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Alain Assailly of AHA MEDIA attended the Celebration of Local Entrepeneurs on Tuesday Oct 20,2009

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Celebration of Local Entrepreneurs
October 20th, 2009 – Vancouver (Heritage Hall)

The event was organized by EMBERS (Eastside Movement for Business & Economic Renewal Society).
It gathered many microenterprises among the exhibitors and met a bright success!


Photos and Text by Alain Assailly of AHA MEDIA

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AHA MEDIA is very pleased to introduce our newest member of our team – Alain Assailly

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to introduce our newest member of our team – Alain Assailly !  🙂

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Free lance journalist and independant photographer, Alain Assailly has been living in Vancouver since May 2008.

He frequently contributes to The/La Source multicultural newspaper (

He has also written articles in the frenchspeaking newspaper « L’Express du Pacifique » (

 In France, from 1991 to 1993, he attended the film school ESRA (« Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle »). There he learned techniques in photography, video and cinema production. Then, after passing a French Law degree (to learn about copyright in France), he got a Master in Corporate Communication in 1999 (equivalent to the Canadian Bachelor of Arts degree).

 After his studies, he occupied different positions in France : Advertising Manager (including events organization), Webmaster assistant, Sales Representative, Account and Staff Manager (in the cleaning industry).

 Alain has decided to start a new and fresh life in Canada, where he immigrated to in 2008. After working in a fast food restaurant as a Counter Attendant in North Vancouver, he now strives to challenge himself. He aims to specialize in the production of documentaries and wants to support the development of the upcoming W2 Community Media Arts Centre in Vancouver (

 He’s still a member of the France-Canada Organization based in Paris, in France ( This organization deals with the social and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

 In 2006, Alain was keen to discover the North American way of life and to improve his English. So, Alain stayed in Canada for one year from 2006 to 2007 with a Working Holiday Visa. He worked in Toronto as a Sales Assistant in a Fine Food Store. Then, he moved in Montreal where he set up his own business : a seasonal store to sell ice cream and candies. He stopped this temporary business when his visa was expired. His Canadian adventure was just about to begin!


Below is a photo of April Smith welcoming Alain Assailly to the AHA MEDIA team! 🙂

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AHA MEDIA was very proud to speak at Net Tuesday event at CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Centre ) in Vancouver

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very proud to speak at Net Tuesday event at CBC ( Canadian Broadcasting Centre ) in Vancouver on September 1, 2009

Below is a photo of April Smith of AHA MEDIA in the lobby of CBC Vancouver

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Below is a photo of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA looking into the Net Tuesday crowd

1 A Peter at CBC room

Below is a photo of April about to walk into the room where other Net Tuesday folks are gathered in a room at CBC

1 April to talk at CBC

Below is a photo of April and Andrew Lavigne hugging upon greeting!  AHA MEDIA is very lucky to have Andrew Lavigne as one of their mentors!  🙂

2 April and Andrew greeting each other at CBC

 Andrew Lavigne is a professional filmmaker and director of a documentary called “With Glowing Hearts” in which AHA MEDIA is one of the featured stories having their journeys into socia media followed and documented for over a year.

“With Glowing Hearts” is a movie where social media is used for social change especially for the folks in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside

Andrew Lavigne says

WGH-is a story about a revolution, one of social change and a paradigm shift in media representation. Vancouver sets the stage, against the backdrop of the 2010 Winter Games, for our documentary about a marginalized community embracing social media tools to empower, inspire and breakdown the digital divide. This is a project that I am directing and is being produced by Shot on various capture devices including the Red, the HVX 200, the 5D MkII and the Nokia N77 cellphone. We began shooting Feb/2009 and will continue through March/2010….look for more footage to appear…soon. Enjoy.

You may view “With Glowing Hearts”  trailer on Vimeo

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Below is a photo of Andrew Lavigne placing a wiresless microphone unit on the back of April’s skirt.

3 Andrew putting wireless microphone on April

Below is a photo of April with Kris Krug ( KK), another one of AHA MEDIA’s advisors and mentors 🙂

4 April with KK before speech

Below is a photo of April with Elijah van der Giessen, organizer of Net Tuesday

4B April with Eli

Below are two photos of April Smith making her presentation. Photos  were taken by Alain Assailly, Journalist of The/La Source newspaper.

5 April Speaking at CBC Broadcast Centre in Vancouver

6 April Speaking 2 at CBC Broadcast Centre

Below is speech made by April Smith of AHA MEDIA  to Net Tuesday group at CBC.

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA is filming and documenting her presentation.


Hi Everybody! 🙂

I’m April Smith and I’d like to thank you all for giving me this great opportunity to speak before you here at CBC as many of you usually see me behind a camera filming you  at many of our past events 🙂

I first learned my skills though the Fearless City Mobile Project funded by Heritage Canada and Bell

Fearless City Mobile was DEVELOPED AS a two way RICH MEDIA FILE SHARING SYSTEM for marginalized residents and artists of Vancouver‘s Downtown Eastside.  It’s an interactive communication system that can stream multiple feeds to public live screens. Fearless has been breaking the digital divide for 2 years by empowering locals with mobile technology.  Fearless runs programs and events to support creation of community generated media.

As Fearless City Mobile developed as a social enterprise within W2, which is the new Community Media Arts Centre,  several of us graduates were inspired to keep learning and went on to found a company called AHA MEDIA. This year we will be advancing our business and expanding our networks with the support of W2’s Incubator program and with the broader social media network in the city. 

 We began documenting our further journey into social media by virtue of becoming hyper local, new media citizen journalists reporting on the positive stories of the Downtown Eastside residents.

  We have expanded our repertoire of tools across a broad variety of multimedia storytelling platforms.  In addition to being citizen journalists, we’re also mobile media content producers who use cameraphones to make photos, twitter updates and videos both static and livestreaming for Greater Vancouver area clients, events and organizations.

 We produce rich multimedia content and footage to document, promote and archive any presentation or live event.

 By our work, we’re helping to create social change by using social media to raise awareness of the stories out there for Vancouver.

 In the future, AHA MEDIA will be working with W2, the new Community Media Arts Centre located in the new Woodwards building downtown and more partners in the social media and tech world here in Vancouver 🙂

 I’m very pleased to chat with anyone who may be interested in hiring us for their next project.  Our site is at and on twitter I’m @AprilFilms , @AHAMEDIA @April

Thanks very much for listening to me 🙂


7 April after CBC speech

Below is a photo of Alden Habacon, Manager of  Diversity Initiatives at CBC Television

Alden from CBC talking

Below is a photo of April standing with CBC signs

April standing with CBC signs

Below is a photo of April Smith, Alain Assailly and Peter Davies taking an artistic photograph of themselves in a elevator at CBC.

April, Alain, Peter in a CBC elevator

Below is a photo of Alain and April enjoying a sushi dinner with Peter after Net Tuesday at CBC Vancouver 🙂

Sushi dinner after #NetTuesday

Sushi celebration dinner