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AHA MEDIA is proud to present Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes on Thursday Oct 29th, 2009

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment


Visual Arts

Thursday October 29, 5:30pm-10pm
5:30pm-7pm Art opening
Families welcome

7pm-10pm Join your neighbours to celebrate the Festival
Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy

The presence of children in our community is the focus of this show of photo works by students from grades 4 to 7. Photographer and lead artist Anne Marie Slater collaborated with the students on an interpretive walk of Princess Avenue and their photographs reveal the sky, the street, and the industrial side of Hastings Street re-linking the historic north/south connection to the waterfront.

The perspectives of inner city children are captured in photo stories and audio recordings, on view in the main gallery and in projections on the outside of Chapel Arts.

Children Live Dream Here: Urban Landscapes is a community arts initiative with the participation of local organizations, community members and the support of the Festival and the City of Vancouver Great Beginnings program.

Sponsored by Strathcona Elementary School, Strathcona Community Centre Association and Chapel Arts, with funding from Port Metro Vancouver and Telus-Vancouver Community Board. Free

With thanks to Anne Marie Slater and the Heart of the City Festival in Vancouver Downtown Eastside for text and image

Hendrik Beune, will be training as a Legal Observer for the 2010 Olympics

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Hendrik Beune, will be training as a Legal Observer for the 2010 Olympics

Hendrik on his own

With thanks to Carlito Pablo of the Georgia Straight for the following article:

Legal observers train for 2010 Olympics

By Carlito Pablo

They’ll be highly visible during the Olympics with their orange shirts marked “Legal Observer”. But they’ll have no more special rights than any ordinary citizen.

Worse, as some incidents in the U.S. have shown, volunteers like these may even be targeted by the police. They may be arrested and charged with anything from mischief to obstruction of justice. They may also get hurt or even killed if a violent confrontation breaks out between protesters and security forces.

Nat Marshik was made aware of these risks when she attended a recent workshop for civilians interested in monitoring protests and potential hot spots during the 2010 Olympics. At the end of the training, conducted by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Pivot Legal Society in East Vancouver on October 11, she handed in her application to become a legal observer.

“Part of it for me is the desire to even just know what rights I have and what actions the police are going to be undertaking,” Marshik told the Georgia Straight during a break in the two-and-a-half-hour session. “I think one thing that’s characterized a lot of the lead-up to the Olympics is the general lack of transparency, and that includes all the police preparations as well.”

Eighty people have attended the two trainings conducted so far by the BCCLA and Pivot, according to lawyer John Richardson.

Richardson is the cofounder and executive director of Pivot Legal Society. In an interview after he instructed participants in the basics of legal observing, Richardson said these volunteers will serve as the “eyes and ears” on the ground that will record how human rights and civil liberties are being upheld during the games.

“It has entered the consciousness of the police and military organizers of the Olympics, and they are going to have to be extra conscientious and careful that their military and police forces are observing the Charter of Rights,” Richardson told the Straight about the presence of the volunteers during the games.

The BCCLA earlier announced that the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP–led Integrated Security Unit for the 2010 Olympic Games had accepted its invitation for their senior officers to undergo the same training as those participating in the legal observer program.

The potential for conflict has grown as the Olympics draw closer.

On October 7, B.C. attorney general Michael de Jong introduced legislation that will authorize municipal officials in Vancouver, Richmond, and Whistler to enter private homes to take down unauthorized signage. It will also amend the Vancouver Charter to provide stiffer penalties, consisting of fines of up to $10,000 per day and imprisonment of up to six months for violators.

On the same day that de Jong brought in the proposed law, anti-Olympics activist Chris Shaw and Alissa Westergard-Thorpe filed documents before the B.C. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of an omnibus bylaw enacted by Vancouver on July 23, 2009. This municipal law severely restricts activities such as distributing leaflets in several areas in the city during the Olympics.

Speaking before Vancouver city council on July 7 this year, RCMP assistant commissioner and ISU head Bud Mercer said that local, national, and international groups are planning “criminal protests”. Mercer also told councillors that a force of 7,000 police, 5,000 private security personnel, and 4,500 members of the Canadian Forces will be deployed in the mega event.

Vancouver resident Henny Coates attended the October 10 clinic for legal observers. She is concerned about how citizens will be treated by security forces during the Olympics.

“I think it’s easy for rights to be overridden if we don’t make sure that they know that they’re being watched, that we’re standing up for our rights,” Coates told the Straight.

Legal observers will work in pairs. They will document in various ways—from taking notes to filming—how security officials will interact with both protesters and ordinary citizens.

Participants were told at the training that neutrality is the key to being a good observer. Hendrik Beune is willing to set aside his opinions about the Olympics when he dons the orange shirt of a legal observer.

“I think this is the best way to exercise my civil rights and do my civil duty: being an objective observer,” Beune told the Straight. “Of course, there are a lot of concerns about the Olympics, the fact that corporations seem to have more power than people now. There are going to be some protests, so I’d like to be able to observe those.”

