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Formed to support W2 and allied community television efforts, the group serves as an online forum and organizing tool to create a community media arts hub. W2 currently incubates a hotbed of media artists, activists and organisers.

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Latest Activity: Dec 21, 2012

Formed to support W2 and allied community television efforts, the group serves as an online forum and organizing tool to create a community media arts hub. W2 already incubates a hotbed of media artists, activists and organisers.

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woodward's gastown riot mural 7 Replies

i have been making a casual survey of peoples' reactions to that huge, humongous mural depecting the gas town riots of 1970's. having taken a few photographs of the mural, done some research on it…Continue

Started by karenza t wall. Last reply by karenza t wall Nov 14, 2010.

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Comment by Page Turner on December 21, 2012 at 9:19am

Where is all this that I have heard is available IN THE PRESENT at W2 Media Center? I went to see Irwin to access the things listed below on this site and he told me their were no funds for "supervisors/mentors/ instructors" to help me tell my story on film which I have been doing entirely on my own for five years but have reached some tech blocks due to low income and lack of ed. When I was there all laid empty gathering dust. Irwin was clear there was no assistance or access to equipment (FOR A MEMBER OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD LIKE ME) till some funding appears.

"W2’s mandate is to break the digital divide through access to technology and training while promoting full inclusion, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and advancing issues of redress. W2TV is initiated to engage local media arts practitioners in community television, new media production and storytelling."

Don't publish it in the present when it isn't really true for EVERYONE! Please, It's rather heartbreaking as I have waited at least as long as anyone for access to this out of reach facility that I where I thought I would be welcomed AND valued! : O

Comment by Sid Tan on June 9, 2012 at 4:57am

Premiere of W2TV with Premiere of “Paper Sons and Daughters” Documentary Marks Anniversary of Amnesty for Chinese Canadians

Vancouver BC – Auspicious circumstance heralds the premiere of W2TV, produced by W2 Community Media Arts (W2) and ACCESS-TV*.
The inaugural show features the television broadcast premiere of “Paper
Sons and Daughters” to mark the 62nd anniversary of the June 9, 1960
announcement which granted amnesty for paper sons and daughters if they confessed to the government.

Opening the show are interviews with Karen McAthy, chef at W2 Media Café, and April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA Media, specialists in social media production.

In rotation for two weeks beginning 10pm on Sunday June 10, W2TV broadcasts on Shaw cable 4 in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley and repeats Monday midnight (00am Tuesday), Thursday late night (2am Friday) and 2pm on Saturday.

“Paper Sons and Daughters” is produced and directed by Deborah Angrave with Sid Tan as executive producer. The twenty minute
bare bones documentary is compelling storytelling of Chinese
immigration and personal family histories.

W2’s mandate is to break the digital divide through access to technology and training while promoting full inclusion, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue and advancing issues of redress. W2TV is initiated to engage local media arts practitioners in community television, new media production and storytelling.

*Association of Chinese Canadians for Equality
and Solidarity Society, an associate member of W2 since 2008, is a
chapter of the Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) which has 27
chapters across Canada. As ACCESS-TV, it produces regularly scheduled
community television broadcasts of local, national and international
human rights, social justice and environmental concerns for public

Media sneak preview of complete W2TV inaugural show at 2pm Saturday
June 9 on Shaw cable 4 and online “Paper Sons and Daughters” at
http://vimeo.com/43588650 . Please note these versions remain to have
some text credits corrected.

Comment by Kagan Goh on February 28, 2012 at 8:17pm

Dear Sid,

Kagan Goh here.  Wondering if Fearless TV or the Community TV station would be interested in covering the World Television Premiere of STOLEN MEMORIES - a film 15 years in the making.  There will be taiko drummers, musical performances, speeches by leaders from the Japanese Canadian community as well as the presentation of a new photo album to the Kamitakahara family (the owners of the lost photo album) as a symbolic gesture of a new beginning for a new generation.  I am wondering if you would be interested in documenting this event.  Please contact me at 778-847-8336.  I would love to discuss the possibility of working together with Community TV.

all the best!

Kagan Goh

Comment by Gen Why Media on October 19, 2011 at 11:38am
Comment by Pull Focus Film School on March 30, 2011 at 2:37pm
Interested in filmmaking? Want to get involved in your community while learning hands-on filmmaking skills?

In the spirit of grassroots social change, Pull Focus Film School brings together emerging filmmakers, activists, non-profit practitioners, and media innovators in an environment that encourages conversation, collaboration and creative engagement in social change.

The goal of Pull Focus is to empower students to tell stories they care about while raising awareness about many of the amazing and ambitious efforts that are currently being undertaken within the non-profit community. 

Pull Focus celebrates its spring program with an Open House on April 26th at 306 Abbott Street in Gastown. Come experience the ‘social change’ spirit, in tandem with the exciting evolution of the local mediascape. 

