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Megaphone launches special Olympic issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History” on Wed Feb 3, 2010 – 11AM to 1PM, Interurban Galley

Olympic Issue Launch event

Megaphone launches special issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”

Wednesday Feb 3, 2010, 11 AM – 1PM, Interurban Gallery

http://www.MegaphoneMagazine.com

With the eyes of the world on Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, residents of the city’s Downtown Eastside will have a unique opportunity to dispel the negative stereotypes of their historic, but troubled, neighbourhood.

Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors, is launching a special, double-issue on the Downtown Eastside at the Interurban Gallery on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11 a.m. Entitled “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”, the issue aims to change the perception of the neighbourhood and the people that populate it.

“There are a lot of unfortunate stereotypes about the Downtown Eastside,” says Megaphone’s editor-in-chief, Sean Condon. “Many people have a tough time seeing beyond the drug use and poverty. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a community bursting with spirit and compassion.”

The commemorative issue features stories on neighbourhood successes like the United We Can bottle depot, which provides both economic and environmental benefits to the city, and the Hope In Shadows calendar project, which shows the community’s strong spirit. It also features articles from vendors and Downtown Eastside residents about their lives and the tremendous barriers they’ve overcome.

Speaking at the event will be Sean Condon, Irwin Oostindie, executive director of W2 (an organization profiled in this issue) and Dalannah Gail Bowen (who is the executive director of the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts and is a member of editorial advisory board for this special issue).

Megaphone vendors will be in attendance to pick up issues and new Megaphone carrier bags. They will also be available to speak to the media.

The magazine’s launch will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings) at 11 a.m. The event will be open to the public and will include snacks and drinks.

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  1. Christine Seaver
    February 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I wish you all a good launch party. Keep up the good work in the Downtown Eastside.
    Christine Seaver

  2. February 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I haven’t read my copy yet, but I’m pretty sure you’re the number one blogger in the DTES now. ;-)

  3. February 5, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Christine and Muskie… Thanks very much! Enjoy the great writing by the staff of Megaphone! AHA MEDIA owes much of their start to Megaphone! Great highlights of the DTES :)

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