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FIRST UNITED CELEBRATION for 7th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Wednesday Nov 3, 2010

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Community Celebration
FIRST UNITED CELEBRATION
Wednesday November 3, 6pm
First United Church, 320 E. Hastings

Join in this regular weekly Celebration of life: be part of creating a new kind of community in old town Vancouver with supper, music and an inspirational talk. Tonight’s celebration welcomes a special musical guest Rick Lavallie, longtime neighbourhood favourite and entertainer. Ricky plays a hand drum and looks forward to sharing some tunes. The First United Church has been a strong long-time community presence in the Downtown Eastside with outreach services that include advocacy in mental health, housing and meal programs, www.firstunited.ca. Everyone welcome. Free

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

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April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA were very happy to attend Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

May 12, 2010 3 comments

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA were very happy to attend Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This event was “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season”

Chef Rob Rainford robrainford.com

Merlin Griffiths www.bombaysapphire.com/ca/en/merlin_griffiths/

Bombay Sapphire BombaySapphire.com

“Ready, shake, grill! With the weather heating up and summer just around the corner, everyone is getting ready to fire up their BBQ and show off their grilling expertise to friends and family alike. This year, take your summer entertaining skills to the next level and skip the burgers and beer. Impress your guests with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin’s Inspired Cocktail and Cuisine pairings, featuring exclusive recipes from BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Rob Rainford, host of Canada’s favourite grilling show License to Grill

Inspired by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE botanicals, each dish is rich in worldy, exotic flavours, complimented by the easy mixability of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE dry gin. There is a pairing for every palate, so sip-in every second of summer and ensure your guests leave begging for an invite to your next BBQ.”

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In this video is April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA’s first walk through of Bombay Sapphire event with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver May 10, 2010

April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA enjoyed 360 degrees and panoramic views of Vancouver’s skyline and mountain and water views! Thanks to Lena Beyer of Cossette for serving us Sapphire Southside drinks!

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA has a second walk through of Bombay Sapphire event ( going downstairs ) with Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaks with Chef Rob Rainford in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA speak with Chef Rob Rainford in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill and Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire welcome everyone to “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season” event in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire shows a Sapphire Sapphire with Raul Pachecco in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Grilled Tri Tip Steak made with Bombay Sapphire Gin Part 1 in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith and Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Grilled Tri Tip Steak made with Bombay Sapphire Gin Part 2 in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire shows a Sapphire Sangaree made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill shows Sapphire Salsa Fresca made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford shows Sapphire Leg of Lamb made with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire makes a Sapphire Barcelona with Lorraine Murphy in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill makes Smoked Honey Dew Melon Soup with Bombay Sapphire Gin in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video , Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire makes Lavender Blueberry Sapphire Collins with Raul Pacheco and Lorraine Murphy in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Merlin Griffiths of Bombay Sapphire and Chef Rob Rainford of License to Grill give final thoughts on using Bombay Sapphire Gin with cuisine and cocktails in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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In this video, Chef Rob Rainford slices Sapphire Leg of Lamb at Bombay Sapphire event in Vancouver on May 10, 2010

This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Merlin Griffiths, Raul Pacheco and Chef Rob Rainford

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Below is a photo of Raul Pacheco, Lorraine Murphy and Peter Davies

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Below is a photo of Merlin Griffiths, Peter Davies and Chef Rob Rainford

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Below is a photo of Chef Rob Rainford with April Smith

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Please see all 50 photos from our “The Bombay Sapphire and Canada’s Guru of the Grill Chef Rob Rainford Spice-up the Summer Season” event on our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157623918942139/

AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to an exclusive screening of “It’s Complicated” at Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre in Vancouver

April 23, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very proud to be invited to an exclusive screening of “It’s Complicated” at Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre in Vancouver!!

“They snore, leave the toilet seat up and correct your Grammar. They know how you like your coffee, your favourite song and never forgot your anniversary. You love them. Why? It’s Complicated…

“It’s Complicated” – a hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010.

Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

Venue: Shangri-La Hotel – Blue Moon Theatre, 1128 West Georgia Street

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AHA MEDIA says that “It’s Complicated” is a fantastic and funny movie! Perfect for today’s social media world and social relationships! :)

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Below are photos of Peter Davies and Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA who viewed “It’s Complicated!” They enjoyed themselves very much!

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Inside Blue Moon Theatre

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Please click any of the following photos to enlarge

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AHA MEDIA thanks  Jennifer Barron and Reena Gacad of High Road Communications and Universal Studios Home Entertainment for this wonderful opportunity! :)

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to wish Michael Tippett a very Happy Birthday!! (MT40) at W2 in Vancouver

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to wish Michael Tippett a very Happy Birthday!! (MT40) Michael’s birthday party was held at W2 in Vancouver.

Michael has always been such a wonderful and supportive presence to AHA MEDIA!   AHA MEDIA is always very thankful to Michael and we all wish Michael many more happy years and a very long life! :)

Please see more of the amazing Michael Tippett at http://tinyurl.com/a4qdxj

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Below is Michael Tippett and Kate Armstrong for MT40 Party at W2

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Below are two photos of the lovely MT40 party for Michael!

