adult. This is also a good time to check out Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.
Sat–Sun, June 21-22 | 10am–5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | 22.50 for grown-ups | DETAILS

DIG IT | The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is on. A fair number of the concerts are free and with so many gigs going on (hundreds of performances are scheduled) a game plan is in order. Narrow things down by using the ‘Performance Finder’ function on the Jazz Festival website for a list of what’s on (everything from Alternative and Indie to Big Band, Blues and Hip Hop). Scout picks include Norwegian songstress Susanna at Ironworks (June 21) and Bestie and The Belle Game at David Lam Park (June 29).
June 21 – July 1 | Various times and venues | Various Prices | DETAILS

BOOK ARTS | Head down to the Vancouver Public Library this Saturday to check out the Book Arts Fair. If you’re curious about the book as an object of art then this is the perfect venue to see some interesting stuff. Bookbinders and artists will be on site to show you altered books, bookbinding techniques and styles, the process of letterpress printing, and a variety of paper arts. This isn’t a stuffy museum-grade exhibit; you can touch and buy and ask questions. This event is put on by the B.C. Lower Mainland chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, so there’ll be some serious book smarts in the room.
Sat, June 21 | 10am-1pm | VPL Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St. | DETAILS

GO GREEK | Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Days this weekend. I mention modes of transportation because you won’t be the only one there and you’ll want to focus on having fun, not parking. Spend the day roaming a car free Broadway taking in live entertainment and enjoying good food. Expect Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes, Greek coffee and Mountain Tea, olives and lots of baklava. There’ll also be an Hellenic Experience Tent, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and, more. This event is free (until you start ordering souvlaki, Greek salad, gyros, roast lamb, filo pastries, et cetera).
Sun, June 22 | 11am to 9pm | Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim | Free | DETAILS

CHOW | Food Cart Fest is set to make its tasty return 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’ll 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 for one day of each week of summer.
June 22 – Sept 22 | 12-5pm | 215 West 1st | $2 (free with donation to food bank) | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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

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SCOUT LIST | 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!

DESTROYER | Vancouver indie-folk hero Dan Bejar of Destroyer plays The Rickshaw on Thursday night. The gig is in support of his latest EP Five Spanish Songs. If side projects from successful musicians are rare, EPs of the results of said side projects are even rarer, which makes shows in support of said side projects almost unheard of. So get on it!
Thu, June 12 | Doors 8pm | Rickshaw Theatre (254 E Hastings St) | $20 | DETAILS

THE FAT BADGER | The new gastropub from Espana chef Neil Taylor and Ed Perrow is now open in the old Le Gavroche location (West End). They’ve done a sweet job on the renovation and the food is predictably excellent. Must have: three miniature Yorkshire puddings with slices of perfect roast beef soaked in gravy and licked with horseradish. Bonus: the soundtrack is British to the bone.
The Fat Badger | 1616 Alberni St. | 5pm to close, 7 days a week | DETAILS

FULL BLAST | How about Chinese tacos, a tiki bar with a Tom Selleck Shrine and a little bit of ping pong this Saturday night? Even if you have some of those cool little drink umbrellas and an old Magnum PI poster in the closet and think you could pull some version of that scenario off in your own living room, you need to trust us — it’ll be way more fun (and less cleaning up on your part) if you hit the Full Blast party in East Van this weekend. Brought to you by the same team of people that came up with events like Das Lexicon and Cafeteria – expect Full Blast to involve quality food and drink, a sense of humour, and several unexpected twists. From event organizers: “You can feel it – longer nights, the thirst for beer, shorter shorts. Summer is just around the bend, and what better way to make room for it than with a summer party with a stacked lineup?” There will be music, dancing, and Chen Wei Lee (Blacktail Florist), Alain Chow (ex-Bao Bei), and Stanley Yung (Dirty Apron) will be setting up a Night Market-style hawker stand with Chinese Tacos and popsicles. There will be drinks, too, as Caroline Balhorn and Jenny Craig of Tin Can Studio will be on hand with their travelling art studio transformed into a Tin Can Tiki Bar. And there will be action, as The Biltmore Ping Pong Club will be on site to mediate casual Ping Pong battles. Bring cash, as this isn’t a commercial venue with a bank machine in the corner.
Sat, June 14 | Location disclosed upon RSVP | $5 | DETAILS

