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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

0 April in CBC lobby

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

 WGH Poster

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

AHA MEDIA is very honored to be featured in “With Glowing Hearts” the movie directed by Andrew Lavigne and produced by Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films

August 10, 2009 2 comments
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A Social Media revolution has been brewing for the past five years on websites from FaceBook, to Wikipedia, to Flickr, and as it spreads throughout the Internet and into popular culture through an increasing number of portals, it is creating a new sense of community and empowerment amongst those who have embraced it.

History has shown that poor and marginalized communities stand to gain the most from leaps forward in the democratization of information, so the excitement in areas like Vancouver’s maligned Downtown Eastside about the possibilities of Web 2.0 and beyond is palpable.

With the Winter Olympics less than a year away, billions have been spent in preparations and many poverty advocates are concerned about how the city’s several thousand homeless and working poor will fit into the equation as Vancouver puts on its best face for the world.

Against this background the film examines Social Media in action as a group named Fearless City embarks on a campaign to empower and protect its neighbours with cellphones, video-streaming, and the World Wide Web.

With great thanks to both our mentors, Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy for a wonderful movie trailer! 🙂

Thanks to all our friends and our colleagues in the film ” With Glowing Hearts” 🙂

AHA MEDIA ‘s photo is a finalist in Pivot’s Hope in Shadow Top 40 Finalists Votes for Best Photos at Carnegie Centre from July 6 to 10, 2009!!

July 7, 2009 Leave a comment

,Hope in Shadows Top 40 photos vote

Last month, AHA MEDIA participated in Pivot’s Hope in SHadow 3 day photography contest in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) where the theme was ” Heart of the Community”

We are very proud to say that AHA MEDIA’s Peter Davies’s photo of April Smith is Photo No. 3 – Please Come down and vote for Photo No 3 for AHA MEDIA to be in 2010’s Hope In Shadows Calendar!! 🙂

Peter with his photo of April that made it into Top 40

Please Come down to Carnegie Centre  and vote for Photo No 3 for AHA MEDIA to be in 2010’s Hope In Shadows Calendar!! 🙂

April sitting No 3
When?   From July 6 to 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where?  On the street outside Carnegeie Community Centre (Main and Hastings in Vancouver)
What?  Comunity members can vote for their favorite photos. This vote decides the ranking of contest winners

Peter and Paul

Vote for Top 40 with Pink Ballot

Vote for Top 40

In this video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA films Hope in Shadows’ Display of the Top 40 Finalists with a mentor of AHA MEDIA – Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films standing with Paul Ryan of Pivot’s Hope In Shadows Project

Jon Ornoy filming April Smith

Jon Ornoy and Paul Ryan

AHA MEDIA gets interviewed by Animal Mother Films

April 25, 2009 Leave a comment

 AHA MEDIA was pleased to be interviewed by Animal Mother Films at One Stop Shop Cards and Games in Tinseltown Mall in Vancouver.

Animal Mother Films is a full service film production company based in Vancouver BC, dedicated to making provocative and engaging films that aren’t ashamed to have a social conscience.  Working with some of the most creative minds this city has to offer,  AMF strives to tell stories that resonate with audiences well past the last frame and compel them to make a difference. 






AHA MEDIA met Andrew Lavigne and Jon Ornoy of Animal Mother Films during projects for Fearless City Mobile. 🙂

AHA MEDIA wishes to thank Animal Mother Films and crew in interviewing us for their upcoming film 🙂