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!
ART | Triple your artistic pleasure at the Equinox Gallery this Saturday as three exhibitions hit the walls at once. Angela Teng, Etienne Zack and Marten Elder clearly have individual histories and unique styles, but they’re also united by an illusory element that will resonate in person. Take some time out to make your way to Equinox (located amidst a cluster of contemporary art galleries in the area of East Van known as ‘The Flats’) to size up – in person – what each artist brings to bear. This show continues until November 26th but the opening reception goes down Saturday, October 22nd from 2pm-4pm, and opening receptions are always a good time.
Now – Nov 26 | Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm | Equinox Gallery (525 Great Northern Way) | DETAILS
COCKTAILS | Philippe C. Grandbois, the new bar manager at Chambar, officially launched the venerable restaurant’s new cocktail list to coincide with the start of the Canucks season this past weekend. Read Scout’s recent Big Interview with him here and slip in for a test drive — 19 of the 20 cocktails on the list are brand new concoctions! We suggest you try the Artemisia.
568 Beatty St. | 7 days from 8am until late | 604-879-7119 | DETAILS
SPACE BETWEEN | Check out the opening night of the last show at Untitled Art Space this Friday night. The Space Between features three artists addressing the usually overlooked spaces of our lives in a collaboration you don’t want to miss. Alysha Farling, Pat Christie and Kerry Chambers all draw on their interests in several fields to produce work that demands a second look. The exhibit uses installations, video projections, music, and wood design to explore “the space where we are free of confinement formed by what we’ve come to know—where things fall through the cracks and memories turn into nostalgia.” Get your fill of Untitled Art Space before they close this location down and take a few months off.
Fri, Oct. 21 | 8pm | 436 Columbia St. | Free | DETAILS
AURA | Travelling aura photography outfit Radiant Human rolls into town from Portland to offer Vancouverites the chance to have their aura captured on film. Those interested in having their picture taken can pop in to check out the process, talk to the photographers and sit for a $45 portrait. The same pop-up went down last July and bookings sold out fast, so if you’re thinking about getting in on the action this time, get sorted sooner rather than later.
Oct 20=23 | Thu 1-9, Fri 11-7, Sat 11-7, Sun 12-5 | Nouvelle Nouvelle (209 Abbott St.) | DETAILS
CELEBRATE | Our pals at Sunday Cider are throwing an extra special Harvest hang-out as part of BC Cider Week on Saturday. Not only will they be releasing a couple of beautiful new ciders and be pairing them with a lovely bit of food from another pal (Chef Todd from Hand Taste Ferments) but theyre also throwing in “joyful things like music from Pacific Rhythm, small dogs, little people and even some Mead from the friendly folks at Humblebee Meadery”.
Sat, Oct 22 | 1-7pm | Sunday Cider (1575 Vernon Dr.) | DETAILS
ARCHITECTURE | With a view to demonstrating laneway housing as a clever solution to “Densification without Demolition”, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation has once again arranged for a series of homes to be opened to the public for their annual Laneway Home Tour. Take a peek inside six unique houses and be inspired by designs and innovations that show how increased density can be smart, stylish and comfortable while also making good use of underused land on existing lots. Yay for tiny homes!
Sat, Oct. 22 | 1-5pm | Various Locations | $30 | DETAILS
GIG | American indie folk band Blind Pilot is in town from Portland this weekend. On tour to support their new album, And Then Like Lions, Blind Pilot plays the Biltmore on Friday night along with guest Margaret Glaspy. Tickets are sold out, so this is going to have to be a call in a favour or Craigslist situation. I you can get your hands on tickets, this will be a good one – give it your best shot.
Fri, Oct. 21 | 8pm | Biltmore Cabaret | $15 | DETAILS
SHOP HOP | The Gastown Fall Shop Hop happens this Thursday night. The one-night-only event offers Vancouverites the opportunity to cruise 45+ of Gastown’s best shops, check out all of the new Fall wares, and be treated to great deals, in-store specials and the occasional treat (like a glass of sparkling wine). Cruise the cobblestone streets on the lookout for flocks of balloons (indicating participating shops) or have a pre-emptive scope of establishments taking part here.
Thu, Oct. 20 | 4pm–9pm | Various locations | FREE (to browse) | DETAILS
MAKE | Do you live in a perpetually smelly apartment building or above someone with a garlic roasting fetish? Do you spend half your life shopping for incense in an effort to help you forget your stinky predicament? Maybe it’s time to pick up a mortar and pestle and learn to make your own. Good idea, right? So head down to Chinatown and take the Intro to Incense Making class at Blim this weekend! Make the scent you want – a little rose, sage, lavender? How about saffron and sandalwood? Instructor Hazel Lynn walks participants through the basic materials, equipment, ingredients and techniques for making a variety of types. Each student will leave with their own set of combustible incense sticks or cones.
Sat, Oct. 22 | 2-5 pm | Blim (115 E. Pender St) | DETAILS
FISH FIGHT | Long time friends, chef colleagues and Vancouver restaurant scene veterans Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.) and Robert Belcham (Campagnolo) are teaming up to put on an ocean-forward spread that will deliver inspired seafood dishes to the tables next Tuesday at the intimate and beautifully simple Burdock & Co. (2702 Main St.). ‘Fish Fight’ tickets are available here or by calling 604-879-0077. Don’t miss out!
Tue, Oct. 25 | 6:30pm | Burdock & Co. (2702 Main St) | Dinner $80 (+$45 wine pairing optional) | DETAILS