CONCERT | The CBC Music Festival goes down Saturday and the line-up is amazing: Chad VanGaalen, the Belle Game, Wake Owl, Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan, Arkells, Hannah Georgas. The ticket price might be a little steep ($60-$75), but the talent is seriously solid and the setting – with two stages – is lovely. Gates open at 1pm and shows are staggered throughout the day (ending with Tegan and Sara’s set at 8:45pm).
Sat, June 14 | Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Ave) | DETAILS

PARK THE CAR | Sunday is Car Free Day! That’s four street festivals, four neighbourhoods, and four tons of fun. Expect live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, hockey, more live music, bike and skateboard demos, good food, a little bit of roller disco, some locally made trinkets, and generally happy people. Who doesn’t love Car Free Day, seriously? More information over here, but the short version is as follows:
COMMERCIAL | Sun | Venables to North Grandview | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
MAIN STREET | Sun | between Broadway & 30th | 12pm-7pm | DETAILS
WEST END | Sun | Denman from Robson to Davie | 12pm-6pm | DETAILS
KITS | Kits likes the idea of Car Free Day too, but rather than shut down 4th Ave, expect individual block parties in the hood on Saturday & Sunday| DETAILS

FOOTIE | Flat screens have been mounted, beer orders have been appropriately adjusted and temporary licences have been issued to jersey and flag-selling vendors. Commercial Drive is ready for the World Cup. The 20th World Cup “kicks off” kicks off at 1pm on Thursday (Croatia vs Brazil) and unless you’re brave enough and flush enough to be headed to Brazil to take it all in, The Drive is where you’ll want to be. Matches run June 13 through to Thursday June 26 with the finals taking place on June 28-July 13 (The Commercial Drive BIA website has a handy World Cup schedule here). This weekend, we’re betting that the highest level of energy will be coursing through The Drive starting at 3pm on Saturday when England steps on the field to take on Italy. Unless you’re fan enough to claim a seat early on Saturday morning and hold that seat throughout the day, this is going to be a standing room-only gig – and latecomers can count on that standing room being out in the street.
Now through Sunday, July 13 | Brasil & Commercial Drive | Free – just ask FIFA | DETAILS

RIDE | Velopalooza continues this week. The two week-long community-run bike fun fest has close to 70 events (rides, tours meet-ups) planned, so this is a good time to get your bike out of hibernation and back on the road. This week the big ticket has got to be the Vancouver contingent of World Naked Bike Ride, which goes down on the seawall. Brave souls will begin to congregate at Sunset Beach around noon (body painting artists will be on hand to decorate participants – as if that makes it any easier) and then streak the city starting at 2pm. Following the ride there will be a picnic, hosted by niftynude.org (who, as it turns out, also hosts a $1 nude swim at Templeton Pool on Saturday night, but that’s a whole other entry).
Now through June 22 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

RESPECT | Some of the oldest trees in the city grow in Stanley Park. A few of those dudes are close to 700 years old! Just imagine the challenges they’ve survived (lightning, fire, wind storms, logging), not to mention the things they’ve seen (Royal visits, hippie concerts, murders, secret trysts). Head down to the Lost Lagoon Nature House this Sunday to join a guided tour given by the Stanley Park Ecology Society that will familiarize participants with locations and individual histories of some of our ‘great-grandfather trees’.
Sun, June 15 | 1:30-3:30pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House, Stanley Park | DETAILS

