GOODS | Orofino Supporting ‘Sofa Sessions’ Evening Of Music At Secret West Side Spot

April 23, 2014 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Rd in beautiful Cawston, BC | 250-499-0068 | orofinovineyards.com

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC | 250-499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Orofino is thrilled to support a terrific opportunity to experience an evening of music and wine on Saturday,` April 26th. Forget block long line-ups or rowdy crowds. Sofa Sessions is a unique opportunity to experience live music in the intimate setting of a Vancouver home. It’s not every day that you get to be up close and personal with handpicked Canadian musicians, surrounded by great people, all while supporting an amazing cause, imagine1day.

Volume 4 of Sofa Sessions will be headlined by two-time Juno nominee Jeremy Fisher from Toronto. Vancouver’s “no ordinary soul man” Robert Wilson will open the show, and hosting the evening will be CBC award-winning host and producer, Paolo Pietropaolo.

This is the second time Orofino has paired up with Sofa Sessions to present top Canadian talent in this unique setting. All wine is donated for the evening with proceeds going to imagine1day. The event is held at a secret venue in the Point Grey neighbourhood, locations revealed with ticket purchase. Learn more after the jump… Read more

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

April 22, 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!

BODY ART | There’s a tattoo show going down at the Vancouver Convention Centre over the weekend. In addition to booths and tables manned by vendors and artists, expect special guest artists, demonstrations, workshops and contests, not to mention a lot of inked skin.
Apr. 25-27 | Various times | Vancouver Convention Centre | $20 | DETAILS

AFFORDABLE ART | Phantoms in the Front Yard is an 8-person artists’ collective comprised of established local artists that use the human figure as their muse. Phantoms will be doing a one night only show at the Burrard Hotel this Friday night. The crew will be taking over 3 hotel rooms to exhibit hundreds of miniature paintings and drawings (everything shown will be in an under 10″ x 10″ format) based on the theme of ‘Everyone I’ve Never Known’. As explained by Phantoms in the Front Yard member Jay Senetchko, the show is about “strangers who have influenced us but we’ve never really known, or, strangers we feel like we know but have never met. From Charles Darwin to your local bank teller…” The super good news is that the art will be priced in the $200-$500 range, and there will be music, cool people, a cash bar, and an after-party (also free).
Fri, Apr. 25 | 6pm – 8:30pm with after party to follow | 1100 Burrard St. | DETAILS

EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE ART | Once a year Vancouver art enthusiast Chris Bentzen curates a show of the works of 50 (mostly) local artists. It’s called Carded, and the twist is that every piece in the show fits on a 2.5 x 3.5 card. All of the card-sized works are displayed on the walls of the gallery but show attendees are also able to purchase a mixed pack of five pieces of the baseball/hockey card-sized art for $5. The only catch is that the pack will be random and you may not score the item you were after. And that’s when the fun begins…people start bargaining and trading. Don’t be alarmed to hear statements like: “You’ve got a Sophia Ahamed? I’ll trade you my Exploding Haggis for your Ahamed!” It’s a fun and interactive way to score some art at affordable prices. Organisers expect the show to sell out so think about arriving early to avoid disappointment.
Sat, Apr. 26 | 7-11pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main @ 6th) | DETAILS

DINE | The Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club is holding one of their quick-to-sell-out dinners this weekend. This meal will be a South Indian vegetarian feast, so you can expect everything from kormas and curries to chutneys and fritters. Swallow Tail – always looking to add an extra level of detail to their dining experiences – has arranged for each guest at their table to take home an original watercolour (inspired by ingredients used for the meal) by local artist Angela Fama. Seats are going fast, so don’t dilly-dally.
Sat, Apr. 26 | 6:30 – 9:30pm | Location revealed with ticket purchase | $59 | DETAILS

COMMUNITY | The development of the site is still in the early planning stages but The Vancouver Park Board is planning to slap a new park on corner of Yukon Street and 17th Avenue. Hooray for more parks! It’s not often that a community gets to be in on the planning stages of a new green space in their neighbourhood, so get involved by attending an open house on Saturday. Learn more about the project, offer your insights and impressions, and swap ideas with your neighbours.
Sat, Apr. 26 | 10am – 2pm | 17th Avenue and Yukon Street | DETAILS 

