Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on May 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Over 20 Jane’s Walk planned in Metro Vancouver on May 5 & 6

Three special additions from the MOV, Spacing Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver

(Metro Vancouver, BC) -- On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, thousands of people in Metro Vancouver and around the world will take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk". The 6th annual Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore Metro Vancouver’s neighbourhoods with fresh eyes and curious mind. This year in Vancouver, there will be a special focus on learning what makes’ our neighbourhoods unique.

The MOV, Spacing Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver have teamed up to offer three special, concurrent walking tours of the West End, Marpole, and Grandview-Woodlands, all of which will happen on Saturday, May 5.

Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the free, volunteer-led urban walks have grown exponentially from 27 walks the first year to over 500 walks around the world - from Burnaby to Brisbane and Sao Paulo to Surrey - in over 75 cities and 16 countries.

Walks are as varied as the people taking part, and they create the time and space for people to connect, share, and develop ideas about where their communities and cities are at and where they are headed.

Ask yourself - what kind of Jane’s Walker are you? From the curious who wants to get behind the scenes, the green at heart, the urban gardener, the friendly neighbour, the aesthete roaming the open-air urban museum, the active moving about the city, and the citizen fascinated by the past and future of the city, its public space and institutions, there are walks for all city-lovers.

Find detailed walks at, look out for posters with walk details in local shops, select favourites on the free iPhone app and get out and walk on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6!

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For media enquiries, images and interviews with 2012 walk leaders, please contact:

Yuri Artibise, Vancouver Coordinator

About Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities develop, function, and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods, increase urban literacy, and promote neighbourhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.

List of participating cities as of April 23, 2012
Canada: 38 cities
Banff, Brockville, Burlington, Calgary, Coboconk, Eden Mills, Edmonton, Flesherton, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Mississauga, Montreal, Nelson, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Penticton, Peterborough, Quebec City, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon, Sidney, Surrey, Swift Current, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Whitehorse, Winnipeg


International: 38 cities in 15 countries
Australia: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth; Brazil: Sao Paulo; China: Shenzhen; France: Paris; Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Nurnberg, Stuttgart; Israel: Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv; Kenya: Nairobi; Mexico: Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Mexico City; Netherlands:  Amsterdam, Arnhem; Philippines: Manila; Slovenia: Celje, Idrija, Kamnik, Koper, Ljubljana, Murska Sobota, Škofja Loka; Spain: Barcelona, Cordoba, Donostia-San Sebastian, Madrid; Sweden: Karlskrona; United Kingdom: Colchester, Hereford, London; United States: Miami, New York, Savannah.

Jane’s Walk Event Partners and Sponsors
Jane’s Walk is made possible with the support of TD Friends of the Environment, Avana Capital, Metcalf Foundation, UrbanSpace, Daniels, Concord ADEX, Kirkor Architects & Planners,, and Media Partner CBC.

Twitter: @janeswalk

Hash tag: #janeswalk

Facebook: Jane’s Walk

PHOTOS of last year’s Jane’s Walk are available upon request or at

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on April 16, 2012 at 12:00 am

April 16, 2012

High Tea @ MOV mixes tea tasting with fund raising for a special Mother’s Day event

(VANCOUVER, BC) – This upcoming Mother’s Day weekend, the Museum of Vancouver mixes learning, fashion, and tea for “High Tea @ MOV”, a special fundraiser for the museum. Whether guests come as friends or as a mother/child pair, they are sure to enjoy this delightful afternoon celebrating their bond during this special sit-down tea service.

Special guest speaker Brendan Waye, an accredited tea specialist known as “The Tea Guy” and tea sommelier program instructor from Vancouver Community College, will provide insight on the traditions and rituals of high tea culture over time.

Guests will enjoy a variety of teas and a delicious assortment of petite sandwiches and cakes. A guided tour of the Art Deco Chic exhibition will provide a base for conversations, and tea demonstrations will provide guests an opportunity to discover new tastes while learning about teas from around the world.

