Exhibitions

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism

Thursday, September 28, 2017 to Sunday, February 18, 2018
Visually stunning, City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites.
 
City on Edge builds on the book of the same name, published by Greystone Books, and authored by retired Vancouver Sun research librarian Kate Bird. The exhibition is co-curated by Kate Bird and
MOV curator Viviane Gosselin and designed by Amir Ofek.
 
 
 
October 19, 2017 / 7:00 PM
City On Edge Curatorial Talk & Tour
 

Join exhibition co-curators Viviane Gosselin and Kate Bird on an intimate tour of City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism, where they will be discussing many of the key exhibition themes, as well as Vancouver's rich protest history.  

Some of the key questions they will answer include: What are the motivations for discussing the topic of demonstrations? What are the challenges of representing protest histories' intangible heritage, performative nuances and multiple voices? The process of researching images and the curator's opportunity to mine private archives will additionally be covered. Participants will  be treated to a few of the stories behind the exhibition’s dramatic photographs. This promises to be an engaging tour, amplifying the voices and narratives of dissent imbedded within Vancouver's history. 
 
Date: Thursday, October 19
 
Time: 7:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $17; Seniors and Students: $15
 
MOV Members: Free
 
Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free. 
 
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.
 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.
 

 
Bios
 
Viviane Gosselin is the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at MOV. In her work with Canada’s largest civic museum, Viviane has expanded the museum’s role as city resource, cultural hub, laboratory and catalyst for learning, social interactions and civic engagement. She has produced and led several exhibition teams in museums for the past fifteen years while serving on peer review committees with the Canadian Museum Association (CMA) and Canadian Heritage.
 
 
Kate Bird worked for twenty-five years amidst the vast photograph collection at The Vancouver Sun and The Province.  She is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for a 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia. 
 

 
City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.
 

 

Sponsored by BC Federation Of Labour

 

 
December 02, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Never Going To Stop This Train: Vancouver Choirs Perform Protest Songs.
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The rich tradition of protest music is coming to Museum of Vancouver for a single night of live performance and engagement. Four of Vancouver's vibrant community choirs congregate under one roof/dome to perform individual sets of protest music. 

Protest music has existed for centuries, finding its way into a wide spectrum of social justice movements while spanning multiple genres including gospel, folk, rap and various pop idioms. Initially developed to draw people together around a central mission, the evolution of the protest song has continued to evoke a powerful message; amplifying social change through subversive lyrics, unique settings and sites of resistance.
 
Our concert features some of the finest choirs currently working in Vancouver's social justice and community building environments. Featuring sets by Left Coast Labour ChorusSolidarity Notes Labour Choir, Re:Sisters and Woodward's Community Singers. Our concert will have you humming along and send you on your way with a new appreciation for the genre. 
 
Seating is general admission. Auditorium doors open at 6:45pm. Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore!
 
Date: Saturday, December 2
 
Time: Auditorium Doors: 6:40pm;  Show: 7:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $25; Seniors and Students: $20; MOV Members: $15
 

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied to your MOV membership. At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to most MOV public programs all year round!

 
 
*Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event. 
 
 
Performers
 
Left Coast Labour Chorus formed in September, 2014. The Chorus is 30-plus singers who merge their voices and their activism in their music.  Some Chorus members are new to choirs; many have been part of other choirs and song groups, including Solidarity Notes, Bargain at Half the Price and Union Train. Conducted by musician Peggy Hua, who leads a number of different choirs in the Vancouver area. Classically trained in choral conducting, at UBC’s school of Music, she brings skill and knowledge to the Chorus, along with an infectious enthusiasm and energetic conducting. This is music that has been inspired by people working together, campaigning together and walking together in solidarity.  It is music that can raise hope, joy and new possibilities, join voices in protest and even poke fun at oppression. http://www.leftcoastlabourchorus.com/
 
Re:Sisters are 6 retired teachers and past and present union representatives. The group formed as an ensemble in 2012 with a repertoire that speaks of resistance to the status quo. The group is self-directed and they choose their songs, many of them by women songwriter/performers, through spirited consensus. Re:Sisters perform at conferences, International Women’s Day events, fundraisers for social causes and have led workshops in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Metro Vancouver. Re: Sisters believe in the power of music to help change the world for the better. The ensemble features Barb Coward, Janet Dempsey, Janet Hall, Karen Dean, Nicci Beninger and De Whalen. 
 
