The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room
Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, November 26th, Blood Alley’s Salt Tasting Room will host a Salt Cellar Series highlighting Natural Wine in BC. This event takes place in the underground Salt cellar where – in a relaxing and unique environment – guests will be seated around a 30ft long communal table to enjoy cheese, meats, condiments and wine.
Two to three times a month, Salt Tasting Room opens up their cellar for guests to sample a tasting menu built around wines from a selected winery, paired with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and house-made condiments. This particular evening will explore sustainable winemaking in the green era; all things from biodynamic and organic wines will be tasted and discussed for their merits in the glass. This unique dining experience is not to be missed, as it offers excellent value for those who appreciate tasting plates, exploring new wines and having them professionally paired. Details and tickets after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Hart House
Vancouver, BC | A trip – or two – to Hart House’s Annual Dickens Buffet is a holiday tradition. The lunchtime buffet offers a variety of seasonal comfort foods; this year it will be available weekdays from December 2nd to December 20th. The Buffet is a perfect way for business colleagues or for friends to catch up and enjoy a holiday lunch during this busy time of year. The menu includes favourites such as Roasted Turkey with all the trimmings, as well as AAA beef carvery, west coast seafood platters, winter vegetables and salads, and Chef’s assorted cheeses and cold cuts. And be sure to leave room for our festive desserts and pies! Get all the details and learn more about Hart House after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Cork & Fin
Vancouver, BC | The Cork & Fin team is excited to present a very limited Beer Dinner featuring the beers of Moon Under Water on November 27th . We are fortunate enough to have Moon Under Water providing us with a cask of Stout that we will be converting into the first ever “Cork X Moon Oyster Stout”. The menu is based on classic “Pub Grub” revisited by our Chef, Dan Marcenko. Tickets are very limited and already starting to sell fast. Please contact Jonathan Roth for yours via jon [at] regiogroup.ca, and have a look at the menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | On December 2, 2013 The Parker is excited to present a 5 course dining event for $49 hosted by our very our Chef Curtis Luk and his friend from Top Chef Canada‘s Season Two, Chef Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The two Top Chef alumni will team up to deliver an exclusive coursed tasting menu showcasing some of the finest and surprising ingredients that diners can expect well thought out and gorgeously plated offerings with an eye toward the unexpected and most of all a sense of playfulness on their plate. If you haven’t made plans for a Meatless Monday yet, December 2, 2013 is your night. The $49 includes tax, and diners can choose from several times to attend. But get your tickets quickly.
Slightly vexing will be the decision whether to choose from the suggested wine pairings by Steve Da Cruz or simply stick with some legendary cocktailery from the bar (expect Steve to be at his most tempting). Tickets for The Fall of Autumn on December 2nd can be purchased by calling the restaurant or via email through info [at] theparkervancouver.com. Read more
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series concludes for 2013 with a traditional Venetian dinner. Join us at 6pm on November 24th to dine family-style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. This 10+ course, $55 dinner will begin with classic cicchetti followed by Venetian-inspired seafood, meat, and farm fresh vegetables from our local suppliers. Reserve today for the last Famiglia Supper of the year! Seating is limited. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
by Daniel Colussi | I like to consider the four lads of B-Lines to be my personal professors of punk rock. Through many conversations across the Zulu Records counter I was tutored in the historiography of K.B.D. comps, introduced to the rarest of Vancouver punk 7″s, educated in the intricacies of Italian bootcore versus Swedish ragna-stomp, and so much more. Upon hearing of the B-Lines’ show with weirdo punker No Bunny (have you seen him play town? He performs wearing a demented/deformed bunny mask and not much else, and it’s great) it seemed a no brainer to have these guys share some of their favourite tunes as of late. What they’ve offered us below is a nice mix of the completely obscure (to me at least) along with some Stones-cold classics…
Angry Samoans – Lights Out
“We steal all of our ideas from this band.”
“Bored teenagers make the best music.”
Mekons – Where Were You
“A perfect song written by some dudes who probably didn’t know 2 chords a year before.”
