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AHA MEDIA is very proud to present our very own Shadow Theatre Play called “Love in the Shadows” at DTES CAN art space ( 67 East Hastings at Lux Hotel )this Sat Feb 27, 2010

February 25, 2010 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very proud to present our very own Shadow Theatre Play  called “Love in the Shadows” at DTES Community Arts Network art space  ( 67 East Hastings at Lux Hotel ) this Sat Feb 27, 2010 with Alvin ClaytonMichael McNeeley and Richard Czaban

AHA MEDIA wanted to present a play with six scenes based on true personal stories about how child abuse, trauma and sexual molestation can lead to some folks unable to deal with issues and may end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside trying to cope in a variety of harmful ways .

AHA MEDIA believes our play can show the reasons WHY some people end up in the DTES  - for the MEDIA, our friends and street folks. We wanted to help everyone remember us through visual and performing arts before we leave our temp DTES Community Arts Network Art Space as our last day is the day after on Sunday Feb 28, 2010

AHA MEDIA is about doing  positive community engagement and harm reduction strategies in our neighborhood through media, arts and now shadow theatre performances from our members.

Below is a banner designed by Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA


An AHA MEDIA Production – Love in the Shadows

Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA asks:

“How hard is it to forgive?  Can you swallow and not support our Harm Reduction project? In Jesus’ Holy Name, I pray to heal the broken hearted”

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In this video, is Alvin Clayton and Mike McNeeley of AHA MEDIA with Alex Martin rehearsing Scene 3 from AHA MEDIA’s “Love in the Shadow” Theatre Play at the DTES CAN space at 67 East Hastings in the Lux Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have Richard Czaban as our newest Community Photographer in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to have Richard Czaban as our newest Community Photographer in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

I am 50 years old and been DTES for 15 years off and on. I have been back for 2 years. I am  please to say Drug free for almost 2 years. I have been take pictures for the last 2 months and I have got  my passion back!  I am looking to the future.

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Richard Czaban is involved with other great groups such as Fearless City Mobile, DTES Community Arts Network, W2 Culture + Media House of W2 Community Media Arts here in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

AHA MEDIA is writing, producing and performing a Shadow Theatre Play at DTES CAN Art Space on Saturday Feb 27, 2010 at Lux Hotel on East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is writing, producing and performing a Shadow Theatre Play at DTES CAN Art Space on Saturday Feb 27, 2010 at Lux Hotel on East Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside


Inspired by the bright light illumination and our Large Store Front Windows of our temp DTES CAN Art space, we decided to do Shadow Play – Improv Theatre for all of our neighbors and friends on East Hastings street in Vancouver.

AHA MEDIA believes in positive community engagement and we wanted to help everyone remember us through visual and performing arts before we leave our temp DTES CAN Art Space as our last day is Sunday Feb 28, 2010

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Here are some photos and videos of us experimenting with a small lamp from within our DTES CAN Art space to using the Red and Blue Blinking Flashers of a parked Vancouver Police Car on East Hastings street

Below is a photo of Mike McNeeley of AHA MEDIA performing – He has studied with Terry Hunter and Savannah Walling of Vancouver Moving Theatre in a Shadow Theatre play

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Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton, Montana King and Mike McNeeley performing

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In this video, Richard Czaban laughs as he films Mike McNeeley and Montana King of AHA MEDIA doing Shadow Theatre Improv at DTES CAN Art space at Lux Hotel on Hastings and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Richard Czaban, Mike McNeeley and Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA do a Shadow Theatre play at DTES CAN Art space at Lux Hotel on Hastings and Columbia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA taking a bow while Montana King poses in the DTES CAN Art Space Window

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Below is a photo of Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA and friends who were happy to see some of our Shadow Improv Theatre at DTES CAN Art Space

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Below is a photo of  Hank Bull – Executive Director of Centre A watching our Shadow Theatre videos

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Below is a photo of  Makiko Hara – Curator of Centre A watching our Shadow Theatre Videos

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Below is a photo of Mike McNeeley, Richard Czaban, Alvin Clayton and Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA all helping to write our new Shadow Theatre Play about “How some of us end up in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside”

We aim to perform our new Shadow Theatre play at the DTES CAN art space at Lux Hotel this Saturday Feb 27, 2010 for all of us to enjoy!

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to receive a special Smiling Buddha pin from Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB – Building Opportunities with Business in Vancouver

February 19, 2010 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to receive a special Smiling Buddha pin from Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB – Building Opportunities with Business in Vancouver

BOB – Building Opportunities with Business http://www.bobics.org/

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In this video, Andrew “Muskie” McKay of BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business )speaks about Trimpin Exhibit and how the Smiling Buddha Pin was Shirley Chan’s idea – CEO of BOB in Vancouver and was in partnership with the Museum of Vancouver

Trimpin Exhibit at BOB - http://buildingopportunities.org/blog…

Museum of Vancouver      http://museumofvancouver.com

Smiling Buddha - http://www.vancouverneon.com/page_q/q…

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Panasonic DMC-ZS3. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilm

AHA MEDIA is very honored to screen their “12 Days of Olympics” films at Centre A on Sat Feb 20, 2010 from 7-9pm in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 18, 2010 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is pleased to invite you to our global online screening and world film premiere of our  films both titled – 12 Days of Olympics” about life in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics at Centre A – on this Saturday Feb 20, 2010 from 7pm to 9pm!

