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 14 to November 20, 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.
EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL | Take to the streets, alleyways, corners, studios and galleries of East Van this weekend because it’s time for the East Side Culture Crawl, which is easily one of the greatest things about November in Vancouver. With well over 450 local artists to check out (painters, jewellers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) you really need several days to take it all in. Float from one studio to the next, talk to artists about their processes and enjoy the diversity of creativity that the neighbourhood has to offer. Look for the yellow balloons! And if you’re wondering where to eat while you’re out Crawling, check out our map/list of Crawl territory suggestions here.
PEROGIES | There’s a Perogy Lunch at the Strathcona Ukrainian Hall this weekend. Dig into generous helpings of homemade perogies, sliced sausage, cabbage rolls and bowls of borscht. Don’t be put off by the line-up at the door. It moves fast and you might make friends (perogy eaters are generally a jolly bunch). Super bonus: this event takes place smack in the middle of Eastside Culture Crawl territory (Pender at Hawks) and fits in nicely between studio visits.
GET CRAFTY | Good news: we are now well into Craft Fair season. That means easy access to small-scale local producers of cool things. Every weekend a different gathering of artisans, craftspeople and artists will set up tables and booths around the city to offer their wares as alternatives to mass produced crap. This weekend we suggest you make your way to Burnaby to check out the massively popular Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei Centre (expect everything from everything from jewellery and jam to woodwork and textiles – as well as mochi, milk bread and taiyaki). Find out more.
SHOP | Back in Vancouver proper, The Eastside Flea is happening. Not only will this edition of the cool-as-heck modern day flea have more vendors than ever before, but it will also involve a few food trucks, some tasty drinks and an ample supply of the upbeat, supportive, smile-inducing vibe that this magical gathering of makers is known for. Dogs and children enthusiastically encouraged.
GIGS | Catching some live music is always a good move. This week there are so many great shows going on, we hardly know where to begin. What’s on our radar? First up on Friday things are gonna get sunny downtown, when Cali garage rocker WAAVES plays the Vogue. Find out more about that here. Then, the following night, Scottish trio Young Fathers are playing an early show across the street at Venue. These guys have a sound that’s loaded with hip-hop elements and raucous punk energy, plus it’s definitely LOUD. It’s gonna be bonkers! (Last we checked, tickets weren’t available online anymore but hard copies can still be purchased from a few local record stores.) Also, Khruangbin (with guest Will Van Horn) play the Vogue on Sunday night. The three-piece band from Texas is selling out at every stop on their North American tour, and we can’t believe there are still tickets to be had for their Vancouver show! Score yourself a seat here and get ready for a night of groovy instrumental soul/psychedelia. Finally, Jorja Smith is at at The Orpheum on Monday. The English musician’s sultry voice and the Orpheum’s ornate, lush setting are just the things to get wrapped up in on a cool winter night. Head over here for more details.
OPEN STUDIO | Interested in publishing or just love beautiful books? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Moniker Press’ Studio Launch event. The local collaborative publisher specializes in the super cool and efficient but pretty rare process of risograph printing. From Thursday to Sunday they’ll be opening their Chinatown space to the public for a celebration including demos and a bunch of nifty riso printed publications from around the world, available for viewing and purchase. Bonus: the event coincides nicely with the Eastside Culture Crawl, if you feel like veering slightly off-course for something equally interesting and off-the-radar of the general Crawl-ing crowds. Find out more.
MAKE | Looking to up your health game? Why not learn how to make Kombucha? Loaded with anti-oxidants and high in probiotics, this fermented drink is good for you AND easy to make once you understand the basics. Take a quick trip down to Granville Island on Sunday for a 2 hour workshop that will prep you with info about ingredients, technique and safety tips to make Kombucha in your own kitchen. Bonus: Samples will be available. Extra Super Bonus: there will be a community seed library on site so you can pick up some free seeds to plant in the spring. Advance registration suggested — do that here.
PREPARE | Western Canada’s LGBT+ Wedding Show goes down at Heritage Hall this weekend. If you’re gettin’ hitched and looking to get organized about it, this is going to be a fun and efficient way to check a few things off of your to-do list. From DJ’s and caterers, cake makers and photo takers, the line-up of vendors covers all the basics and then some. Find out more.
FIELD TRIP | North America’s largest gathering of bald eagles visits the Fraser Valley this weekend. Seeing one bald eagle is a pretty awesome experience, but can you even imagine hundreds of them, let alone thousands? That’s got to be an impressive sight! Expect expert bird and wildlife speakers, boat and walking tours, and a couple of raptor exhibits, nature walks, and more. Pack a lunch and make a day of it. Find out more.
CITY | The City Of Vancouver is holding a community open house on Tuesday night. Hustle your way down to Olympic Village to learn about the future St. Paul’s Hospital and ‘Health Campus’ planned for the 18.4 acre parcel of land between 1002 Station Street and 250-310 Prior Street (details). The new hospital and integrated health care ‘campus’ will be will include commercial and office buildings, a hotel, two child care facilities, retail space and new roads — so it’s no small deal. Get out there and get informed. City staff and the applicant team (Providence Health Care) will be available to answer questions. Find out more.