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In the realm of reform: Drugs, Laws & Social Change fundraising event at W2 on Thursday March 31, 2011

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Join best selling author and physician, Gabor Mate for a special fundraising event in support of Pivot, co-sponsored by W2 Storyeum, VANDU and the Portland Hotel Society.

Gabor will be joined by Pivot Legal Society Litigation Director, Katrina Pacey and Lorna Bird of the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society and Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users for an evening of discussion on the multi-layered issues of addiction, mental health, law enforcement and justice.

March 31· 6:30 p.m.
W2 Storyeum, 151 E. Cordova Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Utopia Festival: Women in Digital Culture Celebrating women in music on March 5, 2011 at Vancouver’s creative hub W2 Storyeum!

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Utopia Festival: Women in Digital Culture

Celebrating women in music on March 5, 2011 at Vancouver’s creative hub W2 Storyeum!

Showcase | Concert | Mobile Dance Party | Unconference | Music Maker Workshops
Showcase features 25 artists + 3 rooms | Electro | hiphop | bass |

Showcase and unconference featuring: Peaches, Tanya Tagaq, Isis Salam, Betti Forde, B-Traits, Librarian, Lynx, Zenobia Salik, She, Blondtron, Lady Lane, Tank Girl, Miss M, Just Sheila, Bles-sed, The Square Root of Evil, JNL, Miss Innocent, Tapes + more TBA. Media artists include VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina, and Krista Lomax.

Follow along on Twitter: @W2Utopia
Tickets available now at Beatstreet, Little Sister’s, Puff, Zulu, People’s Coop Bookstore, The Fall, W2 and online http://utopiafestival.eventbrite.com

The evening concert and showcase program is open to men and women, while the daytime is women-only. Note program subject to change.


Peaches (Berlin) by Lucia Eggenhoffer

For women interested in electronic music and media, Utopia Unconference wristbands provide all-access and 3 meals: Breakfast, Music Maker Workshops, Lunch, Mobile Dance Party, Unconference, Dinner Reception, Concert, and Showcase. We are anticipating 150 women participating in five creative streams: electro, hip hop, bass, electro-acoustic and live cinema.


Isis Salam (Toronto)

Check out this background article on Granville Online. Produced by W2, and curated by Betti Forde, Irwin Oostindie, Librarian, and Nina Mendoza.

The Festival coincides with the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and its theme: 100 Women, 100 Artworks. Proceeds support W2’s Second Annual Girls Creative Tech Summer Camps (8-14 years).

Call for workshop proposals: DJs and live PA; media art performers & installations for this showcase of electronic leaders and emerging artists. Inquiries:irwin@creativetechnology.org or call W2 office: 604.689.9896

B-Traits (Vancouver/London) by Ryan Hodgkinson

SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 5, 2011
•    Purchase a Festival wristband if you wish to participate! Workshop details will be coming soon.
•    Unconference registration table opens 9am
•    Youth delegates welcome 9am-9pm
•    Childcare provided on-site 9am-9pm
•    While the unconference and workshops are open to women only, for everything else men are welcome.

10am-12noon Morning Music-Making Workshops Hands-on creative technology workshops electronic music production, turntabling, video production, music journalism. All levels of experience welcome including youth (15-19 year olds)


12 – 1pm Lunch

12:30 – 2:00 Mobile Dance Party

Public, free. Meet at Broadway skytrain 12:30pm for a live pirate radio broadcast and dance party down Commercial Drive in celebration of the 100th anniversary International Women’s Day Parade.

2-8pm Unconference

2:00 – registration opens

2:30 conference welcome

2:45 opening keynote

3:00 opening panel

3:45 open space intro

3:45 coffee break provided by W2 media cafe

4:00  open space sessions I + II – (5 concurrent)

6:00 production workshops (5 parallel streams: electro; bass; hip hop; electro-acoustic, live cinema)

7:00-8:00pm dinner reception

Tanya Tagaq by Brandon Wu photography

8pm Evening Program

Keynote address: Peaches (Berlin) and music by Tanya Tagaq (NWT) with guests, plus Women Writers – readings in association with W2 Real Vancouver Writer’s Series.

10:30pm Showcase!

Electro, Bass, Hip Hop starring Peaches, Isis Salam, Betti Forde, Librarian, Lynx, Tanya Tagaq, Zenobia, B-Traits, DJ She, Tank Girl, plus more! Media artists include VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina, and Krista Lomax.

AHA MEDIA congratulates W2 for winning the 2011 Roger Inman Memorial Award for Community Economic Development!!!!

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

 AHA MEDIA congratulates W2 for winning the 2011 Roger Inman Memorial Award for Community Economic Development !!! We are so proud of you!! :)

The Roger Inman Memorial Award

 

Background:
Annually, CCEC presents the Roger Inman Memorial Award for Community Economic Development (CED) in recognition of a project that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of the community.  CCEC is committed to keeping our money and resources working in our community by actively supporting and promoting the development of strong, successful community businesses, projects and organizations.

Any group, business or individual affiliated with CCEC Credit Union is eligible for this special recognition/cash award.

