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AHA MEDIA at With Glowing Hearts the Movie Screening in Vancouver

February 16, 2011 2 comments

With Glowing Hearts: A Vancouver 2010 Social Media Story explores what it means to be human, #hashtags, hockey and homlessness.

See you there. Tell us about your Olympic Experience on Twitter @WGHTheMovie

The one year anniversary of the games is fast approaching but the effects that it had on our local culture are still largely unexplored. This documentary

After the screening there will be beverages and celebrations at W2

John from Australia and his thoughts on Olympics 2010 and Vancouver Downtown Eastside

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Below are photos and video of  John from Australia and his thoughts on Olympics 2010 and Vancouver Downtown Eastside

“With Glowing Hearts” DVD preorders open today/Give the gift of producing‏

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Give your loved one the credit they deserve, make them a Producer!

When this project started there were only two people involved, Andrew and I, but now two years later, our family of producers has swelled to around 200 and we’ve got great news for everyone.  Having just submitted our most recent cut of the film to SXSW in Austin TX, we’re very happy to announce that we’re opening presales for the film on the site, with the official launch having been set for February 12, 2011.  We’ll mark the occasion with a special screening of the film in Vancouver where you’ll be able to come pick up your copy on DVD or USB key, with traditional shipping options available to those who can’t make it.   We’re also very excited about our exclusive WGH Producer’s Package which we think is a thoughtful alternative that some people on your list will definitely appreciate receiving this holiday season.

This handsome package includes:

  • An official Producer’s certificate and name in the film’s credits
  • A certificate confirming your $5 contribution to the construction of a wireless mesh network in the Downtown Eastside
  • A ticket to the February 12th, 2011 screening and afterparty at W2
  • One copy of the completed film on DVD or USB

To show our appreciation for the support you’ve already provided, we’re giving all existing producers a 10% discount off any purchases you make on the site, so don’t miss this limited time opportunity to share your involvement with this project with your friends and family.

Thanks for everything,

Jon Ornoy

W2 presents: The With Glowing Hearts UnFestival 2010

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

Attention World!! You are invited to join us at the With Glowing Hearts Unfestival 2010 presented by W2 Storyeum!

What’s an Unfestival? Well, we’re giving you a chance to see a “work-in-progress” cut of the film, as well as getting involved in some fundraising to help us complete it.  We’ll have an exciting variety of silent auction items for you to bid on, as well as an opportunity to become a  ‘producer’ on the film and have input into the final version!

With Glowing Hearts, is a feature length documentary which  focuses on the way activists and artists in Vancouver used social media during the Olympics to affect social change and bring down barriers.

April Smith, with mobile media reporters Hendrik Beune (left), Ken Glofcheskie and Peter Davies Photograph by: Bill Keay, PNG

We are in our final stage of post production and need to prepare for broadcast and distribution.  We have managed to get to this point with many contributions from numerous people but still have a few hurdles like insurance, music rights, publicty and people’s wages which are hard cash costs that can’t be avoided.

Unfestival Schedule:

  • 4 pm free community screening, all are welcome
  • An evening fundraising screening starting at 7pm, which includes silent auction and the opportunity to become a ‘producer’.  The price of your admission will also get you listed the film’s credits as a producer, but the more you contribute the larger your name will appear.
  • Silent auction and door prizes
  • There will be a producer/director Q & A after the screening,  which will give you  the chance to ask questions of the filmmakers, and provide feedback as we move forward to the film’s final cut!
  • Cash bar will be available, as well as delicious snacks
  • Music from DJs Kid Knowledge and Haze, and more!

Got a great prize you’d love to donate to the auction? Email us.

Help Desk:

Jon Ornoy – 778 322 2482

It’ll be awesome fun. See you there!

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be mentioned in Gillian Shaw’s article “Meet a Geek”

September 17, 2010 2 comments

AHA MEDIA is very proud to be in Gillian Shaw’s article “Meet a Geek” in Vancouver Sun

Gillian Shaw writes:

Got a pressing question that only a true geek can answer?

Your chance to meet a geek comes this Tuesday, September 21 at Vancouver’s first Meet the Geek event where a gourmet dinner will be served up with hearty helpings of geekery as some of the city’s top tech minds gather at The Salt Cellar to “meet, eat and give back.”

The idea behind the event, hosted by the Social Media Club Vancouver and sponsored byVancouver Food Tour, is to give the less technologically inclined a chance to get together and pose their most pressing tech questions to the experts and at the same time raise money for a worth cause.

The cause in this case is the independent documentary, With Glowing Hearts, a two-hour film that will focus on four Vancouver activists and artists living and working in the downtown eastside.

April Smith, with mobile media reporters Hendrik Beune (left), Ken Glofcheskie and Peter Davies Photograph by: Bill Keay, PNG

The documentary chronicles the impact of social media and how the four individuals saw their lives change through their social communities, both online and off. Among the participants is April Smith. Hers is an inspiring story that goes from a life in the streets to a life in which she has co-founded a social media company in the downtown eastside and uses her new media skills to help others.”

