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A Walking Tour of Japantown by Geoff Meggs and Lorene Oikawa – Saturday November 7, 10:30am–12pm

November 7, 2009 Leave a comment

 

History Walk   JAPANESE-CANADIANS AND THE LABOUR MOVEMENT

JLS in DTES

 

A Walking Tour of Japantown by Geoff Meggs and Lorene Oikawa

Saturday November 7, 10:30am–12pm

Meet at Vancouver Japanese Language School, 487 Alexander


The Powell Street district around Oppenheimer Park is drenched in the history of the labour movement and the Japanese-Canadian community. Geoff Meggs, Vancouver City Councillor, brings a journalist’s view and curiosity to the walk, while Lorene Oikawa, Vice President of BCGEU, shares her enthusiasm for the stories of the labour movement and Japanese-Canadian history. This walk explores the diminishing reminders of this historic district and the people that brought these streets to life. $10 for non-residents, pay what you can for local residents

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/november-7/

Role of the Arts in the DTES – Thursday November 5, 2009 5pm-7:30pm at W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings in Vancouver

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

At W2 112

Dialogue


ROLE OF THE ARTS IN THE DTES


Thursday November 5, 5pm-7:30pm


W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings (note: change of venue)


With new asphalt, renovated heritage buildings, and hundreds of new condo units, the Downtown Eastside is changing. In other ways, it stays the same. W2 Community Media Arts,  The DTES Community Arts Network and Heart of the City Festival invite you to participate in a conversation on the role of the arts in the neighbourhood. What does development mean for existing artists? Are artists the unwitting “shock troops of gentrification,” or are the arts an integral component of the community?

With guests David Duprey, business man and entrepreneur; Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director – W2 Community Media Arts Society; Wendy Pedersen, community advocate for low-income housing; and Anne Marie Slater, independent photographer and media artist; moderator Ethel Whitty, Director—Carnegie Community Centre.

Reception at 5pm, Dialogue begins at 5:30pm. Free

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/november-5/

AHA MEDIA is proud to present ” It takes a community to raise a garden” by the Green Inner-city Cluster of Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

October 27, 2009 1 comment

On October 31st at 10:00 AM, volunteers are gathering at 700 East Hastings and Hawks Avenue in Strathcona to create the raised bed garden boxes necessary to convert five empty asphalt covered lots into an urban garden that will provide food, employment, and training opportunities for inner-city residents.

If you are interested in contributing to the greening of Vancouver’s inner-city we need volunteers and tools and materials, contact Seann Dory of United We Can for the latest list of what we need. Part of this project involves a mural which will include permanent recognition of the groups that made SOLEfood a reality.

700 East Hastings

This garden raising represents the culmination of months of work by a dedicated subset of the Green Inner-city Cluster. The property belongs to the owner of the Astoria Hotel who is letting us convert it to a garden in exchange for paying the taxes for the next couple years. We need to begin the conversion this month in order to be eligible for lower taxes.

Artist Rendering Artist Rendering

Save Our Living Environment is a sister organization to United We Can which was selected to be the lead organization for our first grant application. From there we got the name SOLEfood for our first urban agriculture project. Today’s coverage in the Metro and on Projects In Place’s blog neglected to mention the financial and organizational support of a number of key partners:

Come out and help us make Vancouver the Greenest City in the World, starting with Hawks and Hastings.

 With thanks to Andrew “Muskie” McKay
Industry Initiatives Coordinator
Building Opportunities with Business (BOB)

http://greeningtheinnercity.ca/2009/10/26/it-takes-a-community-to-raise-a-garden/

Mobile Media Strategies by Irwin Oostindie and April Smith at Fresh Media event at W2 Perel Gallery

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

W2 Community Media Arts  is hosting Fresh Media festival http://www.freshmedia.me ,  happening right  now at W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings by Abbott in Vancouver

Fresh Media Time Table

 

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Irwin Oostindie and April Smith spoke on Mobile Media Strategies –  and gave a live demonstration on Qik software livestreaming using WIFI on a Nokia N95 cellphone

Mobile Media Workshop

Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie speaking on different applications with mobile media. Jon Ornoy and Riel of Animal Mother Films together with Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA listen

Jon, Riel, Peter, Irwin

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Below is a photo of April Smith after being livestreamed to play onto Qik’s website on a Mac Book Pro from an Nokia N95

April on Screen

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Below is a photo of April Smith discussing Livestream Video links being embeded into websites with Yuliya Talmazan

April wth Yuliya

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Below is a photo of Anne Marie Slater – Artist/Photographer and Curator of a Children’s Photo/Video Walk exhibit using Cellphone Cameras,

April Smith of W2,

and Gillian Shaw – Digital Life Journalist for the Vancouver Sun Newspaper

Anne Marie, April, Gillian

April Smith is proud to speak on Mobile Media Strategies with Irwin Oostindie at Fresh Media on Saturday Oct 24, 2009

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

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FRESH MEDIA Workshop

Saturday 1:50-2:40 Oct 24th

Mobile Media Strategies

A discussion and hands-on learning about mobile media projects and how
people use mobile technology for journalism, self-expression, and human rights documentation.

Hands-on demos and discussions will show you how to stream mobile video using a variety of free apps like Vimeo, Qik, Livecast and more. Learn about W2’s Fearless City Mobile project and its plans for 2010.

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Mobile Media Strategies 1:50 – 2:40pm Saturday Oct 24th, 2009

Irwin Oostindie and April Smith work with Fearless City Mobile in the DTES.

April at Table

W2 Community Media Arts Society
> Perel Building, 112 W Hastings, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G8

Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA comments on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper playing the Beatles

October 6, 2009 Leave a comment

In this video, Al Tkatch of AHA MEDIA comments on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper playing the Beatles

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

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30 at ArtSpeak in Gastown, Vancouver

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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http://www.artspeak.ca/exhibitions/event_detail.html?event_id=234

Althea Thauberger

September 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities.

The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework.

Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations.

Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development.

The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Exhibitions and Events

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30

Althea ThaubergerSeptember 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities. The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework. Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations. Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development. The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Related Links

Carrall Street [Publication]
Althea Thauberger [Artist]

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