Archive for May, 2012

Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA sells Rainbow Ice Cream with Ice Cream Truck music in Vancouver

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA enjoys his part time job with Rainbow Ice Cream where he sells cold treats to familiar Ice Cream Truck music!

Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA filmed during the 2010 Olympics and Paralympics

Barb Goosehead of AHA MEDIA holds a sweet treat while Richard Czaban looks on

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA chats with Richard Czaban about delicious ice cream!

Richard Czaban selling ice cream at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby

Recently Richard was asked his opinion of “selling ice cream” without music with Global TV, (upon the subject of the District of West Kelowna’s ban of Ice Cream Truck Music)

Richard Czaban says ” In Vancouver, the kids love the music!  They come running from blocks away! Parents and Grown Ups remember it from their childhood… they get very nostalgic. It makes for a great summer time experience when you can listen to the ice cream truck music while eating cold Rainbow Ice Cream treats”

Phoenix Winter sings in German in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune and April Smith of AHA MEDIA hear Phoenix Winter sing in German.

Hendrik says:

We are very blessed to have Phoenix Winter as a ‘natural community member’ of the DTES. She used to live here and still spends so much time here, we could never consider her to not be a part of our community!

Phoenix is a performer and an activist and a very good friend! Phoenix is of mixed German and Goan descent and learned this lullaby from her mother when she was a child, just as it had been handed down through generations.

Phoenix performed this song spontaneously when I mentioned my intention to bring something new from the DTES to Vienna, for a visit and presentation that is coming up in June.

We thank Phoenix for being the kind spirit that she is and are grateful for all the talent and caring people that we meet here on a daily basis!

W2 and AHA MEDIA are pleased to be at the 6th Annual Fair in the Square 2012 at Victory Square Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

May 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Fair in the Square: Celebrating together in the Inner City

Sunday, May 27th, 11 am – 2 pm

W2 and AHA MEDIA are pleased to be at the 6th Annual Fair in the Square!

Alongside dozens of social enterprises, artists, and community organisations, terrific local bands and musical artists will donate their talents to entertain from the Victory Park stage while a delicious BBQ including cupcakes, beverages and more are served up by the dedicated faculty, staff and students from Vancouver Community College’s Culinary Arts program.

Fair-goers are encouraged to wander the park and visit the tables set-up by a diverse range of social enterprises and neighbourhood non-profit community organizations providing an opportunity to chat and reach out to a network of neighbours, connect with services available, and admire talent coming from the inner city.
All of this is possible with the support of literally hundreds of volunteers who prepare, staff and strike the Fair site in addition to the donation of food, drinks and other goodies from generous corporate partners.

Storyweaving – Weaving First Nation Memories from Past into the Future in Vancouver

May 16, 2012 Leave a comment


Sliding scale $0-$20 / Pay at the door only / Limited Seating / First Come First Serve



Twining together stories, poems and personal memories

With oral histories woven from cultural teachings,

West Coast dances and the ancient bone game of Slahal.


A cast of aboriginal artists, elders, dancers and Downtown Eastside community members help an old man- The Old One – open up to his life’s journey, his regrets and hopes, through the teachings of the medicine wheel. His journey home gives voice to experiences of the urban aboriginal community, to voices not heard, to lives left behind. Over the course of the Old One’s journey, ancestral memories emerge of the history of the Coast Salish area shared by many peoples.  Songs, dances and stories are shared about traditional roles, protocols and ways of seeing and doing.


We hear echoes of the salmon fishing industry’s decline, of families broken up by the residential school system and family members who have disappeared. And we hear stories of resilience:  Aboriginal men and women who arrived in Vancouver looking for work; the founding of the Coqualeetza Fellowship and Aboriginal Friendship Centre; and what it means to be Aboriginal today, meeting the challenges of walking in the world of the ancestors and the world of today.


Storyweaving is about giving voice to those that have lived within and around the Canadian legislation of the Indian Act.  And so many of us moved to the city of Vancouver and found a home here.  Our social justice and educational efforts from the 1950’s through to today continue to reflect our passion for life, love, and harmony. Storyweaving is about our hopes for a good future, guided by the principles of our cultural past.                                                                                                                                Renae Morriseau


Featuring, among others: Bob Baker, Sam Bob, Jenifer Brousseau, Nick Dangeli, Mike and Mique’l Dangeli, Craig Edes, Wes Nahanee, Woody Morrison, Quelemia Sparrow, Susan Tatoosh, Marge C. White, Loni Williams, Spakwus Slulum Dancers, Git Hayetsk Dancers, and Downtown Eastside performers Sue Blue, Brenda Prince, Steven Lytton, Priscillia Tait, Muriel “X” Williams.


Terry Hunter (Producer), Carrie Campbell (Production Manager), Jeff Harrison (Lighting), Liisa Hannus (Stage Manager), Raeanne Elkins (Assistant Stage Manager), Cowboy Smithx (videographer).


Written by Renae Morriseau (Director) with Rosemary Georgeson and Savannah Walling with contributions by Downtown Eastside urban Aboriginal artists  and from the 2003 Downtown Eastside Community Play (Renae Morriseau, James Fagan Tait, Savannah Walling & Adrienne Wong).


Storyweaving has been made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Government of BC through Gaming,

City of Vancouver Cultural Services, City of Vancouver Great Beginnings Program, BCGEU, TELUS Community Board and media sponsor Georgia Straight.

Thanks also to our community partner Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour: Vancouver, BC at W2 Media Cafe

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment



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All the way from Brooklyn, New York, the Sketchbook Project is set to arrive in Vancouver this week for two days of epic sketchbook inspiration!

Irwin Oostindie of W2 with Steven Petermen – Cofounder of The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artists’ books by thousands of people from around the world. It is an immense collection of books and art that express limitless styl…es, influences and ideas.

The Project will be in Vancouver for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, before traveling on to Los Angeles. This collection will travel to 14 cities on 4 continents.

W2 Media Cafe is proud to host the only Pacific Northwest stop on the tour! We’re also pleased to share this collection with the artist community of Metro Vancouver. Centrally located, near many transportation systems, it is easy to reach the Woodward’s site by bus, train, skytrain, seabus, bicycle and car.

W2 Media Cafe
111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC

The Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe. Consider submitting your work for the 2013 tour!