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 20 to November 26, 2019. Note that you can also 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.
OPEN | The long anticipated Container Brewing opens for service this Friday (starting at 3pm). Hit the brand new Yeast Van brewery for a pint and a snack while taking in views of the old BC Sugar building and the North Shore mountains.
ART | Fuse is back at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Head down on Friday night to see it transformed into a one-night party palace. This time around it’s all about ‘Resonance’. From The VAG: “This edition of the Gallery’s signature event will awaken guests to a new consciousness around the radical presence of the body, language and sound. Participating artists look to performance as a tool through which to consider an undoing of past, a positioning of the present, and visions of a collective future.” Dig the decidedly different evening vibe that blends live music, performance art and adult beverage options with an evening of art. Curated by Simranpreet Anand and Stephanie Bokenfohr, this edition of FUSE will include performances by local and visiting artists Mike Bourscheid, Raven Chacon, Ralph Escamillan, Elisa Harkins and Kimmortal. Find out more.
LAUGH | November can be a bit of a downer. Turn it around! Big Fun can help. It’s a new a new comedy festival kicking off this weekend, bringing Vancouver a sweet line-up of well known international acts like Eugene Merman (Bob’s Burgers) Jena Friedman (Adult Swim) and Trixie Mattel (RuPaul’s Drag Race) mixed in with cool local gigs like The Foxhole Comedy, Millennial Line, Jokes Please, Brain Gravy and more. Skip over to the Big Fun website (here) to check out the full schedule of wisecracking events, grab a few pals and settle in for some good belly laughs. Find out more.
COYOTES | If you spend any time in Vancouver’s urban outdoors, you might have the rare fortune to come across a coyote. Relatively new to city streets (they’ve only been in the region for 50-ish years), they’re growing in numbers and increasing in brashness. Given that they like the city – they’ve got plenty to eat (juicy rodents also on the rise) and find ample locations for building dens in our parks and greenways – it might do well to learn a bit about them. From The Stanley Park Ecology Society: “What kind of sounds do coyotes make? What kind of smells do they love to investigate? How do they hunt for food? And how can people, pets, and coyotes coexist harmoniously? Find these out and more, and stick around for the book launch of ‘Street Shadows’ (2pm) —a young adult novel about city coyotes.” Find out more.
PIZZA PARTY | Got dinner plans on Friday? Now you do! Hustle your sweet selves down to The Pie Shoppe for pizza! Local sourdough wizard Corey Robinson will be at Vancouver’s friendliest Pie Shoppe serving up pizza made from his naturally leavened dough. Pizzas will be in the $12-$17 range. Veg-friendly. Pie for dessert. No reservations. Service starts at 6pm and continues until the dough is gone. Find out more.
DRINK & INK | There’s a super cool once-in-a-lifetime sort of event happening in East Van this Thursday, organized by underground event company Art & Craft. For one night only, local beer legend Storm Brewing will be teaming up with two traditional Japanese Irezumi tattoo artists to entertain a small group of attendees with hours of boozing and tattooing knowledge. Storm has concocted some wild new tinctures for the occasion (to customize your beers with), and artists Horinao and Horishun have landed in Canada for the first time ever to share the story about their craft in ink. Are you sold yet? To get in on this incredibly rare opportunity, you need to buy your tickets ($45 each including two drinks) in advance. Do that here.
POP UP | Craft fair season is ramping up. This week, the Federal Store is kicking off their bi-weekly holiday pop-up series, which will continue every Thursday and Saturday evening right up until stress levels hit their peak, December 21st. They’ll be keeping it fresh with a rotating cast of artisans selling their stuff, starting with art by Klee Larsen, prints and cards by Floral Illustrated, jewelry from Lacar Studio and Erica Leal, and Simply Merino’s cozy woolly things. Bonus: Handtaste Ferments will also be on hand this week, serving up some yummy Mexican-inspired comfort food (pozole and tamales) to keep your hunger in check while you shop. Find out more.
CHEER | You know what’s nice about the November craft fair? Less madness. No one is desperate yet. No one is grumpy, or greedy or broke yet. Everyone is just sort of floating along enjoying glittering lights, sniffing scented candles, smiling and chatting.It’s … nice. Ready for some some of that floaty-happy cheer? The annual Britannia Christmas Craft Fair has you covered all weekend, and they’ve been in the craft fair game or 36 years, so you can bet they know a thing or two about scented candles! Plus, Storm Crow is right up the block – always a good idea. Find out more.
FRESH AIR | It’s not raining (yet)! Take some time out to appreciate the outdoors this weekend. Visit a forest, wander a field or sit on a log with a hot tea and contemplate how great it is to live in a city skirted by a shore that lets you touch down with nature whenever you want. Looking for a new view? The Fraser River Park in South Vancouver is pretty beautiful this time of year. The 9 hectare dog friendly greenway is an easy walk along the banks of the North Shore of the Fraser River along beaches, boardwalks and parks that offers open views of the river, marshland birds and an ‘out in the country’ feeling with out leaving the city. When I go to this park, I try to schedule enough time to have lunch at Cafe de L’Orangerie nearby. Find out more.
GATHER | Ubuntu Canteen is hosting another Farm To Bottle wine-focused dinner this coming Monday night. This time around you can grab a seat at the table to enjoy pours from Eastern European wineries (Austria, Hungary, Germany) paired with a local organic and thoughtful multi-course menu prepared by Chef David Gunawan. Eat a little, drink a little, learn a little. Find out more.
EAGLES | An eagle plucking a salmon from a river is one of those National Geographic moments that you’re able to experience with your own eyes in British Columbia. Take a drive up the Sea-To-Sky highway this weekend and go for a walk along the river bank between Squamish and Brackendale. There you’ll find a raised “Eagle Viewing Dyke” offering a walk with breathtaking views and ample opportunities to see the eagles doing their thing. The mighty birds are in their highest numbers in this area right now, so go say hi. Extra bonus: Fergies cafe just reopened and not only is it a stunner of a building close by Brackendale, they also make a mean Eggs Benny. Find out more about Eagle viewing here. Find out more about Fergie’s here.