From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from July 26 to August 1, 2017. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
CHILL | Pack your yoga mat, drawing book and favourite pens and hit Sketch & Stretch, a 75 minute yin yoga and life drawing class at Chinatown’s Stretch Yoga this week. “Emmanuelle Rousseau will lead the yin portion of the class, guiding you through a series of gentle, deep, prop-supported postures, each held for 3-7 minutes. Justin Berger will be moving around the life drawing circle, helping each person individually with proportion, scale and tone.” Two birds, one stone!
Wed, July 26 | 5:45-7pm | $15 | Stretch Yoga (180 E Pender St) | DETAILS
RESTAURANT RUMBLE | The event of the month goes down this Thursday! The charity boxing showdown organized by the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association is pitting Vancouver’s bussers against its barbers and its cooks against its bartenders. It happens in two parts: “Undercard Fights” go down in the afternoon (starting at 1pm) followed by the Title Fights in the evening (7-10pm). At three 3-minute rounds per, Title Fights go down fast. Boxers go glove to glove without headgear and title belts are on the line. There are still a few tickets available but they will all be gone by fight time. Don’t wait! See you there.
Thu, July 27 | 1 & 7pm | Commodore Ballroom | 868 Granville St. | Various $ | DETAILS
FIREWORKS | Keep in mind that Celebration of Light fireworks start this week (Saturday). First to represent their country with pyrotechnic expression is Japan (July 29), followed by the United Kingdom (Aug. 2), and finally, Canada (Aug. 5). Viewing options range from “business class cabana” (which will run you $5,000) to an old school log on a beach (free but with partially obstructed views in an potentially oppressive crowd of strangers). Plan accordingly and for crying out loud, don’t try to drive through the West End while the festivities are going down! If you’re looking for pre- or post-fireworks hangout locations, take a look at our West End Neighbourhood guide here.
July 29, August 2, 5 | 10pm | English Bay | Free (or not)
LAUGH | Grab a cold beer, pull up a chair and and listen to a line-up of local comics tell the story of that time they may have taken something they shouldn’t have at the So There I Was…High Comedy and Storytelling night at The Biltmore. From event organizers: “We’ve all had that one night where you said ‘Fuck it!’ and tried something new and then before you know it something unbelievable happens and it becomes an almost legendary story for you and your friends. These are those stories.” It’s way funnier when it happened to someone else, right? Have a laugh.
Sat, July 29 | 8pm | The Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St.) | $10 | DETAILS
PICK-YOUR-OWN | It’s blueberry season! Farmers markets and local grocery stores are loaded with them, but picking your own is a fun summer activity. Head toward Ladner/Delta and hit Westham Island (directions). Once you cross the wood planked bridge to the soft roads lined by long grass and foxgloves, you’ll find fantastic u-pick berry farms as well as roadside egg and vegetable stands. Take your own buckets for easy post-picking transportation.
Emma Lea Farms | Daily 10am – 6pm | 2727 Westham Island Rd. (Ladner) | DETAILS
MOVIE | Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan star in the midnight movie at The Rio this Friday night. As the Rio explains, “Drive” is a “seamless and visionary blend of arthouse-inspired cinematography, a crazy-cool soundtrack and knockout performances from a seriously stellar cast…”What else do you need to know?
Fri, July 28 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8-$12 | DETAILS
DRAMA | Catch Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Romeo and Juliet at the Performance Works Outdoor Stage starting this week. Love. Loss. Star-crossed lovers. What would summer be without a little outdoor Shakespeare? And for free? Count us in!
July 28–Aug 12 | 7:30 pm | Performance Works Outdoor Stage (Granville Island) | DETAILS
PLAY | This is a good weekend to take small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery, because it’s Family FUSE! The theme is Nature Concentrated. Kids under 12 get in for free with a paying adult, plus there will be live music and some extra fun activities to encourage creativity. Hang out at the sketch station to experiment with viewpoints, perspective and vision; create your own button using images, markers and stickers; watch live performances; listen to music; or take in a film. Tonnes to do!
Sat–Sun, July 29+30 | 10am-5pm | VAG | 22.50 for grown-ups | DETAILS
SHHHHH! | Looking for a little quiet? Why not sneak out for a solo matinee? In Pursuit of Silence is a film that takes its audience on an exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives as demonstrated through moments and experiences around the globe “– from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of the loudest city on the planet, Mumbai during the wild festival season – and inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.”
July 29-31 | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $12 | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | Summer is in full swing and the Farmers Markets are a tasty way to appreciate that fact. Hit up your local market to stock up on fresh local food. All kinds of berries are happening right now, plus salad greens, zucchini and herbs galore, as well as cheeses, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies, and pies. Support the people who grow our food!
Main Street | Wed, 2-6pm | 1100 Station Street (Berry Fest!)
Downtown | Thu, 11am-3pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre
West End | Sat, 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox
Trout Lake | Sat, 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park
Kits | Sun, 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th
Mount Pleasant | Sun, 10am-2pm | Dude Chilling Park | DETAILS