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!
REMEMBER | Slow down and appreciate the gravity of your moment of silence this Remembrance Day. Services take place at numerous locations around town on Sunday morning, but the biggie will be at the Victory Square’s Cenotaph on the western edge of Gastown. Arrive at 9:30am for a 9:45am performance by the Vancouver Bach Youth Choir and Sarabande; veterans, military marching units and bands start marching into the Square at 10am and the cenotaph ceremony begins at 10:30am. Two Minutes of Silence begins at 11am during which a 21-gun salute by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment will sound.
Wed, Nov. 11 | 9:45 am | Victory Square Cenotaph (corner of Hastings St and Cambie St.) | DETAILS
LAUGH | Jerry Seinfeld takes the stage at the QE this weekend and we can’t imagine how anyone wouldn’t benefit from an evening of that! The man has a gift. Predictably, tickets are selling out, but there are still some left at Ticketmaster, don’t wait.
Nov 13-14 | 7pm & 9:30pm shows | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | $75-125 range | DETAILS
POP-UP | Looking for a last minute night on the town with friends but having trouble scoring a group reservation? Consider checking out the two day pop-up dinner at Propaganda coffee in Chinatown on Friday and Saturday nights. The Prelude pop-up will have two seatings of a six course seasonal menu (think roasted duck from Yarrow Meadows Farm, salmon from Tofino, seasonal vegetables and other tasty bit) at $47 per person. Chef Baker Hsu has spent some time in some impressive kitchens (notably One Restaurant in Toronto, Hawksworth, and a stag at San Francisco’s Coi) so we expect he may have a few moves to impress. Though there’s no booze at the meal, the setting is pretty and it could be a cool way to spend some time with friends or make some new ones. To reserve call 778-822-6297 or hit the event webpage here.
Fri, Now 13, Sat, Nov 14 | 6:30, 8:30pm | 209 E. Pender St.| DETAILS
LIGHT | The Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) is part art installation, part design competition, and part performance. Using light and form as canvas, LAMP organizers challenged participants to design an indoor light in any format (floor, pendant, table, etc) in the theme of “Crystallize”. Entries were accepted in three categories including ‘Student’, ‘Emerging’ and ‘Established’ and the completion saw 90 submissions from 50 cities in a total of 21 countries. That’s got to be a pretty impressive cross section! Judges chose their favourite 10 submissions and the winners will be premiering at a public opening in Railtown this Thursday night. Grab a ticket in advance for opening night here. The exhibit will be open by donation from November 13-15.
Thu, Nov 12 | 6-midnight | Jan Kath Studio (505 Railway Street) | $20 | DETAILS
DESIGN | Over thirty talented designers come together at The Museum of Vancouver this Friday night to talk about what it is that inspires them to design. From MOV: “Discover the stories behind the development of everyday technologies and cool things you’ve never seen before. Ask the designers—ranging from those launching their careers to innovators in international corporations—what motivates them, how they do what they do, and why Vancouver inspires them to keep doing it…Why I Design breaks down walls between disciplines and between designers and the public. It’s an opportunity to interact with the designers of the products and environments that shape your life.” Designers will be stationed throughout the museum’s galleries, and attendees are encouraged to float between stations asking questions. Be amazed as you behold the awesomeness of the creative process! Bonus: cash bar.
Fri, Nov 13 | 7pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.) | $20 | DETAILS
SPARK | Science can be confusing, but then again, so can art. It really depends on how you’re wired. But what about when science and art collide? Potentially crazy, right? If you’re curious about what that might look like, check out Spark at the VIVO Media Arts Centre this Friday night. As an interactive, interdisciplinary exhibit, Spark explores the intersection of art and science by challenging 15 artists and scientists to use all manner of methods to demonstrate one with the other. Expect everything from 2D and 3D art to animation. Tickets are $5 – $20 (sliding scale) and proceeds support future art-science co-labs and events. Cash bar and interesting conversations galore.
Fri, Nov 13 | 6pm-10pm | VIVO Media Arts Centre (2625 Kaslo St) $5 – $20 | DETAILS
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON | You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. If you noticed that the Planetarium gave up on their Laser Floyd shows a while back and found yourself saddened by the fact that you hadn’t thought to indulge before it was too late, we are pleased to inform you that you can make up for your past oversights and get yourself into a seat for the light show of the ages out in Burnaby on Friday and Saturday nights. The good folks at Roundhouse Productions talked to the BCIT Planetarium crew and together they have resurrected the longstanding Vancouver tradition of tripping out to Pink Floyd in a theatre intended for science. From Roundhouse: Expect ”360° real-world, real-time Fulldome video, multiple RGB diode lasers, both classic analog and digital star projectors, and immersive full concert sound in the deep space dome.”
Fri + Sat | 8:15, 9:20 & 10:20pm | BCIT Planetarium | DETAILS
CRAFT | Not down with the idea of supporting big box stores, chains and sweatshops? November marks the beginning of Craft Fair Season. Every weekend a different gathering of artisans, craftspeople and artists will set up tables and booths and offer their local and handmade wares to Vancouverites as an alternative to mass produced goods. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s pretty cool to walk around a room full of people who spend time making things by hand. Case in point: the Nikkei Centre annual Craft & Bake Fair; hit the Burnaby cultural centre this weekend to check out modern and traditional crafts and some home baking. Expect everything from traditional Japanese textiles and stunning ceramics to cookies, tea, and squishy little mochi.
Nov 14 & 15 | 10am-5pm Sat and 11am-4pm Sun | 6688 Southoaks Cr. | DETAILS
VINYL | Nothing sounds quite like vinyl. It’s the difference between film and digital, ink and keystroke, a proper cup of coffee and the instant stuff. Vinyl has soul and depth. If you need any convincing, head to the Main Street Vinyl Record Fair this Sunday. Sure there will be a fantastic selection of records and scores of vinyl lovers buying, selling or trading new and used albums, but there will also be turntables, tuners, speakers and headphones, vintage audio gear you didn’t even know existed (ever listened to an audiophile talk retro vacuum tubes?) and all manner of accessories in between – maybe even a vintage concert t-shirt or two.
Sun, Nov. 15 | 11am-5pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.) | $2 at the door | DETAILS
HISTORY | Vancity Theatre is screening two archival footage documentaries about Vancouver this Sunday. A Distant Mirror (3pm) and Reflecting the City (7:15pm) use clips from archival footage, home movies, newsreels, ads and television segments to help convey a sense of character of younger version of the streets, neighbourhoods and communities that we live in today – like a crash course on the history of the city without the multiple choice test but with the added bonus of popcorn. 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.” Settle in for a matinee or evening screening and get schooled!
Sun, Nov. 15 | 3pm, 7:15pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | DETAILS