GOODS | Curious Oyster & Racine Wines Pair For ‘Bon Hiver’ At Le Marche St. George

November 19, 2014 

Curious Oyster | Telephone: 778-988-4699 | Website: www.curiousoyster.ca | Email: info@curiousoyster.ca

Curious Oyster | Telephone: 778-988-4699 | Website: www.curiousoyster.ca | Email: info@curiousoyster.ca

The GOODS from Curious Oyster

Vancouver, BC | West coast oyster season is here. To mark the occasion, Curious Oyster is teaming up with Racine Wine Imports to host Bon Hiver, a casual evening of food and drink at the beautiful Le Marché St. George on November 28th. Guests will enjoy some of BC’s most gourmet indulgences, such as oyster varieties grown by Outlandish Shellfish Guild’s family-run farms, and delicious sausages and terrines from Oyama Sausage Co. served with artisanal breads. To pair, Brian and Ramona of Racine Wine Imports will serve a Muscadet and a sparkling wine from organic wine producers Domaine de la Pépière. Bon Hiver will transport guests to a French Winter Market in one of the city’s most special neighbourhood settings, Le Marché St. George.

After enjoying the freshly shucked oysters, small bites and Loire Valley wine, guests can meander over the Winter Pop-Up Shop in the next room. Event guests will get a sneak preview of Le Marché’s Winter Shop, which opens the next morning and features fine goods, such as linens, clothing, photography and ceramics from local and international artisans.

Bon Hiver is a Curious Event, a series of collaborations between Curious Oyster and exceptional artists, artisans and food producers in memorable spaces. Tickets include open oyster bar, food and one glass of wine (Stand-up cocktail service is additional). Tickets are limited — reserve now and get all of the delicious details after the jump… Read more

HEADS UP | Tickets Now On Sale For Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 35 At ‘The Vogue Theatre’

November 19, 2014 

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Only ten days remain until PechaKucha Night Vol. 35 and we are pleased to share the full speaker lineup and musical guest for the evening. This is our last event of the year before a period of winter dormancy. We hope to see you before our hibernation. Purchase your tickets here and learn about the presenters and the musical guest after the jump… Read more

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

November 18, 2014 

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

MURDER | Crows are dark, mischievous and calculating. They travel in flocks known as ‘murders’ and have a slightly sinister bent when you let your imagination fly. The notoriously clever birds live in complex social networks with highly developed forms of communication and a progressive approach to chick raising (it’s a community thing). If you’re interested in adding some depth to your understanding of what makes them tick, make your way to the West End Community Centre on Thursday night where wildlife biologist Rob Butler will present a talk about the many ways of the crow. Admission is by donation and space is limited, so do yourself a favour and register early by calling the Community Center at 604-257-8333.
Thu, Nov 20 | 7-8pm | West End Community Centre (870 Denman)| DETAILS

PLANTS | Not only are the grounds of the VanDusen Botanical Gardens a stunning place for a wander, but it also makes for a fantastic place for learning. This Thursday, VanDusen offers an informative talk on the history of perfume. The official word: “Perfumes begin with plants, and the earliest of perfumes were incense – burnt resins and fragrant woods – whose smoke was believed to carry one’s prayers to the gods. Take a journey beginning with the incense and perfumes created in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India and Arabia, then over to Europe to the alcohol-based eau de colognes concocted by European monks and nuns that doubled as liqueurs, medicine and bathing liquid.” This lecture will include a Q&A session and tons of intel on local plants.
Thu, Nov 20, 6:30-8:30pm | VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St) | DETAILS 

DESIGN | The Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) is part art installation, part design competition, and part performance. Using light and form as canvas, LAMP organizers challenged participants to design an indoor light in any format (floor, pendant, table, etc) that incorporated the theme of ‘fibre’. A panel comprised of architects, designers and media then chose their favourite entries and the winners will be premiering at a public opening this Thursday night. Visit The Independent pop-up space on Kingsway to check out the inspiring and creative series of design sketches along with the top 10 jury-picked finished products. Lighting is everything!
Thu, Nov 20 6-11pm | The Independent (188 Kingsway) |  $10-$50 |  DETAILS

EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL | In our books, the East Side Culture Crawl is the greatest thing about November in Vancouver. We look forward to this event all year long. The annual three day crawl sees over 414 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc) open their studios to the public. There’s no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either, as it’s treated as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes and enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer. Grab a map and get crawling (available at studios and shops in the community or online at the Crawl website here).
Nov. 20-23 | East Side, baby | Free | DETAILS

PEROGIES | There’s a Perogy Lunch at the Strathcona Ukrainian Hall this weekend. Dig into generous helpings of homemade perogies, sliced sausage, cabbage rolls and bowls of borscht. Don’t be put off by the line-up at the door. It moves fast and you might make friends, as perogy eaters are generally a jolly bunch. Also expect a bake sale and Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) making. Bonus: This event takes place smack in the middle of Eastside Culture Crawl territory (Pender at Hawks) and fits nicely between studio visits.
Sat, Nov 22 + Sun, Nov 23 | 11-3:30 | 805 E. Pender | DETAILS

POP-UP | Eastvan will be hopping this weekend. If you’re in the neighbourhood checking out artists studios during the Crawl and you’re feeling in need of a little sustenance, consider hitting up the Les Amis Du Formage-hosted pop-up at 843 E. Hastings. Les Amis have invited East Van Jam (we hear that the Duchess of Strawberry tastes just like summer), The Salty Cookie Co. (famous for their Salty Brown Sugar cookies) and The Lemon Square (individually wrapped and made with loads of fresh lemons, BC butter and and finished with a dusting of coconut) to set up shop for the weekend. Treat yourself and support local. Bonus: cheese!
Sat, Nov 22 + Sun, Nov 23 | Noon-4pm | 843 E. Hastings St. | DETAILS 

HOPSCOTCH | November brings with it the start of prime scotch drinking weather. The clever organizers behind Hopscotch (Vancouver’s week long celebration of premium whisky) know this and have lined up a litany of tasting events and dinners that will replace that near winter chill with a warm amber glow. But this isn’t just a party, Hopscotch is also an opportunity to catapult yourself from consumer to connoisseur when you sign up for  whisky-centric talks and workshops. Events sell out quickly (most tasting dinners are already full), but if you hurry – and I mean click here RIGHT NOW – you may still score a ticket to the Hopscotch Annual Grand Tasting Hall, with over 100 exhibitors.
Now through Nov 23 | Various Locations | Various prices | DETAILS

BAZAAR | The Russian Community Centre Christmas Bazaar goes down in Kits this weekend. Score yourself a day of Russian food, baking, music, dance and crafts. And what respectable bazaar wouldn’t include a raffle? Not this one! Raffle tickets are $2 and prizes will be awesome. Do some early holiday shopping, fill your belly with Knish and Bliny’s and enjoy some folk dancing.
Sat, Nov 22 | 11am–5pm | Russian Community Centre (2114 W. 4th) | DETAILS

LISTEN | The Vancouver Academy of Music and the Vancouver Bach Choir join forces this Sunday to present an affordable concert perfectly suited to a November afternoon: Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Requiem. Purchase tickets online 5pm on Saturday, November 22nd (in-person at the Orpheum Theatre Box Office). 10 beans for a comfortable seat in a beautiful room full of genius music – not a bad deal at all!
Sun, Nov 23 | 2pm | Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St) | $10 | DETAILS 

EAT LOCAL | There are two Winter Farmers Market to choose from this weekend. Head to the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday or skip over to the skatepark at the PNE on Sunday and load up on locally grown fruits and veggies as well as fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other goodies. Bonus: farmers are awesome people and awesome people will only make your weekend better.
Sat, Nov 22| 10am – 2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) | DETAILS
Sun, Nov 23 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Skatepark, PNE (Renfrew and Hastings) | 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.

GOODS | Chinatown’s “Bestie” Gets Set To Pour Cups Of Liquid Gold Over Cider Week

November 18, 2014 

Bestie is located at 105 East Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown | 604-620-1175 | bestie.ca

Bestie is located at 105 East Pender Street in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown | 604-620-1175 | bestie.ca

The GOODS from Bestie

Vancouver, BC | There’s a lot of talk about craft cider these days and up here in the Pacific Northwest we grow a lot of apples. The harvesting of these apples happens at two times, late summer and mid autumn, depending on the varietal.