Date:                     Saturday, May 12, 2012
Doors Open:      2:00PM
Concludes:         5:00PM
Cost:                      Individual $40 | Two People $60
Where to buy:

All money raised will go towards the Museum of Vancouver’s programs for conserving Vancouver’s history and material items.

Special thanks to our sponsors Herbal Republic, Bernardin, Salt Spring Coffee, and Angela James.


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on March 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm

March 20, 2012

The Maraya Project and Veda Hille come together for an exploration of Vancouver’s False Creek

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouver’s False Creek has a fascinating history, and its most recent development is explored in an MOV Studio Exhibition now on display called the Maraya Project:  Waterfronts of Vancouver and Dubai. False Creek mythology and history will be further explored in an intimate performance on Friday, March 30, featuring local folk musician and city singer, Veda Hille, accompanied by a visual narrative by Annabel Vaughan (architect and city thinker).

Through Songs of False Creek Flats: Reflections, Veda and Annabel use music, talk, and pictures to animate an area of the city that currently lies primarily dormant. Audience members will be given a hand-drawn artist map in order to take themselves on a local walk through the flats at their leisure.

Date:                     Friday, March 30, 2012
Doors:                   6:30PM
Performance:    7:30PM
Cost:                      MOV Members $15 | General Admission $17 | Student rate $10 (*with valid ID)
Where to buy:

*music and reception to follow

Through photography, video, public art, public programs and an interactive online platform, the Maraya Project explores new forms of urban living pioneered in both countries, showing how we are connected in ways that are both familiar and surprising. Maraya — from the Arabic m’raya for “mirror” or “reflection” — connects the glass and steel residential towers that line the seawall walkways of Emaar’s Dubai Marina and Concord Pacific Place along False Creek, looking at these two cities that are leaders of 21st century urbanism.


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

Media Contact
Amanda McCuaig, Marketing Officer
T: 604.730.5309

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on January 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

Extravagant glamour between the wars
Museum of Vancouver to exhibit Art Deco women’s fashions from the 1920s and 1930s

(VANCOUVER, BC) – The design style known as art deco began in Paris in the 1920s and quickly gained worldwide popularity. Here in Vancouver, we see the art deco’s geometry-inspired style captured in the architecture of the Marine Building and the Burrard Street Bridge. Starting March 8, the public can also see it captured in women’s fashions of the 1920s and 1930s on display in Art Deco Chic: Extravagant glamour between the wars at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The garments chosen for exhibition have been selected because of their beauty and fine quality,” explains guest co-curator Ivan Sayers. “Some of the most important fashion designers in the world in the 1920s and 1930s will be represented.”

The fashion design of the era was a distinct departure from previous design styles. Drawing inspiration from geometric shapes to evoke elegance and modernity, it was also influenced by an increased ability to travel world wide – bringing inspiration not only from modernism, but from faraway places such as Russia, Egypt, and Mexico.

Visitors will enjoy more than 66 garments on display in this exhibition.

Notable Vancouver items include a black beaded gown worn to the opening of the Commodore Cabaret in 1929 and a red and gold lamé evening dress made from fabric depicting the battles of the Trojan War. Many items on show are exquisite designer dresses with labels such as Chanel, Lanvin, Vionnet, Patou, and Schiaparelli. To contrast these high fashion items is a piece from the MOV’s collection – a modest, yet stylish, navy polka dot dress made by the Aurora Dress Company of Vancouver around 1927.

The garments and accessories on display come from the private collections of Ivan Sayers and Claus Jahnke, as well as from the MOV and other’s collections. Handbags, hats, shoes, and jewelry will further illustrate the use of geometric shapes to create sleek, sophisticated designs.

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on November 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

For Immediate Release
November 16, 2011

Type: Community Event / Family Day

Winter Wander celebrates Vanier Park, a Vancouver hidden treasure

(Vancouver, BC) – Vanier Park is a cultural hub that many Vancouver residents know little about, and on Saturday, December 3 the six cultural institutions that call Kitsilano’s biggest park home will be celebrating this hidden treasure with a significantly reduced rate for visitors.