Happy Birthday Michael! Happy MT40! May you get everything you wish for and much more! :)

AHA MEDIA films Sam Sullivan, former Mayor of Vancouver speaking about SALOME – Vancouver’s New Heroin Maintenance Trial at VANDU in Downtown Eastside

January 8, 2010 1 comment

Sam Sullivan speaks about SALOME -

Vancouver’s New Heroin Maintenance Trial at

VANDU in Downtown Eastside

Sam Sullivan with Photographer Kim Stallknecht

http://www.samsullivan.ca

http://www.globalcivic.org/

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The following text is from http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/s…

The Study to Assess Longer-term Opioid Medication Effectiveness (SALOME) will choose a Downtown Eastside location next month and begin taking applications from potential participants in February, according to a Tuesday press release from the Inner Change Foundation, which, along with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is funding the trial. With selection of participants supposed to last only three weeks, that means SALOME could be underway by March.

SALOME will enroll 322 hard-core heroin addicts—they must have been using at least five years and failed other treatments, including methadone maintenance—in a year-long, two-phase study. During the first phase, half will be given injectable heroin (diacetylmorphine) and half will be given injectable Dilaudid® (hydromorphone). In the second phase, half of the participants will be switched to oral versions of the drug they are using.

The comparison of heroin and Dilaudid® was inspired by unanticipated results from SALOME’s forerunner, NAOMI (the North American Opiate Medication Study), which began in Vancouver in 2005 and produced positive results in research reviews last year. In NAOMI, researchers found that participants could not differentiate between heroin and Dilaudid®. The comparison of success rate among injection and oral administration users was inspired by hopes of reducing rates of injection heroin use.

SALOME was also supposed to take place in Montreal, but Quebec provincial authorities effectively killed it there by refusing to fund it. SALOME researchers have announced that it will now proceed in Vancouver alone.

With an estimated 5,000 heroin addicts in the Downtown Eastside and a municipal government that has officially embraced the progressive four pillars approach–prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and law enforcement—to problematic drug use, Vancouver is most receptive to such ground-breaking research. It is also the home of Insite, North America’s only safe injection site.

The NAOMI and SALOME projects are the only heroin maintenance programs to take place in North America. Ongoing or pilot heroin maintenance programs are underway in Britain, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland.

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In the following 7 videos, Sam Sullivan, former Mayor of Vancouver talks about SALOME – Vancouver’s New Heroin Maintenance Trial and other things to Members of VANDU and Ann Livingston in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Videos by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera – Kodak Zi6. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

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Below is a photo of Sam Sullivan – Former Mayor of Vancouver, Richard Cunningham of VANDU, Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA, Robert Vincent – President of VANDU,  Hugh Lampkin – Vice President of VANDU

Revival of weekly Fearless City meetings, Wednesdays at W2 Culture + Media House

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Orientation Meeting: Wednesdays 1-3 PM W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings @Abbott

Fearless DTES residents are invited!

http://ow.ly/QM7n

W2’s Fearless City Mobile is recruiting DTES residents and artists for an exciting mobile video streaming showcase of ideas and views from our neighbourhood. VJs (video jockeys) will remix live videos created by participants and project a mashup on giant screens from the large window facade of the new W2 Cafe site inside the Woodward’s Atrium. W2 is slowly opening in stages in the heart of the Woodward’s project with the Cafe opening first.

Fearless City Mobile has a successful track record of empowering local residents with access to technology, and helped launch other projects in the neighbourhood like AHA Media. Funding for this February program is from CODE Live (Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition) and the City of Vancouver’s Bright Lights. For project background, check out these samples of previous test events: showing Fearless participants learning about mobile video and VJing are Vision Division; with mobile streaming from DTES locations and our shopping cart screen; mixing it up with VJs and DJs at Tech Forms; in Ottawa for BC Scene with VJs remixing streaming connections from seven galleries and layered social media together.

Orientation Meeting: Wednesdays 1-3 PM W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings @Abbott. Weekly Fearless City Mobile training and peer support sessions (lunch included) every Wednesday. We will be providing an honorarium for Fearless City Mobile Project participants and we especially encourage our original 2008 Fearless City crew to come and work and create again.

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is a featured storyline in ” With Glowing Hearts” – WGH the Movie

December 22, 2009 6 comments

This storyline is from the Documentary ‘With Glowing Hearts‘. It follows April Smith on her journey building AHA Media as the preeminent news source for Vancouver’s DTES using social media for social justice. Along the way April faces many challenges including homelessness

” April Smith is an incredible young woman facing a boat load of challenges.  She has graciously allowed us to follow her for the last 8 months and gather the footage we used to compile this story thread. Hers is a story full of both despair and inspiration. ”



A Social Media revolution has been brewing for the past five years on websites from FaceBook, to Wikipedia, to Flickr, and as it spreads throughout the Internet and into popular culture through an increasing number of portals, it is creating a new sense of community and empowerment amongst those who have embraced it.

History has shown that poor and marginalized communities stand to gain the most from leaps forward in the democratization of information, so the excitement in areas like Vancouver’s maligned Downtown Eastside about the possibilities of Web 2.0 and beyond is palpable.

With the Winter Olympics less than a year away, billions have been spent in preparations and many poverty advocates are concerned about how the city’s several thousand homeless and working poor will fit into the equation as Vancouver puts on its best face for the world.

Against this background the film examines Social Media in action as a group named Fearless City embarks on a campaign to empower and protect its neighbours with cellphones, video-streaming, and the World Wide Web.

With great thanks to Director Andrew Lavigne and Producer Jon Ornoy !

You may contact April Smith via Twitter or Facebook

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