After the apples are picked, cider can be made. To celebrate this glorious time of year, Bestie is doing a cider week to showcase this beautiful, historic beverage.

Running Monday, November 17th to Sunday, November 23rd, you can try small batch farmhouse cider and limited edition seasonals from some of the finest, (and newest) cideries in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia are all represented, and there’s even a few from across the pond. So come by for a cup and see what’s going on in craft cider. Read more

GOODS | Les Amis Du Fromage To Host Trio Of Pop-Ups Over “Culture Crawl” Weekend

November 14, 2014 

Les Amis du Fromage | 843 East Hastings, 604-253-4218 & 1752 West 2nd Ave, 604-732-4218 | buycheese.com

Les Amis du Fromage | 843 East Hastings, 604-253-4218 & 1752 West 2nd Ave, 604-732-4218 | buycheese.com

The GOODS from Les Amis Du Fromage

Vancouver, BC | Join les amis du FROMAGE while they host a weekend of Sweet Pop-Ups in their East Vancouver store. Come in for a sample and show your support for the up and coming local young entrepreneurs behind East Van Jam, The Salty Cookie Co., and The Lemon Square. The shop will be open from 10am-6pm during the Culture Crawl weekend, so please drop by if you’re in the neighbourhood.

East Van Jam | Saturday November 22 / Noon-4pm
Join Natalie Ferrari-Morton and her locally made East Van Jams at the store. Natalie is all about “MORE LOVE, LESS SUGAR”. In honor of East Vancouver’s unique variety of characters, East Van Jam produces fun food using locally sourced and often organic ingredients. Unlike conventional jams, EAST VAN JAM is made with a 4:1 fruit to sugar ratio. That’s four cups of REAL fruit (not juice from concentrate) to only one cup of sugar. This means for every jar of jam, there is at least one cup of actual fruit. And using 95% BC grown fruit (organic as often as possible and some straight from East Van backyards) you can trust the main ingredients did not travel far. With gourmet flavour combinations using only natural inputs such as lemon juice, citrus pectin, and vitamin C, every jar is filled with goodness you can serve with a clear conscious.

The Salty Cookie Co. | Sunday November 23 / Noon-4pm | Facebook | Instagram
The Salty Cookie Company is the dream child of pastry chef Meredith Kaufman. Having been a pastry chef since 1999 and a mom since 2004, cookies have always been a part of her life. What started off as a hobby of dropping off cookies to friends and loved ones, turned into a full time venture. Thus, The Salty Cookie Company was born. Come and enjoy our favourites like the Salty Brown Sugar Cookies, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip, and Spicy Ginger Molasses cookies.

The Lemon Square | Sunday November 23 / Noon-4pm | Facebook
The Lemon Square is a small slice of paradise. Handmade and all wrapped up just for you. Not your typical Lemon Square, this one is made with fresh lemons, BC butter and dusted with coconut. It’s perfect for gifts, parties, promotions, weddings or maybe just for yourself. We’re big fans of lemon desserts, and we love The Lemon Square. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked. Read more

GOODS | Extraordinary Whisky Dinner To Be Tabled At “Edible Canada” On November 24

November 13, 2014 

Edible Canada is located at 1595 Johnston St. on Granville Island | 604.682.6681 | ediblecanada.com

Edible Canada is located at 1595 Johnston St. on Granville Island | 604.682.6681 | ediblecanada.com

The GOODS from Edible Canada

Vancouver, BC | Whisky expert Andrew Starritt of Cask Strength partners with Edible Canada’s culinary brigade for a night of spirited culinary magic on November 24th. Your evening of unique and rare single malt whiskies are paired with rich, sultry dishes created to enhance the complex flavours of the spirits. Tickets are $120. With price points ranging from $80 to $400 a bottle, these dinners provide outstanding value and are perfect for the whisky lover and learner. Make your reservations here and learn more about Edible Canada after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Beta5 Chocolates Hosting Holiday Collection Release Party On November 15th

November 13, 2014 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

The GOODS from Beta5

Vancouver, BC | This Saturday, we’re giving away 6pc boxes of our Signature Holiday Chocolates to our first 25 customers and we’re sampling our Holiday Chocolate Collection all day long! So join us as we say hello to winter and goodbye to complicated gift shopping. We’ve got you covered. You can take care of your list in one stop with delicious BETA5 gifts, ranging from stocking stuffers to a spectacular chocolate centrepiece, the Chocolate Terrarium (pictured above). Come by our shop from 10am-5pm on Saturday, November 15th at 413 Industrial Avenue… Read more

