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 November 7 to November 13, 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.
LISTEN | The first ever Vancouver Podcast Festival goes down at various venues across the city this weekend. There are over twenty events, including a full calendar of free things happening at the Central Library. That means everything from live broadcasts and meet-and-greets with podcast celebrities to workshops, panel discussions and much more. The theme is “True Crime and Justice”, so expect a roster heavy with knowledge on all things criminal. Festival passes cost $85 to $195, depending on the type of experience and how deep you want to go into the programming. Individual tickets go for $15 to $30 a pop. Check out the full schedule here.
ART | Do you daydream about running away to Paris but find that your real world commitments (and bank account) are standing in your way. Vancouver-based artist Holly Marie Armishaw turns the Back Gallery Project into a Parisian pied-à-terre this week. From the gallery: “The artist immerses our guests in a cozy French-style interior created through works that pay homage to both French photographer/inventor Louis Daguerre (infused with self-references to the history of photography) and to the artist Réné Magritte through the use of photographic trompe de l’oeil.” Holly Marie Armishaw: A Feminist and a Francophile will feature text-based art, photography, and installation work that will take the viewer to an intersection between women’s rights and French history and culture. Find out more .
MUSIC | The Paper Kites are in town from Melbourne to play the Commodore Ballroom on Monday night with guests Wild Rivers. The band is touring to promote their most recent release The Corner Where You Live (Love the back story for this, have a read here). Grab some friends and some tickets. This is going to be a good melancholic, mid-tempo show! Find out more.
LAUGH | Comedian and bad writing sadist Sara Bynoe hosts another one of her hilarious Teen Angst evenings this Friday night. From Sara’s website: “Somewhere in the back of your closet gathering dust and turning yellow with age is comedic gold. Those old journals, poems, and essays you wrote as a teenager when you thought you could do no wrong, would probably make you cringe if you were to read them today. Now, imagine sharing them in front of an audience. That’s exactly what happens at Teen Angst Night. You held on to those diaries for a reason, right? This is that reason!” Chill, listen and laugh. Find out more.
EXPLORE | This is perfect weather for exploring! Pull on some gear and get hiking. We suggest a few hours on the trails out at Endowment Lands or a trip our to Iona Beach for salt air and big sky. Saturday and Sunday are both expected to have a little bit of sunshine, so take full advantage!
GIG | We’ve made it through the first week of November! How about celebrating by rocking out with some local bands at Fortune Sound Club on Thursday night? Headlining the show are punk-slash-power pop Vancouver supergroup, Autogramm (comprised of former band members of Black Mountain, Hard Drugs and Black Halos, to name just a few) along with their local band buddies, NEEDLES//PINS. While you’re there, take the opportunity to hook yourself up with Autogramm’s brand new record “What R U Waiting 4?” It’s jam-packed with high-energy tunes that will come in handy for flailing and pogo-ing away the winter blues in the comfort of your own living room for countless days to come. Pro tip: You’ll definitely want to leave your layers at home because this is going to be one sweaty and fun time! Find out more.
CRAFT | November marks the beginning of Craft Fair season. Just about every weekend will see a different gathering of artisans, craftspeople and artists setting up tables and booths to offer their local and handmade wares to Vancouverites. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s pretty cool to walk around a room full of people who spend their time making things by hand. This weekend you can check out the annual Circle Craft show with 300+ artists, designers and artisans making everything from everything from jewellery and jam to woodwork and textiles. Always inspiring! Find out more.
OPENING | Ben Skinner: Show Me a Little Poise Without All the Noise opens at Winsor Art Projects on Granville Island this week. Skinner always delivers something to think about…expect words, plays on words and double takes. The gallery is open daily 11am-6pm with the show continuing to November 14th, but we suggest you make a point of hitting the opening reception on Thursday evening (6-8pm) as the artist will be in attendance. Find out more.
REMEMBER | Slow down and appreciate the gravity of your moment of silence this Remembrance Day. Services take place at numerous locations around town on Sunday morning, but the biggie will start around 9:45am at the Victory Square Cenotaph on the western edge of Gastown. There’s nothing like a 21-gun salute and some bagpipes to clear the tear ducts!
FILM | After you’ve paused for your moment of silence this Sunday, consider taking a little extra time out (93 minutes, to be precise) to attend a one-off matinee screening of the 1965 low budget war film It Happened Here. The documentary-style film depicts a fictional post-war Nazi-run England, circa 1944. It made a splash when it was originally released for its exceptional treatment of the topic of Fascism, as well as for the ages of its co-writers/directors, who were still only teenagers when they finished the film (eight years after beginning it). Watch the trailer here and then secure yourself some tickets to the special Remembrance Day screening here.