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AHA MEDIA at Year of the Rabbit – 2011 Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, Vancouver

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA at Year of the Rabbit – 2011 Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown, Vancouver

Happy New Year!

Below is a photo of Hedy Fry

Below are photos of Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver

Below is a photo of Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang



AHA MEDIA at “Vancouver Street Soccer League vs City Hall” Soccer Tournament in Vancouver

December 7, 2010 1 comment

The Vancouver Street Soccer League Takes on City Hall

In a series of classic confrontations, Vancouver Street Soccer League ( teams tested their skills not only against each other, but also against a City of Vancouver team lead by Mayor Gregor Robertson on Saturday, December 4 at Memorial South Park.

Many people contributed to the organization of the tournament and even Mother Nature chipped in by giving us a beautiful sunny day. Malcolm Bromley and the Park Board had an amazing new turf field for us to Christen with some soccer magic. Continuing their strong support of Street Soccer, the Portland Hotel Society provided tents, heaters, food and other pieces of the puzzle through our great PHS-based volunteers, including Kailin See and Sarah Blyth who had lead organizational roles. Snacks and drinks were generously provided by the Vancouver Food Bank. Andrea Reimer, Sarah Blyth, and Amy and Gregor Robertson recruited a strong team for the City. Ex-Vancouver Dream Catcher turned AHA Media reporter Peter Davies and Vancouver International Soccer Festival President Adri Hamael were quick to answer the call and then make all the right ones as referees. We also felt the love of Street Soccer friends across the country as everyone received a Street Soccer Canada toque from Paul Gregory and Wendy Perkins at SSC headquarters in Ontario. The live music by Good for Grapes completed the atmosphere, and Kurt Heinrich ensured the event got the attention of the city by once again attracting prominent media coverage ( ; pick the broadcast from Dec. 4 and advance to the 7-minute mark). As usual, the comprehensive account was also recorded by April Smith at AHA Media.

As hosts of the tournament, Portland FC ( setup camp on Field 1 for the duration. Team Canada veterans and new recruits alike made sure that points weren’t easily gained by the competition. Randy showed moments of goaltending brilliance reminiscent of his all-star performance against Mexico at the Homeless World Cup, while Hector, Rik, Frank, Sid, Peter and Patrick put on a passing display that was tastier than Prime Time Chicken.

Like the Montreal Canadiens of Vancouver Street Soccer, the Eastside Sun Eagles brought their proven formula of intensity and reliable play to the tournament. Playing coach Lotfi and Team Canada penalty-shot expert Robert lead usual suspects Virgil, Hudson, Saul, Carlos, Bryan, and Shamaly in a relentless attack that gave Mayor Robertson a loss to revisit in his mind through slow moments in Council Chambers over the coming months. Keeper Hector was stingier than Ebenezer Scrooge, allowing only a single goal the whole tournament.

Since steamrolling the competition in their Street Soccer debut in the February, 2010 Going For Gold tournament, the Aboriginal Friendship Centre has consistently raised the bar of competition for the other VSSL teams. Saturday was no exception as Mel, Shane, Dennis, Quoc, Jerry, Jake, Aaron, Joseph, Conrad, Dude, Ted, Enrique, and playing coach Brian rolled shift after skill-laden shift in a system that Alain Vigneault would have been proud of. With small nets making goals hard to come by, Brian and Enrique impressed by each rippling the mesh and then providing an encore.

Like a series of election night nail biters, the City team, bolstered by VSSL volunteers, squeaked out a collection of close victories, but couldn’t beat the eventual tournament champions. The one – nil win over Portland FC must have been sweet redemption for the now legendary 6-5 Portland FC triumph over the Mayor and City Council 11-aside in the teams’ only previous meeting. Street Soccer fans everywhere are already debating the likely outcome of a balance-tipping third game. Mayor Robertson delighted the populace with game-winning goal. Not to be outdone, and possibly a signal that he intends to run for office himself, Diego lead the way with three match-deciding markers. Chris, Zoran, Kurt, Barry, Adrian, Ron, and Andy provided a supporting cast with more style than City Hall’s art deco relief.