HEADS UP | “Portraits Of Brief Encounters” Show & Game Set For Tonight In Chinatown

November 12, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | A new show/event/game called Portraits of Brief Encounters takes place tonight (November 12) at thisopenspace in Chinatown (434 Columbia St.). It will ask viewers to do more than just look at art. Each piece in the show corresponds to a short story in an accompanying booklet, and viewers will be asked to match as many stories and images as they can. Team-ups, deception and conniving are not only condoned, they’re encouraged.

There’s more at stake than bragging rights. Five dollars will get you a copy of the stories and a raffle for the grand prize, a limited edition book compiling prints of the images and stories. For every correct pairing you’ll knock $5 off one of the original pieces in the show, all starting at $250 with the proceeds going to the artists. For those who struggle with basic math (like myself), that could mean a total of $75 off. What’s more, every five correct answers nabs you another raffle towards the grand prize book.

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The stories – all of which are true – are an expansion of a regular column of the same name that Cole Nowicki writes for Vancouver’s Sad Mag. The show features 15 new stories, interpreted by a roster of artists recruited by curator Elliat Albrecht. She chose a diverse crew of emerging and established artists, meaning that while some portraits are pretty straightforward, others take a looser approach, making the viewer’s assignment a little tougher. “Some of them will be easier to get than others. It should be interesting,” says Cole.

One of the toughest parts to work out, according to Yashar Nijati, the mastermind behind the game, was figuring out how to get around the dubious human tendency for petty cheating. While you’ll be told how many answers you scored correctly, you won’t know which ones, keeping people honest.

The game starts at 6pm and the answers will be revealed at 10pm. Copies of the book will be on sale at the show and online.

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

November 11, 2014 

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

HOT TALKS | The Eastside Culture Crawl is just around the corner (November 20-23), but if you can’t stand the anticipation or are concerned that you won’t be able to fit in a visit to each of the 400 artists participating in the crawl this year, you can hit two birds with one stone this Thursday night with a pre-crawl event at Hot Art Wet City Gallery. The Main St. gallery has assembled eight East Van artists (Michelle Sirois Silver, Jon Shaw, Holly Cruise, Claire Madill, Patsy Kay Kolesar, Reilly Lievers, David Robinson, Robin Ripley) to share a little bit about their creative process in a short “Show & Tell” talk, giving art enthusiasts a hint of what’s to come during the Crawl’s studio visits next weekend.
Thu, Nov 13 | 7-8pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.) | Free | DETAILS

FILM | The Vancouver Short Film Festival is on this weekend. Hustle down to the Vancity Theatre for screenings of 17 short films and 4 web series episodes – all made by BC filmmakers. A wide range of genres will be represented including romance, comedy, sci-fi and horror – with almost all of the films shorter than 12 minutes. Check out the festival trailer here and for full program details and to purchase tickets, visit www.VSFF.com
Nov 14-16 | Various times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) | DETAILS

FUSE | The Vancouver Art Gallery offers occasional breaks from the usual. These evenings – dubbed FUSE – offer music, live performance, DJs and art. Such a break happens this Friday night, and it’ll be guest-curated by video artist Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab (expect it to be influenced by the Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibit currently showing at the VAG). There’s something sort of magical about wandering an art gallery after hours, so don’t miss out on the magic!
Fri, Nov 14 | 8pm–1am | Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) | $20 | DETAILS

DO IT ! | It may not be the most fun you’ll have all weekend but voting is important and it’s definitely one of the ten things that you should do between now and next week. The City of Vancouver website tells you everything you need to know, from candidate profiles and registration procedure to voting locations. Weigh in on who you think should occupy the offices of Mayor and Council as well as the Parks Board and School Trustees.
Sat, Nov 15 | 8am-8pm | Community Centres, Schools, and Halls | DETAILS

