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Join Cafe Medina for Their One-Night-Only ‘Summer Crush’ Beer Dinner, June 13th

Although still a week out from Summer's 'official' advent, we think that there's certainly no harm done getting an early start calibrating yourself to the season by reacquainting your palate and stomach with some of its best flavours and ingredients.

New VIFF Series Celebrates a Vancouver Architecture Legend on the Big Screen

Curious to learn more about the correlation between film and our city's most famous figure in architecture? Get your answers by attending as many of the Erickson on Film programs as you can finagle.

Head to East Van for Some Community-Minded DIY Fun and Discussion, June 9th

For one-evening only, the James Black Gallery is hosting Vancouver-based art/community collective, Anartchists, for a punk-as-f*uck zine-making workshop in support of Palestine. You should definitely go!

Scout Book Club, Vol. 12

We like consuming words on the page almost as much as we like consuming food on the plate. Welcome to the Scout Book Club: a brief and regular rundown of what we're reading, what's staring at us from the bookshelf begging to be read next, and what we've already read and recommend.

Vancouver (and the World) Would be Cooler If Our Housing Crisis Was Solved Via Video Games

There is nothing special about Vancouver's lack of affordable housing...but what is special about Dublin, Ireland’s housing crisis, is that it's the catalyst and subject matter of a new 16-bit "anti-landlordist" video game, called Mega Dreoilín.

The 2024 Vancouver Short Film Festival is Kicking Off May 31st!

The 2024 edition is keeping it concise, with three days of short and sweet big-screen entertainment (plus another week of small-screen virtual screening time).

Don’t Miss Out on Top Drop, Hitting Downtown Vancouver Next Week!

Once again, the Roundhouse will be bringing together more than 40 producers and importers representing a dozen countries for the two-day Main Event, May 14th and 15th...Scramble to secure your spots before they sell out; then take a deep breath...and get stoked for a seriously good wine-fuelled evening!

Tickets for the 2024 ‘Noir Fest’ at Averill Creek Vineyard Go On Sale This Friday!

Do you really love Pinot Noir? Arguably, the best way to take your relationship up a level is by trying as many variations as possible - and one fun, intimate, and highly recommended way to begin to do just that is by attending this entirely Pinot Noir-centric wine festival, the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.

‘Copy Machine Manifestos’ Zine Exhibit Opens at the VAG This Weekend

The milestone exhibition runs May 12th through September 22nd. However, if you want additional “seen it first” bragging rights, plus an excuse to get all spiffied up in your best duds, then take note: VAG is throwing one of their fancy Art Party events this Saturday night (May 11th).

How to Get the Most Out of the 2024 DOXA Documentary Film Festival

When trying to whittle down this year’s programming to our “must see” films, we sure had our work cut out for us! But, as usual, we gave it our best shot…

Poplar Grove’s Upcoming ‘Pinot Noir 2022’ Release is One for the Books

Need proof that it’s never too late to get out of your comfort zone and try out new things? Look no further than Poplar Grove winery’s new Pinot Noir 2022 – their first ever Pinot Noir vintage!

From Sketching and Stretching, to Boxed Wine and Old Signs with Spencer Pidgeon

It recently came to light that the Vancouver-based graphic designer is the common denominator of several of our favourite BC business' current brand designs...

Scout Book Club, Vol. 11

We like consuming words on the page almost as much as we like consuming food on the plate. Welcome to the Scout Book Club: a brief and regular rundown of what we're reading, what's staring at us from the bookshelf begging to be read next, and what we've already read and recommend.

Sign Us Up for ‘Bad Summer Camp’, June 14-16th!

The Bad Academy has brainstormed up their ideal adult summer camp scenario that factors in everything from bonfires, crafting, hiking, paddleboarding and lake dips, to morning sound bathing and yoga sessions, a cedar weaving workshop, and even a visit to Shady Hazel Farm.

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.

From Gigante Beans to Grocery Stores: Talking All Things Food with Desiree Nielsen

The Vancouver-based nutritionist and author is launching her fourth book on April 23rd. We had the opportunity to preview the book and it inspired us to link up with the author to find out more about her ideas about food and wellness.

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!

Getting Gritty in the Similkameen with Rajen Toor, of Ursa Major Winery

It's been nearly five years since we last had a proper conversation the winemaker - we thought it was about time we reconnected with some serious questions... to solicit his unapologetically opinionated, introspective, intelligent and unfiltered responses. He didn't disappoint.

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.

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!

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".

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.

On Misanthropy, Mental Illness and Marpole, with Local Author, Carleigh Baker

Baker's most recent publication, 'Last Woman', is now available from various local independent bookstores around town. Whether you've already consumed it or not, you can add an extra dimension to your reading by checking out our recent Q&A.

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...

The St. Patrick’s Day Collab Between The Irish Heather + Mello Has Our Name on It

If you're the sort to write off St. Patrick's Day celebrations due to stereotypical associations with the messy, rowdy, green-beer-binge-drinking brand of partying - not so fast!