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OPENING THE TREASURE BOX for 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Saturday October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Panel
OPENING THE TREASURE BOX: A Panel of Historians
Saturday October 27, 4pm – 6pm
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

An exciting opportunity to meet and pose questions to a number of the historians who live, share and celebrate the storied and rich history of the Downtown Eastside. Our panel of history treasure hunters features: James Johnstone, house history researcher and heritage activist; John Atkin, author and civic historian; Lani Russwurm, writer and Vancouver history blogger; Larry Wong, enthusiastic historian and writer born in Chinatown; Kat Norris, Coast Salish activist and community leader; and Grace Eiko Thomson, freelance curator and respected Japanese Canadian elder. Houses, rumours, streets, labour strife, ancestors, and community successes are just some of the fascinating topics in the neighbourhood treasure box of DTES history. Free

This event was on Day 4 of  the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival. Please check the website for more events!

The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 

Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 4 November, 2012

Over 120 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

On page 13 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms  

AHA MEDIA Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA Media YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

AHA Media Flickr Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

 

AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Soul Gardens Long Table European Dinner with Lani Russwurm in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Time: August 1, 2011 at 7pm to August 5, 2011 at 9pm
Location: W2 Media Cafe
Street: 111 W hastings
City/Town: Vancouver
Event Type: dinner
Organized By: W2 Woodwards

Event Description

W2 Media Cafe, 7pm daily
Founding DTES communities shared gardens, ingredients and stories, now taste the recipes and flavours from Vancouver’s early settlers on the Unceded Territories of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqeam Nation. Guests chef Mark Smith (Toronto) works with artists Cease Wyss, Indigo, Anne Marie Slater, Wayde Compton and Lani Russwurm to craft nightly menus centred around a single heritage.

Tickets  $1–20 by donation/sliding scale.
European, Aug 1

Coast Salish, Aug 2
African, Aug 3
Chinese Aug 4
Japanese, Aug 5

Tickets available at: w2longtables.eventbrite.com/

W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment
W2 Woodwards

Soul Gardens Public Art Project

Event Details

Event Description

Soul Gardens is a W2 community public art project that investigates the cultural history of the Downtown Eastside as told through stories of food, gardening and community.

A collaboration between five muralists and five artist researchers, the project draw heavily on individual and shared narratives within founding DTES cultural groups including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, and African, Chinese, Japanese and European settlers.  In addition to a large public mural, Soul Gardens will create a dynamic online interface inviting individuals to share recipes, stories, photos and other information about how food has played a role in shaping their experience of Vancouver.

Muralists: Jordan Bent, Indigo, Scott Sueme, Melanie Shambach, Take5. Researchers: Wayde Compton, Lani Russwurm, Anne Marie Slater, Sid Tan and Cease Wyss. Project Coordinators: Irwin Oostindie, Lianne Payne.

Look here for further event updates on the project as they are announced, including long table dinners, recipe card collections, and public talks and workshops on cultural heritage and community history.

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada. Artwork design: Jordan Ben

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help support the W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project!

Below are photos from a recent meeting at W2 Media Cafe

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA unboxing a Nokia N8 for #N8Productions in Vancouver, Canada

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In the following photos and video, Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA unboxes a Nokia N8 smartphone for #N8Productions in Vancouver, Canada

Below is Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA looking at the Nokia N8

Below is Barb Goosehead with Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA looking at the Nokia N8 at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below is Christoph Runne and Bill Inglis looking at the Nokia N8

Below is the difference between Nokia N8 and Nokia N97 mini cameraphones

Below is a photo and video of Barb Goosehead watching a video on the Nokia N8

Below are photo of Lani Russwurm looking at the Nokia N8

Below is a photo and video of a video being filmed on the Nokia N8

Many thanks to WOM WORLD Nokia for the Nokia N8 and #N8Productions package :)  The members of AHA MEDIA and our friends in Vancouver are very proud to see and use the Nokia N8.

We are honored to be asked to compete in the #N8Productions worldwide!  We love using Nokia smartphones for all our mobile media making and livestreaming! :)

AHA MEDIA Livestreamed Human Rights and Media Matters forum at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver

December 10, 2010 1 comment
By Staff, December 9, 2010

A public forum called “Human Rights and Media Matters” is being held tonight (December 9) at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith is moderating the discussion, which is being cohosted by the Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council, and the W2 Community Media Arts Society.

The panel features B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby, Downtown Eastside activist Tami Starlight, antiracist activist Harsha Walia, and UBC history professor Henry Yu.

Here’s the live stream from April Smith of AHA Media.