HERE TO THERE | The Access Gallery has a cool auction going on this weekend. 60 works, donated by established and emerging artists, will be for sale. The range of styles is wide and the level of talent is top-notch. Access is a non-profit, artist-run centre, which means that the majority of costs are covered through fundraising efforts – so this is a big deal. Support the arts by buying something to hang on your wall! Auction works can be viewed at www.auction.accessgallery.ca.
Preview: Thursday, Nov 13 | 7-9pm | 222 East Georgia St. | DETAILS
Auction: Saturday, November 15 | 9:30pm | 222 East Georgia St. | DETAILS

CRAFTY | The season of the craft fair is upon us. That means we’ll start seeing community centres, church basements and school gyms throughout the city fill up with tables and booths displaying all manner of unique and handmade gifts. Things get rolling this week with a gathering of more than 300 artists, designers and artisans drawn from across the country and wrangled together by the good folks at Circle Craft (a BC artist cooperative that exists to connect craftspeople with community for over 41 years now). Skip the malls and box stores. This Thursday through Sunday, buy small, independent and locally hand-made at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Thu-Sun, Nov 16 | Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place)| $14 | DETAILS

KARMA |  The good folks at Surfrider Vancouver are getting set to clean up Jericho Beach and they could use everyone’s help. Head over to Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday morning and lend a hand. The weather is expected to be dry and the view is always amazing, so roll up your sleeves, fill your lungs with fresh air and do some good. Bringing your own reusable gloves and bags is a great help.
Sat, Nov 15 | 11am-1pm | Jericho Sailing Centre | Free + good karma | DETAILS

PARTY | Hawkers Market goes down this Saturday night. The coolest feature this time around is a roving Dim Sum cart that will weave through the crowd offering a selection of one-off creations submitted by participating vendors and chefs like Juno Kim and David Mendes. Expect 33 Acres Beer, Kombucha from o5 Tea, baked goods, tacos, poutine, and even fried savoury burrata cheese doughnuts. A musical performance by Claire Mortifee and good vibes keep things going until late at night. This is the last market of the 2014 season, so grab tickets while you still can!
Sat, Nov 15 | 10am-late | The Independent (188 Kingsway) | $10/$15 at the door | DETAILS

CULTURE | Make your way to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden this Sunday for some intergenerational and intercultural creativity and storytelling. In a production that merges the talents of the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble with neighbourhood elders, artists and the larger community, “Autumn Flight” will be an afternoon of community art-making, live music, videos and shadow puppetry celebrating the city’s “bird-scape”. The Chinese Gardens are a beautiful place to visit at any time, but Fall is particularly stunning. Add to that a cup of hot tea and some vibrant cultural activity and you have a solid Sunday activity!
Sun, Nov 16 | 3 pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (578 Carrall) | $15 DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | There are two Winter Farmers Market to choose from this weekend. Head to the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday or skip over to the skatepark at the PNE on Sunday and load up on locally grown fruits and veggies as well as fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other goodies. Bonus: farmers are awesome people and awesome people will only make your weekend better.
Sat, Nov 15| 10am – 2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) | DETAILS
Sun, Nov 16 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Skatepark, PNE (Renfrew and Hastings) | 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.

GOODS | Chambar’s Jason Yamasaki Nails It, Nabs “Best Sommelier in BC” Distinction

November 6, 2014 

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in partnership with Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) has named Chambar Restaurant Sommelier, Jason Yamasaki, “Best Sommelier in BC”.

On November 3, 2014, 14 of the province’s top sommeliers gathered on Vancouver’s Granville Island for a morning of written theory and blind tasting exams. After compiling scores, the group was narrowed down to three candidates: Chambar’s Jason Yamasaki, Unsworth Vineyard’s Chris Turyk, and CinCin’s Shane Taylor. The competition then moved into a tense afternoon of Sommelierie testing including: sparkling and decantation service, food and wine pairing, wine list correction, and verbal blind tasting of 5 beverages. Principal judges, Ontario’s Bruce Wallner MS, Barbara Philip MW, and CAPS BC President, Michelle Bouffard, tabulated the final scores and declared Yamasaki the provincial winner.

In addition to being honored at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival as “Best Sommelier in BC”, Yamasaki will also represent British Columbia in the “Best Sommelier in Canada” competition in Ontario in the spring of 2015, and could potentially represent Canada at the world competition. For more information about Jason Yamasaki, click here. Read more

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!