DRAW DOWN | Get your pencils ready because this weekend welcomes the Vancouver Draw Down. On Saturday, from Marpole straight down to Crab Park and Dunbar clear across to East Van, 50 free hands-on drawing workshops are set to pop-up at community centres, galleries, museums, and parks around the city. It will be difficult to avoid all the doodling, so why not join in? Draw Down isn’t about getting it perfect, it’s about the fun that can be had with a blank piece of paper and a crayon, pencil, pen, piece of chalk, or paintbrush. Take part in a fascinating ‘Talking Hands‘ workshop in the Celebration Hall at Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser St) in which local artist Shirley Wiebe reveals how to combine personal hand gestures and handwritten words to create a beautiful image; hit Collage Collage (621 Kingsway) for the Draw Me A Story workshop; make your way to the West End Community Centre (870 Denman St) to experiment with drawing blindfolded; or check out the Dead or Alive: Still Life & Life Drawing event at the Emily Carr Concourse Gallery.
Sat, June 14 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

FOREST TO FARM | There’s a day of adventure planned by the The British Columbia Institute of Agrologists this Saturday. Open to the public, “From the Forest to the Farm: A Day of Exploring at UBC” starts with a walk on the super cool Greenheart Canopy Walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden where you can take in the coastal temperate rainforest from a unique perspective. The exploration then moves along to UBC Farm for lunch (think organic field greens, red wine braised beef short ribs, wild BC mushrooms, baked wild salmon, smoked tofu, herbed potatoes) and a guided tour of the various areas of the farm, from apple orchard and medicinal plant gardens to The Children’s Learning Garden and The Indigenous Food Hub garden (you’ll get a real sense of the scope and depth of what the farm offers and how it enriches our city). Bonus: Snacks and refreshments will also be provided along the way.
Saturday, June 14 | 9:30am-4pm | Meet at The UBC Botanical Garden Gift Shop | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | Thursdays | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken | DETAILS
Trout Lake | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | Saturdays | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | Sundays | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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

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SCOUT LIST | 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!

CELEBRATE | A parklet is such a clever (and adorable) concept. It’s a tiny green space (roughly the size of two street side parking spaces) that transforms a street into a gathering place. What an ingenious way to repurpose little slabs of concrete and increase connectedness and community at the same time. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see these pop up at regular intervals around the city? If you’re curious about how a park the size of a few parking spaces feels, looks, and impacts a community, head to 21st & Main where The French Quarter Parklet will officially launch this Friday. “Occupying two street side parking spaces just west of Main Street on 21st Avenue, Mount Pleasant’s newest public space will provide a destination for passersby to rest, relax and ruminate while enjoying the sites and sounds of the vibrant neighbourhood…Key features include timber planters and benches” And here’s the extra awesome bit: it’s located right beside a chocolate shop. Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France sponsored the development of the Parklet and will play a big role in Friday’s celebration. To wit, Anne-Genevieve Poitras, the shop’s owner and chocolatiere, has planned an offering of French sweets to compliment the day. Expect gelato, organic cotton candy, chocolates and Liege waffles. I can imagine it now: a sun-dappled afternoon, a good book, and a fresh (chocolate dipped?) waffle on a beautifully designed bench in pint-sized Mount Pleasant park. Vancouver can be pretty great. Congratulations to all involved in making this project come to life.
Friday, June 6 | 3-9pm | 198 East 21st Ave | DETAILS

RIDE | Velopalooza is a two week-long community-run bike fun fest that goes down from June 5th to the 22nd. With close to 70 events (rides, tours and meet-ups) planned, this is a good time to get your bike out of hibernation and back on the road. This week you can participate in the Logan’s Run Scavenger Hunt, a DIY Soundbike Ride, something called Soft Serve Sunday (presented by East Van Bike Polo), or just take an easy seawall cycle.
June 5 – 22 | Various times and locations | Free | DETAILS

