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AHA MEDIA from Vancouver Downtown Eastside is very proud to be featured in Robert Matas’ article “Clustering In Action” in “The Globe and Mail” National newspaper

December 19, 2009 1 comment

Clustering in action

Robert Matas

Vancouver — From Saturday’s Globe and Mail Published on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 10:13PM EST

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/clustering-in-action/article1406276/

AHA Media is a struggling new company incubated in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside by a government-funded agency that turned to theories of a Harvard University professor more often associated with Silicon Valley and Hollywood than with revitalization of urban slums.

April Smith, one of the company’s founders, drifted into the Downtown Eastside after a serious car accident left her with severe memory loss and other injuries. With no money, she ended up living in temporary shelters and hotels dominated by predator pimps and drug addicts, she said recently in an interview.

Her life changed after she began cartooning to tell the stories of people she met at the hotel and on the street. A local community group inspired her to think about reporting activities in her neighbourhood without going through traditional media. She became part of an apprenticeship program developed by a cluster of local companies. After completing the program, she worked with others to open a new business in the area, AHA Media.

Prof. Michael Porter has written extensively about the advantages of clustering as an approach to economic development. Concentrating interconnected companies, specialized suppliers and associated educational institutions in the same geographic area fosters increased employment, productivity and innovation, he said. The clusters become a catalyst for innovation that feeds economic growth.

Building Opportunities with Business, a government-funded agency, dedicated to revival of the local economy, embraced clustering at the suggestion of an ex-board member who had studied at Harvard.

Ms. Smith was part of a training program developed by a cluster that included Bell Canada, the FireHall Arts Centre, a local digital filmmaking program that works with youth at risk called Intersections Media, a B.C. government employment program called BladeRunners and a non-profit group working in social media called W2: Community Media Arts.

The training program “gave me a big, big start,” she said. “It gave me a sense of direction.”

Ms. Smith is now on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Flickr. She describes herself as a mobile new-media videographer and social media content-producer. She shoots camera-phone videos and live-streams events onto the Internet.

To speak with April Smith more personally

http://www.facebook.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/AprilFilms
http://www.twitter.com/April

To see more of AHA MEDIA:

http://www.facebook.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.twitter.com/AHAMEDIA

http://www.youtube.com/AHAFilm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/AHAMEDIA/sets

Clustering pushes local businesses to think how they can work together, BOB’s chief executive officer, Shirley Chan, said. But, unlike Silicon Valley, the Downtown Eastside businesses do not have resources to carry out many of their ideas.

“Many employers here are marginal, they do not have a lot of money. That is why they are here. The rent is cheap,” she said. “ Without finding sources of funding, there is not a lot that can be created.”

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AHA MEDIA wishes to thank the following 🙂

Robert Matas, Reporter for Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com

Shirley Chan of BOB ( Building Opportunities with Business ) http://www.buildingopportunities.org

Irwin Oostindie of W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN ( Downtown Eastside Community Arts Network ) http://tinyurl.com/yaqw5mz

Lorraine Murphy of Raincoaster Media http://RaincoasterMedia.com

Role of the Arts in the DTES – Thursday November 5, 2009 5pm-7:30pm at W2 Perel Gallery 112 West Hastings in Vancouver

November 5, 2009 Leave a comment

At W2 112

Dialogue


ROLE OF THE ARTS IN THE DTES


Thursday November 5, 5pm-7:30pm


W2 Perel Gallery, 112 W. Hastings (note: change of venue)


With new asphalt, renovated heritage buildings, and hundreds of new condo units, the Downtown Eastside is changing. In other ways, it stays the same. W2 Community Media Arts,  The DTES Community Arts Network and Heart of the City Festival invite you to participate in a conversation on the role of the arts in the neighbourhood. What does development mean for existing artists? Are artists the unwitting “shock troops of gentrification,” or are the arts an integral component of the community?

With guests David Duprey, business man and entrepreneur; Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director – W2 Community Media Arts Society; Wendy Pedersen, community advocate for low-income housing; and Anne Marie Slater, independent photographer and media artist; moderator Ethel Whitty, Director—Carnegie Community Centre.

Reception at 5pm, Dialogue begins at 5:30pm. Free

http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/festival-09/november-5/

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30 at ArtSpeak in Gastown, Vancouver

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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http://www.artspeak.ca/exhibitions/event_detail.html?event_id=234

Althea Thauberger

September 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities.

The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework.

Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations.

Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development.