CORNUCOPIA | Whistler throws a heck of a food and wine festival, and this year the Cornucopia festivities run for a magnificent 10 days. Prepare yourself for educational wine seminars, multi-course winemaker dinners, huge tasting events, and after-parties of a magnitude seldom seen in the province. While some events are free, most are ticketed and have the annoying habit of selling out, so book yours on the quick, pack a bag, and head up and up for the hills.
Now through Sun, Nov. 16 | Various locations throughout Whistler | DETAILS

OPENING | South Granville’s Gallery Jones launches Ghost Therapy, an exhibition of new works by Vancouver-based painter, illustrator and filmmaker Paul Morstad. Like a cross between a children’s book illustration and a naturalist’s notes from an 18th century explorer’s journal, Morstad’s work is simple but thoughtful with a hints of mischief throughout. As Gallery Jones explains, the artists work is “heavily influenced by the intersection of landscape, the natural world and the human experience. This is most strongly represented by Morstad’s use of maps as both an aesthetic and thematic element. From a compositional perspective the maps often form the background from which the fantastical emerges. This symbiotic relationship alludes to the human need to order and identify and also the idiosyncratic qualities of humankind, a species capable of mapping the ocean floor and coming up with curling.” The opening reception for Ghost Therapy goes down this Thursday evening (6-9pm) but if you can’t make opening night, the show continues until November 29th.
Thu, Nov 29 | 6-9pm | Gallery Jones (1725 W 3rd Ave) | DETAILS

DREAM HOME  | Nicolas Sassoon is an artist captivated by imagined places and space. Given that Sassoon’s work employs computer-based processes to generate ‘fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments’, the majority of his work is published online as animated GIFs. But not all of it! Sometimes, his GIF’s make the jump from screen to sculpture, print, or site-specific installations. Such an occasion will take place at the Wil Aballe Gallery this Thursday night. Dream Homes is Sassoon’s first solo exhibition.
Thu, Nov. 6 (to Dec 6) | 7-9pm | Wil Aballe Art Projects (528-2050 Scotia) | DETAILS

CULTURE | As part of Ouxi (Taiwanese Puppetry Festival), the Museum of Anthropology has a group of Taiwanese puppeteers visiting from overseas. In order to introduce these guests to the larger community, MOA is hosting Meet+Greet+Eat this Friday evening. Expect a cultural experience that will showcase the food and customs of Taiwanese and local First Nations artists together. Enjoy traditional foods, music and entertainment in a beautiful setting and get to know a distant culture through it all.
Fri, Nov 7 | 6-9pm | Museum of Anthropology (6393 N.W. Marine Dr., UBC) | DETAILS

DANCE | Grab your eyeliner, dig out the mesh, and dust off your pointy shoes! It’s Dark Eighties Night at The Astoria. Find your way to the DTES pub for cheap drinks and cult hits while surrounded by an authentic 80′s decor (complete with table top video games and black lights). Depeche Mode until you can’t take it any more!
Nov 8-9 | 9pm–2am | The Astoria (769 E. Hastings) | $6 | DETAILS

CELEBRATE | This month marks the fifth year anniversary of the BC edition of BeatRoute Magazine. Accordingly, the BeatRoute crew is throwing an epic three day party. An authority on the local music, art, and film scene, you can bet that the line-up assembled to celebrate this auspicious occasion will be top shelf. This is an all ages gig, so grab some kids and drag them along, too. Culture for all!
Nov. 6-8 | Korean Cultural Centre (1320 E Hastings) | $13-20 | DETAILS

NATURE | There’s no avoiding the rain in these November skies, but one of the great things about living in a rainforest is that its canopy provides a reasonable amount of cover from the downpour it relies upon. Head to Stanley Park this Sunday afternoon to learn more about rainforest ecology and how our local forests compare to other temperate and tropical forests around the world. Wear suitable footwear and take along a warm beverage to keep you fortified. To pre-register, email programs [at] stanleyparkecology.ca
Sun, Nov. 9 | 1:30-3:30pm | Meet at the Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS

DESIGN SUNDAY |  Take part in a community conversation and make a solid start to civic improvement on a personal scale. The Museum of Vancouver has joined forces with the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives to present a series of speakers that will engage Vancouverites in a dialogue on housing. This Sunday’s topic will be “Links between Loneliness, Engagement and Housing Affordability” with ‘Generation Squeeze‘ founder Paul Kershaw and architect Marianne Amodio. Remember your Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Go for it, get involved!
Sun, Nov. 9 | 2:30-5pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St) | $15 | DETAILS

