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CRAB PARK & THE NEST PROJECT Walking Tour with Greg Ferguson & Don Larson for 7th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Thursday Nov 4, 2010

November 4, 2010 1 comment

Walking Tour
CRAB PARK & THE NEST PROJECT
with Greg Ferguson & Don Larson
Thursday November 4, 4:30pm-6pm

Meet at Wendy Poole Park, NW corner of Main & Alexander
Environmental artist Sharon Kallis spent the summer in workshops with community members to create woven sculptures for the marsh pond located in CRAB Park. They wove perches and protection for park birds and helped to make the area more livable for birds in the DTES, www.crabparknest.wordpress.com. As they worked they learned about the history and stories of the favourite waterfront from Don Larson, activist and founder of CRAB Water for Life Society. Led by Don’s persistence in the mid-80s, determined residents set up a tent-city for almost three months to fight for the right to build a park in the DTES. Their persistence eventually paid off and we celebrate the results of their activism in this natural jewel of a park. Don and Greg Ferguson, biologist, will lead a walking tour of the park history, ecology, and various memorials and art works. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 7th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver from Pre festival events starting Wed Oct 20, 2010 through to the Main Festival during Wed Oct 27 – Sun Nov 7, 2010

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Georgina Papin’s Vigil at Crab Park in Vancouver

September 22, 2010 2 comments

Friends and family members of Georgina Faith Papin gathered to honor her memory at Crab Park on Tuesday Sept 21, 2010

Georgina Faith Papin

March 11, 1964 – March 21, 1999

Internment on September 25, 2010 at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

To be buried next to her mother Maggie Alice Papin

Georgina was a woman who cherished her Native identity. Having two given names of “Little Feather and “Red Road Woman”, she arranged the naming ceremony for her oldest daughter, Kristina, in the summer of 1998. She was also a pow wow dancer. Her strongest passion was saved for her 7 children, which she was very active in their lives. She was an advocate, working with both elders and inmates.  Georgina was president of the Native Sisterhood at BCCW. Georgina was important to any community she was part of, leaving a legacy of honest sincerity.  Giving, supporting, kindness made up her personality, where friendship was important, and keeping a strong sense of integrity.

Vigil Agenda

September 21, 2010, Crab Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Opening Prayer:  Audrey Rivers – Squamish Nation

Dorothy Visser – Saddlelake First Nation

Opening Drum/Song:  Buffalo Spirit Drummers Group

C.J. Julien with Old Hands

Speakers:  Cynthia Cardinal

Alana Papin

Bonnie Fowler

Kristina Bateman Papin

Maggie De Vries  – Sister to Sarah De Vries

Sandra Ganon – Sister to Janet Gail Henry

Troy Boen ( son of Yvonne Boen – “The Denied 20″

Mabel Todd – Elder for Walk4Justice

Open Mic:   Honour the memory of Georgina Faith Papin

Closing Prayer: To Be Announced

Acknowledgement:  Amnesty International – Don Wright, Gloria Larocque, Battered Women’s Support Services, Marlene George, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Below is a photo and video of Christina Cardinal (sister of Georgina Papin) speaking

Kristina Bateman Papin – oldest daughter of Georgina Papin

Old Hands

AHA MEDIA is pleased to meet Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 25, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to hear from Peter Conway who speaks about his friend Tara McAteer and Truckstop Dining Society who helps feed Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES).

http://truckstopdining.org/

Today, Saturday July 25th at Crab Park, there is  Free BBQ and Live Music from 12 Noon to 7 PM

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.

Free Bbq in Crab Park 500

 

For the last three years, Tara McAteer has worked part-time in the film industry in the Craft Service department. Her job is to provide a constant selection of beverages, pastries, healthy snacks and light meals to a crew of 100 non-stop for a 14 hour work day. She works out of a one tonne truck loaded with a full facility kitchen that is parked on set.

 Our small, grassroots organization, Truckstop Dining Society, is the byproduct of having access to a film food service truck and looking for ways in which to use it to benefit people who need food. In 2007, Tara decided to do something different for Christmas. On Christmas Eve she placed an ad for help on Craigslist and started preparing food. The next morning she drove the film industry food service truck to the Downtown Eastside, joined by two strangers who answered her ad, and fed hot turkey sandwiches to nearly 200 people.

 Despite services already available, there is still a need for wholesome, easily-accessible meals not just at Christmas, but year round. This year, we took the film industry food service truck to Oppenheimer Park and with the help of executive chefs and local dignitaries served Easter dinner to over 1,100 people.

 Although there are hundreds of hungry people who appreciate a hot meal, we believe there is a greater need in our city-the need for unity and more inclusive community. We feel that sharing food is an important step to breaking social barriers, creating community and de-mystifying this area of our city. We hope through providing meals to those who are hungry and those who want to learn more, together, we can look more closely at the issues of the DTES.

Stephen Hill and April Smith were doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying for Fearless City Mobile and W2 at Crab Park on Canada Day

July 6, 2009 2 comments

Stephen Hill and April Smith were doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying for

Fearless City Mobile http://www.fearlesscity.ca/mobile

W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

Kite flying with aerial video camera on Canada Day in Crab Park 11

Kite flying with aerial video camera on Canada Day in Crab Park 37

Stephen Hill’s first test of Nokia N95 in kite holder during Canada Day Celebrations at Crab Park to begin to experiment with aerial videography through Kite Flying

In this video, April Smith films Stephen Hill doing a test flight with the Nokia N95 in the Kite holder to see if the Kite can bear the weight of the cameraphone ( The Nokia N95 was NOT recording during this time)

April Smith films a second cam documentation of Nokia N95 recording and doing experimental aerial videography with a Kite during Canada Day Celebrations at Crab Park

This video is a second cam documentation by April Smith with another camera of the Kite holding the Nokia N95 as it RECORDS during the short flights off the ground


Stephen Hill puts the Nokia N95 into Kite holder to RECORD while doing experimental aerial videography through kite flying at Crab Park on Canada Day in Vancouver

April Smith’s Nokia N95 while RECORDING, gets placed into the kite holder by Stephen Hill at Crab Park during Canada Day Celebration.

One can see the unique perspectives of the Nokia N95’s recording during the short flights with the Kite off the ground at Crab Park!!!

This is a very wonderful way to experiment creative and technological ways of filmmaking :)

April Smith of AHA MEDIA films “Maria in the Shower” do their rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” at Crab Park in Vancouver on Canada Day

July 6, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA films the band  “Maria in the Shower” perform the hypnotic and very recognizable sounds of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” at Crab Park in Vancouver on Canada Day!

In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA films Jack Garton  and the rest of the band  “Maria in the Shower” perform a lively, crowd pleasing rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” at Crab Park in Vancouver complete with Jack doing the moon walk as they performed an amazing set on Canada Day!

In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaks with Jack Garton and Martin Reisle of  “Maria in the Shower” at Crab Park in Vancouver after they performed an amazing set on Canada Day

Maria in the Shower band

John signing

http://www.mariaintheshower.com

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