MAKER FAIRE | Mini Maker Faire hits the PNE Forum this weekend. A cross between a science fair, a community fair, and a farmer’s market, Maker Faire will have everything from tiny houses and Lego to Makerbrarians and all manner of robots. This is an event that celebrates our power to make, remake, and create things, so clear your schedule, snap up a few tickets and roll up your sleeves for a fun day of exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and displays. Whether its pyrotechnics or food growing or something in between, you’ll be sure to find something within that inspires!
June 7 + 8 | 10am-6pm | PNE Forum (2901 E Hastings St) | $15 | DETAILS

FASHION | Lauren and Lyndsey from local clothing company Hey Jude are opening a summer boutique pop-up this week. This team really knows what they’re doing when it comes to curating seasonal selections of ‘on trend’ clothing and accessories. Veterans of the vintage pop-up scene in Vancouver, their style hits the intersection of classic and contemporary, structured and bohemian. Expect to see silks and cottons, pastels, metallic and monochromatic neutrals, as well as one-of-a-kind accessories and jewelry pieces. Good news, boys: this time around Hey Jude will also have menswear on offer.
Now – Sunday, June 8 | 11-7pm Daily | 196 Kingsway (@ 10th Ave) | DETAILS

PAUSE | Sunday is World Oceans Day and there are a multitude of ways to consider something that covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water. Most obviously, you can take some time out to connect with nature by heading to a beach and touching base with the real, salty thing, but you could also take a trip to the Aquarium where Dr. Peter Ross (the Aquarium’s director of the new Ocean Pollution Research Program) and Dr. Hans Schreier (professor in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems at the University of British Columbia) will talk about how we can protect our oceans (and particularly our marine mammals) from urban water pollution. Finally, consider an hour-long workshop at The Homeseader’s Emporium where there will be a homemade green-cleaning workshop that will instruct participants on how to make simple, ocean-safe cleaners for the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom. This workshop will include demos and visual aids of various recipes, complete with hands-on testing and evaluation.
LECTURE | Sun, June 8 | 6:30pm | Vancouver Aquarium | $10.50 | DETAILS
WORKSHOP | Sun, June 8 | 5:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium | $10 | DETAILS

WILD | Although the city and people of Vancouver demonstrate a respect for (and connection to) nature that is at the core of our civic identity, we also know that this city, like any city, has dramatically altered the natural environment around it. The Museum of Vancouver is currently showing Rewilding Vancouver, an exhibition that does its best – using everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes – to get us thinking about ways in which we shape nature and the ways in which nature shapes us. As programming to support this exhibition, the MOV is hosting an edible plant workshop this weekend. As explained by the Urban Herb School (leading the walk), “Through a combination of ancient, largely forgotten knowledge and more recent scientific discoveries, uncover the nutritional and medicinal properties of the oft-ignored plants that grow all around us: whether through the cracks in the pavement or in our parks.” Learn to identify herbs and edible plants in the Vanier Park area and take that knowledge and apply it to the parks, back alleys and green spaces around your own neighbourhoods.
Sun, June 8 | 3pm talk, 4pm walk | MOV, 1100 Chestnut | $22 | DETAILS

ITALIAN DAY | Italian Day takes over Commercial Drive this Sunday. Hooray for car free street parties! There are few things more intoxicatingly ‘Vancouver’ than a little sunshine on your face as you walk up the middle of The Drive through a gentle haze of incense, weed, and curbside barbecue smoke while you take in community group tables, food booths and live music. Add to all of that more than a few options for a good cup of coffee, a display of classic cars and the occasional impromptu bocce game and you have a solidly inspired Sunday. Celebrate everything ‘Made in Italy,’ from inventions to food. “Italy’s unmatched sense of style will be the centrepiece at this year’s event” so expect a focus on that distinctive Italian flare. Festival organizers will install a large, walk-through museum exhibit to show off some of the most profound Italian inventions (items such as the piano, radio, telephone, bicycle, eyeglasses, and – most important of all – the coffee machine). Remember to leave the car at home, as driving hereabouts will be impossible.
Sun, June 8 | 12pm-8pm | Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview) | Free | DETAILS

