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 June 13 to June 19, 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.
ECUAD | “It’s Difficult To Put A Painting In A Mailbox” is an exhibition devoted to exploring publication as an artistic practice. It kicks off a cool new series of artist publication-related programming this Thursday at Emily Carr University’s Libby Leshgold Gallery. Hustle in to check out artists from across Canada (and further afield) in full book-making action. Flip through a selection of artful publications pulled from local libraries and personal collections. The full roster of events are interspersed throughout the summer, and will be laying the foundation for a more permanent Summer School for Artists’ Publishing. If you’re interested in publication, then you’ll definitely want to get over to the campus and show your support! Find out more.
SUMMER SHOPPING | Vancouver is about to experience some real deal summer weather, which means it’s time to get your hot weather duds in order ASAP! Don’t sweat it, because this week Studio 1111 is holding a four-day long vintage pop-up shop starting just in time for the heat wave. The shopping event is happening on Commercial Drive, and is free and open to the public except on Thursday, which is by RSVP only. If you want first dibs on the best threads then head over here to add your name to the list. Find out more.
BEES | Hives for Humanity Society and the Italian Cultural Centre are partnering up a little experiential beekeeping education that sounds both interesting and tasty! Participants take a 45 minute hive tour that not only includes a tasting of unique local Vancouver neighbourhood honeys, but also the chance to observe a colony of honeybees up close. Learn about how honey is made, how bees communicate and the importance of creating an environment that keeps bees happy and healthy. Bonus: post-tour time can be spent devouring Italian Cultural Centre handmade pizza and wandering the night market booths. Find out more.
PICNIC | The sunshine isn’t supposed to go anywhere for the foreseeable future, so if you want to squeeze as many al fresco hours out of the daylight as possible, then plan on being in East Van this Saturday afternoon. The Pandora Park Picnic Potluck is not only a delightful alliteration, but it’s also the ideal way to treat your tummies and your ears this weekend, with performances by artist/musician Jenny Ritter’s the Mount Pleasant Institute of Sound “Phenomenon”, as well as the Kingsgate Choir. The summery weather and choral atmosphere will have everyone in good spirits so prep your snacks to share, pack your blankets, and get ready to mingle and meet new friends! Find out more.
GET BAKED | After you’ve filled up on food and music at Pandora Park, take a quick 10 minute jaunt west to The Bakery on Franklin Street and fill up on art (not pastry) this Saturday evening. It’s the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the artist studios and gallery, as well as the 12 artists working out of it, at the opening reception of the “INTRODUCE” Group Show. We’ll see you there! Find out more.
ART MEETS HOUSING | Interested in small space living and tiny homes? Head out to Richmond on Saturday to check out Home Made Home. From the Richmond Art Gallery: “Vancouver artist Germaine Koh contributes to the current housing discourse through her exploration of small-scale dwellings and “social sculptures” in her solo exhibition Home Made Home. An advocate of creative space design, accessibility, sustainability, and self-sufficiency, Koh’s compact structures probe many of the complex housing issues relevant to the Lower Mainland.” Participate in the small house living symposium (2-6pm) that includes panel discussions and workshops with local artists, planners, historians and activists and then stick around for the Home Made Home opening reception on Saturday night (7pm). Find out more.
ROLLER DISCO | The aim of this weekend’s Roller Party at Robson Square is to recreate some classic roller rink vibes. Expect old-school soul, funk and R&B music. Do keep in mind that while there are some skate rentals available they will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that this is a family friendly event, but the more relaxed family and beginner’s skate runs from 12pm-2:30pm and the faster-paced 10yrs and up (plus advanced adults) kicks in at 3pm and rolls until 6pm. Find out more.
FISH | Whether you’re an old pro or are picking up a rod for the first time since childhood, this is the weekend to go fishing. Head for a stretch of coastline (or your favourite beach, lake, river or pier) with a free, three-day fishing licence compliments of the Federal and Provincial Government in recognition of Family Fishing Weekend. Kick back to enjoy a quiet afternoon of casting a line without forking over the dough. Perfectly timed to coincide with Father’s Day, this could also be a great way to spend some quality time with Dad. Try Rice Lake for the Seymour Salmonid Society-hosted event that involves food trucks, face painting, and releasing trout into the lake. Rods are available to borrow, and there will be a shuttle running to the watershed for tours of the Seymour River fish hatchery. A nice way to spend Fathers Day! Find out more.
PARK THE CAR | Car Free Day hits the streets this weekend. The West End casts out cars along Denman (Robson to Davie) on Saturday and Main Street follows suit Sunday (Broadway – 30th). Both will fill their freed space live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, street hockey, more live music, bike and skateboard demos, good food, cold drinks, and generally happy people roaming the pavements in place of automobiles. Bonus: sunshine is expected all weekend! Find out more.
WEST END | Sat, June 16 | Denman from Robson to Davie | 12pm-7pm
MAIN STREET | Sun, June 17 | between Broadway & 30th | 12pm-7pm
MURAL FEST | The Vancouver Mural Fest just announced its full roster of 2018 muralists and it looks like another eclectic crew will be putting their mark on our city’s building facades this August. As usual, the majority of the list represents a pretty broad selection of local creatives. However, also of note is the exceptional inclusion of three international artists, all of who are women. That’s pretty rad! Also notable: the people behind the fest are holding a free community event at Heritage Hall next week. We suggest taking the next few days to scope out the VMF website and getting your questions in order, because this is your chance to engage in an important discussion on public art in Vancouver, as well as find out what’s in store at this year’s Fest. If you can’t get to Main Street in time, the entire evening will also be streamed online. Find out more.