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November 23, 2017 / 7:00 PM
DIY Protest Craft Workshop

 Photo: Tamara Komuniecki

Prepare for the trenches and front lines of your next street protest with our three craft workshop stations. Guaranteed to have you primed for your next social justice assembly, march or protest.

Politically seasoned crafters Kim Werker (Action + Craft), Tamara Komuniecki (Delish General Store), in addition to members of the radical cheerleading group, the Pombombs, will facilitate three workshops for you to create, hands on, simple symbols that can help define a movement. 

Pussyhats helped to put the massive worldwide Women’s March on the map in January, 2017, as photos of crowds appeared on social media and in newspapers and magazines featuring streets filled with people wearing fabric pink hats. Originally conceived by women in California as a way to reclaim then President-elect Trump’s vulgar sentiments/words about grabbing female genitalia, patterns for the handmade hats spread virally and hundreds of thousands were made in time for the marches. Make your own pussyhat with a simple fabric design.  
 
More concise than a manifesto and sassier than a rant, Radical Cheerleading takes the tropes of traditional college rah-rah and runs away with them. An effective cheer is driven by your passion for the cause that moves you, but the process of building it can be broken down into steps. Lyrics, choreography, and the rhythmic synchronization of body and voice are all elements that you can explore at the workshop. Take part in physical and vocal warm-up sessions and learn how to craft DIY pompoms from rags!
 

Rally signs have the potential to encapsulate and articulate fears, moods, beliefs, causes and more. Given the small footprint of a placard, it is imperative that one's message is concise and easily understood and this section of the workshop will provide people with not only the supplies needed to make a rally sign, but some inspiration and discussion on how to make an effective and impactful one. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with their idea, slogan or sentiment - keeping the message relevant, timely, digestible within a glance, while being thought provoking, perhaps humourous or even stark or shocking. Work through the artwork/printing and assembly stations, and leave with your very own rally sign for the next gathering or action, or just take it home and admire your handiwork.

 
Drink bar and music will be flowing.   
 
Date: Thursday, November 23
 
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
 
Admission: *Adults: $17; Seniors and Students: $15; 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
 
Kim Werker is a Vancouver-based author, editor and dabbler in all kinds of crafts. After her crocheted Pussyhat pattern was downloaded by hundreds of people in the weeks leading up to the Women’s March, she started writing a weekly email newsletter about craftivism – the intersection of art/craft and activism. Action + Craft now reaches over 1600 people every week. www.kimwerker.com
 
From 2013 - 2015 the Pombombs created and performed cheers at rallies, fundraisers, demonstrations and celebrations addressing environmental activism, transit justice, military spending and women’s power. The group believes that there is a place for Radical Cheerleading wherever justice is underserved and has unarchived itself in order to encourage others in this scrappy yet disciplined form of activism.
 
Tamara Komuniecki worked as an award-winning national broadcast, print and web journalist, magazine editor and producer for nearly 20 years. In July of 2014, Tamara took DGS into the physical realm, in a brick-and-mortar store on Granville Island in Vancouver. Having studied Political Science, and having been involved in several political campaigns in the past (including the 2008 campaign of Barack Obama), Tamara is interested in developing her store into a hub for community building and activism. www.delishgeneralstore.com . Instagram: @delishgeneralstore.com
 

 

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.

 


 
 

 

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November 25, 2017 / 11:00 AM
Journey of a Lifetime
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A train so powerful, it pulled the nation forward. 

The Colonist Car is connecting Canadians once again. Journey of a Lifetime is on tour bringing the story of Canada’s historic Colonist Cars to audiences across the country. An exhibit, and a live theatre performance by Playwright Winn Bray, bring to life this incredible moment in Canadian history. Come experience this journey through the eyes of the immigrants who first settled Canada’s west.
 
Exhibit and performance FREE with admission to museum. Seating is general admission.  
 
 
Performance Dates: November 25 - December 3 , 201 7
 
Times: Tuesday to Friday:10:30am and 12:30pm; Saturday and Sundays: 11am and 1pm
 
Admission: Adults: $16, Senior: $16, Student: $16, Youth (5-18): $9; Children under 4: Free. MOV members: Free. 
 
Registration:  Purchase museum admission tickets on line HERE, by telephone, or in person. 
 

 
 
 
November 30, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Postponed - 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: Postponed. New event date will be posted soon. 
 
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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

 
 
 

 

 

December 02, 2017 / 7:00 PM
Never Going To Stop This Train: Protest Songs Performed by Vancouver Choirs.
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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: 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