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This Week at the 2024 Capture Photography Festival

In order to make the most of the festival over the week/weekend ahead, here are our top five picks to add to your itinerary.

Basta BBQ is Breaking the Barbecue Seal on Sunday, April 21st

Smell that? BBQ season is fast approaching, and the team behind Basta BBQ are primed to get grilling ASAP!

Hit East Van for the 2nd Annual Vancouver Brewers Fest, April 19-28th

Since a single person (and liver) can only handle so many beers and beer-drinking celebrations, some prioritizing is in order. Topping off our list of events is the imminent (and, in our opinion, non-negotiable) Vancouver Brewers Fest.

Get to Know the Gastown Izakaya Giving Vancouver’s After-Hours Scene Exactly What it Wants

Oku Izakaya is quickly carving out its niche as the go-to spot for hospitality folks looking for a post-shift destination to chill and decompress.

Embrace Spring with a Walking Tour of Mount Pleasant’s Boulevard Gardens

Saba Farmand, a local landscape architect and the person behind Blvd Gardens of East Vancouver, is back with his popular series of Earth Day Boulevard Garden Walking Tours, April 13th, 14th and 19th.

Turn Up for the Inaugural Tequila & Agave Festival, Vancouver!

Although the main Grand Tasting event is sold out, there are still several other opportunities to get in on the action. For your convenience, we've rounded up a list of the festival's satellite and industry-centred events - don't wait to grab your tickets!

Get Sorted with Tickets to BC Distilled Festival, Happening This Week

This year, the festival relocates to new digs at the Italian Cultural Centre, and features 30 of British Columbia's premier distilleries (as well as a selection of non-alcoholic options).

How ‘To Do’ the 2024 Capture Photography Festival, Scout-Style

When making your plan for this year's month-long festival (until April 30th), be sure to factor our five suggested exhibitions into your itinerary.

Snag Seats for the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival This Weekend

This year`s fest features is packed with creativity and conversational fodder, featuring over 30 short films divided between five themed programs screening over the course of two days, and book-ended by Opening and Closing & Awards.

Enjoy an Evening of Exceptional Japanese Sake at Burdock & Co, April 8th

The Main Street restaurant is shaking it up, shifting their focus from wine to their other long-term liquid infatuation - sake! - by welcoming multiple-award-winning Sohomare Sake Brewery for a five-course paired dinner.

Seven Shortcuts to Having a Tasty Time in Victoria

Heading to the Island? Here are seven solid suggestions to factor into your getaway.

Food Inc. 2 is Coming to VIFF Centre This April

Rally your troupe and snag tickets to a screening, April 12th through 22nd, for some serious 'food for thought'.

Engage Your Body and Brain with a Mount Pleasant Walking Tour This Spring

Break out your best walking shoes: local history-buff (and long-time Scout Contributor), Christine Hagemoen, is priming up for another series of on-foot tours through Mount Pleasant, with various dates scheduled throughout April and May...and spots are already filling up!

From Art Fairs to Gallery-Hopping: A Recap of 2024 LA Frieze Week

Be sure to save the dates for next year’s Frieze Art Fair (soon to be announced) so that you can plan your own art-filled experience; and, in the meantime, enjoy these highlights from this year's event.

Head to East Van for the Symmetric Allure Art Show, Kicking Off This Thursday

Forward-thinking, local non-profit arts organization, Outsiders and Others, has a new group art show going up on the walls of Alternative Creations Gallery & Studio this week, featuring six "artists who identify as outsider, self-taught, visionary, intuitive, and with disabilities".

The Arbor on Main Street is Closing Doors This April

Co-owners Scott Lewis, Shira Blustein and Paul McCloskey announced today that the popular casual vegetarian restaurant, which has been a fixture in Mount Pleasant for almost eight years, will be holding their final service on April 7th.

Tickets Now On Sale for a Spring Seafood Feast at Farmer’s Apprentice, March 24th

This is your chance to familiarize your palate to a variety of lesser-known species from the sea in six flavourful, creatively executed courses.

Hit Container Brewing for One-Night-Only Table Service with PiDGiN

Everyone can use a dose of affordable, approachable fun right about now... Enter Chef Wes Young and the PiDGiN kitchen crew, who are carting their mobile commissary kitchen over to Container Brewing for a good-time party-time on March 26th...

Get Your Tickets for The Acorn + Pamplemousse Jus Brunch Before They Sell Out!

The Main Street restaurant and Summerland winery are banding together for a super special weekend service, coinciding with Pamplemousse's new Pet Nat release, March 30th and 31st only...

Get Schooled on International Cocktail Culture at Laowai

After an intense year of hands-on cocktail-related 'research', the team at this Chinatown speakeasy is primed to share their love of global cocktail culture with Vancouver via a bunch of boozy events (on their own stomping ground) as part of Vancouver Cocktail Week.

Fifth Annual ‘Frieze Los Angeles’ Takes Place Feb. 29th – March 3rd

Los Angeles, here we come! Here’s a run-down of what to expect from this year's 'Frieze Week'.

Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver! As the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game.

Merci Bakery is Now Open for Business

This popular Farmers Market staple is now ready to open doors at their new brick-and-mortar Commercial Drive location.

Get Into the Free Economy Spirit at The Burrow’s Brunch & Bazaar, Feb. 9th

This isn't your average brunch or shopping event: besides nourishing your body affordably and replenishing your closet (for free!), this is also the opportunity to find new homes for your old, gently used threads, have fun, and connect with other like-minded folks in the community.

Hit The Magnet for Their ‘Island Darlings’ Tap Takeover, Feb. 10th

A change of scenery is nice, but sometimes the turnaround is just too short to justify the ferry trip. This weekend, we recommend forgoing the hassle of logistics in favour of a one-stop Vancouver Island brewery tour at The Magnet.

Eight Lunar New Year Events for Health, Prosperity and Fun

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 for Lunar New Year 2024.

Seven Exhibitions to Check Out This February

From tucked away galleries to museum institutions, here are seven exhibitions to visit this month, highlighting a range of emerging and established artists in cool spaces.

How to Get Your Fill of the Best Locally Grown Goodness in 2024

Not only is a CSA subscription a great way to get your home cooking and eating in sync with the seasons, it’s also the easiest and most direct way of contributing to a sustainable local food system. AND it makes for happy farmers, which is always a good thing!