MOV debuts “City On Edge – A Century of Activism”

MOVVancouver has a long history of protest and activism, this month the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) examines this legacy with the new exhibition; City on Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism.

The new photo-based exhibition will be on display at MOV from September 28, 2017 to February 18, 2018. The multi-media collection features 650 photographs of demonstrations, occupations, riots, blockades, and strikes from the early 1900s to the present day. Events like the race riots of 1907 to the recent Kinder Morgan protests.  In addition, visitors will find large digital projections, short films, and animated sounds of protest rallies and choirs, inviting the public to engage with and think about the impact of grassroots activism in their lives and the times when the city showed up, stood up, and rallied for change, or exploded in anger.  

Haney Students
1930s Haney Students Strike
credit: Stan Williams – Vancouver Sun

“Images of street demonstrations are uniquely gripping and beautiful. They highlight the agency of people in challenging the status quo and effecting social change,” explains Viviane Gosselin, City on Edge Co-Curator and Director of Collections & Exhibitions at MOV. “Several events depicted in the exhibition remind us that laws and policies that we often overlook today are the result of citizens taking their concerns to the street.”

credit: Ralph Bower – Vancouver Sun

“The photographs reveal a wide range of social and political issues throughout Vancouver’s history,” adds Kate Bird, Co-Curator of City on Edge. “Some protests, especially those regarding affordable housing, urban development and heritage protection are hyper-local, while the peace and environmental movements reflect a more global activism. The powerful act of marching together with a shared purpose gives people a sense of community engagement with their city, province, country, and the world.”

Museum of Vancouver (MOV) is located at 1100 Chestnut St, at Vanier Park. City On Edge: A Century of Vancouver Activism runs September 28, 2017 until February 18, 2018. Permanent exhibits run continuously throughout the year.

Pink Shirt Day 2013

pinkshirt2013This Wednesday, February 27, 2013, wear pink and make some noise against bullying!

While it’s had more than a lot of media attention over the past few years, bullying is still a big issue in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness on these issues and help people to stand up against bullies and step in when we see it happening to others. People across the province are encouraged to wear something pink to symbolize that society will no longer tolerate bullying anywhere.

Inspired by two Nova Scotia high school students David Shepherd and Travis Price, who along with their school friends organized a protest to wear pink in support of a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt, beginning the groundswell of Pink Shirt Day’s across the country.

Gather your friends, colleagues and fellow students together to wear pink and help start a conversation about bullying in your workplace, school or organization.  Visit for more information on activities, events and how you can get involved. You will also find downloadable, printable posters to help promote your participation and encourage others to join in.

Find official Pink Shirt Day tees at London Drugs stores or wear your own pink shirt.
Follow PinkShirtDay 2013 on Facebook , on Twitter at @Pinkshirtday and hashtag photos of you and your friends in pink with #psd2013.
Spread the love and help end bullying!

NOH8 Campaign stops in Vancouver

Friends: (l to r) Brian Webb, Billy Hur and Jay Minter ready for a NOH8 Photo

For only the second time in Canada, the NOH8 Campaign came to Vancouver on May 8th for an open photo shoot. Founded in 2009 by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley as a silent photographic protest against California’s Proposition 8, aimed to eliminate the right for same-sex couples to marry, NOH8 has grown from a grassroots localized event to spread all across the continent. As the number continues to grow, so far over 20000 people have taken part in the campaign, emblazing their cheek with the now familiar black and red NOH8 and placing duct tape over their mouths.
20120513-001909.jpgVancouver added another few hundred to the project at the shoot at The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside. It was great to see a large turnout including a cross section of Vancouverites; young, old, gay, straight, couples, singles and friends plus local celebrities from radio and television like the cast of Real Housewives Of Vancouver – Reiko MacKenzie brought a couple of her luxury sports cars to help draw attention from the street, came together to help support the cause. While Canadians are not directly affected by Proposition 8, having had same-sex marriage rights since 2005, it is still important to help raise awareness for all people, everywhere.