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 13 to February 19, 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
LAUGH | The Just For Laughs fest kicks off this week and brings with it a plethora of funny people. “Hometown heroes” Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg take the stage for an in-conversation event and retrospective look at their greatest work at The Vogue on Friday (good luck getting tickets to that – your best bet at getting in will be stalking Craigslist). There are still some tickets left to the Aziz Ansari gig at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday, so that might be the better option. Also, Whitney Cummings is at The Vogue on Saturday (SNL and Portlandia legend Fred Armisen will be there, too). Scene-stealing comedy actor Ken Jeong will be at the The Orpheum on Tuesday… and the fun continues straight through to February 23rd. Take a look at the JFL website for complete line-up deets.
TASTE | Juice Bar pops-up at Birds & the Beets on Thursday with a special ancestral method organic Pinot Blanc release from A Sunday In August. Scoot in to be among the first to taste this natural sparkling wine paired with tasty food. That sounds like a pretty fine way to spend Valentines Day if you ask us! Wine will be flowing and friends will be made. Find out more.
ALT LOVE | Looking for something “couple oriented” to do on Valentine’s Day but not interested in all the roses and cupid bullshit? Try the Vancouver Police Museum and Archives “Night Court” event. From event organizers: “Brace yourself for a romantic evening of true crime, forensics, and murder! Explore the museum after hours and participate in special Valentine’s Day activities! Grab a drink from our beer and wine bar in the autopsy suite and learn about historical Vancouver murders in the old city morgue!” We can’t guarantee it, but this doesn’t sound like a chocolate drenched and covered in pink sparkles sort-of gig. Find out more.
OPERA | Puccini’s La Bohème is on at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. From Vancouver Opera: “This new production of La Bohème is – literally – an enormous vintage picture postcard of Paris. The curtain rises on a modern-day flea market with sellers touting their wares and an accordion duo entertaining the crowd. A present-day tourist discovers a stall specialising in objets d’art from the 1920s. Amid the bustle, a lone visitor puts a record on a vintage gramophone and we hear the opening bars of a very famous opera, transporting the audience back in time.” How great would it be to slip in to your fancy clothes and spend an evening at the opera? Tickets start at $50. Find out more.
GIG | Local electronic duo Humans play a hometown gig at Celebrities on Friday night. Not familiar? You should be! Jump over to their website (link) to hear a few tracks from their most recent LP release, “Going Late”; get to know them better through an interview with Scout here; and then grab a ticket in anticipation of dancing your heart out. Find out more.
EAT LOCAL | A long weekend is a great time to plan a meal with friends. Hit up the Winter Farmer’s Market for provisions. No one does a better job of providing tasty fruits and vegetables than the people who actually grow them! Don’t forget about all the fresh bread, pastries, jams, pickles, and cheese. There are two markets to choose from this weekend: Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday and the PNE on Sunday. Bring your reusable tote bags! Find out more.
WILD | If you spend any time in Vancouver’s urban outdoors, you’ve likely come across a coyote. Relatively new to city streets (they’ve only been in the region for 50-ish years), they’ve been growing in numbers and increasing in brashness. What’s not to like about the city? They’ve got plenty to eat (juicy rodents are also on the rise) and find ample locations for building dens in our parks and greenways. So it might do well to learn a bit about them. From The Stanley Park Ecology Society: “Love is in the air as coyotes go a-courting—bachelors and bachelorettes will seek to find their match, while lifelong mates prepare to raise a new litter. Set out with us to learn more about coyotes in Stanley Park and track their movements during denning season.” Find out more.
FAMILY DAY | Hooray for family! If you don’t have one, you can always build one out of friends. Sometimes it’s easier that way! How ever you roll, make good use of this day off by getting together with the people you love. Take a walk, linger over coffee, sit down for a good meal. We suggest heading over to the Pacific Spirit Regional Park where there will be a Nature Fun by the Fire event involving wildlife story-telling and songs, nature talks and marshmallows roasting — all in a beautiful rainforest! Everyone is welcome and the event is free. Meet at park entrance on 16th Avenue, 400m west of Blanca Street. Find out more.
KIDS | Grab a kid or two (if you don’t have any of your own, borrow one from a friend) and head out to UBC to participate in the topsy turvy awesomeness of putting kids in charge. Get this: “For too long, UBC has been run by adults. It’s time for kids to take charge. During Kids Takeover UBC, youth are given meaningful roles alongside staff and volunteers to set agendas and participate in arts and culture.” Hit up museums, galleries, classrooms and theatres to experience everything from kid-sized performances and workshops to kid-led facility tours, drop-in family hockey and public skating and even an Instrument Petting Zoo. Extra cool bonus: food trucks, crafts and a marching band. Too bad they aren’t in charge of budgeting, exam marking, dissertation scheduling and handing out bursaries too! In any event, this sounds like a fun start. All-access family passes $40 (includes entrance to all events and programs and a $10 food voucher). Find out more.
CITY | Whether you’re new to the city or just interested in brushing up on local history, an Architectural Institute of British Columbia walking tour is a great way to get to know Vancouver. This long weekend the AIBC is hosting two Family Day walking tours (Gastown at 10am and Downtown at 1pm). Meet in the lobby of the Architecture Centre (440 Cambie Street) and follow along to view the personality of the city through the prisms of its landmarks, buildings, structures and streets. The AIBC asks that participants arrive 15 minutes before departure time. A distance of 3 kilometres (2 miles) is covered over a period of 1.5 to 2 hours and you’ll definitely want to be wearing your best snow boots for this one. Find out more.