The Rolling Stones – Citadel
“Do you remember a few years ago when garage 7″ers would sell for obscene amounts of money? Jay Reatard records would go for like $50. Not a solid long-term investment. Red Cat turned down all that crap. I did however trade in a bunch of bad 90s pop-punk 7″ers for this Rolling Stones record. Thanks to the Muffs for standing the test of time!”
Rhino 39 – Hurry Up and Wait
“Rhino 39 are lost classics of LA punk. Scotty plays them to death in the van on tour!”
The Mansons – I Died Four Times
“An Australian KBD rarity that Scotty has and loves.”
Gang of Four – I Found That Essence Rare
“This sounds like a party song.”
Psychic TV – The Orchids
“Bruce and his wife Marya wanted this song to play when they got married, but they forgot to get a quality mp3 of it. Someone played a low quality youtube video instead, probably this very one. It didn’t really have the intended effect. Next time.”
Sroeng Santi – Baa Baa Buam Buam
“Bruce is in school right now. He can’t listen to songs in English while he reads, so he’s been listening to this instead.”
Should you find yourself toe-tapping to these songs, consider heading down to the Electric Owl tonight (November 19th) to see our favourite sons play with the aforementioned No Bunny, Audacity, and Hunters. Tickets can be found at Zulu and Red Cat, and also at the venue.
Daniel Colussi is the Music Editor of Scout Magazine and a contributing writer to Ion Magazine. A veteran employee of Zulu Records and tuneage aficionado, he DJs on an infrequent basis (about four times a year) and is a musician around town who plays in several ensembles.
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 yours…
ART | Poke your head in to the tiny but very rad gallery portion of the Antisocial Skateboard Shop this week to check out the current Tears of Joy show by Derrick Fast. We did, and it was impressive. Fast is showing a series of paintings and a super-cool installation. Prices are good and talent is solid. Also, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ll meet some nice people while you’re in the shop. Antisocial is good peeps, and they do a job of attracting like-minded friendlies.
Now – Dec 2 | Mon – Sat 11- 6, Sun 12 – 5 | Antisocial Skateboard Shop (2337 Main St.) | DETAILS
PECHA KUCHA | We dig Pecha Kucha plenty. What is it? In dozens of cities around the world, different groups of people from the local “creative” community are asked to speak in front of their peers. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, and each one is shown for 20 seconds. This gives each presenter 6 minutes and 40 seconds before the lights dim and the next presenter is announced, keeping it concise and episodic with the interest level always topped up, giving more people the chance to show and tell.. From what we understand the line-up for #30 is looking pretty sweet (Lyndon Cormack from Herschel Supply Co. will be there, along with Alicia Medina, Founder and Director at Laboratory of Housing Alternatives, and artist Zoe Pawlak to name just a few). It’s also sold out, so stay tuned on Scout for a ticket giveaway!
Nov. 20 | 6:30 pm | The Vogue Theatre (918 Granville) | $15 | DETAILS
CRAFT | Pick up the first steps in the craft of making your own sake at The Homesteaders Emporium this weekend. Learn the basics about equipment and ingredients required, as different rice grades and how to prepare rice for the process of making sake. Also covered: sanitization precautions, variety, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. You’ll also learn how to finish your sake and how you can use leftover sake kasu in other recipes. All of that information AND a Sake Making Starter Kit (koji, sake kasu, rice, 1L mason jar and a cheese cloth) so that you can leave with a sample of your efforts to watch and tend to as it ferments.
Nov. 21 | 6:30-8pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings) | $40 | DETAILS
THINK | Genetically modified crops (think corn, soy, canola) are a large portion of our diets in Canada already. As the trend continues (we’re inching closer to seeing modified apples and even salmon hit the market) it’s important to think about what the implications of increased engineering could have on our diet, environment and economy. If you are curious about this topic, consider sitting in on a cross-Canada speaker’s tour on genetically engineered foods featuring presentations by Dr. Thierry Vrain (retired soil biologist and genetic engineer) and Dr. Shiv Chopra (former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who exposed Monsanto’s use of GE bovine growth hormone). Dr. Vrain and Dr. Chopra will address the topic of GE foods and human health from both a scientific and a regulatory perspective. Smart people talking about important things – that’s what Thursdays are for.