THRIFT | If you’re looking to update your wardrobe but not looking to spend ridiculously in order to achieve that goal, consider hitting the Preloved Sale in East Van this Sunday. Peruse the goods gathered from the closets of 20 women; expect clothing, jewelry and accessories, vintage and new. So much better than the mall!
Sun, Nov. 9 | 10:30am–3:30pm | Astorino’s Ballroom (1739 Venables) | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | It’s a sad fact of shifting seasons that neighbourhood farmers markets have ended, but don’t fret. The Winter Farmers Market sets up in the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturdays. Visit your local farmers to load up on fresh fruits (apples are perfect right now) and veggies (potatoes, kale, broccoli and beets). Also hook yourself up with fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies.
Sat, Nov 8| 10am – 2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) | 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.

GOODS | “The Acorn” Tables New Menu And Adapts Mac & Cheese For Meatless Monday

November 4, 2014 

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

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

The GOODS from The Acorn

Vancouver, BC | Beginning Monday, November 10th, The Acorn will be open 7 days a week – including “Meatless Monday”. The Main St. restaurant will also be launching its new Late-Autumn menu.

Every week on Meatless Monday, The Acorn will feature a unique take on the Mac and Cheese (in addition to the regular menu). The Acorn’s interpretation on the North American comfort classic uses a traditional recipe as a backbone for experimentation and embellishment with local and seasonal vegetables. This new special, which will take the form of the restaurant’s “Harvest” plate, will be available exclusively on Mondays and will be modified week to week while remaining ever faithful to its nostalgic elements. There will be also be vegan and gluten-free versions of the dish.

“I think [the Mac and Cheese] will surprise and delight our customers,” says Chef Rob Clarke. “The dish is such a staple to so many people and it’s really fun for us to be able to get creative with it.”

The Acorn is excited to be finally open on Meatless Monday, an international movement started in 2003 to improve the health of the individual and the planet. The restaurant’s new hours are as follows: Sunday to Wednesday – Dinner until 1030 / Bar Service until 12am, and Thursday to Saturday – Dinner until 11 / Bar Service until 1am. Read more

GOODS | Summerhill Pyramid Winery Set To Pour At David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour Nov. 9

November 3, 2014 

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is locatied at 4870 Chute Lake Road in Kelowna, BC | (250) 764-8000 | Summerhill.bc.ca

Summerhill Pyramid Winery is locatied at 4870 Chute Lake Rd in Kelowna, BC | 250-764-8000 | Summerhill.bc.ca

The GOODS from Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Kelowna, BC | On his last national tour, David Suzuki shares the wisdom of a life full of action and celebrates Canadians who are standing up for the people and places they love. A special VIP reception at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St, Vancouver) on Sunday, November 9 from 5-7pm will directly precede the finale event at the Orpheum that same evening (show starts at 7pm).

Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Cipes family have been longtime supporters of the David Suzuki Foundation and have been hand selected to showcase their organic and biodynamic wines alongside cuisine from top Vancouver chefs from the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, including Vikram Vij (Vij’s), Ned Bell (Yew at the Four Seasons) and David Hawksworth (Hawksworth).

VIP reception tickets include premium seating at the finale event featuring performances and appearances by Neil Young, Robert Bateman, the Barenaked Ladies, Margaret Atwood, Feist, Shayne Koyczan and many more.

“David Suzuki’s message is brilliant and simple and true: Every Canadian should have the right to a healthy environment. We’re proud to support his efforts out on the road, getting the message out there and hopefully starting a national debate on this bold and righteous premise,” says Ezra Cipes, CEO of Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

A limited number of VIP tickets are still available via Ticketmaster. Read more

GOODS | Seven Cool Pop-Ups Scheduled For November At @thisopenspace In Chinatown

November 3, 2014 

A full-service pop-up production agency in Chinatown | 434 Columbia St. | 778.839.2828 | thisopenspace.ca

A full-service pop-up production agency in Chinatown | 434 Columbia St. | 778.839.2828 | thisopenspace.ca

The GOODS from THISOPENSPACE

Vancouver, BC | There’s seven new pop-up concepts at our Chinatown store in November. The month starts with a few quick pop-up shops including the launch of two new fashion brands and a weekend café. On the 12th “Portraits of Brief Encounters” is an immersive gallery-game that combines story telling and original art and invites the audience to play along. The holiday season officially kicks off mid-month with Etsy opening a pop-up store and #Portage bringing a kick-ass line-up of local makers in a Pacific Coast Cabin themed store. Our blog has the full details of what’s ahead, including more pop-ups being held around town. Check us out on the new thisopenspace.ca.

