Art & Culture
October 1, 2018

Panel: Chinatown and Beyond – Oct 4

On April 22, 2018, Vancouver City Council convened a Special Council meeting in Chinatown where Mayor Gregor Robertson delivered a formal apology for past discrimination against people of Chinese descent. The core recommendation was to develop an inclusive process towards a UNESCO World Heritage designation for Chinatown.

Join Melody Ma and Wendy Au and current Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC (CCHSBC) President Sarah Ling for a provocative discussion on what has happened in Chinatown since the Apology, and how we can transform our city. The panelists for the evening will be joined by Hayne Wai (Moderator, CCHSBC Past-President) and Baldwin Wong (Senior Social Planner, City of Vancouver).


Thursday, October 4

7 – 9 pm

Alice McKay Room, Central Library (VPL), 350 West Georgia Street

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It’s really a spectacular transformation — the downtown VPL’s two upper floors have become a rich and varied public space. It’s another treasure that people in Vancouver will use and enjoy for generations to come.

The results are wonderful and amazing.  It’s now one of the best public spaces in Vancouver — and located right smack-dab in the middle of downtown.

From Price Tags — a big pat on the back for all involved.

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Vancouver is a city consumed with urban planning, transit and the rebirth of cycling. Michel de Broin’s Deviations, a fanciful bike route deviating off of a popular bike path in Charleson Park, occurs within this setting.

The ‘squiggly’ path winds in on itself in an invitation to cyclists and passersby to amuse themselves with the impossible task of ‘following the path’.

Sep 28: 11 am – A cycling tour with HUB Cycling, including a stop in Charleson Park to visit Michel de Broin’s new installation, Deviations, where the artist will engage with visitors in a performance piece as he adds finishing touches to the painted line of his deviated path.

Sep 28: 2 – 3 pm – Discussion: Public Art, Urban Planning, Parks and Creative Place-Making at the False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver, Granville Island.  A free artist talk with Michel de Broin, Derik Wenman, President of HUB’s board of directors and Commissioner Stuart MacKinnon speaking on behalf of the Vancouver Board of Parks & Recreation.

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From May 2 until October 13  1986  there was an international exposition in Vancouver with the theme “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion~World in Touch”.

World fairs used to be a big thing, enabling people to look at different pavilions and cultures without travelling. Canada has hosted two, with Expo 67 being held in Montreal during Canada’s centennial year. Expo 86 coincided with Vancouver’s centennial year, and it was the last world’s fair held in North America in the 20th century.

The story of how the north shore of False Creek between the Granville and Cambie  Street Bridges was transformed from an industrial working harbour into a fair representing 54 countries and a number of corporations has already been told. So too has the awful reality that  people in Single Room Hotels (SRO’s) were displaced for Expo visitors. Rooming house hotels  were subject to an Innkeeper’s Regulation and not the standard Tenancy Act, meaning that long-term tenants could be evicted on just a week’s notice.

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Such a new-Vancouver type of thing.  Let me count the ways:

  • Craft beer:  Not going away; getting bigger if anything, and working hard to find niches
  • The name:  “Electric Bicycle Brewing” (I can hear those teeth a’gnashing out there)
  • The graphics:  right out of those beloved hippie-dippy days of yore
  • A mural for the street front, and interior décor described as “selfie-friendly”
  • Ramen-infused beer:  nothing like the marriage of food and beverage trends
  • Location:  4th just east of Ontario, growing home to creatives in the tech industries
  • Clustering:  an area now also home to the luscious yummies at purebread (5th and Ontario), among other purveyors of nosh and sip.

With thanks to the Daily Hive.

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Image by Frank Ducote

I had the delight of working with Frank Ducote at the City of Vancouver. Frank is an accomplished and well seasoned city planner/designer with a keen eye and a quick wit, and has been recognized for his excellence in urbanism by the Canadian Institute of Planning as a Fellow of the Institute.

Frank has kindly allowed Price Tags Vancouver to publish his image of Myfanwy MacLeod’s  public art sculptures “The Birds” which have returned to Olympic Village in time for two major conferences on Birds as reported this week in Price Tags. Frank’s work is also featured at the Blood Star Gallery on Pender Island as well as other gallery exhibitions.

Image by Frank Ducote

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