GET GROWING | Evidence of Spring is already pushing through the soil. Feeling perplexed as to how to get things growing? The ladies of Victory Gardens are offering a Spring Gardening Basics class this Saturday morning that will walk you through the steps of preparing your garden for a season of plentiful food production. Not only will participants of this 101 style workshop leave schooled on the importance of compost and soil, they’ll also learn about when to plant what, which edible plants will do well in Vancouver soil, how to sew seeds and how to safely transplant seedlings from pot to garden, and so on. Each participant will receive a pack of organic seeds and some notes on Spring Gardening Basics. Following this workshop there will be a gardening supply sale. The perfect way to start the first week of Spring!
Saturday, April 26 | 10:30am | 151 W 1st Ave | $20 | DETAILS

PITCH IN | Here’s a fine way to rack up some karma points: roll up your sleeves and join in a city-wide spring cleanup. Keep Vancouver Spectacular is a City program that provides community members with gloves, garbage bags, and tools for trash pickup when they carry out coordinated block-clean ups. This Saturday morning you can put on your grubby clothes and spend an hour or two picking up litter from streets and laneways in the Fraser & Broadway area. After the work is done, everyone is invited to head to the Mount Pleasant Community Centre for lunch. Block cleanup are happening all across the city throughout May.
Sat, Apr. 26 | 9:30am | Fraser & Broadway (2500 Block Fraser) | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting their annual Vancouver Special Tour this weekend. Look inside five new and amazingly renovated Vancouver Specials! It’s a one day, ticketed, self-guided event that celebrates innovation and design and asks the important question: ‘What can you do to make one of the least appealing architectural styles livable in a modern context?’ From Vancouver Heritage Foundation: “In 2014 we’ll visit visit a Joe Wai Special – an architectural style unique to Strathcona, as well as an unexpectedly beautiful in-law suite, and a Special constructed entirely of cinder block. Come see what it took to make a bunker-like Special into a success (hint, concrete saws were required). Explore how a standardized design continues to flourish behind a Vancouver movement to revitalize and reinterpret this uniquely-Vancouver house style today.”
Sat, Apr. 26 | 12-3pm | Various locations | $30 | DETAILS

ICONS | Head to the magical subterranean caverns of the Biltmore Cabaret this Sunday and browse hand-picked vintage like you’ve never seen before. Expect vintage-clothing vendors, flea-market finds, fancy antiques, accessories, stuffed animals, shoes, jewellery, records, retro household items, cameras, and all manner of other curious trinkets. This is a cabaret, so the bar will be open! Shoppin’, drinkin’, and dancin’ encouraged!
Sun, Apr. 27 | 11 am–5 pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward) | DETAILS

BIKE SWAP |  It’s getting to be that time of the year when we can start to think about cruising around the city on a bike (and not just for transportation sake but for, well,  for the mere sun-on-your-face-with-a-breeze pleasure of it). Don’t have a bike or looking to trade in your old ride for something slicker? You’re in luck, because this weekend brings with it a vintage bicycle swap at Britannia Centre. Buy, sell or trade bikes as well as parts and tools. Cruisers, BMX, road bikes and muscle bikes – they’ll all be there, looking for new homes.
Sun, Apr. 27 | 10am | Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier) | 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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GOODS | La Pentola Continues Its Famiglia Supper Series With 10 Course Marche Feast

April 22, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues this April as we take a trip to the region of Marche, Italy. Join us Sunday, April 27 at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. For this 10+ course Italian feast Chef Lucais will feature classic dishes including Olives Ascolane and Vincisgrassi as well as coastal Marche inspired fish, seafood, meat, and farm fresh vegetable dishes. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. The cost is $55 per person for 10+ courses. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Pidgin Partners With Toronto’s Bar Isabel For “Visa Infinite” Supper On May 7th

April 18, 2014 

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

Pidgin is located at 350 Carrall Street in Vancouver’s Gastown | 604.620.9400 | www.PidginVancouver.com

The GOODS from Pidgin

Vancouver, BC | On May 7, 2014 at 6:30pm, Visa Infinite cardholders are invited to Gastown’s Pidgin to experience an unforgettable menu inspired by global flavours from Japan, Korea, Spain, France and Canada with Vancouver’s chef Makoto Ono (Pidgin) and Toronto chef Grant van Gameren (Bar Isabel) sharpening their knives for an evening of culinary collaboration. Both chefs were included on enRoute magazine’s list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2013. For one night only, the duo presents a multi-course menu carefully matched with unique beer, wine, cocktail, and sake parings.

