Posted by: Marketing on March 18, 2015 at 11:10 am

Museum of Vancouver inspires happiness through surprising interactive exhibition

From the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) comes a vibrant exhibition and profound exploration of one of humanity’s universal desires: happiness. Conceived by one of the world’s foremost designers and creative minds, Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show—on display April 23 – September 7, 2015 at MOV—is both thought-provoking and engaging. One of the largest exhibitions in MOV’s 120-year history, this astonishing experience transcends the boundary between art and design. It takes over museum galleries and in-between spaces—stairwells, hallways, and restrooms—in order to ask: what makes us happy?   

The Happy Show arrives as the wellbeing of Metro Vancouver residents is at the forefront of attention. The Vancouver Foundation has recently reported that Lower Mainland residents feel lonely and isolated. Our local and provincial governments are now recognizing that social connection is crucial for personal happiness and for a thriving city,” says Gregory Dreicer, MOV Director of Curatorial and Engagement. “This exhibition—masterfully created by Sagmeister—will delight visitors with works of art and design as it inspires them to reflect on their own lives.”
Sagmeister, who has documented his struggles with alcohol and drugs, weight gain, and depression, first conceptualized The Happy Show in an attempt to define and control his own happiness during a client-free sabbatical—a year-long break he takes every seven years to creatively recharge. The final display is the result of 10 years of research into his own personal happiness.

Confronted with stories about wellness, mindfulness, and sex, viewers will be immersed in an experience akin to walking into Sagmeister’s mind. The Happy Show is comprised of an array of engaging infographics, video projections, and interactive installations, including a stationary bike that powers a wall of neon, a giant inflatable monkey, and a series of gumball machines that displays visitors’ collective level of happiness. Audiences will also enjoy a preview of Sagmeister’s soon-to-be-released documentary, The Happy Film, which depicts his attempts to increase his happiness through meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Born in Austria in 1962, Sagmeister has had a significant impact on design over the past decade, regarded for his keen eye when blending typography with imagery in strikingly original ways. A multi-award winning artist—including two GRAMMY Awards and the Lucky Strike Designer Award, among many others—Sagmeister is co-founder of sought-after New York design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh. His resume boasts such clients as HBO, Levi’s, The Rolling Stones, Time Warner, and the Guggenheim Museum. He has delivered several popular TED talks on happiness and design, and written numerous books including: Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far, Made You Look, and Another Book about Promotion and Sales.

MOV will engage visitors in a diverse array of public activities that extend The Happy Show into the community. Programs include a public symposium on ideas for happier communities led by one of the world’s foremost experts on the subject, University of British Columbia Professor John Helliwell; a series of Happy Hours that will encourage Vancouverites to meet each other and inspire happiness through interaction; and a series of guerilla street interventions that invite social connection.

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, curated by Claudia Gould. Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Additional support provided by The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania.

About Museum of Vancouver (
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is an award-winning authority on Vancouver’s history, sharing the region’s stories from its Aboriginal beginnings to contemporary topics. It creates engaging exhibitions and programs that encourage dialogue about what was, is, and can-be Vancouver, serving as a gathering place that connects Vancouverites to each other, and Vancouver to the world.  

Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show

Date: April 23 – September 7, 2015

Venue:    Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, BC


For further media information, contact
Sarah Cruickshank I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.802.3712

Posted by: Marketing on January 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm

VANCOUVER BC — “As a child of [Holocaust] survivors, I’m keenly aware that I have been left with a legacy that’s as
powerfully daunting as it is inspiring.” – Jeanne Beker

Jeanne Beker — television personality, fashion designer and daughter of Holocaust survivors — will be reading from her
parents’ memoir, Joy Runs Deeper at the Museum of Vancouver on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7 PM.

Bronia and Joseph Beker paint a colourful picture of prewar life in Kozowa, a small town in eastern Poland where they met and
fell in love. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, everything changed. Until their liberation, the Bekers were first confined to a
ghetto and then on the run, relying on the kindness of strangers — and luck. They were adamant about telling their daughters
every detail of their war experience, time and time again.