“Music, history, space, sea, and Shakespeare reside together in stunning Vanier Park,” says Christopher Gaze, Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach. “It is truly a Vancouver treasure.”

Vanier Park is home to the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives – offering visitors a fascinating range of cultural experiences within easy walking distance of each other.

The Winter Wander in Vanier Park is a one day event in which Vancouverites and their families can enjoy a taste of what all Vanier Park’s cultural institutions have to offer for one rate that includes all venues (Note Bard on the Beach will be located at the MOV, as the tents are currently down). Adult admission will be just $5 to visit all locations, and children 16 and under will visit for free. Venues open at 10am and close at 5pm.

“Before it became Vanier Park, this area was first a First Nations fishing village, then a Royal Canadian Air Force station,” explains Simon Robinson, Executive Director of the Maritime Museum. “We are fortunate that the Vancouver Parks Board started managing the land in 1966 thereby allowing the space to become public park land and a cultural hub. It's quite unique, but sometimes overlooked as a great destination. Today it’s a place where Vancouverite’s can spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, visiting museums, taking in a play, learning music, or discovering Vancouver’s history.”

Winter Wanderers will also be able to enjoy food from visiting food trucks, performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students, and have an opportunity to win memberships to the three participating museums.

The Winter Wander is supported by Port Metro Vancouver.

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

November 14, 2011

Image: First contribution to the Museumof Vancouver  from 1896, a trumpeter swan
Image: The first record taken for the Museum of Vancouver

Museum of Vancouver’s 70,000 item collection now accessible online

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Vancouverites can now broaden their understanding of Vancouver history with the click of a mouse, thanks to the Museum of Vancouver’s newly launched digital collections database.

Using OpenMOV from the Museum of Vancouver’s website ( anyone from anywhere can access information about the museum’s more than 62,000 items, with nearly 10,000 entries currently accompanied by digital images.

“With open MOV, we were able to update the old electronic database while opening the collection to the public. OpenMOV allows the public virtual access to objects when they are not on display,” explains Wendy Nichols, the MOV’s Curator of Collections. “Increasingly, museums are finding that allowing their communities to access the collections digitally not only connects people to history, but also stimulates museum going.”

The digital database was developed with support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. OpenMOV was custom-made for MOV using Drupal open source content management system by Vancouver-based Fuse Interactive.

MOV will continue to flesh out and refine artifact information and to increase the number of objects accompanied by digital images. The creation of digital images has been made possible in part by the BC History Digitization Project through the Irving K. Barber Centre at UBC. The Project has supported digitizing all material in the BC First Nations ethnology collection over the last two years.

The digital collection metaphorically throws the doors open to the back-room shelves of MOV. With the information now online, researchers can access images and information about the collection from their desks at home or school.

About the Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver is a non profit museum that holds a mirror to the city and lead provocative conversations about its past, present and future.

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on October 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

(VANCOUVER, BC) – When people migrate, they bring their cultural memories with them and create a unique understanding of the world. Migrating Landscapes, a nation-wide competition for young Canadian architects 45 and under, explores the nature of contemporary Canadian migration through original designs for housing. Vancouverites can immerse themselves in this idea starting Thursday, November 3 when the regional stage of the competition launches at the Museum of Vancouver.

“The intention of the competition is to bring the Venice Biennale to Canada,” explains Johanna Hurme, one of the three young Winnipeg-based organizers and curators of Migrating Landscapes. “We want to showcase the up-and-coming generation of Canadian architects and designers to the Canadian public before they hit the world stage in Venice.”

The exhibition will display videos, in which each entrant talks about how their experiences of migration have affected them as designers, together with architectural models of dwellings that respond to the issues raised in the videos. These videos and models will be “settled” into a modular exhibition infrastructure, or “new landscape”, made of wood.

