Archive for July, 2010

Surge Festival – 1st Annual Festival of Urban Digital Culture at W2 Storyeum – July 30 to Aug 28, 2010

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

At the core of this year’s inaugural Surge Festival program are four exhibitions, plus weekly live DJ and VJ events, film screenings, workshops, parties, and youth summer camps.

More than 50 artists are showing including: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Indigo, Take5, the dark, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Ange Sterritt, Frederick Brummer, Shawn Chappelle, Su-an Ng, Sepideh Saii, Justin Sekiguchi, Rupinder Sidhu, Lenke Sifko, Cease Wyss, …Krista Lomax and Sammy Chien.

Opening night reception July 30th, 8-11pm, free
After-party 11pm with DJ Kilocee, Take5 & The Phonograff, part of the W2 Summer Nights series, $5 at door.

The centrepiece of the Surge Urban Digital Culture Festival is a massive mural installation for ‘All our Walls’ (opening July 30) by the dark, Take5, Sensr and Indigo, alongside a graffiti & street art exhibit featuring established and emerging Canadian artists. Coast Salish-based Aboriginal artists represent the urban experience for the 50% of First Nations living off reserve in Rezilliance (opening July 30). Facing the Wind: Whey-ah-Wichen looks at 20 years of the Under the Volcano Festival taking place on Tsleil-Waututh Nation Territory (opening July 30). StoryBox makes inner-city voices digital in this collaboration between 80+ residents and professional media artists (opens one week later on Aug 6).

Formerly street-wise and counter-culture, urban art has found its way into powerful institutions, advertising, and art market galleries. This mainstreaming also exposes that street art traditions are connected globally across borders, and open up space to contest the privatization of public space, battles for free speech, while building creative inner cities. Urban art has its roots in the undercurrents of social alienation and resistance to power, and artists can create relevant and transformative cultural experience for neighbourhoods and people of all ages.

Surge exhibition viewing hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 12-6pm. W2 Summer Nights kick off at 10pm. The Festival takes place in one of Vancouver’s best exhibition and festival venues, W2 Storyeum at 151 W Cordova, just steps north of W2’s future media centre site in the Woodward’s Atrium. Program subject to change. For updates and new screening and workshop announcements check our website.

Weekly performances in our W2 Summer Nights series feature some of Vancouver’s most innovative urban DJs and VJs, with all proceeds supporting the development of W2’s inner-city community media programs.

For more information on the exhibits RSVP on the Facebook event or read:

Time: July 30, 2010 at 8pm to August 28, 2010 at 11:45pm
Location: W2 Storyeum
Street: 151 W Cordova Street
City/Town: Vancouver
Website or Map:…
Phone: 604-689-9896
Event Type: festivalexhibitionparty

Street Soccer Samba – National Street Soccer Canada Championship July 23 – 25, 2010 in Oppenheimer Park, Vancouver

July 24, 2010 1 comment

Teams all over will participate in a National Street Soccer Canada Championship including Portland FC and Eastside Sun Eagles at the Grand Re-opening of Oppenheimer Park on July 23 -25, 2010

Below is photo of Portland FC and Eastside Sun Eagles with Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth

Below is a livestream video of Coach Alan Bates, Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth and Paul Gregory of Street Soccer Canada giving a rousing speech on the history of Street Soccer in Vancouver and words of encouragement.

The pre-ceeding photos and video was  filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a mobile cameraphone – Nokia N97 mini. AHA MEDIA is currently exploring mobile media production through the lens of mobile cameraphone

Oppenheimer Park Re-Opening in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Sat July 24, 11 AM – 2PM

July 23, 2010 Leave a comment

The public is invited to the official opening celebration of the redesigned 0.98 hectare Oppenheimer Park. The event will include welcome speeches, BBQ, cake and entertainment.

11 am – 2 pm
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Oppenheimer Park
488 Powell Street @Jackson Street

“Oppenheimer Park has a rich history and is the hub of many community events and celebrations, as well as being the backyard for local residents. Now it’s an even more beautiful green space,” says Park Board Commissioner Sarah Blyth.

The upgrades to the park, which cost approximately $2.5-million, include a new field house and washrooms, universally accessible walkways, children’s playground, sports court with a basketball hoop, horseshoe pitch, patio spaces, picnic tables and seating areas, central lawn area, trees and flowers, sub-surface drainage and a new irrigation system.