According to Beker, “Now I realize it was [my parents’] storytelling [about their experiences during the Holocaust] that made me
who I am, colouring my personal philosophies, imparting a sense of resilience and instilling in me a precious instinct for survival.”
Coinciding with the West Coast launch of Joy Runs Deeper is the Museum of Vancouver exhibition, From Rationing to Ravishing: The
Transformation of Women’s Clothing in the 1940s and 1950s
. This exhibition features rare examples of haute couture and Vancouvermade
clothing and accessories that reflect how WWII changed society. From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and
Claus Jahnke, this exhibition demonstrates how historical events shape our daily lives and have lasting impacts.

This program is presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation and
the Museum of Vancouver. Copies of Joy Runs Deeper, published by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs
Program, will be distributed to those who attend. To RSVP to the Joy Runs Deeper launch, visit
Admission to the featured Museum of Vancouver exhibition is by donation to attendees of the launch.

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is a teaching museum and a leader in Holocaust education in British Columbia, dedicated to
promoting human rights, social justice and genocide awareness, and to teaching about the causes and consequences of discrimination, racism
and antisemitism through education and remembrance of the Holocaust. The VHEC reaches more than 25,000 students annually. It produces
acclaimed exhibits, innovative school programs, teaching materials and online exhibits, many of them with a focus on Canada and the Holocaust.

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that
encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary
issues and stories from the past. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on
support from the community.


Nina Krieger
Executive Director, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Posted by: Marketing on January 20, 2015 at 11:04 am

(Vancouver, BC) – On Saturday, February 7, Vancouverites are invited to spend the day exploring the six cultural institutions of Vanier Park, at the fourth annual Winter Wander, presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

Vanier Park is home to Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Academy of Music, and City of Vancouver Archives. Each year, the group teams up for a one-day event where locals and their families can enjoy a taste of what Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer. For only $5.00, youth, seniors and adults receive admission to all venues, while kids five and younger can visit for free.

 “Vanier Park and its venues are truly a Vancouver treasure, says Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “With added experiences including face painting, a Polaroid station, and roaming live performances, another great turnout is expected for this year’s event.”

New this year, there will be complimentary beverages, wooden boat building demonstrations at the Vancouver Maritime Museum's Heritage Harbour, and the Museum of Vancouver’s exhibition of Musqueam culture.

 “Winter Wander is a unique opportunity to not only showcase all Vanier Park has to offer, but to bring its members together in the spirit of collaboration, says Space Centre CEO Raylene Marchand. “By joining together, we’re able to put on a great event that in turn strengthens our connection to each other, and also to the community we operate in.”

"We are grateful for the continued generosity of Port Metro Vancouver, whose support will ensure that this year’s event is not to be missed,” says Vancouver Maritime Museum’s Catherine Butler. “We would also like to thank our event sponsors City and LG104.3 for spreading the word and We Love Van for supplying water and coffee!”

For full schedule of events and more information, visit


Winter Wander at Vanier Park is presented by Port Metro Vancouver.

For media inquiries contact:
Lyndsey Barton
Director of Community Engagement, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
604.738.7827 /

Posted by: Marketing on December 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

VANCOUVER, BC – Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), and the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC partner on a groundbreaking exploration of the city’s ancient landscape, and Musqueam’s early history and living culture. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is a series of three distinct exhibitions, opening simultaneously on January 25, 2015. The unified exhibitions will connect Vancouverites with c̓əsnaʔəm – one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built – sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.

“People often think of Vancouver as a new city, when in fact it is one of the most significant sites of ancient cultures in Canada – one that has even been compared to other societies such as the Egyptian and Roman societies,” says Terry Point, Co-Curator of the Musqueam First Nation and MOV exhibitions. “Visitors to c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city will learn it is part of an ancient landscape, and will discover aspects of Musqueam heritage, culture, and knowledge that have never before been shared with the public.”

Located in the area now commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm is imbued with the history and culture of the Musqueam people. First occupied almost 5,000 years ago, c̓əsnaʔəm became one of the largest of Musqueam’s village sites approximately two thousand years ago. Generations of families lived at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, harvesting the rich resources of the delta.

Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors, and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains, many of which are in museums and private collections locally and abroad. The land has been given various names since colonialism, including Great Fraser Midden, Eburne Midden, DhRs-1, and Marpole Midden – a name under which it would receive designation as a National Historic Site in 1933.

Today, intersecting railway lines, roads, and bridges to Richmond and YVR Airport, and a miscellaneous assortment of buildings and developments obscure the heart of Musqueam’s traditional territory. The significance of c̓əsnaʔəm to the Musqueam community remains undiminished despite this. In 2012, Musqueam community members held a 200+ day vigil when ancestral remains were unearthed at c̓əsnaʔəm, putting a stop to a proposed condominium development.

Opening simultaneously in January of 2015, these three c̓əsnaʔəm exhibitions will bring the rich history of the Musqueam Nation to the attention of Greater Vancouver audiences. Each exhibition will highlight a distinctive aspect of the significance of c̓əsnaʔəm:

Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre & Gallery
Curated by Leona M. Sparrow, Co-curated by Terry Point, Jason Woolman, and Larissa Grant this exhibition focuses on the sophistication of Musqueam knowledge and technology past and present. It makes connections through a continuum of knowledge and expertise over time. The exhibition will feature oral histories, community interviews, hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ language associated with c̓әsnaʔәm belongings on display, and artifact recreation. It will be on display for a minimum of one year.

Museum of Vancouver (MOV)
This multi-year exhibition draws multiple connections between c̓əsnaʔəm artifacts, Indigenous ways of knowing, colonialism, heritage politics, cultural resilience, and contemporary Musqueam culture. It will include graphic and 3D modelling of maps and artifacts, original videography, family-friendly interactivity, and soundscapes blending traditional and modern sounds. The MOV exhibition is the work of a curatorial collective from Terry Point, Susan Roy, Viviane Gosselin, Larissa Grant, Leona Sparrow, Jordan Wilson, Jason Woolman, and Susan Rowley and will be on display for a minimum of five years.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
Focusing on Musqueam identity and worldview, and Curated by Sue Rowley and Jordan Wilson, this exhibition will highlight language, oral history, and the community’s recent actions to protect c̓əәsnaʔəәm. Rich in multi-media, it will demonstrate Musqueam’s continuous connection to their territory, despite the many changes to the land. This exhibition will be on display for one year.

As a way to further educate, enrich, and connect with people, public programming and events will be offered throughout the duration of the exhibitions’ run. The complete range of public programs will include a series of curated tours, cultural exchanges with Musqueam artists, elders, and activists, and cultural tours from Musqueam youth.

For further exhibition information, including complete details on public programs, please

About Musqueam First Nation:
Musqueam First Nation are traditional hәn̓q̓әmin̓әm̓ speaking people whose territory, and dozens of villages, encompasses much of what is now the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Extensive networks of trade and relations radiate up and down the coast and into the interior. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, the community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs and these networks. Families teach and pass on this traditional knowledge and history to their people, to keep culture and traditions strong. Musqueam people continue to thrive, with a population of over 1,200 people; relying on the guiding principles of knowing who they are and where they come from and the responsibilities they share. Nearly half of Musqueam lives on a very small portion of their traditional territory, known as the Musqueam Indian Reserve #2, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River.

About MOV:
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community.

About MOA
The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is worldrenowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. Founded in 1949 in the basement of the Main Library at UBC, its mission is to inspire understanding of and respect for world arts and cultures. Today, Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. MOA houses more than 42,000 ethnographic objects and 535,000 archaeological objects, including many, which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The Koerner Gallery features one of Canada’s most important European ceramics collections, while MOA's recently opened Multiversity Galleries provide public access to more than 10,000 objects from around the world.

For further media information, contact
Laura Murray I T. 604.558.2400 I C. 604.418.2998


Posted by: Marketing on October 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Monday evening, the Museum of Vancouver played host to the 3rd annual Legacy Awards Dinner that honours individual, families and companies who have shown outstanding vision and commitment to building a city that is ranked as one of the most impressive in the world.