Read the rest of Gillian Shaw’s article “Meet a Geek”

AHA MEDIA thanks Gillian Shaw for always giving us support. We appreciate it so much! 🙂

With Glowing Hearts the Movie Fundraiser at Salt Tasting Room, Tuesday Sept 21 7-9pm in Vancouver

September 16, 2010 2 comments

Fundraiser for @WGHthemovie !!!!!

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will assist in the post-production of the independent Vancouver documentary With Glowing Hearts, which focuses on four Vancouver activists and artists living and working in the Downtown East Side and how their lives are changed through social media and community during the 2010 Winter Olympics. April Smith and AHA MEDIA are featured within this movie!

The excitement of the day  is a SMCYVR ‘Meet the Geek’ dinner @salttastingroom!

We are honored that they have chosen to donate a portion of the proceeds from this dinner to complete our film.  With the cuts to arts funding in BC and Canada we have found it most difficult to get any funding from traditional methods.  Our current challenge is being able to compensate our editors for their enormous time commitment, the hours/days they are putting into finishing our film.   So we are really excited that SMCYVR & Vancouver Food Tour are putting on this dinner.  Jon, Kemp and I will all be there so come and meet the GEEKS!

More on our 09.21 event: great venue (@salttastingroom), benefiting charity (@wghthemovie) & @VanFoodTour involvement!

Limited to 40 registrants, the special dinner will be held Tuesday, September 21st, from 7-9pm at The Salt Cellar, and organized by Melody “Gourmet” Fury of Vancouver Food Tour.

Below Salt Tasting Room in Blood Alley, one of restaurateur Sean Heather’s celebrated Gastown eateries, The Salt Cellar is a unique space which on Friday and Saturday nights doubles the capacity of Salt.  SMCYVR members will be on hand to network, chat about all things geeky, and generally demystify the cloudy world of social media.



  • $40 includes tax, tip and a contribution to the charity. Of course, you’re free to donate more if you like, and everyone who donates a Toonie or more is listed as an official Producer of the movie, which surely has got to be worth some bragging rights.
  • Register at least three days in advance with our sponsor Vancouver Food Tour to ensure that you have a spot; we expect this to sell out completely!
  • Start time is 7pm, and all participants must be of legal drinking age
  • Meet at Salt Cellar, 45 Blood Alley in the basement banquet room of Salt. We’re going to be enjoying a custom menu created especially for us.

About Social Media Club VancouverLaunched in January 2010, Social Media Club Vancouver (SMCYVR) is a chapter of Social Media Club, a worldwide trade organization focusing on social media in business. Anyone is able to join Social Media Club, and we welcome volunteers to help with our organization and events. For more information, visit, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter at @SMCYVR.

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AHA MEDIA was very proud to attend Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey event – Italy vs Sweden 1:30pm at UBC Thunderbird Arena in Vancouver on March 16, 2010

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

AHA MEDIA was very proud to attend Paralympics Ice Sledge Hockey event at Preliminary Round Group B Game 10 Italy vs Sweden at 1:30pm at UBC Thunderbird Arena on March 16, 2010

About the Sport

Ice sledge hockey was invented at a Swedish rehabilitation centre in the early 1960s, when a group of athletes with a disability decided they wanted to continue playing hockey. The Swedes took two regular ice hockey skates and built a metal frame (called a sledge) to fit on top, with enough room for the puck to pass underneath. Using short poles to propel themselves along the ice, the men played the first ice sledge hockey match outdoors, on a lake south of Stockholm. By 1969, Stockholm had a five-team ice sledge hockey league.

Ice sledge hockey debuted at the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer.
How It Works

Ice sledge hockey follows all the International Ice Hockey Federation rules, with a few small modifications.

Instead of standing on skates, players sit on aluminum or steel sledges fitted with two blades. They grip two double-ended sticks, one in each hand. One end of the stick has a sharp pick that the players use to propel the sledge, the other has a curved blade to pass and shoot the puck.

Eight ice sledge hockey teams compete in round-robin tournaments, and top seeded teams from round robin play advance to the playoff rounds. A team must not have more than six players on the ice while play is in progress. The object is for one team to get the puck (a hard black rubber disc) past the other team’s goaltender and into the goal.

A regular game consists of three 15-minute periods.

For more information on Ice Sledge Hockey, visit the IPC’s website or Hockey Canada.


AHA MEDIA’s Alvin Clayton – Reporter and Richard Czaban – Photographer traveled from Vancouver Downtown Eastside to UBC


AHA MEDIA’s Alvin and Richard were able to go to the Paralympic Ice Sledge Hocket event, thanks to the wonderful generosity of:

Randi Winter

Robyne Kassen

Sarah Gluck


Below is  a photo and video montage of AHA MEDIA’s Alvin Clayton and Richard Czaban’s time going to Paralympic Ice Sledge Hockey

This photo and video montage was filmed by Richard Czaban of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Fujifilm S200EXR. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or