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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.

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

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment

EVENT DESCRIPTION

THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT ARRIVES IN VANCOUVER THIS WEEK AT W2 MEDIA CAFE

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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!http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject

AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Event in Vancouver DTES

March 25, 2012 1 comment

SATURDAY MARCH 24 SCHEDULE

2pm WELCOME
Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.

 

2:30-3:30pm FIRST CONCURRENT SESSIONS +++++
Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

A) PROGRAMMING
media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

B) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

C) CROSSMEDIA BROADCASTING
W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

D) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

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3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space
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4-5pm SECOND CONCURRENT SESSIONS+++++

A) COMMUNICATIONS
Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

B) W2 MEDIA CAFE
Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

C) W2 RADIO
The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2’s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

D) LETTERPRESS
Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

E) VIDEO HISTORY of W2
area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

5-6pm RECEPTION
Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!

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Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2’s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2’s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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Opening of W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) on Wed Sept 21, 2011

September 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Sid Tan of W2TV writes:

September 21, 2011 is a memorable day. A diverse gathering celebrated the official opening of W2 Media Cafe and the Concrete Park music and break dance sessions.

Many thanks for entertainment to The Hastings Set who provided the music and the Hip Hop and B-Boys breakdancers. Also many thanks to the W2 volunteers, board and staff.

Mayor Gregor Robertson cut the ribbon. Also in attendance were  Councillors Ellen Woodsworth, Heather Deal and Andrea Reimer, developer Ian Gillespie and architect Gregory Henriqez. First Nation welcome by ethnobotanist/media artist Cease Wyss while Magnus Thyvold represented the W2 board while Irwin Oostindie was MC.

Below is a video by Sid Tan

Below are videos and photos from AHA MEDIA

With Glowing Hearts – The Movie Theatrical Screening in Vancouver – Sat Sept 24 7pm

September 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Time
24 September · 19:00 – 22:00

Location
SFU Woodward’s
149 W Hastings

Vancouver, British Columbia

Created by:
Jon Ornoy, Andrew Lavigne

More info
It’s the WGH cross-Canada screening series! Here’s your chance to see our little movie up on the big screen in a city near you. Each show will be preceded by a photo display in the the theatre lobby from photographer Kris Krug. After the film stick around for a Q+A with producer Jon Ornoy. Tickets on sale now online (wghvancouver.eventbrite.com), or at the door.

You can watch the trailer at youtube.com/wghthemovie

The social network is replacing the broadcast network as the place where the world gets its news. From the Ukraine to the Mid East and everywhere in between, people are turning on to new ways of tuning in, and joining this emerging media democracy. With Glowing Hearts is a film about Social Media in action; its power to represent, inspire and break down the digital divide.

In February 2010, the Winter Olympics stormed through Vancouver, along with 5,000 international media assigned to cover the Games. At these Games, record numbers of residents, activists and fans used their blogs, video-streaming cellphones and the Internet to connect, engage and tell the story like never before. Centered on an unlikely initiative coming out of the city’s most impoverished and maligned neighborhood to create the Games’ first dedicated Social Media center, the film offers viewers an exclusive glimpse into a potent melding of technology, activism and passion

Below is a photo of Jon Ornoy, Andrew Lavigne, Garvin Snider, April Smith and Irwin Oostindie