The MOV invited well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to the selection table. They spent two months reviewing over 50 nominees who have helped mould the city as we know it today and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The 2014 winners were Wade Grant, Dr. Julio Montaner, Morris J. Wosk and Yosef Wosk.

Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, was presented with the Emerging City Visionary Award for his work bringing together First Nations and New Immigrants, and forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. Dr. Montaner was recognized with the City Shaper Award for his dedication to HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention, resulting in a decrease in infections and mortality. The MOV Legacy Award was presented to Yosef Wosk for his, and his father’s (Morris J. Wosk) extensive history of philanthropic work, benefitting diverse non-profit organizations, both locally and abroad.

Each of the award winners delivered gracious and moving acceptance speeches. Grant reminded guests of the value of multiculturalism; Montaner urged the public to put pressure on the federal government to adopt the UN AIDS treatment strategy; Yosef Wosk read an insightful poem he wrote specifically for the event, entitled ‘Museum as Matter and Metaphor.’

Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble explained the significance of the award winners: “At the MOV we see the city as a living artifact, and part of that is recognizing the work that has been done by people to make it what it is today. In this third year of awards we’re really starting to see what incredible minds and initiative we have within our city, and we’re excited to be recognizing this group of honourees for their contributions to our city’s story.”



Photos of the award winners and the awards dinner can be downloaded here:

For additional background on the award winners, visit:


About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).


Media Contact

Myles Constable,

Marketing Officer and Media Relations



Posted by: Marketing on August 27, 2014 at 12:00 am


(Vancouver, BC) — The Museum of Vancouver is excited to announce the opening of From Rationing to Ravishing on September 18, 2014. This exhibition will feature rare examples of haute couture and Vancouver-made clothing that reflect how WWII changed society.

From the collections of guest curators Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke—the team that created Art Deco Chic—and the vaults of the Museum of Vancouver, From Rationing to Ravishing will present more than 80 historic garments and accessories. Highlights include: wartime wedding dresses, Boeing Vancouver overalls, cocktail dresses, and fashions designed by renowned European couturiers, including Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Elsa Schiaparelli.

The exhibition also includes a dress from Ceil Chapman, who produced high-quality, French-inspired garments. She was reportedly Marilyn Monroe’s favourite designer and counted Elizabeth Taylor and Mamie Van Doren as famous clients. Lauren Bacall’s shoes, Peruvian soprano Yma Sumac’s dress suit and a suit from Miss Germany 1955 will also be on display.

“In From Rationing to Ravishing, we tried to bring together a collection of garments and accessories that illustrate a variety of historical references,” stated Sayers, one of Canada’s preeminent fashion historians. Jahnke elaborates, “We chose the artifacts for their relevance, their appearance, and their stories.” This exhibition will demonstrate how historical events continue to shape our lives.

From Rationing to Ravishing is the second installment in a continuing series of fashion exhibitions with Sayers and Jahnke. Sayers—who thinks of his exhibitions as lessons in history—claims, “No era is better illustrated by an examination of its clothing than the period of World War II and the postwar years of recovery and rebuilding.“ During the war, fashion designers emphasized manliness; clothes were influenced by the need for practicality and economy. In peacetime, a womanly silhouette returned and then, in the 1950s, influenced by indulgence and amusement, designers made girlishness the rage.

From Rationing to Ravishing will include participatory features that engage families, including an activity station for kids and adults alike, and the opportunity to digitally wear period garments. Over the exhibition’s run, MOV will host a number of history-themed events, including two fashion shows that feature exceptional examples from Sayers’ private collection and two “talk and tour” events, also led by Sayers. 

Fashion history enthusiasts will get a sneak peek into the curators’ collection at Oakridge Centre, where five glamorous garments will be on display from September 11th through the 21st. Susan Nicol, General Manager at Oakridge Centre explains their commitment to this exhibition: “As a fashion and style destination in Vancouver for over 55 years, Oakridge Centre has been a driver of the evolution of fashion in the lower mainland. We are excited to partner with the Museum of Vancouver to showcase some of the significant trends of the past and to help bring to the community a little of our shared history.”

