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

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. From our calendar to yours…

TUNAGE | Musically speaking, this week is stupendous. The XX are in town. No chance of tickets (well, maybe Craigslist). But for those of you who got sorted early enough – you’re in for a phenomenal show (Friday October 5 | Vogue Theatre) Bebel Gilberto is playing at the Rio on Tuesday night. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Brazilian singer (daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha) will pack the house, so get your tickets now (Tuesday, October 2 | 8pm | The Rio Theatre | $29 | Details ). If chill Brazilian pop isn’t your deal, maybe the Dead Kennedy’s are. They’re playing the Commodore with the Dayglo Abortions, The Jolts and The Liquor Kings (Tuesday, October 2 | 9:30pm | Commodore Ballroom | $25 | Details).

ARTNESS | Did you know that The Rosewood Hotel Georgia was home to one of the country’s largest private collections of Canadian art? Me neither. Kind of cool though, right? Anyway, I guess they want people to know about it and so they’ve partnered up with the fine folks at Farmboy Fine Arts to arrange for British artist Patrick Hughes, Canadian artists Landon Mackenzie and Christos Dikeakos, and Vancouver Art Gallery senior curator Bruce Grenville to take part in a panel discussion on Vancouver’s artistic community. The discussion will be moderated by Todd Towers of Farmboy Fine Arts. I reckon $45 will be prohibitively (ridiculously) steep for a lot of people in the art community, but the evening also includes a hosted cocktail reception (win) and a Q&A session. Little tip: if you’re interested in seeing more of Patrick Hughes but don’t want to drop $45 doing it, he’ll be at an opening reception at Winsor Gallery on Wednesday, October 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. It’s complimentary and open to all. His show at the Winsor runs October 4th to November 10th.
Thursday, October 4 | Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W. Georgia) | $45 | Details

LEARN | I’ve never heard of a Tobacco Pipe Mix-Making Workshop, so I’m checking it out. How cool does this sound: “Building upon its popular series of plant medicine workshops this season, the Institute for Aboriginal Health is hosting a community tobacco pipe mix-making workshop in the kitchen at the First Nations House of Learning Longhouse at UBC (1985 West Mall).” Learn about tobacco, mullein, and bear berry harvested at UBC Farm. And before you decide to make a pithy comment about how we shouldn’t promote smoking, this is about trafition and peace pipes and gardens. No one is saying you should pick up a pack of Players on the way home. Space is limited, so please RSVP to
Thursday, October 4 | 2-4pm | First Nations House of Learning Longhouse (kitchen – 1985 West Mall, UBC)

HEAVY METAL | There’s a fantastic exhibit opening at the The Museum of Anthropology this week. Luminescence: The Silver of Peru is comprised of more than 140 artifacts from private collections and museums, showcasing the country’s ‘long history of silver work – from the pre-Columbian era to the modern age – and the fascination with the metal’s divine and luminescent qualities.’ We have a thing for silver, and so do you.
October 5 to December 16 | Museum of Anthropology (6393 NW Marine Drive) | $16.75 | Details

TOTALLY BAKED | The Bakers Market is back! Starting this weekend you can 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 pumpkin-flavoured macaroons, madeleines, cupcakes and marshmallows, too. 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. So great. Take your own containers and bags.
Saturday, October 6 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert (2 blocks East of Fraser @ 60th) | Details

MILLING | The Lawns to Loaves harvest celebration is going on this Saturday and it’s going to be killer. Get this: “Get your pedal powered milling groove on! We’ll be milling this year’s Vancouver grown grains. Learn how to “thresh” the wheat and follow the grain from a shaft of wheat to a pizza! We’ll be firing up the oven to bake the locally grown wheat into tasty snacks. Plus, check out crafty creations made by weaving straw.” This is a free, hands-on, all ages event and if you choose to attend, you will come away all the better for it. Love this idea!
Saturday October 6 | 11am to 3pm | Eco-Pavilion in the Strathcona Community Garden near Hawks and Prior | Free | Details 

POP UP | The Chinatown Experiment is currently jam-packed with trinkets that you probably want to own. The pop-up, dubbed Mutts & Co. Variety Store, is only up and running until October 14, so we suggest you get down to check it out lickety-split. Expect clothing by Muttonhead, snappy footwear from Strathcona Stockings, leather accessories by Wülf Work, housewares by Twenty One Tonnes, Potato Stamp Cards by Potato Stamp Cards, the This is East Van community photo book, and so much more.
Now till October 14  | 6-11pm  | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia) | Free | Details

PEROGIES | Nothing says Fall like extra carbs. Embrace it by scooting over to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral off of Main St. and load your plate up with old-school Ukrainian perogies handmade by church volunteers. A “regular dinner” consisting of 6 perogies, 2 cabbage rolls, sauerkraut or salad and Ukrainian sausage costs just $12. If you’re looking for something a little lighter, borscht served with rye bread is only $3.50. Score!
Friday, October 5 | 5-8pm | Holy Trinity Ukrainian Cathedral | 154 E 10th | $3.50 – $15 | Details

OKTOBERFEST | It’s finally October and therefore you are entitled, encouraged – even expected – to guzzle German pints at The Alpen Club. They do it terrifyingly right. “Real Oktoberfest by Real Germans.” Yikes. Details here.
October 5 & 6 | 7pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria) | $25 / $75 with dinner and beer | Details

GOODBYE | This is it, the last Famers Markets of the season are going down over the next few weeks and you’ll be sorry if you don’t take full advantage of the chance to make it to every possible one.

East Side: Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Trout Lake | LAST DAY OCT 20?
West End: Saturday | 9am – 2pm | 1100 Block Comox | LAST DAY OCT 20?
Dundarave (West Van) Saturday | 9am – 2pm | Between 24 & 25 on Marine | LAST DAY OCT 6?
Kits: Sunday | 10am – 2pm | Parking Lot of Kits Community Centre | LAST DAY OCT 21?
?DTES: Wednesday | 3pm – 7pm | Thornton Park | LAST DAY OCT 3?
Kerrisdale | Saturdays | 10am – 2pm | LAST DAY OCT 6?
UBC Farm Market: Saturday | 9-1 | UBC Farm

Have a good week!


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 shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.


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