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 August 29 to September 4, 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.
- lead images courtesy 33 Acres
B33R | 33 Acres turns 5 this week! Hit the alley behind the brewery on Friday to celebrate with the crew. “Music will be played, new beers will be released, old beers will be reminisced about, snacks will be chowed, along with some outdoor space to be enjoyed.” This is going to be a fun gathering of good people and everyone is invited. Get in on it! Shake a few hands, pat a few backs, support your local craft beer makers! Find out more.
SCORE | Already thinking about the inevitable shift in seasons? Ready for some fall clothing? The mother of all warehouse sales goes down this weekend! Aritzia’s massive, once-a-year sale is so big this year that it’s taking over the Vancouver Convention Centre. Expect 50-90% off of everything from denim to cocktail dresses. Get in there and update your wardrobe on the cheap! Find out more.
COMMUNITY | The Victory Square Block Party happens this Sunday. Talent taking the stage include La Kasquivana, Prxncxss Aprntly, Sorry Edith, future star, Mamarudegyal, club sofa, YEP and Devours. Expect things to get loud. There will also be an ice cream truck, DJs filling the spaces between sets and generally good vibes. Proceeds go to support Megaphone, a magazine sold by local homeless and low income vendors to generate personal income. Find out more.
GET LUCKY | With fall around the corner, now is the perfect time to build up your library of reading materials for the grey days ahead. Lucky’s on Main Street is always a good choice for a colourful literary or comic fix, but plan on heading up to the shop on Saturday to take advantage of Lucky’s Market where, for one afternoon only, they’ll be setting up out back, selling books and zines along with snacks.
WATCH | I can’t decide which one I want to see more, so I’m going to tell you about two movies screening at Vancity Theatre this week: Generation Wealth and We The Animals. Generation Wealth is an “introspective but expansive essay on a culture consumed by materialism. Talking to porn stars, hedge fund millionaires, celebrity wannabes and has-beens, Laura Greenfield makes an incisive case that society has lost its moral and spiritual compass.” We The Animals is the story of a working class childhood “reminiscent of Beasts of the Southern Wild and the rapturous cinema of Terrence Malick”. Both movies are screening at various times over the next week.
KARMA | Roll up your sleeves and get involved in your neighbourhood by participating in a Neighbourhood Cleanup Party this weekend. The super cool and inspiringly tight communities of Strathcona and Grandview Woodland are both organizing clean-up events that could use your help. Take a bit of time out, put on some rubber gloves and pitch in to make things look nice for back-to-school. Find out more.
GIG | British singer, songwriter and musician Jade Bird is in town to give us a taste of tracks from her debut EP Something American. As The Biltmore explains: ‘’With the powerful impact of a full album and the fine nuance of a novel, these five songs reveal a songwriter who emphasises melodic craft and emotional subtlety, a singer willing to push her instrument as far as it will go, a personality defined by its contradictions: sharp-witted yet vulnerable, dead-serious yet often drop-dead funny, young but incredibly wise.” Jade Bird plays with guests Field Report at The Biltmore on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. A little live music in the middle of the last long weekend of the summer is a good move. Hook yourself up here.
FESTIVAL DEL MAIZE | The Canada El Salvador Action Network and the Grandview Woodland Food Connection are joining forces to put on a one day, all-out, super tasty celebration of corn this weekend. Focusing on Latin American culture, food and the central role corn plays in both, hit the 14th Annual Festival del Maize to load up on tamales, pupusas, riguas, elote loco, atoles, nachos, pasteles and burritos while listening to some live music, catching some traditional dancing and cultural performances, and generally enjoying the culture of corn. Find out more.
SWIM | Sun, cloud, rain…the forecast is calling for a little bit of everything this week. Even under tame summer showers, temperatures are warm enough for an outdoor swim. Kits Pool closes for the season next month (September 23rd), so it’s important that you make the most of the remaining days to splash about in the beautiful, 137 metre salt water pool. With soft sand and beach volleyball close at hand and plenty of great food options an easy flip-flop across the street, Kits Pool makes for a solid day of fun. Pro-tip: the early bird scores the best towel real estate. Find out more.
CHILL | 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 local brunch gameplan here.