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 February 6 to February 12, 2019. 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.
CONGRATULATORY SIPPING | The 2019 Sommelier of the Year finals just went down so there has never been a better, more suitable time for you to squeeze your bum into a barstool and sip your way through wine lists drawn up by the victor, Matt Landry of The Stable House (he also manages the cellars at sister restaurants Fiore and Fiore Famiglia). Also, way to go, Matt! We’re super proud of you!
PHOTOGRAPHY | Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic opens at the Polygon Gallery this week. Curated by London-based curator and critic David Campany, the exhibition gathers the works of dozens of history’s most celebrated photographers to piece together a ‘speculative history’ of the last century, unified by a common theme of dust. From The Polygon Gallery: “…dust: we come from it, go to it, and create it daily. Inevitable and unruly, dust is the enemy of the modern order, its repressed other, its nemesis. But it has a story to tell from the other side.” And man-o-man, have they assembled the right players to illustrate that story. Expect to see images by photographic heavyweights such as Marcel Duchamp, Brassaï, Walker Evans, Man Ray, Jeff Wall and Scott McFarland (to name a few). This exhibition also includes magazine and newspaper photos, postcards, and film. The opening reception is February 7 (8-10pm) but the show runs to April 28. Pro tip: Campany gives a lecture on Saturday (7pm). Find out more.
NATURE | Grab a flashlight, fill your travel mug with something warm and head down to Stanley Park to learn about owls on Thursday night. From the Stanley Park Ecology Society: “A wintertime evening in the woods becomes an earthy soundscape with the calls of courting owls. Experience the breeding season activity and vocalizations of Stanley Park’s owls on this popular nighttime walk.” Meet some new pals, fill your lungs with some fresh air and come out a more informed city dweller! And don’t forget to wear sensible footwear, because it can get mushy on those trails! Find out more.
HISTORY | The Cinematheque is screening The War At Home this weekend. From The Cinematheque “Centred largely on the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the documentary tracks ten years of escalating student and faculty activism against America’s military engagement in Vietnam, and the use of excessive force by local authorities to quell it.” Originally released in 1979 (recently remastered), this Oscar-nominated documentary uses original ’60s and ‘70s footage from protests and newscasts combined with interviews with activists, city leaders, police and Vietnam vets to paint a picture of organized political dissidence. Worth the watch! Find out more.
LEARN | Parks Canada is dispatching some of their knowledgable peeps to the Oakridge branch of the Vancouver Public Library to help interested Vancouverites become more familiar with the joys and perils of winter camping. From event organizers: “Join Parks Canada’s Learn-to Camp team in learning how to dress for cold temperatures, what to pack for a winter excursion and how you can stay safe while enjoying the frosty weather! Families encouraged to attend together.” A crash course in outdoor everything is a smart move, because it’s always wise to be prepared! Bonus: Registration is required (get sorted here), but this all ages camping preparedness party is free! Find out more.
PARADE | Find a way (that doesn’t include driving) to get yourself to Chinatown for the Chinese New Year parade on Sunday. The crowds are always huge (we’re talking in the 100,000+ range) but don’t let that stop you – this is a Vancouver tradition! The parade starts at 11am at the Millennium Gate on Pender and travels east along Pender to Gore. It then turns south onto Gore and west onto Keefer before ending at Keefer and Abbott. The parade usually lasts a few hours so we suggest you take along a hot drink to keep your hands warm and wear a nice thick red (a lucky colour) sweater. Find out more.
FEAST | There’s a tasty little Year of The Pig themed pop-up happening at Fortune Sound Club on Sunday. Conveniently located just a hop/skip from the Chinese New Year parade route, the Fortune Food Fair is a gathering of 7 vendors offering everything from bao buns and poké to chicken adobo and dumplings (spiked bubble tea too!). Reasonable prices. Good times. All are welcome. Why not slip into Fortune to stuff your face? Find out more.
TEMPLE FAIR | You’re in Chinatown already, so make the most of the New Year festivities by attending the annual Temple Fair at Chinatown’s Classical Chinese Gardens (10:30am to 4:30pm). Expect hands-on activities and demonstrations, as well as music, food, Lion Dance performance and ceremonial tea tastings. There will also be modern additions, like Edible Project‘s latest entry into their culinary canon, which is an updated version of tang yuan (sweet rice balls in syrup). Other highlights include storytelling, ping pong, pig-themed paper cutting and a marketplace where you can pick up original art souvenirs by a handful of local crafty people. Find out more.
MAKE | Everyone loves a good bit of letterpress printing, right? For those of you who love it so much that you’ve even daydreamed about what you could do if you could get your hands on some moveable type and ink, this weekend brings a phenomenal opportunity to learn how to execute your own designs at a card-making workshop. It’s going down at Porchlight Press McLean Drive (just around the corner from Earnest Ice Cream and next door to Timbertrain’s Depot coffee shop). The cost for this class is not inconsiderable ($170), but for that price you will be printing your own designs in a stunning studio space with a knowledgable instructor, plus you’ll have full access to an antique Vandercook letterpress machine and various wood and metal type. This week is a perfect time to pump out some Valentines Day cards, wouldn’t you say? Find out more.
EXPLORE | It’s cold out there, but the skies are relatively dry. Take advantage of the weather and get outside. Need a destination? Iona Beach Regional Park (just north of the Vancouver International Airport) in Richmond is a pretty good one. It’s a beautiful stretch of sandy shoreline that spreads toward the sea at the mouth of the Fraser River. In addition to walking the beach (when the tide is out it goes on forever), there’s also a walkable breakwater, raised boardwalks, and a crazy network of unmarked trails. To get there, cross the Arthur Laing Bridge on your way to the airport but turn right at the first traffic light (Grauer Road) and follow the signs.