Celebrated for his attention to detail and flavour, chef Makoto Ono takes a delicate and playful approach, crafting highly composed dishes. Chef Grant van Gameren, known for his approachable, Spanish-inspired fare, creates unfussy plates bursting with imagination. Guests can expect a cutting-edge and inventive menu as these two nationally famous top chefs push one another to produce one-of-a-kind cuisine. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Market” In The Shangri-La Set For All-Ages Easter Brunch Service This Sunday

April 18, 2014 

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Market by Jean-Georges is located at 1128 W. Georgia | 604-695-1115 | www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges

Vancouver, BC | On April 20, 2014, MARKET by Jean-Georges will be welcoming in Spring with an Easter Brunch fit for all ages. From an exclusive three-course brunch menu to a live jazz band and a Kids Zone hosted by Granville Island Toy Company, MARKET promises a fun, easy and sophisticated Easter for everyone.

The Easter Brunch menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau, highlights cuisine inspired by the classics of Jean-Georges’ “greatest hits” with fresh, locally produced ingredients emphasizing comfort and creativity–including new flavour combinations that explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home. The $45.00 brunch using locally sourced products, consists of a choice of appetizer, main and dessert with menu items such as Carpaccio of Beef and Smoked Mozzarella with Lime and Basil and Crunchy Roasted Halibut with Glazed Mushrooms with Green Chili.

A Children’s Menu will also be on hand with classic kid-friendly dishes such as Nutella Crepes ($8.00) and Scrambled Eggs with Bacon ($8.00). To ensure the children don’t miss out on the Easter fun, the Granville Island Toy Company will be setting up children’s tables and toys, a bouncy castle, and coordinating a visit from the Easter Bunny himself. Read more

GOODS | Big Long Table Feasts Over Easter Weekend At “The Irish Heather” In Gastown

April 18, 2014 

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Join in the festivities this Easter Weekend with a sumptuous feast at the Irish Heather on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st. In true Long Table style, guests will gather round a communal table for an evening of good food, fine drink and much merriment, all at an unbeatable price.

The Long Table Series was originally designed as an alternative dining option when the recession was hitting hard and hindering folks from enjoying a night out. It has endured as a popular weekly event because it remains a unique and affordable experience that brings together all those who share a common love of food and good company.

This festive gathering marks the launch of the new Long Table Series menu for the season, and guests this weekend will enjoy what will become the Sunday special; Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roasting Jus and Roast Potatoes, all washed down with a crisp pint of Grimbergen. Bring family and friends, or come to meet some friendly faces over a hearty home-cooked meal. At only $17 including the artisan beer, it’s hard to find an experience around town better suited for this holiday weekend. Details after the jump… Read more

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

April 15, 2014 

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

NERD OUT | If you’re walking around downtown this weekend and you notice an increase in the number of adults cruising around in full-on superhero / anime costume, that’s probably because Fan Expo Vancouver is on. The day will include special celebrity guests, panels, comic dealers, workshops, and lots and lots of really awesome costumes.
Apr. 18 – 20 | Various times | Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place) | $20-$69

FOUNDATIONS | The Emily Carr University of Art + Design Foundation Show will line the walls of the ECUAD Concourse Gallery with works by first year students. Sure the show is an opportunity for new students to bring their family and friends down to see what’s been keeping them so busy over the past eight months, but it’s also an opportunity for the general public to size up the next wave of emerging art, design and media makers, and even place bets on their futures by purchasing their work. Pop down to Granville Island for the opening reception on Thursday night. This show continues until April 27.
Opening night | Thu, Apr. 17 | 7 – 10pm | Emily Carr University of Art & Design 
Ongoing |  Apr. 19 – 26 |  10am -6pm daily | Emily Carr University of Art & Design | DETAILS

RECORD STORE DAY | It’s Record Store Day on Saturday so independently run record stores across the city are fixin’ to help you celebrate. Expect in-store performances, record releases, sales and the coming together of people who love music. Hit Red Cat Records, Neptoon and Dandelion on Main, Zulu Records on 4th Avenue, plus Vinyl, Noize, Beat Street, and Highlife for all sorts of record-related fun. Oh, and let’s not forget the classical grooves at Sikora downtown! Tip: Neptoon Records in particular has a full roster of performances planned, so skip over to their website to see their impressive line-up (running from 11am through until 7pm).
Sat, Apr. 19 | All Day | Various Locations Around Town | Free | DETAILS