GO INDIE | Music Waste is on! The annual independent art, music and comedy festival will spread across numerous city blocks to bring you close to 100 bands playing at a variety of venues – all within reasonable walking distances from one another. This year’s line-up could keep anyone solidly busy from Thursday afternoon straight through to Sunday night with short breaks for food and sleep. A series of comedy gigs, art exhibits, and performance art compliment the main event. The gigs and happenings are so numerous and so good that it’s pointless to try to narrow them down (do, however, note that Sean Orr and NEEDS play the Cobalt on Thursday night). Skip over to the Waste website for a look at the schedule and to customize your own must-see shortlist. And get this: full festival passes are only $15!
June 5-8 | Various times and venues | $15 | DETAILS

CULTURE | In The House Festival brings arts and cultural performances into the living rooms and backyards of East Vancouver homes, and not in the way you’d think (ie. not on the flatscreen). They organize Vancouver artists and performers to put on intimate live shows in multiple private residences (porches, backyards, garages, kitchens, living rooms) in the Victoria Drive and Napier area. 2014 is the 11th year of this community-driven (and hosted) event. Ticket prices range from single show tickets for adults priced at $15 to a four show pass ($50), or a full weekend pass for $95.
June 6-8 | Various times and locations around Napier & Victoria | $various | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Grab locally grown produce from good people at your neighbourhood farmer’s market while you still can. You won’t want to look back and wish that you had made it to more markets!
Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal | DETAILS
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th | DETAILS
Yaletown | May 29 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken DETAILS
Trout Lake | May 31 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | May 31 | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | June 1 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
Lonsdale Quay | Saturdays | 10am-3pm | East Plaza 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | DETAILS
Ambleside | Sundays | 10am-3pm | 1500 Bellevue (between 15th & 16th), West Van | 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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ZULU REPORT | All Of The Awesome Sounds That You Should Be Listening To This Month

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by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our monthly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, you’ll find The Track – the song on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is self-explanatory; The Gig – or the ‘must see’ show of the week; and The Glance – which details the best live acts that are on the immediate horizon. From our ears to yours, enjoy…

THE TRACK

MAC DEMARCO Passing Out Pieces

Where does Montreal/Vancouver’s Mac Demarco go from here? His music career is climbing to new heights as gigs in support of his latest groover Salad Days have been bumped up into bigger and bigger venues and are constantly selling out. Curious journalists are lined up to pen in-depth documentaries exploring his wildman history, his love of smokes, and his devil-may-care approach to keeping things light. Video crews give him a microphone and set him free lapping up his wise-cracking ways. Mac is the man of the moment for sure and for that he is awesome. Salad Days is easily one of the finest records of the year and it’s nice to see an Emily Carr guy doing so well. So again, where will he go next? Check this video – Mac’s acting skills are really ripening on the vine…

THE PLAYLIST

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER I Retired

The Walkmen are on an indefinite hiatus. Lead singer Hamilton has already produced a solo album that sees him fleshing out his brooding post-punk aesthetic with songs that weave together folksy styles with doo-wop silhouettes. His signature vocal tone remains intact as he muses on life after the big band fireworks!

WHITE LUNG Face Down

Bombing around LA and Santa Monica in a light blue Volvo 240, our heroes White Lung prove that the VHS camera is nowhere near being played out. This year is a huge one for White Lung – they are releasing Deep Fantasy on a major indie (Domino Records) and touring for months straight, all while constantly updating their fascinating Instagram feed.

MORRISSEY World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Morrissey has always had a message, an opinion, and a style of his own. Art is anything you can get away with, and the Moz has always gotten away with it. Here’s a cool spoken word promo for his new album. The message is pretty clear. Bonus points: Nancy Sinatra holding a briefcase of flowers.

