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Rolling the DICE: Protecting Vancity Cultural Spaces and #W2Belongs2Me Legal Fund on Thursday Jan 17, Waldorf Tiki Bar in Vancouver

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

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Culture spaces in Vancouver are under attack. Let’s get together to shake down some ideas, build bridges to unite the arts community in the face of a passive City and aggressive developers / gentrification, and shake it on the dance floor with

Dunks (http://thefunkhunters.com/), Willisist + Eradik (http://Shahdjs.com/), and DJ Don Chow!

Door proceeds support the #W2Belongs2Me Legal Fund! Support a community-run project that needs our love right now as they push back a City eviction notice. With the closure of the Waldorf as we know it, come out and show some love for Vancouver’s independent culture spaces.

ENTRY: Roll 2 Dice for cover – roll a 12, get in free!

SCHEDULE:
-8pm VANCITY CULTURAL SPACE SURVIVAL – Panel on what can be done for 3 key Vancouver independent culture spaces, wth panelists and discussion.
-9:30pm ART’S BIRTHDAY – Come for the cake! It’s an annual global celebration on Jan 17 recognizing the birth of art! Hosted by DJ Don Chow (http://www.facebook.com/teahousemusic).
-10:30-2:15am DICE SPECIAL hosted by Dunks (http://thefunkhunters.com/) with special guests Willisist + Eradik (http://Shahdjs.com/), Don Chow ++ More

THE PLAN:
We get things started at 8pm with a Panel Discussion on Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces, and we’ve invited experts on the subject to talk about The Red Gate (proposed new home on Industrial), W2’s struggle for respect in the Woodward’s complex, and The Waldorf Hotel’s sell-off by their landlord to Solterra Development. What can be done to support these vital Vancity cultural institutions, and where to from here more united!

This is followed by a birthday party! And on this sombre information and ideas-generating night, we’re not just celebrating any old birthday party – it’s Art’s Birthday! Performances from a variety of older and newer Vancouver legends provoking #NoFunCity by showing how critical emergent and dynamic culture is, the people and spaces.

Then the evening goes off the hook with the Waldorf’s Thursday night full of funk and funk-inspired beats from a cast of Vancouver DJs and cultural promoters who contribute to Vancouver’s dynamic arts community. Hosted by Dunks.

OTHER ART’S BIRTHDAY EVENTS ON JAN 17:
CiTR 24 Hours of Radio Art: https://www.facebook.com/events/410959098980691/
http://transmissionarts.org/event/2p9vqb
http://arsacustica.wordpress.com/
http://www.banffcentre.ca/event/6008/arts-birthday-party/?d=2013-01-17+21%3A00&r=120

OTHER LINKS:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/dice-waldorf-fundraiser-for-w2belongs2me
#W2Belongs2Me video: http://youtu.be/S1Orpu6Vjn4
http://www.cbc.ca/onthecoast/episodes/2013/01/09/east-vans-waldorf-hotel-closes-1/
http://www.change.org/petitions/gregor-robertson-deny-rezoning-of-the-waldorf-hotel-site-to-condo-development#share

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Scott Clark and Don Walchuk on ICTV’s After Hours program at Shaw TV Studios in Vancouver

January 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Scott Clark of ALIVE and Don Walchuk of ICTV at ICTV’s After Hours program at Shaw TV Studios in Vancouver

Don Walchuk, Host asks his guest Scott Clark some of the following questions.

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1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved with ALIVE? 

2. What doe ALIVE stand for?

3. Why was ALIVE formed?

4. What got you into activism?

5. What kind of projects does ALIVE work on?

6. What are some of the challenges urban aboriginals face living in the DTES

7. What changes would you like to see?

8. What current project is ALIVE working on?

9. What is Idle No More? Why is this happening now.

10. Commons Committee on Aboriginal Self Government in 1983 & The Royal Commission on Aboriginals in 1996. Gave Aboriginals the right to self determination

11 What is the connection with ALIVE with W2 at the current time?

W2 Belongs 2 Me Community Meeting at La Casita Restaurant in Vancouver

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

A Happy New Year W2 Belong 2 Me Community Meeting at  La Casita Restaurant in Vancouver

17 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs 2 Me in Vancouver

Culture spaces in Vancouver are under attack. Let’s get together to shake down some ideas, build bridges to unite the arts community in the face of gentrification, and shake it on the dance floor with Dunks (http://thefunkhunters.com/), Willisist + Eradik (http://Shahdjs.com/), and DJ Don Chow!

