From our calendar to yours comes this carefully thought out agenda of cool things to do, wish we could do, or conspire to do in Vancouver from April 14th to April 20th, 2022. Note that you can now get the Boy Scout List – with a little extra info included – sent to your inbox every Thursday by signing up for your subscription in the sidebar.
ART | Three new exhibitions open this weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery. uneasy draws on work acquired by VAG over the past decade to illustrate and explore the uncomfortable, exciting and familiar we find in changing position, shifting perspective, moving, shifting and travelling. Everything under the sun pays tribute to the late Vancouver art collector, critic and photography enthusiast Andrew Gruft (1937-2021) and take over children “Provides a range of welcoming, interactive elements for young families, including a play area in one of the alcoves, in addition to a touch wall, activity booklet and drawing/painting area in the rotunda.” Details here.
MUSIC | Atlanta-based duo Mattiel (Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley) play at Fortune on Friday. The upbeat, totally danceable new wave indie rockers are on tour to promote their recently released album. Georgian Gothic. It’s clear from their videos that they know how to have a good time — and who doesn’t love a good time? Tickets are still available.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Because it’s fun to see art in unconventional settings, take a trip to the Waterfront Canada Line Station to see the colorful, intentionally staged fruit arrangements by Tkaronto, Toronto-based artist Shellie Zhang! As part of the Capture Photography Festival’s public art program, a selection of large format images from Zhang’s photo series, Offers for the past and future (2019) can be seen until the end of August. Unspoiled dragon fruit, clusters of perfect grapes, carefully prepared citrus fruits, bitter melon and nectarines are all presented in different types of bowls, set against wallpaper-like backdrops. Here Zhang looks at globalization and how fruit is used symbolically, circulated and cultivated in different cultures. Some are real, some are fake! Can you tell? Take a walking tour, stopping at each Canada Line station to check out the artwork on display (there’s more fruit courtesy of Svava Tergesen’s playful Crudités series). Or better yet, join Chelsea Yuill, Associate Curator of Capture, at a Public Art Hop beginning April 23 from 1pm-2pm at Waterfront Station. Register here.
SCORE | Tired of looking at the same old stuff in your home and/or on a mission to find some new threads wearing out in the world now that things are actually happening again? Chances are you’ll be able to snag something awesome at the Hero’s Welcome pop-up vintage market this weekend. Held on Saturdays from 12pm to 6pm, it features a range of local vendors selling everything from rock ‘n’ roll band t-shirts to cheesy knick-knacks, housewares, music and more. Hanging out and shopping while sipping a cold beer is also an excellent way to get some exercise! find out more
CLOCK | The Rio Theater is covering all the bases this weekend on its big screen: the 50th anniversary showing of The Godfather sets Friday night; Saturday night is all about Andrew Lloyd Webber Jesus Christ Superstar; and the feature is on Sunday Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the 1971 version). Grilled cheese sandwiches, canned beers and whiskey sours are all available to enhance your cinematic experience. Advance tickets here.
1660 E Broadway
HIKE | Unsettled spring weather looks set to bring us a little of everything this weekend. Be ready to pounce when clear skies and sunshine arrive. We suggest going to the mountains and walking in the forest. Twin Bridges and Homestead Trail Loop in Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve are good options. Homestead is an easy 45 minute hike (with some challenging elevation sections) that takes you through forest, along streams and in places a rushing river. When you’re done, head over to United Strangers for a killer chai latte and a well-deserved donut.
1700 Mt. Seymour Road, North Vancouver
2740 Mount Seymour Avenue
RELAX | This is a long weekend, so kick back, take a hike, clean the garage, eat with the family – do what you’ve always wanted to accomplish but couldn’t fit into a typical tight two-day weekend. A long weekend is always a good time to have dinner with friends. Are you looking for a place to go? The charcoal grilled sea bass with sweet capers and smoked olive sauce at Ubuntu looks pretty good. Plus, Ubuntu always has awesome baked goods (load these up to take home for maximum enjoyment).
BRUNCH | If you haven’t been there yet, this weekend is a good opportunity to visit Carlino’s Restaurant. Dinner and drinks are definitely possible, but how about brunch? This weekend they’re offering a “Brunch Board for Two” for $69 that includes carrot cake waffles, mixed seasonal fruit, avocado, San Daniele ham, bacon, poached eggs, chocolate covered strawberries, crostini, rosemary potatoes, a mini Yoghurt parfait and two includes glasses of prosecco or mimosas – and of course coffee. This special menu is available from Saturday 16 April to Monday 18 April from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Learn more.
420 | There will be a 420 gathering outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Wednesday to basically pay tribute to weed (this year’s event will be less of a protest and more of a big puff of smoke, but it could affect traffic, so keep that in mind). . However, if you’re looking for a less hectic and more intimate way to explore cannabis culture with the community at 420, we recommend heading to Chinatown, where cannabis and magic mushroom accessories brand and creative studio, A-OK, is having an exciting planned for the afternoon. The fun begins on April 20th at 4:20pm outside the studio, where there will be custom airbrushed gel nails with a weed theme alongside a selection of newly released products; weed tattoos; a tasty A-OK / Say Hey Cafe collab sandwich (you know this is going to be good); a display of cannabonsai plants (lovely); and some vintage weed t-shirts from Kool Thing Vintage (some are for sale and others can be viewed there). find out more
436 Columbia St.