Thurs, Nov 21 | 2-4pm | Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability | DETAILS
LISTEN | Rain City Chronicles continues its run with storytelling in unique venues around town this week with two evenings of school related tales. Pencils and Playgrounds (November 21) goes down in the gym at Lord Strathcona Elementary School and Chalk and Lockers (November 22) takes over the auditorium at Templeton Secondary. Rain City Chronicles believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for our communities to share them. This week Raincity Chronicles has gathered a diverse roster of Vancouverites to speak to the general theme of School. “Whether you were a teacher’s pet, shy wallflower, sweaty jock or smoke-pit regular, we’ve got a great line-up of storytellers to make you laugh, cry and ooze nostalgia.” And it gets even better… the evening comes complete with a cafeteria-style dinner. Prior to the stories, guests grab a plastic tray, line-up and choose one of four distinctive re-interpretations of the classic lunch-time specials from your elementary or high school days (think shepherd’s pie, sloppy joes, mac n’ cheese, and pizza). Raincity always sells out, don’t miss out.
Thu, Nov. 21 | 6pm | Lord Strathcona Elementary School | DETAILS
Fri, Nov. 22 | 6pm | Templeton Secondary | DETAILS
FUSE | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family Fuse Weekend and there will be all sorts of fantastic fun afoot. This edition of Family FUSE will be focused on the theme of ‘story telling’. Expect performers, dancers, musicians, spoken word performers and other creative artists leading workshops and tours that will include story telling as well as story building. Catch a Haida-inspired graffiti demonstration, sit in on some live storytelling with Quelemia Stacey Sparrow (Musqueam Nation), watch a film or give Douglas Coupland a hand building a Lego tower. Get creative! Kids under 12 get in for free with a paying adult.
Sat-Sun, Nov. 23-24 | 10am–5pm | Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St) | $17 | DETAILS
HOUSING THE ARTS | Roll up your sleeves and get a little messy with a grown-up evening of art and creativity. The good peeps from the Laboratory Of Housing Alternatives are joining forces with folks from Late Nite Art and The Dinner Project to bring you an intimate evening of collaborative art, good music, fine Persian-inspired cuisine and delightful and progressive discussion about the importance of supporting a vibrant arts community through affordable and adequate spaces to live and work. Admission includes workshop and food. Drinks will be available at a cash bar.
Sat, Nov. 23 | School of Chalk (593 E. Georgia St) | $35 | DETAILS
PRINT | Everyone loves a good bit of letterpress printing, right? For those of you who love letterpress so much that you’ve even daydreamed about what you could do if you could get your hands on some moveable type and ink, this weekend brings a phenomenal opportunity to learn how to execute your own designs at a card-making workshop going down at Porchlight Press. Gain access to and instruction on how to use a antique Vandercook letterpress machine and various wood and metal type. The cost for this class is considerable ($95) but, for that price you will be printing your own design in a stunning studio space with an impressive instructor to student ratio (8 students, 3 teachers) and you’ll be fed snacks along the way and leave with 20 cards (and envelopes).
Sun, Nov. 24th | 1-5pm | Porchlight Press (#204 – 25 East 6th Ave) | $95 | DETAILS
HISTORY | Vancity Theatre is screening Reflecting the City: Vintage Movies from the City of Vancouver Archives. In addition to live musical accompaniment by pianist Wayne Stewart, well known Vancouver historian Michael Kluckner will be on site to offer commentary a variety of clips gathered together from archival footage, home movies, newsreels, ads and and television clips. From Vancity Theatre: “Experience Vancouver’s outdoor pastimes in the 1940s. Flash back to the 1960s with a rain dance in Kitsilano. Ride through 1970s Vancouver from the perspective of a cyclist. Witness the city’s transition leading up to Expo ’86. Spend an afternoon with us and relive Vancouver’s past.” Get to know your city.
