GOODS | Chinatown’s “Bestie” Gets Ready To Plate First Brunch Service This Weekend

September 5, 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 | Starting this weekend Bestie will be open for brunch at 11am every Saturday and Sunday!

We’ve been testing out brunch items every weekend for the last few months and are excited to launch our little brunch menu that includes, but is is not limited to, “bennywurst” with hash, fresh coffee from Elysian Room, and Bestie all natural caesars served with pickled watermelon rind.

Brunching hours are 11am to 3pm. Regular lunch and dinner service continue on until 1am on Saturday and 10pm on Sunday, which means we’re now open 7 days a week. For all you currywurst diehards, our regular menu will still be available during brunch. You can even throw a free-range egg on anything for $1.50 to brunch it up.

Join us this weekend and cure your hangover or quench your thirst for eggs served on top of things. We hope to see you in Chinatown soon. Read more

GOODS | Chef Mark Filatow Preparing Wine-Paired Harvest Supper Oct. 4th At ‘Culmina’

September 4, 2014 

Culmina Family Estate Winery is located at 4790 Wild Rose Street in Oliver, BC | 250.498.0789 | www.culmina.ca

Culmina Family Estate Winery is located at 4790 Wild Rose Street in Oliver, BC | 250.498.0789 | www.culmina.ca

The GOODS from Culmina Family Estate Winery

Oliver, BC | Celebrate the Harvest on October 4th in a spectacular evening of wine and gastronomy (6:00-9:30pm). Guests will be treated to an intimate multi-course dinner at Culmina featuring the incredible talents of Chef Mark Filatow of Kelowna’s Waterfront Restaurant paired with the winery’s entire portfolio. Tickets are strictly limited at $115 per person. To avoid disappointment, secure your tickets here; call (250) 498-0789; or email info [at] culmina.ca to reserve your seat. Shuttles are available from select locations in Oliver and Osoyoos. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Six Sweet Pop-Ups Scheduled For September At Chinatown’s @thisopenspace

September 3, 2014 

Full-service pop-up production agency |  434 Columbia St. | 778.839.2828 | www.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 are a few reasons to celebrate September and it starts with the impressive line up we have in-store. Each pop-up has fully embraced our ethos of #roomtoplay and are bringing a unique experiences. It’s starts with GVEAFUKPOPUP, a revolving four-day pop-up with a new theme each day. Things slow things down at popupMOMENT for meditation, yoga, and a mindful meal. For the first time, you can bring your dogs in for portraits and pet supply shopping at AnalogueDog. Continuing on the photography theme, there’s a photoshop bootcamp weekend with DigitalDarlings. Following that, local designer AlexSYu returns from London for a one day pop-up following his show at Vancouver Fashion Week. Finally, online high-end consignment store ClosetCrows brings the experience offline for you to touch, feel, and try before you buy. Phew…that’s it. Oh, and did we mention we’re celebrating our first month as thisopenspace, and that the pop-up ready space is turning two years old this month? Yay! For a full list of what’s ahead including more pop-ups being held around town, check us out. Read more

GOODS | All-Star Crew Of Canadian Chefs Preparing For Gala Supper At “Hawksworth”

September 3, 2014 

Hawksworth is located in Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia St. | www.hawksworthrestaurant.com

Hawksworth is located in Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia St. | www.hawksworthrestaurant.com

The GOODS from Hawksworth

Vancouver, BC | A true all-star line up of Canada’s most revered chefs will assemble to judge the second annual Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition in Vancouver this month. When judging duties are over, the celebrity chefs will join forces in the kitchen to cook a special six-course fundraising dinner at Hawksworth Restaurant on the evening of Sunday September 28th.

During the day, the stellar line up of judges will be keeping an eye on the eight young chefs, selected from the Western and Eastern heats. Competitors will have three hours to create dishes with ingredients from the Freybe Mystery Black Box at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Those who have reached the final round of the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, stand to win a $10,000 prize, presented by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, and a stage at a top international restaurant.

Chef David Hawksworth will be cooking at the gala dinner with his fellow judges, each of whom has created a special dish for the six-course meal. Chef Hawksworth will be joined in the kitchen by his Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and Vancouver-based Chef Michel Jacob from Le Crocodile, as well as Burnaby’s Chef Scott Jaeger from The Pear Tree for this year’s event. Other special guest chefs travelling west for the fundraising dinner include the legendary Chef Normand Laprise, owner and head chef of Toqué! and Brasserie T!; and Corporate Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants Chef Anthony Walsh.

“Our country’s venerable culinary stars have stepped forward to take part in judging Canada’s Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship this year,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “We’re excited to inspire the next generation of chefs and give people an opportunity to experience the cuisine of many great culinary masters during this extremely special gala dinner.”

The fundraising dinner will be served in Hawksworth Restaurant from 5pm on September 28, 2014. Tickets cost $140, or $218 including wine pairings, and must be booked in advance by calling 604.673.7000. First-come first-served seating will operate in the Hawksworth Bar where both the fundraising meal and the bar menu will be available. Read more

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

September 2, 2014 

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

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

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

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

GET UP | Hit the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) to join in on the monthly morning gathering for creative types and leave inspired. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for their respective offices at 10am. This month, CM has invited Andrea Chlebak to speak. Andrea is the Senior Digital Intermediate Colorist and Director of Creative Services at Central (a boutique post-production facility in Vancouver) and she’ll be taking the stage to about what she does and where she draws creative inspiration from. Tickets are free but they go fast in a lottery, so don’t dilly-dally.
Fri, Sept. 5 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOODS | Araxi Lost Lake Long Table Dinner To Pair With Le Vieux Pin & La Stella Wines

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th St. outside Oliver in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th St. outside Oliver in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin & Lastella

Oliver, BC | The outdoor dinner event of the summer is set to take place outside Whistler, BC at Lost Lake on Saturday, August 30th. It will showcase the cuisine of Araxi paired with the wines of Le Vieux Pin and LaStella. A long table set amidst a beautiful alpine lake will set the stage for this idyllic alfresco supper, the third in the restaurant’s highly anticipated summer series.

