Archive for November, 2012

Woodward’s Indigenous Winter Market

November 29, 2012 Leave a comment

  • Our second year presenting a 4-day community festival and market supporting local artisans, artists, and performing artists with a focus on local Indigenous Peoples. We are also extending invitations to our non-Indigenous friends and neighbours in the inner-city to celebrate the creative talent and sharing and dialogue opportunities.Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) in partnership with W2 Community Media Arts Society and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre are pleased to pres

    ent the 2nd Annual Woodward’s Winter Aboriginal Market.Supported by RayCam Community Centre, Inner-city Economic Strategy, Hastings Crossing BIA, BC Government & Services Employees Union, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF), and City of Vancouver’s Local Area Planning Process



    *subject to change

    Daily: Aboriginal Artisan Market, 11am-8pm

    Daily: Urban Screens NFB Winter Film Classics, 8am-10pm on the Atrium’s videoscreens
    winter classics from the video vaults of the NFB.

    Daily: Baking & Canning Workshops: Join us on Sunday in the cafe with Zoe and Karen to learn about making Christmas preserves and holiday baking. The cost is just $10-20 (sliding scale) for supplies and you get to leave with the delicious treats you make.


    ||||||||Wednesday, Dec 12: 7-9pm, HipHop Bingo featuring prizes and your cohosts JB The First Lady and Ostwelve


    ||||||||Thursday, Dec 13: 8pm, An Intimate Winter Evening with George Leach & guests. 19+ Combine one of Turtle Island’s premiere blues musicians, with an evening of beer tasting (courtesy of Scandal Brewing, Cariboo Brewing, and Pacific Western Brewing Company)


    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: The Edward Curtis Project – Reading, 7pm, with hot chocolate & treats.

    Marie Clements Playwright’s Reading of ‘The Edward Curtis Project’ in advance of its Production
    at the National Arts Centre in Spring 2013. The work is based on the original production
    commissioned and produced by Presentation House Theatre.

    In 1930, photographer Edward Curtis’ landmark series, The North American Indian, recorded
    for posterity what he termed a “vanishing people”. Decades later, Metis/Dene playwright Marie
    Clements and Canadian documentary photographer Rita Leistner went in search of those
    same First Nations peoples and communities. Their three-year journey has become a visually
    stunning, thought-provoking drama. Present-day Aboriginal journalist Angelina – traumatized by
    chronicling the freezing death of three Native children – interacts with Curtis’ photo images and
    the controversial man himself, questioning the ethics of her work and assessing the collateral
    damage of being a witness.

    Marie Clements, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, performer, director, and producer,
    and is Simon Fraser University’s Ellen and Warren Tallman Writer-in-Residence for Fall-Winter


    ||||||||Friday, Dec 14: 2nd Annual Holiday Hustle, Doors 9:30pm

    Some of Vancouver’s most celebrated electronic musicians and bands come together for this
    Beatroute Magazine fundraiser for W2 Community Media Arts Society. Lots going on including
    photo booth, artisan market, with performances by: Mandai, Vandettas, Bastet, Cherchez La
    Femme, Drugzndreamz, Frank Grimes, Andrew Van Hassel, Krusha vs Expendable Youth,
    Willisist vs Dubconscious, Woodhead, The Librarian vs Self Evident, HxdB vs Cure. $15
    advance, low-income DTES residnets receive discounted entry by calling 604-689-9896.


    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: Lifeskills’ PHS DTES Market is taking place adjacent to the Market, 12-5pm


    ||||||||Saturday, Dec 15: VIMAF presents Charlie Zone feature film with short, 7-9pm.

    Sunday, Dec 16: VIMAF Children’s Program in the NFB Studio Cinema, 12-2pm


    ||||||||Sunday, Dec 16: Community Carolling, 4-5pm with complimentary hot chocolate, cider and


Toys for Kids – Donations to Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver on Wed Dec 5

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Toys for Kids logo

It’s a season of giving and CTV British Columbia is inviting you to make a donation of any new, unwrapped toys to the CTV Toys for Kids drive in support of Salvation Army of B.C.