Sun, Nov. 24 | 2pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | DETAILS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER | Grab a hot coffee or tea to keep your hands warm and scoot down to Stanley Park for a guided walk through trails and along paths that will focus on the varied and beautiful bird life of the park. Learn how to identify a different species, hear a little bit about seasonal bird behaviour, and fill your lungs with some outstanding fresh air while you’re at it. It’s not pouring, folks. Don’t take that for granted!
Sun, Nov. 24 | 9-11am | Stanley Park Ecology Society – Nature House | $By donation | DETAILS
Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.
Rain City Chronicles continues its run with storytelling in unique venues around town this week with two evenings of school related tales. Pencils and Playgrounds (November 21) goes down in the gym at Lord Strathcona Elementary School and Chalk and Lockers (November 22) takes over the auditorium at Templeton Secondary. Rain City Chronicles believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for our communities to share them. Grab a ticket now for some fantastic storytelling featuring a diverse roster of Vancouverites who will speak to the general theme of School. “Whether you were a teacher’s pet, shy wallflower, sweaty jock or smoke-pit regular, we’ve got a great line-up of storytellers to make you laugh, cry and ooze nostalgia.”
And it gets even better…this time around, Rain City Chronicles has joined forces with the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner crew (you may remember these talented lads from the Chinatown Nightmarket) and super-food-and-event-enthusiast Ken Tsui to put on a special cafeteria-style dinner. Prior to the stories, guests grab a plastic tray, line-up and choose one of four distinctive re-interpretations of the classic lunch-time specials from your elementary or high school days. Think shepherd’s pie, sloppy joes, mac n’ cheese, and pizza. There will also be a mocktail (some sort of take on a “grape drink”?), a cafeteria bun, and a “pudding cup”. The menu is intended to be nostalgic and aims to inspire people to tell their school stories to table mates and friends while they dine.
PENCILS AND PLAYGROUNDS | Thu, Nov. 21 | The Cafeteria opens at 6pm, show 7:30 | Lord Strathcona Elementary School (592 E Pender)| $30 for dinner & show | DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE
CHALK AND LOCKERS | Friday, November 22 | The Cafeteria opens at 6pm, show 7:30 | Templeton Secondary (727 Templeton Dr.) | DETAILS AND TICKETS HERE
Our friends over the Rio Theatre are getting set for another Wine Tasting + Film Night, this time featuring the Western Canadian Premiere of Red Obsession on Tuesday, November 26th. The film looks at the great and storied chateaux of Bordeaux as they struggle to accommodate the world’s increasingly voracious appetites for their rare and expensive wines.
“We are excited to have the support of Marquis Wine Cellars, Bella Wines, Direct Wines, Rich Massey Wine and Spirits, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, and Okanagan Crush Pad, who are all set to pour their fantastic wares next Tuesday.”
Co-director Warwick Ross will be there in person together with veteran broadcaster, wine-lover, and host of Tasting Room Radio, Terry David Mulligan, who will lead the post-screening Q&A. This looks like a fascinating documentary. Watch the trailer above.
by Nic Bragg | From Kitsilano’s Zulu Records, we once again present our weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, we provide The Track – the song that is on heavy rotation in the shop this week; The Playlist – which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig – 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…
TY SEGALL The Man Man
Is it too early to start thinking about your favourite records of the year? November is the time when the dust starts to settle in the new release schedule and all the bigwig critics pour a glass of wine and sit down to mull over the year that was. I think it is a safe bet that the 2013 Ty Segall release ‘Sleeper’ will get some critical nods and crack some year-end ‘best of’ lists. Ty took a chance on this album. After a steady stream of heavy post-grunge rock records, he went into the studio with just a limited back of tricks and focused on writing songs on his favourite beat-up acoustic guitar. Working completely alone – solo – in the studio, he recorded all of Sleeper in the early morning hours between 3am and dawn. His mind was tired, blown, and fried. The result is a deeply enthralling album that captures burnout, a fragile mental state and the damaged visions of an artist who has spent the better part of the last five years travelling across the indie rock party landscape. For The Man Man video, Segall croons softly on his way home from a late night session and a trip to the store for milk, before being ventilated by bullets shot by a gruesome trio of faceless evil on his front stoop. Enjoy.
