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AHA MEDIA is very proud to present “With Glowing Hearts” – a documentary on social media and W2 Community Media Arts Centre in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Animal Mother Films invites you to join us for a drink and exclusive preview from the film at the official launch party for the website for our documentary project With Glowing Hearts. We continue to capture the pressures facing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as the city prepares to host the Winter Olympics next February, and how a remarkable group of individuals is using cutting edge social media technologies to empower their community.

WGH-is a story about a revolution, one of social change and a paradigm shift in media representation. Vancouver sets the stage, against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Games, for our documentary about a marginalized community embracing social media tools to empower, inspire and breakdown the digital divide.

This is a project that Andrew Lavigne is directing and is being produced by animalmotherfilms.com. Shot on various capture devices including the Red, the HVX 200, the 5D MkII and the Nokia N77 cellphone. We began shooting Feb/2009 and will continue through March/2010.

Director Andrew Lavigne and Producer Jon Ornoy are now 9 months into production, charting the inspiring story of the creation of the W2 Media Arts Center as part of the Woodward’s redevelopment and the vital steps towards breaking down the digital divide that will take place within its walls.

With the launch of wghthemovie.ca, our Facebook presence and the Games only a few months away, we’re excited to throw the doors wide open and let you have a look inside.

Peter Davies demonstrates Livestreaming at Bladerunners Creative Industries Launch at Theatre 319 on December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009 1 comment

Peter Davies as a member of W2 Bladerunners Youth Media Apprenticeship program demonstrates Livestreaming at Bladerunners Creative Industries Launch at Theatre 319 on December 1, 2009

The Bladerunners Creative Industries Launch  is from 10:30-11:30 at Theatre 319 on Main St.

W2 Bladerunners Youth Media Apprenticeship program and its participants will be introducing project outcomes for the upcoming year.

http://www.creativetechnology.org

April Smith will be interviewed on CBC Vancouver Radio The Early Edition by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing at 7:12 AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009 2 comments

April Smith will be interviewed  on the topics of BC’s Child Poverty Rate being the highest in Canada for the sixth year in a row as well and the stigma that still remains for people living in the DTES  who are trying to get out of poverty  and what supports are needed to help children in need on CBC Radio The Early Edition by Guest Host Ian Hanomansing at 7:12 AM  on Wednesday November 25, 2009

Listen Live

Listen to CBC Radio mp3 690 AM/ 88.1 FM Vancouver online

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Hanoman…

Taken from his Wikipedia article:

“Ian Hanomansing (or Hanoomansingh) (born 1961) is a television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He is the co-anchor of CBC News: Vancouver, CBUT’s supper hour newscast. From 2000 to 2007, he was the anchor of the national segment of the defunct newscast Canada Now. He has been a reporter with the CBC since 1986, and was one of the network’s main reporters for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is married, and has two sons.

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According to article by CBC

B.C.’s child poverty rate still Canada’s highest

Customers in need of extra food line up at the Surrey Food Bank.

Customers in need of extra food line up at the Surrey Food Bank. (CBC)

British Columbia’s child poverty rate has remained the highest in Canada for six years in a row and it’s time the provincial government took action, according to a child and youth advocacy group.

In its annual Child Poverty Report Card released Tuesday, the advocacy group First Call said B.C. had 156,000 poor children in 2007 — even though that was a good year for the provincial economy.

“When will the provincial government take action?” asked First Call chairwoman Julie Norton, who released the report on the 20th anniversary of an unanimous House of Commons vote to end child poverty in Canada by 2000.

‘We are seeing dramatic declines in child poverty in British Columbia,’—B.C. Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak

The proportion of children living in poverty in B.C. was 18.8 per cent, while the national child poverty rate was 15 per cent, according to Statistics Canada data cited in the report.

Please read rest of CBC’s article http://tinyurl.com/ycmalxq

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA films Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at UGM’s Maurice McElrea Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday Nov 20 2009

November 24, 2009 2 comments

 Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA films Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at Union Gospel Mission’s’s Maurice McElrea Place in Vancouver Downtown Eastside on Friday Nov 20 2009

What: Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown East Side, sponsored by the East Side Culture Crawl. Opening will be attended by many of the featured artists, Mayor Gregor Robertson, Photographer Kevin Clark, Artist Pamela Masik, and others.

When: Opening Friday, November 20th at 4:00pm; show runs Friday, Nov. 20th 4pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: Maurice McElrea Place, 361 Heatley Ave, Vancouver.

The following photo and video is of Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking at Uncovering Vision Art Show at Union Gospel Mission’s Maurice McElrea Place

This was filmed by Peter Davies 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 Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Please see 42 photos of the Uncovering Vision Event on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622870449682/

 

AHA MEDIA attended an exclusive meet-and-greet with Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden, to coincide with the launch of the LG Concierge Advantage

November 24, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA attended an exclusive meet-and-greet with Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden, to coincide with the launch of the LG Concierge Advantage, a new digital signage program specially design for the Canadian retailers at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver

“The LG Concierge Advantage combines not only LG’s cutting-edge display technology but customized solutions for leasing, servicing and financing—a true team effort. We’d love to give you a sneak peek at some of this technology and then get an autograph and have your picture taken with Trevor, who is on-hand to help celebrate the team approach that LG Concierge Advantage embodies. The BC Hospitality Expo trade show opens at noon on the day of this event so our meet-and-greet with Trevor will be the perfect lead-in to your 2009 Expo experience.”