Door proceeds support the #W2Belongs2Me Legal Fund! Support a community-run project that needs our love right now as they push back a City eviction notice. With the closure of the Waldorf as we know it, come out and show some love for Vancouver’s independent culture spaces.

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ENTRY: Roll 2 Dice for cover – roll a 12, get in free!

SCHEDULE:
-8pm VANCITY CULTURAL SURVIVAL – Panel on what can be done for 3 key Vancouver independent culture spaces, wth panelists and discussion.
-9:30pm ART’S BIRTHDAY – Come for the cake! It’s an annual global celebration on Jan 17 recognizing the birth of art! Hosted by DJ Don Chow (http://www.facebook.com/teahousemusic).
-10:30-2:15am DICE SPECIAL hosted by Dunks (http://thefunkhunters.com/) with special guests Willisist + Eradik (http://Shahdjs.com/), Don Chow ++ More

THE PLAN:
We get things started at 8pm with a Panel Discussion on Vancouver’s Cultural Spaces, and we’ve invited experts on the subject to talk about The Red Gate (proposed new home on Industrial), W2’s struggle for respect in the Woodward’s complex, and The Waldorf Hotel’s sell-off by their landlord to Solarra developer. What can be done to support these vital Vancity cultural institutions, and where to from here more united!

This is followed by a birthday party! And on this sombre information and ideas-generating night, we’re not just celebrating any old birthday party – it’s Art’s Birthday! Performances from a variety of older and newer Vancouver legends provoking #NoFunCity by showing how critical emergent and dynamic culture is, the people and spaces.

Then the evening goes off the hook with the Waldorf’s Thursday night full of funk and funk-inspired beats from a cast of Vancouver DJs and cultural promoters who contribute to Vancouver’s dynamic arts community. Hosted by Dunks.

OTHER ART’S BIRTHDAY EVENTS ON JAN 17:
http://transmissionarts.org/event/2p9vqb
http://arsacustica.wordpress.com/
http://www.banffcentre.ca/event/6008/arts-birthday-party/?d=2013-01-17+21%3A00&r=120

OTHER LINKS:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/dice-waldorf-fundraiser-for-w2belongs2me
#W2Belongs2Me video: http://youtu.be/S1Orpu6Vjn4
http://www.cbc.ca/onthecoast/episodes/2013/01/09/east-vans-waldorf-hotel-closes-1/
http://www.change.org/petitions/gregor-robertson-deny-rezoning-of-the-waldorf-hotel-site-to-condo-development#share

https://www.facebook.com/events/310927259006910/?fref=ts

W2 Lights NYE 2013 celebration in Vancouver

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Ringing in New Year 2013 with W2 in Vancouver! Happy New Year everyone! :)

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! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289/?fref=ts

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.

LIMITED CAPACITY WITH OUR NEW VENUE — TICKETS SELLING — ONLINE SAVE $20-30 DON’T SLACK! http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=150064

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

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Grenier (DJG)
Kinnie Starr
Lido Pimienta
Wepa!
Skookum Soundsystem
Self Evident
Taal Mala
Tank Gyal
Ostwelve
Dubconscious
Take 5
HxdB
Paola
Barlee
Bastet
Krusha
Fritz the Cat
Aversive
Decipher
MukLuk
Annashay
Commoddity
Heidrogen
Kinotropy
Sebnem Ozpeta
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Korean Community Centre
1320 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V5L-1S3

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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!

http://www.ticketzone.com/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=150064

We require online ticket purchasers to present picture ID and credit card when they enter the event.