KRONOS QUARTET with BRYCE DRESSNER – TOUR EIFFEL
They say music takes you to other places. It animates a story, captures emotions, and speaks to the human condition. Take one of America’s leading new music quartets and let them collaborate with one of the leading creative forces in America’s rock music pantheon and you know that the results will be majestic, dramatic and entirely mesmerizing.
DESTROYER Bye bye
Up in the Similkameen Valley the chickens run wild and free. They eat peaches in the fields. Closer to home, Dan Bejar of Destroyer has free range, roaming his Strathcona pastures. But look, there is a snake in the grass! Bye bye is the first visual accompaniment for Destroyer’s forthcoming Spanish language record – a collection of Antonio Luque covers, of the band Sr. Chinarro.
STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Lariat
If you haven’t heard, Stephen Malkmus has moved back to Portland and has been frequenting the Poler concept store. Imagine his lumberjack look! His days of digging the Berlin art crawl are over. His style is wasted in Kreuzberg, anyway. In January, we can all look forward to a new Jicks album. In the meantime, pull out your Groundhogs LPs and Dead boots and relax.
BRASSTRONAUT The Grove
In school I really liked the surreal films of Maya Deren and Bunuel – the dream state as the ultimate distraction. This Brasstronaut clip takes me back. You have to search the shadows, piece together the narrative and enter the dreams of the main protagonist. Cool. I am a sucker for treated trumpet intros, too.
Did any of your friends spam you with texts and images from their vacation to Iceland’s recent Airwaves festival? I had to block them. It was so hard to endure the constant barrage of majestic landscapes, awesome music and cultural collaborations and, of course…Mum! Get your freak on now, as post-glitch electronics is returning.
SERGE GAINSBOURG & BRIGITTE BARDOT Bonnie and Clyde
Blast from the past. We recently had a long discussion in the store about Serge…is this quintessential French pop? Either way, you have to dig Gainsbourg in full-on outlaw mode.
WOODEN SHJIPS Back to Land
Ok, back to the present. What is the relationship between Geography and Music? I’m not sure, but I just read three PhD dissertations on the subject. Some people say San Fran’s fuzz rockers Wooden Shjips embody the regional ‘San Francisco sound’. I never really thought of it like that, but they do have copious freaky clowns – so make of it what you will.
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES | December 4th at The Vogue Theatre
Mike Muir and his Suicidal Tendencies crew have come a long way since this clip for 1983 epic skate rock jam ‘Institutionalized’. The song really leapt off the Repo Man soundtrack and propelled the entire LA trash scene, Venice beach skate scene, and of course the metal crossover that followed. In the last 30 years, the band has taken a number of hiatuses and undergone numerous line-up changes, but like their punk peers of the day in Bad Religion and Black Flag, they still intend to continue to thrash! The idea of the Vogue Theatre – with its ornate deco restoration – housing a band this ferocious live is riveting. Grab your vintage Caballero deck and check this out! Just don’t say ‘All I wanted was a Pespi…’ at the bar. Take a deeper look at Vancouver’s gig landscape for the rest of November and into December after the jump… Read more
by Michelle Sproule | The Eastside Culture Crawl (November 15, 16, 17) is now upon us. The annual three day event sees over 425 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) open their studios to the public.
There is no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either. Treat it as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes while enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer.
The Crawl covers the area between Terminal Avenue to Burrard Inlet between Main Street and Victoria Drive (handy map). This year there will be over 425 artists participating and it’s estimated that over 15,000 crawlers will be out to take in what they have to offer. This is precisely the kind of event that calls for a game plan. Here’s ours…
This is the opening of the Crawl and the only opportunity you have for “evening” studio visits (Saturday and Sunday seeing only day-time visits). If you only have one chance to take in the Crawl, let this be it. Wandering around the neighbourhood on a cold, possibly wet night in Fall with thousands of other people looking to squeeze in as much art as they possibly can makes for soaring spirits. Make sure you dress appropriately (forecast suggests it’ll be a few degrees above zero), and do your utmost to be respectful of those who’ve opened their doors to you. If you own a flask, bring it.