Solidarity Notes Labour Choir is a group of activists who know that music is more than pleasurable sound. It’s a powerful language to educate and connect us and remind us of our strength and history. Throughout history, struggles for labour and human rights have produced music that inspires and reconnects us to hope and possibility. Their repertoire consists of labour songs and songs of social justice, performed on picket lines, at rallies, conventions, conferences, memorials, and benefits – wherever their music can contribute to social progress. Their repertoire balances a sense of history with a desire to sing and inspire the movements of today. Choir Conductor: Earle Peach. http://solidaritynotes.ca/
 
Woodward’s Community Singers is an inter generational, drop-in, community choir that meets 40 weeks of the year.  More campfire than cantata, WCS meet to sing about and through the beauty and struggles of life. Together they share the sonic tonic in the call and response tradition across a spectrum of folk music -  it is their informal, fun, playful and profound way to cultivate community. Coordinator: Vanessa Richards. https://vimeo.com/user7130485
 

 


 
City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.
 

 
 
Sponsored by:
 
 

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied to your MOV membership.

At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to most MOV public programs all year round

December 07, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Archiving Activism

Join us for an engaging panel discussion that will explore one of the central tenants of MOV's City On Edge exhibition: archives and their historically rich relationship to activism.

Exhibition co-curator Kate Bird will moderate a discussion featuring some of Vancouver's cutting edge archivists - Ron Dutton of the B.C. Gay and Lesbian Archives, Bailey Garden from the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre and Vincent Tao of the Pollyanna Library & 221A artist run centre. The speakers will explore archiving techniques and decisions, highlighting the potential for archives to capture unique cultural and political movements. They will also answer questions on how documenting social and political activism is an invaluable resource for artists, filmmakers, playwrights, historians, and other researchers and wow local collections have been used both to reconstruct the history of marginalized groups, and to reactivate the stories of historical protest movements for present and future generations. 
 
Q and A to follow the panel presentation.
 
Date: Thursday, December 7
 
Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $19; Seniors and Students: $16; MOV Members: Free; Individuals who self identify as First Nations: Free. 
 

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied to your MOV membership. At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to most MOV public programs all year round!

 
 
Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.  
 
* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event. 
 

 
Bios
 
Kate Bird worked as a librarian at The Vancouver Sun and The Province for twenty-five years. She is the author of City on Edge: A Rebellious Century of Vancouver Protests, Riots, and Strikes and Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos From a Decade That Changed the City, which was nominated for a 2016 British Columbia Historical Writing Award. Kate has been the researcher for numerous books, including Making Headlines: 100 Years at The Vancouver Sun, and Lilies and Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia
 
Ron Dutton is a retired librarian whose professional activism included establishing Carnegie Library in the Downtown Eastside; amalgamating existing library programs into Outreach Services for the sight impaired and homebound; and managing several subject divisions at VPL’s Central Library.  In 1976, at the height of the gay liberation movement, he began collecting material that documents BC queer political initiatives, organizations, ethnic minorities, cultural and social activities, health issues, and art.  The Archives has now grown to contain some 3/4 million items in all media, and is heavily consulted by journalists, academics, cultural workers and the public.
 
Bailey Garden is a social, political and environmental activist originally from Calgary, AB. She is a Project Manager at the BC Labour Heritage Centre, as well as the creator of the Centre's Oral History Workshop & Guide. Bailey is an alumni of Simon Fraser University and has worked on a number of oral history research projects based around British Columbia, on a wide range of subjects including labour, land use, industry, immigration, diversity and more. Her oral history video, “Our Working Waterfront”, won 2nd prize in the SFU Blue Student Competition in Water, acknowledged at the 2015 Canadian Water Summit.
 
Vincent Tao is the Librarian at 221A, where he is responsible for the Pollyanna Library collection and associated programs. His independent research and organizing work concerns urban displacement and the right to the city. Tao’s recent projects at 221A include Notes on Political Ecologies (N.O.P.E. 2016); Rereading Room: the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore; Parallax Study: The New Romantics; and Deep Blue Open Archive. Recently, Tao took part in documenta 14’s an education program at Under the Mango Tree—Sites of Learning, travelling to Kassel to present and workshop the 221A’s educational programming. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Tao studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he was the outreach coordinator for a worker-run community kitchen.
 