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants in Vancouver

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Vancouver Foundation has partnered with the City of Vancouver (Social Planning Division) to fund Neighbourhood Small Grant projects focused on “urban food” with various Neighbourhood Houses.

This pilot project is called the “Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants”.

The timeline for this pilot initiative with the City is from July to
October 31, 2010. This means that we would need to have the projects
funded to take place by end of October.

“Urban Food Projects” which City would like to support include any NSG
Projects that have a “food” focus.  This means the projects may cover
building food gardens or garden plots, educational workshops (i.e.
canning, cooking) or workbooks  cookbooks or manuals related to food.

Check out our website and click the sidebar “ad” which will take you
to the application form at

Deadline is August 1, 2010 at 5 p.m. and you will be notified on or
before August 9, 2010.

Application forms can also be found at RayCam, Strathcona, or Carnegie
Community Centres.

CCAP – Carnegie Community Action Project presents Community Vision for Change for Vancouver Downtown Eastside

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

CCAP – Carnegie Community Action Project presented their Community Vision for Change for Vancouver Downtown Eastside to a packed auditorium in Carnegie Centre

Below are livestream videos taken by a Nokia N97 mini cameraphone

Below are photos of speakers and supporters who endorse the CCAP Vision of Downtown Eastside.

Please click on any of the following thumbnails to enlarge the photo 🙂

(With great thanks to Peter Oeder, Board Member of VANDU for helping out with photography)

Below is a photo of Wendy Pedersen speaking to Media about CCAP’s Community Vision for Change for Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Below is Leslie Murray and Hendrik Beune looking at the community mapping process

Below is Sid Tan speaking with brothers David and Leslie Murray

Below is Teresa Vandertuin speaking with J-Hock

Below is Terry Hunter with Sid Tan

Carnegie Community Action Project (CCAP) to present a VISION for Downtown Eastside future in Vancouver – Tuesday, July 20 at 10 AM

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Low-income residents to launch Vision for Downtown Eastside future

What are the good things about the Downtown Eastside community?

How would residents solve problems in the Downtown Eastside?

How could Vancouver lead the world in treating its lowest income community with respect?

What is the Vision that residents have for the future of their community?

What are the Values and what Actions will help improve the Downtown Eastside?

Who supports this Vision?

Find out at a news conference:

Tuesday, July 20 at 10 AM

Carnegie Theatre, 401 Main St.

The Carnegie Community Action Project will present a Vision that is the results of two years of work and consultation with 1200 Downtown Eastside residents about what they want for their community and how to get it.


Contact:  Wendy Pedersen (604 839-0379

Jean Swanson (604 729-2380)

See livestream video of CCAP news conference at from a Nokia N97 mini cameraphone

5,000 BBQ meals by Union Gospel Mission for Summer BBQ at Oppenheimer Park

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Oppenheimer Park to be filled with laughter, fun and 5,000 BBQ meals at Union Gospel Mission Summer BBQ

What: On Saturday, July 17, Union Gospel Mission will serve its largest meal of the year: a massive, inner-city BBQ with 5,000 meals for the Downtown Eastside community. Men, women and children will feast on hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and refreshments as they enjoy live music and entertainment. The supervised kids’ carnival area will have face-painting, water balloons, cotton candy and a classic carnival bouncy-house.

When: Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Oppenheimer Park (Cordova Street between Dunlevy and Jackson)

Google Maps link to location:

Why: A great event for Downtown Eastside individuals and families, the BBQ also gives UGM outreach workers the chance to build relationships and trust with those in need.

Heads-up: Second BBQ in August!

Thanks to the generosity of the Glowbal Restaurant Group, UGM will host a second summer BBQ on August 10th. After the success of Glowbal’s Table for 2000 gourmet Christmas meal for the Downtown Eastside last December, Glowbal approached UGM about throwing a huge Texas-style BBQ. Prepared by all six of Glowbal’s executive chefs, the meal will feature a menu of braised beef brisket, slow roasted baby back ribs, chipotle BBQ chicken, and more. Besides being a truly unique treat for Downtown Eastside residents, this BBQ will give UGM Outreach workers another chance to connect with locals in a casual, open environment.

About UGM:

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for nearly 70 years. Through its 8 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities. To find out more, visit