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 19 to February 25, 2020. 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.
OWLS | Got kids? Consider bundling them up for an early evening walk in Stanley Park to learn about owls. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable Stanley Park Ecological Society peeps are leading a 1.5 hour wander designed to familiarize participants with owl behaviour and habitats timed to coincide with the elevated activities that take place during breeding season. Take a flashlight and sharp ears; you might hear some hooting, wing flapping, swooping and – if you’re super lucky – you might even see one of the amazing creatures. Registration required. Find out more.
LISTEN | The West Coast Symphony and Vancouver Bach Choir join forces to bring Vancouverites a collaborative concert at the Orpheum Theatre this Sunday. Grab a friend head down to the city’s prettiest concert hall for an afternoon of Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and Orff’s Carmina Burana. The best part? Tickets are available by donation at the door, so this is a rare opportunity for members of the community to take in a live performance in a beautiful space without a financial barrier. Bravo to that! Find out more.
WINE FEST | Time to head down to the Vancouver Convention Centre to taste some of the best in local and international wines on the market. This year the Vancouver Wine Festival attendees can choose from upwards of 750 wines at four International Festival Tastings (industry professionals can get in on those, plus an additional 160 wines at two Trade Tastings) and there are scores of special events (think seminars tastings, dinners, lunches, and brunches – all featuring wine). That’s a whole lot of awesome! While many events are already sold out, you can still snag tickets to a few of the larger tasting events if you get moving. Not only is Wine Fest a grand and informative time, but it also raises money for Bard on the Beach. The Wine Fest runs February 22 through March 1st. Find out more.
PARTY | Sure, Mardi Gras in New Orleans would be a blast if you could swing it, but if you don’t have the time or money rest assured you can still get a little wild right here at home. East Van Mardi Gras has the potential for all sorts of crazy. Think music, dancing, beads and parading…all the fun stuff. Costumes encouraged, drinks available. Enough said. Tickets here.
FILM | There’s a super interesting social justice-themed film festival on at Vancity Theatre. A collaborative effort between learners and educators at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, KDocs is a social justice film festival that “celebrates the power of documentary film and documentary activism.” From event organizers: “KDocsFF programming is all about engagement, critical thinking, and dialogue—amongst diverse viewers, speakers, and communities. Films are selected based on their ability to provoke, not just superficial reactions, but deeper awareness, connections, and collaborations—of/to/with ourselves, each other, and our communities.” KDocs films tackle a range of subjects – from climate change and health to politics and human rights. The festival kicks off this Thursday (February 20th) with an opening night gala screening of Beyond Climate followed by a Q&A with David Suzuki and environmental scientist and filmmaker Ian Mauro. Find out more.
CULTURE | The British Isles Historic Society sets up at the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery this weekend to bring Vancouverites a taste of ‘ol Blighty. In addition to Celtic music and dancers, bagpipes and loads of plaid, attendees can fill their bellies with delicacies such as Fish n’ Chips, sausage butties, bacon sardines, Cornish pasties, Scotch pies, Welsh Cakes, sausage rolls and Eccles cakes. Lots of white pastry-encased meat with sides of white pastry studded with raisins and some fish… sounds about right. Find out more.
VINYL | It’s time to retire your winter soundtrack. Build a new, spring-y situation by swapping out the more played-out records in your collection at the Strange Fellows record swap this Sunday. It’s so easy, just gather your tired vinyl and head down to the Clark Drive brewery for a pint, browse the records on offer, strike a deal or two, and leave with a refreshed collection of songs and a spring in your step. Find out more.
PLANTS | Got anything going on this Sunday? How about taking your relationship with blackberries to the next level? Unsure of how to do that? There’s a show on at the Audain Gallery that can get you started. Helen Cho’s exhibition Space Silence incorporates twenty live blackberry plants and this Sunday local herbalist Gina Badger is going to lead a plant meditation in dialogue with the plants asking the question: What if blackberry could tell its own story? This really is the only gig of its sort happening this weekend, so if you’re up for getting up close and personal with the thorny, berry-producing bush, this is a unique way to do it. Find out more.
F&B | Own or manage a restaurant? Work in a kitchen? Thinking about getting in to the food and beverage game? Check out The Industry Sessions (a panel conversation that dishes on the realities of restaurant ownership) this coming Monday. Hosted by food writer and former line cook, Ivy Knight, “This instalment of the Industry Sessions will focus on the huge changes to restaurant culture in recent years and explore ways to combat the massive labour shortage and make restaurant work more sustainable.” With panelists like Dave Gunawan (Chef/Owner Ubuntu); Eva Chin (Sous Chef, Boulevard); Meeru Dhalwala (Chef/Owner, Vij’s); Karri Green-Schuermans (Chambar); Kym Nguyen (Sous Chef, PiDGiN); and Fadi Eid (Owner, Jamjar), you can bet there will be some wisdom flying around. Bonus: mini cheeseburgers, crispy cauliflower ‘bites’ and a cash bar. Find out more.