Below is Sid Tan, organizer of “Human Rights and Media Matters” forum at W2 with Irwin Oostindie watching

Below is Tami Starlight, Henry Yu, Charlie Smith and David Eby

Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s Mac with Nokia N97 mini and Nokia N8 smart cameraphones

Below is Nokia N97 mini livestreaming

Below is filming with Nokia N8 and livestreaming Nokia N97 mini

Below is David Eby and Harsha Walia

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA filming with a Nokia N8

Below is Tami Starlight with Henry Yu

Below is Charlie Smith, Editor of Georgia Straight

Below is Sudha Krishna asking a question

Below is Miraj Khaled asking a question

Below is MLA Mable Elmore for Vancouver-Kensington

Below is Sean Gunn

Below is Lani Russwurm, Stephan and Miraj

See all “Human Rights and Media Matters ” livestream at  http://qik.com/ahamedia/videos

AHA MEDIA thanks Tom Hall of WomWorld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for Nokia N97 mini

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA thanks Tom Hall of WomWorld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for the Nokia N97 mini!  With their generous tech support, AHA MEDIA is grateful for the opportunity to be able to provide  mobile media event coverage throughout Heart of the City Festival happening Oct 27 – Nov 7, 2010

AHA MEDIA ‘s members are very proud users of Nokia Smartphone technology!

Below is a photo of a Nokia N97

Below is a photo of  a Nokia N97 with a Nokia N86

Below is Tom Hall helping to set up the Nokia N97 mini

Below is a Nokia N97 mini installing apps

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA is happy to see the Nokia N97 mini

Below is Tom Hall using his Nokia N97 to help set up the new Nokia N97 mini

A family of Nokia cellphones !! – Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia N86 and Nokia 3500cb

Getting Home screen tips for the Nokia N97 mini from Nokia Love website

April holding Nokia N97  mini and Program Guide of Heart of the City Festival with Tom Hall

Below is Tom Hall, Richard Czaban, Peter Davies and Lani Russwurm – Coordinator of the DTES CAN and Program Guide Contributor to Heart of the City Festival

AHA MEDIA humbly thanks Tom Hall of Womworld Nokia London and W2 Community Media Arts for making it possible for us to do more mobile media in Vancouver!

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

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of  video or for additional footage, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Please follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter , Facebook, Youtube and Qik
http://www.twitter.com/AHAMEDIA
http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.youtube.com/AHAFILM

http://www.qik.com/AHAMEDIA

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

January 30, 2010 1 comment

AHA MEDIA films at DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel for ArtWalk Vancouver 2010 in Vancouver

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN and April Smith of AHA MEDIA look through the new Art space to provide Downtown Eastside (DTES) artists a chance to participate in Artwalk Vancouver 2010. http://www.ArtWalkVancouver.ca/

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Below is a photo of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN at the NEW Art Space at 57 East Hastings in the LUX Hotel in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES)

DTES CAN (DTES Community Arts Network)

http://www.DTESCAN.wordpress.com

Founded in 2003, DTES Community Arts Network brings together artists, residents, community agencies, and arts organizations to cultivate a vibrant and viable arts scene in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Few neighbourhoods make as much noise as Vancouvers Downtown Eastside (DTES). Although much of the attention it attracts focuses on drug addiction, mental health, and poverty, it is also one of the most creatively-inclined areas of the city, as seen in its street art, numerous art galleries, scores of artists, demonstrations, and even the unruly culture animating its streets and alleyways. While other neighbourhoods struggle to define themselves in a rapidly changing city, the DTES boasts a community that knows who it is and isnt afraid to express it. DTES Community Arts Network strives to channel this creative power to make positive change in the neighbourhood by cultivating a viable and vibrant community arts sector.

DTES Community Arts Network emerged out of the 2003 celebrations commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie Centre and the historic role of the DTES as the Heart of the City. It is a network of individuals and community and professional arts organizations working through the arts to contribute to the economic, social, and cultural renewal of the DTES. As intense redevelopment transforms the area, DTES CAN aims to strengthen the DTES as a healthy, artistically vibrant, and culturally rich community where people with predominantly low incomes and from diverse lifestyles, abilities, and financial means feel at home.

DTES CAN is committed to providing opportunities for Downtown Eastside residents to experience the arts as aspiring and practicing artists, audience members, as a means of personal and collective expression, and to advocate on issues affecting the community. Using a cluster organizational model to bring artists and residents together, DTES CAN encourages participation, builds capacity, and supports, renews, and builds arts and related projects in the community to foster cultural redevelopment.
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In this photo and video is Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN speaking with David Duprey and Rachel of Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below are photos of the spacious 2,000 sq feet NEW Art Space for DTES CAN artists to have their art displayed during Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm, Coordinator of DTES CAN showing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space’s big Garage Door Access in the back

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Below is a photo and video of Lani Russwurm seeing the New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space from the back going towards the front of the space by the entrance door

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Below is a photo of Alvin Clayton of AHA MEDIA and one of his art pieces that will be in the displayed in New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010

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Below is a photo of  New DTES CAN ( DTES Community Arts Network ) Art space for Artwalk Vancouver 2010 from the back with the lights off. (Please notice the shadows in the window from the street level)

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