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AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2014 in Vancouver

October 25, 2014 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help provide social media coverage of the 10th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver from Wednesday October 29 to Sunday November 9, 2013

See AHA MEDIA’s coverage of last year’s Heart of the City Festival 2013 in reverse chronological order.

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA proudly holding the Brand New Heart of the City Festival 2014 Festival Program guide

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Below is Garvin Snider and Clyde Wright of AHA MEDIA proudly holding the Brand New Heart of the City Festival 2014 Festival Program guide

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Below is Garvin Snider of AHA MEDIA thanking people for supporting the Heart of the City Festival 2014

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Welcome to the 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29 to SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2014

Over 90 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

Sean-Gunn3What an amazing decade it has been since the founding of the festival in 2004. With our 11th annual festival we are honoured to begin our second decade working with and for the Downtown Eastside.

To celebrate and launch this second decade, our 2014 festival theme is ‘Keeping the home fires burning.’  As we prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities of the coming decade, we are inspired by Downtown Eastside residents and artists who carry the flame of our community: they warm our hearts, shed light on pressing concerns, illuminate stories old and new, fire our imaginations, and keep the torch burning for future generations.

The upcoming 2014 Festival features a feast of twelve days of music, stories, songs, poetry, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, processions, spoken word, forums, workshops, discussions, gallery exhibits, mixed media, history walks and an array of artists.

A special festival highlight is the Theatre in the Raw production of The Raymur Mothers, an original musical from Bill Sample and former Vancouver Sun reporter  Bob Sarti directed by Jay Hamburger. Featuring thirteen original and rousing songs, The Raymur Mothers brings to life the inspiring story of single moms living down on Campbell Avenue at the Stamps Place (Raymur) Public Housing Project.  In 1971 they took action on the train tracks, fighting for a pedestrian overpass to get their children safely to Admiral Seymour Elementary School.

Other 2014 highlights include festival favorites and festival surprises: Carnegie Jazz Band, Barrio Flamenco, Sawagi Taiko, Dovbush Dancers, Keepers of the Flame: A Celebration of Poetry, and much more to be announced.

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Visit the Heart of the City Festival website

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com

On page 45 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

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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

 

 

Vikram Vij demos Chicken Curry at Eat Vancouver 2014

June 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Peter of AHA MEDIA says

Who is the best chef in Vancouver? I would like to propose that Vikram Vij of Vij’s, Rangoli, and his latest venture, a food truck called Railway Express, be included in that discussion. This past weekend at Eat Vancouver Festival, he firmly cemented his place among elite chefs as he wowed festival goers with his vast knowledge of Indian cooking and his ability to make everyone laugh. I got a chance to try one of his Indian curries (which he made right there) and it was delicious. He demonstrated some Indian dancing and kept everyone glued to their seats with his descriptions of the various spices from India. Trust me, he is an amazing person.

Eat Vancouver 2014

June 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Peter of AHA MEDIA says:

What defines Vancouver? In my opinion it is the people and the variety. When you put them together you get a wide variety of delicious food from many different backgrounds. Eat Vancouver is a festival that brings everyone together under one roof (BC Place stadium) to enjoy great food and the company of other foodies. From Curry to Smoked Salmon and just about every other food in between, the Festival had it all. I  came away with a full belly and a greater understanding of food. One word of advice, do not eat anything before coming otherwise you will wind up not trying everything.

AHA MEDIA celebrates New Year 2013 with pink champagne in Vancouver

January 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA celebrates New Year 2013 with popping pink champagne in Vancouver! :)

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter of AHA MEDIA says

Oh what a memorable weekend to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Vancouver!

Friday night December 14, 2012 we went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A movie I have been waiting for ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. We arrived 3 hrs early (we aren’t stupid, we knew what the lineups would be like) and settled 2nd in line with popcorn, nachos, and drinks inside special edition cups (mine had a mini Gandalf on top).

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We were delighted to make new friends Martin and Michael.

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2.5 hrs later after turning aside line budgers and whiny people, we get into the movie theater and see a totally blank screen, no commercials, no trailers. Hmm, that never happens. After 1/2 hr of waiting, the manager comes in and tells us that there were technical difficulties and that the movie would be cancelled for the night; we would be able to get refunds and  at the front desk. Cue riots, yelling, and the throwing of various food items at the manager.

