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 29 to June 4, 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.
GIG | American indie rock band Sebadoh plays The Fox on Saturday night. The band (which includes Dinosaur Jr. bass player Lou Barlow) is on tour to support their latest release “Act Surprised”. Tickets ($25) are still available. Grab one while you can (here). Make a night of it by stopping in at Como, Chicha, Tocador or Brassneck before (or after) the show. Find out more.
ARCHITECTURE | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting their annual Heritage House Tour this weekend. From VHF: “The ten homes on tour are diverse, offering a look at the evolution of architectural design through six decades. Some have been creatively adapted, while others… remain true to their original design.” This one day, ticketed, self-guided event is your chance to peek into some of Vancouver’s most beautiful heritage and character houses without being arrested for trespassing.
Sun, June 2 | 10am-5pm | $40 | Various locations around town | Find out more.
SOUND PARTY! | The Western Front is holding their annual family-friendly hang-out day this weekend. Adults Are So Last Year is a sweet Saturday afternoon event that sees the (usually adult-oriented) gallery and performance space taken over by kid-sized workshop-style stations with a hands-on/get-dirty approach appropriate for all but geared toward young minds in particular (think weaving, sound exploring, noise making, and a musical playground). Extra good news: there’s food too! BBQ bratwurst from D-Original Sausage Co. and scoops of Earnest Ice Cream on the back deck. A few uplifting hours of contemporary music, media and visual arts plus ice cream? Sounds like a pretty rad platform for family bonding if you ask us. Also: This event is FREE! Find out more.
BEER PARTY! | Vancouver Craft Beer Week begins! This week-long celebration of good beer and good people turns 10 this year! Hit the Kickoff Party at Beaumont Studios Friday (tickets are $25 and can still be scooped here). From event organisers: “Since the traditional 10th anniversary gift is aluminum, all beverages will be served in cans and partygoers are encouraged to breakout their favourite silvery, sparkly and glittery bests for the occasion.” The fun doesn’t stop there! VCBW events run through to Sunday, June 9th (which is technically longer than a week). For a full line-up of events (and there are many), check the VCBW website here.
WINE PARTY! | This weekend begins the month of June, which is to say it’s a perfect excuse to set up outside and enjoy a glass of wine in celebration of the coming of summer (although it doesn’t officially arrive until June 21, just crossing over into June is close enough). Can’t decide on where you want to go or what you want to drink? How about A Sunday in August‘s wine party at the Ellis Building? The cheekily-named “A Sunday in June” party is free for the public to attend and includes music, yakitori, wine (by glass and bottle) and a proper patio space to enjoy it all on. Pretensions and inhibitions will be scarce but the booze and summer vibes will be aplenty. Let’s get loose! Find out more.
SKATE PARTY! | Summer is here. Pavement is dry. Time to start skating! New to skateboarding? Feeling rusty? Good news: The good people from Vans are in town with their House of Vans Vancouver Pop-Up at Harbour Event Centre this week. This 4-day event includes live music performance, skateboard clinics and competitions, art exhibits, a community market, and workshops. Free admission. Good vibes. Find out more.
TEA PARTY! | The new location of Cultivate Tea in Mt. Pleasant is in soft opening mode from Thursday through Sunday (12-8pm). Get in there before anyone else does and take advantage of their beautiful tea and kombucha bar! Sneak peek here.
GATHER | Once per month East Van’s Root Dwellers Music pops up at a comfortable, acoustically accommodating venue for an intimate evening concert. The idea is to provide a platform for emerging bands and solo artists to share their music. A miniature interview takes place before each performance. Fantastic concept. This months concert will be happening at The Garden in Strathcona on Friday night. Hustle down to the lush Hastings St. cafe to hear Jillian Lake (“moody folk with hushed electronics”); Fionn (folk-pop duo) and Jessica (“propulsive indie pop-electronic rhythms”). Find out more.
CITY | Want to see Chinatown preserved? Time to roll up your sleeves and contribute to making sure that happens by getting involved. The City of Vancouver is looking for community input on identifying “Hidden Gems of Chinatown” at a public mapping event this Saturday. From COV: “Buildings, people and the environment are deeply connected to each other. Often times, it is the people, their experiences and their activities that give buildings and places special meaning. We need your help to identify the unique places, experiences and values that make Chinatown special, even the hidden gems that are not visible or well-known.” What you add to the conversation will help when it comes time to develop a long-term plan for the neighbourhood. Bonus: while you’re at this community-mapping event, you can also find out more about working groups that will be formed to advance preservation efforts. Find out more.
FAMILY STYLE | Squeeze every last drop out of your weekend – grab some pals and make for Fraser Street’s Ubuntu Canteen for their Sunday night family-style feast. The menu changes weekly (check Ubuntu’s IG feed the day before for details). No tickets required for this open format, long table dinner aimed at strengthening the fabric of the community. Kids encouraged. Dinner kicks off at 5pm. All the comforting feeling of a home cooked hangout, but none of the prep or clean-up – pretty great way to round out your weekend, wouldn’t you say? Find out more.