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 February 14 to February 20, 2018. 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.
COQUILLE OPENS | L’Abattoir chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen just opened the doors of their new restaurant, Coquille. With an imaginative seafood-forward menu, a stunner of a room (wait until you see these booths!), great FOH staff and concept development/branding from Glasfurd and Walker, this place should be on your deliciousness radar. Find out more.
HEALTH | The Wellness Show goes down this weekend, and with more than 250 exhibitors plus workshops and demonstrations, there is a lot to take in. Not only does this event give attendees the opportunity to connect with peeps operating on the front lines of the wellness revolution, but there will also be plenty of samples, a ton of information sharing and some inspiring cooking demos from some of Vancouver’s most talented chefs. $15 admission/$20 for a two-day pass. Find out more.
WILD | If you spend any time in Vancouver’s urban outdoors, you’ve likely come across a coyote. Relatively new to city streets (they’ve only been in the region for 50-ish years), they’re growing in numbers and increasing in brashness. Given that they like the city – they’ve got plenty to eat (juicy rodents also on the rise) and find ample locations for building dens in our parks and greenways – it might do well to learn a bit about them. From The Stanley Park Ecology Society: “Love is in the air as coyotes go a-courting—bachelors and bachelorettes will seek to find their match, while lifelong mates prepare to raise a new litter. Set out with us to learn more about coyotes in Stanley Park and track their movements during denning season.” Find out more.
ART | Check out this cool exhibit at UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery! Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT is the first of four exhibitions utilizing the gallery’s archives to explore an era known for its spike in social movements of all kinds, and the incorporation of art into activism. GLUT includes a “Rereading Room” that pays homage to the former Vancouver Women’s Bookstore (which had its heyday through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s), performances, installations and artwork from 1968 to 2017. Find out more.
CULTURE | If raising your temperature with some lively discussion sounds appealing, then grab a ticket for In Defense of Nature: A Look at the History of Environmental Activism in BC at the Museum of Vancouver this Thursday evening. The MOV has assembled a diverse and experienced panel of speakers to offer their ideas and opinions about various past/present environmental issues in BC. A great way to get up to speed about something that directly affects all of us. BONUS: the ticket price can be directly applied towards an MOV membership, so you can continue to fill up your 2018 calendar with future free events. Find out more.
GIG | Local electronic musician Noble Oak is playing an early show at the Fox Cabaret this Friday night with fellow Vancouverites GOODWOOD ATOMS and Jenny Banai playing opening sets. Noble Oak’s latest LP, Collapsing Together, is an atmospheric album that is sultry and cinematic…just the sort of summery sounds to help you bounce back from this week’s unexpected flurry of full-on winter weather. Plus, the 10:30pm curfew means you can still be cozy at home at a reasonable hour (if you choose) with echoes of the night’s tunes fresh in your mind and facilitating sweet dreams. Find out more.
YEAR OF THE DOG | Find a way (that doesn’t include driving) to get yourself to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade on Sunday. The crowds are always huge (we’re talking in the 100,000+ range) but don’t let that stop you – this is a Vancouver tradition! The parade starts at 11am at the Millennium Gate on Pender and travels east along Pender to Gore. It then turns south onto Gore and west onto Keefer before ending at Keefer and Abbott. Want good food and drink options? We’ve got you covered. The parade usually lasts a few hours, so we suggest you take along a hot drink to keep your hands warm and wear a nice thick red (a lucky colour) sweater. Find out more.
MORE ART | If you feel like taking an unconventional detour from the Chinese New Year Parade, follow the lion dance line and slip into Fortune Sound Club (it’s on the route) to check out the 2nd annual Get Lucky Art Show + Market. Over 35 local artists (including past Scout interviews, Katie So and Sitji Chou) have put their own modern spin on the theme, using traditional lucky red envelopes as their canvases. This year’s event also features a dumpling bar which means you can leave with a belly full of good food, original art and good luck, all in one go! Find out more.
BEER | This weekend is an especially festive one for the local beer scene because not one but two East Van breweries are celebrating their anniversaries with day-long Saturday events. Zip down to Adanac Street’s Off The Rail Brewing Co. and Bomber Brewing to guzzle brews in honour of the three- and four-year old establishments and enjoy party fixings like live music and food trucks, plus special birthday beers, giveaways, and tours at Off The Rail. BONUS: there’s also a friendly neighbourhood keg swap between the two breweries, in case you don’t feel like dodging the forecasted raindrops to cross the street.
LISTEN | How about a spot of live music to finish your chilly mid-February weekend? Not sure if you want to hear classical or electronic? No problem… Hit up the Orpheum on Sunday afternoon where the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra pairs Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 with the stereophonic world premiere of a collaborative piece by violin duo Jonathan Chan and Jan Bislin. Sit back, let your mind wander and enjoy the music! Find out more.