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!
PASTRAMI | Skip the grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning and stop at Faculty Brewing on your way home tonight for a cold beer and a handmade, New-York style pastrami sandwich. Chef Nitzan Cohen of Mensch Delicatessen makes his pastrami from scratch (we’re talking 8 hours of smoking, 10 days of brining, and four hours of steaming) and serves it stacked on top of fresh rye bread with mustard. Sandwiches are on offer staring at 6pm until they’re sold out.
Wed, Nov. 9 | 6-9pm | Faculty Brewing (1830 Ontario St.) | DETAILS
CREAM PUFFS | When sisters Andy and Stephanie opened a new location of their famous Pie Shoppe in the Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood (1875 Powell St.), they held on to their tiny Chinatown address and have been letting it out to cool local peeps who want to mess around in a kitchen and present their delicious results to the public in temporary pop-ups. Right now the space belongs to Sweet Boy Cream Puffs. You may have noticed sweet boy Chams Sbouai cruising Vancouver’s streets with his bike cart over the summer. Whenever we stumbled across the cart curb side, it was surrounded by crowds of cream puff converts, and being that a wee bike cart can only hold so many of the delicious choux pastries, supplies were cleared out pretty fast! So we’re stoked to know he’ll be at this easy to track down pop-up until May. Try the banana chocolate and peanut butter.
Now through May | Tues-Sat | 12 to 6pm (or sell out) | 721 Gore Ave. (between Union & Georgia) | DETAILS
REMEMBER | Slow down and appreciate the gravity of your moment of silence this Remembrance Day. Services take place at numerous locations around town on Friday morning, but the biggie will start around 9:45am at the Victory Square Cenotaph on the western edge of Gastown.
Fri, Nov. 11 | 9:45am | Victory Square Cenotaph (corner of Hastings and Cambie) | DETAILS
TWIN RAINS | Local band Twin Rains plays LanaLou’s on Powell Street this Friday night. Not familiar? The good peeps at Beatroute describe the album as “seamlessly cohesive, marrying poppy guitar, airy vocals, intriguing synth, and wandering beats, all whilst carrying a wide spectrum of emotion.” That plus a cold beer on a rainy night with nice people sounds like a good way to start your weekend if you ask me. FYI, pre-gig cocktails at Cuchillo or The McKenzie Room (both close by) would be pretty ok, too.
Fri, Nov. 11 | 9pm | LanaLou’s (362 Powell St) | $10 | DETAILS
LAUGH | If there has ever been a week where people could use a laugh, this has got to be it. Saturday Night Live will likely deliver some good material and Louis CK is always waiting on Netflix, but if you want to gather with other people and add a social dimension to your laughter, consider hitting Hot Art Wet City Gallery this Friday night for an evening of giggles at Graham Clark presents Quiz Show 2! (a night that cherry picks the best segments of game shows and presents them all in one bizarre event!) Prizes to be won, heads to be scratched! Laughter is the best medicine, right?
Fri, Nov. 11 | 8pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main @ 6th) | $7 in advance/$10 at the door | DETAILS
VINYL | Nothing beats 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 weekend. Browse a fantastic selection of records and check out turntables, tuners, speakers, headphones and other audio gear you didn’t even know existed — maybe even a vintage concert t-shirt or two.
Sat, Nov. 12 + Sun, Nov. 13 | 11am-5pm | The Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) | $4 | 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 their time making things by hand. This weekend there are two fine fairs to check out: the Nikkei Centre annual Craft & Bake Fair (expect to find everything from traditional Japanese textiles and stunning ceramics to cookies, tea and squishy little mochi) and the annual Circle Craft show (300+ artists, designers and artisans, making everything from everything from jewellery and jam to woodwork and textiles. drawn from across the country and wrangled together by the good folks at Circle Craft).
CIRCLE CRAFT | Nov. 9-13 | Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place)| $15 | DETAILS
NIKKEI | Nov, 14 & 15 | 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun | 6688 Southhoaks Cr., Burnaby | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | Although the last of the 2016 Summer Farmers Markets has long come and gone, some of the bravest of local food producers gather their goods at Winter Farmers Markets to keep us well fed through the colder months. There are two markets to choose from this weekend. Head to the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday or skip over to the PNE on Sunday and load up on locally grown fruits and veggies as well as fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other goodies.
Sat, Nov. 12| 10am-2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) | DETAILS
Sun, Nov. 13 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Park, PNE (Renfrew & Hastings) | DETAILS
SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? | It’s Sci-Fi Cinema Sunday at The Cinematheque this week and this time around, that means War Games. Settle into a theatre seat to watch the 1983 classic on the big screen. Not familiar? Cinematheque explains it thus: “Fresh-faced Matthew Broderick is computer whiz David, a slacker Seattle teen who’d sooner boost his letter grades by hacking into his school’s system than study (hey, didn’t he do that as Ferris Bueller too?). When he gains access to what appears to be a sophisticated computer game — but is actually a US military supercomputer — his decision to play “Global Thermonuclear War” rather than chess unwittingly initiates WWIII.” Also, this excellent throwback comes complete with a post-screening Q&A with director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Stakeout). This is going to be all kinds of rad.
Sun, Nov. 13 | 1pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) DETAILS
EXPLORE | Fall is a great time for exploring. Take some time out to hit local trails this weekend and clear your head with a solid dose of nature. Forests are amazing right now with thick mosses, cool mushrooms and fluttering leaves falling from branches. Pull on some rain boots and sensible clothing, grab a travel mug of something soothing and get hiking. We suggest a few hours on the trails out at Lighthouse Park in West Van (followed by croissants and tea at Temper Pastry on Marine Drive). Don’t feel like tackling the bridge? Head out to the Endowment Lands for a bit of fresh air, take the stairs down to Wreck Beach and say hi to the ocean.
Whenever you want | Beaches, parks and forest all over the city | Free (except for the croissant part)