Parker Street Studios | 125 Artists
The massive building at 1000 Parker St. is the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and starting your crawl experience here is essential. Not only is there is something magical about this building on the opening night of the Crawl – the crowds are thick and fast with energy, the studios are full and the artists are ready to chat – but you want to cover as much ground as you can this weekend and Parker Street will give you the solid start that you’re looking for.
Eating & Drinking Before, During, and Afterwards
The intensity of Parker Street makes it difficult to just head out or head home afterwards without sustenance. Chances are you’ll be pumped before, in the midst, and after, and that will make you hungry and thirsty. Chinatown is wise and close by. If there’s room at The Parker, sip on a New Strathcona and snack on something healthy, grab a burger and an Old Fashioned at Mamie Taylor’s on East Georgia between Main and Gore, or slurp up some candied bacon ramen at Harvest Community Foods. Nearby, Ask for Luigi just opened up last night, and Cuchillo recently added a few things to their menu. Plus there’s Campagnolo, Pizzeria Farina, East of Main, The Emerald, The Dunlevy Snackbar, Phnom Penh, and Bao Bei. Just don’t go overboard, as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow, too!
SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
If you thought Parker Street on Friday night was a mad and exhausting labyrinth, it’s good to remember that the Eastside Culture Crawl is an endurance game, and that it’s only just begun…
Hit the pavement with your trusty Crawl map and explore mid-sized buildings that house several studios at once. Your main targets are The Arc (1701 Powell St., 23 studios), 339 Railway Street (9 studios), Portside Studios (150 McLean Dr, 19 studios), The William Clark Studios (1310 William Street, 31 Studios) and The Mergatroid (975 Vernon, 55 Studios). As you move between buildings and neighbourhoods, look for yellow balloons marking smaller studios in homes, garages and basements (or save that action for Sunday).
It’s important to resist the urge to go non-stop from one studio to the next. You need to eat and drink and you need to do it without going too far off the Crawl track. As you saw higher up in this guide, there plenty of worthwhile joints to check out. Trouble is, most of them are only open at night. Fret not, as there are a few ‘in-crawl-catchment’ choices during daytime. For example, The Wilder Snail in Strathcona will set you up with your morning coffee (and muffin too) and it’s smack-dab in the middle of Crawlville. There’s also Harvest Community Foods on Union, The Union Cafe, Benny’s, and Finch’s.
Bonus: by pure serendipity, there’s a Perogy Lunch taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on the corner of East Pender and Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. Scoot in to load up of homemade Ukranian food and then get the hell back out there!
SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
This is what we call panic day. It’s when you realize you’re running out of Crawl time and you will need to act swiftly if you’re going to score. It’s also the day that you will visit the places you missed but heard about on Friday and Saturday via Twitter and word of mouth. So yeah, it’s the day that you will pick up the pace!
Small Studios & Follow Ups
This is also the day that you will revisit your favourite studios with your fingers crossed hoping that the painting/photograph/sculpture that you didn’t buy on Friday is still there. So don’t waste a minute. Map out a sensible route that includes targets that you haven’t hit yet and get rolling. You won’t see every studio, so don’t rush around like you might. Likewise, if a restaurant is full or there’s not room at the bar, move on. The last thing that the Eastside Culture Crawl is about is stress, disappointment, or the threat of either. Crawl with an open heart and mind, and enjoy the hell out of yourself!
The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have just announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 30 on November 20th, as well as the opening musical act. Sadly (typically), it’s already sold out, but we’re going to be giving away a double pass in the coming days, so watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win…
Hannah Epperson, Singer / Songwriter (opening act)| Armed with only her violin, loop pedal and voice, singer/songwriter Hannah Epperson is quietly rising in Western Canada’s music scene as a wild talent from Vancouver’s rising tide of indie artists. With just a 5 track home-recorded, self-released EP to her name, Hannah’s emergence as one of Canada’s Top Artists to Watch in 2013 (CBC Radio) has been driven by word-of-mouth praise for her unguarded and deeply intimate solo performances.
