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 September 26 to October 2, 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.
DL BURGER SHACK | Chances are you’ve already fallen in love with the Nashville Hot style of chicken at Downlow Chicken Shack on Commercial Drive. Now it’s time to get to know their burger game. They’re throwing a pop-up this Monday at the Shack and we’re super stoked for it. “Downlow Burgers will all be made with special dry-aged beef grind from Two Rivers and fresh baked buns from Livia Sweets, which also makes the potato buns for The Downlow Chicken Shack.” Word is there will be four burger options and this will be a recurring Monday-only thing. See you in line!
A GIG FOR THE BOOKS | Childish Gambino plays the Rogers Arena on Sunday and THERE ARE STILL TICKETS! If you don’t know who that is, you may know him as Donald Glover, the actor, comedian, writer, producer and director (his ongoing television series ‘Atlanta’ is well worth a rainy day binge), or, less likely, as his DJ pseudonym, mcDJ. (This video, which hit the web hard this summer, might also jog your memory.) Short story: Glover is talented at anything and everything that he does, and this show will be worth every penny. Adding to the incentive to scoop up your tickets at any cost: Glover recently announced that his current ‘This is America’ tour would be his last one ever as Childish Gambino. Tickets are available through the Rogers Arena website, but a quick Google search produced resale tickets available on various sites at a discount. See you at the show! UPDATE: THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED – Details
FALL . FALLING . FALLEN | Local celebrity ceramicist (and all-around lovely human) Janaki Larsen introduces an Autumn batch of her stunning pottery this weekend. Timed perfectly to correspond with all of the Fall harvest-inspired cooking you’ll be looking to plate over the next few weeks, “This ceramic release resembles a pile of leaves, a cluster of wild mushrooms, ripened seeds, the scarred skin of orchard apples… the last throes of summer!” Hustle yourself down to her Mount Pleasant studio to scoop up one (or two) of her sought after plates, platters, bowls or vessels Saturday and Sunday (11am-5pm). Bonus: 33 Acres is right down the street and they serve an excellent brunch. Find out more.
VINYL POP UP | Music lovers, vinyl collectors and Japan-ophiles alike will be keen to know there’s a cool-sounding pop-up shop happening in the basement of Out & About boutique this Friday. The shop – a trove of Japanese goods – has collaborated with local DJs and record purveyors, Apato Rekodo, for an evening of vintage Japanese music, circa 70s/80s. Not sure what that will sound like? Well, get down to Gastown, get your groove on and find out! Find out more.
VEGAN MARKET | You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy the Vegan Market Place going down at the Waldorf Hotel this Sunday. The day-long event features a bunch of animal-friendly and environmentally conscious vendors selling everything from yummy baked goods, chocolate, kombucha and veggie food to ethical undies, accessories and hair care — plus a bike swap and live music. (Pro tip: if you’re not a vegan but someone close to you is, this is a no-brainer stop to scoop up some early holiday gifts!) Whatever your motivation, this sounds like a fun and laid back way to end the week on an ethical high note. Find out more.
BOOK IT | Planning on booking it down to Library Square this weekend? There are a couple of good reasons – the WORD Vancouver literary festival, for instance, has a full day of events planned for Sunday. While you’re down there – and while skies and temperatures are still cooperative – be sure to climb up to the Central Library’s newly renovated rooftop patio, which officially and ceremoniously opens to the public on Saturday morning. The public patio is part of a massive expansion of the library’s indoor and outdoor facilities, including the addition of an 80-seat theatre, exhibition spaces, a reading room and garden terraces. What better way to make the most of these warm Autumn days than with a good book and a sunny spot to enjoy it? Find out more.
FILM FEST | The Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off this week. This is the 37th year of the festival and, as always, there will be an impressive and varied line-up of fantastic films from around the world (over 350 of them), plus an emphasis on connecting with movie goers through engaging talks and events. From a film with a live score by hip hop vet RZA to Cuban Cooking, a classic Kung Fu flick, and everything in between, there really is something for everyone. Overwhelmed by choice? Check out our list of Seven Films at VIFF You Absolutely Need to See here. And then skip over to the VIFF website to Find out even more.
SMALL BUSINESS | It’s voting season. If you’re a small business owner and you want to get up-to-speed on what candidates are saying about how they’ll support you in the future, clear some time on Tuesday night and head down to The Pink Pearl on East Hastings. From event organizers: “Vancouver’s small and local businesses make our city great, and yet they sometimes have a tense relationship with the City’s government. Affordable leasing, permits wait times, and zoning/licensing restrictions are just some of the issues that concern local businesses. At this event, we’ll make sure the next mayor and council hears about the issues directly from businesses like yours, and we’ll hear how they plan to make changes to create a better environment to do business in the city.” More details and a list of confirmed candidates here.
ROLLER DISCO | Dig out your satin shorts and make some time to get into some classic roller rink vibes (think feathered hair, long socks, and lip gloss with an old-school soul, funk and R&B playlist). Proceeds from this F.U.B.A.R. (Friends United Beyond All Race) Roller Jam go to Make-A-Wish. This is a family friendly event and skate rentals available. $12 for an hour of skating / $20 to roll as long as you want! Find out more.
MAKE | VIVO Media Arts is offering a rad Radio Transmitter workshop this weekend. Get this: Vancouver based media artist, curator, and electronics wiz, Bobbi Kozinuk leads this 2-day workshop that will school participants on the basic electronics, radio transmitters (and antennas) as well as the legal aspects of using the FM band for radio art. The cost of the workshop is $96 – which is cheap when you think about all the fun you’ll have broadcasting your own radio show, music, or juts experimenting with audio signals. It helps to be familiar with soldering for this project, but a quick soldering demo will also be provided. Get busy! UPDATE: THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Find out about upcoming workshops here.
IN STORE | A live gig in a small record store doesn’t happen every day, so we recommend you make a point of being at Neptoon Records this Sunday afternoon to experience it first hand. From Neptoon: “Mint Records and The Pack A.D. are celebrating a decade of their debut album, Tintype, with a remastered reissue on vinyl! The band will be revisiting some of the classic material from Tintype at this special in-store appearance as well as tracks from their 2017 album, Dollhouse.” A small quantity of the limited edition gold vinyl pressing of Tintype will also be available at the event. Cool bit of trivia: Neptoon is Vancouver’s oldest independent record store. Find out more.