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Happy Birthday to Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy!!!

July 10, 2013 3 comments

We’re wishing our very dear friend and mentor Raincoaster – Lorraine Murphy a most happiest of birthdays!!!!!!!!!

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The Birthday Celebration will have lots of Cocktails and Fancy Drinks! Here is Lorraine sipping on a gorgeous cool one.

Raincoaster and AHA MEDIA

Lots of revelry and mingling with friends and loved ones!


Smiles and laughter for a very special birthday celebration!

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A very special birthday cake for Lorraine!!!!!!

Thank you for everything wonderful you do Lorraine!

We appreciate all your hard work especially when you have time to mentor us in all our social media  and TV productions!


Here’s to your wonderful birthday celebration!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you!!!!!!!!! :)


Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity on Feb 4, 2012

January 17, 2012 1 comment

AHA MEDIA is very proud to film at Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity!

Saturday February 4, 2012

ING DIRECT Cafe, 466 Howe Street

10 am – 4 pm (6 hour session with 1 hour lunch)

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Social Flow Workshop: How to Win with Social Media Without Losing Productivity

Special discount code YYJWC will save you 20% on the workshops @raincoaster and I are doing:

Who: Noted social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor

What: Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity

When: 10-4, February 04/2012

Where: ING Web Cafe, 466 Howe Street, Vancouver BC

How: Register here for the Social Flow workshop

It’s a social media struggle!

Wrestling with the idea that you can’t possibly become better at promoting yourself or your business through social media without it harming your productivity?

Well, wrestle no more.

Taking part in Social Flow: How to Win with Social Media without Losing Productivity is your ticket to championship gold in record time!

Social media trainer Lorraine Murphy and “productivityist” Mike Vardy (editor will guide you through the ins and outs of managing the social media profiles that keep you both active in your work and telling the public about your work all in one go.

Topics covered include:

  • How to Make Gmail Your Best Friend
  • What Task Manager is Right For You
  • Why Your Email Inbox is Not the Right Task Manager for anyone
  • Improving your Social Flow in Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and the new kid on the block, Google+
  • Why Planning your Social Media output is Integral to Your Social Flow
  • How to Avoid Falling Prey to the Perpetual Automation Machine
  • What Calendars are actually For
  • How to Increase Your Social Flow Using Hashtags, Twitter Lists…and more

This hands-on boot camp will not only get you on top of your social media profiles, but it will get you on top of what you need to do make sure they add attention to your business rather than subtract your attention from your business.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Mike Vardy
Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy is the writer, speaker, and “productivityist” behind and the productivity parody site Eventualism. Vardy’s candid satire has made him a desirable speaker on an often dry topic, delivering talks on the topic such as “Hacking Lifehacks” at TEDx Juan De Fuca. Currently a Managing Editor at Stepcase Lifehack, Vardy has contributed to many popular productivity websites and publications, including David Allen’s GTD Times and Productive Magazine. He lives with his wife, daughter and son in Victoria, BC, Canada.

AHA MEDIA is very proud to have Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy as their mentor and good friend!!

Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss
Lorraine Murphy by Jess Sloss

Here is where you can see raincoaster and raincoaster media other than, you know, the coffee shop, the pub, and the beer garden at the track. You’re welcome, stalkers!

Potted Bio:

Lorraine “raincoaster” Murphy is founder of raincoaster media, specializing in transformative social media training, as well as President Emeritus of Social Media Club of Vancouver, and has been a professional blogger and social media trainer since 2002. She specializes in teaching beginners and those with barriers to internet use, and in social media for social change. She was in charge of Web and Social Media training for the Fearless City project, and her students there included citizen journalist April Smith and poet Henry Doyle.

Her flagship blog,, has been studied as part of the New Media curriculum in three universities, and the comments thread on her Mummified Fairy post has been called “one of the most beautiful things on the internet.” She once got into a flamewar with the nation of Albania, and won. She conducts workshops in the transformative use of social media on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and blogs regularly to many different sites, including: 49 degrees latitude, 360 degrees attitude! The internet’s hometown paper The Celebrity Industrial Complex Transformative Social Media Training Vancouver’s Practicing Literati (practice makes perfect, right?) Mai Lak Uv Dignitty: Let Me Show U It Gently Making Fun of the Famous Eat! Drink! Be Merry! Simple. Fast. Secure.

Register to attend an upcoming Social Flow workshop

Twitter/Art + Social Media at Diane Farris Gallery Call for Artists via Raincoaster Media

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

The following post is from AHA MEDIA’s great friend and mentor – Raincoaster Media

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The gallery looks forward to hearing from artists who work independently from the commercial gallery system and who use social media for the inspiration, production or presentation of their artwork, including websites, blogging, instant messenger, rss feeds, social bookmarking, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, deviantART, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Skype and podcasts. Submissions may include such traditional art forms as painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and three-dimensional art as well as computer-based art, video and performance formats.