Nominations are evaluated taking into account the following criteria:
Being self-directed; and basing itself in the co-operative principles:

  • Voluntary and Open Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Member Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Co-operative Education
  • Co-operation among Co-operatives
  • Concern for Community
  • Benefiting the community on a continuing basis
  • Defining a goal that addresses an identified community need
  • Benefiting the community in a broader nature than a purely economic one
  • Bringing together diverse awareness regarding community economic development

At CCEC we take all of “Community Economic Development” seriously. For us, the community part is essential to the economics, and we work to foster both for growth and change. It’s one of our basic principles. From the list of  past winners you can see how they  are working at CED in your community — from theatre to farms to loan guarantees. Every one of these groups is building community in creative ways, with courage and persistence.

Past winners are:

2010: Discovery Organics
2009: Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society
2008: East Vancouver Celebration Society
2007: Rhizome Café
2006: Fraser Common Farm Co-operative
2005: Spartacus Books Educational Society
2004: Theatre In The Raw Society
2003: Compassion Club Society of Vancouver
2002: Hebrew Assistance Association of Vancouver
2001: Your Local Farmers’ Market Society
2000: Vancouver Co-operative Radio
1999: Watari Research Association
1998: East End Food Co-operative
1997: Philippine Women Centre
1996: WomenFutures Loan Guarantee Fund
1995: Teaching Support Staff Union of Simon Fraser University (TSSU)
1994: Peer Assisted Lending (PAL) through Cal Meadow Foundation

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile was pleased to be at W2 Lights NYE 2011 in W2 Storyeum – Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile was pleased to celebrate the New year at W2 Lights NYE 2011 in W2 Storyeum – Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below is a photo and video of Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 Community Media Arts welcoming all of us to W2 Lights NYE

Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 and his welcome to W2 Lights NYE:

“So we are here at W2 Storyeum, for a very major event with W2 Lights NYE.. It’s interesting, W2 and all of our volunteers and crew have created a major event for New Year Eve 2011 and I guess our goal is to kick butt on the “No Fun City” thing…

You know this is an amazing experience where 10 different community groups, cultural crews who routinely produce their own events especially around live audio visual productions and electronic music..

It’s a particular part of the cultural scene in Vancouver and they’ve all come together under one roof in a city owned building at W2 Storyeum and it’s exciting to be able to host that much talent, creativity with communities all working together and say we want to do something together,

We want to celebrate Vancouver, celebrate culture and do it together to have a beautiful large facility with the City of Vancouver, residents can gather, is very exciting for W2, it’s an honor for us to be able to host”


W2 LIGHTS NYE – an unprecedented collaboration between Vancouver’s underground music communities in one large public space at W2 Storyeum, bringing back the light, and welcoming the new year. Five rooms filled with music, video, interactive media art installations, and performance. Plus participants will enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres from W2 Cafe, a silent auction of cool gifts and artworks, a secure coat check, fresh air conditioners, and special refreshments, with their new and old friends! Conveniently located near Vancouver’s transportation hub (Seabus, Skytrains, numerous bus routes), car parking upstairs for designated drivers, all in the heART of the city.

This event is a special fundraising initiative to help W2 build an inner-city media centre for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – across the street – within the Woodward’s heritage building scheduled. Take a moment and see what we’re working on:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/

Below are 29 livestream videos through a Nokia N97 mini smart camerphone  from 7 PM Dec 31, 2010 to 3AM Jan 1, 2011

Below are 127 photos from 7 PM Dec 31, 2010 to 3AM Jan 1, 2011

AHA MEDIA and Fearless City Mobile thanks everyone who came out to celebrate W2 Lights NYE 2011!


Happy New Year 2011 from AHA MEDIA in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 31, 2010 1 comment

AHA MEDIA wishes everyone a bright and blessed Happy New Year 2011 from Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) Here’s to a brand new year and a wonderful new decade for everyone!

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║╔╗║╔╗║╔╣╔╩╗╔╝ ★ NEW YEAR ☆ 2011
╚╝╚╩╝╚╩╝╚╝═╚╝ ♥¥☆★☆★☆¥♥ ★☆

AHA MEDIA will be livestreaming at:

W2 LIGHTS NYE – an unprecedented collaboration between Vancouver’s underground music communities in one large public space at W2 Storyeum, bringing back the light, and welcoming the new year. Five rooms filled with music, video, interactive media art installations, and performance. Plus participants will enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres from W2 Cafe, a silent auction of cool gifts and artworks, a secure coat check, fresh air conditioners, and special refreshments, with their new and old friends! Conveniently located near Vancouver’s transportation hub (Seabus, Skytrains, numerous bus routes), car parking upstairs for designated drivers, all in the heART of the city.