The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Exhibitions and Events

Carrall Street Publication and Edition Launch | 6-8pm Wednesday September 30

Althea ThaubergerSeptember 30th, 2009

The Carrall Street publication documents Althea Thauberger’s site-specific work that took place on the 200-block of Carrall Street in front of Artspeak on September 30, 2008. It considered the specificities of the site as a nexus of social, economic, political, and cultural realities. The block was closed to traffic and illuminated by film lights. Collaborating with local communities, individuals, and organizations, Thauberger invited a diverse group to undertake independent actions or activities within the event’s framework. Approximately forty performers worked across and through the delineation provided by the block, extending their activities into alleys and bars. The performances ranged from repeated physical actions, oratories, orchestrated conversations, and scripted performances that often occurred at an intimate scale, to reflected or framed quotidian situations. Because the event encompassed the entire block, the work took on an expanded subject matter that included the attitudes and activities of spectators and passersby, heightened aesthetics and conditions of representation, the street’s physical surroundings and architecture, and transitional moments in the street’s development. The publication includes commissioned texts, scripts, a partial transcription of the Carrall Street forum, archival documents, and images.

Related Links

Carrall Street [Publication]
Althea Thauberger [Artist]

AHA MEDIA went on an exclusive tour of W2 Community Media Arts Centre with the Sennheiser Sound Tour as they visited Vancouver!

August 23, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA went on an exclusive tour of W2 Community Media Arts Centre with the Sennheiser Sound Tour as they visited Vancouver!

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be the first mobile new media and social media company from Vancouver to see the very beginning of the W2 Community Media Arts Centre from the ground up!

Sennheiser Sound Tour http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com

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While you may not have heard about Sennheiser, you soon will. Sennheiser is a famous amongst music professionals for providing the most authentic sound and this summer, the Sennheiser Sound Tour will be spreading the sound about their incredible headphones across North America. With a team of 6 guys and a team of 6 Girls – there is goingto be some fun!

What Sennheiser stands for

We create the greatest and most exciting sound experience for people worldwide – whether at home or out and about; on stage or behind the DJ console; in a museum or in a concert hall. It is our ambition to enable people all around the world to enjoy a unique sound experience. Approximately 2000 Sennheiser employees in 90 countries around the globe work as a team in a constant effort to fulfil this promise.

For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customised solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world’s leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services we constantly set ourselves the challenge of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of our customers.

Below is ( Left to Right)

Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour, April Smith of AHA MEDIA/W2, Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 Community Media Arts, Po of Sennheiser Sound Tour, Sid Tan of ICTV/W2

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 The following videos are  by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone generously provided by W2 Community Media Arts. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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Back: Sid Tan of ICTV/W2, Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour, Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2, Po of Sennheiser Sound Tour

Front: Lani Russwurm of DTES CAN/W2 and April Smith of AHA MEDIA/W2

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Below is Po and Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour http://www.SennheiserSoundTour.com

Po and Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour

Below is Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour, Irwin Oostindie of W2 Community Media Arts and Po of Sennheiser Sound Tour chatting together.

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Below is Po and Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour walking through the beginning of W2 Community Media Arts Centre

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We thank Po and Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour for touring W2 Community Media Arts Centre 🙂

Sennheiser Sound Tour http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com

W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.com

Thanks to Po of Sennheiser Sound Tour http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com

Po of Sennheiser

Thanks to Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com

Adrian of Sennheiser

Please see all 211 photos of Sennheiser Sound Tour visiting W2 on both our Flickr sets

First set has 163 photos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157621993006603/

Second set has 48 photos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157622116660280/

Thanks to Sennheiser Sound Tour  http://www.sennheisersoundtour.com and W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

AHA MEDIA is pleased to produce mobile media of  6 videos on Youtube and 211 photos on Flickr for you!

April Smith of AHA MEDIA with Lani Russwurm arrival at Japanese Language School to try to see Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

July 14, 2009 4 comments

Sunday July 12, 2009 was a Historic Day for us in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Japan’s Royalty – Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit our local Japanese Language School!

What a rare honor for us in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES) !

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In this video,  April Smith of AHA MEDIA and Lani Russwurm’s arrival at Japanese Language School to try to see Japan’s Royal Emperor Akihito and Empress Michikoin Vancouver Downtown Eastside.


This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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In the following photos,  Lani Russwurm, local Vancouver Downtown Eastside Historian  http://pasttensevancouver.wordpress.com  and many others wait patiently for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to exit the Japanese Language School

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In this video, Japan’s Royal Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko exit the Japanese Language School after being escorted by Mayor Gregor Robertson in Vancouver Downtown Eastside with the Emperor waving goodbye in his limo. 

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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In this video, after Japan’s  Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko leave Japanese Language School in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside, Mayor Gregor Robertson poses with Wendy Pedersen’s son and Rika Uto’s son.

This was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a Nokia N95 mobile cameraphone. April is passionate and skilled in making Nokia films by exploring mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter.

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In the following photo,  our Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson poses with poses with Wendy Pedersen’s son and Rika Uto’s son.

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In the photos below,  happy people pose together including our Mayor Gregor Robertson and 2 RCMP officers in traditional dress uniform.