CREATE | Looking for some artistic inspiration? There’s a Gastown gig going this Friday called ‘Late Nite Art’ that might be just the ticket. It’s not your basic “still life” class, but rather an evening of creativity and collaborative art-making lubricated by music, food and discussion. For this edition of Late Nite Art, “a facilitator, a chef, an artist, and a photographer combine forces to create an intimate, socially conducive environment and produce an engaging and entertaining night.” No previous experience needed. Just bring your imagination. Ticket price includes workshop, dinner, tax, and a tip.
Fri, Apr. 18 | 7:30pm | Archive at Revolver (325 Cambie St) | $35 | DETAILS

FILM | The David Cronenberg retrospective continues at Pacific Cinematheque. From early experimental features like Crimes of the Future and Stereo to well known blockbusters like Crash, the selection of 13 full length films and four shorts was curated by the Toronto Film Festival and will be presented over the next few weeks on the big screen. Dark, smart and tense, Cronenberg films are consistently provocative, so spreading a retrospective out over time is probably better for everyone! You can catch films in this series at various times and dates over the next month. This long weekend, for example, you can catch The Dead Zone, The Fly, Naked Lunch and M. Butterfly.
Now – May 2 | Various times | Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Vancouver Natural History Society is leading a walk through the shoreline of Stanley Park this Friday. As Nature Vancouver explains, “Spring often yields seasonal finds such as barnacle-eating nudibranchs, or their eggs, and bryozoans on kelp. The seaweed should not be too extensive yet, allowing a good look at the cobbled areas. We will also be looking for the presence/absence of seastars after 2013′s devastating seastar wasting syndrome.” Sounds fascinating, right? So pull on some sensible footwear, pack a rain slicker just in case, and head to Stanley Park to stuff your brain full of all sorts of science.
Fri, Apr. 18 | 12noon | Children’s water park at the north end of Stanley Park | DETAILS

BRUNCH | What are long weekends for if not lazy brunches? Our suggestions: gather some friends and hit Lynn Canyon for an early morning hike and then stop in at North Vancouver’s Tomahawk Restaurant for Yukon-style bacon and eggs or fluffy french toast. Over on the East Side, Yolks (in the old Brave Bull site at Hastings and Clark) is the perfect Easter brunch venue with its easy pastel blue and yellow colour palette and, well, eggs. Try a build-your-own poached free-range egg sandwich and a manmosa (fresh squeezed orange juice and Parallel 49′s Hayfever beer). At Railtown’s Ask For Luigi, Chef J.C. Poirier has transported the simple Italian spirit of their evening service to a brunch menu that includes house-made bread with jam and taleggio cheese, frittata with pancetta and potatoes or tomatoes and mozzarella, and waffles with apples, hazelnuts and tiramisu crema.
Tomahawk | 1550 Philip Ave | Sun-Thurs 8am-on, Fri-Sun from 9am | DETAILS
Yolks | 1298 East Hastings St | Mon-Fri (8-3pm); Sat-Sun (9-4) | DETAILS
Ask For Luigi | 305 Alexander St | Sat-Sun 9:30 – 2:30pm | DETAILS

4:20 | On the 20th day of the 4th month (that would be this Sunday), thousands of people gather in, on, and around the Vancouver Art Gallery to celebrate one of BC’s strongest industries: marijuana. Pot cookies, smoking tents, bongo drums, naked people and dreadlocks…expect it all. The first reefers are lit early in the day and the cloud of blue love gathers all day, reaching it’s zenith in a storm at 4:20pm. If you’re driving through downtown, take caution around the VAG parameter, as there may be a few slow moving pedestrians to avoid.
Sun, Apr. 20 | 4:20pm | Vancouver Art Gallery | Free (or $5 a joint)

