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PANIC STARR for 11th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 2014 in Vancouver on Nov 6 2014

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Music & Media
Thursday November 6, 8pm – 11pm
Fortune Sound Club, 147 E. Pender
Tickets at the door $15

Enjoy a night of great music and inspiring images from Indigenous artists as Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) pulls the community together for a fall party! On stage: provocateur, rapper and singer Kinnie Starr and Bohemian-Métis pop artist Janet Panic. Live Stock Room: self taught electronic bass music DJ Kookum and guests. On screen: Haida Raid series Just Say No, inspiring stop-motion from Indigenous filmmakers confronting oil culture. Produced by VIMAF and Salish Coast LIVE. Presented by W2Media, Co-op Radio, Late Night with Savages, Think NDN, with the DTES Heart of the City Festival.

No guest lists; everyone’s a VIP tonight. Ticket includes appetizers, photo booth and door prizes! Advance tickets $12.50 –; at the door $15.


This event was on  Day 9 of  the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival.

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


Visit the Heart of the City Festival website

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

AHA MEDIA for Heart of the City Festival 2014

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

AHA Media YouTube Channel

AHA Media Flickr Photos




W2 Lights NYE 2013 by Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival at Korean Community Centre in Vancouver

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Bring in 2013 with #W2Belongs2Me friends at one of Vancouver’s best annual NYE celebrations. Some of the west coast’s most innovative live electronic artists, media arts, and progressive community vibe. We are celebrating an inclusive, creative, cross-cultural Vancouver! We will be together this New Year’s Eve – together because we cherish our friends and honour the community that nurtures and rewards us.

Spread the word — W2 LIGHTS NYE 2013
Invite your Facebook friends!

W2 Lights NYE is a grassroots institution, selling out in advance each year. We’ve scaled it intimate with a spectacular celebration of lights, music + friends. 2013 programming themes present female chanteuses, digital Indigenous, cumbia, and future bass music. A diverse mix showcasing what a unified Vancouver community is all about.

Proceeds from tonight’s event help our innovative and inclusive community grow strong. Thank you for dancing with your feet — or acting with intentions.


W2 Lights NYE is a production of InDigital and VIMAF. We’re located in tha hood! EARLY Show starts 9:00pm—LATE


Grenier (DJG)
Kinnie Starr
Lido Pimienta
Skookum Soundsystem
Self Evident
Taal Mala
Tank Gyal
Take 5
Fritz the Cat
Sebnem Ozpeta

Korean Community Centre
1320 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V5L-1S3


TICKETS: EARLYBIRD $29 SOLD OUT, ADVANCE $39 ON SALE NOW, REGULAR $49, DAY OF EVENT $59. Thank you for helping W2Belongs2Me and VIMAF with this important community fundraising event!
We require online ticket purchasers to present picture ID and credit card when they enter the event.

Highlife Records, Commercial Dr Vancouver, BC
Red Cat Records 4332 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5V 3R1 (604) 708-9422
Zulu Records, West 4th, Vancouver
Beatstreet 439 Hastings Street West Vancouver, BC V6B 1L4 (604) 683-3344

Thanks for the support of Vancouver is Awesome in helping us reach the people and keep the W2 community together.

Tickets available for low-income DTES neighbours, please contact us!


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Opening night at Second Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) November 8-11 at W2

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

A thrilling magical evening on Opening Night at W2 for the Second Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) November 8-11, 2012

Second Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) November 8-11 at W2

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

COAST SALISH TERRITORIES (Vancouver) – The Second Annual Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF) will be showcasing the best of cutting-edge Indigitized artists and their works November 8-11 at a handful of venues on Coast Salish Territories.

VIMAF brings together special guests from across Turtle Island, including Alanis Obomsawin, who will be presented with VIMAF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be joined by directors and producers from Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and BC.  Their works will be shown at the West Coast’s only Native media arts festival, including a variety of mediums such as short films, music videos, documentaries, video art, animation, feature length films, interactive media, video projection, and broadcasting.

Programming at the weekend festival will celebrate a number of trailblazing artists from around Turtle Island with Gala and Conference events, interactive installations, National Film Board (NFB) feature film premieres, and evening musical programs, all meshing traditional and contemporary experiences of Indigenous Peoples.  A number of prominent featured installations and films will be making their west coast debut at VIMAF, including NFB/imagineNATIVE partnership De Nort, an online interactive journey and onsite installation from the Winnipeg/Montreal ITWĒ Collective exploring life and experiences on a northern Manitoba reserve and how through forced reservation traditional memories and knowledge are being replaced.

“Presenting web-based work alongside radio, television,and cinema really show the multi-platform storytelling strategies being used to tell our stories,” said Ronnie Harris, member, VIMAF Coordinating Committee. “Using digital tools is a popular strategies for Indigenous storytellers on the West Coast.”

NFB Film premieres include Director Alanis Obomsawin’s The People of the Kattawapiskak River, returning Residential School lens We Were Children, West Coast Smokin’Fish, Every Emotion Costs, and others. VIMAF and W2 Community Media Arts Society resident media artist, Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose), will also be projecting, Wuulhu – To Fuse Together, a series of digital installations throughout Festival home venue, W2, for the weekend. Musical offerings fuse traditional sounds with cutting edge electronic-influenced sets provided by the East Coasts’ A Tribe Called Red, and locals Skookum Sound System, as well as DJ’s Annashay, Vancouver DMC Finalist DJ Krisp, and others.

The 2012 Festival will be headquartered at W2, with other events taking place at SFU Woodward’s Cinema, National Film Board – Pacific Region, and Fortune Sound Club. “Anchoring the Festival in Vancouver’s original settlement is fitting,” says Harris, “we are using the Woodward’s media hub which is made up of W2, SFU and the NFB, to bring a focal  point for understanding what is Indigenous culture today in the centre of the city.”  
VIMAF is a media arts organization and non-profit society founded in 2011 to re-affirm the presence of Indigenous film and media artists and productions in Coast Salish Territory. VIMAF holds space for Indigenous media artists to show their works in an environment that fosters cultural discourse, critical awareness and interactivity through the independent production, stimulation, examination and illumination of Indigenous socio-political histories and current realities.
VIMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of W2 Community Media Arts Society, First People’s Cultural Council, Hastings Crossing BIA, National Film Board – Interactive Studio, and a dozen Indigenous organizations.

For more information and the full schedule of events visit

Media Contacts: Ronnie Harris (Sto:lo), Member, VIMAF Coordinating Committee /

Eugene Boulanger (Sombah K’e, Denendeh), VIMAF Coordinating Committee /

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose),  VIMAF Media Artist-in-Residence /

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