Chef James Walt has created a seasonal menu with fresh local organic ingredients to be paired with wines chosen by Araxi wine director Samantha Rahn and 2013 Sommelier of the Year. Each dish created specifically for the best of what these two wineries produce. Guests will have an experience like no other at these farm to table 4-course dinners. 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! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOODS | Famiglia Supper At “La Pentola” Set To Celebrate Tomatoes On August 31st

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 | On Sunday, August 31st, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family-style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer. The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats. Tickets are $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca to reserve. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Spectacular Lego Build To Go Down At New West’s “River Market” August 30-31

The River Market is located at 810 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, B.C. | 604-520-3881 | www.rivermarket.ca

The River Market is located at 810 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, B.C. | 604-520-3881 | www.rivermarket.ca

The GOODS from River Market

New Westminster, BC | LEGO holds a very special place in our hearts and it brings out the little kid in us all. To celebrate that little kid, River Market is holding a two day LEGO building spectacular. They are inviting the community to come together and build 18 tiles which will form together into a postcard style mosaic commemorating summer. This event coincides with the Curious Flea, their signature vintage market, which takes place on August 30th and 31st.

Since opening its doors late in 2010, River Market at Westminster Quay has encouraged a healthy sense of curiosity. The 72,000-square-foot market is divided into the Hungry Floor — with tempting tastemakers like Wild Rice Restaurant and New Westminster landmarks such as the Paddlewheeler Pub — and the Curious Floor upstairs, where visitors can try a circus class at Vancouver Circus School, learn an instrument at Music Box, take in a temporary art exhibit or rent desk space by the hour at the Network Hub. Now there are even more opportunities to play and explore and we want everyone to join us in this LEGO building adventure. Read more

GOODS | “Cavalier Cup” Hockey Tournament Set To Go Down At Sunset Beach On Aug. 16

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

Cavalier is located at #217-207 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-681-0047 | www.cavaliergastown.com

The GOODS from Cavalier

Vancouver, BC | To mark their one year anniversary, Cavalier: The Fine Jewellery Shoppe is launching the inaugural Cavalier Cup, an outdoor hockey tournament at Sunset Beach, on Saturday, August 16th. Proceeds from this annual event will benefit and raise awareness for ALS BC.

Along with great food and beverages, spectators will enjoy a high level of talent on display—this won’t be some beer league pick-up tournament. In addition to being successful entrepreneurs, Cavalier co-owners Dane Stevens and Keith Seabrook are both professional athletes. Bragging rights aside, the winning team will take home $5,000 in prizes, which is sure to make the tournament a highly spirited affair.

“Sports are a great way to bring the community together for an important cause. With my background in professional hockey and Dane’s in lacrosse, organizing this tournament made perfect sense as a way to help raise money for ALS BC,” says Keith Seabrook, a 2006 second round draft pick of the Washington Capitals. 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! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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GOODS | Folk-Pop Band ‘Us The Duo’ To Play August 30 Gig At Tofino’s “Wolf In The Fog”

Wolf In The Fog is located at 150 Fourth St. in Tofino, BC | 250-725-WOLF (9653) | www.wolfinthefog.com

Wolf In The Fog is located at 150 Fourth St. in Tofino, BC | 250-725-WOLF (9653) | www.wolfinthefog.com

The GOODS from Wolf In The Fog

Tofino, BC | Husband-and-wife folk-pop band Us The Duo will be performing at Tofino’s newest restaurant Wolf in the Fog on Saturday, August 30th. Fresh off their North American tour to promote their second album No Matter Where You Are, Us The Duo will play an intimate show in the upstairs dining room.

Tickets are $50 per person and include a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Nick Nutting and the Wolf in the Fog team. Doors open at 5:00pm and seating is first come first serve. The show begins at 8:00pm.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, August 14th and can be purchased at Wolf in the Fog, located at 150 Fourth Street, Tofino, BC or by calling 250-725-WOLF (9653). Read more

GOODS | Bry Webb & Ramones Pizza Party Double Bill At ‘The Biltmore’ On August 14th

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The Biltmore Cabaret is located at 2755 Prince Edward St. in Vancouver, BC | 604.676.0541 | biltmorecabaret.com

The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents a special summer double bill on Thursday, August 14th. In the sweetest deal of the summer, you are invited to enjoy Bry Webb (of the Constantines) for a special ‘Pay What You Can’ early show, with guests Olenka & the Autumn Lovers (Webb is on tour in support of his highly lauded new album, ‘Free Will’). Doors 7pm. RSVP on Facebook here. And then at 9:30pm, get set for the Tribute to the Ramones Pizza Part in celebration of the life and times of Tommy Ramone (RIP) and the entire Ramones crew. The Ramores, Slow Learners and Desolation Sound will play, and it just wouldn’t be a Ramones’ party without pizza. Come early to chow down on some choice slices. RSVP on Facebook here. Playbill/details after the jump. Read more

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