EAT LOCAL | Pick up provisions for the long week at the Farmer’s Market this Saturday. Locally grown fruits and veggies, fresh eggs and artisan cheese, baked goods and preserves, picked, coffee, honey and wild salmon – it’s all at Nat Bailey Framers Market. Get over there and buy local! These are the last days of the Winter Farmer’s Markets. After next Saturday’s market (April 26) we wait for the first of the regular spring/summer season farmers markets to start up. Yaletown starts May 1st and Trout Lake and Kits open May 10th + 11th respectively.
Saturday, March 19 | Parking Lot – Nat Bailey | Free | DETAILS

TOTALLY BAKED | The Bakers Market is on this weekend. Load up with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes out at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. We’re guessing this weekend will see all manner of Easter-themed goodies like pastel coloured macaroons, madeleines, cupcakes and marshmallows, plus lots of gluten free and vegan options – the whole shebang. It’s like a dreamy dessert buffet or the biggest bakery you’ve ever set foot in.
Sun, Apr. 20 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert | DETAILS

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

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

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GOODS | Ladies Of “House Wine” Lining Up A Global Tasting Of Pinot Noir On April 23rd

April 15, 2014 

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard | housewine.ca

House Wine is a wine consultancy company from trade vets Michaela Morris & Michelle Bouffard | housewine.ca

The GOODS from House Wine

Vancouver, BC | From the heartbreak grape’s birthplace of Burgundy to its more recent success stories in Oregon, New Zealand and California, Pinot Noir has captured the hearts of winemakers and seduced numerous wine drinkers. To discover this grape’s special charms, join the house wine ladies on the evening of Wednesday, April 23rd at Legacy Liquor Store in Olympic Village for a comparative tasting of Pinot Noir from across the globe. Besides visiting more established areas we will pour examples from newer dwellings of BC, Chile and Argentina. Be prepared to fall in love! Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Movies At Market Dinner Series To Launch With Premiere Of “Spinning Plates”

April 10, 2014 

The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges

Vancouver, BC | Grab your gourmet popcorn and a seat, and join MARKET by Jean-Georges for a culinary journey with an inspired take on the classic pairing of dinner and a movie. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver will be opening the doors to its private Blue Moon Theatre for an exclusive screening followed by a private four-course dinner at MARKET by Jean-Georges for. Kicking off the Movies at MARKET series, on April 23 and 24, will be the Vancouver premiere of Spinning Plates, an award-winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life.

In Spinning Plates, a world-renowned three-star Michelin chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | New ‘Phantoms In The Front Yard’ Show Exhibiting At The Burrard On April 25

April 10, 2014 

The Burrard Hotel is located at 1100 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, BC | 604.681.2331 | www.theburrard.com

The Burrard Hotel is located at 1100 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, BC | 604.681.2331 | www.theburrard.com

THE GOODS FROM THE BURRARD HOTEL

Vancouver, BC | The Burrard is always excited to team up to support its neighbours, and so they’re thrilled to host a short-and-sweet exhibition of miniature works with local artists’ collective, Phantoms in the Front Yard on Friday, April 25. Called “Everyone I’ve Never Known,” the show asks questions like, “Where do we know others, or not know them? How are we impacted by people we have never met? Who are the strangers that have made a mark in our lives?” It’s no coincidence that these are questions that come up in hotels ALL. THE. TIME.

Everyone is invited to come down to The Burrard on April 25 and check out the works in the courtyard from noon ‘til 8:30pm, with a reception with Phantoms in the Front Yard and the Burrard team from 6pm to 8:30pm that evening. All the works are miniatures, for sale, and priced between $200 and $500 each. In the meantime, you can enter to win one of the works, along with a two night stay in one of The Burrard’s updated, retro hotel rooms via Instagram or Twitter – just check out the Phantoms’ website for details. Read more

GOODS | “Dockside” Set To Host Pelican Bay Spring Splash Wine Tasting On May 14

Dockside Restaurant is located at 1253 Johnston St. in Vancouver BC | 604-685-7070 | docksidebrewing.com

Dockside Restaurant is located at 1253 Johnston St. in Vancouver BC | 604-685-7070 | docksidebrewing.com

The GOODS from Dockside

Vancouver, BC | Dockside Restaurant is pleased to announce the return of the popular Pelican Bay Spring Splash Wine Tasting presented by Coal Harbour Liquor Store. On May 14th from 5-8pm, over 15 of the best wineries and distributors in British Columbia will be on hand pouring over 60 wines in Dockside’s award-winning waterfront setting. The Pelican Bay Spring Splash is the antidote to convention-hall sized tastings, offering a well-curated range of delicious seasonal offerings and perennial favourites in a spectacular setting. Get all the details and ticket info after the jump… Read more