“When people migrate, they carry with them very specific memories of place and cultural heritage,” explains Hurme. “These migrated memories have to negotiate with their new locale and culture, resulting in an experience in which an immigrant never settles or unsettles.”

“When applied to architecture and design,” adds her colleague Jae-Sung Chon, “the built form is neither of the present location or the past. Instead, it’s a unique form that resonates with both locations and one’s own cultural memories.”

“We think Migrating Landscapes will be a timely and provocative exhibition,” says Sasa Radulovic, who completes the curatorial team. “It will generate and showcase innovative new designs for housing by young Canadians, confront the closing down of immigration policies globally, and project Canada as one of the most engaging and promising models of a multi-ethnic social democracy in the 21st century.”

The Museum of Vancouver is one of seven presenting hosts of the regional competitions across the country. Regional winners will progress to a national final competition and exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery next spring, where a high-profile national jury will select the young, architectural “Team Canada” that will represent Canada at the 13th annual Venice Biennale in Architecture in late summer/fall 2012.

The BC Regional Exhibition of Migrating Landscapes is at the Museum of Vancouver from November 3 to November 27. 

Posted by: Amanda McCuaig on October 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Popular bhangra exhibition to celebrate extension with full day of activities for families

(VANCOUVER, BC) — Following recognition by CBC’s Culture Days for its contribution to the community, the Museum of Vancouver is pleased to announce an extension of its unique, community-based exhibition, Vancouver’s Bhangra Story. To celebrate, the MOV will host a unique family-oriented day of interactive exhibition programming, food, and performances on Saturday, October 22, from 10am-4pm.

MOV’s family-oriented “Not Just Bhangra” festivities will appeal to all ages, featuring a Special Senior's Lounge, photobooth, and guided mini-tours of by co-curator Naveen Girn and board members from VIBC.

 “The day’s activities will provide an opportunity that we seldom have—to bring grandparents and grandchildren, Bhangra professionals and amateurs, all in the same space talking, learning and exploring the culture of Bhangra,” says Manpal Rana, a performer, editor of and member of VIBC’s Community Engagement Committee.

Lunch is included with admission, and will be provided by Sutra Vancouver; admission includes access to the MOV's history galleries, and its newest exhibition, Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver.

Space is limited, so advance purchase strongly encouraged. Tickets are online at . tells a vibrant Canadian story as it traces the major moments in the local bhangra scene. In addition to early costumes, photos, rare videos and albums, the exhibition features interviews and memorabilia from international artists Jazzy B, Harbhajan Mann, Delhi 2 Dublin, En Karma, and many more. is co-presented by the MOV and the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. It was curated by the MOV’s Curator of Contemporary Issues, Viviane Gosselin, and Guest Curator, Naveen Girn. Designed by local designers, Propellor Studio, the exhibition was created from original interviews, archival video footage, personal photo albums, community consultations, and support from Vancouver’s bhangra community. Over 55 interviews and 100 hours of documentary footage were compiled for the exhibition.

Originally set to close October 23, will now be open until January 1, 2012.

Posted by: Kate Follington on September 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

(VANCOUVER, BC) – Explore Vancouver’s gritty, urban past at the Museum of Vancouver’s (MOV) upcoming feature exhibition, Neon Vancouver/Ugly Vancouver. Opening October 13, 2011 Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver presents a fascinating look at the rapid growth of neon signs throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the visual purity crusade that virtually banished them from Vancouver streets.

“The exhibition raises interesting questions about how we collectively construct the way our city is portrayed,” says Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver curator, Joan Seidl, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at MOV. “There was a real push in the 60s and 70s to redefine Vancouver as a green, natural space. While we may love neon today, there was a real outcry against neon signs, which represented a more industrial, urban city.”

Posted by: Manjot Bains on July 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm


MOV Asks: Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House?
Museum of Vancouver invites Vancouverites to talk about their priorities for the future of our city’s architecture with new MASHNOTES installation.


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