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Saturday December 15, 2012 rolls around: we come back to see the movie once more (must see it or the world will end). We get in line (first in line this time) with more popcorn and nachos and get in easily.
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We met Ken, the General Manager who was very kind and considerate when listening to our thoughts about the night before with the technical difficulties.  We felt Ken  really cared what we had to say. We will always return back to Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver to watch movies in the future.
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Sharing the front of the line with us was a very nice Dr. Stan Karon and his sons who sat beside us and enjoyed the movie with us.
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In walking into the theatre we were very relieved to see lights. Yay, this time there are commercials  and trailers up on screen! 20 mins later the movie starts to cheers from the crowd, everyone is happy!
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WARNING!!!! SPOILERS!!!
The movie starts with Bilbo Baggins as an old man recounting his journey and writing it in a book for his nephew (really adopted son) Frodo Baggins who we see in the 3 Lord of the Rings films. Cut to 60 years previous where Bilbo is overwhelmed by an unexpected party in his small Bag End under the hill with a little green door. 13 Dwarves and a very tall Gandalf (played excellently by Ian McKellen) invade his house, tell him about a great dragon, and enlist his help as a burglar to kill the dragon Smaug. I will not tell you anything else about the movie except that there are plenty of fight scenes, lots of humor, plenty of orcs and wargs (their riding wolves), and some rather impressive elves headed by Cate Blanchett revising her role as Galadriel and Hugo Weaving as Elrond. Oh, not to forget, there is a crazy Brown wizard that rides a dog sled towed by bunnies.
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You must see this movie, it is epic! A fantastic movie to remember forever!!!
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Thanks to Martin, Michael, Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver  ,  Dr. Stan Karon and his sons and Cineplax Scotia Bank Theatre in Vancouver for making our Hobbit movie experience extraordinary!!
Below are all our photos from our Hobbit movie experience:
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Friday Dec 14th 2012, Peter of AHA MEDIA has been waiting almost 10 years to see The Hobbit!
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Hobbit in 3D!
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Peter and April in the lineup to purchase Hobbit tickets!
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Peter at the Cashier, paying for Hobbit tickets!
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Our Hobbit movie tickets on opening day!!!
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Peter with the Hobbit display
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Peter at Theatre 2 which plays The Hobbit!
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Peter is among the very first in line!
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One Hobbit Ticket!
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Two Hobbit Tickets!
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Peter with Gandalf drink cup and Popcorn!
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Nachos!!
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Line up is growing!
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More lineups!
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Lineups reaching all the way down the Hall!
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Peter is so happy and excited!
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Peter is getting ready to go into the theatre!
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With our new friends Martin and Michael
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A black screen due to technical difficulties!!!
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Peter and April are so disappointed over NO Hobbit movie playing!!!!
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Manager tells us about the technical difficulties with the Hobbit movie
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Manager speaks to a concerned patron
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Theatre almost empty
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Some Hobbit fans still waiting!
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Manager heading out courtesy refund tickets
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Manager reassuring customers
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Saying goodbye to the Christmas tree in the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
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Our courtesy tickets for the Hobbit movie
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Next day Saturday Dec 15, Peter and April are back to see Hobbit movie!
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Holding our new Hobbit movie tickets!
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Closeup of our Hobbit movie tickets!
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Peter is first in line!
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We’re first in line for Hobbit Movie! Thanks to Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver for taking our photo
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April of AHA MEDIA with Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
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Delicious Popcorn!
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Yummy Nachos!
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Snacking away!
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Peter trying on 3D glasses!
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Making new friends with Dr. Stan Karon and his sons.
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A closeup of our Hobbit movie ticket
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We’re finally going in to see the Hobbit movie!!
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Enjoying our seats with Dr. Stan Karon and waiting for the Hobbit movie to start!
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Hooray! We’re finally watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie
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A fully packed movie theatre for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
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Watch the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver again and again!!

25th Annual Pan Pacific Vancouver Christmas Wish Breakfast and Toy Drive

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

The Pan Pacific Xmas Wish Breakfast results are in! Over 5,000 Vancouverites attended & donated over 13 TONNES of toys & $26,000 in cash!

The results are in! This past Thursday nearly 5,000 generous Vancouver residents attended the Pan Pacific Vancouver Christmas Wish Breakfast and donated more than 13 TONNES of toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, along with $26,000 in cash! On behalf of everyone at the Hotel, we would like to thank those who participated in making this year’s event one to remember. We look forward to seeing you again next year :)

Einstein Wrap House Mediterranean Kitchen at Tinseltown Mall in Vancouver

October 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Peter Davies of AHA  MEDIA says:

So, what is the best Shawarma place in Vancouver?

Perhaps in the Westside, Granville st, or Gastown? Not at all.

The best Shawarma in town is a little known and fairly new place located in Tinseltown Mall called Einstein Wrap House!

This place is awesome!

None of the grease that is normally associated with places like this.

All the delicious dips are homemade. :)

We had the Chicken Shawarma Platter and the Lamb Donair Platter with a Samosa on the side.

The Platters were cheaply priced and the owner tossed in the Samosa for free!

The Samosa was moist, delicious, and a delight to our taste buds.

The chicken and lamb were perfectly done and had plenty of delicious garlic sauce, tzatziki, and hummus on top.

Overall a very great place that we frequent often :)

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