Archive

Archive for the ‘W2’ Category

W2 Belongs To Me: Community Information Meeting – Wed Dec 19, 2012

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This is an information meeting about the very real threats by the City of Vancouver to evict W2 programs from the Woodward’s heritage building. Learn background info, and find out how you can participate in our community’s response to the attempt to evict W2 on December 31.

We’ll also discuss W2’s financial challenges which threaten W2’s capacity to operate a sustainable community media arts centre. How are we doing, how we plan to be sustainable, and what we and our partners are doing.

The City, landlord and property management company are working to push W2 out over non-payment of $90,000 in amenity/strata fees and because they simply do not like what we do.

This eviction of our programs is delivered, despite our clear demands in correspondence as far back as February 2012, that W2 needs to receive services for amenity fees levied. Instead of hiding behind “legal” arguments about how they cant do anything, City Councillors should respect the local communities’ capacity and ability to build a centre inclusive for all – not just the market.

Instead of attempting to gentrify W2’s grassroots community and inclusive programs and services out out of Woodward’s, City Council and staff should be stepping in to address their own failures to act on City policies for City properties like the Woodward’s heritage building that despite our complaints discriminates against low-income people, persons with disabilities vis-a-vis wheelchair access and public bathroom policies.

W2 has persevered against 4 previous City attempts to block community access to Woodwards. Now we are building a community-engaged media arts centre that works to unite Vancouverites across race, gender and class. Let’s work together to make it last. If we can’t we are forced to move again ~ would be W2’s 6th home in 5 years if you are counting 😉

If we work together, we can demand the Woodward’s development works for the community, not just retail and commercial interests. Woodward’s was meant to be more than that.

11 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Community Meeting in Vancouver


This is your opportunity to learn more about what we are doing, help you connect with people with similar interests to defend W2, and get more involved with building a campaign. W2 (R)evolution needs your help now!

W2 Belongs 2 Me members’ meetings are designed to help connect fans of W2 to be more active participants. The session will be important for members, programming partners, volunteers and staff to find our common interests in order to protect the grassroots values of W2 in an otherwise hostile gentrified Woodward’s environment.

Background:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/beleaguered-vancouver-culture-hub-w2-fights-to-stay-alive/article6126906/

http://www.straight.com/news/w2-hopes-avoid-eviction

http://www.mayorofvancouver.ca/w2

http://cope.bc.ca/2012/12/11/cope-expresses-support-for-struggling-w2-arts-hub-calls-on-city-to-re-evaluate-burdensome-fee-structure/

————————————————-

PLAN AHEAD! DEC 31 IS THE CITY EVICTION DATE AND OUR CELEBRATION IF INDIGENOUS, LATINO, AND ELECTRONIC MUSIC!

W2 LIGHTS NYE is taking on more meaning this year as we fight for a genuinely inclusive Vancouver, not one racially segregated and only for the middle class. We do not know if this event will take place at Woodward’s or a new site. Stay tuned and participate! http://www.facebook.com/events/500924206594289

W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locking out W2 Media Cafe, W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

As a pre-Christmas gift, on December 17 the City of Vancouver changed locks on the W2 Media Cafe in the Woodward’s Atrium.

Community groups are responding raising objections to loss of inclusive space in the Downtown Eastside. The 10,000 sq ft community-engaged media arts centre had been facing a controversial December 31 eviction notice.

The inner-city media hub is broadly recognized for incubating and launching programs and services with the Urban Indigenous community, and these groups are most affected by the locks being changed.

A Press Conference will take place at the Woodward’s Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:00am.

1 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 2  AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 3 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 4 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver

5 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 6 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 7 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver 8 AHA MEDIA at W2 Belongs to Me Press Conference on City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out  in Vancouver

Speakers will include:

Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Co-Founder, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival•

Debbie Krull, Woodsquat Veteran

Cease Wyss, Squamish Media Artist

Ashley Frances, InDigital Co-Coordinator

Rob Morgan, Woodsquat Veteran/LAPP member

Scott Clark, ALIVE Executive Director

City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out

December 19, 2012 Leave a comment

City of Vancouver Locks W2 Media Cafe
W2 Community and Indigenous Groups shut out

w2-belongs-to-me-media-advisory-web

As a pre-Christmas gift, on December 17 the City of Vancouver changed locks on the W2 Media Cafe in the Woodward’s Atrium.

Community groups are responding raising objections to loss of inclusive space in the Downtown Eastside. The 10,000 sq ft community-engaged media arts centre had been facing a controversial December 31 eviction notice.