J. B. MacKinnon, Author | J.B. MacKinnon is the author or coauthor of four books of nonfiction. His latest, The Once and Future World, will be released in September 2013. Previous works are The 100-Mile Diet (with Alisa Smith), a bestseller widely recognized as a catalyst of the local foods movement; I Live Here (with Mia Kirshner and artists Michael Simons and Paul Shoebridge), a ‘paper documentary’ about displaced people that made top 10 lists from theBloomsbury Literary Review to Comic Book Resources; and Dead Man in Paradise, the story of a priest assassinated in the Dominican Republic, which won Canada’s highest prize for literary nonfiction.
Zoe Pawlak, Artist | Zoe Pawlak is a contemporary artist working with private clients, interior designers and select brands. Zoe’s work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Style at Home, Rue Magazine, House and Home, the Guardian, the Globe and Mail, CBC National News, the BLOCK magazine, Design*Sponge, the Jealous Curator, Oh Joy! and more.
Lyndon Cormack, Co-Founder Herschel Supply Co. | Lyndon is one of two founding brothers of the Herschel Supply Company, a key influencer in the importance of the backpack as an everyday fashion accessory. The company was founded in 2009, and was named after the small town in Saskatchewan where three generations of the family grew up. It hasn’t stood still since 2009. Herschel Supply products are sold in Canada, from the foothills of the Rockies, as well as Europe, Australia, throughout Asia, and everywhere in between.
Chris Jerome, Market Director Hawkers Market | Chris Jerome cooked his way across Canada in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal finally landing at The Fat Duck in Bray, UK with Heston Blumenthal followed by Noma in Copenhagen alongside Rene Redzepi. Chris moved to Vancouver in 2011 and now runs Hawkers Market which is a curated local underground food market which fosters the development of emerging vibrant food entrepreneurs in Vancouver, with a core belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to make a living doing what they love to do.
Alexandra T. Greenhill, Co-Founder / CEO My Best Helper | Alexandra T. Greenhill is a still practicing Canadian physician leader who is now co-founder and CEO of award winning startup myBestHelper, the essential digital utility that gives families an easy way to access and use care options for kids and elderly – find a nanny, sitter who really fits your family. Dr. Greenhill also uses her decades of health and eHealth leadership experience to advise health IT projects and companies, including Medeo.ca (the ground-breaking Vancouver based telehealth from any device platform) and Curatio (the revolutionary personalized mobile support tool designed for people with conditions that can benefit from a virtual support group combined with direct interaction with healthcare professionals).
Alicia Medina Laddaga, Founder and Director LOHA Vancouver | After Alicia graduating from her Bachelors in Architecture in Mexico in 2008, Alicia packed her stuff (and husband) in a pick-up truck and drove 5000km north to Vancouver to pursue a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture at UBC. Being a big advocate for user-generated urbanism, Alicia focused her studies at UBC on exploring ways in which dynamic and spontaneous processes transform cities into vibrant urban environments. While working at a local architecture firm, Alicia realized the limitations of the practice in affecting change in our city. In November 2012, Alicia founded the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LOHA), a non-profit organization focused on providing housing for creative and emerging professionals in Vancouver. As a founder and director of the organization, Alicia seeks to be an active participant in housing (and increasing) the creative capital of our city. Her work at LOHA focuses on community engagement and education.
Jonathan Tippett, Artist and Engineer Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot | Jonathan Tippett is a Vancouver based artist and mechanical engineer with a degree in Applied Science from UBC. His engineering work has been in the fields of marine hydraulics, fuel cells and neurovascular implants. Tippett’s personal artwork explores the relationship between humans, machines, energy, power and physical skill at an extreme scale. His first large scale piece was the Mondo Spider, created in 2006. His current project is 2 story tall, human controlled mech suit called Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot. His work on human-machine interaction and large scale robotic art has brought him to deliver presentations at The University of Dallas, Texas and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, UBC TEDx, and GROW Conference.