From Rationing to Ravishing: the Transformation of Women's Fashion in the 1940s and 1950s, opens to the public on September 18th; set to close March 8th, 2015. Additional exhibition and event information can be found at


MOV Events:

Curator's Talk & Tour: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Additional members-only dates to be announced

Join Vancouver's preeminent fashion historian and From Rationing to Ravishing guest curator Ivan Sayers for an informative stroll amongst displays of historic clothing within the exhibition space. Follow Ivan as he describes the evolution of women's fashion from wartime utility to postwar extravagance.

Fashion Show: From Rationing to Ravishing, with Ivan Sayers

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fashion historian and guest curator Ivan Sayers will produce and narrate live fashion shows that complement From Rationing to Ravishing. These shows will feature exceptional examples from Ivan’s own private collection and others.




About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).

Images of some of the standout garments and the curators, can be downloaded from this Dropbox:


Posted by: Marketing on August 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Legacy Awards. The MOV, through its selection committee, discovers outstanding people who are deserved of recognition for their efforts in creating a better Vancouver. The 3rd annual MOV Legacy Awards Dinner will take place on Monday, October 8th at the Museum of Vancouver.

In keeping with the Museum’s vision, to hold a mirror up to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future, it is appropriate that we recognize those individuals, organizations and even businesses that have and continue to make Vancouver the city it is today.

Each year the committee struggles to make the selections because there are so many worthy candidates. It is exciting, however, to realize how many incredibly people we have in this city and we are very excited to be honouring this group for their contributions to our city’s story.

The Museum of Vancouver will present its Legacy Award to Morris and Yosef Wosk. Father and son, Morris and Yosef have contributed to many local charities. Born in Russia, the late Morris Wosk moved to British Columbia in 1928. His hard work and strict adherence to honesty, fairness and respect for all, earned him success in business, a success he shared widely with the people of B.C. After nearly four decades building a family retail business, Morris turned his attention to the hotel and residential sector. For Morris, achievement in business is only one measure of success. The other being contribution to community. He generously gave his time, energy and resources to numerous causes, both locally and abroad, supporting diverse non-profit organizations. Morris Wosk is a member of The Order of British Columbia, The Order of Canada and has also been recognized for his philanthropic work internationally.

Morris and Dena’s son Rabbi Dr. Yosef Wosk serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. Active in communal affairs, Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author who has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world.  Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed Member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and is included in the Canadian Who's Who.

The MOV City Shaper Award will be presented to Dr. Julio Montaner, a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of AIDS at UBC. He played a key role in establishing the efficacy of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and since then has established the role of ‘Treatment as Prevention’ using HAART to simultaneously decrease progression to AIDS and death, as well as HIV transmission. He was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 2010, in part for his work resulting in a decrease in HIV/AIDS infections and mortality. Dr. Montaner was born in Argentina and completed his M.D. with Honours from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979. After completing a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at UBC and meeting his future wife, Montaner decided to remain in Vancouver, joining the faculty of St. Paul’s Hospital/UBC. He was invited to run the new HIV department that was being established in response to the emerging AIDS crisis. In 1992, he was joined by Michael O’Shaughnessy to found the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. In 1996, Dr. Montaner presented the results of his pioneering research on triple therapy to treat HIV infections at the XI International AIDS Conference in Vancouver, creating new standard for HIV drug therapy. Dr. Montaner served as the President of the International AIDS Society from 2008 to 2010, and as of 2013, continues to serve as an elected member of the Council of the International AIDS Society.

The Emerging City Visionary Award will honour Wade Grant, the son of former Chief Wendy Grant-John and Councillor Howard E. Grant, who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. After receiving an Arts degree from UBC, Wade worked in many different areas and attended UBC Law School.  He has participated on many volunteer boards and committees around the city and has been actively involved forging new relationships between Aboriginal people and the City of Vancouver. In 2004, at the age of 26, Wade was elected to Musqueam Chief & Council for the first time.  Wade was the Executive Assistant to the Provincial Minister of Public safety from 2006-2007. In 2007, Wade accepted a role in the office of Shawn Atleo who was the Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief at the time.  In 2009, Wade was named the Assistant General Manager of the Aboriginal Pavilion for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Wade is particularly proud of his work as Co-Chair for the Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project, which brought together the First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and New Immigrants in ways that had never been done before. Recently, Wade accepted a role in the Office of the Premier as Special Advisor on First Nations and Aboriginal Issues.