The inner-city media hub is broadly recognized for incubating and launching programs and services with the Urban Indigenous community, and these groups are most affected by the locks being changed.

A Press Conference will take place at the Woodward’s Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at 11:00am.

Speakers will include:

Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Co-Founder, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival•

Debbie Krull, Woodsquat Veteran

Cease Wyss, Squamish Media Artist

Ashley Frances, InDigital Co-Coordinator

Rob Morgan, Woodsquat Veteran/LAPP member

Scott Clark, ALIVE Executive Director

– 30 –

Media Contact: Scott Clark, ALIVE, clarkscott00@hotmail.com

Ikea monkey at W2

An intimate winter evening with George Leach at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

December 14, 2012 Leave a comment

As a part of our Woodward’s Indigenous Winter Market, we present to you an intimate winter evening with George Leach, performing songs from his highly anticipated album “Surrender” at W2, his first concert in Vancouver in 2 years. You will also be able to purchase the new album and other merchandise from George Leach.
http://www.georgeleach.com/

Joining George will be award winning Sto:lo pop artist Inez (iTunes:http://bit.ly/VeOMCb
 and Vancouver’s own RedSoulBluez. (Soundcloud: http://bit.ly/UAuaHV
54 AHA MEDIA at George Leach concert at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver
Supported by RayCam Community Centre, Vancouver Eastside
Educational Enrichment Society, Simon Fraser University, Our Place, Inner-city Economic Strategy, Hastings Crossing BIA, BC Government & Services Employees Union, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF), and City of Vancouver’s Local Area Planning Process

Woodsquat: 10 Years later community assessment at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

December 12, 2012 1 comment

A community assessment of the Woodsquat legacy and outcomes for Urban Indigenous people. Join for the report-back and discussion. Coffee/tea served, free.

1 AHA MEDIA at  Woodsquat 10 Years later at W2 Media Cafe  in Vancouver

This program is a part of the Woodwards Indigenous Winter Market.

Stay up to date on the full program via the Facebook event page.

ALIVE http://www.aboriginalvoice.com
W2 http://www.creativetechnology.org/

Mayor Gregor Robertson speaks at Creative Mornings at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

December 8, 2012 Leave a comment

CREATIVE MORNINGS / VANCOUVER 

SPEAKER: Mayor Gregor Robertson 

Mayor Gregor Robertson

 

In November 2011, Gregor Robertson was elected to a second term as Mayor of Vancouver. He was re-elected to continue building upon the accomplishments of his first three years in office—working to end street homelessness, addressing housing affordability, improving public transit, and making Vancouver the greenest city in the world.

Mayor Robertson is also a national advocate for urban issues as Chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayors’ Caucus, focusing on public infrastructure, housing and transit.

Mayor Robertson spearheaded the creation of the city’s first comprehensive Economic Action Strategy, and is committed to growing a sustainable and thriving economy in Vancouver focused on high-growth sectors like digital media, clean technology and renewable energy.

Building on the successful legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which has generated over $350 million in economic impact and created more than 3000 new jobs in the Metro Vancouver region, Mayor Robertson has established Vancouver internationally as the Green Capital—a City where going green is good for business. He has also overseen the creation and implementation of the award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan that aims to make Vancouver an environmental leader in everything from energy efficiency and waste reduction to clean air and local food.

Under Mayor Robertson’s leadership, Vancouver continues to rank as one of the most liveable cities in the world, with one of the most competitive environments for attracting new jobs and investment. The City of Vancouver has also been named the Most Innovative Organization in the province by BC Business Magazine for its open data initiative.

He has made affordable housing a top priority, with an aggressive, ten-year plan to provide thousands of affordable housing units for Vancouverites of all ages, while ensuring that existing affordable housing is protected. As Mayor, he has overseen significant progress towards the goal of ending street homelessness by 2015, by opening new homeless shelters while leveraging significant investments in new social housing throughout the city.

Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, a Vancouver-based socially responsible company that produces organic juices and promotes health and nutrition. He and his wife Amy have four children. The Mayor is an avid soccer and hockey fan, and can occasionally be seen around town playing his tuba or drums.

Our Place Community Forum at W2 Media Cafe in Vancouver

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Our Place – Promoting Local Access & Community Empowerment Community Forum

Our Place is a multi-faceted community based initiative and You play play an important role in determining the overall success of our coordinated strategy to grow healthy children and families in a healthy community.

The Community Forum is an opportunity to share ideas on the Inner City. Sessions will focus on:

Home – Social Housing for Families and Seniors

Family – Parent to Parent Advocacy Training

Work – Opportunities for a Sustainable Economy in the Inner City