Paul Dincer, Founder and Chocolatier Koko Monk Chocolates by Levni | Paul Dincer is the owner and founder of Kitsilano’s newest chocolate shop, Koko Monk Chocolates located at 1849 West 1st Avenue. Paul has quickly become one of Vancouver’s leading chocolatiers known for his one-of-a-kind chocolate creations. His inspiration comes from his comprehensive background and education in fine art, literature and philosophy. Paul is a published author and previous film critic and writer. His postmodern chocolates are made with sophisticated flavor combinations and unique techniques that reflect the 20th century avant-garde art movements.
Wes Regan, Executive Director Hastings Crossing BIA | Wes Regan has brought innovative communications, program development and strategy solutions to complex multi-stakeholder environments since 2008. His career has threaded social finance and social innovation, blogging and SEO, food security, urban sustainability and local economic development. He is currently the Executive Director for the Hastings Crossing BIA, a Business Improvement Association founded with social innovation and inclusion at its core and the Program Coordinator for Building Opportunities with Business, a Community Economic Development Agency in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He is also a founding director of Urban Stream Innovation, a Food Systems Technology Startup.
Sarah Dickinson, THNK | Sarah is the Director of THNK Vancouver – a creative leadership school for personal and social impact. The school launched in Amsterdam in 2009, and will welcome students to their new Vancouver campus in 2014. Combining design, systems and critical thinking with real-world business design and leadership development, THNK delivers unique, hands-on learning experiences for executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits tackling 21st century global challenges.
David Gunawan, Head Chef and Owner of Farmer’s Apprentice | Arriving in Vancouver in 2006, Gunawan joined Chef Angus and team at Gastropod (now Maenam), and worked under David Hawksworth and Warren Geraghty at West and eventually took the helm as Executive Chef. After travelling through Europe Gunawan opened the successful and meat-centric Wildebeest in Vancouver. Now David and his partner, Dara Young, have opened their first restaurant together, Farmer’s Apprentice. In David’s words, ”Good accessible food is more than just a convergence of technique and fertile soil—it derives from the passions of the people who are working toward it. Our approach is a modern interpretation of ecological gastronomy. Ingredients are sourced selectively and cultivated at the peak of their flavours and integrity. The menu traces seasonal variations and changes as frequently as nature permits. Our intention is to endorse young agrarians and food sovereignty through creativity.”
Leah Costello, Chief Ideas Curator Bon Mot Book Club | Leah is an event host, writer, and media commentator based in West Vancouver, BC. She produces numerous events focused on bringing people together to discuss business, politics, and current affairs through her exclusive Bon Mot Book Club dinner serIes, a Books Sandwiched In lunch club, and the History Wars debates in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
Leah is often found discussing business, policy, and economics on radio, television, & in the print media, as well as through her blog www.leahcostello.blogspot.com. She is currently writing her own book called Preaching to the Unconverted: How to Talk Politics & Influence People.
Doors open at 6:30 and Hannah Epperson will hit the stage at 7:00 sharp. It’s another sold out event at the Vogue Theatre so come early for good seats!
The GOODS from Le Parisien
Vancouver, BC | Le Parisien presents Beaujolais Nouveau on November 21. Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked on the third Thursday of November with great festivities in France. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01am, just weeks after the wine grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and around the globe to celebrate this first wine of the season.
Le Parisien is celebrating this grand French tradition on Thursday, November 21 with a three-course family-style dinner, paired with Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. With a very short maceration of 3 to 5 days, followed by a traditional alcoholic fermentation and pressing, Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is made with Gamay grapes, and is extremely low in tannin with fruity aromas and a bright transparent red hue. Guests will celebrate the release by gathering around communal tables to share in a decadent meal, while sipping on fresh unadulterated wine. This joyous occasion will be accompanied by a live performance from local French vocalist, Pepper Bayard. Details and menu after the jump… Read more