Posted by: Angela Yen on December 15, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 


1) The photo itself looks as unreal as the wing-walker stunt. It is almost cartoon like. I love how it appears like it's taken on a fake backdrop or on a soundstage. 

August 10, 1979 -   Wing-walker Robert Oakes, twenty-one, on the opening day of the Abbotsford Air Show atop a Super Stearman piloted by Joe Hughes. Photo by George Diack (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 79-0516)


2) A great joyous photo. I especially love the scattered flower petals/confetti which feel very indicative of the free spirted decade.

September 9, 1979 - The city celebrates with a victory parade down Granville Street for the NASL champion Vancouver Whitecaps, with goalie Phil Parkes (left) and captain John Craven (right) with the trophy. Photo by Ralph Bower (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 79-0817)


3) For any sushi lover or foodie in Vancouver it's great that an early photo of chef Tojo was documented.

November 14, 1979 - Leading the movement that would turn Vancouver into a renowned foodie paradise is sushi chef Tojo at Jinya Restaurant on West Broadway. Photo by Ken Oakes (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 79-1646)


4) I suddenly feel happy myself by just looking at this photo. The four distinct expressions are great and with the champagne dripping mid air, the photo feels very in the moment.

1979 - Whitecaps after winning North American Soccer League Championship (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun)


5) Such a dreamy and romantic photo. The two women look so glamourous that I assumed they were socialites or movie stars. It was to my suprise that the caption revealed the photo is of two prostitutes on the corner of Georgia and Hornby.

November 14, 1979 - Prostitutes at the corner of Georgia and Hornby. Photo by Ken Oakes (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 79-1648)


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Posted by: Angela Yen on December 8, 2016 at 11:02 am

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 


1) A familiar sight where a rare snow day leaves a Vancouverite underprepared.

January 3, 1978 - Trudging through town—note the Woodward’s bag—on a rare snow day in the city.. Photo by Brian Kent (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 78-0006)

 1) With the housing issues in Vancouver it's always fascinating to see these hosuing development photos. It's great how the downtown skyline looms over the small family homes.

March 9, 1978 - Construction worker at work on a building at 7th and Laurel in False Creek. Photo by George Diack (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 78-0912)

3) A great fashion forward shot where you can see the candid reactions of the conservative business man and elder couple.

August 31, 1978 - Models Joan Tremblay and Ariane Poole wear plastic jeans for a fashion shoot near the Hotel Georgia. Photo by George Diack (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 78-3257)

3) Similarily to the photo above this image paints a clever contrast between a new progressive/liberal generation to a more conservative past generation. The photo is also early evidence of trends appropriating eastern culture that is now associated with present "Vancouver lifestyle" - i.e. Yoga, naturapathic medicine

August 16, 1978 - Hare Krishna devotees chant and play drums on Granville Street. Photo by Mark van Manen (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 1978 Krishnas)

5) This photos captures a tender and intimate moment without feeling intrusive. It's a lovely wide shot where the field lights act as a romantic spotlight over the couple.

August 15, 1978 - Young couple take in the baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium. Photo by Glenn Baglo. (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 78-3012)


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Posted by: Angela Yen on December 7, 2016 at 11:42 am

Woodward's department store chain operated in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada for one hundred years, before its sale to the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).

In 1892, Charles Woodward established the first Woodward store at the corner of Main and Georgia Streets in Vancouver. On September 12, 1902 Woodward Department Stores Ltd. was incorporated and a new store was built on the corner of Hastings and Abbott Streets.

When The Hudson's Bay Company bought Woodward's Stores Ltd. In 1993, the Museum was permitted to salvage material remaining in the Hastings Street Store; most of the donated material was retrieved from the administration office area; the City of Vancouver Archives also retrieved a large amount of Woodward's material.

Below is the evolution of the cover design for the Woodward's Christmas catalogue. View more of the Museum of Vancouver's collection of Woodward's artefacts in OpenMOV.


1) This cover design from 1936 is graphic heavy with its two colour print and no use of photo. There's a play with typography and a constructivism influence that was popular in the late twenties early thirties.

2) This cover design from 1954 is still more graphic focus with the Santa Claus illustration and interesting candy stripped typography but here we start to see the introduction of photographic imagery.

3) By the late sixties the Woodward's logo had changed and they began using the same heading and wordmark treatment: "The Wonderful World of Woodward's Christmas Gifts." The catalogue covers also stuck to using a single photographic image that was very traditional and family orientated.