Please bring your donations to the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver (located at 845 Burrard Street) on Wednesday, December 5th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


The Salvation Army logo

Salvation Army of B.C.

St. Thomas More Collegiate Choir

St. Thomas More Collegiate Choir

Sutton Place Hotel logo

Sutton Place Hotel

STMC Home of the Knights Logo

We are asking for your help in collecting toys for kids of all ages including teenagers.

Your generous donations will be going to kids in need of toys and in support of Salvation Army of B.C.

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Creative Mornings with Mayor Gregor Robertson at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment


Date: Friday December 07, 2012

Breakfast and Talk : 8:30am – 10:00am

SPEAKER: Mayor Gregor Robertson 

Mayor Gregor Robertson

In November 2011, Gregor Robertson was elected to a second term as Mayor of Vancouver. He was re-elected to continue building upon the accomplishments of his first three years in office—working to end street homelessness, addressing housing affordability, improving public transit, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world.

Mayor Robertson is also a national advocate for urban issues as Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, focusing on public infrastructure, housing and transit.

Mayor Robertson spearheaded the creation of the city’s first comprehensive Economic Action Strategy, and is committed to growing a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver focused on high-growth sectors like digital media, clean technology and renewable energy.

Building on the successful legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which has generated over $350 million in economic impact and created more than 3000 new jobs in the Metro Vancouver region, Mayor Robertson has established Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business. He has also overseen the creation and implementation of the award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader in everything from energy efficiency and waste reduction to clean air and local food.

Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver continues to rank as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with one of the most competitive environments for attracting new jobs and investment. The City of Vancouver has also been named the Most Innovative Organization in the province by BC Business Magazine for its open data initiative.

He has made affordable housing a top priority, with an aggressive, ten-year plan to provide thousands of affordable housing units for Vancouverites of all ages, while ensuring that existing affordable housing is protected. As Mayor, he has overseen significant progress towards the goal of ending street homelessness by 2015, by opening new homeless shelters while leveraging significant investments in new social housing throughout the city.

Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, a Vancouver-based socially responsible company that produces organic juices and promotes health and nutrition. He and his wife Amy have four children. The Mayor is an avid soccer and hockey fan, and can occasionally be seen around town playing his tuba or drums.


GDC/BC W2 MEDIA CAFEThis month’s event will be hosted by the generous folks over at

W2 Media Café and co-presented by the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. If you are not familiar with our supporters, please visit them online to learn more!

Thanks also to our media partner



Breakfast will be generously sponsored by this month’s support partner modo.




CreativeMornings is a monthly morning gathering for creative types. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture, followed by a 20 minute group discussion. The gathering begins at 8:30am with the topic presentation starting at 9:00am and everyone taking off for work at 10am.
CreativeMornings are free of charge!

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A Night tour of Local Garden in Vancouver

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment
Sustainably growing the City’s freshest source of healthy local greens, Vancouver’s Local Garden is North America’s first Verticrop™ farm.

Our mission is to sustainably grow the freshest, healthiest, best-tasting local produce without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides.

Sustainably growing Vancouver’s freshest source of healthy local greens, Local Garden is North America’s original Verticrop™ farm located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Handpicked at the peak of freshness and delivered the same day to local restaurants and grocers, means the freshest tasting produce available without the loss of any vitamins, minerals or nutrients.

Our Place Community Forum at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Our Place – Promoting Local Access & Community Empowerment Community Forum

Our Place is a multi-faceted community based initiative and You play play an important role in determining the overall success of our coordinated strategy to grow healthy children and families in a healthy community.

The Community Forum is an opportunity to share ideas on the Inner City. Sessions will focus on:

Home – Social Housing for Families and Seniors

Family – Parent to Parent Advocacy Training

Work – Opportunities for a Sustainable Economy in the Inner City