Event Listings

The History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Chuck Davis History of Vancouver

Date: April 1 – December 30, 2011; book available in stores starting November 15, 2011; book launch on December 6, 2011
Location: Vancouver
Website: www.vancouverhistory.ca

This project will mark Vancouver’s 125th anniversary by creating and publishing a very special book­-The History of Metropolitan Vancouver by the late Chuck Davis. In writing the book Davis set out to cover each year of Vancouver’s incorporation in a chronicle style. In other words, the text forms a massive collection of stories, news reports, essays, character portraits and factoids that are joined chronologically rather than thematically. The hardcover book will have 512 large-format pages, 500 archival photos and will be published in October, 2011. This project will result in an appropriate and lasting monument to Greater Vancouver’s first 125 years.

Celebrate the book and the life of Chuck Davis with a free book launch event on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 pm. Join journalist Allen Garr, broadcaster Red Robinson, musician Dal Richards & others to celebrate the launch at the Vancouver Public Library—350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. Other speakers include publisher Howard White, Councillor Heather Deal, Tourism Vancouver CEO Rick Antonson. For more information regarding the book launch, please visit www.harbourpublishing.com or email info@harbourpublishing.com.

The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver: Book Launch
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Location: Alice Mackay Room, Lower Level Vancouver Public Library (Central Branch, 350 West Georgia Street)

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.

Read more

The Globe and Mail: Chuck Davis Remembered: B.C. authors band together to finish late historian’s magnum opus

Blog – Miss604: The Chuck Davis History of Metropolitan Vancouver

Mapping the Everyday: Neighbourhood Claims for the Future

Date: Project commencing October, 2011 – Exhibition runs November 1st, 2011 – February 25, 2012
Location: The Audain Gallery, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and the Downtown Eastside community
Website: www.dewc.ca and sfuwoodwards.ca/index.php/audain

This process-oriented exhibition is a collaborative project between the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC), visiting artist Elke Krasny, the art collective desmedia, the collaboration red diva projects, the art collective Coupe, Out of Bounds Festival of Site-Specific Interventions, students from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, members of the community, and the Audain Gallery.

Presented as a text-based “horizon line” spanning the walls of the gallery, the exhibition offers a visual map of the demands and aspirations of the DEWC community. These demands, both current and historical, address issues of poverty, violence and insecurity, social exclusion, the deferral of rights, and the legacy of colonialism. Although describing specific challenges, these claims are also expressions of conviviality and solidarity. These expressions exist between women, between women and their neighbourhoods, and between the women of the Centre and their global context.

During the exhibition, the gallery will function as a platform and meeting ground for the production and exchange of different forms of knowledge. The “horizon line” will be a framing device and backdrop for a series of events, workshops, performances, and projects that aim to build neighbourhood constellations that go beyond familiar exchanges. They also provide opportunities for direct community participation and the fostering of critical dialogue, while also challenging the conventional expectation of what constitutes a gallery exhibition. As part of this series, women from the DEWC will teach a series of hands-on workshops, including instruction on cedar weaving and Japanese brush painting, to share their knowledge of traditional artistic practices.

Working closely with the women of the DEWC, Elke Krasny, and our other collaborators, Mapping the Everyday examines the possibilities for and consequences of community-based political activity as articulated in relationship with contemporary artistic and institutional practices.

Mapping the Everyday: Schedule of Events and workshops

Nov. 19, 2pm
How can we collaborate?
Talk with Elke Krasny, Cecily Nicholson, and Sabine Bitter

Nov. 22, 1pm
Workshop on Cedar Weaving
Lead by Stella August

Nov. 24, 1pm
Workshop on Japanese Brush Painting
Lead by Ari Tomita

Nov. 26, 2pm
Collective Futures in the Downtown Eastside
Panel discussion by the desmedia collective

Nov. 27, 7pm
Wednesday Night School: Introduction
Reading group developed by the art collective Coupe

Nov. 30, 7-9pm
Dalannah Gail Bowen
To compliment Mapping the Everyday, the Audain Gallery is pleased to host a live musical performance by jazz and blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen. Bowen is an experienced, versatile, and dynamic performer with strong ties to the local community and has significant national recognition.

