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Bright Nights – Stanley Park Christmas Train 2012 in Vancouver

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

During the holiday season, Stanley Park sparkles with two million twinkling lights, decorating the darkness that comes early at this time of year.

Ride the train, watch animated displays, listen to holiday classics, sip warm cocoa, and feast on fresh popcorn or roasted nuts.

Enjoy the sight of young eyes dazzled by the display of lights and the excitement of the holidays

W2 Lights NYE 2013 by Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival at Korean Community Centre in Vancouver

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Bring in 2013 with #W2Belongs2Me friends at one of Vancouver’s best annual NYE celebrations. Some of the west coast’s most innovative live electronic artists, media arts, and progressive community vibe. We are celebrating an inclusive, creative, cross-cultural Vancouver! We will be together this New Year’s Eve – together because we cherish our friends and honour the community that nurtures and rewards us.

Spread the word — W2 LIGHTS NYE 2013
Invite your Facebook friends! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289/?fref=ts

W2 Lights NYE is a grassroots institution, selling out in advance each year. We’ve scaled it intimate with a spectacular celebration of lights, music + friends. 2013 programming themes present female chanteuses, digital Indigenous, cumbia, and future bass music. A diverse mix showcasing what a unified Vancouver community is all about.

Proceeds from tonight’s event help our innovative and inclusive community grow strong. Thank you for dancing with your feet — or acting with intentions.

LIMITED CAPACITY WITH OUR NEW VENUE — TICKETS SELLING — ONLINE SAVE $20-30 DON’T SLACK! http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=150064

W2 Lights NYE is a production of InDigital and VIMAF. We’re located in tha hood! EARLY Show starts 9:00pm—LATE

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Grenier (DJG)
Kinnie Starr
Lido Pimienta
Wepa!
Skookum Soundsystem
Self Evident
Taal Mala
Tank Gyal
Ostwelve
Dubconscious
Take 5
HxdB
Paola
Barlee
Bastet
Krusha
Fritz the Cat
Aversive
Decipher
MukLuk
Annashay
Commoddity
Heidrogen
Kinotropy
Sebnem Ozpeta
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Korean Community Centre
1320 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V5L-1S3

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TICKETS: EARLYBIRD $29 SOLD OUT, ADVANCE $39 ON SALE NOW, REGULAR $49, DAY OF EVENT $59. Thank you for helping W2Belongs2Me and VIMAF with this important community fundraising event!

http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=150064

We require online ticket purchasers to present picture ID and credit card when they enter the event.

PICK EM UP AT OUR SUPPORTIVE OUTLETS:
Highlife Records, Commercial Dr Vancouver, BC
Red Cat Records 4332 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5V 3R1 (604) 708-9422
Zulu Records, West 4th, Vancouver
Beatstreet 439 Hastings Street West Vancouver, BC V6B 1L4 (604) 683-3344

Thanks for the support of Vancouver is Awesome in helping us reach the people and keep the W2 community together.

Tickets available for low-income DTES neighbours, please contact us!

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Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/W2woodwards
Join W2 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/w2woodwards/
Join W2 online http://www.creativetechnology.org/main/authorization/signUp?

show starts at

09:00PM

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24th Oppenheimer Park Film Industry Dinner in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 25, 2012 1 comment

24th Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 12:00 Noon

In 1988 The Oppenheimer Park Christmas Dinner began and in 1992 the Oppenheimer Park Christmas fund was created. Over our two-decade history we’ve served over 3,000 meals each and every year, and created a very special Christmas tradition in the Downtown Eastside, complete with a visit from Santa and small gifts including new socks, gloves and packages of toiletries. This has been accomplished with the support of hundreds of volunteers, as well as donations of cash and services from the film industry community and local businesses. This year we need your help again and hope you can join us!

The last few years have been particularly challenging. As the financial climate changes, especially in our industry, it has become harder for supporters to maintain their contributions at the levels of prior years. Last year, through our “digital launch” and the addition of Paypal, we were very fortunate to obtain the support of more individuals and several new suppliers and were able to run the event at the same scale as prior years – complete with all the special extras. We hope that this year will repeat that same level of sponsorship and support!

* THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS *

The American Cheesesteak Co. generously supplies cheesesteaks to Gathering Place Community Centre in Vancouver

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

The American Cheesesteak Co.  generously supplies cheesesteaks to Gathering Place Community Centre in Vancouver.

Members delighted in savoring a warm tasty and delicious cheesesteak! What a wonderful treat! :)

Thanks The American Cheesesteak Co. for brightening up our holiday season with your outstanding savory cheesesteaks!

W2 Belongs To Me: Community Information Meeting – Wed Dec 19, 2012

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This is an information meeting about the very real threats by the City of Vancouver to evict W2 programs from the Woodward’s heritage building. Learn background info, and find out how you can participate in our community’s response to the attempt to evict W2 on December 31.

We’ll also discuss W2′s financial challenges which threaten W2′s capacity to operate a sustainable community media arts centre. How are we doing, how we plan to be sustainable, and what we and our partners are doing.

The City, landlord and property management company are working to push W2 out over non-payment of $90,000 in amenity/strata fees and because they simply do not like what we do.

This eviction of our programs is delivered, despite our clear demands in correspondence as far back as February 2012, that W2 needs to receive services for amenity fees levied. Instead of hiding behind “legal” arguments about how they cant do anything, City Councillors should respect the local communities’ capacity and ability to build a centre inclusive for all – not just the market.

Instead of attempting to gentrify W2′s grassroots community and inclusive programs and services out out of Woodward’s, City Council and staff should be stepping in to address their own failures to act on City policies for City properties like the Woodward’s heritage building that despite our complaints discriminates against low-income people, persons with disabilities vis-a-vis wheelchair access and public bathroom policies.

W2 has persevered against 4 previous City attempts to block community access to Woodwards. Now we are building a community-engaged media arts centre that works to unite Vancouverites across race, gender and class. Let’s work together to make it last. If we can’t we are forced to move again ~ would be W2′s 6th home in 5 years if you are counting ;)

If we work together, we can demand the Woodward’s development works for the community, not just retail and commercial interests. Woodward’s was meant to be more than that.

11 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Community Meeting in Vancouver


This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests to defend W2, and get more involved with building a campaign. W2 (R)evolution needs your help now!

W2 Belongs 2 Me members’ meetings are designed to help connect fans of W2 to be more active participants. The session will be important for members, programming partners, volunteers and staff to find our common interests in order to protect the grassroots values of W2 in an otherwise hostile gentrified Woodward’s environment.

Background:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/beleaguered-vancouver-culture-hub-w2-fights-to-stay-alive/article6126906/

http://www.straight.com/news/w2-hopes-avoid-eviction

http://www.mayorofvancouver.ca/w2

http://cope.bc.ca/2012/12/11/cope-expresses-support-for-struggling-w2-arts-hub-calls-on-city-to-re-evaluate-burdensome-fee-structure/

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PLAN AHEAD! DEC 31 IS THE CITY EVICTION DATE AND OUR CELEBRATION IF INDIGENOUS, LATINO, AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC!

W2 LIGHTS NYE is taking on more meaning this year as we fight for a genuinely inclusive Vancouver, not one racially segregated and only for the middle class. We do not know if this event will take place at Woodward’s or a new site. Stay tuned and participate! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289

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