AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Comfort Soul Food Dinner with Anne Marie Slater in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)
For residents of the Rice Block, ATIRA Housing, artist Anne Marie Slater brings together local women and children from low-income communities adjacent to the Soul Garden site to share their stories and recipes about comfort foods. The dinner will draw on the cultural and immigrant histories of the site by serving Sunday dinner dishes that celebrate the history of comfort foods through the European, Russian, Jewish, and Ukrainian community churches in the area, as well as participant’s favorite comfort Sunday dishes.
During a women’s art and support group, AHA MEDIA hears Chelsea’s thoughts in Vancouver Downtown Eastside
It’s the first annual women’s digital culture festival, one of only a few in all of North America, and includes an all-day workshop/conference, mobile dance party and evening showcase, in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
This is shaping up to be one of the most important musical events of the year in Vancouver.
During the daytime conference <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/utopia-conference> , women will get the chance to learn DJ/VJ’ing from some of the top women digital artists in the world and learn about the logistics of producing music, getting press, collaborating and more. The opening address and respondents panel will address barriers to entry for women in digital music <http://www.granvilleonline.ca/arts-and-culture/festivals/utopia-women-djs-vancouver-w2> .
Then at night the whole place blows up, as men and women are invited <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/showcase-1> for a keynote address by Berlin-based electroclash gender-bender Peaches at 8pm with performances by throat singer/electro artist Tanya Tagaq, local hiphop artists JB The First Lady and Crunch, and cello prodigy/electro composer Chris Derksen (plus live readings by Vancouver writers).
Peaches goes on at 1am.
It’ll be the biggest lineup of female electronic artists ever to hit a Canadian stage, including: Peaches, Isis Salam (Thunderheist), Betti Forde, B-Traits, The Librarian, Lynx, Zenobia, She, Blondtron, Lady Lane, Tank Girl, Miss M, Just Sheila, The Square Root of Evil, JNL, Miss Innocent, and DJ Tapes. Visual Media artists include VJ Electrabelle, Julie Gendron, Sebnem Ozpeta, Claudia Medina, and Krista Lomax. (19+)
In the middle of the day, Utopia will storm the Drive with female-focused music for the Mobile Dance Party <http://www.creativetechnology.org/page/mobile-dance-party> ! This is a free, inclusive event (read: co-ed), meeting at Broadway Station at 12:30pm. W2 has launched crowdsourcing project to collect songs by 100 female artists using the Twitter hashtag #w2utopia100 <http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23w2utopia100>, which will be played from bike/shopping cart-mounted speakers.
Tickets <http://utopiafestival.eventbrite.com/> at Beatstreet, Little Sister’s, Puff, Zulu, People’s Coop Bookstore, The Fall, W2 and online.
Would appreciate any help you can give to spread the word on this. It’s all completely grassroots with no funding or grants, with any net proceeds going to support W2’s 2nd annual Girls Creative Tech Summer Camp this summer.
Here’s the FB link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197864190224498
“Their Spirits Live Within Us”: Annual Women’s Memorial March for Murdered and Missing Women
In January 1991 a woman was murdered on Powell Street. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. This woman’s murder in particular was the catalyst that moved women into action. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Coast Salish Territories.
Decades later, the march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women. This event is organized and led by women in the DTES because women, especially Indigenous women, face physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence on a daily basis. The heinous and unimaginable violence that have taken the lives of so many has left a deep void in our hearts. We gather each year to mourn and remember our sisters by listening to their family members, by taking over the streets, and through spiritual ceremonies.
Increasing deaths of many vulnerable women from the DTES still leaves family, friends, loved ones, and community members with an overwhelming sense of grief and loss. Every year the list of women going missing also increases. Over 3000 women are known to have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since the 1970s. Last year, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued this statement: “Hundreds of cases involving aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in the past two decades have neither been fully investigated nor attracted priority attention.”
The February 14th Women’s Memorial March is an opportunity to come together to grieve the loss of our beloved sisters, remember the women who are still missing, and to dedicate ourselves to justice. Please join us.
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