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Frite Nite Vancouver at W2 Media Cafe on Friday Oct 26 2012

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

  • 3 Floors. Presented by Frite Nite, Surefire, Red Bull Music Academy, Cariboo Brewing. Produced by W2.

    SALVA – Los Angeles, California
    CLICKS & WHISTLES – Charlotte, North Carolina



    Buy tickets online:
    Ticket outlets:
    W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings
    Beatstreet, 439 W Hastings
    Zulu Records, 1972 West 4th
    People’s Coop Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Dr
    Red Cat Records, 4332 Main Street

    Prize$ for creative costumes!

    Halloween weekend we invite you to revel in our massive Frite Nite Vancouver at W2. 10+ artists perform throughout 3 floors of forward-thinking bass music, including our two headliners – Salva from LA and Clicks & Whistles from Charlotte, NC.

    Salva, a 2011 Red Bull Music Academy alum, owns & operates the Frite Nite label/brand, and released one of this year’s hottest tracks – his & RL Grime’s remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy,” a precursor, or at least catalyst, of the “trap” sound that has come to define 2012’s largest musical trend. The latter are a pair of producers on the rise, with releases forthcoming on Distal’s Embassy Recordings and Kastle’s Symbol Recordings, and will be making their Vancouver debut on this night. 4/4 stylings will be fully represented on the 2nd level, including local producer Eames, who also turned in a Frite Nite podcast earlier this year.


    $15 early bird | $20 advance | Group of friends 5 for only $75. Get tix for your crew.
    Discount entry for SFSS members attending SFU pre-event who enter by 8pm.
    Also onsale in person at W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings
    This special 3-level event is a fundraiser for W2 Community Media Arts Society.


    SALVA – Los Angeles, California
    [Frite Nite | Wedidit | Friends of Friends]

    A versatile solo producer, crowd riling DJ, owner of the revered Frite Nite label and key figure in the Friends of Friends collective, Paul Salva knows how to control a room. After dropping one of 2012’s biggest tracks, a collaborative remix of Kanye West’s “Mercy” that not only reached #1 on Soundcloud, but received spins on Power 106 FM (LA), Power 105 FM (NYC), and Shade45XM, Salva’s work promotes complexity through a synthesis of contrasting styles, showcasing dips into house motifs, grooves in smooth boogie funk, and massive roiling bass waves that has garnered support from the likes of Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, BBC’s Benji B and Skream & Benga, A-Trak, Low End Theory, Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dâm-Funk, Night Slugs, and many others.

    A Chicago native who developed his craft in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, Salva has been invited to perform on the world’s biggest stages. A 2011 alum of the Red Bull Music Academy, 2012 has seen Salva perform at Sonar, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Mutek Montreal, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, SXSW, The Do Over LA, Boiler Room, Low End Theory, and many others, while touring alongside Nguzunguzu, Shlohmo, Pearson Sound, and B2Bs with Machinedrum.

    Aside from his live performances, Salva hones his production talents as one of the cornerstones of the Friends of Friends label alongside Shlohmo, Mexicans With Guns and Groundislava. His 2011 debut full-length, ‘Complex Housing’ and ‘Yellobone’ EP both received critical acclaim (Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, and others), leading him to exclusive mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, The FADER, and XLR8R, while being asked to remix the likes of Miguel Migs, Glitch Mob, Rainbow Arabia, Om Unit and others.


    CLICKS & WHISTLES – Charlotte, North Carolina
    [Embassy | Frite Nite | Symbols | PartyLikeUs | T&A]

    Clicks & Whistles has been carving out a unique sound blending Southern Rap, Juke, and elements of Drum & Bass since their first official release in August 2010. The Charlotte based duo is comprised of professional programmer Jorge Hernandez (Hey Whore Hey) and classically trained Petey Evans (PeteyClicks).

    The two have a slew of notable releases including the heavily remixed “Neva Get Caught” on T&A Records, “Cranberry Goose EP” on Distal’s Atlanta based Embassy Imprint, and “Can’t Believe EP” on AC Slater’s Label – Party Like Us. Great taste and selection combined with honed production skills gives this group prowess in both quality and efficiency in the studio and has lead to some huge Dirty South and Club Anthem remixes.

    With a heavy touring schedule and a stack of upcoming releases, the sound of Clicks & Whistles is sure to be in your ears and coming to a city near you.

    “…a trunk-rattling approach to the hottest trends in underground electronic music.” – Mishka NYC

    “There’s just enough in this hyphy track to make me lose my shit already over Clicks & Whistles’ upcoming EP.” – Noisey Music by VICE Magazine

    “Dirty South samples and soaring video game synths slice through the air on these tracks” – FACT Magazine


    SELF EVIDENT – Vancouver, BC
    [Lighta! Sound | Dipped | Ten Pin | B Yrself | Palms Out | Car Crash Set]

    Intense dance music for dancers and heads.

    In the last year Self Evident has released on labels B YRSLF Division (France), Lejal Globe (Estonia), Blipswitch (USA), Palms Out Sounds (USA), Subklub + Cabeza (Argentina), Car Crash Set (USA) + his own label Dipped Recordings (Canada) to name a few.