 

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.
 

 

Sponsored by BC Federation of Labour

 
 
 

 

 

January 18, 2018 / 7:00 PM
When Labour Walks the Line: The Workers' Side of the Story

Photo: Stuart Davis/Vancouver Sun.

Join us as we delve into discussion with our guest panelists surrounding significant job action events across Vancouver’s labour history including: the 2001 Transit Strike, the 2004 HEU Strike, the 2007 Municipal Workers’ Strike (aka Sam’s Strike), and the 2014 BCTF Teacher’s Strike.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Irene Lanzinger, President of BC Federation of Labour, who will engage with panelists around stories, tactics, and historic narratives aimed at the negative framing of specific workers’ resistance movements in Vancouver. Panelists include: Donisa Bernardo (HEU), Glen Hansman (BCTF), Joe Elworthy (UNIFOR Local 2200), and Aliza Navarie (CUPE 391).

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Admission: Early bird (until January 17): $10; *After January 17: $15; CUPE Members: $5. Free to MOV Members and individuals who self identify as First Nations.

Registration

*Online ticket sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets will be on sale at the front desk at the time of the event.

 

The price of your ticket can be immediately applied towards your new MOV membership. At $49 an individual adult membership provides FREE access to many MOV public programs all year round!


 

Bios

Irene Lanzinger was elected President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) in November 2014. The BCFED represents more than 500,000 working people from affiliated unions across the province, in every sector of the economy. Irene is the first woman to be elected as President of the BCFED.

Irene began her career as a secondary science and math teacher in Abbotsford, at which time she became a member of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). In 2000, Irene became chief negotiator for the BCTF, bargaining on behalf of 41,000 members province-wide. She was elected Vice-President of the BCTF in 2002 and then President in 2007. She ws elected as Secretary-Treasurer of the BCFED in 2010.

While Irene plays a strong role within the BC and Canadian labour movement, she has also broadened her union work to the international scene. She joined solidarity delegations in Namibia and across Latin America, including Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Honduras.

Donisa Bernardo is a pharmacy assistant from Kamloops and currently serving her sixth term as financial secretary of the Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU). A member since 1984, Donisa was elected to the union’s provincial executive in 1998 as a regional vice-president. She’s a BC Federation of Labour officer, has served on its Executive Council since 2006, and co-chairs its women’s committee. A trustee on the Municipal Pension Plan board since 2013, she was an alternate trustee for the previous 12 years and served her local in many positions for nearly 20 years.

Glen Hansman is the president of the BC Teachers’ Federation, representing 43,000 workers in K-12 public schools across the entire province. He is on leave from his special education teaching position in Vancouver, and is an officer of the BC Federation of Labour and a member of the Canada Council of the Canadian Labour Congress. He has a particular interest in equity and diversity issues in public schools and within unions.

Joe Elworthy is an electronic technician who has worked for Coast Mountain Bus Company since 1976. He has served as president of UNIFOR Local 2200 since 2000, leading his union through several rounds of contract negotiations. He has served as Trust Chair of the Transit Employees’ Health and Benefit Trust since 1993 and is the financial secretary for Unifor’s National Skilled Trades Council. He has been a presenter and panelist at the Conference Board of Canada and PBLI Conferences.

Aliza Nevarie is president of CUPE 391, representing library workers at Vancouver Public Library. Aliza has been involved with unions for over twenty years and got her start as part of a movie theatre union local in Montreal. During “Sam’s Strike”, she was a member of the CUPE 391 Bargaining Committee and the Communications Committee, developing the local’s blog. She is currently a member of CUPE BC’s Library Committee and a passionate advocate for public libraries.


 

City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism is a photo-based exhibition exploring how protest demonstrations have shaped Vancouver’s identity. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to access rarely seen images capturing epic moments of Vancouver’s protest history from the Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers’ photo collection. These photographs are exceptional historical records of intense and transformative moments in the lives of Vancouverites. Opening September 28, 2017.

 


 

Sponsored by BC Federation Of Labour

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