Taking place in the MOV’s landmark building in Vanier Park, the Legacy Awards Dinner will offer guests an exclusive museum experience complete with live music, fine wine, and scrumptious food. Visit the MOV’s website at to purchase early bird tickets, for background on the honorees, and further details on how the awards were selected.


About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver connects Vancouverites to each other and connects Vancouver to the world. The museum is a gathering place that encourages social engagement and inspires conversation about the future. MOV exhibitions and collections invite exploration of contemporary issues and stories from the past. MOV activities ignite a passion for Vancouver and its people. The museum, an enthusiastic advocate for the city, is an independent non-profit organization that depends on support from the community. The Museum of Vancouver is located in Vancouver at 1100 Chestnut Street (in Vanier Park).


Media Contact

Myles Constable,

Marketing Officer and Media Relations


Posted by: Marketing on May 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm


(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) reached a major milestone, as a collector of precious artifacts from around the world and the protector of Vancouver’s past. In recognition of 120 years, MOV will host a celebration on May 29th when admission will be $1.20 (always free for members). Following the Annual General Meeting that evening, birthday cake will be served and BC Place will be lit in the Museum’s colours. MOV’s celebration will continue on their social media channels with photos of artifacts representing 120 years of accessions, shared daily at 1:20pm.

MOV’s 120th anniversary is not only an acknowledgment of history, but of Vancouver’s history. As MOV CEO Nancy Noble explains, “In Canadian terms, we are an old museum with an old collection. For 120 years this museum has been the repository of the material culture and collective memory of this city. We are a reflection of Vancouver’s identity over time. That is valuable in and of itself.”

In 1894, a group of visionaries formed Vancouver’s Art, Historical and Scientific Association. Soon after, the City Museum was created at the Carnegie Library location at Main and Hastings. In 1967, the city announced the construction of the current landmark building in Vanier Park as part of Canada’s centennial. Designed by well-known architect Gerald Hamilton, the Museum’s distinctive dome top was inspired by the shape of a woven basket hat made by Northwest Coast First Nations people. In 1981, the Centennial Museum was re-named the Vancouver Museum and featured permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region.

Society continues to transform and museums have had to adapt to that change. In 2008, the Museum underwent a visioning process that resulted in a shift in focus, taking a cross-disciplinary approach and engaging the community in dialogue about contemporary issues of our city. To reflect the new vision, the Museum changed its name to the Museum of Vancouver in 2009.

“We don’t collect the way colonial collectors did, nor do we communicate information in the same way we did 120 years ago,” Noble explains. “As a contemporary museum, MOV wants to push the boundaries of our role. We believe that the power of history and collections bind the community together, but we want to go beyond that to engage our community in building our collections, telling their own stories, debating contemporary issues and hopefully shaping the future of Vancouver.”


Media interested in a presentation of our standout artifacts representing 12 decades, and a tour of our 70,000 object collection or interviews with MOV CEO Nancy Noble, can contact Myles Constable (below) to make private appointments.

Media Contact

Myles Constable, Marketing Officer/Media Relations

Office: 604-730-5309

Posted by: Marketing on May 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm


(VANCOUVER, BC) –  Today, the Sts’ailes Band (formerly Chehalis) will hold a private repatriation ceremony on their land near Harrison Hot Springs, to celebrate the return of a significant artifact in their people’s history. Earlier this week, the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) returned the Sasq’ets (commonly known as Sasquatch) mask to its rightful owner, 75 years after being donated to the institution.

At a ceremony held Monday at MOV, the Sts’ailes expressed their gratitude to the Museum of Vancouver for protecting their mask. A Musqueam First Nation representative also attended to welcome the Sts’ailes to their ancestral land.