    Playing in a variety of styles & formats Self Evident has shared the stage with a plethora of dance music producers; dBridge (UK), DJ Mike Q (NYC), Addison Groove (UK), Dabrye (Detroit), Loxy (UK), Africa Hitech (UK), Dibiase (LA), Silkie (UK), Girl Unit + Kingdom (Night Slugs), The Bug + Warrior Queen (UK), DJG (LA), Maga Bo (Brazil), Bassnectar, Eprom, Distance (UK), Cholita Sound (Chile), Villa Diamante (Argentina), Kraddy (Glitch Mob), Skream (UK), etc.

    A veteran of Canadian festivals Shambhala (Nelson), Basscoast (Squamish) + Diversity (Texada Island), earlier this year Self Evident teamed up with Will Eede (Wepa! ) for a tour of Chile + Argentina. He now sets his sights on a tour of Australia + New Zealand in early 2013.


    EAMES – Vancouver, BC

    A founding member of the westcoast sub|div family, Eames has spent years guiding dancefloors through the frontiers of 4/4 club music. Kevin Ehman has stood tall in the belief that melody, soul and nuance are essential elements of a good club tune.

    A relocation to Vancouver from Victoria/Montreal in 2011 saw him to continue to nurture his own productions, slowly unveiling new tunes via his SoundCloud page and receiving recognition from some of BC’s most notable producers (HxdB, Max Ulis, Calamalka). His smouldering house and techno bears the gritty atmosphere of a dark, secret warehouse, where the melodic surge of Chicago meets the deep throb of Detroit. Also, his collaborative record in late 2011 with Prison Garde garnered international attention and a glowing review from FACT Magazine’s Andrew Ryce.

    An Eames DJ set is a fluid tour of dance styles. In and around the 4/4 foundation of his sets, he weaves a myriad of influences, from Southern rap to 90’s r&b to post-everything bass music. His kinetic blends and quick mix style keep dancefloors engaged without all the pyrotechnics of so much modern dance racket.


    DUBCONSCIOUS – Vancouver, BC
    [Shambhala Music Festival | Dubslingers]

    Dubconscious has come to represent both the east & the western coast of Canada. Born & raised in the Toronto area, he attended University in Victoria before spending 2 years in Nelson BC, snowboarding in the winters & working for the talent department at Shambhala Music Festival – where he has become a resident of the Living Room Beach Stage over the past 3 years.

    Having recently made the move to East Vancouver, this seasoned selector brings a whole new flavor to the table – heavy basslines mashed up with a roots reggae infusion, funky bashment vibes, future jams, classic hip hop & trip hop, with a dash of turntablism.


    BASTET – Vancouver, BC
    Bastet’s sets are structured with inflections of mathematic rhythm, crisp dynamics and focused low end to intrigue the attentive listener and dancefloor alike. Rather than be confined by genres, her recent supporting roles include Salva, Eprom, Nero & Hot Pink Delorean in London, UK, and Vancouver’s underground community of artists including Self Evident, Tusk, Taal Mala, Max Ulis, Dubconscious, Michael Red and the Librarian.


    APPLICATION – Vancouver, BC
    [Integrated Grime Unit]

    Growing up in a little BC town called Shambhala, at an early age Darby became accustomed to a status quo that, as he would find out later, was not common to the rest of the country. As the town of Shambhala grew, so did his ambitions & goals. Application has earned himself a spot in the foundation of the western Canadian underground bass music community through his heavy involvement with many of the festivals in the area, resident sound at W2, and as one of the pioneers of Integrated Grime Unit – whom Application calls home alongside a family of talented BC-based producers including ill-esha, J-me-J, Glitchy & Scratchy, Myles Away, Nog Chompa etc.

    Application is the product of 11 years of evolution and change. Turning his equipment into a biological appendage, he effortlessly transports you through genre and tempo, taking his audience on an emotional rollercoaster encompassing the entire human experience.


    MEMIO – Vancouver, BC
    Shannon Long aka DJ Memio is a Calgary-native, and for years she co-hosted the popular weekly radio show What Would The Neighbours Think? on U of C’s CJSW. A few years ago she made the move to Vancouver, and over the past year Brenda Holmes (Blenda) & Shannon have been working together as a Vancouver-based DJ team; and are proud to be called Harlatwin.


    KLINE vs. AUTEM – Vancouver, BC
    [Chapel Sound]
    Kline & Autem are two young Calgary-native, now Vancouver-based producers & DJs – Kline has been tearing up soundcloud with his subtle original productions as of late, and Autem is an up & comer with something to prove.

111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B1H4

2012 Sketchbook Project World Tour: Vancouver, BC at W2 Media Cafe

May 15, 2012 Leave a comment



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All the way from Brooklyn, New York, the Sketchbook Project is set to arrive in Vancouver this week for two days of epic sketchbook inspiration!