PICK EM UP AT OUR SUPPORTIVE OUTLETS:
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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Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/W2woodwards
Join W2 on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/w2woodwards/
Join W2 online http://www.creativetechnology.org/main/authorization/signUp?

show starts at

09:00PM

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W2 Belongs To Me: Community Information Meeting – Wed Dec 19, 2012

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This is an information meeting about the very real threats by the City of Vancouver to evict W2 programs from the Woodward’s heritage building. Learn background info, and find out how you can participate in our community’s response to the attempt to evict W2 on December 31.

We’ll also discuss W2’s financial challenges which threaten W2’s capacity to operate a sustainable community media arts centre. How are we doing, how we plan to be sustainable, and what we and our partners are doing.

The City, landlord and property management company are working to push W2 out over non-payment of $90,000 in amenity/strata fees and because they simply do not like what we do.

This eviction of our programs is delivered, despite our clear demands in correspondence as far back as February 2012, that W2 needs to receive services for amenity fees levied. Instead of hiding behind “legal” arguments about how they cant do anything, City Councillors should respect the local communities’ capacity and ability to build a centre inclusive for all – not just the market.

Instead of attempting to gentrify W2’s grassroots community and inclusive programs and services out out of Woodward’s, City Council and staff should be stepping in to address their own failures to act on City policies for City properties like the Woodward’s heritage building that despite our complaints discriminates against low-income people, persons with disabilities vis-a-vis wheelchair access and public bathroom policies.

W2 has persevered against 4 previous City attempts to block community access to Woodwards. Now we are building a community-engaged media arts centre that works to unite Vancouverites across race, gender and class. Let’s work together to make it last. If we can’t we are forced to move again ~ would be W2’s 6th home in 5 years if you are counting ;)

If we work together, we can demand the Woodward’s development works for the community, not just retail and commercial interests. Woodward’s was meant to be more than that.

11 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Community Meeting in Vancouver


This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests to defend W2, and get more involved with building a campaign. W2 (R)evolution needs your help now!

W2 Belongs 2 Me members’ meetings are designed to help connect fans of W2 to be more active participants. The session will be important for members, programming partners, volunteers and staff to find our common interests in order to protect the grassroots values of W2 in an otherwise hostile gentrified Woodward’s environment.

Background:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/beleaguered-vancouver-culture-hub-w2-fights-to-stay-alive/article6126906/

http://www.straight.com/news/w2-hopes-avoid-eviction

http://www.mayorofvancouver.ca/w2

http://cope.bc.ca/2012/12/11/cope-expresses-support-for-struggling-w2-arts-hub-calls-on-city-to-re-evaluate-burdensome-fee-structure/

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PLAN AHEAD! DEC 31 IS THE CITY EVICTION DATE AND OUR CELEBRATION IF INDIGENOUS, LATINO, AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC!

W2 LIGHTS NYE is taking on more meaning this year as we fight for a genuinely inclusive Vancouver, not one racially segregated and only for the middle class. We do not know if this event will take place at Woodward’s or a new site. Stay tuned and participate! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289

W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locking out W2 Media Cafe, W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

As a pre-Christmas gift, on December 17 the City of Vancouver changed locks on the W2 Media Cafe in the Woodward’s Atrium.

Community groups are responding raising objections to loss of inclusive space in the Downtown Eastside. The 10,000 sq ft community-engaged media arts centre had been facing a controversial December 31 eviction notice.

The inner-city media hub is broadly recognized for incubating and launching programs and services with the Urban Indigenous community, and these groups are most affected by the locks being changed.

A Press Conference will take place at the Woodward’s Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:00am.

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Speakers will include:

Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Co-Founder, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival•

Debbie Krull, Woodsquat Veteran

Cease Wyss, Squamish Media Artist

Ashley Frances, InDigital Co-Coordinator

Rob Morgan, Woodsquat Veteran/LAPP member

Scott Clark, ALIVE Executive Director

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