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Both Peter Davies and April Smith of AHA MEDIA were absolutely honored to meet Trevor Linden!  “One of the highlights of their lives!”  Much appreciation and humble thanks to LG Canada and Trevor Linden!!

Date: Monday, November 23, 2009

Time: 11:15am-Noon

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, 300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

More details about the LG Concierge Advantage program can be found at

lgcommercial.ca/

The videos above were  filmed by Peter Davies and April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone + Panasonic DMC-Zs3.  AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of new media devices. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith Twitter.com/AprilFilms or Facebook.com/AprilFilms
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To see 65 photos of LG Concierge Avantage Show with Vancouver Canucks Legend Trevor Linden please see our Flickr

AHA MEDIA is very honored to attend an exclusive meet and greet with Vancouver Canucks Legend Trevor Linden with the launch of LG Concierge Advantage

November 23, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very excited to attend an exclusive meet and greet with Vancouver Canucks Legend Trevor Linden with the launch of LG Concierge Advantage!

Trevor Linden

Trevor Linden’s career as an NHL hockey player and humanitarian has been remarkable. Trevor frequently visits B.C.’s Children’s Hospital and is a supporter and spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Cancer Society Lottery of Hope, and Canuck Place, a hospice for terminally ill children. Linden has started a program for underprivileged children called Trevor’s Captain’s Crew, which brings children by limousine to a free hockey game complete with a luxury suite at GM Place. In 1997, he was awarded the King Clancy Trophy for his leadership role and off-ice humanitarian contributions, and the Gillette World Champion Award as the Canadian athlete who best exemplifies excellence in sports and compassion and humanitarianism off the ice.

http://www.protocol.gov.bc.ca/protocol/prgs/obc/2003/2003_TLinden.htm

Below is the invitation to LG Concierge Advantage:

LG Electronics would like to invite you to attend an exclusive meet-and-greet with Vancouver Canucks legend Trevor Linden, to coincide with the launch of the LG Concierge Advantage, a new digital signage program specially design for the Canadian retailers. Thought shooting some home-grown talent like Trevor could provide the site with some interesting content for your readers.

Just as a bit of background on the event itself…

The LG Concierge Advantage combines not only LG’s cutting-edge display technology but customized solutions for leasing, servicing and financing—a true team effort. We’d love to give you a sneak peek at some of this technology and then get an autograph and have your picture taken with Trevor, who is on-hand to help celebrate the team approach that LG Concierge Advantage embodies. The BC Hospitality Expo trade show opens at noon on the day of this event so our meet-and-greet with Trevor will be the perfect lead-in to your 2009 Expo experience.

Date: Monday, November 23, 2009

Time: 11:15am-Noon

Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, 300-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

More details about the LG Concierge Advantage program can be found at http://lgcommercial.ca/

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be invited to the LG Mobile Phone Roundtable & $5,000 Charity Challenge in Vancouver on Thursday November 26, 2009!

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA  is delighted to be invited by LG Canada to have a sneak peek at some of the newest LG phones! AHA MEDIA has always had a great interest in mobile technology and how it can help make lives better!

AHA MEDIA will be participating in the LG Mobile Phone Roundtable &  $5,000 Charity Challenge on Thursday November 26, 2009 and remembers back in April 2009, April Smith and Peter Davies competed in the LG Canadian Texting Championships and Media Charity Challenge! :) http://tinyurl.com/c8kngu

If AHA MEDIA wins the $5,000 Charity Challenge,  we will donate our  cheque to CACV  – Community Arts Council of Vancouver

http://www.cacv.ca

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver was the first arts council in North America.

Since its beginning in 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a contributor to shaping the cultural life of Vancouver. The Council has been a powerful force in creating and advocating for many of the institutions, traditions and policies in Vancouver that we benefit from today.

For more than 60 years, CACV has been contributing to the cultural and community development of Vancouver by creating art projects that engage the community and facilitating, supporting, and advocating for initiatives, facilities, and programs that increase community participation in the arts. Our interests are to increase understanding of how the arts create community, grow our appreciation of our cultural differences, and engage the community in the art of developing community.

In the next few years we will attract and engage community leaders and the people who have the ability to provide the resources and collaborate with them in determining the critical initiatives that will accelerate the cultural and community development of our city.

Our biggest priority and greatest opportunity is our Downtown Eastside community which is rich in history and cultures and the neighbourhood with the largest population of artists per capita in British Columbia.

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From LG ‘s letter to AHA MEDIA:

With lots of new gadgets coming out for the holidays, LG wanted to invite you to join your fellow media and bloggers at a reception designed to give you a first-hand look at the newest in innovation for mobile phones from LG. Come and try out the LG New Chocolate, which was recently announced at LG Fashion Week and the LG Eve, which made its Canadian debut this week.  In addition, there will also be a sneak peek of a yet-to-be released phone, launching later this month.

Below is a photo of LG New Chocolate

Below is a picture of LG Eve

Following the session, we’ll invite you to participate in a friendly competition with an opportunity to win $5,000 for a charity of your choice. If you want to participate, there will be a series of fun challenges that will require you to use each of the phone’s features. Don’t forget to have your Facebook and Twitter accounts set-up!

Complimentary food and beverages will be served throughout the evening, so come and join us for a drink!

Who: You (and a friend if you like!)
What: LG Mobile Phone Roundtable & Charity Challenge
Where: Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

1118 Mainland Street

Vancouver
When:  Thursday, November 26
th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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