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To see our test livestream videos of this Historic event, please look at

http://www.qik.com/ahamedia

To see 45 photos of the Japanese Royal visit, please see our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157621279467487/

W2 info night on June 4, 2009 at Flack Block in Vancouver Downtown Eastside ( DTES )

June 6, 2009 Leave a comment

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Interested in W2 and the community? Want to get involved to make a positive and lasting change?

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Come to the W2 info night, held on Thursday, June 4th at 7PM. This is an free and informal event open to everyone. Food and drinks will be served.

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Thursday night is a community meeting for our supporters. We will be doing Info Sessions every week on key subjects, but this meeting is aimed at updating our active community on challenges we are having with City negotiations, as well as recruiting more volunteers.

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The W2 Info Night will be held in W2’s new offices at the Flack Block building at 163 West Hastings from 7-10PM on June 4th.

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A W2 staff member will be waiting out front of the building to let guests inside.

Future topics include Social Enterprise Incubator program

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W2 Youth Media Arts Lab apprenticeship program recruitment

 Intro to our tv/radio programs

 Youth program

 Disability arts program

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W2 Community Media Arts http://www.creativetechnology.org

To see 68 photos, please see our Flickr

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahamedia/sets/72157619314534906/

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to congratulate W2’s Executive Director Irwin Oostindie nomination for an Individual Stand Out Award in the catergory of Visionary Leadership for the Pop Vox Awards 2009

May 12, 2009 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA is very pleased to congratulate Irwin Oostindie, our Executive Director  for W2 and Fearless City Mobile.

If not for Irwin Oostindie’s great encouragement, training, mentoring and vision – AHA MEDIA ( made of Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents learning to become skilled new media community content producers, social media event reporters and hyperlocal citizen journalists) would not have existed! 

As we continue to participate events and projects with our most recent being at Vancouver Digital Week 2009, we are continously learning  about creative and digital technology!

Thanks so much to Irwin for making us as AHA MEDIA who we are and what we are becoming for the future ! We owe so much to you for believing in us, as marginalized Vancouver Downtown Eastside citizens that could make a very positive difference in our lives, our communities, and for the world! 🙂

Irwin Oostindie’s very belief in us has changed our very existence  in the most misrepresented area of Vancouver- AHA MEDIA is  now  made up of proud Downtown Eastside ( DTES ) people with real skills and training!

 Thank you very much Irwin! You’ve saved and changed our humble lives!  What AHA MEDIA is today, is because of your continuing work with us! Thank you for all the opportunities you’ve granted us! 🙂

We look forward to the Pop Vox Awards Show at Workspace Wednesday May 13,2009. AHA MEDIA will be livestreaming during the event and reception!

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With respectful thanks to Carla Bergman http://www.rainzine.org for her following writeup on Irwin Oostindie’s nomination

W2 is pleased to announce that Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director, has been nominated for an Individual Stand Out (ISO) Awards in the category of Visionary Leadership for the PopVox 2009 Awards for Digital Media. New Media BC presents PopVox: People’s Choice Digital Media Awards which recognize all major sectors of the digital media industry and celebrates its creativity, talent, and achievements.

Irwin Oostindie cofounded W2 in 2005, and is currently Executive Director responsible for project development, community and stakeholder engagement, and clustering the many organizations and programs that make up W2. W2 is scheduled to open at Woodward’s in the Fall 2009, serving DTES residents with programs empowering through arts and creative technology. Oostindie was nominated for his work facilitating Downtown Eastside residents in breaking the digital divide, and showcasing what digital technology can do to improve peoples lives, while democratizing access to technology and peer training. Oostindie designed the W2 Incubator program which uses a new model fusing entrepreneurship, capacity building, and empowerment.

Oostindie is nominated alongside two Vancouver new media entrepreneurs in the Visionary Leadership category. Michael Tippett has built Now Public into the world’s largest citizen journalism website, and Jason Mogus, has expanded Communicopia to be a leader in web technology, strategy and social change.

W2 is also nominated under another PopVox category this year, with Kris Krug, Co-Chair of W2’s Fundraising Committee, nominated in the Social Media category. Krug is a major force in Canada’s web 2.0 and social media industry.

The awards are being held during Vancouver Digital Media Week, on Wednesday, May 13th. W2 VJ Director, Suez ‘Electrabelle’ Holland, will be on hand to animate the PopVox event with live digital media streaming. For further details visit http://www.vancouverdigitalweek.com/

Below is a photo ( Left to Right)

Lani, Irwin, Kris

 Lani Russwurm – DTES CAN – Downtown Eastside Commnity Arts Network

Irwin Oostindie  – Executive Director of W2 and Fearless City Mobile

Kris Krug               – Social Media Rockstar

AHA MEDIA is very honored and blessed to know each of the above men who are our mentors and leaders as we learn more about creative technology! 🙂