4) By the eighties the graphic standards started to shift again where the chunky and convoluted messaging is simplified and the logo is placed separately from the heading. The traditional family Christmas image remained.

5) Here the catalogue feels very eighties and is embracing the trends of that time. The imagery shifts to a young, rich couple and plays off ideas of consumerism and spending, rather than family moments and children doing Christmas activities.

6) This summarzing catalogue from 1992 utilizes early forms of computer graphics which we can see the designer having a little too much fun with since I imagine computer graphic programs were still rather novel at this time. There's masking and crop out of a tree onto another photographic background, use of a glow effect and over designed titling with the festive banner. We also see use of the iconic Woodward's "W" taking front and centre.

Posted by: Angela Yen on December 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

The Canadian Museum Association has released a unique cookbook entitled, Great Canadian Masters, featuring delicious recipes by Canada's top chefs that are inspired by a wide range of Canadian art and paintings collected by museums and galleries throughout the country.

One of the paintings included is the watercolour portrait  "Sophie with Berry Basket, Stanley Park" by Margaret Wake. The painting which captures the image of a well-known Squamish Indian woman, is one of many First Nations art pieces from the Museum of Vancouver's collection. The painting is paired with a recipe for a decadent fruit pastry inspired by the berry basket featured in the painting. The recipe was created by third season's Top Chef Canada winner, Matthew Stowe.

Learn more about the painting in the Museum's OpenMOV database and you can pick up a copy of Great Canadian Masters in the Museum's Gift Shop.

Posted by: Angela Yen on December 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 


1) With the hype of the upcoming film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, this photo encapsulates the amazing longevity and success a film can have over decades.

June 24, 1977 - Star Wars ticket buyers line up at the Vogue Theatre on Granville Street on opening day. The film would become part of the biggest movie franchise in history. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesty of The Vancouver Sun)

2) A great shot that really marvels in the advancement of transportation/technology. The Seabuses look so strong (almost like tankers) and very cleanly and mechnically sit on top of the water.

February 15, 1977 - Trial run of the new Seabuses, which were set to start service in June. Photo by Dan Scott (Courtesty of The Vancouver Sun 77-05622)


3) In addition to the photo's humour I'm impressed that this exact spot on Granville Street is still an adult shop.

June 23, 1977 - Two curious women check out the naughty wares in an adults-only store. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Couresty of The Vancouver Sun 77-2253)

4) The monstrous cranes reflect the scale and signifcance of Robson Square and how it marked its place as the downtown centre.

June 29, 1977    A forest of cranes at the new Vancouver courthouse and Robson Square project. Photo by Brian Kent (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 77-2315)

5) Another shot that captures how some things never change. The totem poles in Stanley Park remain a key tourist spot and symbol of Vancouver and its connection to the First Nations people.

August 27, 1977 -  Stanley Park’s iconic totem poles have long been a tourist favourite. Photo by Deni Eagland (Courtesty of The Vancouver Sun 77-3088)


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Posted by: Anonymous on November 30, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Today the Board of Directors of the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) announced that they have named Mark Richards as the Museum’s new CEO.

Richards is an internationally respected museum professional with more than twenty years of experience working in national museums in the United Kingdom and is an expert in museum transformation and operations. He is known for building community partnerships and creative sponsorship opportunities in large and small markets.

He began his career at the British Museum before moving to the National Museum of Science and Industry, which included the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and the National Media Museum in Bradford.

During his ten-year tenure as a director at the Museum of London (2005 – 2015) he was the architect behind its transformation to a world-leading cultural institution; doubling visitor numbers and achieving record levels of commercial income generation.

“Mark’s deep expertise in civic museum operations and his track record of success in guiding cultural institutions through periods of growth and transformation along with his passion for culture, the arts and Vancouver itself are ideal qualities for our next CEO,” says Jill Tipping, MOV Board Chair.

Richards says, “MOV is a cultural treasure and I am pleased to be joining its dedicated team at an exciting time in its history. I look forward to helping it fulfill its potential and reach wider audiences.”

He will take over in his official capacity on Monday, December 5. 

Posted by: Anonymous on November 29, 2016 at 10:20 am

This GivingTuesday, you are invited to partner with MOV on a highly anticipated exhibition.

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving where Canadians, charities and businesses come together to celebrate the spirit of giving.

The Museum's underexposed collection of Haida art features more than 400 rarely displayed pieces by Haida carvers, weavers, jewellery makers and painters.

This collection has sat protected in the Museum's vault for years, but has been rarely seen. With your help, we can unveil this remarkable Haida collection for the first time in its entirety.