Irwin Oostindie of W2 with Steven Petermen – Cofounder of The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project is a traveling library of artists’ books by thousands of people from around the world. It is an immense collection of books and art that express limitless styl…es, influences and ideas.

The Project will be in Vancouver for two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 15 and 16, before traveling on to Los Angeles. This collection will travel to 14 cities on 4 continents.

W2 Media Cafe is proud to host the only Pacific Northwest stop on the tour! We’re also pleased to share this collection with the artist community of Metro Vancouver. Centrally located, near many transportation systems, it is easy to reach the Woodward’s site by bus, train, skytrain, seabus, bicycle and car.

W2 Media Cafe
111 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC

The Sketchbook Project is a constantly evolving library of artists’ sketchbooks from across the globe. Consider submitting your work for the 2013 tour!

W2 Belongs To Me – Spring 2012

March 24, 2012 Leave a comment

W2 Belongs To Me - Spring 2012

Saturday March 24 2012 from 2-6pm  at the W2 Media Cafe

Deepen your relationship with W2 this coming weekend!

It has been six months since opening the W2 Media Cafe and we are thrilled with the response and impact of our public programs. We have produced more than 100 community events and served tens of thousands of visitors on our 3-levels in the Woodward’s heritage building.

While building the centre we are facing serious financial challenges to both operate and complete our 10,000 sq ft space. This year, W2 was more than 85% self-funded so our future is definitely in our own hands. We talk about W2 being people-powered and this is the spirit we hold when creating programs and services, finishing our space, and operating each and every day. We look forward to seeing you at W2 for some of our diverse programs, and having you participate in the way that is most meaningful for you.

The W2 Board of Directors is inviting members to this afternoon session and reception to provide an overview of the many programs and service we have up and running. This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests, and get more involved with programs and committees that need your help now.

While you are here today, activate your “W2 Belongs to Me” member card to start benefiting from your loyalty to W2!


Gather in the second floor Community Lounge, enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and baked goods from our in-house cafe. Tour through our 3-levels and basement crossmedia studio. Hear a welcome “state of the union” address from W2 Board and staff on what we have accomplished, where we are at, and where we are heading.

Choose a topic or working group that you are currently involved in, are curious about, or waiting to dive deep into!

media arts, festivals, music, literary, electronic arts, all ages, long tables, your ideas…

crosscultural, redress, digital divide, access, DTES, urban Aboriginal, SFU students, your ideas…

W2 TV, CJSF, Coop Radio, Shaw Cable, multi-platform broadcasting, interactive, demos, tech services, your ideas…

area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

3:30-4pm BREAK / informal open space


Web, graphic design, social media, computer programming, street teams, your ideas…

Social enterprise food operation, catering opportunities, politics of food production and serving, coffee, local food, urban agriculture, your ideas…

The W2 Morning Radio Project is W2’s current affairs program broadcast every weekday at 6-8am on 102.7FM. This conversation is designed for current or future contributors to discuss the state of the show and how we can build it.

Interactive demonstration on letterpress, programming, fundraising, your ideas….

area for video presentations/looping with some presenters/informal

Join us at this optional reception for a complimentary beverage and food samplings from the W2 Media Cafe, as we wrap up the day with conversation. This is for individual W2 members like you, plus group members: Simon Fraser Student Society, Open Media, Coop Radio, CJSF, KAYA Songweavers, AHA Media, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, W2 Radio, Fearless TV, and you!


Activate your W2 Belongs to Me member card while you are here today! Earn benefits from your participation with W2’s membership loyalty program. The more contributions you make or coffee or meals you purchase, the more discounts and free access to W2’s resources you receive. Ask a staff member for more information.

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2010 Homeless Connect Events in Vancouver

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

October 10 – 16 is the fifth annual Homelessness Action Week

World Homeless Day is October 10. Add your voice to the call for a national, affordable housing strategy and contact your MP.

Check out the calendar of events for the week. Here are a few highlights:

October 13th

What: The Gathering Place Homeless Connect
Where: 609 Helmcken Street
When: 11pm – 2 pm

Homeless Action week provides a unique opportunity to educate and make people aware of the issues around homelessness including the impact of living with mental health and addictions.  Our main focus during this week is to host a one-stop shop called Homeless Connect where hundreds of individuals are connected directly with service providers and activities such as haircuts, foot soaks, hearing tests, gently used runners and much more.
For information about this event please call 604-665-2391

October 14th

What: Broadway Youth Resource Centre’s 11th Annual Open House
When: 1:00pm to 5:00 pm
Where: 691 East Broadway Street, Vancouver

This year’s celebration coincides with Vancouver’s Homelessness Action week, and we’re asking those attending to bring a non-perishable food item, or a pair of new socks.
Come out and celebrate 11 years of service at Broadway Youth Resource Centre.

October 15th

What: Vancouver Homeless Connect Event
Where: W2 Storyeum, 151 W Cordova
When: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Come out and be connected to services related to health, housing, employment, tenants rights, and income assistance.  Enjoy the live entertainment and stay for haircuts, massages, foot soaks, acupuncture, food and much more!

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!