Dec. 18, 7pm
Wednesday Night School: Class Restoration
Reading group developed by the art collective Coupe

Jan. 19, 7pm
Discussing Out of Bounds
Student-lead panel discussion on the Out of Bounds: Festival of Site-Specific Interventions held in the DTES

Jan. 22, 7pm
Wednesday Night School: Marxism & Factography
Reading group developed by the art collective Coupe

Feb. 7, 7pm
Jesus Indian
Screening and discussion of a short film produced by red diva projects and Frog Girl Films

Feb. 10, 7pm
Jennifer Kreisberg
Performance and discussion

Feb. 14, 1pm
Annual February 14th Women’s Memorial March
Starts at Main and Hastings Street, all welcome

Feb. 24, 7pm
Wednesday Night School: How to Trace the Destruction of the Old World on Our Hands
Presentation and discussion by the art collective Coupe

Feb. 25, 7pm
red diva projects
Performance of workshops by Marie Clements, Michelle St. John, and women from the DEWC

Note: The workshops and the Wednesday Night School have limited availability only. Please contact the Audain Gallery for more information at info@audaingallery.ca

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.

ALIVE Arts Winter Festival & Dialogue

Date: December 13-15, 2011, Aboriginal Artisan Tables: 11am- 9pm; Dialogue events: 12- 2pm
Location: W2 Media Cafe & Woodward’s Atrium
Website: www.creativetechnology.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/249155485147299/

ALIVE Arts Winter Festival & Dialogue is a cultural showcase with Aboriginal performing artists, an urban aboriginal artisan Christmas sale, children’s art program, traditional dancers, and community meals prepared by W2 Media Cafe.

Produced by W2 Community Media Arts Society in partnership with the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Society, ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society), Lower Mainland United Way, Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival, BCGEU, and RayCam Community Centre.

The series of cultural presentations and dialogues take place each lunch hour from 12-2:00 pm with discussions over healthy foods and then continue with evening cultural presentations. On Thursday, Dec 15, the Festival highlight is a dialogue and report back on the City’s Urban Aboriginal People’s Study/Vancouver 2011 with Ginger Gosnell and invited guests to hear back from members of the community.

Tuesday Dec 13, 6-9:30 featuring the NDN Classic ‘Smoke Signals’ directed by Chris Eyre. Presented by Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival (VIMAF).

Wednesday Dec 14, 6-9pm featuring $1000 in prizes with yer Hosts Ostwelve & JB The First Lady.

Thursday Dec 15, 6:00-9:00 featuring Wayne Lavallee, Murray Porter, Dalannah Gail Bowen and Russell Wallace.

Tuesday-Thursday Dec 13-15, 12-2pm. A series of cultural presentations and dialogue circles take place each lunch hour with discussions over healthy foods and then continue with evening cultural presentations. With a focus on School Board, Park Board and City of Vancouver and enhancing our relations.

Bone game, traditional crafts, drumming, songs and storytelling

The main event on Thursday, 5-9pm with POWWOW DRUMMERS! On Thursday, Dec 15, the Festival highlight is an evening of Powwow drummers, community meal, and dialogue and report back on the City’s Urban Aboriginal People’s Study/Vancouver 2011, with Ginger Gosnell-Myers and City of Vancouver representatives to share within the circle with members of the community. Check out the traditional games, Blues Review, the Artisan tables and more!

And did we say this is all free or by donation?! See you at the W2 Media Cafe and Woodward’s Atrium! On the Hastings and Cordova bus routes, with parking in the Woodward’s Parkade (enter eastbound on Cordova east of Cambie).

Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/249155485147299/ for full schedule details.

Image credit: Jerry Whitehead, A family dance together, 1998, acrylic on concrete, previously located at the corner of Carrall Street and Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC.

With support from the City of Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary Grants Program and the participation of the Government of Canada.