Archive for July, 2011

YouthWorks BBQ at Strathcona Park in Vancouver

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

YouthWorks folks invited DTES community members to join them for a sumptious BBQ feast at Strathcona Park in Vancouver recently on a sunny Thursday!  Community members were surprised and very thankful to be part of a wonderful experience!

PHS Hastings Folk Garden And The Lifeskills Centre Present: Sprouting Workshops and Movies in the Garden In Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Home sprouting workshops with Chris Thoreau

Growing sprouts at home is easy, affordable, and a great way to
improve your health! In just minutes a day you can grow all the
vitamins and minerals you need! Join Chris Thoreau as he walks you
through the steps of home sprouting. In seven days or less you’ll have
tasty, nutritious sprouts to eat whenever you like!

Chris is an urban farmer in Vancouver who specializes in soil-grown
sprouts. He holds a degree in Agroecology from UBC where he
specialized in soil science. Chris is a former certified organic
farmer and an IOIA trained organic inspector. Read more about Chris
and his sprouts at!

Sprouting Workshop #1
Wednesday, August 3, 10am-12pm

Sprouting Workshop #2
Wednesday, August 17, 10am-12pm


Tuesday, August 9, 9pm
The Rock
W/ Nick Cage, Sean Connery, and Ed Harris

“Losers always complain about doing their best….Winners go home and
**** the prom queen”.

Tuesday, August 23, 9pm
Face Off
W/ Nick Cage and John Travolta

“I want to take his face…off”.

Capacity: 30 people
Popcorn and juice provided!

PHS 17 E. Hastings St. Beside Insite.

HIV Mobile testing at 62 East Hastings (Empty Lot beside Pigeon Park Savings) in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Wednesday July 27, 2011

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

From What’s Your Status

Together we can radically stop the spread of HIV and AIDS through identifying participants who are positive. The earlier you learn your status and start treatment you significantly lower the risk of transmitting this disease to someone else.

Finding out your HIV status is positive used to be thought of as a death sentence. This is no longer the case because of pioneers in medical research like Dr. Julio Montaner and the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS who have developed a highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for people living with the disease that can prolong healthy living for a lifetime and reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Along with this ground breaking research, a Point of Care test (similar to a test a diabetic would take) has the ability to screen for the virus in 60 seconds.

We are initiating a HIV testing, treatment and education campaign in the downtown eastside community (DTES). This program is a pilot project linking peers within our DTES to information and resources that they need and are available to them within the PHS programs that currently exist as well as special summer outdoor events.

Our objectives are to test and educate as many people from the DTES community as HIV screening is an important part of preventative health care for everyone. We also intend to link people living with a HIV positive status to all the resources and support that are available to them in their community.

Devon Martin aka Mr Metro’s music and slam poetry class at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

LifeSkills Centre’s Music and Poetry Class on Fridays 1-3

With Devon Martin aka Mr. Metro – professional music producer on keyboard and beats!

Doug Ferris and Darwin Fisher of InSite’s discussion on different things people are injecting in Harm Reduction class in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

As part of  6 seminars presented by LifeSkills Centre and the Washington Needle Exchange in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Doug Ferris and Darwin Fisher chat with peer outreach workers on Different things people are injecting

Vancouver DTES artists’ planning meeting for Soul Gardens Long Table Dinners Series at W2 Media Cafe from Aug 1 – 7, 2011

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Soul Gardens Long Table Dinner Series as part of W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project within Surge: 2nd Annual Festival of Urban Digital Culture

Founding DTES communities shared gardens, ingredients and stories. Now taste the recipes and flavours from Vancouver’s early settlers on the Unceded Territories of the Squamish Nation,  Tsleil-Waututh,Nation and Musqueam Nation. Guest Chef Mark Smith (Toronto) works with artists Cease Wyss, Indigo, Anne Marie Slater, Wayde Compton, and Lani Russwurm.

Tickets online $1-20 by donation, sliding scale

European, Monday Aug  1, 7pm, W2 Media Café

Coast Salish, Tuesday Aug 2, 7pm, W2 Media Café

African, Wednesday Aug 3, 7pm, W2 Media Café

Japanese, Thursday Aug 4, 7pm, W2 Media Café

Chinese, Friday Aug  5, 7pm, W2 Media Café

Pie Competition, Saturday Aug 6, 4pm W2 Media Café

Comfort Soul Food Sunday Aug 7,  6pm,  For Women and Children, Location TBA

W2 Woodwards

Soul Gardens Public Art Project

Event Details

Event Description

Soul Gardens is a W2 community public art project that investigates the cultural history of the Downtown Eastside as told through stories of food, gardening and community.