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

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

PUBLIC ART | Poodle sculptures, 16 ft sparrows, murals, installations – does public art add to the texture of the urban landscape? When well planned and genuinely considered, of course it can contribute not only to the beauty of a neighbourhood but to the dialogue within and between communities. At the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library this Wednesday night, there’s a talk focusing on not only the purpose and benefit of public art, but also “the process behind the management and production of public-art commissions”. See you there.
Wed, April 9 | 6:30-8:30 pm | Alice MacKay Room, VPL Main Branch | Free | DETAILS

FILM FEAST | There’s an imaginative pairing of film and food taking place at Lost & Found Cafe this Thursday night. Get this: the Winner Winner team of Chen-Wei Lee (Wildebeest, Blacktail Florist), Stanley Yung (Dirty Apron), and Alain Chow (Bao Bei) are cooking a pop-up dinner that takes inspiration from Tampopo, the mid-80′s Japanese flick that was a (back then) strange hybrid foodie/comedy that focused on the quest for a perfect bowl of ramen. For $35 (when was the last time you had a meal and a movie for that price) expect Nori Popcorn, Ahirun (duck) ramen with nukazuke pickles, and a butter mochi cake to finish. This event will sell out, so don’t wait!
Thurs, April 10 | 7pm | Lost & Found Cafe (33 W Hastings St) | $35 | DETAILS

SHOP HOP |  The Gastown Spring Shop Hop happens this Thursday night. The one-night-only event offers Vancouverites the opportunity to cruise 44 of Gastown’s best shops, check out all of the new spring wares, and be treated to great deals, in-store specials and the occasional cupcake or glass of bubbly. And get this, the kind people of Gastown want to make sure that you don’t get weighed down by the trying on of clothes and the carrying of bags, so with every purchase you make you’ll receive a food or drink voucher to one of your favourite nearby participating restaurants (think Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Salt, Peckinpah, Pourhouse). Even if you’re not looking to spend, the vibe is good and the business owners are friendly. Bonus: The Block is unpacking fresh boxes of A.P.C.’s spring collection this week!
Thurs, April 10 | 5pm–9pm | Various very cool locations | FREE to browse | DETAILS

EAT THIS | Ever heard of the Hult Prize For Social Enterprise? No? Neither had I. It’s a start-up accelerator that annually sees over 10,000 international college and MBA student teams compete to be awarded one million dollar dollars toward establishing their business. So it’s not small potatoes. The 2013 winners were a group of McGill University students who devised a system for insect farming that aims to address issues of hunger and malnutrition by providing protein through bugs. This team will be at The Four Seasons to conduct a panel discussion about food security and sustainability that will undoubtedly be fascinating and informative from both a food security and business perspective. Bonus: there will be a cash bar and, I kid you not,  grasshoppers to munch on. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required (register HERE)
Thurs, April 10 | 6pm | Arbutus Room, Four Seasons (791 W Georgia St) | Free | DETAILS

RUMBLE TIME | The Warriors is on at the Rio this week. Can you dig it? Recall, if you will, The Riffs, The Rogues, The Orphans, The Lizzies, The Baseball Furies. Man, those Furies still freak me out! Made in 1979, it’s a ”highly stylized action classic set in New York. A messianic crime lord calls a meeting of all the city’s gangs with plans to unite them against the cops. He gets assassinated and The Warriors are set up by a rival gang to take the fall. The Warriors then find themselves fighting for their lives on their way across the city to their home turf of Coney Island.” But it’s waaaay creepy. Particularly those Baseball Furies. Warriors…come out to play-ay-ay!
Fri, Apr. 11 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8 ($6 in film-related costume) | DETAILS

