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Peter Oeder demos Taoist Tai Chi 108 move form at VANDU in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Peter Oeder, a board member of VANDU – Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users demos Taoist Tai Chi 108 move form at VANDU in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES). He has not done practiced this form in 15 years until the making of the following video! :)

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Clyde Wright on Aboriginal Front Door (AFD) potentially closing in Vancouver

June 29, 2010 1 comment

Clyde Wright speaks about Aboriginal Front Door Society (AFDS) potentially closing their doors at Main and Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Wade Churcott plays his version of “Chariots of Fire” at Hotel Patricia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

June 29, 2010 1 comment

While sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Patricia in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) Wayne Churcott was inspired to play “Chariots of Fire”  He hadn’t played in 10 years! :)

Below is a video of Wade playing

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Below is a video of a tutorial of how to play Chariots of Fire

AHA MEDIA mentioned in The Vancouver Courier Newspaper’s article “Hyper Local Bloggers document life” on June 23, 2010

June 27, 2010 2 comments

Recently AHA MEDIA was mentioned in The Vancouver Courier Newspaper’s article “Hyper Local Bloggers document life” on June 23, 2010 by Megan Stewart, Staff Writer

Irwin Oostindie, the executive director of W2 Community Media Arts Society, said media diversity is good for audiences and democracy. Online publishing atomizes the media landscape by splintering a few news sources into many, and this diversity, he says, helps residents makes sense of their city and gives voice to those who otherwise remain unheard.

Oostindie points to AHA Media, which began with three self-described citizen journalists covering the East Side and now offers media consulting to residents and organizations across Vancouver.

“They’re a great example of how social media breaks the divide, providing a voice to people who would not normally have a voice.

“Bloggers have the opportunity to use their neighbourhood as a platform to engage in a meaningful way,” he said.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/news/Bloggers+hood/3200690/story.html#ixzz0s2RdmXHR

The Cheaper Show at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver, 200 Artists – 400 pieces of art, each $200!

June 25, 2010 1 comment

Time: June 26, 2010 all day
Location: W2 Storyeum
Street: 151 W. Cordova Street
City/Town: Vancouver
Website or Map: http://www.thecheapershow.com
Event Type: exhibitionart
Organized By: The Cheaper Show

Event Description

The Show

The Cheaper Show returns once again.

In June of 2010, the ninth installment of The Cheaper Show will take place in Vancouver, BC

The concept of The Cheaper Show is very simple: 200 multi-disciplined international artists presenting 400 pieces of art, each priced at $200 for one night only. Far from being an ‘art sale,’ each exhibiting artist consciously makes a sacrifice by selling their work for less than its potential value. This creates united support for the event, the arts community, and an opportunity for this show to take place in an environment that is accessible to everyone. In turn, many walk away with sales, exposure, commissions and gallery representation, as well as having an opportunity to connect with peers on an even playing field.

Visitors are drawn to the show, discovering a rare display of exceptionally diverse talent where someone from almost any financial background may own a piece of art. These people include the curious, the first time buyer, and the well-seasoned collector.

The Cheaper Show is a salon style exhibition that focuses on quality and diversity rather than category. Works of art, regardless of medium, are displayed so as to activate one another; oil paintings and illustrations hang next to contemporary photographs with content that ranges from the urban to the academic.


The Cheaper Show has never been a profit-based event. Admission is free and the artists receive 75% of the sale with the remainder going to offset the production costs. The focus of the show is to create a greater observance of talent with both established and underexposed artists.

This year’s artists:
http://thecheapershow.com/artists/no9-artists/

DNC – Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council’s DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver on Sunday June 20, 2010

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

DNC had its second DTES Street Market recently at Hastings and Carrall in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Thanks to Hugh Lampkin for providing some of the following photos. Please click on any of the photos below to see FULL size.

In this video, Wendy Pedersen of DNC speaks on DNC’s DTES Street Market at Pigeon Park in Vancouver

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

In the next video, Richard Cunningham of DNC speaks on DNC’s DTES Street Market

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Below is Hugh Lampkin, Clyde Wright and Rob Vincent providing a supportive presence for DNC Street Market

Below is Richard Cunningham displaying some jewelry and trinkets

The DNC Street Market is held every Sunday from 12 – 5pm at Pigeon Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

AHA MEDIA filmed at DTES Smudge Ceremony 2010 at Main and Hastings in Vancouver

June 19, 2010 1 comment

The Downtown Eastside Smudge ceremony came to be through a vision and has been carried out by a very dedicated group of women. The Aboriginal Women’s Working Group is made up of traditional ceremonial women and men that work within organisations in the helping field. Over the past two times the smudge was carried out WAVAW took the lead to help with the organising of the ceremony, the working group has many partners and this year we are proud to say that the Pacific Association of First Nations Women is taking the lead with the organising. These women are taking leadership with the help of our men to bring this ceremony to the people to pray for the healing of the world and to bring an end to violence against women beginning with mother earth.

Each direction will have a youth to lead the way bearing the sacred flag, a traditional firekeeper bearing medicines to cleanse the sacred mother earth, one ceremonial man and women of each of the sacred races in the east yellow, the south black, in the west red, and north white. Also in each direction there will be four aboriginal ceremonial women and four aboriginal ceremonial men. These people are all known to the people as our helpers and healers. The drummers are also in ceremony and a sundance drum is used. The traditional people of these territories have given permission to do this work and all protocol of ceremony is followed for the entire ceremony from the first offering of tobacco to the closing.

Below are photos of the DTES Smudge Ceremony from an aerial view perspective

Below is a video of  Sacred Races in the west Red marching to Main Street in DTES Smudge Ceremony 2010 in Vancouver

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 or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Below is a photo of Jenny Kwan, MLA

***Additional photo and video footage of this event is available upon request***

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Below are photos taken by Hugh Lampkin at National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Oppenheimer Park

Below is Rockin’ Randy giving a Big Smile

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