Upcoming courses include:
-Documentary Filmmaking
-Filmmaking for the Web
-Intro to Final Cut Pro
-Political Animation

Visit our space and meet the people behind Pull Focus Film School. Connect with other aspiring filmmakers. Enjoy snacks and see some of the great work our students are doing. Hope you can join us!

Comment by Sid Tan on November 19, 2010 at 5:27pm
Hi folks.

Apologies for not reporting in sooner but was nothing of consequence to report.

Anthony Risling who directed the W2TV #3 of Ukranian Hall gala that's currently broadcasting on $haw cable has a proposal for production. Meet at W2 Storyeum at 7pm Wed. Nov. 24.

I am still looking into events and venues where we can park the mobile and do simple cable runs ... Appreciate input here.

If you want more info about Nov. 24 or info about production, post Anthony directly...His forwarded post follows.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Anthony Risling
Date: 17 November 2010 15:47
Subject: Meeting - Wed. Nov. 24 7PM - 8PM
To: Sid Chow Tan


So i have just got a hold of Sean and he has us booked in for a meeting Wednesday November 24 at 7 PM - 8 PM @ the w2 storeyum please tell everyone on your work group mailing list to attend. Thanks!

- Anthony
Comment by Don Xaliman on November 12, 2010 at 11:50pm
The independents come together again, to televise community expression.
Comment by Sid Tan on October 29, 2010 at 3:11am
W2TV Heart of the City Festival community television special (59:45)
Episode is dedicated to late Sandy Cameron, a DTES champion who taught us that memory is the mother of community. A celebration of Sandy's life will be held from 1-3pm on Sunday November 14 at the Carnegie
Community Centre.

Broadcast on Shaw cable 4 in Metro Vancouver:
Friday, October 29 @ 2-3am
Saturday, October 30 @ 3-4am
Saturday, October 30 @ 2-3pm
week two
Sunday, October 31 @ 10-11pm
Tuesday, November 2 @ 12-1am (Monday midnight)
Friday, November 5 @ 2-3am
Saturday, November 6 @ 3-4am
Saturday, November 6 @ 2-3pm

W2TV is a new series from the W2 Community Media Arts Society www.creativetechnology.org

Includes brief highlights with Lt. Govenor Steven Point from the Oct 27 launch of the 7th Annual Heart of the City Festival at Carnegie Community Centre. Closes with performance at launch of Sweet George Brown by the Carnegie Jazz Band. Beginning Nov. 7, another W2TV HOTC special with more launch highlights, festival events and announcements.

This first episode features two extended segments:
(1) Heart of the City Festival (rebroad c. 2005), and
(2) Television broadcast premiere of Second Chance: Triumph Over Breast Cancer, a film by Andrew Fiore (c. 2010).

W2TV ID’s air throughout. The following dated event
promo spots air at the beginning & end of the show:
(a) Heart of the City Festival (Oct 27-Nov 7),
(b) DNC AGM (DTES Neighbourhood Council) Nov 13,
(c) Assoc. Of United Ukrainian Cdns Concert & Supper Nov 7 (part of the Heart of the City Festival events).
(d) Red Bull Megahurtz on Nov 13


Second Chance: Triumph Over Breast Cancer
Comment by Sid Tan on October 19, 2010 at 3:34pm
Yo follks.

Get involved with W2TV. ACCESS-TV will be organising a taping of the Heart of the City Festival (HOC) gala for broadcast throughout Metro Vancouver. As well, the production will help develop template to do more capacity-building for W2TV - see www.creativetechnology.org - on 4-camera mobile live-to-tape production.

Skilled volunteers only please. For orientation to community
television, check out a HOC event: W2 Media Makers. It
starts at 7pm Wed. Nov. 3, W2 Woodward's Meeting Room,
250 - 111 West Hastings, Vancouver. Grab aHOC program
guide or go to www.heartofthecityfestival.com for details.

When: 10:30am to 6:30pm Sun. Nov. 7
Where: Ukranian Hall, 805 East Pender Street, Vancouver

I'll try to accommondate people who can't do the "full
pull.". We'll need set-up/teardown) crew to also double
as camera operators, audio operator, floor manager,
switcher, director, vtr operator and assistants. There
will be instruction in set-up and teardown. The taping
begins at 3:00pm and we try and do an hour of rehearsals
to familiarize ourselves with gear, framing and direction.

So, if you have production skills and want to lend a hand,
let me know soonest via sidchowtan@gmail.com what you can help with. Your reward - good karma, entertainment and
meeting new people with perhaps similar interests. Eat
before you come and bring snacks. We are trying to work
out a refreshments budget.

Thanks... S.
Comment by Pull Focus Film School on September 16, 2010 at 12:37pm
Pull Focus is a non-profit film school that empowers students to raise social awareness through thought provoking documentary films. Students learn to write, direct, and shoot community-based short films. Students of all levels are welcome.

Courses start September 27th. Grant opportunities available.

Contact: tara@pullfocusfilms.com

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