The BCCLA and Pivot will hold two more workshops to train observers at Vancouver’s Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street) on November 22 and December 6, starting at 2:30 p.m.


April Smith of AHA MEDIA together with Lianne Payne of W2 Community Media Arts are interviewed and filmed by Kaleidoscope

August 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Recently, April Smith of AHA MEDIA with Lianne Payne of W2 Community Media Arts were filmed by Kaleidscope Video Production team on their thoughts of arts, culture and people’s perception of  the Vancouver Downtown Eastside


Project Activities

Digital video production skills

All the basics, including concepts, tools and techniques essential to get started in video production without prior knowledge or experience.

  • Develop leadership and workplace essential skills
    The essential skills employers are looking for regardless of your position on the corporate ladder
  • Develop a greater understanding of community and your place in it
    Produce a video around issues or community services of interest to your small team 
  • Get valuable work experience
    Work placement with a local employer is added to your experience on the Kaleidoscope production team





Below is a photo of Producer Randy Keats and Kaleidoscope Video Production team getting set up at W2 Community Media Arts Gallery Space at 175 W. Hastings in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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Below is a photo of the team getting ready to film

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Below is a photo of Lianne Payne of W2 Community Media Arts

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Below are photos are the new W2 Community Media Arts Centre beng built at the corner of Hastings and Abbott in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

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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


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.

Below is ( Left to Right)

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

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

W2 Community Media Arts

Thanks to Po of Sennheiser Sound Tour

Po of Sennheiser

Thanks to Adrian of Sennheiser Sound Tour

Adrian of Sennheiser

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

First set has 163 photos

Second set has 48 photos

Thanks to Sennheiser Sound Tour and W2 Community Media Arts

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

“New Victoria for New Media” video by April Smith aka @AprilFilms of @AHAMEDIA

June 25, 2009 2 comments

Vodpod videos no longer available.

April Smith of AHA MEDIA aka @AprilFilms of @AHAMEDIA on twitter produced the above video of the wonderful weekend in Victoria while doing social media animation and production! 🙂

Here is the ‘New Victoria for New Media’ video shot on a Nokia N95 Cameraphone which demonstrates an prime example of social media <– new media filming can ensure quick upload and widespread distribution 🙂

April is passionate and skilled in making  films by  doing  mobile media production through the camera lens of a cellphone.

In just 2 days, April did mobile media and  produced 1676 photos, 208 videos and 263 twitter updates on Victoria to ensure a “Live feel” experience! 🙂

Please see 12 sets of photos of New Victoria for New Media at

1  New Victoria  Trip – Friday June 19th 830 AM  Meet at Coast Plaza

2  New Victoria Trip – Friday June 19th 11 AM  Board Celebration Ferry

3 New Victoria Trip  – Friday June 19 130 PM Sea Cider Farm

4  New Victoria Trip – Friday June 19 4 PM Check in Coast Victoria  Harbourside Hotel

5 New Victoria Trip – Friday June 19th 5-7 PM Victoria BC Wine and Oyster Fest

6 New Victoria Trip – Friday June 19 930 PM Sunset

7  New Victoria Trip – Saturday June 20 830 AM Group Breakfast at Blue Crab

8 New Victoria Trip – Saturday June 20 930AM Royal BC Museum

9 New Victoria Trip – Saturday June 20 1130 AM Victoria Harbour Ferry

10 New Victoria Trip – Saturday June 20 12 noon Lunch at Spinnakers Pub

11 New Victoria Trip – Sunday June 21 830 AM Breakfast at Blue Crab in Coast Hotel

12 New Victoria Trip – Sunday June 21 11AM Swartz Bay Sailing


Thanks to the following Victoria citizens for being interviewed in my video of  “New Victoria for New Media” 🙂

Ed – Plant Engineer of Sea Cider

Graham – Coast Ambassador of Coast Hotel

Chuck – Guitarist of  The Sutcliffes

Darlene – Breakfast Server of Coast Hotels

Carrie – Saturday Volunteer of Royal BC Museum http://www/

Garfield – Bartender of Spinnakers

Mack – Street Musician of Victoria

Sam – Driver of Wilsons’ Transportation


With much gratitude to

My mentor Lorraine Murphy

Sherry Baumgardner, Director of Marketing for Coast Hotels & Resorts

Danny Dang, Electronic Distribution for Coast Hotels & Resorts

Coast Hotels

BC Ferries

Royal BC Museum

Sea Cider Farm & Cider House

Spinnakers BrewPub and Guest Houses

Tartan Group

Tourism Victoria

Thank you to the rest of the Vancouver Social Media crew and everyone else who made this trip so memorable! 🙂

For those interested a higher quality version of this video is available , and as there as ample footage from 208 videos of Victoria, a custom video can be produced to highlight a certain event or attraction 🙂  Please email April to discuss further.