This event is a special fundraising initiative to help W2 build an inner-city media centre for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – across the street – within the Woodward’s heritage building scheduled. Take a moment and see what we’re working on:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/

See our W2 NYE livestream video updates at http://www.qik.com/ahamedia and photos at http://twitpic.com/photos/AprilFilms

Celebrate 2011 at W2 LIGHTS NYE in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment
W2 has tallied the unused W2 LIGHTS NYE tickets remaining after meeting our sponsor, media and artist commitments. Rather than releasing these at the door, we are announcing a purchase plan that gives twice!
As a largely volunteer-run Downtown Eastside (DTES) organization, we want to bring more benefits from what has become Vancouver’s hottest NYE ticket. We have decided to release these remaining tickets today, rather than making them available at the door which would cause uncertainty and lineups. No tickets will be available at the door.  We want to maximize the benefits from the overwhelming demand for tickets, and hereby assist DTES charitable work at the same time.

  • We are releasing these tickets online at 4:00pm PST on Dec 23rd at http://w2lights.eventbrite.com/ and for a minimum $100 payment, one ticket will be made available to the purchaser and one to a DTES residents who faces economic barriers to attending. With this plan we help more people and bring a broader cross-section of people to celebrate bringing back the light with W2 LIGHTS NYE. Proceeds from this sale will also directly support four grassroots DTES organizations working for positive change by and for DTES residents. Making these tickets available to interested people will make a real and direct impact on community organizing in the DTES.
W2 would like to thank all of the artists and producing crews for participating in this major cultural event that raises crucial funds for W2 Community Media Art Society. Shout outs to: Beats Without Borders, Integrated Grime Unit, Bass Coast Project, Wet Mi Down, Low Indigo, Perception, Moo Crew, SHAHdjs, Lighta!, Ting!, as well as  75 volunteers helping produce the event.

W2 LIGHTS NYE is an unprecedented collaboration between Vancouver’s underground music communities in one large public space at W2 Storyeum, bringing back the light, and welcoming the new year. Five rooms filled with music, video, interactive media art installations, and performance. Plus participants will enjoy complimentary hors d’ouevres from W2 Cafe, a silent auction of cool gifts and artworks, a secure coat check, fresh air conditioners, and special refreshments, with their new and old friends! Conveniently located near Vancouver’s transportation hub (Seabus, Skytrains, numerous bus routes), car parking upstairs for designated drivers, all in the heART of the city.

This event is a special fundraising initiative to help W2 build an inner-city media centre for Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – across the street – within the Woodward’s heritage building scheduled. Take a moment and see what we’re working on:
http://www.creativetechnology.org/

5 Rooms!! Are you ready Vancity?! First time ever!
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An unprecedented collaboration between Vancouver’s underground music communities in one massive public space at W2 Storyeum, bringing back the light, and welcoming the new year!

W2 in association with;
Beats Without Borders
Integrated Grime Unit
Bass Coast Project
The Funk Hunters
Wet Mi Down
Low Indigo
Perception
SHAHdjs
Lighta!
Ting!

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Reggae / Dancehall /Funk / Dubstep / Drum and Bass / Glitch-Hop / Downtempo / Midtempo

The Lineup:
Agent Muldah
Basketball
Bevvy Swift
Calamalka
Daega Sound
Dewey Decibel
DJ Cure
Eradik
Holistic
Johnny Dubs
Lady Vishus
Librarian
Mandai
Max Ulis
Mista Chanta
Myles Away
Nils
Nog
Selecta Brown
Self Evident
Souns
Sweet Anomaly
Taal Mala
Tank Gyal
Tarron
That African
The Funk Hunters
Tusk
XI

Stay tuned for downloads, ticket release updates, and more additions to the lineup.

AHA MEDIA will be onsite  doing livestreaming during W2 Lights NYE. See our livestream channel at http://www.qik.com/AHAMEDIA starting from 7pm onwards Friday Dec 31. 2010

Looking forward to seeing you NYE 2011!

AHA MEDIA Livestreamed Human Rights and Media Matters forum at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver

December 10, 2010 1 comment
By Staff, December 9, 2010

A public forum called “Human Rights and Media Matters” is being held tonight (December 9) at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith is moderating the discussion, which is being cohosted by the Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council, and the W2 Community Media Arts Society.

The panel features B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby, Downtown Eastside activist Tami Starlight, antiracist activist Harsha Walia, and UBC history professor Henry Yu.

Here’s the live stream from April Smith of AHA Media.

Below is Sid Tan, organizer of “Human Rights and Media Matters” forum at W2 with Irwin Oostindie watching

Below is Tami Starlight, Henry Yu, Charlie Smith and David Eby

Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s Mac with Nokia N97 mini and Nokia N8 smart cameraphones

Below is Nokia N97 mini livestreaming

Below is filming with Nokia N8 and livestreaming Nokia N97 mini

Below is David Eby and Harsha Walia

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA filming with a Nokia N8

Below is Tami Starlight with Henry Yu

Below is Charlie Smith, Editor of Georgia Straight

Below is Sudha Krishna asking a question

Below is Miraj Khaled asking a question

Below is MLA Mable Elmore for Vancouver-Kensington

Below is Sean Gunn

Below is Lani Russwurm, Stephan and Miraj

See all “Human Rights and Media Matters ” livestream at  http://qik.com/ahamedia/videos

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