A collaboration between five muralists and five artist researchers, the project draw heavily on individual and shared narratives within founding DTES cultural groups including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, and African, Chinese, Japanese and European settlers.  In addition to a large public mural, Soul Gardens will create a dynamic online interface inviting individuals to share recipes, stories, photos and other information about how food has played a role in shaping their experience of Vancouver.

Muralists: Jordan Bent, Indigo, Scott Sueme, Melanie Shambach, Take5. Researchers: Wayde Compton, Lani Russwurm, Anne Marie Slater, Sid Tan and Cease Wyss. Project Coordinators: Irwin Oostindie, Lianne Payne.

Look here for further event updates on the project as they are announced, including long table dinners, recipe card collections, and public talks and workshops on cultural heritage and community history.

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada. Artwork design: Jordan Ben

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help support the W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project!

Below are photos from a recent meeting at W2 Media Cafe

Surge: 2nd Annual Festival of Urban Digital Culture
July 30 – August 7, 2011
W2 Media Cafe

July 30 Pride World Dance Party
Doors 9pm-3am
Salaam Canada and W2 Present the Pride World Beat Dance Party in celebration of the Salaam Conference, Outgames – Human Rights Conference and Vancouver Pride 2011.
Simulcast on 102.7FM Coop Radio starting at 11pm.
$10 advance/$15 door; tickets at W2 Media Cafe, Little Sister’s, Salaam Conference, and online at

July 30 – Aug 7 Surge Daily’s: DJs at W2 Media Cafe 8-10pm, curated by Kaglar Omega

July 31 Just Beyond Hope: Women’s Internment Stories Talk and Screening by Pia Massie. 2pm, Chapel Arts, in association with Powell Street Festival.

August 1 – 5 Soul Gardens: Long Table Dinners 7pm daily, cuisine from Coast Salish, European, African, Japanese and Chinese Vancouver traditions.

August 1 – 5 Utopia DJ Camp Youth Showcase Friday Aug 5, 6-8pm

August 2 Stock Characters: The Cooking Show Video Premiere 2pm

August 4 City as Spectacle, Panel discussion on Vancouver Riots. 8pm

Aug 5 Just Beyond Hope: Women’s Internment Stories Talk and Screening by Pia Massie.
W2 Media Cafe, Vancouver 125 Redress Series

August 5 – Tangled Wires Exhibition 7pm, Ayden Gallery
After Party, W2 Media Cafe, 10pm-late.

August 6 Beating Homelessness: A Live Editing and Production Workshop 10am – 6pm

August 6 Soul Garden: Pie Competition 4- 6pm

August 6 Yours Truly #1 with PRISONGARDE | EAMES | AJK | ZEEAA 11pm – 3am

August 7 Comfort Soul Food Dinner 6pm



AHA MEDIA at Katy Perry concert in Vancouver – California Dreams 2011 tour!!!

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Many thanks to Glenn Letham and Virgin Mobile Canada for the wonderful chance to attend the most fantastic Katy Perry Concert in Vancouver!!!

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA’s thoughts:

We had the opportunity on Tuesday to attend one of the concerts of the year in my opinion; Katy Perry at Rogers Arena. 13,000 screaming teenage girls (and only about 100 boys) gave Katy a very loud Vancouver welcome as she finished her California Dreams Tour at Rogers Arena. We got a nice little warmup from Janelle Monae and DJ Skeet Skeet (who did a few of Katy’s songs but DJ style) and then got towatch a nice video clip of Katy in the not so long ago age of Black and White video. This video continued throughout the concert allowing Katy to switch between sets beautifully and seamlessly. From the Cotton Candy smelling arena to Cotton Candy clouds and Lollipop stairs, the whole concert was a feast for the senses and a real treat for anyone who has been a fan of Katy. Flawless and Fantastic!!! Probably the highlight of the night came when Katy invited people from the crowd up on stage to dance with her. One very lucky girl posed with Katy for a photo that reporters are describing as the “best profile (Facebook of course) pic of the year” (Georgia Straight). The sights were great and especially fun was the huge gumball machine which if you got a white gumball, would upgrade your seat for free. Amazing times!!  A lifetime of memories in one night to be had for all, especially lucky me, I had no lineups for the mens washroom.