By all accounts, the favourites of the tournament were Portland FC Phoenix. Not intimidated by the greatest collection of Street Soccer talent ever accumulated in Vancouver, the VSSL’s first all women’s team stepped up and rolled out an inspired brand of football. In one close game after another, Phoenix averaged less than two goals against per game. A slim one to nothing scoreline was all that separated Phoenix from the Mayor’s team and their male Portland FC counterparts could also only manage one tally against them. Keeper and City Councilor Andrea Reimer served early and frequent notice that unwanted guests weren’t welcome in her goal crease. Amy and Carla showed the poise of experienced veterans, while Sarah, Kailin, and Heather proved quick studies from their time practicing with Portland FC. Christa (“iano Ronaldo”) revealed step-over moves that will be dancing in the heads of more than a couple defensemen this holiday season. Meanwhile, Paula had something to teach Ryan Kesler about being an effective two-way player by establishing a formidable presence at both ends of the field. Kayla, Claire, Tracy, Tanya and the rest of the team must have been fired up by Lauren’s surprisingly effective battle cry as they brought the fight to the guys match after match.

In the end, there could only be one winner and on this day, the North Shore Shields would not be denied. The mountain men from the other side of the water went undefeated through all five games. Only the Sun Eagles managed to avoid a loss to the Shields by clinging to a zero – zero draw. A true sign of a dynasty team is even scoring throughout the roster, and with Steve, Trevor, James, Fred, Ramin, and Alex all putting up numbers in the goal column, the Shields could be the team to beat for the foreseeable future. However, the 2-1 victory over Portland FC must have been bittersweet for Steve, Trevor, and James who were on loan from the home side. Only time will tell if a return of their services will brighten Portland FC’s fortune in the next tournament. Masoud, Mori and Nathan were solid when called upon and coach Dave did his best Sir Alex Ferguson impression to guide his team through five impressive results.

The next VSSL action takes place January 8, 2011 in North Vancouver as the North Shore Shields and the VSSL host the Kelowna Kodiaks. Will the newcomers from the Okanagan be easy pickings or craftier than the Ogopogo? Stay tuned.

Alan Bates

President, Vancouver Street Soccer League







AHA MEDIA at Sox in the City 2010 launch at Vancouver City Hall

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

Tenth year of Sox in the City celebrated today at Vancouver City Hall!

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), in partnership with PHS Community Services launched the annual Sox in the City campaign today at Vancouver City Hall. The campaign which is celebrating its 10 year, gathers and distributes new or gently used socks to people  in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, VCH’s Betheny Jeal, PHS Community Services Society’s Liz Evans and London Drugs’ Dave Woogman kicked off the 2010 Sox in the City Campaign.

“The Sox in the City campaign is an important addition to the other initiatives underway in Vancouver to help people who are homeless,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The City is now opening temporary winter shelter and the people at those shelters and on the street will benefit greatly from new socks and other cold weather necessities”

Warm dry feet are a must for the many homeless people in Vancouver who walk as many as 20 miles every day in ill-fitting shoes and no socks.  Even a small blister can trigger serious blood and bone infections that can lead to long hospital stays.  These ailments can be prevented with a pair of clean dry socks.

“Something as simple as pair of clean, dry socks can ward off a wide range of health problems, especially for people with diabetes or those battling serious infections” said Bethany Jeal, Clinical Coordinator, VCH. “Socks are not an accessory items for many residents of the Downtown Eastside – they are a necessity.  Without them, people can develop sores, lesions and other wounds that are tough to heal and, in some cases, can result in death”

The socks collected this year will be distributed by the PHS LifeSkills Centre, a member-run community and support centre located in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, which will use the socks in its foot health program.

“The gift of a clean new pair of socks on a wet winter day goes a long way,” said PHS LifeSkills Project Director Coco Culbertson.  “It’s not just a critical health intervention, it’s also an opportunity to engage these folks in a hot meal, a foot soak, and friendly conversation which, in turn, could lead them to additional support, such as housing.”

