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Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA plays at AmberJack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC on April 20, 2010

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Recently AHA MEDIA went to see Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA play at AmberJack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC on April 20, 2010

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Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA played with his friends Worms Hate Rain during a Jam Night at AmberJack’s

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In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA’s plays Memphis, Tennessee at Amberjack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC

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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In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA’s plays Pride and Joy at Amberjack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC

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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In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA plays Round and Round at AmberJack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC

Comment from Danny Orlando – Vancouver’s Legendary Blues Man in the beginning of this 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, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA’s plays Honky Tonk Woman at AmberJack’s Tap House in Surrey, BC

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 are two photos of David “Box Car” Gates playing some real Blues on 2 different guitars

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In this video, Danny Orlando – Vancouver’s Legendary Blues Singer, Songwriter and Musician speaks warmly about Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA’s playing at Amberjack’s Taphouse in Surrey, BC

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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April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very honored to be featured by Gillian Shaw – Digital Life Writer for The Vancouver Sun Newspaper on Christmas Eve 2009

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

By GILLIAN SHAW

23 DEC 2009 DIGITAL LIFE

As it comes time to wrap up 2009, I wanted to share the story of a journalist who has inspired me this year.

A citizen journalist – April Smith, who is making an impact not only for her work chronicling the news and stories of Vancouver’s inner city but also for giving back to her community by mentoring others.

April didn’t graduate from any journalism program. Hers was truly the school of hard knocks and her background one of hardship.

I first met April at WordCamp Whistler last January. She was a grad of the Downtown Eastside’s Fearless City Mobile project, which helped residents and artists of the neighborhood learn to tell stories through mobile media.

At the time April said the experience had been ‘life-changing.’

“I have moved from one side of the tracks to the other,” she told me.

The other side of the tracks was pretty ugly. It was a life of homelessness and struggling to survive on the streets.

April shares her story with eloquence and honesty that is all the more compelling because it is free of self-pity. Her optimism for the future is what comes through loud and clear.

You can listen to Vancouver’s CBC radio did with April. And you see her at work in an episode of With Glowing Hearts the Movie. She is @AprilFilms on Twitter.

WGHthemovie.ca -April Smith storyline from Andrew Lavigne on Vimeo.

The mentoring April received is being returned to the community many times over with the creation of AHA Media, a fledgling new media company started by April along with Hendrik Beune and Al Tkatch – AHA coming from the first letters of their names.

April is teaching and mentoring others in the Downtown Eastside, sharing her skills and enthusiasm in the hope of offering alternatives that will help improve lives.

April lives in a single room in the DTES and carries out her work and volunteering on a shoestring budget – no shoestring might be too generous to describe it. When I talk to April on the phone, I know that it’s using up precious minutes that she must buy to recharge her cell phone. I recently found out that the Nokia video phone that April was using in her work was borrowed and had to be returned. So I asked her what she needs to carry on.

While it has been a tough year for media organizations, not many list food and warm clothing on their wish list, but those are among the items AHA Media, which does volunteer peer training at the LifeSkills Centre near Oppenheimer Park, is seeking for its DTES neighbors.

The organization also needs: FIDO Pay as You Go Phone Cards for cell phones, digital cameras, SD memory cards, laptop and desktop computers, video cameras and audio equipment.

If you have any of these things kicking around, consider sharing them with others who will pay it forward many times over.

Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA tries a Bourbon Burger from Burger King

December 3, 2009 1 comment

In this photo and video, Al Tkatch tries a Bourbon Burger from Burger King

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N77 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA attended Rockafellas’ Music event at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21, 2009

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Memphis, “Walk of Life” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Suspicious Minds” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Around and Around” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Memphis, Tennessee” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Sat Nov 21 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “I Like It, I Love It” at Village Pub in Vancouver – Saturday Nov 21 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA attends Rockafellas’ music event at 14th Avenue Pub in Mission, BC on November 13, 2009

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Rockafellas at 14th Avenue Pub

Rockafellas -http://www.rockafellasduo.wordpress.com

In this video, Al Tkatch of Rockafellas play “Walk of Life” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Fast As You” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Pride and Joy” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “New Orleans” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Sharp Dressed Man” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Walk the Line” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Jumping Jack Flash” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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, Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) play “Every Rose has its thorn” at 14th Avenue Pub in Misson Nov 13 2009

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

AHA MEDIA is very proud to celebrate its First Birthday and First Year Anniversary online on Wednesday November 11, 2009

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very happy to celebrate its First Birthday and First year Anniversary online on Wednesday November 11, 2009 !!! :)

Birthday5Birthday10 champagne

AHA MEDIA has come a long way in one year when we ( April Smith, Hendrik Beune and Al Tkatch) formed AHA MEDIA ( using the first letter of our first names) and decided last year to have our very own site online!

AHA MEDIA does mobile new media/social media reporting and event documentation for all communities in Vancouver and Downtown Eastside. We have even been invited to the cities of Whistler and Victoria to do mobile media and livestreaming.

With lessons learned from the Fearless City Mobile project from W2 Community Media Arts Centre http://www.creativetechnology.org, we are proud to continue to grow everyday and help support/report in all our neighborhoods from social justice issues to social media events!

