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 27 to July 3, 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.
GIG | Music lovers wanting to get in touch with their indie rock roots won’t want to miss checking out Belle & Sebastian when they roll through Vancouver this week. The Scottish band (making music on-and-off since 1996) will be playing two back-to-back shows at the Vogue Theatre this Thursday and Friday in support of the 3rd instalment of their EP Trilogy, “How To Solve Our Human Problems”. Tip: Definitely don’t skip over opener Japanese Breakfast, the solo musical project of Michelle Zauner, who is arguably one of the most interesting new young musicians on the scene. She’s played two headlining gigs in Vancouver over the past year, the last of which sold out The Biltmore in February. If you need further justification of the $50 ticket then consider this a double-whammy of indie rock music vets and a bona fide up-and-comer! Get your tickets here.
SOUTH ASIAN ART | Looking to add some spice to your week? The Masala Mobb is a “collective” of eight South Asian Vancouver-based creatives who will be showcasing their goods at the Slice of Life Gallery on Thursday evening. The Mobb was started by Tanya Singh as a reaction to the exclusiveness she felt existed in the local art community. Expect a night of art, music, fashion, friends and good vibes. RSVP here.
STREET ART | Head to Massy Books on Thursday evening for the opening reception of “Meet me at the Lamp(p)ost”. According to the MMATLP website, here’s what we can expect: “A collaborative collection of street photography that celebrates the artistry and grit of East Vancouver while capturing stillness in a world full of transient moments. Through place-specific street photography, Meet me at the Lamp(p)ost revolves around the present and promotes contentment in self and place.” Sounds like an interesting and potentially eye-opening show! If you can’t make it to the opening, the photos will be on display at the Chinatown bookstore until July 10th. Bonus: while you’re there make your visit an art and literature twofer by scoping out the shelves for some summer park/beach reading materials. Find out more.
MAKE | Looking for something creative to do this week but feel like you’re ready to expand beyond glue sticks and glitter? Hit Terminal City Glass Co-op in East Van and learn how to work with glass! Participants in each 20 minute session will roll up their sleeves to create a colourful glass paperweight with the help of a professional glass artist (molten glass is nothing you want to start fiddling with unless you’ve got some serious experience to back you up). Beginners are welcome, but space is limited and these events sell out. You’ll want in on this action, so book your session now! Find out more.
NORTH VAN | Plan a jaunt to North Van this Thursday evening for a special artist talk at the Gordon Smith Gallery. It goes down in conjunction with their current exhibit, “13 Ways to Summon Ghosts.” The show’s guest curator, Kimberly Phillips, will be chatting with two of the thirteen Canadian artists on display, Kathleen Ritter and Carol Sawyer, about how the role of “haunting” plays out in their individual artistic practices. All of the participating artists’ interpretations together encompass a spectrum as diverse as their own backgrounds. You can experience all of the evocative art from now until September 1st. Find out more.
CANADA DAY | Cruise around the seawall; take the family to the Richmond Night Market; chill out with some live music in Crab Park; or save up your energy until the evening and join the crowds for the fireworks at Canada Place. Sunday is a busy day! Visit pretty much any park, beach, or community hub and you’ll find a celebration going on. Traffic is going to be thick, so if you’re going out and about make sure to leave your car at home and take instead your most agreeable Canadian disposition.
MODERNISM | Scoot over to West Vancouver this Saturday. Grab a coffee at Temper Chocolate and Pastry, wander the seawall and take in an informative lecture at the West Vancouver Museum. Local historian Donald Luxton uses the museum’s current exhibition (What’s Lost: Photographs of Selwyn Pullan) to speak to the importance of visual imagery in our understanding of West Coast modernism. If you haven’t had a chance to see this exhibition, this is a great opportunity to absorb the historical images with a little extra context. Find out more.
FIELD TRIP | The Steveston Salmon Festival is a fantastic excuse to grab a few friends and trek out to the quaint fishing village of Steveston for the day. There’ll be a pancake breakfast ($8); a parade; a Japanese Cultural show; a craft fair; plenty of live music; and the biggest, best, most wonderful salmon BBQ you have ever seen (1,200 pounds of wild salmon grilled over open fire pits). It’s estimated that somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70,000 people will show up, with many of them arriving by car, so make it easy on yourself by taking public transit. Find out more.
JAZZ | The Vancouver International Jazz Festival continues this weekend. With scores of concerts scheduled, the 2018 line-up brings a little bit of everything. Many shows are free and with daytime and evening performances hitting stages and fresh air venues all over the city, there’s likely something going on that will be absolutely perfect for you. Narrow things down with a game plan by flipping through the long list of what’s going on here. Our choice for a ticketed event would be Khari Wendell McClelland at The Vogue on Wednesday night or Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters at the QE on Friday night. Jazz fest runs through to July 1. Find out more.
BRUNCH | It’s summer on a long weekend. Your primary objective should be to kick back and do as much relaxing as possible. Lounge around in bed as long as you can and when you are ready to eat, don’t do it in your house and create a mess you’ll have to clean up. Go out for brunch! For a list of potential locations, check out our gameplan here.