We ask you to make a contribution toward this new Haida exhibition which will engage a broad audience and connect with a variety of communities.

As a non-profit registered charity, the Museum relies on the support of donations to continue to steward its collection of 70,000 artefacts, and offer outstanding exhibitions and community programming.
Make a minimum donation of $100 or become a monthly donor on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 and you will be entered to win a prize package that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the MOV collection vault.
Three ways to donate
  • Online at Canada Helps
  • By phone: 604-736-4431
  • In person at the MOV Visitor Services desk
Posted by: Angela Yen on November 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm

This coin commemorates an important Pacific Northwest art piece. Its design is inspired by an argillite chest by Charles Edenshaw (1839–1924), who was a renowned artist and pivotal guardian of Haida culture. The chest features an intricately carved lion face with human characteristics and stacked 'U' lines - now considered key identifiers of classic Haida art.

The five-kilogram silver coin - with a mintage of only 100 -  is selling for $10,699.95 from the Canadian Mint.

The argillite chest is one of 70,000 artefacts in the MOV collection. It was orignally one of two chests purchased for $400 by Dr. Israel Powell - an Indian commissioner for British Columbia - as possible gifts for Queen Victoria's daughter.

Read more about this remarkable piece in the Museum's OpenMOV database.

Posted by: Angela Yen on November 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

Vancouver in the Seventies: Photos from a Decade that Changed the City is now on view at the Museum of Vancouver.

The exhibition displays over 400 photos from The Vancouver Sun collection. To get a closer look and to celebrate some of these stunning photographs, each Friday we'll be selecting our Five Favourite Photos from each year of the seventies. 

1) The grass, water, city and sky stack up so perfectly on top of each other - the idyllic playground. There's also great energy in just the flow of the girl's hair. 

August 2, 1976 - Mary Mitchell, 7, of Vancouver rides a big rubber ball overlooking the West End. Photo by Bill Keay (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-2753)


2) The way the curtains mirror the the bars of the patio creates an interesting monochromatic pattern. The endless windows with closed curtains in direct contrast to the exposed woman suntanning, implies a clever self awareness on the photo's voyeurism.

April 10, 1976 - High-rise suntanning on the seventh floor of a West 11th Avenue apartment building. Photo by Ralph Bower (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-1203)


3) Quintessential 1970s childhood. It's wonderful how everything in this photo may have been deemed "nerdy" at the time but now contains essentially everything people think is cool.

October 9, 1976 - Heng Look, twelve, Lev Delang, nine, and Nicholas Delang, ten, check out the goods at a comic book club at the Britannia branch of the Vancouver Public Library. Photo by Ralph Bower (The Vancouver Sun 76-3385)


4) A list of favourite photos from the seventies would not be complete without some representation of disco. This fun shot from Annabelle's nicely sums up the jive boogie era.

October 30, 1976 - People dance to disco music at Annabelle’s. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-3622)

5) The photo is strikingly composed with the words on the window acting like a headline/caption and the young man's face and hand, centred and in focus. In many ways it seems posed but the young man's expression appears candid and quite hard to read.  

January 3, 1976 - Alnoor Vergee wipes away the steam at his father’s dry cleaning shop on Davie Street in the West End. Photo by Glenn Baglo (Courtesy of The Vancouver Sun 76-0009)

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Posted by: Angela Yen on November 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

On November 17, 2016 the Museum of Vancouver invited another All Together Now contributor to stop by and discuss their passions and what they collect. Rob Frith, owner of Neptoon Records and a collector of hundreds of rare gig concert posters, expanded the focus of the talk to the era of music he loves - the 1960s and1970s.

Joining Frith was local music icon, Howie Vickers of the psychedlic group The Collectors. Together they chatted about Vickers's start in the music industry and what the music scene was like in Vancouver during the heyday of the psychedelic era. 

The discussion extended to the audience who shared their own memories and asked detailed questions about Vickers's first hand experience of "making it" in the industry. The audience included interviewer and music enthusiast, Nardwuar who was eager to ask a few questions himself including what it was like to open for eclectic singer/songwriter Tiny Tim (see video below). 

Thank you to Frith for conducting a fascinating and personal look at the Vancouver music scene and for giving the audience a taste of what the times felt and looked like with a series of gorgeous concert handbills that are now available for purchase at the MOV Gift Shop.

You can check out more of Frith's collection in the exhibition All Together Now: Vancouver Collectors & Their Worlds, on view until January 8, 2017.

Click HERE for more photos from the event.



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