AHA MEDIA enjoys providing an independent and alternative perspective to general media views. Through our new media devices and cameraphones, we hope to be a news resource for everyone who is interested in us.

Over the year AHA MEDIA has grown to include 11 people affiliated with AHA MEDIA – nearly all  live and work in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

We are honored to have the Aboriginal/Native Culture perspectives from our Aboriginal  reporters – Brody Benson, Alvin Clayton, Clyde Wright

Other fantastic members of AHA MEDIA are :

Peter Davies – Photographer

Ken Glofcheskie – Sports and Social Justice

J-Hock – Housing and Economic Issues

Derrick Simms – Tech Support

Alain Assaily –  Real Journalist!

AHA MEDIA enjoys peer training, participating and engaging in our communities to produce content for everyone to see and hear!

Among our many news/events coverage,  our next ongoing project is documenting and archiving events leading up to and during the 2010 Winter Olympics. We will report on all perspectives as well as hearing the personal stories of folks in our neighborhoods.

Two future projects AHA MEDIA will be involved  in are:

1) Documenting the Poverty Olympics – a satirical view of the Games put on by CCAP who are concerned about economic, housing and social justice issues of the Downtown Eastside

2) Participating in Fearless City’s CODE Live and Bright Lights editions – the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition, part of the 2010 Winter Olympics celebrations. The projects will include streaming videos created by local residents and shown on giant screens at W2, a community media arts centre opening this winter as part of the Woodward’s development.

AHA MEDIA is proud to be part of  ongoing year long documentary filming process for a movie called With Glowing Hearts – http://www.vimeo.com/5401993

AHA MEDIA is still learning and growing everyday!  We humbly thank EVERYONE who has supported us, been our mentor and most importantly been our friend!

We couldn’t have done it without you! :)

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Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA – Al Tkatch, Hendrik Beune and April Smith celebrating our First birthday and First Year Anniversary together on Wednesday November 11, 2009 in Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver Chinatown

We hope AHA MEDIA will continue to have good luck, good fortune and live as long as the turtles swimming in the ponds! :)

Al, Hendriik, April - AHA MEDIA in Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Park

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Park 1

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Below is a photo and video of AHA MEDIA Co-founders Hendrik Beune and Al Tkatch and their thoughts

Hendrik and Al speak on AHA MEDIA's first birthday and anniversary

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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 three ducks swimming at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver Chinatown. AHA MEDIA believes that beautiful things can happen in small places especially in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Ducks swimming in park

AHA MEDIA thanks everyone once again during our year long journey into media making online and offline :)

AHA MEDIA attended Rockafellas’ Hallowe’en event at Paddlewheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C.

November 2, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA attended Rockafellas’ Hallowe’en event at Paddlewheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C.

Rockafellas – http://www.RockafellasDuo.wordpress.com

Paddlewheeler Pub in New Westminster http://www.paddlewheeler.com

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Below are photos of the Rockafellas in their Hallowe’en Costumes!

Sean Michaels dressed up as Country Singer Tim McGraw and Al Tkatch dressed up as  Hard Rock Lead Guitarist Angus Young from AC/DC

1 Rockafellas in Costume

1A Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch dressed in ACDC shorts

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Below is a photo and video of  Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) playing Spirit In The Sky at PaddleWheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C., Canada on Hallowe’en, 2009

2 Dancing to Rockafellas

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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 and video of Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) playing I Saw Her Standing There at PaddleWheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C., Canada on Hallowe’en, 2009

3 Dancing to Rockafellas


This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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 and video of Rockafellas ( Sean Michaels and Al Tkatch) playing Wooly Bully at PaddleWheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C., Canada on Hallowe’en, 2009

4 Couples dancing to Rockafella

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. 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 Dean Nakamura, Manager of Paddlewheeler pub with the winner of the  Hallowe’en Costume Contest – COOKIE MONSTER!! Prize was Vancouver Canucks Hockey Tickets! :)

7 Cookie Monster Wins!

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Below is a photo of Dean Nakamura, Manager of Paddlewheeler pub with the winner of the  Couples’ Hallowe’en Costume Contest

Prize was Vancouver Giants Hockey Tickets! :)

8 Couples in Costumes

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Below is a photo of Dean Nakamura, Manager of Paddlewheeler Pub with the winner of the  Staff Hallowe’en Costume Contest

Prize was Vancouver Canucks Tickets AND being paid to go watch the Canucks!!  :) Dean Nakamura is a Great Manager! :)

9 Nightmare Bartender is the Winner

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Below are photos of the “Extra Special” Surprise part of the Ultimate Vancouver Canucks’ Fan Costume of Dean Nakamura, Manager of Paddlewheeler Pub !!  See the Pink Bow and the Ten Dollar Bill Tips tucked in for Good Luck? :)

Dean is the Ultimate Vancouver Canucks Fan – willing to go the extra mile on Hallowe’en! :)

5 Dean - Manager of Paddlewheeler Pub

6 Close Up of Dean's costume

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Below is a photo of April Smith of AHA MEDIA together with Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA and Rockafellas dressed in AC/DC Costumes for Hallowe’en at the Paddlewheeler Pub in New Westminster, B.C.

11 April Smith with Al Tkatch dressed up as Angus Young

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