NATURE | Although the city and people of Vancouver demonstrate a respect 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 it’s best (using everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes) to get us thinking about ways in which we (as humans and Vancouverites) shape nature, as well as the ways in which nature shapes us. This show is curated by author J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World; co-author of The 100-Mile Diet) who will be at the MOV on Friday night to lead a discussion of “how the past can teach us about what a healthy ecological world looks like, and delve into how we’re learning here in Vancouver, and beyond, how to raise the bar on what we see as the ‘normal’ state of nature.”
Friday, April 11 | Doors 6pm | Talk at 7pm | MoV, 1100 Chestnut | $14 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | The Great Bear Rainforest, the temperate coastal forest of Northern BC, is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful and pristine ecosystems on earth. By all accounts, time spent in this region will effect you profoundly, but it’s a bit of a trek and not everyone has the experience, funds or time to make the journey. Now you don’t have to travel to get a sense of the place. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum out at UBC will launch the Wondrous: The Forest and Sea of the Great Bear exhibition this month. It invites Vancouverites to wander a series of photographs and sound recordings aimed at transporting us to the region to illustrate “the relationship between the land and the ocean, forest and river, economy and ecology.” All events related to Wondrous are free with entry to the museum.
Saturday, April 12 | 10:30am | Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC) | DETAILS

PARK WALK | Get to know a little bit about the wildlife of Stanley Park this Sunday evening with a special twilight stroll along the shores of Lost Lagoon and into the trails around Beaver Lake. As you wander, the knowledgeable Stanley Park Ecology Society volunteer leaders will explain the habitats of the otter and beaver populations of the park. You’ll learn to  listen for the sound of a beaver tail slap across the water and will hear all about the sneaky ways of the otter.
April 13 | 6-7:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon | $10 | DETAILS

SPRING | Along with daffodil-studded boulevards, cherry blossoms, and occasional blue skies, the annual Spring perogy lunch at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Strathcona is a sure indicator of the true arrival of the most welcome of seasons. In addition to the shining linoleum-floored basement lined with communal lunch tables ready for plates of home-made borscht, perogies and kielbasa sausage, there will be a bazaar to pick though upstairs. Leave with a full belly and a few treasures from the sale, grab a cup of tea at The Wilder Snail and then park your bum in MacLean Park for a hang out session (weather permitting).
Sunday, April 13 | 11am-3:30pm | Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E Pender) Street | DETAILS

LAUGH | Vancouverites love Portland. It’s a magical land that celebrates all we hold dear (good food, craft beer, artisanal cheese, unpretentious wine and casual fashion) but without the astronomical real-estate prices, stifling bylaws, or heavy taxes that are so pervasive here. It’s our sexier and adventurous big sister. Even so, the ‘independent’ mantra that coats (like locally-sourced honey) every little detail of life and sometimes (like an over-waxed moustache) it makes us want giggle. Enter Portlandiapalooza! Yup, hit The Rio Theatre this Sunday for a daylong ‘bingefest’ of seasons 1-3 of Portlandia! Indulge in the guilty pleasure of laughing at the city that we long to be. From The Rio: “There will be birds on things. Pickled popcorn. Artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches. A selection of some of Portland’s very best craft beer courtesy of the fine folks at Copper & Theory. Official Portlandia swag signed by stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. and…series co-creator and star Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers) will be joining us for a live Skype Q&A!”
Sunday, April 13 | 1pm | The Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $15 | 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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GOODS | Chef Angus An Hosting Meyer Family Vineyards At Kitsilano’s “Maenam”

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

West 4th’s crticially acclaimed Maenam is located at 1938 West 4th Ave in Kits | 604-730-5579 | www.maenam.ca

The GOODS from Maenam

Vancouver, BC | Join Maenam’s Chef Angus An and sommelier Kurtis Kolt on Wednesday, April 16th as they welcome Meyer Family Vineyards wine proprietor Jak Meyer. For one night only, 13 guests experience a family-style three-course menu of fresh Thai flavours paired with Meyer Family’s new release Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Jak Meyer pours, answers questions and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his award-winning wines.

In 2006, Jak Meyer and his wife Janice Stevens-Meyer established themselves as one of BC’s top wineries, specializing in premium Chardonnay and, later, Pinot Noir. Meyer Family wines are produced on two main vineyards: a 1.62 hectare Old Main Road vineyard on the Naramata bench; and a 6.9 hectare McLean Creek Road vineyard in Okanagan Falls. Meyer Vineyards was recently honored as one of the ten best wineries in Canada by Decanter Magazine, and their 2011 McLean Creek Road Chardonnay was named the best in the country at the 2013 National Wine Awards.

The three-course dinner is $95 per person, excluding taxes and gratuity. Guests are encouraged to reserve early for this event, as tickets are limited to 13 seats. Details and menu after the jump. Read more

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