BORIS Vanilla

Everyone’s favourite Japanese noise rockers Boris are prepping a new release of heavy heavy tunes. They are rumoured to be coming to Vancouver too, which will be good. I can see all the fog machines at L&M getting rented that weekend. If you’re into power trios that make use of blazing leads then this is your flavour…Vanilla!

MIREL WAGNER Oak Tree

Dream dream dream sweet dreams! Londoner Mirel Wagner is known for her haunting and hushed folk ballads. Here’s the first cut from her forthcoming Sub Pop release – and as one would think it’s a stripped down acoustic ode that carries a ton of tension. The classic black and white, single light source photography is perfect here!

FUCKED UP Sun Glass

Fucked Up have a heavy new album. This video feels like a tribute to Suicidal Tendencies. Damon is in prime form. The slow motion smoke shots are particularly intense. Heavy and grouchy, Fucked Up are back and at Fortune August 15th .

THE GIG

THE SHILOHS | Album Release Party Thursday June 19th at Fortune Sound Club

Things are happening fast for Vancouver’s charming classic pop quartet The Shilohs. In a short time they’ve been out on the road touring with American indie-rock stalwarts Real Estate, performed a couple showcases in Austin for SXSW, hooked up for more US shows with fellow jingle-janglers The Fresh And Onlys, and most importantly – released their sophomore LP for local Light Organ Records. Man, they’ve even been name-checked in Rolling Stone and Spin! They have momentum, and are currently ‘on top of their game’ with a swaggery carefree attitude that finds them chewing through their catalogue of intellectual rock songs with fervour and a rare sort of instinctual nerve. This is their record release show…a lot of bigwigs will be there, their families will be there, and their friends drinking their beer will be there. The pressure will be on. Time to nail it!

A deeper look at Vancouver’s gigscape for JUNE is after the jump… Read more

VANCOUVERITES | Photographer Alana Paterson Is On An Honest, West Coast Roll

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by Grady Mitchell | Roll through the portfolio of photographer Alana Paterson and you’ll encounter scenes of West Coast splendour, adventures in Italy, Mexico, Thailand and long trips across the US and BC. You’ll visit serene forests, misty waterfalls, drained backyard pools, skate parks and city streets. Her rich body of work stems from a largely itinerant lifestyle, a well-tuned and ever-roving eye, and a dedication to film.

If the stories in her photos seem convincing, it’s because they really happened. The line between her commercial and personal work is seamless in a way very few photographers ever manage. When models appear they’re never posed or stiff; instead they’re real people going about doing real things. These honest, intimate moments are key, Alana says, to the success of her client work.

Rather than orchestrate situations, she lets them unfold naturally. If the concept is to shoot camping, they camp. Fishing, they get wet. Dirtbikes, dirty. The warmth and grain of film, her preferred medium, adds to that sense of realism. That simple philosophy lends an authenticity that’s impossible to emulate in a rigidly constructed, over-produced shoot. Her easy, uncontrived style has won over loyal clients like Brixton, Lifetime Collective, and Poler.

Alana began shooting as a teenager when her sister gave her a Pentax SLR (“Just keep the aperture on eight” were her instructions). At first Alana shot her friends skateboarding, and although she rarely shoots skateboarding anymore, it proved fundamental in her development as a photographer. Skateboarding is an inherently creative activity, one that attracts artists. “I think it comes from the type of mind that’s attracted to an unstructured activity,” Alana says. Much like she shoots, it requires adaptability and the flexibility to interpret open-ended situations.

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Her career began with concrete, but now it’s moving in a greener direction. An avid gardener and farmhand, much of her work these days focuses on nature (She regularly shoots for Scout’s very own Victory Gardens column). Her soft, contemplative imagery suits the tranquil landscapes she so often crosses. To check out more of Alana’s work, visit her website and her blog.

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