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AHA MEDIA filmed at COMMUNITY ARTS DIALOGUE: Community, Politics and Resistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside – Part 1 on June 18, 2011

June 26, 2011 1 comment

Dr. Maggie O’Neill, researcher from Durham University, will discuss her work in participatory action research and participatory arts, specifically, “Community, Politics and Resistance in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: a participatory project”.

This project is a social research collaboration between AtiraEnterprising Women Making Art, Providing Alternatives Counseling & Education (PACE) Society, Megaphone, and United We Can and supported by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and AHA MEDIA

The project explores ways of seeing the spaces and places of community through the eyes of DTES residents.



AHA MEDIA films Maggie O’Neill from Durham University in England with Vancouver Downtown Eastside Residents

April 16, 2011 1 comment

Maggie O’Neill from Durham University in England recently did a community engagement photography project with Vancouver Downtown Eastside Residents which talked about community, politics and resistance.

Select Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents were given a camera to take photographs to show what “community” means to them.

Below is a photo of Garvin Snider in front of his residence

Below is a photo of Garvin Snider taking a photo of Sean Condon of Megaphone

Below is photo of Sean Condon from Garvin’s camera

Below is a photo of VPD Linda Malcolm with Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA

Below is Garvin Snider with Maggie O’Neill

An upcoming Exhibition – What is Community? The Spaces and PLaces of Community in DTES will be held at Interurban Gallery

April Smith of AHA MEDIA is very proud to be on the cover of Megaphone Magazine in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes, in this issue we feature April Smith; once homeless and searching for herself on the streets of the Downtown Eastside, she is now one of the city’s leading social media activists.

We look at Leef Evans, who battled crippling depression in his Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel, yet has gone on to become one of the city’s most formidable artists and a big part in the burgeoning street soccer movement. And we remember Margaret Prevost, a disabled athlete known to many as ‘the mayor of the Downtown Eastside’, who sadly passed away last month.


We encourage everyone to buy a copy from your favourite vendor or sign up to read online! 🙂

Megaphone’s mission is to provide an opportunity for our homeless and low-income vendors. We are very proud of how hard our vendors work – to become self-sufficient and build grassroots support to end poverty. Please support our vendors by buying a copy of the magazine from them.

Megaphone launches special Olympic issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History” on Wed Feb 3, 2010 – 11AM to 1PM, Interurban Galley

February 1, 2010 3 comments

Olympic Issue Launch event

Megaphone launches special issue: “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”

Wednesday Feb 3, 2010, 11 AM – 1PM, Interurban Gallery

With the eyes of the world on Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, residents of the city’s Downtown Eastside will have a unique opportunity to dispel the negative stereotypes of their historic, but troubled, neighbourhood.

Megaphone, a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors, is launching a special, double-issue on the Downtown Eastside at the Interurban Gallery on Wednesday, February 3rd at 11 a.m. Entitled “Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: A People’s History”, the issue aims to change the perception of the neighbourhood and the people that populate it.

“There are a lot of unfortunate stereotypes about the Downtown Eastside,” says Megaphone’s editor-in-chief, Sean Condon. “Many people have a tough time seeing beyond the drug use and poverty. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a community bursting with spirit and compassion.”

The commemorative issue features stories on neighbourhood successes like the United We Can bottle depot, which provides both economic and environmental benefits to the city, and the Hope In Shadows calendar project, which shows the community’s strong spirit. It also features articles from vendors and Downtown Eastside residents about their lives and the tremendous barriers they’ve overcome.

Speaking at the event will be Sean Condon, Irwin Oostindie, executive director of W2 (an organization profiled in this issue) and Dalannah Gail Bowen (who is the executive director of the Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts and is a member of editorial advisory board for this special issue).

Megaphone vendors will be in attendance to pick up issues and new Megaphone carrier bags. They will also be available to speak to the media.

The magazine’s launch will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at the Interurban Gallery (1 E. Hastings) at 11 a.m. The event will be open to the public and will include snacks and drinks.

Please help Megaphone’s Joyful Voices Fundraising Campaign

November 18, 2009 1 comment



With your help, Megaphone can make this Christmas one of Joyful Voices for our vendors and community. Megaphone gives homeless and low-income people a chance to be heard, whether it’s by being a vendor, writing an article or having their issues covered in a story. For many, it’s an opportunity they’ve never had before.

“I really had no outlet until I started selling the paper,” says Megaphone vendor Danny Maloney. “It gave me the chance to interact and socialize with people and turn my life around.”

Our vendors take pride in selling Megaphone to their customers. When you buy a copy of the magazine from one of them, you are telling them that their voice matters. But in order for Megaphone to continue to give a voice to the voiceless, we need your support.

This Christmas season, Megaphone needs to raise $5,000 so we can keep working to empower homeless and low-income people, and make sure the rest of the city hears what they have to say. We need your donation.


Your donation helps pay for:

  • Vendor materials: T-shirts, ID badges, hats and bags
  • Printing and publishing costs
  • Office Supplies
  • Vendor Training

Please donate online or fill out this donation form and send a cheque to:

Megaphone Magazine
#611, 142-757 W. Hastings
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1A1

Please help Megaphone make this a season of Joyful Voices for all.

Thank you for your support,

Sean Condon
Megaphone Magazine