On the submission form, you will provide contact information, a short statement about your work and use of social media, and images of up to three artworks with captions. All contemporary artists who are able to deliver their work to the gallery are eligible to apply. You must be an independent artist and not represented by a gallery or any other agent that will prohibit your submission to this show.

Fill out the submission form online at the Diane Farris site. And remember to check your email and spam file for the verification email. It’s a two-part process to apply.

Some more deets:

Size of each work: No larger than 22 x 22 x 22 inches (total size of the piece, including frame when applicable)
Price: Equal or under $1,000 CDN


We are looking for 20 to 40 artists to be represented by 1-3 works each. Works will be chosen by a selection committee considering both the quality of the work and the statement.

Artist must be an active user of social media and be interested in the theme of the show. We will be generating forums and other online communications on the topic of “art and social media”.

AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend BOB’s Christmas Open House 2009 at Main and Pender in Vancouver

December 18, 2009 2 comments

AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend BOB’s Christmas Open House at Main and Pender in Vancouver.  Their new location was beautifully decorated and very spacious… located right at Main and Pender in Vancouver

Based in Vancouver B.C., Building Opportunities with Business (BOB) is a non-profit organization that is championing an inclusive revitalization process for the inner-city that values existing businesses and residents. BOB is a connector, a resource and a facilitator working to: strengthen the inner-city’s community capacity; identify and build on untapped business opportunities; improve employment opportunities and retention; and increase investment in Vancouver’s inner-city.


In this photo is Libby Davies – MP for Vancouver East


In this photo – Shirley Chan – CEO of BOB and husband Steve Hopkins


In this photo, AndrewMuskieMcKay – Industry Initiatives Coordinator for BOB


In this photo, Shirley Chan presents a certificate to London Drugs at Woodwards


In this photo, Shirley Chan presents to Nester’s Market at Woodwards


In this photo is Kerry Jang, Vancouver City Councillor and Lorraine Murphy aka Raincoaster


In this photo, AndrewMuskieMcKay,  Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA, Lorraine Murphy aka Raincoaster


In this photo, Irwin Oostindie – Executive Director of W2 Community Media Arts, David Lee, Toby Barrazoul and Peter Davies


In this photo, Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA at BOB’s Christmas Open House

To see all 15 photos of BOB’s Christmas Open House 2009, please see our Flickr


Co-Working Opportunities are available at BOB.
To further our mission we would like to make available to select partners, individuals, and businesses the main floor of 163 East Pender Street. We hope that this open shared work space can contribute to the revitalization of the inner-city by providing a space for creative professionals to flourish, for ideas to percolate, to cross pollinate, for businesses to grow, a place where stuff gets done.

What we’re offering is a work surface, be it a desk, a chair, a table, a couch, or the bay window, wherever you’re most comfortable.

Of course we’ll offer wi-fi and other niceties such as an electronic white board and a projector to facilitate discussion and creative thinking. There’s a fridge for your food, a microwave, filtered water cooler, and secure storage for your bike.

The price is a flat $200 per month and includes keyless access.

We’re looking for creative professionals, progressive thinkers, the socially responsible and ecologically conscious who want to be surrounded by others of like mind.

Folks who want more than a cubicle and a 9 to 5 and dream of bigger things and a better Vancouver to call home.

If this sounds like you, contact Andrew “Muskie” McKay 778-328-7672 or write

April Smith of AHA MEDIA was very pleased to attend a meeting at The Shebeen Club in Gastown, Vancouver

October 27, 2009 2 comments

April Smith was pleased to attend a meeting at The Shebeen Club 7pm, Monday, October 26th  (. ) and reconnect with Lorraine Murphy of and Chris Mathieson of :)


Below is a photo of Lorraine Murphy, Robert Shaer, Chris Mathieson, Salim Jiwa and Dennis E. Bolen.

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April Smith was honored to meet:

Featured speaker is Salim Jiwa, former investigative reporter for the Province, and founder of, a new hard-news site. He was the basis for the lead in the CBC series Jinnah on Crime, and he’ll be sharing his tales about being an intimate part of many of the major crime cases of our time and our city.

Salim Jiwa – Editor & Publisher of Vancouverite – High Speed Global News


In the next two  videos, Salim Jiwa, Editor and Publisher of speaks at the Shebeen Club in Gastown, Vancouver

These videos were  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


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