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Hendrik Beune and April Smith of AHA MEDIA were honoured to be Hosts of W2TV Show on Jan 20, 2013

January 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Lianne Payne says:
Under the expert direction of Deborah Angrave and Sid Tan and supported by Don Walchuk, hosts April Smith and Hendrik Beune prep with Irwin Oostindie for the W2TV taping
43 AHA MEDIA at W2TV Show taping Jan 20 2013 at Shaw Studios
Photo by Lianne Payne
44 AHA MEDIA at W2TV Show taping Jan 20 2013 at Shaw Studios
Photo by Lianne Payne
The show is about popular cultural spaces that are under threat in Vancouver.
It airs on Shaw cable 4 for viewing around the Lower Mainland, this Sunday 27 January, with repeat broadcasts until Saturday 2 February

Premiere of W2TV with interview of AHA MEDIA and Premiere of “Paper Sons and Daughters” Documentary

June 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Vancouver BC – Auspicious circumstance heralds the premiere of W2TV, produced by W2 Community Media Arts (W2) and ACCESS-TV*.

Opening the W2 TV show are hosts Irwin Oostindie and Sid Tan, with interviews with Karen McAthy, chef at W2 MediaCafé, and April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA Media, specialists in social media production.

In rotation for two weeks beginning 10pm on Sunday June 10, W2TV broadcasts on Shaw cable 4 in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley and repeats Monday midnight (00am Tuesday), Thursday late night (2am Friday) and 2pm on Saturday.

W2’s mandate is to break the digital divide through access to technology and training while promoting full inclusion, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and advancing issues of redress. W2TV is initiated to engage local media arts practitioners in community television, new media production and storytelling.

The inaugural W2 TV show features the television broadcast premiere of “Paper Sons and Daughters” to mark the 62nd anniversary of the June 9, 1960 announcement which granted amnesty for paper sons and daughters if they confessed to the government.

“Paper Sons and Daughters” is produced and directed by Deborah Angrave with Sid Tan as executive producer. The twenty minute bare bones documentary is compelling storytelling of Chinese immigration and personal family histories.

*Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, an associate member of W2 since 2008, is a chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) which has 27 chapters across Canada. As ACCESS-TV, it produces regularly scheduled community television broadcasts of local, national and international human rights, social justice and environmental concerns for public interest.

W2 and AHA MEDIA at 6th Annual Fair in the Square 2012 in Victory Square, Vancouver

May 30, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 , Fearless City Mobile and  AHA MEDIA had an amazing time meeting friends, old and new during the Fair in the Square by Central City Foundation.

W2 drew a lot of attention from interested people who came out to enjoy the day  We were able to share a great deal of information about what W2 is all about including upcoming events and summer camps!

It was a beautiful day to be outside and meet other community minded people and organizations who support our neighbourhoods in a positive way.

W2 is all about community and it was wonderful for W2 to be a part of the Fair in the Square!

VCC supplied the amazing BBQ and Cupcakes which everyone enjoyed. Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association gave out discount passports encouraging folks to explore the neighbourhood!

Highlight of the day was a special performance by Juno Award Winner Moka Only!

The audience was thrilled to see such an excellent high energy music talent play in Victory Square!

Lianne Payne dances with the W2 Sign during Moka Only’s concert

Hendrik Beune and April Smith of W2 and AHA MEDIA with the “Most Fabulous Moka Only!!

W2 and AHA MEDIA are pleased to be at the 6th Annual Fair in the Square 2012 at Victory Square Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Fair in the Square: Celebrating together in the Inner City

Sunday, May 27th, 11 am – 2 pm

W2 and AHA MEDIA are pleased to be at the 6th Annual Fair in the Square!

Alongside dozens of social enterprises, artists, and community organisations, terrific local bands and musical artists will donate their talents to entertain from the Victory Park stage while a delicious BBQ including cupcakes, beverages and more are served up by the dedicated faculty, staff and students from Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program.

Fair-goers are encouraged to wander the park and visit the tables set-up by a diverse range of social enterprises and neighbourhood non-profit community organizations providing an opportunity to chat and reach out to a network of neighbours, connect with services available, and admire talent coming from the inner city.
All of this is possible with the support of literally hundreds of volunteers who prepare, staff and strike the Fair site in addition to the donation of food, drinks and other goodies from generous corporate partners.

2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour: Vancouver, BC at W2 Media Cafe

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment



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All the way from Brooklyn, New York, the Sketchbook Project is set to arrive in Vancouver this week for two days of epic sketchbook inspiration!

Irwin Oostindie of W2 with Steven Petermen – Cofounder of The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artists’ books by thousands of people from around the world. It is an immense collection of books and art that express limitless styl…es, influences and ideas.

The Project will be in Vancouver for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, before traveling on to Los Angeles. This collection will travel to 14 cities on 4 continents.

W2 Media Cafe is proud to host the only Pacific Northwest stop on the tour! We’re also pleased to share this collection with the artist community of Metro Vancouver. Centrally located, near many transportation systems, it is easy to reach the Woodward’s site by bus, train, skytrain, seabus, bicycle and car.

W2 Media Cafe
111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC

The Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe. Consider submitting your work for the 2013 tour!

AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Event in Vancouver DTES

March 25, 2012 1 comment


Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.


Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space


Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2’s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!


Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2’s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2’s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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Opening of W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Wed Sept 21, 2011

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Sid Tan of W2TV writes:

September 21, 2011 is a memorable day. A diverse gathering celebrated the official opening of W2 Media Cafe and the Concrete Park music and break dance sessions.

Many thanks for entertainment to The Hastings Set who provided the music and the Hip Hop and B-Boys breakdancers. Also many thanks to the W2 volunteers, board and staff.

Mayor Gregor Robertson cut the ribbon. Also in attendance were  Councillors Ellen Woodsworth, Heather Deal and Andrea Reimer, developer Ian Gillespie and architect Gregory Henriqez. First Nation welcome by ethnobotanist/media artist Cease Wyss while Magnus Thyvold represented the W2 board while Irwin Oostindie was MC.

Below is a video by Sid Tan

Below are videos and photos from AHA MEDIA


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