NOV 04-06 | #Glamsesh Fashion & Accessories Boutique | Bringing L.A. chic to Vancouver through their online store, #Glamsesh is opening a brick & mortar pop-up for the first time ever. Expect the latest trends in fashion, jewelry, and accessories. Style that won’t break the bank is key here. We were hard pressed to find anything over $100 on their site, with most items well under $50. Check out their online shop for a preview of what to expect.
Hours: 11AM-9PM daily

NOV 08-09 | #BajaBeans Weekend Café & Fundraiser | This is a feel good story. North Vancouver born and raised Tidey family moved to Pescadero, Mexico 5 years ago with a love for coffee and sense of adventure. They build a premium roasting company and a community hub in town. That’s until a hurricane devastated Pescadero. They’re opening a weekend café serving Baja Beans coffee and a Saturday night fundraiser supported by friends Postmark Brewing amongst others. Tickets to the fundraiser are available now on Eventbrite with proceeds going to aid the community in Pescadero affected by the hurricane.
Café Hours: 10AM-3PM
Saturday’s Fundraiser: 7PM-11PM

NOV 10-11 | #COQOandRICH Fashion Show & Collection Launch | New Streewear label comes to Chinatown to launch their AW14 Collection with a fashion show and pop-up shop. The hip-hop inspired streetwise label produces their garments locally and has a muted colour palette; the brand stands out without being loud. The quick two-day affair is early in the week but thankfully Tuesday is a stat so you can enjoy yourself with a drink some guilt free fashion.
Hours: Monday 5PM-11PM, Tuesday 12PM-4PM

NOV 12 | Portraits of Brief Encounters: Immersive Gallery-Game | Let’s play a game. Local writer Cole Nowicki and event producer Yashar Nijati have teamed up with 15 artists curated by Elliat Albrecht to bring a unique immersive gallery-game experience. You get a storybook and match tales of run-ins, pass-by’s, overhears, and introspections to 15 original pieces of art. The prize? Correct answers get you discount on the displayed artwork, and entries into a grand prize draw – a book of stories and prints signed by all artists. It’s $5 to play and this will be the art show of the season. There’s also rumour of a few surprises.
Hours: 6PM-11PM

NOV 13-19 | #UnwrapEtsy | The online marketplace is starting a global holiday pop-up tour and we couldn’t be more excited to have them kick things off in Vancouver. If you hadn’t heard, Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. They’ve invited a curated selection of outstanding Vancouver vendors for #UnwrapEtsy, a concept for the holiday season that encourages us to find the unexpected on Etsy.com from local artisans and makers. Come meet those in your backyard and impress everyone on your list this season.
Hours: Thursday 6PM-9PM (Media Preview), Daily 11AM-7PM (6PM on Wednesday)

NOV 20-23 | #SustainableTextiles | Students from SFU’s Product Design & Development have worked closely with sustainability leaders in Vancouver’s textile industry to understand what it means to participate in the circular economy. Drawing on the rich experiences of these leaders and working to close the identified gaps, the students propose new products and services and bring them into a pop-up store to share with the public.

NOV 24-30 | #Portage | Portage is a week-long independent pop-up shop. Showcasing the work of a selection of Vancouver’s best local makers, in a Pacific Coast Cabin atmosphere. The concept is from two well-known local makers AW by Andrea Wong, and MH by Melanie Hull. They’re hosting an opening party on Nov.25 with pre-holiday festive drinks. Bonus: There’s two long-table dinner series on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets go on sale soon. Check our site for details and full list of participating Vendors.
Hours: Daily 11AM-7PM (Opening party on Tuesday to 10PM), Sunday to 6PM Read more

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