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 May 15 to May 21, 2019. 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.
SHOP | Erin Templeton is hosting a hyper local and very cool seasonal sample sale on Thursday (12-8pm). Scoot in to the pretty little Chinatown shop to score up to 75% off of local brands Allison Wonderland, Wasted Effort, Explorer’s Press and Erin Templeton. Still hungry? Good news! The Block is also hosting a tasty sounding sale this Thursday as well: A 20th anniversary ‘Vault Sale’. In celebration of two decades of outfitting Vancouverites in smart duds, The Block has dipped into their personal archive to offer shoppers a one-night only sale of gently used clothing and shoes from collections past. This event goes down 5-9pm (cash only for ‘vault’ items and one night only discounts on select spring stock). Find out more.
BALLET | Coastal City Ballet takes the stage of the Vancouver Playhouse to perform Swan Lake this Saturday night. Set to a sublime score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and executed with precision under the direction of choreographer Irene Schneider, the ballet tells the the story of Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse (you know, as sorcerers do). Lucky thing she wasn’t turned in to a slug or something less elegant as swans lend well to a graceful performance! This is a one-night only show, so jump on tickets and get your fancy shoes out for a night of culture. Find out more.
SCRAPS | Get inspired. The Crafted Vancouver ‘Made From Scraps’ show is a collaborative exhibition works by 15 Vancouver artists who took the challenge to make art with wood by-products and came up with some amazing pieces. Some highlights of this show include a woven wall hanging made from reclaimed cubes of Old Growth Douglas Fir, an oversized wooden mobile that uses discarded a section of Sitka Spruce Burl, and wooden rockets made from Canada Post Office wood. All of the work will be available for sale at the opening reception (which is on Thursday, May 17 from 6-11pm). If you can’t make it to opening, you can still pop your head in to see the show May 18 + 19, and then again May 25 + 26, 11am-4pm. Find out more.
ART | Monday is the final day to check out the Monet to Matisse exhibit at the VAG. Line-ups will likely be bonkers throughout the weekend, but come on, Monet to Matisse? Worth the wait, right? Find out more.
PRAWNS! | Spot Prawns are coming to False Creek’s Fisherman’s Wharf this weekend! The annual Spot Prawn Festival – founded by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC – always sells out so snatch your tickets fast (here)! This year $12 gets you a BC spot prawn chowder and a cool $60 sets you up with a Spot Prawn Brunch (grazing style tasting menu with 6 delicious dishes). Expect cooking demos, a children’s area, educational displays, and the opportunity to buy prawns straight from the dock. Always fun! Find out more.
SWIM | At the time of writing, rain is falling, but as if to offer a nod of good faith to the weather gods, outdoor public swimming pools across the city open their gates this weekend. Information on swimming schedules and admission fees can be found here, but generally speaking swimming starts at noon and goes on until 8:30pm every day (with a 7am start kicking in toward the middle of June). Our pick: Kits (this pool only a few minutes from Au Comptoir, and a post swim Omelette Aux Fines Herbes sounds pretty good to us). Find out more.
EPHEMERA | The Vancouver Postcard Club holds a Paper Collectibles show and sale at the Hastings Community Centre on Sunday. Flip through vintage posters, flyers and papers as well as stamps, historical photographs and antique postcards – you never know what kind of cool stuff you might come across! Find out more.
NEO-NOIR | A long weekend is a fine excuse to go to the movies. Obviously John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is the movie you’ll be wanting to see (it does look pretty shoot-’em-up-sexy). Need a Wick 1 and 2 refresher before you are fully prepared for the latest instalment? The Rio has you covered with back-to-back screenings of the first two chapters on Friday night (6:45 and 8:45). Details.
GO BOWLING |They say grey skies and soggy grass are what we are stuck with for the next week. Instead of getting down about it, plan some indoor fun. Grab some friends and hit the bowling alley. Commodore Lanes on Granville Street and Grandview Lanes over on Commercial are good places to start. While Grandview offers 5-pin and 10-pin bowling with the added bonus of black light (ooh, look at it glow!) bowling, Commodore Lanes also has billiard tables and a lounge. In the end, both venues have all the elements necessary for a good (indoor) time, so hit ’em up.
BBQ | What better way to kick back and relax long-weekend style than with a BBQ? Two options come to mind right away: Whisky Six on Renfrew teams up with Storm Brewing for a Cask Night at Whisky Six on Thursday (calling ahead to snag a seat wouldn’t be a bad idea). And on Sunday, the crew at Big Day BBQ is fixing to cook up one of their famous feasts (you can DM them via Instagram to place an order to pick up at The Pie Shoppe on Powell). Pie and a take-out BBQ Feast will go nicely with the last episode of Game of Thrones, don’t you think? Menu details here. Can’t choose between the two? Why not bookend your long weekend with BBQ!
LOOK | Scoot over to the North Shore on Tuesday night to check out the works of 11 up and coming local artists at the Polygon Gallery’s annual Lind Prize Show. From the Polygon: “Established in 2016, the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging BC-based artist. In past years, the nominations were limited to students enrolled in a BFA or MFA program working in the mediums of film, photography, or video. For 2019, the program has expanded to also include emerging artists working outside of academic institutions. This year, visual arts instructors, curators, and other colleagues across the province nominated over 50 candidates, who were then shortlisted by a jury to 11 finalists.” This exhibition gives the public a chance to see the work of these 11 finalists and the winner (who will receive $5,000 toward the commissioning of a new artwork to be exhibited at The Polygon Gallery in 2020) of this year’s prize will be announced at Tuesday night’s reception. Be part of the excitement. The Lind Prize exhibit runs May 17 – June 9. Find out more.