MOV’s CEO Nancy Noble explained the importance of returning aboriginal belongings: “I believe that museums have a social and cultural obligation to consider repatriating certain objects from their collections to First Nations people.”

Noble describes the positive impacts of repatriation: “For aboriginal peoples, the return of an object with significant cultural or spiritual value can help to rebuild awareness, educate youth and strengthen ties to a culture that was often suppressed or taken away. And from the MOV’s point of view, the process is a way of building trust and developing relationships with the ultimate goal of narrowing the cultural divide that often still exists today.”

The Museum of Vancouver is proud to be aligned with the Vancouver Airport Authority, supporting sponsor of the First Nations Collection, in developing positive relations while returning artifacts of significance. During another repatriation ceremony in 2013, James Leon from Sts’ailes asked to view artifacts from the collection, believing that MOV might have the Sasq’ets mask, which had been missing since 1939, when it was donated by J.W. Burns. A formal letter from Sts’ailes requesting the repatriation of the mask was received by MOV in late 2013; the museum’s repatriation committee recommended the return soon thereafter.

Noble stated: “Every request is different and must be considered on its merits, but when objects were obtained improperly or have a high degree of cultural sensitivity within a community, repatriation seems like an obvious solution.”

All records indicate that Ambrose Point carved the Sasq’ets mask in 1937 or 1938 and wore it at Sasquatch Days, a celebration of aboriginal sport, ceremony, art and handicraft. Burns who was a teacher at the Chehalis Indian Day School was very interested in Sasq’ets and is often credited for bringing the word “Sasquatch” into common use. The Sts’ailes Band state that due to the mask’s extreme cultural significance, Point would not have sold it or given ownership to Burns, and that Point was dispossessed of the mask without permission.

The Sts’ailes Band has a close spiritual and cultural relationship with Sasq’ets. The Band recognizes Sasq’ets as having the ability to move between the physical and spiritual realms. A sighting or encounter with Sasq’ets is viewed as a gift and as a bestowal of responsibility within the Sts’ailes community. 

The Sasquatch Days celebration has been revived in recent years and will take place in Harrison Hot Springs on the weekend of June 7-8, 2014. This will be a special year because for the first time both the newly carved Sasq’ets mask and the original Sasq’ets mask will be present. These events are open to the public.


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Photo of the Sasquatch Mask (catalogue #AA69.01) from the Museum of Vancouver First Nations Collection supported by YVR:

Photo of Museum of Vancouver CEO Nancy Noble (second from left) returning the Sasquatch Mask to Sts’ailes Band elders in a private ceremony held May 12th at MOV in Vanier Park:


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Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am


December 2, 2013


Rewilding Vancouver connects the city with its natural history


(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver is known for its connection to nature — a unique quality in a major urban centre. Despite this, our city has dramatically transformed the natural environment. Rewilding Vancouver, opening on February 27, 2014 at the Museum of Vancouver, explores Vancouver’s nature as it was, is, and could be.

Rewilding Vancouver is an act of remembering,” explains J.B. MacKinnon, curator of the exhibition and author of The 100-Mile Diet and the recently released The Once and Future World. “It offers a window into a forgotten history in order to look at the present and the possible future with new eyes.”

In 2010, for example, Vancouverites were mesmerized when a grey whale came for a swim in False Creek. Few were aware that, just 150 years ago, hundreds of whales visited local waters each year, including a resident population of humpback whales — famous for their haunting underwater songs. Rewilding Vancouver seeks to encourage people to discover such stories from Vancouver’s past as inspiration to imagine a wilder city today.

The first major exhibition on urban historical ecology in Canada, Rewilding Vancouver features 12 tableaux that mix taxidermy, material culture, projection and sound to reveal the natural “understory” of familiar Vancouver locations. An extinct Steller’s sea cow hovers over the Stanley Park Seawall and a coyote remembers Expo 86, while 120 km of former fish-bearing streams flow beneath our feet.

“Almost everyone has experienced the loss of some treasured natural space — whether an entire forest or a simple vacant lot,” says MacKinnon. “This exhibition is a way to connect with that feeling, and to explore the unlimited possibilities of melding the urban and wild.”


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