From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of the cool things we’re doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver, from May 19 to May 26, 2022. Note that you can now get the scout list – with a some additional information included – delivered to your inbox every Thursday by signing up for your subscription in the sidebar.
CITY | “Is Metro Vancouver’s current regional governance model adequate, or would an empowered regional government be more effective?” That’s the question on the table during the Urbanarium and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture’s City Debate tonight. From the event organizers: “Metro Vancouver, a federation of 21 municipalities, an electoral district and a Treaty First Nation, relies on consensus decision-making by appointed councilors to direct its planning and operations. . The pressing issues of our time – climate change, land rights, housing, transport/transit – require decisive regional action. Would an empowered regional government, directly elected by the region, be more effective and accountable? Moderated by urban planner Larry Beasley, this Oxford-style debate aims to provide a platform for “the airing of multiple perspectives on current issues facing Greater Vancouver.” Details.
800 Robson Street,
DO | Want to get your hands dirty learning a new skill? Then you should be aware of the Monotype Print workshop taking place at the Roundhouse Community Center this Friday afternoon. Part of the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, this hands-on, hour-long workshop is led by Belgian-born, Vancouver-based comic artist (and monotype master) Zoé Jusseret. What is a “monotype”, you ask? It is a print made using a medium like paint (also oil pastel, in this case) applied to a smooth, non-porous surface (traditionally copper). (For visual aids of the overall effect achieved, check out Jusseret’s Instagram.) Participation is free with registration, which you can do here.
181 Mews of the Rotunda
ART | Looking for a (subjectively) cleaner way to participate in an art-related activity? Local lowbrow artist Jaik Olson (aka “Puppyteeth”; also operator of Puppyteeth Studios) has an art exhibit opening tonight at his Chinatown studio (also in conjunction with VANCAF). Although Olson’s work is pretty scary in general, which makes this show in addition scary is that it is designed to be seen in complete darkness by a flashlight. So cool! Learn more.
79 Pender Street East
WINE | The Vancouver International Wine Festival is launched. Head to the Vancouver Convention Center to taste some of the best local and international wines on the market. This year, Wine Festival attendees can choose from more than 680 wines from 100 wineries from 14 countries. Events include seminars, tastings, dinners, lunches and brunches. That’s a lot of awesome wine-related stuff! Although many events are selling out, you can still buy tickets if you’re on the move. Not only is Wine Fest a grand and informative time, it also raises funds for Bard on the Beach. The Wine Fest now runs until Sunday, May 22. Learn more.
Vancouver Convention Center, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
SWIMMING | Guys! The rain has stopped, and as if to offer a bonafide nod to the weather gods, the outdoor public pools at Second Beach and New Brighton Pools are opening this weekend (unfortunately Kits Pool suffered some damage during this bad winter storms which means it won’t open this swimming season). Information on swim times, ticket sales and admission fees can be found here.
North Windermere St (near New Brighton Park)
Stanley Park Dr.
BEER | | If the thought of a sunny, warm weekend makes you thirsty for a good beer, then there are a few events happening this weekend that you should know about… Electric Bicycle Brewing turns four and, in In honor of this important step, they are organizing an all-day disco evening this Saturday! Dancing and drinking – as well as dining and games – will take place inside and outside (back alley) of the brewery. The party is open to all ages and free, so there’s no excuse not to come and dance this Saturday. Learn more. Good beer, good food, music, and vintage, handmade stuff make for a pretty stellar combination. It’s also great inspiration to bring a small group of your beer-drinking friends to join you at Strange Fellows Brewery this Sunday for a vintage and craft pop-up market, featuring Sweet Neens Thrift and ceramics. highly coveted from Oh Hello Leigh. Details. While in East Van, plan a visit to Storm Brewing. Ironically, the weather this weekend is also perfect for the return of Storm’s famous Loading Dock Parties. The first of the monthly outdoor get-togethers – featuring food trucks, DJs and full-size beers – kicks off at noon on Sunday. More details here.
20 4th Ave East
1345 Clark Drive
310 Commercial Drive
CULTURE | | Hit Chinatown Friday night for an enchanted evening at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. From the event organizers: “‘Feels Like Home’ is an interactive activation of our beloved Garden Space, with live and improvised poetry written for each guest, Hong Kong street food for awakening your senses and an enchanting musical performance led by sunset acoustics..” Expect multi-sensory stimulation that includes savory dishes from Kam Wai Dim Sum and the ever sublime Dessert Club, a unique poem by New Westminster Poet Laureate Elliott Slinn, a souvenir Polaroid at the magnificent Jade Water Pavilion, music live and nice people Details.
578 Carrall Street, Vancouver
SKATE | It’s dry pavement out there, kids. Grab your skateboards and enjoy. Vancouver hasn’t landed five straight days without rain in a while now, so only experiencing it from your office would be a shame. If you’re not a skateboarder, don’t worry, you’re invited too. Sit on the sidelines (Strathcona Park or the Britannia Tennis Courts are great places to watch). At this time, sunset is at the surprisingly late hour of 8:55 p.m., so there are plenty of hours to enjoy.
857 Malkin Avenue
1490 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 4X6
WATCH | What to do on a holiday Monday? Let’s say you’ve had your fill of blue skies and sunshine (after being deprived for so long, three days in a row might seem overwhelming to some). In this case, the Rio Theater is showing Hayao Miyazaki’s film Taken away as if by magic Mondays at 1:30 p.m., followed by Francis Ford Coppola The conversation at 4:15 p.m. Two consecutive movies will keep you inside and entertained for most of the afternoon. Details.
1660 East Broadway
RELAX | It’s a long weekend, so enjoy! Walk along the seawall, spread a blanket over the grass at your local park, and look up at the sky (just be sure to use a blanket that can withstand a bit of moisture; the sun may be out you, but the ground is still soggy). Any long weekend is good, but when it’s full of sunshine, it’s something special. A patio hangout with a cocktail in hand might be a good place to devise a plan. Don’t know where to start? Havana on Commercial Drive’s fine cocktail list and great people watching come to mind. Get sipping.
1212 commercial promenade