Typically a clean, new pair of socks will last a homeless person just three days. In order to address this critical need, the 2010 campaign goal is to collect 20,000 socks for distribution.

This year’s Sox in the City campaign has the full support of London Drugs.

“London Drugs is thrilled to be participating in the Sox in the City Campaign, ” said Wynne Powell, president and CEO of London Drugs. “To help kick-start the campaign, London Drugs is donating 1,000 pairs of socks and we are also offering a 5-pack ladies socks for $1 at all of our Vancouver London Drugs stores.”

Vancouver City Hall and the Vancouver Police Department are also supporting the campaign by hosting SoxBoxes.

To donate socks, please drop off new or gently used (ideally white cotton adult sports-type socks) in the big red SoxBoxes at the following locations:

All Vancouver London Drugs stores:

  • Georgia & Granville: 710 Granville Street
  • Broadway & Cambie: 525 West Broadway
  • East Hastings: 2585 East Hastings
  • Kerrisdale: 2091 West 42nd Ave
  • Robson: 1187 Robson Street
  • Kingsway: 3328 Kingsway
  • Davie Street: 1650 Davie Street
  • Victoria Square: 5639 Victoria Drive
  • Broadway & Vine: 2230 West Broadway
  • Woodwards: 351 Abbott Street

Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12 Avenue

Grandview-Woodland Policing Centre 1977 Commercial Drive

For more information on Sox in the City, and to find out how you or your organization can donate socks, please visit and click on the Sox in the City icon.

Sox in the City runs until January 31, 2011

Below is Mirae, Shawn, Tony and Rocky D of LifeSkills Centre who would appreciate some clean, dry socks from Sox in the City

AHA MEDIA at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010 at Victory Square in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010 at Victory Square in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

“Lest We Forget”

Below are photos of Mayor Gregor Robertson speaking with a decorated War Veteran at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

Below is a photo of Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point (right) at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

Below are photos of Former Premier Gordon Campbell at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

Below are photos of  Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point laying a wreath at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

Below are photos of Former Premier Gordon Campbell laying a wreath at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

Below are photos of Mayor Gregor Robertson laying a wreath at Remembrance Day Ceremony 2010

See more of our AHA MEDIA Remembrance Day 2010 in Vancouver videos at

Vancouver Street Soccer team speaks to Vancouver City Hall

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA at Woodwards community Thanksgiving dinner where today is proclaimed Vancouver Street Soccer League Day on Mon Oct 11, 2010

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was pleased to attend the Woodwards community Thanksgiving dinner on Mon Oct 11, 2010

Below is Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA with Dennis, a resident of Woodwards SRO

The Woodwards Atrium was beautifully transformed to a gorgeous dining room setting

Irwin Oostindie of W2 Community Media Arts with daughter

Below is Mayor Gregor Robertson with Patrick and Robert of Team Vancouver for Street Soccer

Below is Sarah Blyth with Jim Green speaking about Team Vancouver for Street Soccer that went to Brazil for Homeless World Cup 2010

Mayor Gregor Robertson proclaiming Vancouver Street Soccer League Day on October 11, 2010

AHA MEDIA is very proud to announce Fearless City Mobile Event Coverage of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at W2 Culture + Media House on Wed Feb 10, 2010 and “Raise the Red Lantern” on Sat Feb 13, 2010

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The Fearless City Mobile Project crew members of W2 were very excited to be do mobile media documentation and helping to archive the historical day through using social media and new media tools to get the word out of all the great arts, cultural and media events happening at W2 Culture + Media House on Wednesday Feb 10, 2010! 🙂


Below is a photo of Hendrik Beune of Fearless City Mobile Project in front of W2 Culture + Media House at W2


Below is a photo of Hendrik Beune, April Smith, J-Hock and Peter Davies of Fearless City Mobile Project anticipating our Mayor Gregor Robertson to do the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


Below is a photo of J-Hock and Richard Czaban of Fearless City Mobile Project discussing camera angles to best cover the event. Fearless City Mobile is alway proud to be part of the action and help support W2 Community Media Arts


Below is a photo of our Press Conference Stage at W2 Culture + Media House


Below is photo of Irwin Oostindie, Executive Director of W2 welcoming everyone


Below is a photo of Irwin Oostindie of W2, together with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

Fearless City Mobile Project members still remember when Gregor Robertson came out and met with us back when we first started our project a few years ago. Fearless City Mobile is very honored to be recognized warmly by our Mayor and we thank him for his support of us always!