AHA MEDIA is so very honored to have this great opportunity to share our two Olympic films from Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Canada  with people in Yokahama, Japan during Jun Oenoki’s Yokohama-Vancouver, a Skype Festivity and LiveStreaming with Nine Key Art Organization, alternative space and live party http://www.worldteaparty.com/jun-oenoki-skype-with-yokohama

During this time, our films will be shown on the large front windows so both the online and street community of Vancouver Downtown Eastside can share in this global screening and exchange!

Through our linked online community presence using Social Media Tools such as Twitter, Flickr, Ustream and Skype, both cities of Vancouver Downtown Eastside  in Canada and Yokohama in Japan will be able to see, hear and share  a 2 way interactive conversation about our community, media, art, activism and most importantly – our neighborhood residents!

Large projections play on the Centre A’s exterior windows. Video content includes work by various artists, live broadcast of performances, “skype” teas and the documentation of the World Tea Party in different contexts.

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad. As a part of the City of Vancouver ‘s Olympic and Paralympic Public Art Program: Bright Light

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Jun Oenoki, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Tokyo Keizai University and artist-in-residence at Centre A, will produce a teleconference from 7 – 9pm  in Japanese and English, with Nine Key art organizations in Yokohama, Japan which will be streamed live to the Internet and a live party by Skype between Yokahama, Japan and Vancouver, Canada will allow both cities share a 2 way interactive dialogue about media, art and activism with each other!

A live streaming with Nine key art organization, alternative space and live party in Yokohama, Japan by Skype. Including, “Sixsquarebridge“,”Yokohama Creativecity Center“, “Noge Hana*Hana“, “BankART NYK/KOJIMA RADIO“, “KOTOLAB,LLC/YOKOHAMA HOSTEL VILLAGE“, “KOTOBUKI CREATIVE ACTION“, “Kanagawa University SOGABE-ken“, “KOGANECHO AREA MANAGEMENT CENTER“, and “YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2011” talking about long term urban revitalizing projects initiated by the city of Yokohama in collaboration with artists and architects and  the local community

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April Smith of AHA MEDIA from Vancouver Downtown Eastside’s two films which are both entitled “The 12 Days of Olympics” gives viewers the two perspectives of how Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents and their lives are affected by this historic event of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Presenting 2 sides of this event allowed the residents to voice their opinions through a musical and film format to reach a world wide audience

April Smith is an avid new media videographer based in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside and is a co founder of AHA MEDIA.
Her interests are documention of daily life in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside area, highlighting the positive while bringing to light the injustices that occur in the neighborhood. April has filmed her observations, some subversive and situational, of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside over the last 2 years.

April is a cheerleader for Positive community building and outreach,  through arts, music, and advocacy in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

Using social media, new media, mobile media, and now filmmaking, to get her people’s stories and voices across, April hopes to reach and communicate with a world wide audience by utilizing both online and offline ways for social change and justice

Photos of April Smith by Simon Hayter

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Centre A is pleased to present World Tea Party, animated by tea master and calligrapher Bryan Mulvihill (aka Trolley Bus). Truly one of Vancouver’s “living cultural treasures”, Mulvihill has produced a special edition of The World Tea Party for the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.

Previous versions have been presented publics large and small in a wide range of contexts, including the Winnipeg Pan Am Games, the Venice Biennale, the National Gallery of Canada, the Hollywood Bowl and the Eiffel Tower.

The World Tea Party is based on the notion that humanity shares in the drinking of tea a spirit of generosity and understanding that both celebrates and transcends our cultural diversity. Tea is the most popular beverage in the world.

The World Tea Party is a “social sculpture” that involves the creative empowerment of the audience. The tea salon is a meeting place. Its interactive aspect makes it a suitable vehicle for a debate about the relationship between the Olympics and the Downtown Eastside.

Free Tea and Big Video

In the afternoon, tea is offered for free, both inside the gallery and at times on the street. From 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, large projections play on the building’s exterior windows. Video content includes work by various artists, live broadcast of performances, “skype” teas and the documentation of the World Tea Party in different contexts.

http://www.worldteaparty.com/jun-oenoki-skype-with-yokohama

http://www.centrea.org

http://www.worldteaparty.com

http://www.bright-light.ca

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/world-tea-…
http://www.worldteaparty.com
http://www.bright-light.ca
http://www.flickr.com/photos/centrea
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/world-tea-…

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AHA MEDIA gives Great Thanks to Hank Bull and Makiko Hara of Centre A along with Christoph Runne of Interurban Gallery  for this wonderful opportunity for us to show our lives in the Downtown Eastside during the 2010 Winter Olympics

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