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As seen on the internet

January 14, 2011

“I want to emblazon my community on my chest and show it off”, said Rob Geary, founder of the Welcome to East Van brand, in an interview I did with him last year. Geary was saying this in response to my asking him if his tshirt line had anything to do with the gentrification of the East side. To him, the birth of this line was never meant to functions as a commentary on the changing face of area, it was, and continues to be about celebrating the culture and community that always existed there.

So it’s only fitting that I was lead to today’s “Couldn’t Have Said it Better” article through him.

Read the rest of the article here

Lima at I, Vancouverite posted this article.
Follow her @Leemzies


East Van sheds its bad rep and emerges as Vancouver’s cultural heart

January 13, 2011

found here

East Van sheds its bad rep and emerges as Vancouver’s cultural heart

VANCOUVER — East Van has had a bad rep for decades. It’s the poor side of town, a scary no-man’s land you steer clear of when the sun goes down.

Frankly, you get the feeling many people on the west side would rather live in Nanaimo than east of Main Street. But wait!

Rising rents and real-estate prices have pushed many people out of Kits and Point Grey and over to Main, Commercial and Strathcona.

Main Street has in fact become Vancouver’s main street, a vibrant strip humming with many of the city’s hippest new stores and restaurants. (Not the high-end, chi-chi places, but the most interesting ones.)

East Van’s coolest bar, the Waldorf, has been refurbished and reinvented as a hipster hangout. In tandem with the cheese mecca Les Amis du Fromage, it’s bringing life back to a long-dead part of Hastings.

Commercial Drive has been happening for years, an exotic blend of groovy restaurants and offbeat stores. Donald’s Market anchors a thriving shopping district around Hastings and Nanaimo.

In November more than 10,000 people trekked down to the Eastside Culture Crawl, a decade-old event where East Van’s many artists open up their studios to the public.

East Van even has its own icon, the giant East Van cross (Monument for East Vancouver) artist Ken Lum erected on the bluff at Clark Drive and Great Northern Way.

A shift in the public perception seems to be afoot. In many eyes, East Van has become the cool part of town, the cultural heart of Vancouver.

Read more: Vancouver Sun

Some comments from that article:

10:33 PM on January 6, 2011
I find alot of west side snobs trying to hang out in east van?


you stand out….stay away please.


1:20 PM on January 6, 2011

So sick of stories that try to keep Vancouver divided into east and west. There’s good and bad in all parts of this city. I don’t find any particular postal code has a lock on generous, interesting people in this city.


9:10 AM on January 6, 2011

I’ve lived in both Kits and the Commercial Drive area, and I’d take the Drive any day — real people, relaxed, interesting, lots of flavor and vitality…. you know, the way Kits used to be way back when, in the days before it lost its funky pizazz.


11:58 PM on January 5, 2011

This story is so condescending. The east side is a wonderful place to live with strong community connections and has been for years. Rennie is right the W is the most expensive letter in the alphabet. The ironic thing is that the west side is now full of wealthy immigrants and the east side is becoming full of the native born canadians who are priced out of the west side.

Diversity Health Fair

January 11, 2011

A combination of fun and educational activities, the Diversity Health Fair is a free community event that takes place each Spring. The first Diversity Health Fair took place in 2005 and it has since became the largest event of its kind in Canada. The 2011 Diversity Health Fair will focus on the theme of Promoting Physical & Emotional Well-Being.

When visiting the Diversity Health Fair, you and your family will have access to a great deal of information in different languages about what is and how to adopt a healthy or balanced diet, how to control your weight, and strategies to enjoy daily physical activities. All of these are considered to be the best steps to prevent diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


•A VIP opening ceremony for all to enjoy

•Over 50 exhibitors
•Health and dental screenings
•Cooking demonstrations
•Fitness demonstrations
•Live entertainment
•Kid’s Activity Area
•Fabulous draw prizes
•and more!

•To promote healthy living and initiatives to BC’s diverse communities.
•To support and empower people to make changes in the way they eat and live.
•To provide health organizations with an opportunity to demonstrate to immigrant-serving agencies and the culturally diverse public the programs they have in place which promote access to their health services.
•Enable Health Organizations and Community Service Agencies to meet one another and establish linkages to inform & promote current and future health care initiatives and needs.