Below is a photo of Mayor Gregor Robertson with April Smith – Fearless City Mobile Project Coordinator


Below is a photo of Stephen Hill and the rest of Fearless City Mobile singing a rousing and much inspiring Fearless City song!!! Not only does Fearless City Mobile do great mobile media, we can sing too!!


Below is a photo of Richard Czaban showing the Fearless City Mobile crew photos and videos of local Vancouver Downtown Eastside events


Fearless City Mobile will be covering “Raise the Red Lantern” event on Saturday Feb 13, 2010 starting from 9pm onwards. Come celebrate with us at W2 Culture + Media House!

Raise the Red Lantern

~ A Tiger’s Tale

Start Time:
Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 9:00pm
End Time:
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 2:00am
W2 Culture + Media House
112 West Hastings
Vancouver, BC

Feb 13th marks the eve of Valentine’s Day and Chinese/Lunar New Year. Let’s usher in the
Year of the Tiger together amidst all that will be happening in Vancouver on this much anticipated weekend. Please join us at W2 for an evening of offerings.

Some of you may remember the great space(s) of W2 where El Papa Chango played last November. W2 recently celebrated its official opening and will be the first ever independent social media center created to help non-accredited media journalists and bloggers cover the Olympics. Raise the Red Lantern will also be the after-party for Artwalk Vancouver happening throughout the DTES. Sure to be many streams of people creating one very diverse mix.
For more info on W2:

We are pleased to announce the performing artists joining us this night.

The players:

Lesley Ewen – thespian extraordinaire
Dawn Zoe – ephemeral chanteuse
Babette Santos & Stephanie Pintar –
fanning the dance

live painting by Jordan Bent:

more tba

followed by DJs

Deano (Sunshine Coast, BC)

One of Left Coast’s best-kept secrets, Deano is a dj/producer that has been playing shows for the past ten years. He plays eclectic sets that get the party BOUNCIN. He also happens to be
a master carver. We are stoked to have him in Vancity.

DJ Mazeguider (aka Jeet K)

When not speaking to the Senate and helping to put a stop to absurd legislation, Jeet K can be found behind the decks rockin the electro, techno and glitch hop. Jeet K has been involved in Vancity’s underground music scene as both producer and MC since the 90s and a dj for the past six years.

opening set by Patricia

Patricia played out years before, under the moniker Kriyatrix. For this set, expect something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Visuals by Sammy Chien & Patricia Kim w/ Fearless City Mobile

Sammy is a media artist, filmmaker and VJ. He has created live visuals for concerts, interactive installations and new media dance performances. He will be performing real-time generative images, triggering by movement and sound.

*Fortune readings by Dragan. Hidden deep withing the labyrinthine spaces of W2, look for a man with cards (by donation).

doors at 9pm
performance 10-10:30
djs Deano & Mazeguider 10:30 onwards

112 W. Hastings (and Abbott)
$10 (!) at door only
19+ event

“The Tiger is one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, and is feared and revered in equal measure. It features in many Asian cultures as a manifestation of courage, power, passion and royalty. The Tiger symbolizes the female Yin energy as opposed to the Yang male energy of the dragon. Ancient Chinese believe that the markings on the forehead of tigers resemble the Chinese character for “Wang”, or King. In Imperial China, where the dragon is the insignia of the emperors, the tiger is the military emblem of the highest supreme commanders of the army symbolizing fearlessness and victory. The Tiger also represents earth, while the dragon represents Heaven. The powerful and stealth prowess of the Tiger inspire the martial art movements of many Kung-Fu masters.”

Those who are skilled in combat
do not become angered.

Those who are skilled at winning
do not become afraid.

Thus, the wise win before they fight
while the ignorant fight to win.

Sun Tzu, “The Art of War