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OPENING THE TREASURE BOX for 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver on Saturday October 27, 2012

October 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Saturday October 27, 4pm – 6pm
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

An exciting opportunity to meet and pose questions to a number of the historians who live, share and celebrate the storied and rich history of the Downtown Eastside. Our panel of history treasure hunters features: James Johnstone, house history researcher and heritage activist; John Atkin, author and civic historian; Lani Russwurm, writer and Vancouver history blogger; Larry Wong, enthusiastic historian and writer born in Chinatown; Kat Norris, Coast Salish activist and community leader; and Grace Eiko Thomson, freelance curator and respected Japanese Canadian elder. Houses, rumours, streets, labour strife, ancestors, and community successes are just some of the fascinating topics in the neighbourhood treasure box of DTES history. Free

This event was on Day 4 of  the 12 Days of the Heart of the City Festival. Please check the website for more events!

The 9th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival 

Wednesday 24 October to Sunday 4 November, 2012

Over 120 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside

On page 13 of the Festival Program guide, there is a writeup on AHA MEDIA

The Festival is thrilled to partner with the DTES’s AHA Media to provide social media coverage (video/photos/blog) of the Heart of the City Festival. AHA Media gives voice to our local community and provides services for individuals and organizations to share their news and special events on a broader scale through social media. Founded in 2008 by local artists April Smith, Hendrik Beune, and Al Tkatch, AHA Media previously collaborated with Fearless City Media and has an ongoing working relationship with W2Community Media Arts and various other organizations and individuals in the DTES community. The members of AHA Media describe themselves as “definitely not mainstream media”. Based in Vancouver’s DTES, their style is described as non-invasive and unassuming.

Say Hello to AHA Media as they visit the Festival events. They will be happy to chat with you. Stay connected to the festival with AHA’s links – see photos/videos of the festival events you attended; take in a festival event you missed; or follow one festival event while you are attending another!

Follow AHA MEDIA on Twitter, Facebook,  Youtube and Flickr!

AHA MEDIA Twitter   @AHAMEDIA  @AprilFilms  

AHA MEDIA Facebook

AHA Media YouTube Channel

AHA Media Flickr Photos


AHA MEDIA filmed at W2 Soul Gardens Long Table European Dinner with Lani Russwurm in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Time: August 1, 2011 at 7pm to August 5, 2011 at 9pm
Location: W2 Media Cafe
Street: 111 W hastings
City/Town: Vancouver
Event Type: dinner
Organized By: W2 Woodwards

Event Description

W2 Media Cafe, 7pm daily
Founding DTES communities shared gardens, ingredients and stories, now taste the recipes and flavours from Vancouver’s early settlers on the Unceded Territories of the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Musqeam Nation. Guests chef Mark Smith (Toronto) works with artists Cease Wyss, Indigo, Anne Marie Slater, Wayde Compton and Lani Russwurm to craft nightly menus centred around a single heritage.

Tickets  $1–20 by donation/sliding scale.
European, Aug 1

Coast Salish, Aug 2
African, Aug 3
Chinese Aug 4
Japanese, Aug 5

Tickets available at:

W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment
W2 Woodwards

Soul Gardens Public Art Project

Event Details

Event Description

Soul Gardens is a W2 community public art project that investigates the cultural history of the Downtown Eastside as told through stories of food, gardening and community.

A collaboration between five muralists and five artist researchers, the project draw heavily on individual and shared narratives within founding DTES cultural groups including the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, and African, Chinese, Japanese and European settlers.  In addition to a large public mural, Soul Gardens will create a dynamic online interface inviting individuals to share recipes, stories, photos and other information about how food has played a role in shaping their experience of Vancouver.

Muralists: Jordan Bent, Indigo, Scott Sueme, Melanie Shambach, Take5. Researchers: Wayde Compton, Lani Russwurm, Anne Marie Slater, Sid Tan and Cease Wyss. Project Coordinators: Irwin Oostindie, Lianne Payne.

Look here for further event updates on the project as they are announced, including long table dinners, recipe card collections, and public talks and workshops on cultural heritage and community history.

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada. Artwork design: Jordan Ben

AHA MEDIA is very proud to help support the W2 Soul Gardens Public Art Project!

Below are photos from a recent meeting at W2 Media Cafe

Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA unboxing a Nokia N8 for #N8Productions in Vancouver, Canada

December 12, 2010 Leave a comment

In the following photos and video, Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA unboxes a Nokia N8 smartphone for #N8Productions in Vancouver, Canada

Below is Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA looking at the Nokia N8

Below is Barb Goosehead with Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA looking at the Nokia N8 at LifeSkills Centre in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below is Christoph Runne and Bill Inglis looking at the Nokia N8

Below is the difference between Nokia N8 and Nokia N97 mini cameraphones

Below is a photo and video of Barb Goosehead watching a video on the Nokia N8

Below are photo of Lani Russwurm looking at the Nokia N8

Below is a photo and video of a video being filmed on the Nokia N8

Many thanks to WOM WORLD Nokia for the Nokia N8 and #N8Productions package 🙂  The members of AHA MEDIA and our friends in Vancouver are very proud to see and use the Nokia N8.

We are honored to be asked to compete in the #N8Productions worldwide!  We love using Nokia smartphones for all our mobile media making and livestreaming! 🙂

AHA MEDIA Livestreamed Human Rights and Media Matters forum at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver

December 10, 2010 1 comment
By Staff, December 9, 2010

A public forum called “Human Rights and Media Matters” is being held tonight (December 9) at W2 Storyeum in Vancouver.

Georgia Straight editor Charlie Smith is moderating the discussion, which is being cohosted by the Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality and Solidarity Society, the Chinese Canadian National Council, and the W2 Community Media Arts Society.

The panel features B.C. Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby, Downtown Eastside activist Tami Starlight, antiracist activist Harsha Walia, and UBC history professor Henry Yu.

Here’s the live stream from April Smith of AHA Media.

Below is Sid Tan, organizer of “Human Rights and Media Matters” forum at W2 with Irwin Oostindie watching

Below is Tami Starlight, Henry Yu, Charlie Smith and David Eby

Below is a photo of AHA MEDIA’s Mac with Nokia N97 mini and Nokia N8 smart cameraphones

Below is Nokia N97 mini livestreaming

Below is filming with Nokia N8 and livestreaming Nokia N97 mini

Below is David Eby and Harsha Walia

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA filming with a Nokia N8

Below is Tami Starlight with Henry Yu

Below is Charlie Smith, Editor of Georgia Straight

Below is Sudha Krishna asking a question

Below is Miraj Khaled asking a question

Below is MLA Mable Elmore for Vancouver-Kensington

Below is Sean Gunn

Below is Lani Russwurm, Stephan and Miraj

See all “Human Rights and Media Matters ” livestream at