Vancouver Diversity Health Fair
At the Croation Cultural Centre, 10AM – 3PM

A Tribute To Lee Matasi 2010

November 23, 2010

This event is a tribute to Lee Matasi, who was killed in 2005. His legacy encompasses the importance of creativity, community and non-violence. This is an all ages event, because we want to pass on the history and culture that surrounds Lee’s memory.
Our line-up features some of Vancouver’s most talented artists. Most of these performers were friends with Lee.
For more information about Lee Matasi, please check out this website:
You can also read this article:

Our line-up of performers include:

Niña Mendoza


The Freshest
(DJ Seko, Rico Uno, Marvel and Kut Corners)


Imaginations Treetrunk
(Chadio, Azrael and Kaboom Atomic)

Snak the Ripper and friends

Over the Influence

All proceeds go directly to the students of Early Risers Every single penny will become a collective budget, that the youth will learn how to manage. They will gain financial literacy skills and find ways to sustain their own art programs.


November 22, 2010


This post is going to be short and sweet. A full post would require hours of research to scale down everything that Ephin has done for our scene.

I wanted to let the world know, Ephin is great.
They gave me my first break and put me on to this game I am now in. They believed in a brotha.
They are doing big things and I hope them great success!

You can find more of their great stuff online at

previous post:

Welcome To Eastvan x Ephin

Wu Tang Clan x DTES

November 12, 2010

Sitting here bumpin Ironman going through some old flicks of the DTES.
Stumbled upon this gem.

Wu Tang is for more than the children apparently.

Catalog Gallery Presents: Lincoln Clarkes, Jen Osborne and Byron Dauncey – Natural Hazards.

October 29, 2010

Another Catalog Gallery event!

Catalog Gallery Presents : Lincoln Clarkes, Jen Osborne and Byron Dauncey – Natural Hazards.

Rob Squire and Catalog Gallery present a collection of beautiful women captured by three Vancouver based photographers, Lincoln Clarkes, Byron Dauncey and Jen Osborne. The selected photographs focus on vulnerability linked to beauty, and beauty linked with power.

This dichotomy is most clear in the stylish Shot in America series by Lincoln Clarkes, in which Texan women of all class pose with their loaded guns. In a country constantly at war with itself and others, this series reveals the pity of power.

Byron Dauncey’s Granville Street Saturday Night is voyeuristic and intrusive. Women are photographed candidly outside nightclubs in Vancouver’s Entertainment District, exposing a pressure to be beautiful, and flaunting the authority that it enables.

El Reinado by Jen Osborne showcases impoverished Colombian beauty contestants competing for the title of “People’s Princess” to improve their chances of finding a lucrative job in entertainment, or, a husband from a higher economic class. Beauty, for Columbia, is a national resource, and it gives Colombians a way to survive living in turmoil by celebrating things that are still beautiful.

Vernissage: Friday, November 5th from 6pm-late at
Catalog Gallery 56 Powell St Gastown, Vancouver, BC.

Show runs from November 5th – 28th.
For private showings outside of gallery hours, feel free to call Robert Squire – 604.721.4266.

Louvens Remy – Director, Camera and Editor
Vaughn Robert Squire – Creative and Music Score
Aaron Rivando – Camera
Type Design Template – Alex Usow
‘Live’ Photos from shoot – Jen Osborne and Byron Dauncey respectively.

Mental Wealth Fall 2010

October 22, 2010

Asim and Benny have their latest offering display in a video catalog.

Mental Wealth Fall 2010 (directed by Stuey Kubrick 2010)

you may recognize some faces in the video.

matisyahu x andrew klotz

October 22, 2010

My flatmate, Andrew, is a graphic design student at Arts Institute.
Being a student doesn’t stop him from holding it down in the outside design world.

Here is his latest piece of work. An album cover he designed for Matisyahu.


October 14, 2010

Spot & Ess rocking wicked freeverses. Check this out too!